Yes, I'm still alive. Short news update: you can still call me Al (REALLY getting over the shoe thing... I wonder if it's a bad sign when I keep dreaming about shoes...), I'm still single (or again depending on what you consider non-single), my preliminary home turns out to be a bit more permanent, which is nice because then I don't have to worry about moving and I love living in that neighbourhood (close to the canal, to the vibrant life of underdog Berlin and 2 minutes away from both my sisters).
And one rather surprising news (at least to me): part of my thesis might get published next year in the New talents edition of the Journal of Australian Studies. Would mean that those horrible five months of giving birth to my intellectual and degree-giving brainmash is going to be appreciated by more than just two people (my supervisors). Scary if you think about it.
Anyways, just wanted to say hello. shucks i