There’s a really neat scene in the movie “For Love of the Game” where the protagonist, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, is getting ready to start a game. He looks around and sees a lot of people yelling and jeering him. He then just says to himself to “clear the mechanism,” and the crowd and all the sounds just fade away.
This is exactly what I need to do now. I have departmental oral exams on Tuesday. If I pass those, I go on to school-wide oral exams in October. And if I pass those, I become a doctoral candidate… All but dissertation.
So I’ll see you next Tuesday to give you good news.