Monday, June 2, 2008

Teacher's (so late it was) Early Retirement


Last night, I did something that I never had to do in high school, college, or graduate school. I've only ever done it while wreaking havoc at childhood birthday parties, playing video games with my wife, or waiting in line for free chicken. I've done it in the past because I wanted to--never because there was work that actually had to be done.

I pulled an all-nighter.

Even though I don't teach until tomorrow, I stayed up to finish preparing my lectures for the week, grading and recording scores of exams and lab reports, and writing quizzes (I had been working on these since Friday morning). By the time I went to bed, the birds had begun chirping and the sky had already turned from pitch black to a terrifying shade of royal blue. It was 5:00 am, exactly 24 hours from the moment I would wake up to get ready for school on Tuesday morning-- a depressing realization. I considered staying awake for as long as I could, extending Sunday until I was no longer able to keep my eyes open-- and then going to sleep until Tuesday-- just forgetting about Monday altogether.

I did slept for a few hours, got up, initiated the caffeine drip that has lasted until about thirty minutes ago, walked the dog, did some laundry and dishes, and worked again until now (9:22 pm).

Actually teaching this class is a lot of fun. Preparing for the class is like running a marathon every weekend.

When I began writing this post, I am sure there was some sort of punchline I had in mind... but, between then and now, I have become bleary eyed and forgetful. Goodnight.

6 comments:

Russ Parker said...

Sleeplessness, sleeplessness is what I long for.

Andy said...

You should have saved that all-nighter for Monday night. not Sunday night. Almost everyone I know did, including many co-workers.

Mark said...

Yes...As a college student, all-nighters are fun, exciting, exhilarating and rewarding. As a real-lifer, they are scary, depressing, and daunting. Unless you're a real-life movie star.

Also...Have any of the uncontacted tribesmen posted?

Thanks.

yajeev said...

russ...
it's what you've got from me.

andy...
most of my students stayed up monday night as well. which made tuesday really, really fun: a classroom full of bobble heads.

mark...
depressing indeed. the worst of it is, i stayed up late so that i could print out my lecture notes for my students. then, after i reviewed them at home, i left them on the floor between the window and recliner. i didn't realize it until i got to school and reached into my bag for the handouts. i almost cried. then they said, hey, you're crying. then i said, no, there's just water coming out of my eyes.

no word yet from the uncontacted. i'm still holding out hope and an olive branch.

Grant said...

I saw this and thought you might enjoy it as much as me.

http://news.windingroad.com/tech/video-korean-chicken-soda-meal-drive-thru-revolution/

yajeev said...

grant--that is awesome.... I just may have to feature this in an upcoming post.