Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


I spent the day in Toronto with my nephew, who's an architect currently teaching architecture.  He's heading a class of students working on a project in Montreal and they'd come to Canada's largest city to view the massive construction going on.  And you'd never know there was an economic situation anywhere if you judged by Toronto.  New condos, new office towers, road repairs, the place was working it.  Seems Canada missed the nastiest part of the housing bubble because they have regulations on their banks.  Their government also pushed through a stimulus just when it was needed and proved helpful in keeping the recession from getting bad.  Unlike the US where the GOP hates government and wants to drown it in a sea of red ink and the Democrats are letting them do it.

Obama may get another term...which I am NOT happy about since he's little more than a liberal Republican (talk about an oxymoron)...but it's getting to be just as possible that a Republican will take the Presidency, which would be a catastrophe for the country, especially if the GOP keeps the House.  If the Democrats don't stop trying to pet the rabid attack dogs, it's even possible they'll take the Senate.  And then it will be time to get the hell out of Dodge.

Anyway, said nephew wants to go for an advanced Masters in Architecture at Columbia, and I'm going to do everything I can to help make that happen.  He's worried about the cost and he's got a new baby and he's still paying for his student loans from his own schooling...but I told him about how I turned down NYU's Graduate School in Film and have been kicking myself ever since, so he needs to stop thinking about the negative and just focus on what is best for his future.

So...does anybody know anything about grants and scholarships (NOT loans) for Graduate work in Architecture? regards LD, I'm at the point where Van goes for help and feel like the whole budding relationship between Daniel and Van is more organic, now.  It still felt a bit forced in the earlier draft; now Daniel has more of an unspoken need for support.  He's been handling a lot of hell all on his own and it's worn him down to the point where getting back with Tad is a way of just relaxing and letting himself be himself, since Tad already knows about his crazy family and how Ace and Carmen are in his head.  But now Van is an alternative.

Hm...does that make Daniel too needy?  He's strong in so many ways...but does him needing being with someone make him less of a person?  Gotta think about that.

If this makes any sense, good for you.  I had a beer with lunch and it's made me fuzzy-brained.  One friggin' beer.

I'm getting old.

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