Because my university is on some bizarre calendar that no one else seems to share, I’ve only been able to look on enviously as I see other, luckier academics grading stacks of papers. Fortunately, my wait is finally over; at long last, I pick up this semester’s first set of papers this afternoon. I can’t wait. Forty papers! With overly-broad topics (that I had no part in formulating)! On comparative issues! Oh, joy!

(Um, I had “sarcasm” tags in there, but Blogger didn’t like them. You’ll be imagining them there anyway, right?)

Okay–how many times will I read the phrase, “X and Y have many similarities, and also many differences”? I’m putting my money on 27 times.