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.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

An Array of Randomness

To be frank, there are a helluva lot of things I should be working on at the moment. I am in the midst of proctoring a final exam as I type, and have brought other exams from earlier in the week to grade, I have scores to input into my grading spreadsheet, and I have three books that I have received through inter-library loan that I need to work through before their due date next week.

Yet, my mind is more than a bit  muddled and unfocused at the moment. My neurons are not being as cohesive and focused as they should be.  I feel no ambition to do anything productive.  I have been sitting and day dreaming.

About what have I been daydreaming?   Nothing particularly deep,  nor Earth shattering or wonderful like hoping for world peace, nor anything even racy.  I have been thinking about a variety of easy to imagine nonsense that I can focus on for 5-10 seconds before my mind fumbles/stumbles onto something else mildly captivating to me at the moment. Here is a sample list:

1. Imagining smoking my pipe.
2. Imagining drinking some whiskey over shaved ice.
3. Imagining bicycling around the county this Summer.
4. Imagining being in San Diego.
5. Imagining being in Churchill, Manitoba.
6. Imagining smoking my pipe again.
7. Imagining writing the novel (or two) that I have wanted to do (I have a few different plot outlines I have developed over the years I could choose from. 
8. Imagining drinking a tall gin and tonic.
9. Imagining eating a wonderfully spicy Indian Curry dish, especially one featuring garbanzo beans and lentils. 
10. Imagining Summer.
11. Imagining sitting out in the sunshine.
12. Imagining having another pipe.
13. Imagining a hazelnut pie (I have never heard of such a thing, but in my mind I have been thinking of a recipe for one that is a modification of a classic pecan pie recipe with some other flavors and ingredients.)
14. Imagining drinking a boilermaker.
15. Imagining a double cheese, italian sausage, green pepper, onion, and pineapple pizza.
16.Imagining eating a cherry red snow cone. 
17. Imagining floating in a swimming pool on a beautiful Summer day.
18. Imagining smoking my pipe.
19. Imagining sitting outside in a large field on a scorching hot Summer day and having cloud cover arrive and a cooling, gentle rain fall upon me.
20. Imagining eating a large, spicy Mexican dinner.

The above doesn't make me feel like much of an adventurer or anything exciting or noteworthy.  But, perhaps that is "ok" though, for that is where my mind is at today.



Blogger BBC said...

Nothing wrong with a good imagination and wanting to goof off some.

Books are good, depending on the books you are reading, my interests vary a lot when it comes to reading.

Thursday, 26 April, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

Nothing can replace the warmth of a good book, unless it's a boob.


Thursday, 26 April, 2012  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...


My tastes in reading are all over the map. Perhaps I will write an essay about it tomorrow now that you mention the idea.

But, at the moment, the types of books I have been reading and enjoying the most include mysteries (especially of the medical drama or science variety, although more traditional police detective varieties are frequent as well), biographies, and some science fiction.

I am sorry that Leslie is bothering you again. But, if I were you, I would strongly consider putting your comments back on and simply ignoring anything she writes. I think that responding to her (in writing, or by shutting down your comments) only feeds her and gives her what SHE wants. Ignoring her completely will more likely than not escalate her efforts for a few days... but I suspect in the long run she will quietly slink away after she sees you will not feed her any longer.


Thursday, 26 April, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

It does me no good to ignore her and she simply won't give up once she gets started and I don't have time to sit here and delete 30 of her comments a day.

I'm not the only one she has harassed over the years, she's driven some of them off the web or into hiding.

I've done some picking on others at times myself but never to the extent that she does.

Anyway, I'm collecting links (also saved emails she sent me) and such to present a case to Blogger to get her kicked off her site.

There's laws against cyberbullying and a little time in jail may do her some good. I think she's very intelligent in some ways but has some insanity in her.

Anyway, I'm not enough of a geek to track her down but they damn sure can.

Thursday, 26 April, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

I've enjoyed some westerns lately, I like a good hero.

But the last book I read was a science book.

Thursday, 26 April, 2012  
Blogger austere said...

PT... are you on a diet or something?
AND how on earth do you read 3 books a week?

Friday, 27 April, 2012  

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