Yes, indeed. The date has been set. The plane tickets reserved...
Come March 30th I will be defending my dissertation at Rice University. Significant meaning of that is: Defending is the very, very, very, very last thing I have to do to get that darn degree. No, I'm serious. That's it. No more German tests, no more bells and whistles... finishedimo. If they pass me, I'll be Dr. Ward, and yes that title looks a little creepy. You may all call me Dr. Ward for a grand total of 1 day (if you want.) After that, if you call me Dr. before I'm 50, I might send you a picture of my armpit or something. And why don't people with Masters degrees get to be called, Master Ward? That, I would have enjoyed.
So to all my dearly beloved Houston buddies, (Especially the WTBC pals) that means that I've basically got three more trips to Houston coming in the next 4 months and then, that's all she wrote. :-( You'll no longer have me begging for a bed and gruel when I come into town. "Please sir, can I have some more?"
I'll be coming back in 3 weeks to do any last minute cleaning on the dissertation with my prof., (trying to get Amber to come on that trip!) then I'll be defending in March, then I'll be walking in May!!! Wahooo!!!!
All that to say, things are going to get pretty quiet around the blog for the next few months. Today, for some reason, I even briefly considered closing shop for good, but I doubt I could stick to my word on that and every time I think about doing that it only makes me want to post more.
I am considering starting completely over with a new look and new name and new purpose... but we'll see. I do know a change is coming for this here blog, soon, just don't know what kind yet.