E-mail from a student, shortly before the Thursday p.m. class:
I will be absent this evening, as I am stuck at my office. If you could respond to my email with any assignments I would be very grateful.
So, feeling generous, I sent him the information and got this reply:
I will be out of the office Wednesday January 21, 2009, returning Monday January 26, 2009. I have access to email and will reply promptly.