Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Gorilla and I

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla.
You don't quit when you're tired; you quit when the gorilla is tired.
-Robert Strauss
Well, both the gorilla and I are exhausted, and we are pretty much wrestling to humor each other. Can somebody offer me something that will get me through the next two and a half weeks? Does anybody understand this metaphor? I think my post-modern technological poetry website has officially ruined my brain.

4 Comments:

Blogger shamitap said...

Yes--I totally get this metaphor and it's exactly how I feel! The gorilla is time. We no matter what we do, we can't change it, slow it down, or speed it up. But we can do one thing...we can take away our focus from it, so that we are almost oblivious to its existence. You know, "time flies when you're having fun". I guess in a way, that could mean that you would have to put a lot of effort into the wrestling match to exhaust the gorilla. But hey, just look foward to the summer vacation that follows all the wrestling! I'm sorry I can't offer anything to comfort you for these next two weeks, except for informing you that you aren't alone. I have no idea how I'm going to survive either!

9:16 PM  
Blogger James H said...

I think that we are all looking for that answer of how to make it through the end. That is a good analogy that all teachers are wrestling. I feel that some of the students will not even get into the ring to try and wrestle in the last couple of weeks. It seems that many of the students think that Spring break is the end of school and you can just coast to the end and then cram before finals. Keep fighting the good fight.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Barbara S. said...

I was somewhat relieved reading my class blog...maybe a lead like mine will let you and the gorilla find a way to express (vent?) and re-focus everyone for the last two weeks?

http://stahlhutcalculus.blogspot.com/2006/05/almost-graduate.html

11:55 AM  
Blogger DougW5 said...

Wow, I feel like I've said this before:

Go backpacking. Or at least go find a nice dirt road through the middle of nowhere somewhere away from buildings, pull off to the side of the road, and sit in the grass. Eat a sandwich and an apple and some cookies and a Coke, and look at the wind blowing in the grass. Or read. Or sleep. Or explore hobo campsites. That's what I did today. Found a lot of clothes, some blankets, some beer cans, and a College Algebra textbook, looking new and in good condition. Makes you wonder...

10:20 PM  

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