austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
austin_dern
austin_dern

Get your act up and don't be a slob

I haven't lived in a carpeted place in years. My semi-furnished Singapore apartment came with simulated wood and actual tile floors, which was fine, since that brought some coolness to the touch and made it easier to clean settled dust out. (I imagine I was too close to the oil refineries; there was dirt everywhere, and I'm not that filthy a guy even as a bachelor.) And my parents do have carpet in the bedrooms, but with the queen-sized bed in the small guest bedroom that means after getting out of bed I take maybe one or two steps out the door and I'm back on wood floors. So I have to re-acclimate to being in a place, specifically my aunt and uncle's, that has rather lush carpets covering most of the house. Mostly that means getting a lot of static electricity shocks as I reach for light switches. I just hope my poor computer can adjust. I try discharging myself before I get up to it, but boy, the electricity just keeps on coming.

And we've taken the chance to drive around the area and let me practice dropping in unannounced at colleges and universities which are perfectly happy with their current levels of academic staff, barging in on the department chair without an appointment, and leaving off my CV. That's going surprisingly well, mostly because the process can be started and wrapped up before I really lose my nerve -- about all I really have to do is introduce myself, explain why I don't currently have a job (mentioning teaching in Singapore seems to pique people's interests, as though I might have had interesting and novel experiences), and admit that I know they don't have a position listed but if I could leave off my paperwork perhaps they could remember me in the future. It's a lot easier applying for jobs that don't exist; it takes the pressure off.

While, oddly enough, using my textbook for reference I noticed a typo that slipped through every round of copy editing including my own obsessive staring at it. Blast it.

Trivia: The 1880 United States census reported $26.5 million spent in soap production, up $4 million from the 1870 census. Source: Advertising and the Transformation of American Society, 1865 - 1920, James D Norris.

Currently Reading: From Alfred to Henry III, 871 - 1272, Christopher Brooke.

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