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5 March, 2007


Dear students with runny noses, aka persons residing in the hell of serious snot-production,

Test-taking time is supposed to be quiet time. Do you know how loud a room full of sniffles is? Also, you are supposed to be (young) adults! Have you not heard of: cold medicine? or at least Kleenex? Amazingly, if you blow your nose really well before class, you might not be making those incredibly loud noises that tell your prof that you don’t care if she has both serious work and serious canoodling to do over break, while you’re taking your damned colds to the beach! And by the way — antibacterial hand gel, please. And if the prof offers you a Kleenex? Use it, dammit! Don’t tell me you don’t need it when you clearly do!

Really, people. Grow up and take some responsibility for your own health and that of the people who come in contact with you. Which reminds me … I guess I need to go buy some of that anti-bacterial stuff for handling these toxic exam books. Y’all are damned lucky that there were at least 5 of you snortling away and that I’ll have finished marking your exams before I can actually come down with something. Because if I do, there’ll be hell to pay.

Much love, but with serious irritation,

Dr (not Mrs.) ADM

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 5 March, 2007 9:58 pm

    serious canoodling? With whom??? 🙂

  2. 5 March, 2007 11:10 pm

    A person I’ll just call LDW.

  3. 6 March, 2007 2:07 am

    Canoodling with a cold is less fun than canoodling while healthy. Good luck on that!(I hate people sharing germs!)

  4. 6 March, 2007 8:59 am

    I will always blame my lower than expected score on the SATs the first time around on some miserable, annoying sniffler. I kept on making desperate eye contact with the proctor but no one offered the girl a tissue! I always have a package of tissues visible on my desk during exams and mention them when I hand out the test booklets. And I’ve still gotten snifflers.

  5. 6 March, 2007 8:12 pm

    LD? Oh no? Can’t any of us get into a relationship that isn’t LD???

  6. 6 March, 2007 11:06 pm

    Well, there’s P/H. But yep — fall for an academic, be ready to deal with LD.

  7. 6 March, 2007 11:27 pm

    What gets me is that Dr. (not Mrs) thing. What *ARE* they thinking? Mine are always amazed when I correct them!

  8. 7 March, 2007 5:10 am

    Oh lordy, I got one of those “Mrs” just last week. I keep thinking that I need to make a statement about that the very first day, and I always forget. *grumbles*

  9. 7 March, 2007 1:36 pm

    I think part of it is regional. All of the children I meet call me Miss Another. A colleague introduced her grandchild to me and asked if I liked Dr or Ms. Medievalist, and I said that since the child was a social acquaintance, we could dispense with the doctor. Colleague said, well, normally, we’d just say, Miss Another — is that OK? So I am Miss Another to children who are raised right. Fortunately the teenagers generally call me Another.

  10. 11 March, 2007 7:39 am

    Mircowave them. Really it’ll kill anything on them. I hear some swear by it. (Though really most of the germs will be dead by the time you really start handling the test books)

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