Friday Happy Hour: The Edge

I haven’t done one of these in a few weeks. Sitting around on a beautiful day off, turned rainy-haily, turned thunder-sunny, I should probably do a Friday Happy Hour.  The questions, as always, come from Mental Floss’ great blog… the answers, as always, come from Mike Tufano’s great mind.

1. On Monday, September 10, 2001, I started a job with Duke University’s Office of Student Development. I was paid $9.68/hour to answer the phones and greet visitors and, on my second day, try to convince panic-stricken parents all over the world that Durham, North Carolina, was not under attack (as far as I knew). What were you doing that Tuesday morning?

I was teaching high school that morning. I didn’t find out until first period ended.  I spent the rest of the day watching coverage with my classes and answering what questions I could for them.  Clearly this was more important than a day of high school math.  I made the call to cancel the volleyball match I was supposed to coach that evening, and finally made it home where I could deal with the emotion myself.

2. By now most new college students are settled into their dorms and getting into a routine, but still feeling a little overwhelmed. If you could go back and give your one-month-into-college self any advice, what would it be?

GO TO CLASS!  You can’t coast through this and ace everything like high school.  STUDY!

3. There’s a good chance some of you have added children to your lives since the last time I asked this question: what children’s books do you recommend? New ones, classics, whatever you like.

No question… Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic,1 and Falling Up by Shel Silverstein.  (And soon to be Every Thing On It)

  1. My aunt Patti gave me these two books for two Christmas gifts.  I still have my original copies and still pull them out to read them.  I’m now working on getting them for my nephews as birthday gifts []