If you like piña coladas and grading AP exams…

This is the first out of the past three summers that I won’t be attending the AP English Language exam in Daytona, which will be taking place this week. Nathan’s imminent (I hope) arrival makes it impossible for me to go, and even if I were there, I wouldn’t be able to partake of the piña coladas, which is really one of the best reasons to be there.

I actually do really enjoy going every year, even though the work is fairly grueling. I grade a couple hundred papers in a day, and it’s a lot of sitting in a chair in a freezing room, but it’s fun to get to know people and the $1500 stipend doesn’t hurt. Plus, not to keep harping on the alcohol, but it does make for a relaxing evening to walk the beach, watch the pelicans, and sit and stare into the ocean with a piña colada in hand. The Hilton at Daytona makes them with whipped cream on top, which is actually the best part. Kelly very kindly made piña coladas at my shower a few weeks ago (non-alcoholic, of course), to try to make up for the fact that I’m missing that part of my summer. They were good, but it wasn’t quite the same experience.

One Response to “If you like piña coladas and grading AP exams…”

  1. Daniel
    June 8th, 2008 16:20

    If you want, I can crank up the AC and sit on the couch, wrapped tightly in blankets, spastically changing the channel on the blaring TV. You know, to give you that authentic AP reading roommate experience.

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