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True—but I didn't need to be reminded

Orientation began today at the university where I teach. A colleague and I addressed a group of the incoming students this afternoon. Tomorrow morning, we will have one-on-one meetings with the students.

What perfect timing, then, for this message from the cosmos:

"If we older citizens like to invoke experience as a qualification for exerting our authority from time to time, the truth is that much of our experience wears out, passes its sell-by date, becomes redundant."

— Jane Miller, writing in the July edition of In These Times magazine.


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Jul. 16th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
We are becoming the old farts we made fun of.
Jul. 16th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
The returning karma is going to be so vicious that I'll need a helmet.
Jul. 16th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
Tell those kids to get off my lawn.
Jul. 16th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
I was tempted to use a picture of Eastwood.
Jul. 17th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
Much of it, but not all. At least that's my story and I'm stickin' with it.
Jul. 17th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
Sure. It's not like we're witless.

It's funny: Tuesday at orientation I was talking about a student and wanted to use the phrase "keeping it real" while indicating that I knew the terms was out of use, so I preceded the remark with "as your generation used to say."

He answered, "No, that was more of a Gen X thing."

We both laughed, but I think for different reasons.
Jul. 17th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
Don't be surprised if a student shows up with a blue folder that has "Pat Vecchio Follies" written on it ...the student trades you even up by taking your stapler when you take thr folder from him. NYSRPT Co-Captain Circa 1972
Jul. 17th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
I don't remember that incident, but it sounds like it could have happened.
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