Thursday, December 08, 2005

Random thoughts

Just a few tidbits for those who have persevered in reading this blog...

*This week one of my night class students asked me about my defense. I told her I was pretty certain I would pass but that I wasn't looking forward to the process itself. She said, perplexed, "But you talk real good in front of us!" :)

*I poured orange juice on my cereal this week. A brain status predictor?

*Then later that same day, I was sitting in my office. My wedding band has a raised carved design on it. I usually take it off to apply hand lotion so it doesn't get gunky. So: I put the ring on the desk, immediately opened the drawer, took out the lotion, squirted it on my hand, and went into panic: "I lost my wedding ring!" Forgetting that merely five seconds before I had placed it on the desk...

*For the last reading of the semester in my US II class, I have the students read a chapter from Fast Food Nation entitled "The World's Most Dangerous Job." It's about current conditions in slaughterhouses. The savvy students discern that this reading 1) provides a good comparison to our earlier reading in The Jungle and 2) tells us something about the 1980s and Reagan's cuts in OSHA inspectors. Let's just say the title really does say it all. Anyway... this reading is on "electronic reserve" through the library, a process in which students have to enter a class-specific password, click on the class number, click on the title of the reading (which is the same title that is listed on the syllabus) and then download the reading. Pretty easy. Except one student somehow managed to work his way into USI and spent all his time reading something about Thomas Jefferson. (!) He did not think this was in the least bit strange until he looked at the quiz questions on the overhead. He asks, "Did I read the wrong thing?" I said, "I don't know how to answer that."

*A funny selection from my bedtime reading last night, America: The Book. For some reason this really made me laugh. From "The Founding of America" chapter: "In pre-Colonial times, 'Colonial Williamsburg' was seen as a glorious vision of future utopia."

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