Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Musings on a "Friday" Night

It gets dark early. Good for movie double-features. 

You might be asking, "Friday Night"? What are you talking about? It is Wednesday.

Yep, you're right. It is Wednesday night but, really, given the Thanksgiving Holiday tomorrow, can't we just admit that it is, for all intents and purposes, Friday? 

It is that time of the quarter where I, along with my students and colleagues, am generally brain fried. So here, in lieu of sustained thought, are some random moments. It is all I can manage:

Fenders? 


Got fenders put on my bike this afternoon. Doesn't it look nice? Very Seattle, yes?

Take a mean-assed cyclocross bike and put fenders on it. Aren't I man enough to take all the spray on my face and up my back? 

Apparently not . . .

Immediate changes in riding characteristics too. The fenders catch the wind in strange ways and the added asymmetrical weight reduces overall maneuverability. Not sure I like that aspect.

Bombing through puddles is another matter . . .

Movies?

"Sex In The City" is just NOT a good movie. I am as manipulable as they come but even I had had enough of the maudlin trials of  "The Girls". They, and the film, just seemed tired. And why is it that all these films have to have some sort of redeemer character, who also happens to be black (Jennifer Hudson), to provide hope, advice, and wisdom? Why? Why? Why?

"In Bruges", on the other hand, is a wicked, darkly funny, and well-acted ensemble piece. 

What?

Student: "Dear Officer, I would like to know more about the Honors program. Hope can know more information from you . . .  Hope can hear from you soon!"
Me: "Thank you for your inquiry. All Learning Factory Students are are welcome to apply if they meet program requirements and have strong letters of recommendation that indicate an ability to successfully complete Honors level work . . . blah, blah, blah!"
Me [thinking]: Umm, there is something missing here . . .

Ideas?

How do you help cut a Learning Factory operating budget? 
  • how about having faculty clean the bathrooms? [talk about fecal matter]
  • how about faculty volunteering for leave and taking roughly a sixth of their salary in exchange for a year's working sabbatical? [not all of us have the financial wherewithal to do that, eh, but thanks for the suggestion]
  • how about not talking speculatively about what might happen (insert a sarcastic tone here especially when there has been little leadership or organized conversation on these matters)
Alright, time for the day to end. 

A bright cold morning in the mountains awaits on the morrow . . .

Happy Thanksgiving!