1. I'm very happy that for one of my students the World Lit course was nourishing. Very happy.
2. As far as holding class, the fall term is over. It's all individual conferences and paper grading from here on out. Time seemed to open up for my this afternoon and I got caught up in grading WR 121 papers. It's a great feeling to be getting caught up.
3. I rewarded myself for getting those papers graded by going to 16 Tons for a pint and half of beer. It was relaxing to sit and ponder things. The beer was good. The music was good. I sat near some people who brought all kinds of finger food and were having animated conversation. The woman from that table spoke to me as I was settling my bill: "You must have had a great time eavesdropping on our conversation. We were talking about some pretty wild stuff." I replied, honestly, "I was really absorbed in my own little world. I didn't hear anything you talked about." We had a good laugh and I promised that if the same situation arose again that I'd eavesdrop next time. We laughed more. But, for the duration of those three half pints, I wasn't interested in anyone or anything. I just wanted to be quiet and think and remember and let association happen, with no real purpose except to be still.