The vexing case of the vanishing desk
Two exams given today. Two sets of projects due today. Two lab assignments that need to be returned. The usual assorted clutter: tea mugs, telephone, overheads, pens, pencils, computer paraphernalia. Where, oh where, could my desk and work table be?
The not-so-mysterious case of the nonexistent research time
My prime suspect: 12+ hours of committee meetings and work in one week.
The slightly more mysterious case of the missing texbooks
It’s about time for “adopting” our text books for next fall, and the book I currently use has a new edition available, so I wanted to check it out. The pushy publisher lovingly sent 3 copies of the text to me a few months ago. They are still sitting shrink-wrapped on my office bookshelf. Or rather, they were.
For when I went to consider whether I wanted to use the new edition next semester, I discovered that all three copies of the book were missing. Maybe I reshelved them? Nope. Maybe I got annoyed and stuck them in my file drawer? Nope. I was puzzled.
Then I asked my next-door-neighbor colleague who also teaches the same class whether I could borrow his copy of the new edition. Funny – his copies are missing too. Wherever could 6 brand-new still shrink-wrapped copies of $100+ text books have gone?