By Laurie Notaro
It’s the main wonderful–and such a lot dreadful–season of the yr, whilst containers of brownies assault your thighs, drunken vacation revelers remain gone their welcome, and your grandmother has conniptions on the division shop over the cost of hand lotion. Welcome to Laurie Notaro’s Christmastime.
In ten brand-new tales and 3 formerly released favorites, Notaro stocks the sidesplitting day-by-day mess ups of the vacations, like discovering herself on emergency female product recon in the dark on Christmas Eve; surrendering to the inevitable terrible present Parade via easily soliciting for vacation dish towels and tremendous white underpants from Sears; combating the morons in line on the 7th Circle of Hell, in a different way often called the homemade craft shop; and attempting to reside down her recognition because the so much Unfun Christmas occasion visitor Ever, because of an unlucky false impression regarding a pretend overdose and emergency paramedics.
So even if you end up on the uninteresting and clever celebration or the Raucous and silly social gathering this vacation season, you’ll constantly recognize the place to discover Laurie–just stick with the chocolate path over to the cheese platter. She’ll be the only dialing the police officers.
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Berkeley, both at the faculty and student levels, was no longer a single community but many. It had been a single-industry village—teaching. Now it was a city of great variety, more heavily devoted to research and service. Mr. Chips in his tweeds was now The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit. I tried to describe this shift in my 1963 Godkin lectures at Harvard. 10 The most obvious things that did not change—and still remain intact— are the central role of the budget (academic personnel) committee of the Academic Senate that has guarded faculty quality across the board, the conduct of the Cal Band that has epitomized campus spirit, and the intensity of the universal grievances about the lack of parking spaces.
The regents, however, had had a policy of nonemployment of Communists since 1940 and it had not been challenged by the Academic Senate. It had been tacitly accepted. The faculty was not informed of this new oath until it was announced in the Faculty Bulletin on May 9, 1949—six weeks later. Faculty opposition to the new provision then began to build, and Sproul consulted with the Academic Senate Advisory Committee (for its membership and that of other subsequent faculty committees, see Table 1 at the end of this chapter).
In addition, a famous faculty gets involved in external controversies, as in building the atomic bomb. And as the University of California became the home of more famous faculty members, they withdrew from contact with undergraduates and turned more of their contacts over to junior faculty and to teaching assistants and thus reduced the sense of authority on campus. A teaching university tends to unite teachers and undergraduate students, a research university to disunite them. The transformation of the one type of university into 15 .
An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List by Laurie Notaro