The bullet or the bribe

From The Onion: “National Essay Writing Contest Now Accepting Video Submissions.” 

I have about four more hours to serve in grading jail, not counting the time it will take to calculate and record final grades (most of which I’ll do during my free periods tomorrow).  This time must be served between now and 8 a.m. tomorrow, and must be fit in around child care, sleep, grooming and commuting.  Despite the Damoclean nature of the situation, I am having to bribe myself to finish: if I grade for an hour, I can watch a 22-minute Sex and the City episode (courtesy of Netflix).  If I grade for an hour and a half, I can watch the episode and have popcorn.

The finish line’s in sight, but I am dragging my tail.

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