Friday, April 1, 2016

The University of All Our Besties

I just found out that a good friend of mine is going to be in Blerg City this summer. We were supposed to be there together last summer, but she had to cut her trip short for very good reasons. So: she will be there, and will need a pseudonym. And Osito, another one of my favorite folks, will also be there for a couple days. And a couple other folks just up the road.

And I thought about something that occurs to me quite frequently: as academics, we move around a lot. If we are lucky, every place we land we have some good colleagues, and at least one friend who truly "gets" us. And then we get thrown into other professional situations -- seminars, conferences, even blogospheres -- and we meet other people who get us, on a real, deep level. People who you can make up silly songs about washing underwear for, and who will sing along. People who will suggest ice cream for dinner. People (in my case) who think it's perfectly appropriate for a middle-aged spinster auntie to swear like a sailor.

BFFs. Your Tribe. Besties.

Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could just found our own university, and pack it with our besties. Jesus, we'd never get anything done for all the giggling and eye-rolling. But it would be a whole hill of fun.

7 comments:

clio's disciple said...

That sounds lovely! and would be a heck of a history department. ;) I won't be in Blerg City this summer, but I will be at the Zoo!

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

My friends in art and Spanish fantasize about this with me all the time. We would have such a great school.

JaneB said...

My grad school 'bestie' and I used to play "Fantasy Institute" on the regular - we took particular delight in deciding who we WOULDN'T hire (every one of the local "predicted to achieve greatness" arrogant males, for a start).

Susan said...

I didn't even see this because I was at a conference (not far from Blerg city) with a group of people who would definitely be hired for my fantasy university.

Comradde PhysioProffe said...

Can I be the chair of science!?!?

Notorious Ph.D. said...

CPP, you may be the entire couch-and-loveseat sectional of science.

Anonymous said...

Wtf!