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Errantry: Novak's Journal
...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
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 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...!
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