RBOC: More Catching Up

Attempts at blogging have largely failed. I'm still trying though. I promise.

In the meantime, things worth noting:
  • April snow froze my car shut this morning
  • for those wondering about when it would happen, word of my departure has reached the students. It happened largely by accident. The first reveal was intentional - a student asked if I could be the faculty moderator for a student atheist group. The second was my slip-up in discussing an event being planned. And more recently, a candidate was brought in for my position, and the department took them to a restaurant where a number of our students work.
  • Surprisingly, the stack of boxes in my office has yet to draw a single question.
  • I came in 7 out of 63 and 9 out of 33 in my March Madness pools. Good enough for a little bragging, but no actual financial gain.
  • I've recently watched Synecdoche, New York and Gran Torino, and loved them both for very different reasons. I strongly recommend both, but each with a warning: the first is not an easy film intellectually, the second is not an easy film in terms of cultural sensitivity.
Hope you're all well.


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ash said...

Good luck with managing the spread of info now that it's out. I am warning you in advance that it will be hard--both now and again on the last day of class/the end of finals/at graduation. Sadness is inevitable.

Remember that you have positively impacted their lives. That positive influence will continue after you're gone; you have started a long-term process of development for them. Our time with our students is always limited. You leave, they leave. Such is academia. There are students in the new place who need what you have to give, too. (And hopefully you will have fewer April snow days where you are going!)

Hope you chose my beloved Tar Heels to win in your March Madness pools. Rah rah Carolina!

April 7, 2009 at 2:32 PM
ash said...

also: student atheist group??? oh my! that will be interesting!

April 7, 2009 at 2:33 PM
adjunct whore said...

so i've been off forever....first, i love your background, second, where are you going? new job? academic or did you leave? if you have a minute, please tell. and congrats.

April 20, 2009 at 10:21 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

I feel like I've been off forever, too. I don't know if it is the general behind the eight ball feeling I've got lately or what.

In any case, AW, welcome back!

The new job is an academic one - it's at another smallish school, though one with a much better budget and in a much more intriguing place. The program is just being built, has a 2/2 load where I get to design my own courses, and loads of travel funding.

How's things?

April 20, 2009 at 11:09 PM
Anonymous said...

I don't know if ash already mentioned it, but you should watch "The Savages". It's right up your alley, in a couple ways.

April 24, 2009 at 6:51 PM