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Thirty

At the end of each semester, I take down my class/office hours schedule from outside my office door and write the number 30 on it in thick Sharpie letters. Then I tape it to my door.

30 is a print journalist's shorthand for "the end." It was much more widely used back in the days when we reporters wrote our stories on manual typewriters and needed to signal the end of a story to the typists.

Each spring, 30 marks the end of a semester as well as the end of a school year. It's tough to believe I just wrapped up my ninth year of teaching. As with other years, it seemed to pass quickly. God willing, I'll be back in August to start another year.

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cwmackowski
May. 14th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Hurray for you!
thecriz5
May. 14th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
At work, when we sign out at the end of each day, we have to write 30 next to our names. I've always wondered why 30 and what it meant, but no one could provide me with an answer. Until now.
patrick_vecchio
May. 14th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Just to mess with their heads, write "29" when you go out for lunch but intend to come back.

I used to sign all my memos "223," which was my office's telephone extension, because when I was working for those greedheads I always felt like a number.
thecriz5
May. 14th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Every time I come in to each morning and stop to punch in at the time clock -- which is something I haven't had to do at work since I was 16 -- I always think to myself "Welcome to Machine."
westerjl
May. 18th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
And a fine semester it was.
patrick_vecchio
May. 18th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
You graduated, right?
westerjl
May. 18th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
I hope so! I was unable to be there on Sunday, but I haven't received my grades yet...
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