A student assistant just phoned and said Obama was speaking in Greensboro today at 1 p.m. but that one had to be there at 11:00 (the time of our meeting) to make sure to get in.
"GO!" I said. The price of rescheduling the meeting is that she has to give me a full report.
Me, I have to stay at my desk and take advantage of the two free hours before my early afternoon seminar to catch up on desk work. I still have to finish the New Preface By The Author, too -- but may not get to this till after tonight's class. It is way overdue, but I had a way overdue refereeing thing due at an academic journal and that's what I did yesterday evening. (Yes, I got a full night's sleep afterward.)
Refereeing an article is a form of peer review. A journal sends you a proposed article by another scholar and you evaluate it re: its worthiness for publication and offer helpful critiques. I didn't start getting asked to do this kind of thing till last year. It's a Good Thing because it means the people at the fancy theological journal respect me as a scholar. Either that or they think I'm a pushover. It is an honor of a sort, unpaid of course, and can go on the list of things that count toward tenure. (It's considered "service to the academy.") I teach at a school that cares much more about teaching than about publication and academic service, but those do still count.
The non-leisurely life of academe. (In which my church work feels almost -- I did say ALMOST -- like a vacation.)
Did I mention I was thinking about going to Paris?
Um, how did I get from Barack Obama to the Ile Saint-Louis?