So, my talk went alright, mostly due to the good vibes sent via the internet or by sour cream pound cake injestion (thank you schuyler, mike d, and my parents). I got a lot of questions and one bad comment at the end, where the jerk in the crowd told me that he didn't believe anything that I had just said. I told him he could have his opinion and put it elsewhere. SO now all that is left is my preliminary exam. No big deal.
BUT, in other news, my boss is gone FOR TWO WHOLE WEEKS! I got here at 930 today and I didn't need to explain myself. I am really looking forward to this time.