Saturday, 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 Hippo_1 annoying Christmas songs like "I Want a Hippo for Christmas," and not get irritatedNietzsche_1 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.

Alene_1 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 scientificAriellesimon_1 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).

5.  Living exuberantly.

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

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