Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Help!!! Professors - Student Research Assistants bonding time.
The powers to be at my institution decided that it would be a good idea if all the professors who have a student research assistant this summer, and the students themselves spend sometime socializing together. I guess it's not a bad idea in itself, although it sounds rather random to me.
Now, what's the plan? A get together somewhere on campus, with snacks included? Nope. Going to the Dean's house for pizza? Think again. The bonding experience is: the Dean got us all tickets for a local baseball game in two weeks!!!
I've been to the stadium, and it's beautiful...if you get good seats and it's not miserably hot. I even enjoy going to bars and watching games while drinking some fabulous Midwestern beer. The local team has an incredible propensity to collapse in the last inning or in OT, which makes it even more dramatic. So what's the problem, you may be asking?
In all my years living in the US, I've never learnt baseball rules. Not even close. And if this is supposed to be some bonding moment, I fear I will feel either terribly dumb, or as an outcast. So my question is: can you provide links to any sites where the basic rules of baseball are explained? Nothing complicated, just understanding who gets to pitch and when. Also, can you think of any phrase or topic of conversation that will make me look less dumb? I can always resort to explaining the most obscure rules of soccer (which I do know), but that sounds a little extreme.
Posted by Spanish prof at 8:07 PM