Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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In the Rushes

Today was a good day. Skylar was feeling well enough to go to school again. I finally got to ride down Campbell with Kim again. I read theory for two hours in the morning after dropping her off at work. I volunteered in Skylar's class again and really helped two of the children struggling with the phonetic approach to spelling. I had a great talk with the Bean, who was too tired to stay the whole day at school, as we drove down to the U of A, about the difference between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, culminating in a discussion of the teeth mammals in each category have. She got to say hello to lots of people in the English Department before Kim came to pick her up. The job talk I went to was excellent and the Q&A even better. Dinner at Kingfisher with the candidate and two junior-faculty colleagues was a delight. And my cold seems like it's starting to diminish in intensity. It was a day of pleasurable rushes. But the rush under which all the rushes were neatly subsumed was the rush of my first caffeinated coffee in weeks. There are few things I like better than returning to my sweet-smelling vice after one of my periodic "detox" periods. On hectic days like today, father's little helper is very helpful indeed. I often think how strange it is that anyone figured out how to make coffee in the first place. I mean, to pick the beans, dry them, roast them, crush them and then pour hot water on them is hardly the most logical thing to do, particularly since they have no food value. For all that, though, coffee was an ingenious discovery. I can almost taste tomorrow's cup now.

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