This is the time of the year when academics ask each other, "Are you ready for the new academic year to start?" That's the same sort of sado-masochistic question as asking a Christian parent if they are ready for Christmas. Sheesh! Nobody is ever ready for the start of the academic year. I always feel as if I am in a rollercoaster car, just cranking the last few feet to the top of that first hill. The ride is going to take off, whether I am ready or not. It's too late to climb out of the car. All I can do is throw up my arms and scream, with mixed feelings of elation and terror. Get ready for a wiiiiild ride, folks! Ready or not, here we go!
The decoration for this blog entry is from http://www.howard-winn.k12.ia.us/projects/ind_study/h1ind/rollercoasters/index.html, which has a wonderful site with sound effects to explain the physics of roller coasters. Thank you Howard Winn!