This is me. My name is Claire Jeanette Weiss. I was born in Boston Mass on April 14, 1981. My family moved to San Antonio, Texas when I was 1 year old, so I consider myself a naturalized Texan. Unlike many people, I enjoyed high school, attending Robert E. Lee for my four years. I am still friends with many of the kids with whom I grew up. It's impossible to cut ties that go back to second grade or farther. At least, it's impossible for me, but more on that later. San Antonio will always be home for me, somewhere I can drive all over and not have to give a second thought to where I'm going or how to get there, let my thoughts wander, feel completely grounded there.
I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2003, having majored in Biology at the last minute, and with a minor in Latin. I will pursue archaeology in gradschool. Archaeology is my other all-encompassing interest, which I intend to turn into my livelihood at some point. I've dug in Pompeii since 2001, first with the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii, and now with the Via Consolare Project.,p. I dance, primarily ballet, but also swing, a little salsa, and am itching to learn more. I play oboe. That is not to say that I practice my oboe ever. Well, anymore that is. In high school, I was in band, practiced often, was first alternate to State Band my sophomore year, and was in color guard for marching season. I was guard captain my senior year.
I collect things. Cobalt blue glass, old photos, animal skulls at one point, but mostly I collect memories. My memories. I'm ridiculously sentimental. I've kept a diary since third grade. I am something of a photographer and have had a camera for most of my sentient existence. My memory collection and photography are not unrelated. I am possessed of a sentimentality that knows no bounds, otherwise manifested in my keeping quotes, recording everything, keeping programs and ticket stubs and post cards and other such memorabilia. Yes, I am a packrat to the extreme, but I'm neat and organized about it.
an attempt at a blog