I'm too lazy to link to it, but you may recall that I applied for a travel grant from my graduate student government which demanded a 4-page form, an abstract of the talk, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, and the naming of my firstborn child. I've applied for and been awarded this money twice before, so the hassle has always seemed like an obnoxious assertion of authority that would nonetheless get me $300. But this evening came an email PFO culminating in the phrase "We hope you are not discouraged." Too bad, because I was planning to weep, and never again aspire to present at an academic conference! Or perhaps I will gnash my teeth, and abandon my once-fervent faith in student government! Bless your hearts**, members of the travel committee of my student government, but it will take more than your rejection letter to discourage me.
*term borrowed with gratitude from here
**Southerners assure me this phrase can bear as much condescension as you can stand to bestow on it