Thought I was granted a Doctor of Philosophy some 8 years ago last month, I still have one piece of dissertation business left to finish: I never got bound copies made for myself or my committee. It is tradition, you see, at my Grad School of Choice for the successful Ph.D. candidate to provide bound copies of the dissertation in question to his defense committee. Plus, she also usually gets one for herself. I never did get anything for anybody. It's a little murky at this point about why -- I think I was under the impression at the time that I had ordered some copies made when I sent in the copyright registration in to Bell & Howell (the microfiche people)... or was it the University of Michigan? In any case, I had to find a job and move, pronto... as I was dead broke. I also had photocopies of the cover sheets signed by my committee that went AWOL for a few years (they were really in the back of a filing cabinet drawer.)
Well, no more. I found the cover sheets at the beginning of the summer, and I decided that it is finally time to scratch this item off the list. I bought a ream of 100% cotton fiber, acid-free, archival paper, and made four double-sided copies of my dissertation. I just sent them off to a book binder in Norfolk, VA this morning to be bound. (I would have preferred a snazzier outfit in Texas, but they only took electronic copies... and I needed those signed paper copies to be bound. *sigh*) If all goes well, I should have four bound books (three of which I will give away) in my possession in about a month.
This one has been the oldest item on my "to do" list that I don't know what the next oldest item is... there is that Christmas gift for a friend of mine from last December that's still sitting on top of the inkjet printer in the office (*sigh* long story). Maybe I'll get around to delivering that.
on 2008-09-11 at 9:43 p.m.
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