Gracious, but I’m having Race Around the State for Work week here! I spent last Thursday through Saturday in Minneapolis, attending the faculty union State Delegate Assembly, which is always a hoot (as we say here in the Midwest when we’re not busy stabbing each other with niceness); at this Delegate Assembly, for several hours, I got to watch the members of a Good Ole Boys’ Club enjoy center stage as they ruled each others’ motions out of order…
if you know what I mean.
Honestly, the energy of any Good Ole Boys’ Club gathering does seem to spin around a fair amount of ruling. And rubbing. Of motions. ALL IN A VERY HETEROSEXUAL WAY, I’m sure.
Anyhow, I sat in a room and listened to resolutions and votes and pretty much chuckled at how Robert’s Rules of Order is, to middle-aged set, what dropping some Ecstasy and heading off to a rave is to those in their twenties. Whatever gets you throwing your hands in the air, my friends.
Then, in a few minutes here, I’m dashing off to an Online Evaluation Task Force meeting, which is also, I sense, supposed to make me feel like a contributing member of my academic community,
but mostly it makes me feel like there went another hour of my life I’ll never get back.
Further, tomorrow night I’m heading back down to the Twin Cities to attend an awards banquet dealie, which is the kind of event that is helpful in that it recalibrates my personal vision of Hell and makes me more appreciative than ever to breathe real air when I stumble out of the hotel, gasping for any small evidence of Real People in a Real World, at the end of four hours.
But, you know, I’m our family’s income earner, so these are the things I do. At the end of all this driving around and biting my tongue, I have to admit this stuff is hella good people watching.
In the absence of more time for typing in the next few days, I share with you one of Groom’s latest Digital Photography class assignments. The task was to create a collage, wherein the composite is comprised of a variety of photos. The other parameters were to use Photoshop to alter some bits and, get this for fun, to create an illustration for a classic children’s or folk tale.
All right, geniuses: what story is he illustrating with this collage of photos?