In other areas, I’ve been up to my elbows teaching my usual May Term course on film noir – all those great old, gritty ‘B movie’ crime dramas from the 1940s and 50s. Good students always seem to gravitate to this one, so it’s a real pleasure to lead class discussions and hear what the young men and women who make up my classes think following a film with its associated reading assignments. Contrary to the popular impression of this generation, these students are intelligent, curious, engaged, and even sophisticated in their thinking. In short, I’m enjoying myself immensely.
On the flipside, the course meets daily for almost a month for three hours at a time. Coupled with the daily reading, it’s pretty intense and occupies a lot of time. But, as the saying goes, you pay your money and make your choice. . . or something to that effect. I really ought to get a fedora to go with my London Fog trenchcoat. Imagine, Humphrey Bogart in Cowboy boots!
We have a chilly, but sunny day here in
Finally, I managed to snatch a couple of hours late last night to complete another six red coats on those RSM French musketeers. They are, as my British step-father would say, looking “smart”. Only a dozen remain, and then the red part of the painting process is finished, and I can begin on the shoulder belts, haversacks, muskets, swords, and the like.
Oh, and Colonel O’Malley’s horse will be either a nice chestnut or a light bay this time instead of a grey. The latter are dramatic, but there is no sense in overdoing things and giving one to every single mounted officer. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the two photos depicting my rather slow progress with this latest body of troops.
Ok, guess I’d better see what film is on tap for today and review my notes and lesson plan before heading over to campus. Enjoy the day wherever in the world you might find yourself.