Monday, November 05, 2007

Mr Roboto?

Short Term Lodger Dude just left. He's headed off to his new home, happily, hopefully.

After putting him up for 5 days, treating him to lunch at a halfway decent sit down chain restaurant, offering hours of (solicited) advice about how to present at our colloquium, and other various aiding and abetting over the week, he finally thanked me, halfheartedly...

for opening the door as he left.

Now, I know I'm not the best host. I didn't cook dinner for him. I didn't wake him with the gentle smell of fresh roasted coffee or sprinkle the fold out couch with rose petals.

It's not like I think I need to be praised to the sky, I just put him up for a few days, but "thanks?" Is it too much to ask for a "thanks?"

Am I being a prick for being annoyed about this?


Ianqui said...

Well, didn't you say he had communication issues?

Overread said...

Yeah, and I'm guessing that's what's going on here. Maybe I've been spoiled by generally dealing with at least marginally socialized people.

Hehe, it's funny to think of academics as socialized...

BrightStar said...

Dude, I'd be totally irritated.

I also wouldn't have said yes to the arrangement in the first place, though... so maybe I'm a bigger jerk than you are.