With the final departure of the snow and ice, and the greening of the lawn, the sun climbing higher each day and further to the north, I am drawn outside to turn the garden beds, fling manure around, tune up lawn mowers, cut the grass, ride the bicycle …
There is less time to spend with you, Internet. I’m sorry. It seems that a little blog-ennui is in the breeze. Blog friend Moonbeam McQueen has “gone fishing”. A commenter on this “see you later” post laments that she is in that same boat. I’ve always wondered what kept me writing posts, and never got much past the “answer”: because I like to write posts. Hedonistic self-involvement in a new and highly refined form. An escape from the disaster du jour …
At least I’m not dead by the side of the road.
I have reasons to hopeful. My stimulus check could arrive any day now. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll finally win that Megabucks jackpot … Meantime, I feel drained, tired, and I have a little headache. Un-wealthy.
This poor little guy is probably related to the roadkill above.
Last Saturday was Colby-Sawyer’s commencement ceremony. It was a perfect day, sunny with some high clouds and a nice breeze to keep the black flies away. I was a little late and didn’t get to wander among the students putting their gowns and mortarboards on. That’s usually a great photo opp.
The seniors marched around the quad like 4 times … like the plane circling the airport.
As they marched past Best Hall dormitory, speakers in a second floor window blared Aerosmith’s Walk This Way. Gotta love that college humor.
Professor Nick Baer accepting the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching.
It’s always very meaningful for me to see this ceremony. It’s the culmination of the academic year and the ultimate purpose of all our work. There are always a few students who I get to know a little better. Usually it’s the ones that have had troublesome computers. After the degrees are all handed out, there is a reception luncheon in the sports center. Me and whatever other fellow staff or faculty member I’ve attached to wander about the chaos looking for people to congratulate. This year I saw a 2007 alumna, Alicia . She’s one of the folks who helped me get to know what blogging was all about.
The post commencement week is devoid of students, except for a few stragglers or visiting alums. There is an all campus meeting where we learn how many new students are expected to arrive in September as well as how the college is doing on all other fronts. And there’s the friendly reception at the President’s House, with beer, wine, all sorts of yummy goodies including the ever popular shrimp. It was a perfect day for that last Tuesday, sunny and breezy.
And so I ready myself for the summer’s projects, cleaning, upgrading, re-imaging, and inventorying the college’s many computers. Hopefully we’ll be setting up some new ones here and there also. I call myself “Desktop Dave”. Speaking of which, aren’t you glad that I hardly ever post about computing and technology? Well recently, inspired by one of the newly hired IT staffers, I put Ubuntu on my computer, which is a wonderful Linux operating system variant. It’s graphical interface is sort of Mac like. It’s been fun figuring out (with help when needed) how to get Citrix client software to run on it so that I can get to my server-based desktop in order to accomplish my regular chores. For most of the 10 years I’ve been working at the college, it’s been a totally Windows based shop (except for the Mac island of our Graphic Design lab). So it’s invigorating to investigate things like Ubuntu. Enough nerd talk for now.
The garlic is doing really well.
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, and I just saw a whole flock of cyclists whiz by. The road is calling me and my bicycle. The remaining garden beds will have to wait. So will Oliver. I’ll be back this afternoon.
OK. Have a nice bike ride!