Well I finally managed to move all of my things into my room and get my desk together since my last post. It has really helped out my productivity while in Columbus as I no longer have to either lie on my bed with the laptop or sit on the couch downstairs to get my work done. Managing to get everything built and put together properly was a chore though as I really couldn’t organize everything until after a little party we had held on Saturday. I’m testing a new plug-in for WordPress on this post and you will hopefully see some images of my Columbus room/office. If this works out well I will post some of my Steubenville office later this week.
Sorry I’ve been busy this week doing, well nothing. So I’ve been unable to update the blog because of this. I promise this week will be much better(really, I swear). I seem to have gotten really used to working in front of a nice big desk the last few months and my move to the previously “deskless” Columbus seems to have sapped my will to work any reasonable and normal amount. I’ve combated this rather weighty and more than slightly annoying issue by visiting the friendly neighborhood Ikea on my trip home for my Grandmother’s birthday. I am now the proud owner of various lighting fixtures, a trash can, a little wooden human model, a clothes hamper, and most importantly a very nice desk. I’m going to be on a hunt for desk chairs when I hit Columbus tomorrow if I make it into town early enough. I’ll attempt to post some pictures in the next few days when all of this is assembled in my room.
On a side note we went to a restaurant in Pittsburgh called Lidia’s for my birthday/my Gram’s birthday dinner and I have to give it a two thumbs up. Not only was the food excellent but the wait staff was also a hit. I think I’ll try and make sure I have some meetings there in the next 6 months or so.
I’m here in the hilly land of Athens, Ohio visiting one of my good friends from college. Aside from the wonderful company I also get to eat at one of my favorite random places, Bagel Street. They have, by far, the best bagel sandwiches I’ve had in my 23 years on the face of the Earth. That being said I’m going to try and get some sleep as it is 2:36AM and I have to phone some clients at 9am and the cat who is trying to sleep under my arm doesn’t seem to enjoy the typing.
I just got back from seeing the movie Kinsey at the Drexel theater which to my good fortune is only a few blocks away from my place. I’ve been wanting to see this movie for the past few months after I saw the preview in one of my many movie going experiences. Some of this is due in part for my love of slightly offbeat movies but it was mostly influenced by my degree in Psychology. It’s quite like being a moth drawn to a flame.
Anyway, on to the movie! The beginning sets up Dr. Kinsey’s life from childhood (just a few scenes) through his teaching and eventual marriage. His marriage problems (physically) coupled with his inquisitive nature and a push to educate people as best he could (plus a well timed student petition) helped to inspire his work in the field of human reproduction. The film focuses a great deal on his personal life and how skewed it was in comparison to the status quo as well as how the public views his findings. The struggle of a scientist trying to overcome a religious and society driven barrier about being secretive about sexual problems, lifestyles, and habits is often brought up and is a primary focus in the film. All in all I think it is a well acted and relatively good portrayal of what Dr. Kinsey had to go through in his life. As with all movies it is modified from reality in order to make a more dramatic movie going experience but thats how it always is. So get out and see this movie you won’t be disappointed.
In watching this movie some of my college ruminations about sex in modern society came back to the surface. I find it fascinating that after the American Sexual Revolution and the increased knowledge about our own bodies, sexual habits, and increased personal freedoms that we are still as cloistered as we are. You’d think that after all of that people would be more accepting and open minded about other peoples preferences and beliefs. I could go on but I’m just going to link to Eric Meyer’s articles about the marriage laws that were recently passed in Ohio. I think he sums it up far better than I could currently.