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Personal: I Am Not Dead 
28th-Nov-2006 02:21 pm
Brown Jacket/Bookcase
How should I say this? Delicately? I'm not sure how. Firmly? To be sure. Boldly? Why not?

I am not dead.

I'm over in my office, currently, at my posted office hours for students, and I just found out from Gale, the woman who runs the Department of Theology, that someone who was very upset had called the Graduate School having heard that I had died. The Graduate School, not being able to confirm this, called Gale, and Gale checked in with me, and I performed all the conversational checks necessary to confirm that I was actually talking with her and not having a Sixth Sense-kind of experience.

Buy Life and Other ImpossibilitiesThus I repeat: I am not dead.

Or I could say it with literary flair, quoting Twain: "Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

If I were dead, however, it follows that my CD would become a very valuable collectors item, right? You'd want to buy lots of them as Christmas stocking-stuffers for people of taste you know, just to get them in on the opportunity, right? In fact, the thing is pretty okay on its own merits, so you might want to do that anyway. You know, just in case.
28th-Nov-2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
What gave anyone the idea you were dead?
28th-Nov-2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
I have no idea, but at the very same time I have an email from my old friend P.J. (who played Keyboards on the CD, incidentally) checking in from his day at Loyola's Law School to see if I'm free to talk tonight, I've got his wife (a former student of mine) as one of the now list of people who have called the Graduate School....
28th-Nov-2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
LIST? Ojala.
28th-Nov-2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, in a day that I wanted no further distractions, I've now spent writing affirmations of my ongoing loitering on planet Earth and now have to go over to the Graduate School to make an appearance. Hopefully, I won't get hit by a bus crossing the street: that would really make everything weird....
28th-Nov-2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
What ought you have done, if you weren't busy... living?
28th-Nov-2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm doing the last-minute, still-working-on-my-conference-paper thing. You know, for the Modernity conference you declined to attend.
28th-Nov-2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Why Michael Anthony, that was almost a Jewish-grandma-level guilt trip you laid on there! I'm impressed.

It's still on my Outlook calendar, ironically -- I'd feel appropriately contrite about missing it if:
A) I wasn't so smug about having my paper turned into an article (due this week!)
B) I didn't know I was going to Marquette in March (still no date)
29th-Nov-2006 12:17 am (UTC)
And I would actually be disappointed if I hadn't known you'd be visiting up here before too long. But March? I had it in my head as May....

And as to the article: congratulations! Somehow that one had slipped past me, I think. Super news!
29th-Nov-2006 12:24 am (UTC)
I thought May too, but the Secretary/Treasurer (AKA my Director) says they usually meet much earlier than when they did last year -- closer to late March/early April.

I haven't posted in ages, which is why the news has gone without fanfare -- I'll be more excited when it gets sent off Thursday (and then when I hear it's gone through review, and then REALLY when it shows up in proper print in early 2007)
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28th-Nov-2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
Many thanks! I'm still trying to track down the root of this rumour, but it looks like it might be a South Bend/Saint Joe's thing, so I'm curious if it will get to Andrea somehow. But, between here and Facebook, I'm trying to proclaim my presence online.
28th-Nov-2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
So, what are the conversational checks necessarily to ascertain that you aren't having a Malcom Crow kind of experience? :)
29th-Nov-2006 12:20 am (UTC)
Clear, unambiguous Q-and-A exchanges. Definitely.
29th-Nov-2006 03:24 am (UTC) - clear and unambiguous
I assume they asked no theological questions?
29th-Nov-2006 04:54 am (UTC) - Re: clear and unambiguous
29th-Nov-2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Unless she's a Cole. :)
29th-Nov-2006 04:55 am (UTC)
[blank stare]


The only reference "Cole" has for me is Beth Cole, a friend and long-ago fling from college....
29th-Nov-2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
Sorry. Cole Seer ... from the Sixth Sense. If she was like him, it wouldn't prove that you weren't dead.

Anyway, hopefully be now all your collegues and friends know this rumour isn't true.
29th-Nov-2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Ah. Clearly I've not seen the movie since it came out...!
29th-Nov-2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
*lol* I'm sorry, it just seems funny. But it of course good that you're not dead.
29th-Nov-2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, it made for a strange, strange day: a total distraction from my planned quiet paper-writing. (That is, of course, why all the responses to your content-filled emails have to wait until next week: stop being thought-provoking! I'm really busy! :-P )
30th-Nov-2006 10:51 am (UTC)
Don't worry about it - you're not the only one who's supposed to be working!
29th-Nov-2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
On more of a serious note: What if you were to die? How would your lj friends find out? Did you ever give that any thought?
30th-Nov-2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Well, I suppose that's kind of a sensible question/eventuality. If something happened in the short term, I suppose I hope my Mum (who's a regular reader) would have the presence of mine to turn on my computer and make some sort of final note/announcement.

But it is kind of a complication that my "inner circle" of regular, local, daily-contact kinds of people are at best readers/lurkers only, never commenting in the pages of the journal itself.
30th-Nov-2006 04:57 am (UTC)
No one in my "inner circle" looks at my lj and no one has my password. So, should I suddenly stop posting....I could be in another realm. Perhaps I will find some other medium to convey the news.
30th-Nov-2006 05:06 am (UTC)
I do have it set so that I'm just automatically logged-in on my journal when the browser opens there, so anyone coming to my computer would have that opportunity....
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