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AlthoughmyofficialtitleatworkisVisitingLecturer,weallknowthatsjustanicewayofsayingparttimer。

WhilemydepartmentisreallygeneroustoVLs,therearesomethingsthatcantbehelped。

Example。

IsharealargeofficeinthebasementofabuildingwithmostoftheotherVLs。

Itmakesconferencingchallengingattimes,andIsometimesfinditdifficulttoworkifthechattypeoplearethere。

Theresonemanwhobeganatthecollegewithmelastyear,andwegotofftoabadstartwhenhebeganseriouslydissingNewYorkandNewYorkersthefirstdaythatwewerebothinoursharedoffice。

Itriedtoreasonwithhim;IinformedhimthatIwas(am,really)aNewYorker,havingspentmyadultlifelivingthere。

Heranted,hisvoicelouderandlouder,soIignoredhim。

Iwasshortwithhimfortherestoftheyear,onlysayingthebareminimumnecessaryforpoliteness。

Whenheoverheardmetalkingaboutmyweddingtoanotherofficemate,hestartedinonhowobnoxiousfamiliesare,andhowthefatherscompetetoshowoffhowmuchmoneytheyhave。

Huh?

SincemydadisthemosthumblemanIknow,andsinceNealsdadisdeceased,Itoldhimthatwasunlikely。

Hebarelyhadthegracetobequietaboutthesubjectafterthat。

FastforwardtotodaywhenthisVLbeganarantabouthowrudeNYYankeesfansare。

Imnotabigbaseballfan,butasIvementionedbefore,IllalwaysoffermysupporttotheYankees。

Evenso,IwasgracioustomystudentsandfriendswhoareBoSoxfanswhentheirteamwonthebigtitlelastweekend。

Whiletherewilloftenbefrictionamongfansofdifferentteams,IverarelywitnessedanythingseriouslyrudefromtheYankeesfansIknow。

ThisguyjusthasitinforNewYork。

Icouldnttakeit。

ItoldhimthatIthoughthewastryingtobaitothersintheofficeforanargument,andthatIthoughtitwasobnoxioustomakesuchaclaim。

Iprobablyshouldhavekeptmymouthshut,butsometimesIhavetowonder:Isitwrongtowanttomakeavoodoodollofthisguyandstick100pinsinitstongue?

StartingnextweekImholdingmyofficehoursinthestudentunion。

Idontwanttogetintoanargumentwiththisguy,andImdoneholdingmytongueandunlessIgetthatvoodoodollinaction,harsherwordswillfly。

Danajustlistenedtothisonthephone。

Shesagoodlistener。

IfitkeepsyououtofjailwashersweetresponsewhenIapologizedforranting。

So,thanks,readers,forlettingmerant。

Itjustmightkeepmeoutoftheslammer!

OntheUFOfront,IfinishedtheDulaan-now-for-some-othercharityhattoday。