Tuesday, June 9, 2009

In which I learn US Geography

I've been paying attention to where the people live that visit this little site and am having the same nightmares that I was having back when I took bonehead geography in college.

(Disclaimer: I am not stupid. I went to school for a degree in chemistry, as well as a degree in natural science (wtf is that used for, you ask? teaching high school science, fyi) and did very well. I also went to mortuary school and got a degree (okay, an associate's degree, which isn't as impressive, but is a degree no less), but am terrible with geography (and English, and history...)).

Anyhoo, until my junior year in college I didn't know any of the states east of the Mississippi River (which I have swam in), save maybe two (Florida and Maine...wait, and Illinois where I saw my first ever firefly). Now, you might be wondering what happened my junior year, so I will tell you: 1. I got a new roommate, and she was from New Jersey, and 2. I took World Geography 101.

The roommate couldn't believe that I didn't know where New Jersey was and bought me a map of the US to hang in my room. Okay, so I learned where New Jersey is.

The geography class was of course world geo, which I am not as bad with, but the teacher, in order to offer us a bit of extra credit (which for some reason I always thought was bs, because if you do the work proper you should be able to pass without it, but even more ridiculous is that I always did the extra credit anyway) would let us fill in all 50 states at the end of our 4 exams that semester. Needless to say, I never got the extra credit, even after actually trying to learn them all.

And all that mess leads me to this map, where I have now located the great state of Virginia (which interestingly is one of the names I had down when I had a baby a few years back. My husband then explained that unless I was giving birth to an 80-year-old it just wasn't going to fly.):

7 comments:

mattonfire said...

We have erected a statue of you on Monument Ave. in Richmond. You're holding a tennis racket and surrounded by children. At least, I think that's you. Whatever.

Doll Face said...

Yeah, that's totally me. The racket is changeable, in fact I think it's due to be replaced with a baseball bat soon, which will be handy around all those kids.

thecheckoutgirl said...

hey, I helped! where's the love? and I'm pretty sure that is her standing in front of Bob's Big Boy. if not, who did I make out with last night?

Doll Face said...

TCG, as far as I'm concerned, you can have ALL the love. I mean, it isn't every day a girl gets kissed like that...

homeslice said...

came here via tcg and love the blog. i've always been fascinated with your career, ever since my nephew died at 18 in a fire and my brother wanted an open casket. what the funeral home did with him was pretty amazing . . .

anyway, i'm so glad i found you! keep on rockin' richmond!

Ivan Toblog said...

"...statue of you on Monument Ave. in Richmond"

Ooh a Kodak moment!!!

Jared said...

Add another person who reads this blog and is from Richmond to the list. Going to have to go find that statue now...