We all remember that I teach at a state university in an economically blighted area of the US, right? And that our students get offered full-time jobs that pay $11,000 per year after they graduate? And that our students work 2 – 3 part-time jobs while going to college, right?
A student of mine writes:
The government of our country is oppressive towards the rich people. It treats them unfailry by asking them to pay more than their fair share in taxes.
And you say empathy is dead in this country.
P.S. I have just been visited by a horrible suspicion. Is it possible that the student thinks I’m rich and is trying to get me to like them in this inventive manner?
Tell me that this isn’t the most stunning pasta you’ve ever seen:
I found it on the blog of a real billionaire but I improved it so now it is my own billionaire’s pasta. Cook penne al dente WITHOUT using any salt, add 1 or 2 raw eggs and mix them with the pasta. Add some fresh dill and some smoked salmon. Put the pasta on the plates and add caviar to each plate. Make sure you don’t mix the caviar with the pasta, just spread it on top of the pasta. Otherwise, you run the risk of destroying the caviar if you mix it aggressively.
It’s scrumptious. And if you live close to a Russian food store, it isn’t all that expensive to make it.
What is it with the weird trend of releasing several destined-to-be-bestsellers books on the same day? This creates an undue stress on the readers who have no idea which book to read first. It isn’t like books are TV shows that are scheduled against each other on different channels to attract advertisers, right? So what is the point of scheduling books to be released this way? In case anybody is wondering, here and here are the books I’m eagerly awaiting. Feel free to make fun, I don’t care.
Also, what is it with referring to people as “trolls” because they visited your stupid blog all of one time and left one very polite comment expressing their disagreement with your post? If you don’t know what a real troll is like, come over to my blog and I’ll happily share some of my real trolls with you. Does it make unpopular bloggers feel important to claim they have been trolled?
And how come my post “I’m Not American” is exactly fours times more popular than my post “I’m American“? What does it tell us about people’s reading preferences, huh? And then I get told that I spread negativity. Positive, feel-good posts are of no interest to people. And that is hardly my fault. Just try to venture a guess which post will be more popular, “I Hate My Students / Job / Boss / Husband / Neighbor / Life” or “I Love My Students / Job / Boss / Husband / Neighbor / Life”.
What is it that one needs to smoke and in what quantity to leave this kind of weird review on Amazon?
And, finally, do you also get the feeling that this will become a regular series on the blog?