Thursday, 13 November 2008

Comparing notes

Yesterday I had lunch with a professor who was appointed at the same time as I. After some smalltalk we agreed that Cambridge bikers were a dangerous species, especially the subspecies that do not use lights. Otherwise we were both satisfied with the biking arrangements.

We could also state that we felt privileged to have so little teaching and so much time for our own research: we had not been spoilt with such conditions at our previous working places. We liked the campus and found eating places pleasurable. Neither of us had been invited to join a college yet, and apparently it would take time. Neither of us had a date set for our inaugural lectures. We were still learning the rules and the jargon.

It feels good not to be the only one.

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