December 23, 2006
No Bah Humbug Here!
Point of Personal Privilege Posted (alliteratively) by Jeff Lipshaw
My grading is done; I'm waiting for the SSRN "Revision Acceptance" e-mail on an article (more to come on that when there is something on the other end of the link); the boys are still sleeping; and I already finished the NYT crossword puzzle this morning. So it's time to kick back, turn off the annoying Christmas songs like "I Want a Hippo for Christmas," and not get irritated over things like sweeping generalizations from tenured academics about untenured CEOs (this is no apologetic for CEOs, but not every financial restatement requires the CEO to be fired).
Instead, I want to list, just arbitrarily, five good things:
1. I had no clue when we started this that Alan Childress (right, as Nietzsche) would be an Ubermensch of a blogger. Thanks, Alan and Mike, this has been fun.
2. Family. My wife, Alene (brilliant, talented, and as beautiful mother of the bride, left), and I met thirty years ago this past summer. This year our daughter got married to a great guy (Arielle & Simon, right), our older son got his name on a published scientific paper from working in the lab at Michigan this summer (he poo-poos it, but I'm still proud), and our younger son will be a classmate of Michelle Wie next year.
3. Colleagues. Tulane presently and Suffolk upcoming.
4. The virtual office. As a result, all of the people in academia I consider friends, many of whom I have never met (indeed, one of whom was a reference in the recent job market).
And just to prove I can be more sensitive than Alan: Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Chanukah, Happy New Year, Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, or my best wishes for whatever syncretic celebration (including pagan rituals) of the winter solstice suits you.
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What a nice turn from humbug to gratitude, Jeff! Terrific family photos and news. To get in the spirit, maybe we should be creating a list of the 10 best holiday songs. I'll nominate the Springsteen version of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and Joan Baez singing What Child Is This.
Posted by: Nancy Levit | Dec 24, 2006 5:13:36 AM
True. I still have to go with Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song, and maybe the Harlem Boys' Choir version of Little Drummer Boy...most any version of that.
Posted by: Alan Childress | Dec 24, 2006 8:06:47 AM