It dawned on me as I walked across campus this morning that I really enjoy working here. I mean, it's work, and all work and all workplaces have problems and drawbacks, but it's just a beautiful place. Green, growing, blossoming. The weather is for the most part lovely. And when I park on my usual end of campus, I walk right past the Broad Cafe and the really nice lady there knows all of my usual orders (hot chai, hot or iced single extra-tall latte, or just a coffee refill in my Broad mug) and never gets anything mixed up. And when I really want to splurge, they have little raspberry tartlet things.
Some people work in little cardboard cubicles, in office towers of concrete and steel and surrounded by crappy weather for half the year. I work in a basement office now, but I've got a plant and calendar pictures of wild growing places all over the walls, and whenever I need a break I can wander outside for a little walk on one of the prettiest campuses I know of. There are turtles
in at least two of the ponds!
I'm really lucky, and sometimes, I remember that that's true, and I'm really thankful.
Also, I have to share this:
The Sumerian Word of the Day is "gal" which means "great" or "large". It's pronounced "gall". Now, I'm used to thinking of the acronym GAL to mean Global Address List, an amalgamated behemoth database of names and email addresses that talks to various protocols and systems, like Exchange and LDAP and ph and finger. Desktop and server-side email clients connect to the GAL so that folks can access a campus-wide addressbook.
I'm so, so tempted to go stick a sign of the logogram
on the primary GAL server... but I'm sure everyone on staff would know it was me who did it, which would ruin half of the fun...
Let's see, what else... oh! I've set up some friends filters on this LJ. I'm making them public, because I'm using them as reading filters. Keeping up with my friendslist will be easier now that I can read the following specifically:
- nonterrestrial blogspace
- lj news
I'll add these as links to my LJ sidebar, and I may end up shuffling around which journals are part of which filter, or adding additional filters, but this is a first pass effort. I'm pleased with it.