The resident faculty left bouncy ball outside the mail room door this morning. Pootie the Precious was thrilled. The staff think it’s a clue. (More)

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That leaves only the bouncy ball left outside the mail room door by the resident faculty as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. Pootie the Precious had her own ideas for what that gesture meant, which she announced by batting and chasing the ball around the mail room.

The rest of the staff recognized the bouncy ball was a clue, though we weren’t sure what it meant. It could be as simple as a plan to discuss the NBA playoffs, or some other sport involving a bouncing ball. Or perhaps they intend to study how the 2012 GOP candidates have bounced around on issues. Ultimately we couldn’t decide what the clue revealed. Which means either the resident faculty are getting more clever with their clues, or they don’t have a focal topic for the week and plan to bounce from topic to topic and day to day.

We doubt they’re getting more clever, so we’ll go with the last option.

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Happy Monday!