Our visiting assistant prof thought it was a good idea to tell me things the department did were a disaster, and that people in it were crazy. (I’m pretty easygoing, but that seems tremendously impolitic, no?). Anyhow, I found myself saying, two or three times, “well, that’s his/her persona—grumpy Grandpa, person who complains….”

I’m not real psyched about my tendency to excuse people like that.