After 7 failed attempts (4 semesterly applications and 3 appeals), I've finally been granted California residency for tuition purposes! The first time they denied me it was because I lived more than 30 days rent-free with my ex-boyfriend (appeal denied as well), the second time they denied it was because my mom had taken out a federal parent loan to help me (appeal denied as well), the third time they denied it again because of that parent loan, and the fourth time (this semester) was for murky reasons referring to "those other times we denied you," which didn't hold up under the appeal.
The appeal acceptance letter is addressed to "Mr. Morgan Ames" - I hope that doesn't throw a wrench into things. :~) (I almost discounted it as junk mail because of that.)
Also, my car passed the smog test today. Turns out all I needed to do to pass the first time was to warm my car up really well before the test ... $90 later ...
Tonight I saw Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). I loved the music, but the plot was a bit silly, and much too obsessed with freemasons (of which both Mozart and the librettist were members). I definitely like modern operas better.