One thing about where I work, is that so many smart people are milling about waiting for you to pounce on their ideas and dissect their brains.
This is not as parasitic as it sounds.
“Freigeistig”, for example, I learned from reading someone’s dissertation. German for “free-thinking” and “spiritual”, he relates it to several -isms of Modernism: Monism… humanism… secularism… anti-clericalism… great stuff, really awesome. I have bouts of intense wiki-searches in order to understand the words coming out of their mouths…
Today has been a wonderful day. Although this “wonderful day” precedes a most likely to be difficult weekend, it’s done me great good.
For example, I feel like writing the Federal Pell Grant an intense and inappropriate love letter to express my undying appreciation. But… I’ll restrain myself. *THIS* time.
I’m sure the beauty queen feels the same way as I do today. She seems so sure of herself, confident, classy, enjoying life’s little things like pushpins, tape, and photocopy machines. I guess that’s more like office-work’s little things.