Sent: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:33 AM
It was wonderful to hear your voice today. It was also rude of me not to give you my number, since you were so generous with yours. You can reach me at my office at [xxx-xxx-xxxx] and on my cell at [xxx-xxx-xxxx]. The former is preferable, since, unfortunately, my wife scans the phone bill every month–although I have a slew of teaching assistants, and normally I can blame unusual calls on my having to harass them to finish grading papers or bluebooks.
Needless to say, I’m delighted with the results of this election, especially on the state level. I’m an Elizabeth Warren fan. I WANT a “professor” in the Senate representing me, not an overage frat boy who brags about his truck.
Anyway, enough of that. When can we MEET? I’d really like to see you face-to-face, and it’s easy for me to get away. What days/times work best for you?
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: Meet
I am thinking of you this morning, for several reasons. There’s a Nor’easter coming and I have two doctors appointments today and I am still smiling! Thanks to certain election results and you! So relieved that I don’t have to hear another political commercial for a long while! Isn’t it marvelous to have Obama and Warren and some new gay marriage states and a gay senator! Whee! So relieved.
It was… magical to talk to you yesterday. I had that amazing “I could just keep listening! He’s nice!” feeling. And a few other reactions we might discuss later. 😉 It scared me – sometimes I get invested in meeting someone, and he disappears. So your message wanting to meet was particularly nice. I probably said too much… do keep my secrets! I am old-fashioned about calling men… I wait for them to do it, but thanks for the phone numbers.
So… I am flexible. Do you want to meet at Starbucks for a hug and talk for a few minutes? Or take a chance on lunch? Or show me a quiet corner of a college library? 12 – 2 pm or right after work @ 5:15 pm is probably best for me, but for you I could have a “doctor’s appointment” any particular time of day if you want to research… me.
Hope you have a great day!
Nov 8, 2012
Subject: re: Meet
It was magical to talk to you too. And, yes, I’d very much like to meet you soon. I’m sorry to be so tardy with my response; I’m line-editing a bunch of sub-literate rough drafts, and I’m about ready to slit my eyeballs in frustration. But I should be done with this by the end of the week.
Next week would be absolutely ideal for a meeting. Tuesdays and Thursdays are best for me, and while I can schedule a post-5 P.M. encounter, earlier would definitely be better. I can tell students I’m changing my office hours; they don’t have an exam for a while, so they won’t care. I’d be delighted to take the T to your neck of the woods, if you like.
Incidentally–and while I probably don’t need to say this–I’m completely harmless, at least on a first encounter. You don’t need to worry about me saying or doing something maladroit. I’m past forty, and I know how to behave myself.
So, what days and times are best for you? I’m at your beck and call.