The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


It is Tuesday.  And, it is nice out... Actually in the 50s!  Even when I ran early this morning it was in the low 40s!  It feels like Sprin is really finally staying!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Prince Albert

No one around these parts sells Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco anymore.  Haven't seen it for two years or so,  but I saw one small package of ot today and bought it.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

No Motivation

In my continual griping apparently this week, I can attest that I have no motivation to do a damn thing.  I did force myself to do some things thiough:

1.  I jogged again two of the five miles even though it was not what I wanted to do today.

2.  I have and graded my exam.

3.  I got all my grade books up to snuff.

4.  I visited the cemetery as I do weekly.  

5.  I talked with a load of students, did a shipload of paperwork, and talked with a colleague about an idiotic issue he was causing and got him to change it even though he was not happy to do so.

I still feel crappy an under the weather, but have to say it feels as if it is improving... I just wish I would get back to normal more quickly.  

I am just ornery and tired and do not want to do a damn thing anymore.


Monday, April 25, 2016

A Hurting Friend

A friend of mine that I have known for 30+ years is in the hospital with congestive heart failure.  It makes me feel sad for him and his family.  I hope he recovers and is stronger again. 

I am feeling a bit under the weather at the moment.  I am achy all over and have a sore throat and feel like I have swollen glands.  Of the two primary probable ailments...  an upper respiratory infection or an allergic response to the pollen levels rising exponentially in my region, I am hoping it is an allergic reaction.  That would be the shorter lasting of the two.  I usually have little to no problems with allergies, except during the first onset of the season... And, then the allergic feelings are sporadic.  

I still forced myself to jog two of the five miles. Today and got my heart rate going to 150, so that is good.  I am aiming to try to jog some every day now instead o just walking.  If I can get a high enough consistency number with jogging, I will be able to force myself into I even when I lack some gumption.  I figure if I can get to the magic number of 25 days in a row of jogging at leas two miles of my five miles total, I may have enough consistency to keep it going come hell or high water.  I remember feeling the sense of commitment with walking setting into me at about day 25, and hell,  I am getting closer and closer to 3000 now.

As I sit and finish this typing while having a pipe, my heart rate is 62.  Not bad at all, especially while having a damn pipe. 


Saturday, April 23, 2016


Today felt rather blah.  I am feeling very hungry, but nothing sounds good except perhaps something that I know I will not be happy with after I eat it.  The one thing that sound reasonably interesting would be to have a large every topping under the sun pizza... And probably eat the whole damn thing.  But 1) I do not want to order, run out to get and pay for the type of pizza I want, and 2) I know if I did go get that pizza, it would end up with me fretting indigestion, and I would curse myself for being stupid enough to eat it when I knew it would give me indigestion.

So, I sit here trying to figure out what to eat.  My wife is going to eat some left over Chinese food she had from work yesterday.  Chinese food is definetly not what I want to eat either.  


Friday, April 22, 2016


A As is my usual, I am tipsy this evening after a few libations with my elderly father-in-law.  Unfortunately, today, I am not feeling as pleasant as normal because when we were both starting to drink the shot glass of the whiskey with our boilermaker, I inadvertently sneezed, and it came out my nose.  It was pretty damn funny at the moment, but it feels awfully damn sh*tty now a few hours after it happened.  


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jelly Beans

When I was 100 pounds heavier, I used to shun jelly beans as bland, boring pieces of candy that I would ignore in favor just about any food.  The same could be said of Necco Wafers... Bland!

But since I lost 100 Pounds several years ago, when I get a sweet tooth, I now find that jelly beans and Necco wafers are my "go to" candies of choice above damn near anything else.  It is interesting how perspectives can change.

Maybe I can look for a substitute for pipe tobacco... something that can become my new go to item instead of tobacco when I have the sort of craving I associate with pipe tobacco?