I don't want to grade, so I'm meme-ing again
Also, my car is dead and in the shop ...
This is a neat meme. I saw it at Pilgrim/Heretic's place, but I just noticed that New Kid just did it after getting it from Bright Star. So, here are the questions P/H asked me, and my answers. Leave me a comment if you want me to ask you questions, and I will!
- Did you ever consider a career other than academia? If so, what?
The first thing I remember wanting to be was a flamenco dancer. It was actually not atypical for little girls in my hometown. But as an adult? The only serious consideration was a Michelin-starred chef/restauranteuse
- What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you in the classroom?
I don't think I've ever had anything truly strange happen. Some strange students ... oh, wait! I walked in one day, and there on the podium (which, like most podia, was slanted) was a latté, dripping gently. I made a comment about someone leaving a drink, and the stoner student now known forever as Freak Boy said, "I brought it for you." It was the beginning of a long and stalk-y relationship.
- If you could relive one year of your life (without changing anything), what year would you choose and why?
1968 -- maybe. My parents were not yet divorced, I got to hear Bobby Kennedy speak (not that I remember much), my grandfather took me and my mother on a trip to the Caribbean and then driving from Miami to SoCal (which I remember clearly) by way of Hemisfair in Texas, and I danced in the big town parade AND the night show AND in the Nutcracker. So, like, it's a year where I can't remember any bad things.
- If you could trade real-life places with another blogger for a week, whom would you choose, and why?
Hmmm. Probably Tiruncula because she is (AFAIK) like me, single, female, and a medievalist. Unlike me, she seems very together, successful in the way I secretly wish I could be, but don't really think I'm cut out for, and her Latin rocks! Or Sharon for most of the same reasons. I excluded all y'all married people. Everybody I read has a fantastic SO, and I wouldn't want to be too jealous!
- Why is it that medievalists seem to have so much more fun (particularly in groups) than other historians?
Becaue we are more fun? Seriously, I'm not sure. There are some real bastards out there, but I wonder if part of it is that there are relatively few of us in any given department and our skill sets are often really different -- so much so that our colleagues tend to look at us as if we're aliens. To some people the idea of doing almost all of one's research in other languages is offputting or incredible. Plus, like all Europeanists, we get to go abroad. And the Middle Ages are just fun. But mostly I think it has to do with self-selecting geekdom. Medievalists are kind of the sf nerds of academe, and I think most of us are more willing to give each other's nerdiness a break. Oh -- and most of the medievalists I know enjoy good quality alcohol in generous amounts and are generally interested in sex. That doesn't necessarily hurt a party.
But then again, I could be wrong...