- Five birthday cards and the uncashed checks that had been enclosed.
- A nametag saying "Jeremy Freese" but everything else in Chinese
- A New Yorker cartoon of a man talking to a woman saying saying "I knew it wouldn't last--but I never dreamed it wouldn't last this long."
- A ticket for a trip to House on the Rock
- A handwritten menu from a truly amazing birthday dinner.
- A comic strip called "Marital Mirth" (A: "My wife spends too much on clothes." B: "Could be worse. My wife crushes my soul.")
- A ticket for a trip to the observation deck of the Space Needle in Seattle
- A small button with a cartoon dinosaur that says "God is Awesome"
- My pre-Lasix pair of glasses, tacked to the board with a paper clip
- A bumper sticker that says "Mentally Confused and Prone to Wandering"
- A thank-you letter from a television producer that refers to me as "Mozartian-like" in my delivery of a talk
- A ticket for a trip to Talesin (Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home/workshop)
- A bright orange name tag saying "Jeremy Freese" and "SPAM: Social Psych and Microsoc"
- A flyer advertising Marble Magnets
- A thank-you note for a homily I delivered at a wedding
- A letter announcing that I have won an award from the American Sociological Association
- A Magic 8-Ball keychain
- A thank-you note from a colleague noting that I "bring out the mother in" her
- An uncashed check for "statistical consulting"
- A cartoon in which a girl and her boyfriend are standing outside on a starry night and she says, "When I look at all these stars, it's hard for me to believe that I'm really the center of the universe"
Thursday, July 20, 2006
One of the things I've missed here in Cambridge is the bulletin board in my office in Madison. While others might use their bulletin boards for "project tracking" or reminders, I use mine for mementos.* The last thing I added to it was the "jeremy." sign from my impromptu-pseudo-sub-half-marathon. Last time I was back, I actually typed in a list of the things on my bulletin board, which is now tacked on the bulletin board here at Cambridge but, as you'd expect, is somehow not the same. Anyway, not to imply you care, but here are twenty items from the list, each of which is special to me for its own reasons: