Gee, all the fun stuff happens while I'm home sick. Next time the Alien Commander pays a visit, could you put him in quarantine until we're all present and accounted for?
Meanwhile, I'm still puzzling over an encounter with a student who came to my office the other day to complain about the reading assignments in my class. He made the usual complaints and I made the usual suggestions about reading strategies, time management, and tutoring, but it was clear that he wanted something specific but just couldn't spit it out.
Finally I understood: he wanted to be excused from doing the reading assignments in my class. Because they're too hard.
And what about all those papers that respond to the reading assignments? He wanted submit the papers he wrote for another section of the class last year. Even though that section of the class focused on an entirely different topic. And even though he had failed the class.
I was tempted to tell him to just concentrate on reading his cereal box every morning and not bother with anything else, but I suspect that he's already mastered that strategy.