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May 25th, 2004

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03:06 pm - My favorite Jimmy memory
Most definitely when we had to pick topics for our opinion/argument/position term papers, and I chose "Why Star Wars is the Greatest Movie of All Time." Mind you, this was before the prequels came out.

And he took me seriously. I got an A.

Second runner up vicariously involved Jimmy. For ENG 102, I signed up for his class along with many others, only to find out the first day of class he wasn't teaching, it was some pogue of a grad assistant who was EVIL. He spent the entire first period lecturing us about his unrealistic expectations, then when we were ready to go he asks if there are any questions.
I shoot my hand up, and say, "Just one. Where's Jimmy?"
He looks around befuddled, then says, "Who's Jimmy?"
I say, "Jimmy was the guy who was supposed to be teaching this course. He's the reason I signed up."
He says, "Oh, I see. How many of the rest of you signed up for that reason?" (because it was a gen ed, obviously)
Every hand but one goes up in the air.
The guy looks even more bewildered, then proceeds to mock me,
"Oh, I see how it is. *in a high screechy voice* Where's Jimmy? Where's Jimmy?"

The minute I hit the door I headed for Jimmy's office (back when it was in the basement of the library). He signed me into his honors group and I escaped the evil guy. I found out later most of the rest of them dropped too and he was left with something like 11 students (when the class had been filled, like 35 people to start with).

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Date:May 25th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
*cracks up* damn, that would suck, but i'm glad you got into his class though. damn jimmy imposters!

ps- your icon is good.
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Date:May 25th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like yours too!

Actually, the guy wasn't an imposter, exactly. Jimmy was on the schedule to teach (when we all signed up) and a friend of his who taught at Sinclair got sick, like laid up in the hospital sick, so Jimmy took over the friend's classes at the last minute.

Isn't he a great guy? I know, it's a rhetorical question.
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Date:May 26th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
I'm surprised to hear about your Star Wars paper. At one point I tried having a conversation about Scienc-Fiction/Fantasy stories with him and it really isn't his thing. It just goes to show that he really did take you and your paper seriously even though it was outside his experiance. He's a good kid, I like him alot.
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Date:May 26th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
I didn't really focus on the sci-fi/fantasy aspect of it.
I did a lot of research into gross ticket sales, revenue adjusted for inflation (it still beat the pants off Titanic when that's taken into account) , international appeal and marketing/merchandise (ye gods the marketing) as well as all the "imitators" that came out after it, not to mention that Star Wars was the first-ever "blockbuster" film. The story concept I related with the connection to basic mythology i.e. the heroes' journey, as well as Tolkien (Luke as Frodo, Obi-Wan as Gandalf) as well as retelling history in a way (Roman Empire/World War II). I put a lot of work into it, but at the time, I was obsessed.
Then the prequels came out and killed off most of that.

So do you enjoy fantasy/sci-fi? I friended you, btw.
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Date:May 26th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
I do indeed.

I like the Tolkinian aspect you threw out there. I'll have to really think about that one, there really are a lot of similarities.

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