The Monday Catchup

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Excerpt from “A Christmas Carrel” a play by me directed by me and starring me

NARRATOR: When Scrooge awoke, the church clock tolled a deep, dull, hollow, melancholy (BONG! BONG! BONG! BONG!). Light flashed up in the room upon the instant, and the blinds by his bed were drawn up by a strange figure.

SCROOGE: Are you the Spirit, sir, whose coming was foretold to me?

FIRST GHOST: I am!

SCROOGE: Who and what are you?

FIRST GHOST: I am the Ghost of Kenyon Past.

NARRATOR: As the words were spoken, they passed through the wall, and stood in the busy thoroughfares of a college campus. It was made plain enough by the dressing of the place that here, too, it was Christmas time. The Ghost stopped at a certain door, and asked Scrooge if he knew it.

SCROOGE: Know it! I spent countless hours here. I remember these walls, this cubic furniture, the ceiling made of windows. This must be the place … I miss it. Olin and Ch–

FIRST GHOST: Don’t say it. It will be too painful for you. Yes we are here. Smell the books. Hookup in the stacks. Talk too loud on the third floor. You loved this place and took it for granted.

SCROOGE: Spirit! remove me from this place. Haunt me no longer!

NARRATOR: As he struggled with this memory and the intense pain attached to it, Scrooge realized he was a first year who had no reason to be jaded about a place he never set foot in save for during a visit day or tour. Man who the hell do you think you are? How was your weekend?

 

“Saw someone eating a cheesestick the bad way. Ruined my night.”

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10 o’ clock list: Five Body Parts You Never Knew Had Names

 

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Bodies, we all have them. I don’t know about you, but I mostly find them to be confusing and upsetting. They don’t always work as you want them to and they’re composed of a seemingly infinite array of miserable, underperforming components. I frequently look at people walking down Middle Path and feel pangs of emptiness and regret because for the life of me I can’t seem to understand how all of those messy little pieces work together and move the way they do.

This semester I’ve been finding a great deal of comfort in my BIOL 321: Organ Taxonomy class. Who knew that there were names for so many of the frightening and complicated pieces of my weird body! I have yet to grasp the basics of human locomotion, but at least I now have something to call several of those mysterious flesh items. Continue reading