On that last note, a wonderfully jolly professor from Denmark, from whom I took a course on late 19th Century Scandinavian literature while at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2000, made a similar observation about graduate students once when I visited him during office hours to discuss a term paper project. There is a related joke out there, which I heard some years later, that goes something like this:
Q: How many graduate students does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but it takes him or her a dozen years. . .
Badda-bing, badda-boom! Anyway, we have decided to stage a third such painting challenge, commencing on February 15th and lasting until April 15th of this year. And here are the two units I will pledge to complete in that time. Another battery of artillery, and a battalion of Croats. It should be fun to work on a couple of smaller, less demanding units than has been the case recently. Let me hasten to add, though, that I've really enjoyed the first two painting challenges, and can't recall when I was ever so productive at the painting table. These challenges really light the painting fire and bolster your enthusiasm to keep going through those more tedious parts of the painting process. Painters, on your marks!