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The Cold Is the Health of My State
Believe it or not, despite my sickly reputation I don't get a lot of colds. Maybe one a year, on average. And it's been longer than that since I last had one. But now I do. The strange thing is, as miserable as I feel in some ways, I have this strange sensation that it's a good cold, one I needed to have. Some of that has to do with the fact that it has accompanied -- and was no doubt triggered by -- my resumption of teaching this week. If getting a cold were always the price I had to pay for securing the classes I want, I'd happily sign up. There's more than that to the sensation. For whatever reason, when I have a cold I actually get more logical and efficient in the actions I do take, even if I'm slowed down enough to scale back the work I can accomplish. It's like my mind and body cooperate for once, agreeing that, given the limited resources at their disposal, they will work in tandem, without raising needless objections or spurting off in wasteful tangents.

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celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: August 27th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Your classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, right? Perhaps, if you are past the cold stage by next Tuesday we could meet for coffee or something in the evening (as my cooking class does not meet next Tuesday).

I, unlike you, do not take to colds well. My body and brain turn mostly to mush.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 27th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ahh, I'd love to meet. But Tuesdays I'm usually going to head straight back to Tucson to get Skylar from school at 3pm. Thursday is my long day on campus. Also, I'm going to be driving up Monday and Wednesday evenings sometimes to stay at a friend's house, to make the commute easier on me. With advance planning, I could come up early on one of those days to meet you. But Thursday is optimal.
masoo From: masoo Date: August 27th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
How did the resumption of teaching trigger a cold?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 27th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hmmm. I think I know where this is headed. But I don't think it's just a romantic notion of mine, that change and the concomitant destabilization of routine can abet whatever germs are out there. More scientifically, though, the fact that I was on campus last week getting ready may have exposed me to something. Or the fact that my resistance was down from having to get up so early and drive into the center of hell -- climatalogically speaking -- may have lowered my resistance to something Skylar brought home from school. Generally speaking, the beginning of a new school year, at whatever level, is accompanied by a spike in casually transmitted illnesses. See the University of Kansas for a dramatic example of this phenomenon.
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