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23 February, 2006

Life's grate

Every couple of weeks, I see a certain person around campus.  I think he's a retired academic, perhaps even a professor emeritus (old joke: 'e' means 'out'; 'meritus' means 'deservedly').  He's certainly a little 'unworldly', shambling around in a mismatched tweed suit, cycle clips and trilby hat.  The main reason I notice him is that he has a habit of starting loud, jolly conversations with random strangers in the cashtill queue, in front of the sandwich counter in Spar, or even just walking across Alex Square.

Always cheerful, I find him intensely annoying, and have no idea why.

Comments

I know the fella. A bit annoying but harmless enough. To be avoided in the enclosed environment of the charity shop!

Posted by Furnessian at February 24, 2006 09:32 PM

Yup - I've been caught in the charity shop by him more than once. I think, however, that it may be a tenured position, and one that must be filled at every HE establishment worth its salt. We have a very nearly identical one in Physics flavour at UNN; he camps in the library and drives the staff up the wall.

Posted by Calephetos at February 27, 2006 07:46 PM
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