Thursday, August 30, 2007

The first week in review

Signs that the semester may be off to a good start:
Having your repeat students, when asked their reason for signing up for your class, say "because I really like [or in one case, totally love] the professor." (This was not said to me directly, but via some first-day, getting-to-know-each-other activities.) It's kinda awesome to have fan club. It's even more awesome when said fan club is made up almost entirely of very smart, very funny, and rather cheeky women.

Seeing this bumper-sticker on a student car on your first day of class: "The real Jesus forgives your Jesus for being a greedy Republican warmonger."

Finding out that the edition of the King James Bible that you'd ordered for your class on Big Johnny is actually a facsimile copy of the 1611 original. (All I'd wanted was an orginal-language edition, so I ordered the thing sight-unseen; I had no idea that it would turn out to be so fabulous or to have so many potential uses.)

Discovering that, although your freshman comp class this fall has weaker writing skills than the comp class you had last fall, it's 100% more lively and participatory--and you're thus unlikely to end every period in a murderous rage.

Signs that there's still room for improvement:
Deciding to wear, on the day that you intend to do a lot of chalkboard work, a black suit with a very flat weave.

Having a habit of making every author/character you paraphrase sound like a valley girl. ("So he's like, 'you're totally making a present for Baby Jesus, right?'")

Not bad, on the whole.


heu mihi said...

Your last comment reminds me of something I said in class today.

Of Paris: "He's like, 'Yeah yeah yeah, I'm coming, I'm coming, whatever, relax!'"

Yours is funnier.

Horace said...

That bumper sticker is to die for.

And by the way, I'm totally not surprised you have a fan club.

Sisyphus said...

Chalk dust, ick.

And I second the wonderfulness of the bumper sticker.

Flavia said...

Aw, thanks, Horace!

Heu Mihi: I'm not so sure about that.

And Sis: Chalk dust does indeed suck. But actual chalk/chalkboards I like better than whiteboards.

St. Eph said...

I choose to believe the chalk marks are like battle scars. Wear them proudly.

Awesome KJV edition! And your Big Johnny moniker makes me laugh, because I'm a dork. Now I'm on the lookout for someone claiming Big Edmund or Big Geoff.

medieval woman said...

It sounds like the semester's off to a great start!

gwoertendyke said...

i LOVE the valley girl rendition of jesus. hilarious.

Pamphilia said...

Oh, I can totally relate to the valley girl comment. TEWtally. I think it's because I let my speaking go to seed over the summer since all I saw were my friends (i.e, the "OMG, I just found the most fucking awesome manuscript in the BL" type of thing).

I think all KJ bibles are facsimiles. Pretty neat, huh?

Pamphilia said...

PS Congrats on Kitty-fescue. So adorable! He will want to contribute to your scholarship too, mark my words. Usually just by sitting on it or batting the pen out of your hands. I love that you need a pseudonym for him too (must protect the innocent!)