I live in a 1928 house built from a Sears kit, and while the landlady renovated the kitchen, the bathroom seems pretty close to original. So it’s got a shower conversion that consists of hanging some metal racks from the ceiling to hold a shower curtain around the clawfoot tub.

Yesterday a screw fell from somewhere into my shower, matching a previous screw that had mysteriously appeared in the bottom of the tub.

I cannot see any empty screwholes on the shower curtain rack, but I am concerned.


When I was at my SLAC, essays were generally due to the professor’s department mailbox at 4pm or 5pm on a Friday. So Fridays were always full of people frantically rushing from computer lab to the faculty office building, worried that turning it in at 4:02 would carry a penalty, or, if it was due at 4:30, that the office would close. (Small college: I think most of the social sciences and humanities were all in one or two buildings.)

Later, I realized that was a trick. The SLAC only had a thirteen-week semester. Professors couldn’t afford to give up a day to a class full of brain-dead students who had their essays to turn in but brought nothing else to class. My graduate university, with a fifteen-week semester, never did this.

So, now when I teach twice-a-week classes, I borrow this technique. But I do “upload to Blackboard by 5pm”, which is a bit easier, and doesn’t assume a residential college where everyone lives within three blocks.

Students seem to appreciate it, even.

I actually did my taxes five days early, on Wednesday. I haven’t done my taxes that early for years. Once I took them with me to a conference.

And then, last night, chatting with a friend about how she’d actually gotten paid for translation, and how I’d gotten a check for reviewing a textbook proposal—I realized, I had forgotten to report $250 of income I got for reviewing some grant applications.

Here’s the sad part. On Wednesday night, before doing my taxes, at dinner with a friend, I spent a good five minutes talking about how external academic income such as honorariums can be balanced against unreimbursed expenses.

My only hope was that I had received the check in January. Even though the grant application was due at Thanksgiving, I’d been slow about my paperwork.

Checked my bank history.

deposited 12/21.


Forgot I had this one! Watched the sun set on the Pacific.

I’m on a boat.

I am refusing to pay for Internet, but suddenly appreciating my choice to drive to this restaurant more.

Oh, and the buildings aren’t really that color. I hit the right sundown hour.

Not so springy, but a nice break. 25th floor. Guesses on the city are fine.