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OPS Mid-Year and UNC Dorm Life Revisited

Posted By Lloyd Bell, Friday, August 3, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 3, 2012

Photo Credit:  Alexa Waters

We arrived at Taylor Hall at 6:30pm from Arlington, VA., took off for Pinehurst to visit with friends. I crashed on the bare mattress until 9:30.  I ventured down to the commons lounge for WIFI, and met summer intern, Anthony.  He hails from Washington, NC, my ex-hometown!  What were the odds of that?  Little Washington has a population equal to the number of students at UNC when I attended.  We talked until 2am.

Photo Credit:  Sarah Moyer, CRA, OCT-C

I’m up at 6am to unpack, etc.  My dorm accommodation (beyond bed, bureau, desk and chair) is one roll of toilet paper.  I knew to bring a sheet, pillow, towel and soap. 
The conference is a 20-minute walk away.  Halfway there I heard a kitten crying in the undergrowth.  I couldn’t stop.  I’m blown away by how the campus has exploded.  Gone are the woods and open spaces.  Buildings and more now accommodate 30,000 students, up from the 8,000 when I was there.
After lunch, I made the round trip to Taylor Hall with an extra Tuna and Bacon lunch bag.  I met the spooked kitten, and left a bit of the T&B for her, but she wouldn’t let me get close.  Lit’l Kit needed rescue, but could I pull it off?  No.  Animal Rescue was alerted to her plight. 
The barbeque dinner and Tim’s beer were outstanding.  (Allen, can I get a rain check to taste yours?)

Photo Credit:  Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, CRA

The Cornhole tournament was a disappointment because we lost, 22-7, in the first round.  JJ and I buried the hatchet after all these years.  (Very outstanding!)  The high points of this conference were old friends, good food, fun, tech talk and Drs. Asrani, Cousins and Baldwin.
No sign of Lit’l Kit in the walk back to the dorm, but Anne was waiting for me.  We dined on lunch leftovers in the commons lounge with Anthony before taking off on the Carolina, sentimental tour.  The Old Well, Arboretum, Silent Sam, Davie Popular and many other sites down memory lane were warmly enjoyed.  Anne found the boarding house where she lived one summer session as an exile from Hollins College.  After a leisurely walk up and down Franklin Street, and a beer at Pepper’s Pizza, we headed back to Taylor Hall.
Thanks, OPS, for a great conference and my reunion at UNC.

Photo Credit:  Sarah Moyer, CRA, OCT-C

Lloyd Bell
OPS member since 1973

Tags:  blog  cute  Educational Meeting  Ice Breakers  Mid-Year  PDC  Travel 

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