Today is a Monday morning in August of 2013. Your printer announces that it is out of toner as soon as you turn it on, this being as inconvenient a time as can be imagined. TPP is not looking and feeling his finest because of the lingering effects of a stomach flu. And it's the first day of a semester which always borders on chaos even under the best of circumstances. No amount of coffee can make this better, and you want to set a good tone for the whole semester. Cancelling your first class would not be the way to do that, but a lack-luster introduction may even be worse. Revision of health prognosis - lingering is too positive; GI tract turmoil is unrelenting. However when you are up in the middle of the night visiting your toilet with the excellent garden view, you do get to see the raccoons foraging through your garbage. Even from inside the 2nd floor window, they make the felines nervous. TPP will not even consider trying to figure out the online software used for our courses because that requires a much more positive attitude than can be mustered at present. Generally TPP likes new semesters, the new beginnings, the quickly fading eagerness to learn when it turns out to involve work. Oh, dear, see how this is going? Abort! Abort!