After mass, I went to lunch with the adult education coordinator of the parish (St. Elizabeths, Glencoe which always makes me think of Scotlands infamous massacre) thats invited me out to talk about The DaVinci Code. She and I traded ideas about the panel discussion, which includes Prof. Barbara Newman of Northwestern University and Brian Hastings of Church of Our Savior, over an Indian buffet. Shes rather more sympathetic to Gnosticism than I am, but we held a lively and wide-ranging converstion. It sounds as though the church will be packed; shes estimating three to four hundred people will attend, overflowing the sanctuary and spilling into an adjacent parish room. If youre coming, come early, I guess.
When I got back to my office, the Dean rang me up; the Board of Trustees had voted to promote me to full Professor. It sounded as though he said effective immediately, but I got lost in a jumble of subsequent topics. To be on the safe side, you may kneel and call me Full Professor Adam when you address me. [emphasis added]
Then, alas! I had to drop Margaret off on the train. Pip did her Halloween bit, Si is off at a (church) all-night lock-in, and Im exhausted. I didnt sleep well last night; tonight, Im about to crumple altogether.
So typical of AKMA to try to bury the news about himself in this post. Even Boards of Trustees do eventually get things right sometimes. Congratulations on your promotion!