May 13, 2004

Kooky Campus Sights

It’s been a great weather day today. This picture might seem like an odd one to represent how great a day it is, but when you venture outside, you see what you see. Here we’ve got a tire someone leaned on a yellow traffic cone. Why did they do it? I have no clue. But there it is. Something is floating in the water which accumulated in the tire. Make of it what you will.

Why is the cone there in the first place? I didn’t move this “casual sculpture” to look underneath it. I think it’s covering something.

When I stepped out of my office the other day, I could smell tanning lotion. At first I thought it might be from one of the nearby houses, but judging by the direction of the wind, it was coming from the new dorms.

The university’s new dorms have been built close enough to my office that I can see them from the upstairs window. When the wind shifts, I can smell them. I strolled up to campus and, sure enough, students were sunning themselves, as others were preparing to leave town when finals are over.

Lots of people were loading stuff into cars. Hanging out in groups. Saying the last things they’ll say to each other for a while.

Our office is in a house just off campus, It’s an interesting place. Some of the grounds people used to escape through the road next to our offices before closing time and hit the local bars. Never let it be said that the state does not care about stopping this sort of government waste (though I know some of you conservatives will be incredulous). They closed off our road rather than find some other solution. A chain across the road prevents people from leaving campus this way. It actually did solve the employee flight problem.

However, people who weren’t breaking any rules before, but got used to this method of egress, have taken to using the grass as a new road. I don’t blame them, really. However, take a look at this picture. To prevent people from driving over the grass, they’ve placed police tape between some of the trees. The problem is, and you can see it clearly in the photo, they have left a clear path to Chase Road to the right of that tree. Those parking places to the right of the tree are state-mandated handicapped spaces. What that means is that:

  1. They never get used, because we rarely get anyone with handicapped plates here at our tiny offices.
  2. The spaces cannot be blocked off, and thus the illegal “road” cannot be blocked off by police tape.

It seems really silly to build roads and driveways and then to block them off. People find a way. Often, it is in vandalism. You might ask “well why can’t people just follow the rules?” I’d like to know why so many of the rules make very little sense.

Here’s a picture of one of the exits from the dorm parking lot near out office. Yep, it’s chained off permanently. But, as you can see, the chain is dipping very low. Someone’s pushed one of the poles over. I don’t know if it’s low enough to drive over, but the message is clear. “This chain is stupid.”

You are not prohibited from being on either side of the chain. But because of the chain, you have to drive over a dusty/muddy pothole-ridden road to get from one side of that chain to the other. What is the point?

It’s just the part of the entertainment that is university bureaucracy.

Posted by James at May 13, 2004 4:39 PM
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The first picture is representative of basic geometric shapes:

sewer cover, I think--square

Posted by: Patti M. at May 13, 2004 5:10 PM

You may have stumbled across the real world equivalent of Strongbadia (pop. tire).

Posted by: Bil at May 13, 2004 7:56 PM

Holy cow, Bil!

That's craptacular! I should look around for a sign.

Posted by: James at May 13, 2004 9:54 PM

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