“Living Deep” & Ready for Thoreau

January 28, 2012

Shume ftohte! Very cold—25 F last night! With only a space heater warming the dining room in the Grand Hotel coffee shop early this mengjez (morning), my hand shook as I journaled.

Grand Hotel, Pristina

Grand Hotel Pristina

Loud music from some hotel party kept me tossing till 3:00 AM; still, I’m pumped and ready for moving day! I have found a room in the faculty branch of a university konviktit (dorm), a Spartan but comfortable space where I will live until the end of June. I’m fixin (Southern Albanian for ‘getting ready’) to check out of the Grand, load my stuff in a cab, and head for campus just two miles away.

Suitcases, books, and favorite brick collection ;)

Suitcases, books, and favorite brick collection 😉

Five hours later: Dave McTier continues to be a blessing to me. After helping me haul my suitcases—full of my books and my favorite brick collection—up the slushy slopes and stairs of our dorm, he secured an internet connection for me. I hate admitting such dependence on electronics, but in this situation I feel close to desperate if I can’t connect to my family, friends, and colleagues in Mississippi, Texas, California, Illinois, Georgia, New Mexico, Arkansas, Wyoming—in short, the USA. Showing my appreciation to Dave, I promptly skyped Judy!

Ready to skype--thanks, Dave!

Ready to Skype--thanks, Dave!

After unpacking my gear, we headed to “Ben-Af” for lunch, which consisted of baseball-sized meatballs, buke (bread), and salad for about $3. Below the cafeteria, Ben-Af has a market, where I bought breakfast goodies: yogurt, bananas, djathe (cheese), lenge pemesh (fruit juice), and of course more buke.

All settled in

All settled in

Now back at the dorm, I’m fixin (again) to read some Thoreau, smugly satisfied that I know a bit more now about what he called ‘living deep and sucking out the marrow of life.’

Ready for Thoreau

Ready for Thoreau

View from my dorm balcony

View from my dorm balcony

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About rraymond12

Rich Raymond has served as Professor and Head of the Mississippi State English Department since 2004. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Raymond has developed and taught online sections of English Composition I, as well as taught Advanced Composition, eighteenth century English literature, and the various literature survey classes. He served as interim director of the Learning Communities program in 2005 and 2006. He continues as an active scholar, having published his composition textbook, Questioning: Literary and Rhetorical Analysis for Writers, in 2007. Prior to coming to Mississippi State, Dr. Raymond served as Professor of Rhetoric, Director of the Little Rock Writing Project, and Department Chair at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, before that serving on the English faculty at Armstrong State College, Savannah, Georgia.

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