I am preparing my fall class schedule so I can get course materials to the copy center next week. I sketched in my fall course calendar a few months and have been pleased ever since that classes do not start until September 8, the day after Labor Day. I was savoring five more weeks of summer vacation. I needed to check when classes are suspended for Columbus Day and Veterans’ Day so I looked up the official calendar on the registrar’s website. I was stunned to learn classes start before Labor Day, on September 3. Yikes! I suppose I would have learned this important fact sometime before 11 AM on 9/3, but for a few moments I pondered this question: what if I had not learned? Suppose I sauntered in to class for the first time on 9/8? This is a chilling thought for one who normally has a firm grip on his calendar.