A blizzard struck one February evening, and the next morning the streets
were impassable. One student who lived two miles from the campus and who
normally commuted by elevated railway heard on the radio that the el was
not running. Dutifully he trudged through the snow-filled sidewalks,
arriving twenty minutes late for his Contracts class. There at the podium
the professor was holding forth to an audience of one.
Instead of taking his regular assigned seat, the student slipped into the
seat next to the other fellow. The new arrival listened to the lecture and
after a while leaned toward the other student. "What's he talking about ?"
"Beats me." came the reply. "I got here a couple of minutes before you did."