- Thanks to friends and family, especially given the hard knocks of late.
- Thanks to the associate professors at McGill here are not only wise but also good humored so that they can poke at me until I giggle. Metaphorically speaking.
- Thanks to the undergrads of McGill. My 600 person class, although knocked on its heals by H1N1 and other maladies, has been a blast to teach as they consistently ask sharp questions, making me think about things I have taken for granted.
- Thanks to the grad students of McGill for doing my work, most as TAs these days. Also, for pushing me to think and for being excellent post-talk, pre-dinner with speaker beer companions. Well, it makes sense to them, if not you.
- I am pretty thankful that I have a pretty good job in this nasty economy. While things are not perfect, I do know that I am lucky not be entering this current academic job market as an ABD without any pubs, like I did a decade and a half ago (sorry to my current Phds who are entering the job market).
- I am thankful that I am no longer embarrassed by my President, although the extremists in his opposition should embarrass all Americans.
- I am grateful to all of my ultimate teammates for making my throws look good, for covering my guy when I fall behind, and for occasionally throwing the disk at the end of my reach so that I can lay out for it (I wish I had a picture of my moo-dive). I am grateful to my opponents for challenging me and for their great spirit. I am amazed that I am still playing after all of these years and that I am still learning.
- I am actually grateful for the Montreal winters because skiing with my kid is just bliss.
- I am grateful that my family enjoys my humor--as I love a good audience and 600 kids for a couple of hours a week apparently is not sufficient.
- I am grateful that folks have read my blog and pushed me with their comments to think a bit more about some of the stuff about which I blather.
- I am grateful for the other bloggers out there whose ideas I steal/borrow/build upon. I get heaps of links from facebook friends as well. I am definitely reading more stuff, even if it makes me fall behind in my book reading.
- I am grateful for the internet, which has been both boon and bane for my productivity as a scholar but has consistently provided me with much edutainment.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Semi-Required Season Post: Thanks
As I will be traveling to family and then a reunion this weekend (with the homeland guarded fiercely by cat, dog and house-sitter), I may not be blogging much over the next few days. So, here is the season ritual--giving thanks: