Out of Office

Emptying Hoyt 810

Dropped by Hoyt Hall Friday afternoon to pick up a couple of final items and help a colleague move a table. Others needed a hand with a chair, too, which turned into an impressive feat, considering the only way to fit the base of the recliner into the truck cab was to leave the window rolled down. In any case, the College of Arts and Sciences is officially in a transitional phase, boxed and binned somewhere between the dormitory where we’ve held office since May 2010 and the new, improved Pray-Harrold.

I am sure the new digs will be better than the temporary ones, but I already know I am returning to PH612M, the same office I was in before the renovations. The bad of it is that I will be giving up the light of day, running water, in-office toilet, a window that opens, and roughly 40% of the square footage I enjoyed in the dorm. The good of the transition is that the window that opened and let in light also leaked water when torrents of rain washed against the NW face of the building, assorted carpet odors, in-office toilet, and climate control that doesn’t involve opening a window in the dead of winter. I’m sure the good will outweigh the bad, ultimately, but visual confirmation has to wait until August 24th, the day when we are welcome to reunite with our stuff in the old-now-new building.

It’s too soon to say whether I will one day feel sad about never returning to Hoyt 810. I spent a lot of time in that office–five days a week without interruption for the better part of 14 months, and I got some important work done there. I also had room for all of my books, which I unfortunately don’t expect to be the case in the new office.


  1. Don’t forget the mysterious flies that seemed to live in your window or heating system or something. Good times. Don’t worry, you’ll like the new Pray-Harrold. You can come and visit my window, too. 😉

  2. You’re sure there won’t be flies in the new Pray Harrold?

    Might like the new digs, but it’s too early to say. I do, however, take the return to a windowless office as a premonition much like a recent fortune cookie fortune said, which I will use to guide me through the years of the dark office: “Whenever possible, work from home.” The home office might be pitiful, but at least it takes natural lighting.

  3. Don’t worry, your time for a window will come….

    I’ll be curious to see how I find myself working in the new digs. If they are as nice as I think they will be, I might find myself reversing that whole fortune cookie of yours.

  4. Re: “time will come….” Ah, yes, that time in Hoyt 810 with its lovely view of the stadium and Ann Arbor skyline and afternoon sunshine has come. And gone. I will soldier on–excruciatingly burdensome faculty life that it is, but I won’t say I’m excited about working long days under florescents alone, which does indeed mean I plan to spend less time in the campus office this year.

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