I drank a lot of coffee this morning. I whipped up a cappuccino, since I had a little more time this morning than usual (plus it was 0 degrees while we waited for the bus to pick up my daughter; I was chilly). Then I had another couple of cups of regular coffee. I mean, it was there. I didn’t want to waste it just because my wife only had one cup before she left. That would be irresponsible of me in this bad economy.
Then I drank a bunch of water. That is important. Dehydration causes more headaches than stress. That is a fact. I want to be healthy, don’t I? And after all that coffee, which is a diuretic, I had to hydrate. So I chugged away. Then I started meeting with students in back to back meetings. Suddenly a couple of hours had passed. And I needed to find one of those little rooms with the plumbing.
So I walked over to the faculty room. I ran into a friend, we’ll call him Chris, who I hadn’t seen in a long time. We caught up a little. We chatted. It was good to see him. But I still needed that plumbing. Finally I excused myself and took care of business.
I find myself in this situation more often than I would like. But at least I have a place to go. A friend of ours teaches kiteboarding. She spends literally all day out on the frozen lake with visibility measured in miles. It is great for business–everyone can see all those people having fun. But she doesn’t drink coffee. Or water. Or anything. Things are just easier that way.
I made it through the day, of course. I will face many others like this one. But what is one to do? I want to drink coffee (warm, tasty, hearty, comforting), I need to drink water (hello, you can die without water) and I have to work. I suppose if I were a lumberjack I might match all of these things a little better. Or a park ranger in a remote place. But no, I had to switch from outdoor education to indoor boy.
Such is the price of the professional. I wonder if Chris ever has to deal with this? I’ll have to ask him next time I see him.