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Personal: Getting Situated at Loyola 
25th-Jul-2010 05:28 pm
Loyola University New Orleans

Other than the aggravating delay with all my stuff still not having been shipped, my first orders of business have pretty much proceeded apace. I spent. Long afternoon in Human Resources being led through the arcane duties of paperwork. Benefit packages had to be customized; I had to affirm that I would not do all number of inadvisable things; I had to pick a dentist, sight and work unseen. (Granted, there were options for changing my choice later on.) Then I was off to get my ID picture taken, where I went through several various takes before settling inexplicably on the worst one. I received keys to my office, to the departmental office, and to the room with the printer in it. I connected my laptop to the network and wasted some time trying to alter my thermostat, until I finally realized that the thing had been set to 80 while the thermometer read 66, and that it had never worked in the first place. Sara, the former theatre actress and Army brat now running the Religious Studies office kept me both well-informed about the details of the department processes as well as vastly entertained by her ability to tell a good story. It was handy to end up with my own office after all, and not to be squeezed in with someone else's stuff.

In true academic geek fashion, the highlight of the day was getting the new ID validated for library access, and to start to explore the collection at Loyola's award-winning Monroe Library. At the very least, in lieu of my stuff getting here, it's providing me with more book entertainment. With no dressier clothes than my duffle of shorts and t-shirts, and before the paychecks start flowing, as well as hardly knowing anyone yet, reading is my chief, almost exclusive, entertainment.

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25th-Jul-2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Despite all the bureaucratic stuff, it seems an upbeat report. For me - and I'd guess for you, too - the support staff can be rich sources of information and entertainment as often enough for friendship. Besides, most of us would not survive w/o them. I am jealous of your office. I share windowless inner room with a colleague. It is great to have your own space.

Hope your stuff gets there soon....you'll feel much more at home and settled - but it sounds like you are doing fine as is.
26th-Jul-2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm certainly getting by. It is a gift that everyone I've met seems pretty delightful. I can't imagine how much more grim this would all be if everyone seemed, well, grim or hating their job all the time. But it is energizing to be around these kind of support staffers, who, if not outright knowledge junkies themselves, still love being around the pulse and tempo of a collegiate setting.
25th-Jul-2010 11:54 pm (UTC) - entertainment
what are you reading?
26th-Jul-2010 01:53 am (UTC) - Re: entertainment
Finished Joseph Ellis's American Creation (which I quite enjoyed, finding the essay on George Washington's progressive Indian policy a real eye-opener and tragedy) and have finally launched into his American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which my Uncle Bill recommended to me about seven years ago, before I really started reading this early American stuff. In between these, I tore through the copy of Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II that my Mom gave me as I was leaving. I also have a book of essays here from one of my new colleagues I asked for local history recs called Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color. Those and a few quick reads from the latest DC issues are keeping me pretty occupied.
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