Tuesday, October 12, 2004

(Kind of ) apropos of what ace scribbler Myles had to say in the most recent car of his rarely-rattling brain gravy train, I'm wondering if any of my fellow once-and-future (God grant it) students feel themselves to be, in a cerebral sense, growing "older and fatter and louder on the sidelines," as others now go about the bookish business that once so occupied and enlivened us.

Erstwhile Academic #1: Shoot, just look't 'em'ere boys. Cain't write fer spit, think MLA stands fer "More Loans Available?," prob'ly hain't got a clue 'bout nothin' 'cept ultimate frisbee and X Box. Ain't I right?

Erstwhile Academic #2: (Scratches. Clears throat. Spits with flair into the quad.)

Erstwhile Academic #1: Dang straight I am! Now you take the literary criticism class a' 2001. Think monkeys don't grow on trees? They're a dime a dozen, but ain't a one of 'em ever stuck his head in that classroom, no sir! Good's what we was! You recall' t, don'cha?

Erstwhile Academic #2: (Tamps pipe.)

Erstwhile Academic #1: Some've 'em even talkin' 'bout goin' on up to the big leagues. Well, I'd like t' just see long it'd take them fellas to get all chewed up 'n spit outa' grad school. Right into Wal-Mart's where they'd land.

Erstwhile Academic #2: Guess then we'd have some company, huh?

Erstwhile Academic #1: (Gives Erstwhile Academic #2 a look of infinite disdain before rapping him smartly on the head with the latest Danielle Steele novel, and storming off to the video store).

5 Comments:

Blogger tracy said...

does a part of you miss being a student and partaking in bookish business?

October 12, 2004 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Viator said...

That's the direction in which I was attempting to drift, yes.

October 12, 2004 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger M. Lumpkin said...

Oh ohhhh... it hurts, it hurts. Fortunately, I haven't had young slackers to observe other than my Indonesian students.

Benj, we need your physical mailing address asap. Please email it to bendblock@yahoo.com. Singapore is an environment more conducive to sending international packages. You might just get lucky.

October 12, 2004 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Ben probably hasn't gotten lucky for a while . . . errr . . . I'm going to tape my mouth closed now. . . unfortunately, that will still leave my hands free to type.

October 12, 2004 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I am sooo glad I threw away those old papers now. My poor kids would have been subjected to "See kids. These are the thoughts mommy use to think before she got old...". Good thing I don't have kids, either.

October 18, 2004 at 5:09 AM  

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