MAYBE I SHOULD HOIST A SPRECHER. What's this loose talk about Christmas closure being a paid vacation for academicians? First, a weekend at the Embassy Suites chatting with potential future colleagues. Then some extended sessions with red pen and scratch pad fixing up a paper. (I have learned how to code in Scientific Word and how to convert documents to .pdf and assemble .pdf documents, but composing at the keyboard is for Mozart.) The assembled document went off for review today. Tomorrow I tackle some really messy Lagrangians.