When classes start I’ll quit
I’ve got until September 6
When classes start I’ll quit this
This is just some summer slippage
–Lifter Puller, “Mission Viejo” *
Resolutions are usually associated with New Year’s, but for those of in higher ed, or for people with school-age children, the “new year” usually arrives in August or September. It can be an opportunity to make yourself anew, even if just in some small way. (Of course, this year many of us are dealing with furloughs, higher insurance costs, and other involuntary concessions!)
For example, this year I’m doing two things differently:
- We’re going (largely) vegetarian, which has taken a bit more planning than I thought.
- I’m giving up my headphones on campus. (Backstory: I walk to work, and so I have a pretty good headphone/headset combo that lets me listen to music and make calls. I usually leave ‘em on until I get to my office or to class.) Now that I’m president of our local union chapter, disappearing into the sonic cocoon seems like the wrong image. When I get to campus, I’ll slip ‘em off.
What about you? Anything you’re quitting this academic year? (No points for saying “Prof. Hacker“!!!! We’ll be even more awesome in about 2 weeks.)
*Lifter Puller is the band from whence sprang–like Athena from the head of Zeus–The Hold Steady, the official band of Prof. Hacker. I know it’s not cool to love bands that rock, that we’re all supposed to stand around and nod to blippy electronic stuff or play guess-the-sample–but it’s no exaggeration to say that The Hold Steady will save your soul. See for yourself here: even the public radio listeners start jumping up and down at a live set. Their recent live album, A Positive Rage (normally I link to the mp3 version, but the bonus tracks are worth it), has more energy than three cups of coffee. Plus, the band’s got excellently quotable lyrics, like “we’re gonna build something this summer,” or “Let this be my annual reminder, we can all be something bigger.” They’re so quotable that my 6-yr-old’s favorite song on this earth is their “Ask Her For Some Adderall,” which is *totally* appropriate for children.
** Who had “three weeks” in the “When will Jason post about The Hold Steady?” pool?
[image by flickr user musicisentropy cc licensed]