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May 24, 2002

Damn, I lead a lucky life!

Sometimes I think about what I get to do for a living and all I can do is to grin right out loud. Today was one of those times.

Greta Nagel was a doc student in a course that I taught two weeks of a decade ago. My topic was motivation and interestingness and something about that stuck in the back of Greta's mind and caused her to invite me to a brainstorming session today. Greta is now on the faculty of Cal State Long Beach and has some funding to do a planning study to create a Museum of Teaching and Learning.

So from 11AM until 7PM I got to toss out ideas and listen to the others in the group in a moving conversation that started at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, moved to the Stephen Birch Aquarium and ended with dinner at the new Lodge at Torrey Pines. All this for a $100 honorarium, but what I'm grateful for is the fact that I could spend a day like this instead of staying indoors hunched over a lens grinder or in a factory like my father and uncles.