I moved to Virginia five years ago on relatively short notice and under less-than-ideal circumstances. The college in Tennessee where I had been teaching was in financial difficulties, so to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, they decided to eliminate my position in favor of using adjuncts, so I found myself out of work a week before graduation. (The college ultimately closed, but I can’t feel any schadenfreude over that, given how many good people lost their jobs.)
I was lucky: I landed a temporary teaching position at a college near Richmond, so I wasn’t out of a job very long. When that ended after two years, I decided I had enough of chasing academic jobs that might maybe someday become permanent, and became a full-time writer instead.
I am not known for my judgment.
Now it’s time to move on. After five years in Virginia, the Bowler Hat is relocating to Cleveland. Before departing, I wanted to acknowledge a few people and places. It’s not an exhaustive list (and I’m writing it under brain-dead conditions), so please accept my apologies if I missed someone.
- My friends and colleagues at Randolph-Macon College, especially Cedar Riener (whose blog you should read).
- The Science Pub RVA crowd, with special thanks to Cynthia Gibbs. I spoke at two events and attended others as often as I could.
- The Richmond Public Library, a friendly space where I have written many words. When you work out of your own house, it’s absolutely essential to have other places to escape to, even if it’s only for an hour or two.
- The library at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), which didn’t exactly know they were playing host to a weird physics writer, but which didn’t tell me to go away either.
- And finally, Capital Coffee and Desserts has kept me caffeinated very well over the last few years. I came in often enough to become a regular (along with the loud guys who always complain about how much the neighborhood, the modern world, and young people suck). The staff are friendly and generous in coffeeing this writer. Go buy their coffee if you’re ever in Carytown.
Now, on to Ohio!