Sunday, November 11, 2007

Go Blue, Make Blue, and Feel Blue

Ann Arbor, MI (Fall 2007)- In order to choke any suspicion of my (Andreas) whereabouts, in terms of my not appearing in any of the recent blogs, The NewSimons are up and running in the U.S. and as strong as ever. It is just that I am currently doing a visiting scholar/ lecturer position at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. To fill you in on my time in Ann Arbor, my life can be summarized as follows: (i) Go Blue, not only have I found joy in the American way of life by being a passionate follower of the Michigan Wolverines (see video of Gunnar and me with All Access passes at a recent game), I have also had a smooth start working at the Number 1 ranked MBA school in the world (see building where I hold my lectures). (ii) Make blue, well this saying may not make as much sense in English, but what it means in German is to take off work. I have been thoroughly enjoying the time after my Ph.D. and instead of frantically working on research, I use my time to interview for jobs, soak in the scholarly spirit at Michigan, and getting ready for my move to California. (iii) Feel Blue, the only part that blows at the moment is being separated from Rachel. But it is almost over, and it certainly will pay off in the future. So taking on the risk of moving has so far paid off. Or to put it in the words of Arnie Schwarzenegger: "If they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men."