Thursday, May 04, 2006

You take the good, you take the bad

You take them both and there you have
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.

Sorry, couldn't get that out of my head, but it has been the theme for the day.

It is the first day of exams and what happens at 6pm?

The power goes out.

And it stays out.

For over an hour.

We've never had the power go out for so long. No one was telling us anything. Library X seemed to be the only building without power. Students were leaving in droves. Some of them in tears--All that hard work now gone. If you say something about saving their work, the students just look at you blankly. They don't want to hear it.

Students keep coming up to ask when the power will be coming back on. I have to tell them that there is no time frame. We don't know what caused the power outage. Someone is working on it. No one is happy. People shut their eyes and put their heads down at their keyboards to try and use their time constructively.

But as we're checking books out with pen and paper, a group of female students come in laden with food. They're here to give it out but begin to reconsider seeing the darkness and the lack of bodies. We quickly argue them out of leaving, at least with the food. We put out some tables and start laying the food out. The girls leave to get more food. They have a lot. When they come back, there's a line of fifteen students ready to get food and more arriving. No one has made an announcement or said anything, but students have finely tuned free food radar. They don't care that it's pitch black, and they can't see what they're picking up to eat. It's free food.

As the students fill their plates, the lights finally come back on. No one cares. They're eating. I ask the group of girls what organization they are with. The lead girl shakes her head. They aren't with anyone. They just wanted to do something nice for their fellow students during exams. That's nice, but I think that they're part of a secret society. A secret food giving society. We need more secret societies like that.

Day two of exams tomorrow, and I'm working my old shift of midnight-8am. See ya.

*I swear I haven't forgotten about the golf pencils. They'll just have to wait till after exams. I want it to be an extra special report.*



Blogger Spike said...

I left a brilliant comment yesterday and the bastard didn't save.

1:26 AM, May 06, 2006  

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