November 21, 2003


Skirting around the blog
Posted by Jess in Geek Humor

I was having a moment of nostalgia the other day. Maybe it was because my high school reunion is coming up in a week, but I don't know what that has to do with blogging. Unless it's because I was thinking about my 11th grade English teacher. Mrs. Marge Kimpton.

Every time she assigned us a paper, we used to badger her with the million-dollar question for a student: how long does it have to be? There was nothing worse than being forced to agonize for hours over five pages of filler material. In fact, in college, we had one professor whom we swore did not read our papers, he just placed it on a scale. If it was over the amount that seven pages should be, we got an A.

So whenever we asked her about the length, Her answer was always the same, and priceless:

"I always say writing a paper, or an article, or a review can be compared to a lady's skirt. Long enough to cover everything, but short enough to keep it interesting."

That's all I have to say about that.

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What amuses me is how I used to fret over the idea of producing a 5 page paper, and now I write them on Notes.net or OpenNTF.org at the drop of a hat. Weird.

Posted by: Nathan T. Freeman at November 21, 2003 03:30 PM

I had Mrs. Kimpton too. Best teacher story ever... She was our class advisor and while reading the list of songs nominated for class song she interrupts herself and says to the whole english class sitting there "What is 'Let's Get Buck Naked and F**k'???"

Posted by: Jason at November 21, 2003 03:47 PM

What a superb approach. I like that very much ;-)

Posted by: Ben Poole at November 21, 2003 04:19 PM

Here's another Mrs. Kimpton story. One day in class we get our graded papers back, and someone shouts, "yay, I got a 69". Mrs. Kimpton asks for it back, changes it to a 70, and says, "I never give my students 69's."

She rocked! I wonder if she's retired by now. Actually, I wonder if any teachers are going to be at the reunion. I hope so.

Posted by: Jess at November 21, 2003 07:07 PM


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