Discombobulated (by Means of Displacement), or Semper Gumby

We at the CAPE had a flood. And now I share a crammed room with over a dozen chairs, random electronics, and personal items from three different offices. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not really complaining. I had to deal with a lot worse in the military, so once again I have been steeled by my previous life in the USAF. Rather, I feel a little lost, as I am a creature of habit, much like most of you out there. I mean not to the extent of the Russian saying “ram before a new gate” (trust me, it sounds better in Russian), with that blank look on my face. It’s just messing with my mojo, I reckon.

I was really looking forward to my workshop that was supposed to start this week. I had my room/studio set up, ready to go. The workshop will still happen, albeit delayed one week and not in my office area. Instead I get to get out and use the media lab in the UHV/VC library, and I am actually a little bit excited about it. It’s a bigger area, which means I can accommodate more participants. Also, the green screen setup they have is larger than mine. One more thing: maybe it will get people interested in the library’s media lab!

So at first I was feeling like, “man, what a drag, this messes with my schedule.” But now I see it as an opportunity, and plan to enjoy and exploit it for what it is worth. The lesson/moral to this story: no matter how much some event may mess with your world, simply enhance your calm and find out new avenues of creativity. All with a smile!

Steve Holsonback
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence
Ext. 3425


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