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Friday, May 06, 2005

Staying Awake is mandatory

Dean Dad has mentioned the never ending task (it sometimes appears) of the end of semester rituals. I am, tonight, very sympathetic since it is over a week since the Actress and I shared a meal at home, and I am not sure when I will again (though it is probably in about a week).

Tonight was an athletic benefit, and why it was now is absolutely beyond me. It was not well attended. Since, in the circumstances, they were also holding an auction to raise money for the programs, one also felt constrained to put in the odd bid. And I was struck by the fanaticism of golfers. Through a combination of silent and live auctions we came away with an oil painting, a jacket and polo shirt, a massage and sauna, and an ice cream cake for a combined total that was less than any one of the golf packages that went on the block. Now admittedly some of the prices were rather ridiculous but the way that all the athletic type items (ball game tickets as well) went I felt that I had made a worthy contribution to the cause for at least some significant return (and noted in my diary to be really busy somewhere else this time next year and in the fall). (And no, the ice cream cake is going as a donation to a staff party).

I think also I might need to put a chain on my door, or a flashing dragon or some fiendish sign to say I am busy. The Preface for the exhibition brochure had to go out today (as had the paper, but that was done by noon). A mere thousand words, and I don't think I got to write a consecutive 50 of them without an interruption. While it was very flattering to be asked, it is something I never thought would be one of my tasks (it is the intro to the first art exhibition by an artist in another country). I have no idea what is involved, and the guidelines were at best vague. Well I have done the deed, let's see if it worked.

I also had to take our Environmental test today, just to be sure I knew what to do in an emergency. Well having been through more than one, and having learned from those the test (oral and informal and all that good stuff) was not hard it was just that it took an hour and they were largely distracted by tales of how we were actually solving external problems more than just complying with internal regulation. It is just that today, and in fact this month, I don't have free hours. But regulations said that it had to be me, and now, and so it was.

We also finalized our student positions for the summer. Tomorrow is full, and I leave on Sunday. Off to Sin City Junior - just as long as the bed is comfortable and the room is cool. The Prince Regent wanted to meet next week on the budget, and when I pointed out it was not practical at the designated time, our dear Dauphin, who was in charge of setting it up was rather dismissive. I am increasingly under the opinion that he will be delighted to see my back. But then I have felt that since about two days after he assumed his current position.

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