What I Hated the Least Today 146/365: Nostalgic Nonsense

On the bus, as per usual
On the bus, as per usual

It’s my last week on teaching duty and I’m getting somewhat nostalgic about it. Not about the teaching, which I find a thoroughly depressing experience, but about my commute ritual.

I hope the people I’ve been commuting with will miss me as much as I’ll miss them. Poor stewardess Patricia, who serves my regular bus line, will find my seat no. 53 unoccupied (or, worse, occupied by a stranger who picked the seat on a whim rather than because it’s their spot) and will have to abandon her own ritual of bringing me my usual medium sparkling water without me having to ask for it.

Also, my favourite underage waiter in the coffee shop where I always wait for my return bus will have no one to ask what kind of latte I’m having today (my preferred choice is the one with coconut syrup).

The doorwoman at the university building C3 will probably be relieved because she never remembered who I was and routinely insisted that I identify myself. It clearly makes perfect sense that a random person asks for a classroom key so that she could surreptitiously teach there a bunch of ignorant kids.

Who is bound to be most pleased with the end of my teaching stint is my cat. The cat demands that I sit at home and keep her company. It’s a question what she gets out of it because while I’m home, she doesn’t pay me any attention. That’s a feature she shares with my students, whom I for this reason won’t miss at all.


Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

24 thoughts

  1. Any chance of a prolongation? Would you accept if you were offered?

    As much as I understand the cat’s feelings, I’d miss that routine myself. I’ve been in situations (taking courses et cetera), where I’ve had that type of commute. I even remember a little café, where I always had my coffee and ham sandwich before walking up to the school. Back then, I couldn’t eat breakfast right away in the mornings.


    1. Routines are interesting, aren’t they – we stick to them but sometimes we change them. I formerly couldn’t eat anything in the morning too, but now when I was teaching, I always had a little bite of something on the bus because otherwise I was starving when the long class was finally over. The term/semester is over, so there will be no teaching required until late September. It might be that there will be another temping opportunity, which I’d happily accept. As to a full time job, it wouldn’t pay the bills, so even though there were vacancies, it was pointless to apply. I’m hoping I’ll manage to get my freelancing thing up and running. It’s very much the only option for me.


      1. That is so awful, when a full time job — particularly at that level — won’t pay the bills. Before, I wouldn’t have believed it, but since I came here, I know it’s true. Keeping fingers crossed for your freelance operations 🙂


  2. So is this the end of your contract? Or semester break?
    The break is always welcome no doubt about that, but what next? Travel the world? Meet interesting people? Bury yourself in more academia? Such choices you must have.
    Anyway I hope you find home and your cat a peaceful spot to be in.


    1. It’s both the end of the term and end of my contract. I was substituting for a teacher who went mad. It’s not surprising she did. Your list of choices entertained me more than it should. I don’t think the list applies – I need to try to pay my bills, which so far hasn’t been working out. On a happier note, I hate travelling and I’m scared of people, so I’m not really missing out on anything. I’m definitely looking forward to spending more quality time with my family, I mean, my cat 😉

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      1. I once read a quote (that I think was from The Proper Bostonian): “Why should I travel when I’m already there?” I’m glad I discovered your blog; it’s very entertaining.


        1. Thank you so much for thinking so kindly of my blog. I very much relate to your quote. I don’t leave my flat unless I absolutely have to, like when I run out of food, when there is a fire or when I have to go to work. I’m not the travelling type.

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    1. Yes, there seems to be a lot of workforce fluctuation in higher education. I’m both glad to have had the chance to teach and to have it over and done with. So it’s a win-win 🙂


    1. No need for envy! I take a private long-distance bus line for my commute, which is why I can buy water on board (there are also complimentary hot drinks). Regular buses are nowhere near this comfortable and well equipped. So, you don’t need to move in here because of our fancy buses 😉

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    1. The same feelings here 🙂 I slightly suspect that my cat is as grumpy as her human and that she is never happy, but I’ll be able to play with her more and generally give her more attention, so I’m sure she will secretly love it (while pretending she hates it). It’s complicated, you see.

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