They’re back

23 Aug

Like the tide, they always return. Unlike the tide, most of them need to ask for directions.

The students are back, which means tours and ref desk shifts and scrambling to cover electronic reserves (a task which my group may help out with in this oddly staffed year). I’m not sure that the library tour I give tomorrow can top today’s, which wrapped up in the Kheel Center as the archivist and curator there were in the process of dealing with a recently donated two-and-a-half-foot-long knife used in the garment industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

You can’t really manufacture moments like that, no pun intended. Nothing keeps a tour group focused like the unexpected display of expansive cutlery, but it’s almost impossible to utilize such props in an appropriate way.

Ithaca celebrated the students’ recrudescence with the first heavy rains in what feels like weeks, though it looks like the skies may clear in time for classes’ start on Wednesday. Hopefully such weather will prove a more accurate omen for the coming semester than what we have currently.

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2 Responses to “They’re back”

  1. k2 August 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    I kind of feel like they brought this weather with them somehow, but maybe that’s just me being a bitter townie.

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