Questions I’m not competent to handle, or, I guess this is a teachable moment but I can’t figure out how to teach my way out of this one
Student: Can I ask you a question, off-subject?
Student: Are Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo Di Caprio in conflict? Because of the Oscars? Because they are both nominated at the Oscars?
From a student homework assignment, on the Budweiser Super Bowl commercial:
This ad is my favourite because I like animals very much especially the dogs and the horses.
In other words, it combines my two passions, horses and dogs.
Back in the day, I went to see the IMAX movie Everest with my family. (IMDb says this was 1998.) If you’ve read Into Thin Air, the IMAX team was one of the groups on Everest at the same time as Jon Krakauer, but didn’t get caught in the storm. One thing I remember from the movie is that when they spend the night at a camp halfway up the mountain, one of the climbers, a young woman, gets altitude sickness and coughs so hard she cracks a rib. Now I’m hacking up my infected lungs and getting paranoid about broken ribs, however unlikely that may actually be.
I have bronchitis! I taught a 3 hour class this morning, then went to the doctor who told me I had a fever of 38,2. This might explain why I have no idea what I did in class this morning, other than cough. I cancelled my evening classes and I’m in my pajamas at 5:30 pm hoping some of these drugs kick in sometime soon.
We had another team building/strategic planning weekend retreat for the organization I volunteer for. Highlights included sleeping in bunk beds at the YMCA, having the opportunity to use the phrase ‘unknown unknowns’, and driving past Dammarie-les-Lys, where my favorite reality show, Star Academy, used to be filmed. Lowlights included constructive criticism roleplays and my not actually saying ‘unknown unknowns’ out loud, just quietly to myself.
The last leg of my trip was the train from Paris back to Toulouse. I’d gotten myself settled and sort of made myself a cocoon with my coat and scarf, when a man told me that I was in his seat. He pulled out his ticket to show me that car 18, seat 32 was rightfully his, and I saw right away what the problem was. Our tickets were for the same seat, but different days. I had a brief moment of horror, thinking, oh geez it’s March 9th already how did I screw all this up I’ve gotten nothing done this month oh no. Then followed a surge of relief, as I realized that it IS still February, and I politely told the man his mistake and took a deep breath and curled back under coat.