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Such Is Life March 9, 2009

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Ramblings.

Three relatively unrelated bits of information:

  • I am a fan of U2.
  • I am currently a graduate student at Fordham University, having spent the better part of three years studying at the University’s Rose Hill campus.
  • Right now, I’ve returned to Manila in order to (among other things) work on my dissertation, on the premise that it’s helpful to be close to where the data is.

Now to put the above into context, I received an announcement in my Fordham inbox that informed me of the following:

Oh the injustice! Not only were they scheduled to be in New York, but they were scheduled to play at Fordham. Right around where I went to class. For free to Fordham students. And just for the occasion, classes across the University were cancelled around the time of the performance.

I’ve said before that anything the least bit interesting that happens in New York takes place when I’m not around.

The defense rests, your honor.

On the bright side, about a day or so after the performance-I-unfortunately-missed, I caught it on TV. Truly, it was a sight to behold: Bono and company playing in front of the Fordham community against the backdrop of Keating Hall — where I’d taken a couple of classes — on a chilly Friday morning.

So sure, I got to see it. And because I knew the setting very well it felt ever so slightly more than just another concert replayed on TV. Yet even then, it still wasn’t the same.



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