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Moments in a First Day of Term

  • Campus is awash with green, manicured gardens, eutrophic ponds, mowed expanses of parkland grass, and muddy paths threaded through forest. Visas open up across a valley to an obelisk on a far hill. I've never been given campus directions before which relied on a cenotaph for way marking.

  • You never know what might happen next some days. Today, for example, I unexpectedly taught an extra class.

  • A modest handful showed up for the last class of the day in the trailing afternoon of lowering cloud. With so few, when forthcoming, questioning becomes conversation, and it's so satisfying.

  • My calves ache. I don't remember teaching affecting my muscles before. Perhaps I walked more than I realized?

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haggisthesecond
Sep. 29th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
hooray for teaching classes, and for the first day of school. :)
gillo
Sep. 29th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Middlesex? Sounds nice. Interestingly I googled "obelisk" and "campus" and it is far from the only possible option in GB!

Good luck with the new venture.
owlfish
Sep. 30th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Right on the first guess!
fjm
Sep. 30th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
The obelisk has a starting part in episode one of the first Doctor Who story to introduce Turlow. (might be Englightenment).

And it's a long walk across that campus.
owlfish
Sep. 30th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
If I ever see the episode, I'll pay attention.
ajodasso
Sep. 30th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
On which campus are you teaching this class?
owlfish
Sep. 30th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
a_d_medievalist
Sep. 30th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
Not quite as interesting as a cenotaph or obelisk of any sort, but at Beachy U, directions were often marked by the campanile or the blue pyramid.
owlfish
Sep. 30th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
A blue pyramid sounds like a very fine landmark to use.
intertext
Sep. 30th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Go You! And I think you do walk a lot. I bounce. That's why my surgeon was reluctant to let me start work when I did. It all sounds very fun. Enjoy!
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