It was the Doc's first day back at school today, he was a little bit nervous. What if the new kids don't like him? I don't think he needs to worry, but that is how the Doc likes to operate. An absolute nightmare of a worst case scenario tends to be in his head at all times, so that way he gets a pleasant surprise when things turn out to be actually ok.
One good thing is that he has a new timetable for this term, which means he isn't teaching any early morning classes. This is much better for two simple reasons, first of all the Doc really is not a morning person and it took a lot of pain and effort for him to be awake and fully functioning for those early classes. Second of all, students definitely aren't morning people and they would either not show up the day after a big football match or party, alternatively they would show up, stagger to their seats and then simply have a little zizz in class. Apparently one kid slept through most of last term, but he would turn up in the Doc's office later in the day to clarify anything he was snoring through and didn't understand from the notes (I hasten to point out that when the Doc is telling me amusing student stories he never identifies the student, so confidentiality is always respected).
It's going to be really weird getting used to hanging around the flat by myself all day again. To re-cap, I still don't have a Social Security number and, based on the 15 week delay we were told about in December, it's likely to be at least another couple of months before I get one, so that means I still can't look for a job. It's getting quite tedious. Not that I'm not loving the free time, but the lack of salary obviously then leads to trying to think of activities you can do for free, which in London or Brighton was actually pretty easy but here? Well, I think I've pretty much exhausted most of the possibilities already.
Fortunately Doc C came up with the brilliant notion of ordering the first three seasons of "The Wire" on DVD from Netflix, so that I can catch up and fully comprehend it's brilliance. That means I'll be spending the next few weeks in the company of Dominic West. So things aren't so bad.