Wednesday, December 10, 2008


All finals given. Grading has commenced.

Brain slowly collapsing under the pressure.

Mental failure imminent. Failure imminent!

Further blog posting and commenting delayed.

Recovery possible in two days.



Lisa said...

You ought to take a nap :)

Ello - Ellen Oh said...

Oh Charles!!!!

I feel your pain! Take it easy and remember to rest your eyes and your brain in regular intervals!

Good luck!

Vesper said...

Certainly possible...


BernardL said...

Feel the force, Luke! :)

writtenwyrdd said...

Wave robotic arms resembling dryer vent hose in frantic up and down manner.

Collapse on side, wheels on feet spinning.

Howl danger will robinson! in fading voice...

writtenwyrdd said...

See, I felt your pain! Now that I'm all recovered, I must observe that life as a professor involves a lot of freaking time outside the office. Do you also do clinical research besides doing the articles, the boards you belong on and etc.?

Chris said...

Far beneath the ship,
the world is mourning.
They don't realize
he's alive.
No one understands,
but Major Tom sees.
"Now the light commands
this is my home,
I'm coming home."

AvDB said...

Enjoy the mental shutdown. We'll be here when you power up again.

Lana Gramlich said...

Shhhhh, baby, shhhhhhh. It'll all be over soon. Shhhhhh.

Anonymous said...


Good luck! Sounds like an avalanche.

Cloudia said...

Feel Better, Charles:
The "anti-logical" content of my blog today might soothe you . . . pretty pictures!
Comgrats on shaping young minds (mine included ;-) Aloha-

Travis Erwin said...

May you get some quality writing time in as reward.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I wish I could give my students a final; that in itself would be a beginning. For some reason, cons always thinking they're smarter than they actually are.

ivan said...

I empathize.

Somebody else gets this way too?

Happened to me one December when I was not only overloaded with work, but had to face a hostile class which would simply not do the assignments.
They already had their B.A.'s and who is a teaching master to tell them what to do?
Had to give most of them a DNW...Did Not Write. And they didn't.
Tough row to hoe in the vinyard.
But looking back, I should have given them F's.
It was the Christmas when I would become a full-time prof.
I just walked away.

Scott said...


Hang in there, Brother! have a beer (or several), listen to something relaxing (like Motorhead or Manowar), and chill for a bit.

G. B. Miller said...

When all is said and done, make sure you go somewhere by yourself and really let loose.

We'll be here when you're through.

laughingwolf said...

a dozen strong malt liquors and solid 10-12 hours' shuteye should do it, charles ;)

Barbara Martin said...

Ditto on Laughingwolf's cure, plus two slices of cucumbers over your eyelids.

Travis Cody said...

Heed the red light blinking low batt and plug back in!

SQT said...

I find singing little songs to be helpful when I'm stressed.

Something like, "let's chainsaw the computer and shave the boss' head," is one of my favorite little ditties.

I'm sure you could think of something similar.

Leon said...

I loved teaching!!!
I hated grading papers!!
That never changed over for the 40+ years I spent as a faculty member!
Nuf said ;~D

Erik Donald France said...

Recovery is possible, eventually.

Good luck!

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Don't blow a fuse, dude.

the walking man said...

Same advice as last year, shuffle the papers up and grade D, C, D-, A, B-, D,D,D,D,D, B+, C, A++ repeat pattern, have a beer.

FANCY said...

Oh I'm so sorry...but- I want to say that whatever happen there always possibility... how small and hard it is to see that you have the talent and the right or chance to choose ...;)

Heff said...

Take a breather, dude.

cs harris said...

Almost there!

pattinase (abbott) said...

You sound just like my husband.

Steve Malley said...

Naps are good.

So is beer.

Aine said...

Stress makes the relaxing times that much sweeter.

Hang in there!

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks to everyone for their supportive comments. I should get back to regular blogging and posting tomorrow.

Angie said...

LOL! Hang in there, hon! :D


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J. L. Krueger said...

Nothing a long nap and a wee dram of a good single malt can't cure!

A wee that's something I haven't even smelled in months!

Enjoy your break when it comes!

Shauna Roberts said...

Hope you recharge quickly and write a lot on the next Talera book!

Barrie said...

I must say that, as a student, I never thought of the end of the semester from the prof's perspective. Ah, the life of a self-centered student!