I'm back from Chicago and wow, what a trip! U of Chicago's campus is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like Hogwarts (one of the dining halls on campus is the backup dining hall in case something happens at their present location - Oxford, I think). The professors were incredibly nice. In Hans-Josef Klauck's "Farewell discouses in John" class we discussed the anointing at Bethany in John 12. I met later that day with Margaret M. Mitchell and I think scandalized her by saying I hold for a Pauline authorship of Hebrews and I also believe in Matthean priority (crazy, I know!). I figure, if anything, it will atleast make me memorable when I put in my application. She was incredibly nice.
In Dr. Klauck's class I met a Ph.D student named Matthijs Den Dulk. Matthijs, his wife, my girlfriend, and myself all went out for beers in Chicago later that night and it was fantastic. I don't really have anyone here at ECU that's doing any real work in New Testament/Early Christianity, so to have a chance to nerd it up with someone was great. He's an incredibly smart guy - I think the academy will definitely want to watch out for him.
Also, I want to wish Chris Tilling a belated 33rd birthday. He's a great guy and we all look forward to atleast a few more years of good work out of him (33 is exceptionally old, after all).