To all those who are contacting me this week, when there is not one single administrative thing I am responsible for doing or can do until spring, about
--policy discussions that you want to have right now but that can wait until next semester
--procedures that you think ought to be discussed at length but can also wait until next semester
--handwringing about the terrible state of the economy in regard to certain cuts in the university budget
--hypothetical "what if?" scenarios for program development that will never come to pass (see previous point)
--whether I plan to be in the office next Wednesday to discuss any of the above
my answer is this:
--I am not going to deal with any of this right now.
--Back away from the computer.
--Get a life.
If you don't, I will be forced to use the dreaded Annoying Autoresponse as a defense shield.
[Edited to add: Anything discussed or decided this week would have to be redone at the beginning of next semester anyway, because so many people are already gone. Having these discussions twice seems like a waste of time and effort, to put it mildly.]