"I am delighted to inform you that the manuscript has been reviewed by the experts in the field, and the consensus is that it is acceptable with a minor revision."
Boom. There is something pretty intellectually delicious about submitting something to a journal of a field a little bit tangential to the my own, so I am delighted to receive this information and make this revision.
The quasi-redundancy of this comment is clearly pedant bait. I may not have a giant fish head, but I know a trap when I see one.
Adventure; Catharsis; Promises to keep in better touch; The kind of hugs that invoke a feeling of 127.0.0.1 (maybe a little tighter and longer than necessary, but never beyond what I could and do tend to want afterwards— "GOOD HUGS FROM GOOD PEOPLE: the Chinese food of human experience"— like the silly person I am); etc.
(I earned it the harder way on the work portions, but I got my money’s worth on the non-work portions of this trip. I’ll be submitting receipts anyhow.)
The Simon Family of Malls Regrets to Inform You About Your Status Vis-à-Vis Welcomeness
MScientist:When I cut through here on Sunday with my rolling duffel bag, I was clearly the least classy person at this mall; supercilious white ladies were like, "someone clearly dropped the ball at riff-raff patrol."
DSales:You don't look homeless. You just look...anti-establishment.
MScientist:Aw, that's the nicest way anyone has ever said I looked like a hobo.
A tough part of being a scientist is the fact that occasionally you will find yourself in a room with 48 other people who aren’t (or are better at pretending not to be) at least slightly tickled by the word “taint”.
“My insistence on inhabiting a universe that others merely visited, if at all, left me lonely. When I found the rare person who shared some substantial portion of my interest, the strength of the connection I felt is, in retrospect, a little shocking. It took quite a deliberate bit of effort to get to the point where I could contain discussion of Star Wars just to appropriate contexts. So I don’t mean to present a dishonestly shiny view of things.”—
"Star Wars" isn’t my *Star Wars*, but hoho: this is not the most subtle metaphorical anecdote.