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Fairweather Update

The good news is that I have access to my computer again. The bad news is that the hard drive is faulty. The other good news is that IBM is sending me a new one and that I didn’t have to jump through hoops to convince them to do so. In fact, once I got the OS running again and worked my way through all of the diagnostics and troubleshooting they offered on hard drive problems, I collected my results, called, reported my findings, and my new hard drive is on the way–no flow chart of stupid questions necessary. Yay!

In the meantime, the weather’s gorges here in Ithaca, and this is how I spent yesterday afternoon:

Reading in the sun

The book I’ve got is one I picked up on a visit to the Friends of the Library Book Sale when we went on Saturday. I think I might actually have to make another trip over there before it’s over. There were a lot of great things there, and it’s hard to pass up a book in good condition at those prices. Also, they had a copy of the old school Candy Land game my sister and I grew up with, and, strange as it may seem, that’s rather tempting to pick up. My mom got rid of our old copy and the one’s they’re selling now have different illustrations and layout and such. And I don’t like them. Whose idea was it to demote Queen Frostine?! *pouts like a four-year-old*

Spending an entire weekend doing nothing related to work was fantastic… but it makes it so much harder to start working again on Monday…

Shakespearean Escapades

I’ve just returned from Shakespeare Abridged out at the Cornell Plantations, and a wonderful time was had. I estimated correctly when I said I thought it would take about forty minutes to walk there (what with it being uphill most of the way and me not knowing my way about the north end of campus). The worst of it is the hike up to the Engineering Quad (you know, the part I have to do daily). Walking across campus proper was mostly flat until I got back to Beebe Lake and the waterfall. The campus was crawling with new freshmen and their parents, but once I turned to follow along the Lake, it was pretty much just me and the trees. And those three deer that I passed not twenty feet from. It’s gorgeous back there. I really have to go back (with a camera!) once the weather cools a bit. I’m sure when the leaves start turning it will be an all new kind of lovely.

After some minor detours and the aforementioned forty minutes of walking, I located the Shakespeare show. The lady I collected my program from and offered my donation to was shocked that I’d walked as far as I had. I believe her words were that “it was awfully intrepid of you”. She was kind enough to offer me a ride back to State St. after the show, which I gladly accepted. I wasn’t sure how long the show was supposed to be, and I wasn’t keen on walking back after dark, but I needn’t have worried even if she hadn’t offered a ride.

The show itself was very entertaining. The troupe was missing one player–she’s in the hospital right now–and one of their directors was filling in. Things flowed smoothly nonetheless. There was even a joke about how, in attempting to make Shakespeare something that modern audiences could relate to, writers had placed Shakespeare’s works in such strange locations as a lunar landscape or Cleveland, Ohio. I laughed more than anyone else present at that one, as you might imagine.

Although I liked the presentation of the tragedies (my literary favorites) and the transformation of the histories into a football game, I think the lumping of the sixteen comedies into one was my favorite. They had painted signs to show the different characters and what was going on. There was even a joke about The Cherry Orchard, and you can’t go wrong with that. Just like you can’t go wrong sticking Kafka references in a Mel Brooks show.

Afterwards, while awaiting Nancy, my ride, I helped collect chairs for the troupe. In doing so, I met a couple of the actors, who thought they’d seen me before. When I confessed that I’m new to campus, one of them declared that I must “just have that Cornell aura” about me. Maybe it was the Google t-shirt that gave it away. The other actor, John, is a mechanical engineering student. I’m not certain whether he’s a grad or an undergrad, but, in either case, I’m sure to see him again.

Nancy was surprised to find that I was new here (and yet at the show), but she figured that my newness to town might explain why I’d chosen to walk all the way there. When I explained that I didn’t know about the parking situation on the Plantations, she decided that I might be making some sense after all. We had a nice chat on the way back and she gave me her card and encouraged me to contact her if I had any “town questions” or anything else. It’s nice to find that people are so friendly around here. When I visited in March, I liked how friendly my department was, but, certainly, a whole town full of people like that trumps.

Have I been living in a city too long or what?