1. Yesterday before class began, I asked my students for product advice: "can anybody recommend a pair of headphones with a mic on it, you know, that you would use to talk on an iphone?" As they stared at me blankly, I slowly came to the realization that they don't need microphones for their thumbs.
2. While trudging up Pugh Street just downhill from a heavily cologned young man, it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, the cologne is some kind of subconscious effort to make up for his behind, left bare by his sagging jeans.
3. State Patty's day (held on a Saturday) is a totally watered down version of The U of Illinois Unofficial Saint Patrick's Day (held on a Friday). This year, the people on my neighborhood listserv are trying to "take back" the weekend by taking their kids out and doing family stuff. Maybe when The Bean is older we will participate in both efforts by setting up a stand in our yard and selling bottled water, changes of clothes, and cologne top ups.
4. On the flip side of #2 and #3 are the students in my class. They are giving speeches on really interesting issues: on the uprisings in Egypt, on Wikileaks, on China's one-child policy, on Wisconsin, on Arizona's anti-immigration laws, on unisexed children, on same sex marriage. They are bursting with questions for each other after the speeches, even though we don't have time for questions (note to self: need to build in time for questions). And they also go easy on the cologne. Perhaps this is because their pants are in the right place.