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September 25, 2007
The saddest of university events in September are the suicides of sensitive, displaced, and troubled freshmen. To a new school and city they bring an old weight of personal grief.
September 25, 2007
Garrison Keillor recently wrote something to the effect that it's shocking to wake up one morning and realize that the guys you knew in school as “Lumpy” and “Numbnuts” are now running the country.I'm not there yet, but I'm starting to see my contemporaries pop up in some pretty prominent places. It's always a shock to see new pictures of folks you knew many years ago. They look so...grown up. Which means, by extension...Humph. Yes. Well.
September 24, 2007
EXT. BENCH NEAR STUDENT CENTER - DAY A PROF eats his lunch from a Styrofoam bowl. Enter his acquaintance, who also works for the university but is a NON-PROF.
September 24, 2007
Evil HR Lady gave me a heads-up regarding a question she received about adjoining faculty offices, when the respective faculty have very different levels of noise tolerance. The original conversation is well worth checking out.It brought back memories.
September 21, 2007
There's a great pair of posts up over at Bardiac's dealing with frustration over repeated overpromising (and selective guru loyalty) by administration. They're worth checking out.
September 20, 2007
Every fall semester is the shock of the new.The courses repeat; the classrooms don't change; but every September there's a jolt.Partly it's the surprise of a long summer ending, the sudden intrusion of a social world into my solitude. For months I've quietly read and written, my afternoons organized around brewing tea, clipping hedges, and walking the dog. The sense of independence and freedom has been heady, and I don't give it up easily.
September 20, 2007
The Girl, her big pink teddy bear, and I are sitting on the couch in the family room.TG: Let's play hide and seek!DD: Okay.TG: I know a good hiding place!DD: Okay. I'll count! (I hide my eyes)TG: (giggles)DD: one...two...three...TG: (giggles)DD: nine..ten! (Eyes open) Ready or not, here I come!Next to me, I spy a recumbent girl with a big pink teddy bear covering her face. Her legs are crossed and knees up, so one foot is almost in my face.DD: (laugh out loud)DD: I WONDER WHERE TG COULD BE?TG: (giggles)
September 20, 2007
Crazy Larry, the struggling actor, is in a commercial run of a good play, which got him signed recently with a big talent agency. They told him to do two things immediately: Pay hundreds (again) for a (different) headshot, and enroll in an acting school.
September 19, 2007
A new correspondent asks for help decoding a job ad:I would like to solicit input from you and your audience concerning a position posted recently by my employer, a medium- community college in a rural area. They are looking for someone to coordinate services for adjunct faculty. This is a new position, so there’s not any track record about how serving in that capacity might affect one’s career path. Salary/benefits, while not great, are consistent (as near as I can tell) with other positions of similar rank/function at the college.
September 18, 2007
But this ain’t science.



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