Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Here's Looking at You, Squid!

This year I have (drumroll) an office. Shared, but nonetheless mine. And so my advisor said she would meet me at my office at 6:00, as clearly some obeisance had to be made to my exciting new (even if temporary) status.
In the meantime I had to go locate a scissors with which to undo a highly thrilling package that had just arrived from Brno. To be specific, over the summer Jesse kindly bought and mailed me a copy of the Štyrský exhibition catalog and it had finally arrived. It is probably the most expensive book I have yet bought, so I'm relieved it got here in one piece.
Having opened the package off in the TA Office, I was returning to my new lair, to be greeted by a voice whining "Professor, I don't know what to do my paper on, can you tell me what to write my paper on?"
While today I did get the first student inquiries about papers, none of them were in that special whine that only the satirically minded can properly muster. It was, of course, my advisor.
I brought forth the Štyrský catalog and brandished it, saying "You will write your paper on Štyrský's painting Squid Man!
Having taken care of all that, we went out to dinner.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Julia said...

Squid man! Enough to put me off squid for a good long time.

Congrats on the office, are you decorating it and lining the shelves with your academic books?

September 10, 2008 8:57 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

I was thinking I'd get some cheap lightweight curtains and stick them up with doublestick tape. My officemates and I basically have two bookshelves to our own and the rest belong to the normal inhabitant.

The place is horrifically sterile-looking and generally resembles a meat-locker minus the meat. My advisor hypothesized that a large vent by the ceiling causes the arctic wind. It is not what you might call the most desirable office in the building. Still, it is our own for the year.

September 13, 2008 2:22 AM  

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