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6:08pm on Thursday, 18th November, 2010:

Faux Pas



In today's CE217 class, the sun was shining off the library windows directly into the teaching room and dazzling half the students. I pulled the blinds across. Later on, the sun moved and it was getting dark, so I opened the blinds again. I accompanied this with the remark "I'll let a bit more light in, now the sun isn't blinding everyone".

Ohhhh damn. At that point, I remembered that I had someone in the class who is blind irrespective of the sun. I should just have carried on, but I didn't. I attempted to make light of it by saying "well, except Charlie, obviously", and dug myself into a deeper hole. I think I may have even said "poor Charlie", which is even worse.

Gawd, I felt awful. This is the sort of thing that happens to politicians when they lose their entire career after making an innocent remark that can be taken in a politically incorrect way, then they try to recover only to make themselves look even more politically incorrect.

I'm pretty sure Charlie took it in his stride; either that, or he enjoyed me squirming like the rest of the class.

Oh well, there's not a lot I can do about it now except wince every time I think about it...

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