If only I didn't have to wear tailcoat, shiny shoes, and white gloves. -- Is it unusual to be awarded an honorary degree by one's own alma mater? In my own case, this only increases the pleasure: after all, Oulu University provided this draft-dodger from Germany with with an excellent graduate education, with Juha Manninen, Simo Knuuttila and Jaakko Hintikka as my advisors; and it gave me my first academic job in a closely-knit community of talented students and interesting colleagues. Several of them have become friends for life. -- It will be wonderful to meet up again during the festivities next week, and to show Sarah the place "where it all began".