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, January 08, 2013

Learning and Growing

Not a whole helluva lot to say today other than I am learning and growing.  We ended up getting a flu vaccine yesterday, which was a good idea... we had just forgotten about it when we SHOULD have done it around Thanksgiving.  It would have been easier and quicker.  At this time of the year, in our region, the only place that still has it is the Public Health Department.  Because of this, instead of a five minute adventure like it would have been in November, became a 2.5 hour wait.  But, even though it was hot in the PHD, and more crowded than the scenes in Soylent Green, it was worth it to get the vaccine.  Although I must admit I felt rather like Edward G. Robinson's character, Sol Roth in that very noteworthy science fiction film. 

I admit to being a bit aggravated and frustrated after the long wait, and so I smoked my pipe, and again decided to put it away after less than a minute of smoking.  It was just not the stress relief or aggravation relief I had wanted it to be.  I still think, although I smoked briefly, that I did well yesterday, and I again think I learned a great deal.  Again, keep in mind that a normal pipe for me extends well into the 20+ minute range, so this was quite minor.  But it counts as 1 bowl. 


Today's (Tuesday's) Goal = 0

Yesterday's [1/7] (Monday's) Goal = 0 bowls
Actual consumption (Monday) = 1 bowl


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"......It was just not the stress relief or aggrivation(sic) relief I had wanted it to be......"

That is the problem with mistresses when they are on the wane. The mind engages, somewhat, in a bit of 'hedonic editing' in the dying days of a once pleasurable 'affaire de coeur'.
Not to worry, the healing process is on track.

Tuesday, 08 January, 2013  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...


Thank you for your comments today and also the others that you have been giving to my essays recently. I appreciate your time and effort.

The part of your comment today that rang especially true for me was:

"That is the problem with mistresses when they are on the wane. The mind engages, somewhat, in a bit of 'hedonic editing' in the dying days of a once pleasurable 'affaire de coeur'."

I think that your idea is quite true. Strangely enough, however, that feels quite sad to me. I tend to be a "stick-to-it" sort of fellow, who once I adopt something/someone/somewhatever, I tend to hold onto it tightly and want to keep it "forever". The lack of that "forever" is what feels sad.

Yet, as you suggest, that is likely part of the healing process.

Also, I have now corrected the spelling errors that were present in the original form of the essay. I often forget (or run out of time) to check through the writing before I hit the "publish" button. I tend to write this blog "off the cuff", but even though I want to have a more raw (less polished) account of my thoughts, I *should* at least do a quick check for major spelling errors.


Tuesday, 08 January, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad, and hence the hedonic editing.
It is healing though.

May I quote Petula Clark, from your pipe's point of view:

I know now I must go now
Though my heart wants me to stay
That girl is your tomorrow
I belong to yesterday

So kiss me goodbye and I'll try not to cry
All the tears in the world won't change your mind
There's someone new and she's waiting for you
Soon your heart will be leaving me behind
Linger awhile, then I'll go with a smile
Like a friend who just happened to call
For the last time pretend your are mine
My darling, kiss me goodbye.

And for you, may I quote Mr. Wordsworth:

What though the radiance
which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;

Tuesday, 08 January, 2013  
Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

I've never had the flu shot...but older I get I keep thinking maybe I should.

Now for movie Sovlent Green. This reminds me of something. A friend of mine ages ago was told that Sovlent Green was comedy...well she fell for it and went and seen it. As we all know it's not a comedy.

That one thing I never got in to. As most people tried to smoke and I would guess in life time I smoked a pack of cigarette.

But my goal is to get back on cleaning our shed/barn....loose one or two size before my son get mareried in July.

Coffee is on.

Tuesday, 08 January, 2013  

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