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Summertime... and the parkin' is easy...

Summer is held at the wrong time of year.

In Srahtown in the summer, there is suddenly an abundance of parking available. You can arrive late and still get a good spot. You can leave during the day, come back and park in the same spot... or a better one! It is glorious! Vive l'été!

This is not the case the rest of the year. The rest of the year, there are fierce battles over parking spaces, with shivs and chains and tridents and suchlike. Academics in their tweed jackets and elbow patches hold their Very Academic Pipes in one hand and a flame thrower in the other. It's amazing I'm still alive.

In the summer, I can leave during the day to drive over to my rental office to pay my rent¹ and then come back and find a parking spot, instead of doing it over my lunch hour (and risking losing my spot) or leaving work a half hour early once a month. But I don't need to do that in the summer, because we're on a 7:30-4:30 summer schedule which leaves a free half hour for such errands! I need that free half-hour during the winter, when I am risking my parking spot, not in the summer when I can leave to pay at any time of day.

In the summer, I can leave during the day to drive uptown for lunch, instead of being restricted to bringing my lunch or eating at the terrible food court at the student center, which are pretty much my only comfortable walking-distance options in the cold, cold winter. But in the summer, I usually want to walk uptown! It would be great to be able to drive uptown at lunchtime during the cold, cold winter and walk there during the summer, but my options are reversed.

In the summer, there are hours and hours of daylight after work, to the point where I sometimes get myself in trouble. I have to get to work a half-hour earlier than I do the rest of the year, but the daylight confuses my internal clock, so that I stay up much later than expected. I could really use that extra half-hour in the depths of winter, when it's already dark by the time we leave work.

WHEREAS it is hard to run errands when there are lots of people on campus and it's cold out and

WHEREAS walking-distance options are severely diminished by the cold cold wind and ice and such and

WHEREAS my brain prefers to read the signs of nature as opposed to a freaking clock;

THEREFORE, I move that we move Summer Break to January or something, for my own personal convenience.

SO SAY WE ALL²!

¹ I could mail it in, but that would involve too much in the way of advanced planning and envelopes. Plus, I'm saving money on stamps, which I then spend on gas driving out to the stupid rental office which I could totally walk to if there were sidewalks on the way, but that's a rant for another time.

² By "we all" I mean "me."

srah - Thursday, 1 May 2008 - 12:10 PM
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Comments (6)

gravatar sarah - May 1, 2008 - 1:56 PM -

you have to be at work at 7.30? talk about suck.

gravatar srah - May 1, 2008 - 1:59 PM -

Yeah, but the half-hour at the end of the day is nice. I can drive off campus (no traffic jams in summer!) shouting "HA HA, suckas! I'm off work and you're not!" Or at least I could, in theory, if there were a lot of people to shout it to. Most people in town work for the university and will be getting off at the same time as me.

gravatar tiff - May 1, 2008 - 3:23 PM -

I have to be at work at 7!
But I leave at 4 so it's better. And it's light til 9pm, what's up with that! At this rate it will be 11pm before the sun sets in July!

gravatar moe - May 2, 2008 - 12:14 AM -

I think you just live in the wrong hemisphere. You all could just ammend your motion to move south. (see confusing explanation: http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/time/seasons.html)

gravatar srah - May 2, 2008 - 6:56 AM -

I thought about that, but they still have "winter" when it's cold and "summer" when it's hot and their big academic vacation is during the hot part. It's just that the month-labels don't apply in the same places.

gravatar Cheryl - May 2, 2008 - 8:30 AM -

I love the summer when the students are gone. Campus is very nice and peaceful and those stupid med students aren't hanging around in front of the elevators and the only door out of the building.

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