To quote John Lennon…

I’m soooooo tired.

Tired of what? Tired of quantitative research — the not-understanding-it part. Remember when I said that I was going to make sure I understood my statistics problem by the end of the day? Well yeah. That was a big fat lie.

I really have to question being expected to know enough about analyzing a quantitative study (that is, research that uses numbers, formulas and statistical data) to write for 2 hours about it, when none of my coursework dealt with statistics in any significant manner. In fact, I haven’t had a statistics class since doing my masters work back in 2001 or whatever. But hey, I’m always up for a party. Count me in.

Would I be a terrible teacher if I let my students watch the inauguration today? Thing is, the “big” part (the swearing-in and inaugural address) starts at noon…right when high school choir meets. Hmmmm. And it just isn’t the same watching video snippets of it later, you know?

Meh…I dunno. They need the rehearsal. Why am I so easily distracted these days? Why am I seemingly unable to form a single cogent thought? Why was I still awake at 1:45 a.m.? Why do I possess violent, angry sentiment toward my present educational situation?

I think now that I shall quote H.L. Mencken:

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

Yeah. That sounds nice.

Fink out. (Yarr!)

12 thoughts on “To quote John Lennon…

  1. Meg

    Sorry to hear you are pooped out. :(

    But if it makes you feel better I am ALL for watching TV in HS choir today. I mean it’s a big deal. I don’t wanna miss it. Heh. :)

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      I did, Kody. It was good, too. I think most of the kids really liked the speech. It was 30 minutes of silence from 83 people, anyway…I thought it was good.

  2. Ross

    Okay RF, I think it’s time for a reminder. You quoted Lennon and Mencken, I’ll quote RF (some seem to apply more than others):

    “I am going to follow through on what I say I’m going to do. Really.
    I am going to fight off negativity; it’s a life force sucker.
    I am going to be more organized — right now, before the new year starts and the insanity sets in for real.
    I am going to let old bitternesses go (except in the case of Boston University).
    I am going to accept — and this is a hard one for me — that people are going to say what people are going to say, and nothing I do or say can either stop it, turn it around, or make it so everyone’s happy.
    I am going to stop beating myself up about things I cannot change, did not cause, or with which I routinely struggle.”

    Today’s quotes are brought to you rather arrogantly by someone who himself did not make any resolutions this year.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Ha! Way to feed it back to me, Ross. I hear ya. It’s hard to stay the course, isn’t it? Old habits indeed die hard. I will try, I promise!

  3. Skylar

    You made my day. That was the first Inaugural Address I’ve ever seen *any* part of, and it was actually exciting to see. History in the making, right? So, no, you’re not terrible. :) Besides, we got rehearsal in there at the end. :D

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      I’m glad you appreciated seeing it, Skylar. I thought it was really important…and you know that’s true, because with the schedule changes because of semester exams, I would normally jump all over a 1-hour rehearsal!


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