The Grades Are In!
Anyway, I got the last of my grades back today and *drumrrrrroll* I would make my namesake Hermione proud. I got a 100% in Educational Psychology. (Which I damn sight should have gotten since my BA is in psychology! Anything less would be an embarrassment.) I did a bit poorer in Intro to Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Teaching Strategies: only a 99.8% in those classes. I must work harder next semester.
The only thing irksome about this is that the only non-A grade I've gotten at my current university was an A- in ... the Tolkien class I took last fall. I'm still pissed about that because it had nothing to do with what I knew or how much effort I put in (quite a bit on the former and scads on the latter) but with tricksey gotcha! grading. The professor himself said of my writing, "This is graduate-level work!" (It was an undergraduate class.) And then gave me an A- based on a true-false exam where several of his own questions he answered incorrectly. Fark.
I don't usually pay much mind to LJ's Writer's Block since it is little more than an excuse to push more ads on those of us who have Basic accounts, but today's was actually pretty decent, so what the hell. I am living it up this week and haven't done an m-word in hella days.
Has anyone ever unfriended you without explanation? Did you ask why? Have you ever deleted someone from your friend list without saying why?
Why, yes, I have been unfriended (to the best of my knowledge) three times, and in none of those cases has the person told me why. Most of the time I discover it by accident while trying to access a person's journal via my profile page and lo! they are not there anymore! So it's probably actually more than three since no one has ever unfriended me and actually told me why, so I'm sure I've lost "friends" over the years without realizing it.
(I am not counting drive-by friendings in which a person friends everyone who has posted in the last hour and then unfriends anyone who does not add him/her back. I never add back these people--why do I want to read the LJ of someone I don't know and with whom I have nothing in common?--so have been unfriended lots of times for this reason.)
I have only unfriended someone twice in my five years on LJ. Both times were because they unfriended me first, so I didn't feel I needed to offer an explanation. In the first case, I had nothing against the person who unfriended me and, perhaps for this reason, didn't care to make her life miserable from having me on her Friend Of list, since she was opposed to me. In the second case, I couldn't stand the person to start but had added her since I add any Tolkien fan who friends me first. So when she unfriended me it gave me the excuse I was looking for to kick her off my flist. *kick!* And she won't be back.
I've never gotten the whole "cleaning out my flist" thing that some people do. To each her own and all, but I don't really care to construct my flist based on who comments on my posts or posts regularly ... I don't do much of either anymore, so who am I to begrudge my LJ "friends" having a busy life of their own? I have varying degrees of filters for the very personal posts that I only want seen by people I know, so it's not an issue of privacy ... not that that's a great excuse either, since anything posted here is only a screencap or a database hiccup away from being public.
The psychologist in me loves to pondering friending behavior and norms. So what say you, flist? What's your take on friending behaviors?