This evening, self finds herself pondering a few choice words from Stanford grads of yore. To wit:
From Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (class of ’59), who said, “Now, you’re either on the bus or off the bus.”
From His Eminence John Steinbeck (class of ’23), who said, “I know this — a man got to do what he got to do.”
What insight! What wisdom! Now, how to apply such to self’s own muddled musings?
For instance, self is increasingly of the opinion that teaching is no help to her writing. No. In fact, when self finds herself spending an inordinate amount of time wondering how she can get her lovely students to shut up and do the assignment without whining (and such is her devotion to duty that she is inclined to spend hours and hours pondering such), she thinks teaching is an absolute and positively tragic waste of good writing time.
So this evening finds self’s thoughts going round and round in circles: Teach or write? Teach or write?
The choice should be obvious. But, alas, hubby is in a start-up. And the economy looks like it is tanking. And gas is now $4/ gallon. And housing prices are falling, faaaallling . . .
Which brings self back to pondering yet another thing about Stanford grads.
In the latest issue of the Stanford magazine, self reads that Randy Hulett (’96), Zander Nosler (’94), and Jorah Wyer (’94) have designed an $11,000 coffee maker. This mother of all coffee machines “allows precise control over every aspect of the extraction process, from grind size to water temperature to brew time. The variables can then be tailored to the particular type of bean, drawing out flavors that would never make it into an average cup of joe. Coffee fanatics hope the technology will increase appreciation for brewed coffee.”
This, apparently, is not a joke, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.