Friday, September 08, 2006

An Extended Summer Vacation

Wednesday was my first day of classes for the semester - but it was pretty anticlimactic. The overwhelming majority of professors at my university are on strike. Which means they're not having class until they get the contract they want. Which is crazy. Not "you professors are dumb" crazy, but "I can't believe I'm not having class" crazy.
I only have classes two days a week. The other three days, I'm going to be busting my ass at work. But because of this strike, and the fact that I only had one class on Wednesday, I feel like I'm still on vacation. I can't make myself get out of bed at a reasonable hour, and then I just lay around and watch ER reruns until noon and only after that's all done do I get my shit together for the day.
Getting into work by 9 AM isn't fully expected of me - yet - since I work in the nighttime, too, and really, no one expects me to work a thirteen-hour day. But damn! I'm a grown-up! I should be up by 8 at the latest!

Anyway, that's my story.

I'm kind of sad I didn't see this lady picketing. She looks awesome.

professors on strike, and the havoc it's wreaking on my sleep cycle - C+

6 comments:

Bethro said...

So does that mess up people's plan for graduating at a certain time? Are students going to have to retake courses or make up that time somewhere? I'm totally stressed by this and I'm not even a student there!

amandarama said...

So far, since it's been less than a week, it's not a big deal, and all the professors I've heard from have said that the students won't be penalized - that is, we'll get the course we're paying for. But if it goes much longer, I think they'll bring in replpacement professors.

mama kay said...

That totally *blows* - oh wait, that's Paris, sorry. But must be frustrating (also Paris .. but)- I know what you mean about the vacation thing. You get yourself all set to go-go-go and really you just have to sit back and wait. Enjoy the time because I am certain that you will be busier than you can even imagine before you know it!

elisepeterson said...

amanda-where do you work and go to school...i will be in ann arbor the end of sept if you want to grab a beer or visit for a few hours. what univeristy profs is on strike?

patrick said...

That photograph makes it appear as if that woman is holding a gun. I know they take that union stuff seriously in the MI, but...wow.

paultoes said...

i would so love to be in college and not have to go. but you probably don't get degrees that way...
anyhow, i am going to be in ann arbor next weekend. for my sister's wedding. i know you and weddings. crashing the reception is totally acceptable.