This morning was the somewhat liturgical and rather upbeat matriculation ceremony and service, which is the "official" start of the semester. That was followed by the somewhat more somber university faculty meeting (enrollment is down and budgets are very tight) and then by yet another lunch meeting. That left the afternoon to work on syllabi and follow up on a six-month-running insurance hassle (insurance has not yet paid on some cortisone injections from last fall and it's beginning to look like the surgeon's office didn't properly pre-certify the procedure in spite of their assertions that they did). On the way home Southern Man avenged himself on one of yesterdays DNFs and spent the evening packing and cleaning. Tomorrow begins and ends with the Reads meetings, with several others sandwiched between, and Southern Man plans to relax and re-read portions of Farm City tonight.