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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Today marks the 2,260th day in a row that I have walked (sometimes jogged) each and every day for approximately 5 miles.   It is an endeavor that now is very much a habit and is second nature to me.  It has been very helpful for me physically (normal BMI) and emotionally (helps me to reduce stress.  I am glad I do this, and I am glad I have the motivator of being able to get such a large number.  Even though the number plays a less crucial role these days as the habit is established, I still like the idea now that I have just passed 2250 and also moving towards a fun milestone number of 2345.  I hope I keep up my consistency.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday and All is Well

Marination with my father-in-law is likely to ensue today.  It should be great fun.  First, I am going to try to get all sorts of work done before I head out.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Becoming a Hedonist?!?

I wonder if this is what it is like to be a hedonist?  Yesterday, I had a pleasant and productive work day.  I was driving home when I remembered that the Department had scheduled an evening Curriculum Meeting (that made me both cringe and cuss in my truck).  The one redeeming feature was that the scheduler decided to hold the meeting in the barroom of a local microbrewery.  Now, I do not really get "into" the trendiness of microbreweries, but at least it was BEER, and it would make the meeting a helluva lot better.

So, I went there.  I looked at the beer list, and they had a red beer called "Rodent Piss".  I thought the name was funny enough (especially since I work with rodents) to give it a shot.  I ordered two 12 ounce mugs.  When the waitress came back, she gave me two 22 ounce "tall" mugs saying that she had forgotten that the particular microbrew I ordered was "on special" with the 22 ounce being much cheaper than the 12 ounce mug.  She thought I might like that instead to save money.  I hesitated with a raised eyebrow for only about 2-3 seconds, and then I told her,  "Sure.... what the hell!"  

I have to admit that the "Rodent Piss" was pretty damn tasty.  I guess I could get to like microbrews. :)  The two large mugs helped the meeting turn into a VERY good meeting.  When I got home, I was feeling quite pleasant, and my wife and I watched a show on television while we talked.  When we finally went to be around 11:30, we made love, and it was very beautiful and relaxing. 

Then, to top it all off,  it was 5:00am (my alarm had just gone off to go walk) and I was sleeping in spoon fashion with my wife.  My wife woke up a little bit from my alarm (not typical, she is used to her alarm sound that happens later) and noticed that she could feel my "interest" for her as I moved to turn off the alarm.  She actually giggled about my having the erection while sleeping (actually as males recognize, it is physiologically very typical for this to occur while sleeping).  She then proceeded to ask me, "So, does this mean you would like a "quickie"?"

I was a bit surprised, but very quickly took her up on her offer!  It was wonderful, spontaneous, and completely unexpected by me. 

Needless to say, my walk was delayed a bit, and I have had a big furry-faced grin most of the day at work and a fairly muddled mindset to boot. 

I wonder if this is what it is like to be a hedonist?  If so, it is a pretty damn good feeling.  I could get used to my days being like the last 24 hours. 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Do Want...

I *do* want to be tobacco free.  But of course, part of me wants to continue to smoke pipe tobacco.  It is so very, non-linear a way of thinking.  I think that perhaps the chaotic "struggle" of feeling in favor of quitting and in also wanting to smoke is what makes it difficult for me to take a more permanent step towards accomplishing anything in regards to my pipe smoking.  It is frustrating.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Efforts

Not feeling very organized or linear this morning.  My mind and my body both seem a bit unfocused.  I think it may be because I did not walk this morning (I will do so later in the day, today).  I did not walk because I was helping my wife as she prepared to spend the day at a hospital where her aunt is undergoing surgery.  She is hoping to help out the family.   I hope that I can reign in my lack of linearity of focus and get something accomplished.


Sunday, November 16, 2014


My wife and I so enjoyed the play last night that we went to see it again!  That is not something I've ever done before, but it just felt good.  We both were happy to go again.  This was a matinee showing and was again wonderful!  

High temperatures around here have been in the low 20s the last few days.  Walking at 5 am with my dog is quite cold again, usually in the low teens.  I am not quite acclimated to it yet so I do feel it, but I am building this season's cold tolerance and suspect it will feel pretty normal on a few more days.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Willy Wonka

Just came home from a regional theater version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  Many of us have seen one or both of the films.  But to see the show as a theater production adds a little more to it that you don't get from the films.  The films are wonderful too though.

It is an allegory about choices in life.  To be truthful and kind, versus being a glutton, or selfish, or greedy, or self centered.  It was a wonderful musical and it gave me a great feeling of happiness watching and listening.