>…that I really probably shouldn’t have said.
- After seeing the “freak-out look” on an independent study student’s face (after I’d just given sound but very detailed advice on how to start pulling the research together and start writing) I said, “Oh I know that look. That’s the look I give when I’m freaking out about something and someone — usually male — thinks what I want is sound advice on solving a problem, when what I really want is to freak out a little while first. Hm. So apparently when I’m wearing my advice-giving professor hat, I’m male.“
- In describing my Medieval Times experience (before the start of class): “The Merlin-like figure offers prayers to pseudo-neo-pagan gods and goddesses, which of course isn’t at all medieval. But then, you couldn’t really have a production that’s supposed to appeal to a huge, wide, diverse, ecumenical, multi-culti American audience being overtly Christian, because that would be kinda creepy.” (OK, I did save myself from this one. How? I said “I’m sorry, my ‘word hoard’ is on the fritz.” Since we were in Old English, they laughed. Whew! I really didn’t mean creepy — I was going for “a turn-off for many of their potential paying customers.”)
- On Boorman’s Excalibur and the scene of Uther lying with Igrayne: “He’s in full plate armor. Ouch! Do you know how much that stuff weighs?”