The APA was the real-world equivalent of a Lars Von Trier film (I mean one of the ones that don't suck)-- completely devastating for anyone not lucky enough to be in a position which allows one the comfort of blocking out the surrounding tragedy.
More on that in a later post. For now, I call attention to a nice post about the insane prices that were being charged at the second smoker. Here's the solution that some of us have been doing anonymously and in secret for years, but now should be practiced openly as a matter of principle: Everyone sneaks in a six pack and shares. Done.
A further thought about the stupid smoker and the asinine way in which job candidates are forced to schmooze and kiss ass. I had a student on the market who had his interview on Wednesday morning. I also know that other candidates who interviewed on Tuesday were invited to visit the department's table. So whatever the additional face time was worth, this opportunity was not made available to all candidates. This seems to me unacceptable.
Anyway, I'm out for winter break. Fuck the new year.