September 29, 2003

Tired of London?

Overheard in the Berkeley Faculty Club:

"So how's your [business school] Dean [Tom Campbell]?"

"You know. A Republican. A politician. A lawyer. Very different from Laura Tyson."

"And you won't tell me which you prefer?"

"Of course not."

"So do you think Laura Tyson will be the next Chancellor [of the University of California at Berkeley]?"

"I don't know. It's a wearing job at the best of times. And this is the worst of times. I do think she's getting tired of London."

"I heard she loved London, and that it was her husband who was tired of London."

"I heard her husband loved London, and that it was she who was getting tired of London."

I almost stood up and said, in a loud voice, "As Samuel Johnson said, 'When a woman is tired of London, she is tired of life!'" But I didn't. I hereby award myself five self-control points.

Posted by DeLong at September 29, 2003 05:37 PM | TrackBack

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Agreed. That would be a very strange thing to do.

Posted by: Bobby on September 29, 2003 06:02 PM

Brad DeLong writes:
> I almost stood up and said, in a loud voice, "As Samuel
> Johnson said, 'When a woman is tired of London, she is
> tired of life!'" But I didn't. I hereby award myself five self-
> control points.

But since you have tenure, those five self-control points are worth zero. :-)

Seriously, why *didn't* you say this out loud? They'd be telling stories about the day DeLong went and starting acting like Kit Smart in the Faculty Club for years...

Posted by: Jonathan King on September 29, 2003 06:08 PM

>>I almost stood up and said, in a loud voice, "As Samuel Johnson said, 'When a woman is tired of London, she is tired of life!'">>
But you wrote it in your blog. That should count, for many good style-points, IMO.

Posted by: Mats on September 29, 2003 11:43 PM
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