October 2008

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T.G.G. Here:

Beautiful day… and the start  of  F.F.F. (Fall Family Weekend.)  If the staff at the Grille were not already tuned into the College Calendar… the run on the bank er requests for change of twenty’s to five’s at the Juice Bar the last few days clearly indicates that the “Rents” are due… to inspect & detect this weekend.

Chances are given the amount of $5.00 bills requested:

  1. The Mac Gray Machines have had a work out.
  2. Students have been hard pressed to find an empty washer or dryer on campus.
  3. At long last… you’ll find clean sheets with this weekend’s hookups er, sleep-overs & slumber parties.

In all honesty, my fiendish friends, this weekend is meant to be enjoyed.  So savor it and get all the foliage photo ops & free hand outs that you can.

A reminder/saving grace – for those frosh freshmen floundering fools flighty airheads seniors stuck in thesis carrels students who forgot to book dinner reservations in town (or anywhere between Middlebury and Montreal for that matter.) – The Grille will be open and the staff happy to save your 4$$ serve you & yours.

Indeed, the Grille serves much more than a 1:57 AM Dr. Feelgood… there are Diner Entrees served on real plates with a salad and starch.  You can even  over come your absentmindedness and failure to reserve elsewhere by suggesting that you really wanted the “Rents” to taste firsthand the Alaskan salmon the grille imports just for you… or the new to the menu Tuscan grilled cheese that is available to you as a MiddKid.  Best of all you can show the folks how “environmentally aware” and cutting edge the Grille is by buying the family smoothies served in compostable cups made of corn (ask the staff… they’ve been using them for years.)

Most of all have fun with the family and remember we all want you to be safe so heed the following:

T.G.G. Here:

Yes, I know its October and every year about this time any ghoul, goblin or hack with anything remotely resembling haunted will prostitute‡ itself beyond the pales of self-respect. 

Apparently, it is not enough that I must stave off the pleas for posts by T.P.P. (The Proctor Poltergeist) but now the College is attempting to import Nationally Known Ghosts.   Most frightening of all The Career Service Office has even gotten on board to entice the unsuspecting student into {insert aloud your own Gastly Ghoulish Gasps} considering a career after college (Econ-Majors take note.)  I am not sure but would guess the usual C.S.O. offering of the Wall Street 101  course is in redevelopment.  

If you have no clue – at least to what I am referring to in this post - here is a reprint of the email (that like the many other emails distributed to all students surprisingly was deleted.)   In all honesty, if T.G.G. could - T.G.G. would attend, so check it out… you never know what lurks ahead… it may even be a carreer.

White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters  

by   Robert Schlesinger ’94 U.S. News and World Report  

12:15 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2008

Robert A. Jones ’59 House conference room.  

 A Career Conversation with students will be held immediately following the lecture.   

Robert Schlesinger, a U.S.News and World Report deputy editor, oversees all opinion editorial content. Spearheading the opinion section of www.usnews.com, Schlesinger solicits op-eds from writers and bloggers nationwide. He is also author of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters , which the Wall Street Journal describes as “well researched and richly detailed.” Schlesinger came to U.S.News & World Report as a freelancer and blogger for a variety of publications, including Salon.com, Economist.com, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times Magazine. His work has also appeared in the Washington Monthly, the Weekly Standard, People, Campaigns & Elections, Washington DC Style, DC Magazine, the Washington Examiner, the Boston Globe Magazine, George, and the AARP Bulletin. Prior to joining U.S. News, Schlesinger covered national security and public policy issues for the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau. He previously served as chief congressional correspondent at Voter.com, political editor at The Hill newspaper, and researched advisers to presidential candidates at the Center for Public Integrity, co-writing “Under the Influence,” a 1996 report on presidential campaign advisers. He is also co-founder and co-contributor of the blog RobertEmmet, which covers topics from national security to entertainment and culture. Schlesinger teaches graduate-level political journalism at the Boston University Washington Journalism Center. A New York City native, he graduated from Middlebury College in 1994.


 ‡(tansitive verb definition # 1 from Encarta Dictionary – look it up before taking offense)


T.G.G. Here:

Being an aberration adoration apparition of overwhelmingly astute observation, I understand how well oh so many Midd Students follow the National Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates & ensuing Election. 

But also being a spirit well connected to the vast free spirits in cyber space, I have the good fortune of being able to share this wealth of the weird with you my loyal fans.   Indeed, my friends at the League of Drag Queen Voters or LDQV as they are known, (I kid you not they exist just check out Seven Daysand you can purchase their paraphernalia {t-shirts, caps & cups} at cafepress) just sent me access to the the only preparation you need to enjoy understand the VP Debates.


  The Game has instructions on it and will keep you riveted beyond appearance and focused to the candidates’ words.  Print out copies for yourself and a few friends and see who really wins.

T.G.G. Here:

Last week during the lead in to the Presidential Debates, the Grille was filled to capacity with members of the College Community listening intently to the Panelist Discussion regarding the state of the economy.  This event was graciously organized by the College Democrats with the assistance of The Grille Staff and MCAB Tech Crew.  Thanks to you all we had a great turn out & I’ve posted some pictures below. 

But shortly following this discussion I was alerted to the wise investment plans of some college students nation wide that have made out better with their investment portfolio than the folks on wall street.  Here goes…

The Savvy Stock investors who purchased $1000.00 of Nortel shares a year ago, now have a whopping $49.00 to show for these share.

The same fools that invested in World Com would have less than $5.00 left of the original $1,000.00

 But, if you purchased $1000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for recycling, you would have $214.00.
      Based on the above conditions, the practice of drinking heavily and recycling may prove the best current investment practice for some. 
Individual results may vary.  Past performance does not indicate future results.  Consult your investment advisor, tax consultant and phlebotamist for liver function before embarking on any particular plan of investment.  Please drink responsibly. (Our legal & investment advisors from Hood, Winked & Fleeced require the last few sentences.)

      I know, it is hard for the Grille Managers to stay focused.

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