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September 13th, 2008
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Old haunt

Monday, my flight back to Welly wasn't til 7pm, my hosts had jobs to attend to and I was at a loose end, so I went and visited my old department. I aimed for 10ish - 10:30 being morning tea time. I was a bit apprehensive - last time I was here I was in the process of failing a Ph.D. and I left without saying goodbye to my old mate Graeme. Not one of my best moves, and one I've been feeling a bit guilty about.
I needn't have worried.
It's a bit scary how little the place has changed, and I was greeted as though I'd only been away for a week. I had coffee with a selection of academics and technicians, talked about real time traffic modelling about which none of us knew anything really. Graeme was there - I was worried that he'd have retired. He said I was looking well, I accused him of harassment - an old joke between us.

The roof keys were exactly where they were when I left too, in the glass fronted cabinet in the smaller astronomy grads room so I helped myself.

This would be north-west Christchurch (which is a bit flatter than Wellington) and then across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps, which are unfortunately lost in the haze. You can see their effect on the weather, though, in the form of a bit of a Nor-west arch.

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Date:September 13th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Funny, looks a lot like York uni, but then Yorkshire's pretty flat too and institutional 60's/70's/80's pre-fab concrete pretty much all looks the same...

nice picture still.
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Date:September 13th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
You had more grass than my old campus at North Texas. The building on the far left looks interesting, or at least its roof does.

We pour out a lot of our lives in these academic environments. Don't we? I know I have fond feelings for all the universities I've worked at, either as a student or as a prof.
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Date:September 14th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
The roof on the left is the physical sciences library, conveniently located.
When the University was moved here - it used to be located in the central city, this was the edge of town and they were able to acquire plenty of space. It's slowly disappearing. I used to play frisbee on the lawn where the maths/computer science building is now. That's the set of cubbyholes in the left hand middle distance.
I guess when you spend five or ten years in a place, it leaves a mark on you. My feelings are mixed, but a bit more positive after this visit.
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Date:March 19th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm bouncing in from the future as it were, visiting after meeting and doing a meme... that's pertinent only because I chose this specific date for a very personal reason.

We may of driven by here. We came down 7 to 1 from Hanmer Springs finishing up our driving tour in '01. I think I know the place you refer, that uni was before moving. It is a big arts center now. I think. We stayed at a B&B a few blocks from there, Croydon House.

I've been, well not in the same place exactly, but with the same employer for near 30 years now, and before employed here attended the University College of Nursing for my BSN. Yes, this place has changed over those years too. More areas covered in brick and mortar, fewer being grass or woods or other vegetation. These places may leave their mark on us, we leave our mark on these places as well.
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Date:March 20th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
You're right about the Arts Centre. I used to run the observatory there for public sessions on Friday nights.
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