Guest author entry time again. After the popularity of my colleague Jameel's recent guest entry, I returned to the office after the new year to another colleague clamoring to write a blog. So once again I turn over the Hopkins Insider blog to another resident of Mason Hall. Just one caveat ... if after the end of this blog you are asking yourself what does this have to do with college admissions to Johns Hopkins University -- well it doesn't. Think of this as an entry to take your mind off the stresses of applying to college, and a chance to meet another of one the interesting "characters" I get to work with. Enjoy!!!
Ok. Let me introduce myself. My name is Paul Jacobus and I work for Johns Hopkins University as the Director of Operations for Mason Hall. Mason Hall is the new Visitor’s Center for Johns Hopkins University and it houses the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Most of you that are taking the time to read this have probably already been in the building or it will be one of the first stops you make after you arrive on Campus.
I have been working at JHU for the past 9 years. I started as an Intern for the Department of Athletics and Recreation in August of 1999. I was fortunate enough to move up in the ranks and when I left in September of 2007, my title was Assistant AD for Facilities and Recreation. The University was building a brand new Visitor’s Center and they needed someone to run it and as luck would have it, I got the job. So here I am. A little over a year in my current position and I have decided that I would like to share with all of you, a little secret….
I watch too much TV. I know many of you may think the same thing, but seriously, you don’t compare to me. Not in the slightest. Most people schedule their television watching around their daily or nightly activities. Not me. I am the opposite. I plan out my TV watching weeks in advance. I schedule it on my Calendar so I don’t forget.
One of my new favorite pastimes is to program my DVRs. I have two standard 40 hour dual tuner DVRs along with a TiVo. I can record 5 shows at once and if that isn’t enough, there is always On Demand. Seriously, it is a sickness. And when I commit to a show, I literally watch every episode. Not live of course, but at some point, I’ll get to it.
Don’t get me wrong, I do other things. I watch movies. I have a Playstation and a Wii. I read. I eat. I work. I do family things with my wife and five year old mini-me son, Paul. I just tend to do all of those things during the day and into the evening. At about 9:30pm it’s go time. It’s me time.
I can usually do about 3 shows a night, and I’m not talking about half hour sitcoms, I’m talking about hour long dramas and lots of them. Recently, my brother bought me a book for Christmas (not this one but a couple of years back). After about six months he happened to ask me what I thought about it. I said that I was sorry but I just didn’t have the time to read it yet. He was miffed and asked what I meant when I said I didn’t have the time. My answer was simple ... I watch too much TV.
Now that that has been established, it’s time to find out what floats my boat … what I watch religiously … what I look forward to year after year and what has my interest peaked for the future. When I am done, you will have some deep insight into what is me. Perhaps a pattern forms. You may agree with everything I say … most of you will not. Maybe you have a suggestion for me (other than “get a life” or “go jump in a lake”). In any case, replies are welcome and dialogue is key.
As an aside, I understand that this topic in the grand scheme of things really is not important ... but honestly who wants to read more of Admissions_Daniel's thoughts on Admissions. Now the application deadline is past, you need to take a break and think about television. I am your distraction.
Anyone who has a DVR or TiVo knows that there are certain shows that you need to watch live … there are certain ones that have to be watched as soon as you can get to them and then there are some that seem to hang around a little too long but you will get to them eventually. The rest of my “blog” will be patterned in this manner with the hang arounds going first and finishing off with the must see lives and the reality bites.
Hang Arounds – Shows that I like to watch but that tend to build up episodes on my DVR but are eventually watched nonetheless.
CSI (the original) – Sorry to see Gil Grissim leaving but Sara leaving was ok.
CSI Miami – Love me some David Caruso.
CSI New York – Gary Sinese is ok. Least favorite of the CSIs.
Numbers – Like the characters, actors and the stories. The math is a little fuzzy.
Life – Admissions_Daniel got me watching this. Pretty solid. Girl is not unattractive.
As Soon As you Cans – These are shows that really are some of my favorites and I feel the need to watch them as soon as I can.
Prison Break – hope this is not its last year. Coming on strong.
Heroes – This is a Love it or Hate it show. I am intelligent and choose to Love it.
House – Creasy got me into this one as well. It grew on me.
Criminal Minds – tends to be a little more intense then some others. Like it a lot.
NCIS – Chemistry is what makes this show great. That and good writing.
Friday Night Lights – Looking forward to it coming back to regular TV.
Smallville – Its about Superman, Lois Lane, the Justice League…enough said.
Supernatural – Winchester brothers fight demons, shape shifters and even angels.
Fringe – Kind of weird X-Files/Alias hybrid. I liked both. I like this.
Burn Notice – Maggie Kennedy, Assoc. Dir. of Admissions got me into this.
Leverage – Same with this one. Its like a new “Oceans 11” every week.
Must See Lives - These are the shows that I have to watch live or at least on the same date that they air… not only because I feel the need but also because there is no doubt that I will have the episode ruined for me because someone at work or on the radio will be talking about it…
LOST - Best. Show. Ever. Cannot wait till January 21st
24 – Second. Best. Show. Ever. Cannot wait till January 11th
Dexter – Routing for a serial killer is disturbing yet satisfying at the same time.
Entourage – Love me some Ari Gold. And Turtle.
Reality Bites – Yeah – I watch Reality or “Celebreality” shows too… I am embarrassed by some of these. But in an effort to gain trust… in full disclosure I give you…
Survivor – Someone I know bets on this…makes it interesting
Big Brother – Chilltown in the House baby!
Amazing Race – Scenery is nice. Couples fight. What else can you ask for?
Rock of Love (Bus) – Its like a car accident… you just can’t turn away.
The Ultimate Fighter – MMA fighters living in same house. Hilarity ensues.
American Idol – I admitingly love this stupid show. Sanjya included.
The Biggest Loser – This show inspires people. Not me, but other people.
Whew… Maybe I am the biggest loser. Probably not. Fact is, I am extremely intelligent, incredibly good looking, unbelievably talented and an all around great guy. I work for Johns Hopkins University. There is no place I’d rather be and there are no other people that I’d rather be “blogging” to about TV, movies, Pop Culture and sure… about Hopkins too.
The fact is, this is a great place to work. This is a great place to live and Hopkins is the best place to go to school. This is also a site that you will continue to frequent if not for its great Johns Hopkins content, then just to continue to read about the adventures of the people in Mason Hall. You will laugh. You will cry. You will like. You will dislike. You will learn. You will share. You will be faced with a lot of hard decisions in the coming months. As difficult as it may seem, make the choice that is right for you.
Good luck to you all….
Hope to see you soon…
And don't forget to come visit and know that I am the man behind the building...