It IS sharper... I used to wear this type of outfit far more frequently some years ago; I can't remember whether you were on SF at that time, I think you were. But over the past 3-4 years, as the nature of my work changed, I've gravitated towards more casual/country/academic type of looks. I rarely work a full day anymore, so wearing a sharp citified sort of look feels a bit out of place. A somewhat "blunter", more casual look lets me segue between various different activities smoothly and without needing to change. I still "suit up" with this kind of sharper outfit sometimes, if I know I've got a relatively full day of appointments.
Totally off-topic, but I've always meant to ask someone American: what's the basis/rationalse for a semester system rather than having three terms? They always seem to start & finish at weird times of the year too; I mean, why have a term finish at the end of January, when you've only just had a Christmas break? Doesn't it make more intuitive sense to start a term in the New Year and then end in time for Easter break? And so on. [...]
(1) Not all colleges and universities follow a semester system, although you are right that a majority do.
(2) Almost all pre-college public schools work by semesters, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. For those ages, parental pressure has much to do with the timing and duration of vacations. In fact, over time, it’s probably been the single most important factor in the evolution of the K-12 academic schedule.
(3) Universities, especially public ones, are always under pressure from faculty to correlate their vacations with the vacations of the public schools which the faculty’s children attend. Thus, (2) above influences, sometimes determinately, university academic calendars even though there's no official connection between the two school systems.
(4) Concerning the correlation of the academic year with the calendar, you wrote: “They always seem to start & finish at weird times of the year too.” This is sometimes the case, sometimes not. At my university the fall semester ends around December 15th and the spring semester begins around January 15th...
Thanks Ac, and to the others would explained it to me as well. It does make some sense, esp. your university's pattern.
You can't move for coffee shops these days, trust me. They're everywhere. Coffee shops (and restaurants and charity shops) have exploded in numbers over the past 5-10 years, as the economy has shifted towards the high street being more of a leisure desitination than retail environment as more & more shopping either moves online or out-of-town.