Monday, December 19, 2005

Be afraid of geeks bearing gifts

I am always wary of getting gifts from students, particularly around finals time. So I was particularly concerned when S stopped me on the way out of class last week and said, "I have a gift to give to you. But I want to make sure that it won't affect my grade."

"OK," I said. "Why do you say that?"

"Well, this gift might affect it... negatively."

Wow, well, one should really be concerned about thsoe kind of gifts.

At the final exam today, S gave me a bag and a a box and said, "Merry Christmas. These are to be used together."

In the bag was a letterboxed VHS-version of Pearl Harbor, the wonderful Ben Affleck-Josh Hartnett love story that I stated on record in class as one of the biggest wastes of celluloid in recent history.

In the box -- were matches.

What a great gift!


ProfessorGQ said...

how nice!

TT said...

I have never thought of getting my professors gifts. Too late now unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

Didn't like Syriana - will need matches.
Patty K

McNastabator said...

What if she gave you Pearl Harbor and some lube. Now THAT would be a christmas gift to remember.