Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Inspired by a dream Profgrrrrl had about being forced to swap offices, I remembered that I was talking to my old major professor this past week and he came up with an hysterical, slightly fictional, story:

All of the faculty in a certain new building spend all of their time walking around looking for a better office or any lab space that they might be able to steal. No one dares leave a lab too clean out of fear it might look vacant and get taken from them.

He added that the only thing that distracted these faculty from looking for more lab space was their attempts to get someone else to teach their class next semester so they could do more research.

Their challenge? No one wants to take over their class unless they get a nicer office or some of that precious lab space in trade. Catch 22! As a result, they wander the halls forever like Marley's Ghost, dragging a chain of publications behind them and moaning about offices and teaching loads to anyone who will listen.

When they need a rest, they go to the Dean's office and moan there.


~profgrrrrl~ said...

Sadly, I know people engaging in a process not too different from this only over something other than office space (but course releases/switches are on the table).

Doctor Pion said...

You need a grinning old Irishman to lighten the mood by exaggerating it to the point of absurdity!