Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Oh, how I despise April Fools Day. I am without a doubt the most gullible person I know, which is ironic since I'm also probably the most skeptical and suspicious person I know. Go figure. But I dislike practical jokes in general and only rarely will be a party to them.* See, practical jokes are designed to make someone look dumb, and I disapprove of that. Also, even though I'm aware that it's April 1st, I keep forgetting, so whenever someone says something april-foolish, my first reaction is to be shocked and amazed and say "Really???" Then they say "April Fools!!" and I feel dumb which, I may have mentioned, I disapprove of. I resolve to be vigilant so I don't get taken in, then five minutes later I'll forget what day it is and fall for the next stupid thing that's said.
So when I got the email this morning at 9:00 saying "Surprise, the professor is stuck in Philadelphia and you have to teach Bio 230 today!", I wanted it to be a joke. But it wasn't. Luckily, the professor did arrive partway through class, and I got a reprieve.
Oh, and Mr. Student who thinks he's being so sly by turning his laptop so I can't see his screen: I don't really care what you're doing, but if you're not going to pay attention or take notes, why do you bother showing up?
*I have orchestrated two practical jokes in my life (that I remember, anyway). The first involved a rubber snake, a medicine cabinet, and my mom. The second was when I worked for the police. I had been chatting with the communications people about creating a glossary of police terms to put on the website. Then I went to my desk and sent them an email from the address 2cool4U@aol.com that said dudes, wouldn't it be awesome if there was like a glossary of police terms on the website? They totally fell for it and I was exceedingly proud of myself. I let them off the hook in a few minutes, though, before they did something crazy like report to the CO that the public is clamoring for glossaries and now they have proof.