@Punk-assBookJockey haha, no, it's fine--I skipped over the word "insurance" when I was reading your comment. the reality makes much more sense than believing you somehow live in a world where reckless drivers roam the streets carrying huge amounts of cash to bribe the pedestrians they inevitably hit.
@Allison I would love to have a universal turn-on-headlights gesture. dudevolleyball still rues the day I turned my head to yell "LIGHTS!!" at a passing car while we were walking along the sidewalk; in my haste to promote safe driving, I didn't think about the fact that he was closer to the street than I was, with the result being that I yelled as loud as I possibly could pretty much directly into his ear.
@loren smith I bet that made the insurance reps' day: "hello, I'd like to file a claim for the damage a pedestrian deliberately caused to my car after I hit him with it." I mean, sure, not an incident your partner should put on his resume or anything, but the idea of actually being indignant about a dent in that situation demonstrates some hilariously misplaced priorities.
@Punk-assBookJockey whoa, wait, who the hell has $1,500 in cash just...sitting in their wallet?! even $150 seems a little unlikely, but I feel like if I encountered someone who was just casually toting around more than a grand I'd be terrified that they were part of some kind of crime syndicate.
@ccq haha, dudevolleyball usually try to avoid that but that leads to conversations where one of us calls dibs on (say) green & brown for that day. we also spend a lot of time accusing each other of "style-copyage" whenever we accidentally wear similar things (a la 'Pac's Versace observation w/r/t Biggie in "Hit 'Em Up").
@andnowlights ooh now I'm super curious...I'm all about interdisciplinary crossovers between the humanities & other fields, so that program sounds really cool. if you want to talk shop, email me (nonvolleyball at gmail). the academic job market is an absolute nightmare, but if you've got the right attitude ("I'm doing this because I care about pursuing this knowledge; I will find a way for it to enrich my personal & professional life even if I don't end up in a tenure-track job some day") I think it actually makes you more likely to end up as one of the lucky TT few. it's so easy to get discouraged, but then you become bitter &/or desperate & I can't imagine that doesn't come across to search committees if you end up in an interview.
@andnowlights 99.9% placement?! not in the humanities then, I assume (& in that case, he'll probably be fine even if he's one of the unlucky .01%). I don't think the beleaguered perma-adjunct thing is nearly as prevalent in the STEM fields.
@Christy yeah, but quitting mid-semester might also have negative repercussions in terms of your career--see my comment to WayDownSouth above.
@WayDownSouth maybe the students wouldn't care (I actually think they would at the very least find it disruptive, but I'll concede that possibility). it's not just that though. syllabi are often very individually designed; it's not necessarily the case that other available instructors will have read all of the course texts, & if they haven't, it'll be hard for them to take over a class without sacrificing some degree of its effectiveness. additionally, since adjuncts are usually paid per course, they can't just be swapped into a new role without any administrative back-end, & in a lot of universities that's a highly bureaucratic process that can't happen overnight. the semester (or especially the quarter) moves quickly, & it's a big deal if students are left without an instructor for even a class or two. I definitely agree that lifetime adjuncting is often a self-defeating career choice, & it's not IMPOSSIBLE to break out of it if you're so inclined. but if you're committed to teaching, it's easy to see how you'd have moral qualms about making a sudden departure when you knew it was very likely that your students' education would be compromised as a result. plus, academia is a very insular community, so doing something like that would likely completely torpedo your reputation (& a lot of non-professor jobs for PhDs still have an academic component--working in administration, at libraries, etc.--so the long-term career implications of that are significant too). ...it's a complicated & shitty situation with no easy solution. the best advice for current grad students is to stay realistic about your job prospects & think about backup plans if you don't find your way into a tenure-track job. some people do find viable adjuncting positions but if you can't support yourself doing it, you should be looking for other options early & often.
@faceifer I feel like it was one of those "good books that your brainy child should read" that the library recommended...I have a vague memory of my mom checking it out for me back in the day (& that I really liked it despite my initial resistance).