Since Grand Forks can be a bit smaller and a tad more isolated than other college towns, the University makes a great effort to make sure that new faculty are properly introduced to the community and made aware of the things the city and state have to offer. With this in mind, they organize a bus trip every year for all new faculty to see the sites across the great state of North Dakota. Alycia, being a native and all, has declined to go, despite my prodding that it might be fun.
They also put out a booklet of all the new faculty and attempt to put people in touch with one another that have similar interests, be it playing tennis, snow shoeing, cross stitching, chatting about politics (you voted for WHO?!?!? for the Potato Advisory Council position). Since she opted out of the UND Bus Tour '09 Extravaganza, I encouraged Alycia to fill out her questionnaire for this booklet. The one obstacle though that truly and rightfully stumped her was what she should put down in the category of "Spouse/Significant Others Profession".
I demanded that she put the truth down, but "professional slacker" had an unsavory ring to it, so I decided that my profession was "semi-retired". Alas, she didn't necessarily think that this would be the best way to make friends in a new community. But now everyone is gonna know that I'm an accountant.....which I think is an even worse way to try to make new friends, but we'll see how it plays out.