I figured that probably the earliest I’d hear anything from West European Studies, particularly given that they seemed unaware that I had applied for next semester (as opposed to next year) until I told them in person three weeks ago, would be the week after Thanksgiving. I also figured, based on anecdotes and previous experience, that good news would come by e-mail and bad news would come by postal mail.

Today, I got home and saw an envelope in my mailbox from West European Studies.

My first thought, as might perhaps be predictable, called to mind Oedipus. I completed the idea by saying to myself, “Well, guess that didn’t work out.”

Just for grins, I decided to open the letter. Upon unfolding it, the first few words caught my eyes:

“We are pleased to inform you that…”

So, a door has, at long last, opened. We will see what happens on the other side of it — but in the meantime, I’m drinking champagne with my wife this evening.

(Oh, and the DVD of The Dark Knight arrived today, too.)


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