12 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'alternative spring break 2005':


'Guess who sighs his lullabies/ Through nights that never end?'

We planned to leave at 9am, so I set my alarm for 7. I would have plenty of time to get myself ready and to repack all of my bags before retrieving the car from the parking garage. Then I woke up at 6:15. By 6:30, I was wide awake with my eyes wide open, willing myself to go back to sleep. Alas, it was not to be, so I got up and puttered around in my suitcase until I could allow myself to go and shower. Due to being wide awake, the morning's preparations went very quickly and by...

srah - Saturday, 5 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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'Home, where my thought's escaping/ Home, where my music's playing'

We had another jam-packed day at work today. I got some work in until about lunchtime, then I expected to have some more time to look into Access queries and doing a writeup about them. Alas, it was not to be. My report had to leave off at "How to add a new field," which I hope will be valuable. My project never had a really clear definition, which was frustrating at times but rather liberating because I didn't have a set goal. So I just worked and got done what I got done. This is great for a second-year...

srah - Friday, 4 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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'Down by the riverside/ it's bound to be a better ride/ than what you've got planned'

No it wasn't! Not at all! I got off work today and window-shopped a little on the way to the subway but my main goal was Chinatown, home of cheap purses and sunglasses and scarves and things. And food. I got on the subway at my usual place and was supposed to be going in the usual direction... but I wasn't. I guess I wasn't paying attention, because I took a long, slow trip to Queens and had to manoeuvre my way around aboveground to find a train in the other direction. I changed lines at Times Square and inadvertently...

srah - Thursday, 3 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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'I'm not the kind of man/ Who tends to socialize'

Jing, Ayca and I got killer seats in the cafeteria today. They were right by the back window, so we had a great riverside view. After work, I walked down (or up? It goes east-west!) 42nd street and did some window-shopping, then Jing and I happened to pass by the New York Public Library. We had about an hour to kill before the SI Alumni Reception, so we went into the building. We ran into Leslie, who's doing her ASB project there, so she was able to give us a tour and show us what one needs to see when...

srah - Wednesday, 2 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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Triumphs(?) of librarianship

A woman approaches me at the table in the library where I am working. "I want to get on page." "Excuse me?" "You work here?" "I... I... do. I guess." "I want to get on page. You help me?" She gestures to the area where she's working. "I... you should probably ask over there instead." I gesture to the reference desk. "You work here? You help me. Come here, I want to get on page." A panicked look, I'm sure, crosses my face. I kinda work here, but I don't know anything about the collection! She looks like she's going...

srah - Wednesday, 2 March 2005 - 11:26 AM
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'Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!'

When I see horse-drawn carriages in New York, something in me makes me want to run up to the horses and tell them that the end of their enslavement draws near. There is no Sarah - only Zuul. (Yes, I am doing that thing again where everything I see in New York City reminds me of some movie.) When I came to work this morning, there was a gaggle of Franciscan friars waiting to go through security at the same time I was. Only one of them had on monk-style robes - the rest were in jeans and sweatshirts -...

srah - Tuesday, 1 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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Flushing: Home of giant goldfish. Or something.

After work, I came home and collapsed. The snow had started and I didn't feel like doing anything. Well, I felt like shopping (I almost always feel like shopping these days) but I couldn't get ahold of Mr B******. So Rachel and I lazed around until MaTT got back and then the three of us lazed around until it was time to eat dinner. We picked a likely candidate out of the AAA guide and set off through the blinding snow. Well, maybe not blinding but it blew around a lot. The place we'd found turned out to be more...

srah - Monday, 28 February 2005 - 11:59 PM
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Where the underlings can eat with elite

All of the Alternative Spring Break reports I've read about *Unidentified International Organization* talk endlessly about the cafeteria. I had built up an image in my mind of a huge room with 100-foot ceilings and marble everywhere, where hairnetted lunch-ladies surlily glop filet mignon and lobster onto your plate. The huge ceilings are, instead, in the part of the library where I'm working. But the cafeteria is pretty spectacular too. I haven't had my tour, but it's my favorite thing about *Unidentified International Organization* so far. The cafeteria looks out over the river and the view is just as spectacular...

srah - Monday, 28 February 2005 - 3:24 PM
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I'm just mad about saffron...

Good morning. I woke up at 7am today, thinking it was almost noon. Being on the other end of this time zone confuses me. I have no ability to guess the time anymore. The truth discovered, I went back to sleep. My roommates had already left by the time I got dressed, so I went for a wander in Central Park alone. I later discovered that most SI people had had the same plan, although I didn't run into any of them at the time. The Gates Project was still up, so I wandered through and people-watched. I think the...

srah - Sunday, 27 February 2005 - 11:59 PM
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The Bronx is up and Matt's battery's down

Stupid things I did today: Try to drive us to Chicago instead of to New York City. I was so concerned with where we should store the Ohio Turnpike toll ticket that I didn't pay attention to the ramp I chose and we started heading west. We didn't lose that much time, but it did seem to take forever before we got to a point where we could turn around. Go to Hoboken, NJ. Well, okay, this wasn't really my decision, but it was stupid and I did it. Step on the passenger-side invisible-brake so hard and for so long...

srah - Saturday, 26 February 2005 - 11:59 PM
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'Tomorrow: A penthouse that's way up high; Tonight: The Y'

Dear The Internet, I am off to New York City for the next week. Please hold everything until I get back. I am off for a 9.5-hour drive in the driving snow in this. Oops, I mean this. Not sure if I'll have an opportunity to blog from work or not, so don't be frightened* if you don't hear from me! I've got a little list notebook and my blogthoughts shall be duly jotted until such a time as I can jot them properly on the Internets. ––––– * Except Andy, because he should always be frightened....

srah - Saturday, 26 February 2005 - 6:39 AM
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If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere

I've got my placement for Alternative Spring Break so In a few weeks I'll be jetting off to New York, where I will wander around like a True Midwesterner, wearing black socks and shorts and staring up at tall buildings until I get my camera stolen. I will be working in the library of an unidentified* international organization and eating in their cafeteria, which I hear is marvelous. I've only been to New York City once - and that was for less than a full day. Now I'll be there for a week - working, sightseeing and perhaps making new...

srah - Friday, 4 February 2005 - 1:37 PM
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