Getting the paperwork started on that got me out of the tedium of a few more scouting visits in this heat (90-ish, with 67% humidity, which the locals tell me is "a cool day"), after I had met some more of the faculty at a retirement party for a woman named Carol who I had met yesterday, and who had been running the Religious Studies office for 37 years, making her the senior member by far. I felt like I just sort of squeeked in right at the end of an era.
Now I'm killing a bit of time before going out to dinner with my chair, another prof, and the assistant Dean of my college this evening, up by the lake. Two nights dinners so far have included redfish in a sauce with nuts, raspberries and small shrimp at the College Inn on Carrollton, and then last night (with my chair and the chair of the Philosophy department) with a baked flounder (crawfish and andouille stuffing, corn, burdock, mushrooms, roast tomato vinaigrette) at a place in the Riverbend area called Dante's Kitchen. It's all pretty fab so far.