I guess I am sort of revising the list of all my past faults so that I can warm up for the next 2 years. Or on the other hand, I'll prefer to view such things as "I'll do all the offenses now so that I wont have to do em' again later". I had been sitting up late on Wednesday and Thursday nights, getting the house in order, and getting up at ungodly hours to rush to school. So in my defense -- I had reason :-).
I knew I was feeling sleepy so I decided to sit in the first row and up my class participation a little bit - so that I don't fall asleep. What I didn't expect was a new teacher with a sleepy voice (he was a good one though). So it became really challenging to stay awake. I sort of remember my head dropping down a little , I remember fighting within myself to stay awake. The voices from outside were coming and going. Slowly the voices dimmed and then I dozed off....maybe for like 3 seconds. But that was enough.
Then I heard a voice speak to me and I suddenly came alive and found the teacher addressing me. In that micro-second I knew I was busted. But the same micro-second assimilation of information told me I was not busted that bad. He was talking about +ve and -ve feedback and which kind of feedback a person tends to notice more. So he called out my name (I noticed he was very near me) and said "if you get four kinds of feedback and 3 said you were good and 1 said you were bad, what would you notice". I sort of understood that not many had seen me sleeping and the instructor was the only dude to notice it. When he held the mike out to me to address the 430 strong class, I just blabbered out, "I'd notice the +ve feedback". To which he responded "is that what you would notice? Positive feed back". He said in a sort of way my Hindi teacher in 9th std SBOA School (Balasubramaniam was his name) said with the pompousness of a city school teacher addressing a village bumpkin, when I had told him that my previous school was Jayendra School from Palayamkottai, Thirunelveli. "From what School?... Jayendraaa Saraswathi" pretty much told me that he didn't think much of that school.
So I changed my answer and said " I was kidding its the negative feedback that I would notice". To which, the instructor said aloud to the class "its the negative feedback that people tend to notice more..." and moved on with his lecture. I thought nobody had seen me sleep. A couple of feelers I sent to my friends confirmed to me that the assumption was valid. Then one person caught up with me in the coffee break and said "I slept but didn't get caught! That's because I wasn't on the first row"