So Southern Man has finished his teaching for the day and is puttering about his new office when The Dean pokes his head in the door and says "I have your fall contract ready, and if you'll come sign it now I'll give you a prize!"
Well Southern Man is a sucker for free stuff so he goes over to The Dean's office and signs the next year of his life away. And the prize was a little 2 TB Passport USB drive for backups and (as promised earlier) a brand new Microsoft Surface tablet and a 64 GB microSDXC card to go with it.
The iPad is going to get mighty jealous when this baby comes home.
But the best part was when The Dean said "I'm really glad you're here." It's good to be valued.