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Today, graduation.

Note the gown, the cape, and the hat held in my hand. There's a degree there, too. In this photo is my mum, and she had a fine time with the whole thing, especially critiquing the clothes that people wore at graduation ceremony. The photo was taken by L, who likewise had a fine time discussing the fashion. I am also in this photo. The whole event meant nothing to me, even the fashion, but people I care about wanted it, and so I was there. I swear, I'm smiling in this photo, but the batteries on my camera were dying, and so we were never sure if it was working or not. Besides, I never take a good photo. The world is littered with bad photos of me. This is just another example of it.

The graduation ceremony was, thankfully, quite quick, with about sixty people. Afterward, people kept telling me that I looked good in the robes, and the hat, and to be honest, I think I might have missed my time period for the robes. They had a nice swish quality. The hat, though, was lame. Beyond lame. The photos of me in that hat are burned. They are burning right now. None of you will ever see them. Be thankful. Anyhow, during the ceremony, I sat next to the one other guy in the red doctorate robes, and he admitted, quietly, that he was a little drunk. "My friends got me a few drinks beforehand." Still, he was laid back company, and we had a few jokes, and talked to some linguistic graduates in the blue masters robes. Still, the two of us had to wait until the end, where our names were read with our thesis titles, and we went up, shook hands, took the degree, and sat down, just like all before us. I went first. The other guy followed. When we had sat, he opened his folder, looked at it, and then whispered, "I wasted four years of my life for this."

I, however, didn't need no ceremony for that epiphany. I knew that four years ago. Later, we all threw our hats into the air, like in American High School films.

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catsparx
May. 1st, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
i bet there is one surviving hat photo hidden somewhere.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
yes, but it shall stay hidden from you forever.
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benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
i just wanted to write a book. the rest of it, eh. i just wanted the time, and a reason. everything else just makes me laugh. especially the dr part.
girliejones
May. 1st, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
I wanna be all "no surely you must be proud" blah blah blah but it's the response other people have to how you should feel not how you actually do. Supposedly your biggest life achievement and you meet it with less enthusiasm than cleaning the toilet. Woot!

Congrats Dr Peek

benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
i think maybe i just don't think this is my biggest achievement. it's just a thing i did. there'll be something new to do after. but maybe i'm just jaded :)

anyhow, thanks--you should hurry up so you can have this experience.
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kaaronwarren
May. 1st, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but you look very cute standing there in your outfit with your Mum. Your Mum looks very pleased with you.
As for the hat photo; what would the sun shine off then?
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
it's a good thing you're supermum, or i'd have to take you out ;)
fred_mouse
May. 1st, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
it's weird how other people perceive various things as 'your biggest life achievement'. I've done two things* in my life that I've heard other people doing the same thing describe as 'the best/biggest day' in their lives or 'the most important thing you'll ever do', and really, I'm not sure that they are right. ah, well, long way off a PhD, so that I can collect the set....

* neither of these are study related. And yet, to me, my biggest achievement was to get my (second) honours degree. not just because I completed it, but because of what I lived through in the process.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 09:37 am (UTC)
a degree has never meant anything to me. they don't mean anything, i've discovered--except for the change in initials.
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shadowsandice
May. 1st, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
I had two graduation ceremonies. Thought both of them were a waste of a couple of hours, and I think my degree was a waste of four years, and you went on to post grad? Fucking nut. There was free food involved though.

Nice hat.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
at least my ceremony didn't go for hours. it was forty five minutes.
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lyndarama
May. 1st, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Congrats dude.

For what it's worth, I always thought it was important to go to these things. I have very few things I can let my parents point at and say 'that's our girl, isn't she good?' and besides, it's good to put a full stop at the end of the PhD sentence and say 'well, that's that then'.

I hope this day is one of many big days in your life, and that your full stops are sometimes ellipses...
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
come on, my mum has that book with the chapter about 'cunt' that she can show her friends ;)

anyhow, the big day was last year, when i handed it in for marking. that was the day for me. after that,i stopped caring.
chrisbarnes
May. 1st, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
Robes certainly are good for swishing. Funny how that whole graduation robe thing has survived over the years, not to mention the hat which seems to be around 500 years out of fashion.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
i'm kinda waiting for the robes to come back in fashion
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benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
that's coz you post so freakin many of them on your blog :)

i'd hate for people to call me a liar ;)
vampyrichamster
May. 1st, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
Congratulations! So, you are now a Doctor. Dr. Peek...my, that does sound suggestive.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
you just want to play that game ;)
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nballingrud
May. 1st, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
Well done, Ben.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
thanks.
mireille21
May. 1st, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, but now you can use that ol' classic line, "Trust me, I'm a Doctor." Doctor Peek no less. :)
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
yeah, yeah, i can see this dr peek joke isn't going to go away any time soon...
ex_chrisbil
May. 1st, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
>> "The whole event meant nothing to me, even the fashion, but people I care about wanted it, and so I was there."

Hey, man. That's not an awful reason to go. Anyway, congratulations. You have more qualifications than I do!
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
thanks--it's for all the little people i'm over qualified at nothing :)
barthanderson
May. 1st, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
>They had a nice swish quality.

That's right. Let it out, baby!

And congrats!
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
thanks, baby.
ratmmjess
May. 1st, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
thanks!
buymeaclue
May. 1st, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Bravo, anyway!
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
thanks!
ironed_orchid
May. 1st, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
You're hiding the floppy hat!

I must remember to do that when/if I get grad photos.

(secretly I'm peeved that I never got a mortar board. Some schools give them for hons, but mine didn't, and I skipped doing a masters.)
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
i did kinda feel ripped on not having the mortar board. why would you give the silly floppy version to the phds? some rethinking needs to be happening here.
squirrel_monkey
May. 1st, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Capes are cool.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
but not all capes are equal...
deborahlive
May. 1st, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Aww...that's a sweet pic...but I want to see the hat, too.

benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
neeeveeeeer :)
jaylake
May. 1st, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and granfallons!
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
thanks
nick_kaufmann
May. 1st, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on graduating!
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
thanks
experimeditor
May. 1st, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
congrats! Looks like you're mom is handing something to you behind her back, all sneaky like . . .
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
it's the drugs--she's hiding them from the camera ;)
bodhichitta0
May. 1st, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
You look good in red and your mom just look... awesome. It was good of you to walk for her, Ben. Not quite meaningless, in the part, IMO.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
nah, prolly not.
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benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
yay!
lucius_t
May. 1st, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, congratulations. Now you can turn that capand gown into a mask and superhero costume. Batpeek. Dr. Strangepeek, maybe. Then go out and rid the metropolis of morons.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
i do like that dr strangepeek title...
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