Playing with Fire

Posted by on 25 June 2013

In discussing a case…

Prof. B.:  Good explanation.  Did the dissent agree with the majority?

Smartarse Student:  No…pretty much by definition of dissent.

Prof. B.:  <performs migraine salute while class laughs> Okay, that’s fair, you got me.

Two minutes later, Prof. B. is grilling smartarse student

Smartarse Student:  This is you getting even with me, isn’t it?

Prof. B.:  Yes.  <class laughs>  But seriously, you’re going to get questioned like this, and you need to learn to deal with it; I was in a meeting half-an-hour ago and I got it.

<more grilling; smartarse student ultimately resolves the issue>

Prof. B.:  Good job.  Thanks for being a good sport.  …you’re not going to go key my car, are you?



  1. Be prepared for hard questions
  2. Don’t poke the bear
  3. A good sense of humor helps a lot


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