The bloom is off the rose. This surely explains why I have managed in recent months to work up so much nostalgia for other states and places I've worked--even though I know that things are not rosy anywhere in academe. Now if only the lazy and lackluster (and just plain incompetent--especially!) would move on or out, then the rest of us who are trying to make the best of a bad situation would have one less hurdle to deal with. And the newly-minted who are willing to work for your bad dime? Well, they could get a foot in the door while they still have enough passion and idealism to pull them through.