Thank you all for coming. Today, I will introduce you to the promised upcoming course on falconry.
First off, I would like to mention that the promotional material for this course got a few things wrong. Specifically, the claim that you would learn how to solve everyday problems through means of falconry.
This is false. You will not be able to solve everyday problems with falcons.
[A few students leave the room]
As it should be, as it should be. It is important to approach falconry with the right frame of mind. If you came for the problem solving aspect, or discover that this for whatever reason is not for you, please feel free to leave at any point.
[A few more leave]
In fact, falconry might very well introduce you to a whole host of new everyday problems.
[Ambient preparatory leaving noises]
These problems will be of a nature that is hard to convey, seeing that falconry and its associated vocabulary has a limited reach among the general population.
[More people leaving]
It will also be time-consuming, and you will have to devote a non-trivial part of your life to falcons. There are no half-hearted falconers – you’re either in it for the long haul, or you’re not at all.
[Someone asks just how non-trivial the non-trivial aspect is]
For three months, we will spend most of our waking hours at the mew, in close proximity to the birds, so as to monitor their every move. We need to strike a perfect balance of many things at all times, meaning there will be little downtime or time to – as the saying goes – attend the party college aspects of higher education.
[All but two prospective students leave]
Since there are only two of you left, I might as well add that the promotional material was wrong about the educational credits, too. You don’t actually get any for attending this course.
[One student leaves]
You’re still here, even after all these warnings and caveats? And you say you’re eager to start, despite the harsh, uncaring and more often than not unrewarding aspects of falconry?
I say you’re the perfect candidate, then. Welcome aboard!