Observations from helping my daughter move into her student apartment:
- Why do people rush to buy milk and eggs before a storm that’s predicted to wipe out your power: do people in the Northeast regularly plan hurricane parties with eggnog funneling?
- Electronic locks on summer storage spaces (tied to student IDs) removes significant friction out of accessing stuff. It doesn’t remove the risk to middle-aged backs, but it removes a significant amount of time that would otherwise require someone to supervise the space or someone to give out keys.
- Thank you, college facilities folks, for letting students pick up keys until midnight the evening we needed it. See friction, reduction of, above.
- I guess I should appreciate the advice, dear fellow parent, but being a parent to me means helping out, not taking over. She’s 19. (Personally, I wish she would take me up on the offer of a small step-ladder, but I recognize few undergraduates die or fail classes from the lack of one.)
- Geekery depends on context. One student meeting a friend in the student apartment area: “Did you read any Russian lit over the summer?” Response: “I read The Master and Margarita.” “Cool.”
- 1970s apartment wiring does not mix well with 2011 electronic equipment. Because the only grounded circuits have the GFCI-protected kitchen outlets and bathroom outlets, guess where the laptops will likely be plugged in for charging? (No, not the bathroom!)