OK… maybe the first week, depending on how you look at
it. I left
I stopped enroute for little but food, fuel, and a cheap
night’s sleep, but two roadside attractions in
I had as my companion on the trip an audio book of Anna
Karenina. Thirty CDs totaling 38.5
hours. There’s a condensed version… 9
hours shorter… that achieves its brevity simply by collapsing all the character names to
single syllables… Ann… Al…
Settling into my digs (sharing a house on
Monday morning felt like the first day of third grade. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a
first-morning experience, but it was a pleasant one to be sure. The iSchool faculty must certainly have grown
faster than any other comparable faculty in the discipline, and the faculty
meeting I attended marked the assumption to leadership of Harry Bruce, who is
taking over the Deanship from Mike Eisenberg. Mike led the school during its growth from about a dozen faculty to its
present size of 40, and they are a diverse and engaging company indeed.
Now, about this rain… on two occasions in 7 days I’ve
glimpsed a patch of what I believe was sky, and as I write this the sun is actually peeking through the clouds. Mostly it has simply rained steadily. The headline in today’s UW Daily reported
MUDSLIDE EVACUATES HOUSE. The article indicates
it was actually 4 students who evacuated -- A fraternity house rendered unlivable…
imagine! The radio tells me it is the
rainiest winter since the early 60s. I
Nothing profound in any of these observations -- just reflections on the start of my Western Sojourn. Any day now I’ll have profound insights to share. Really. I promise. In the meantime, where else in the Blogosphere can you find the Corn Palace and Anna Karenina all rolled into one?
PS. I would be remiss in failing to credit Wes Boomgaarden, preservation officer for The Ohio State University Libraries for clueing me in to the cultural importance of The Corn Palace. There's a certain wry smile that crosses his face when he's telling you something you can't afford to ignore, and this was one of those admonitions. Sure glad I listened.