Sewall Spires

I hurt my back recently and the easiest way to make it feel better is to bend over backwards. (If you see me doing this, please don’t laugh where I can hear you. It hurts my feelings.) This means that I’ve spent more time than usual looking up. Today I was  sneaking around the Sewall Courtyard to see if I could find those cats again (no) and I stopped to execute this little manuever. And when I did I saw this:

Which instantly made me think of this image that I’ve never known what to do with:

The only way this makes sense, I think, is if that’s Allen Center in the background and the unfinished wall is the side of the courtyard. This seems like a pretty delicate operation, doesn’t it? I like to think he got to ride up there with it.

Bonus: I’m currently occupied with cleaning out a storage room in Abercrombie, so offerings may be light for a few days. Shockingly, I got very badly lost in Abercrombie this afternoon, something that has only happened to me at Rice once before. That C wing is a complete maze.

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11 Responses to Sewall Spires

  1. Welcome to old folks world, Melissa !

  2. Grungy says:

    I’ve had a lot of rooms like that over the years.
    What department was using it for storage?

  3. The spires on Herzstein are actually functional (at least one contains a passage to the attack from the roof, while those on Sewall Hall are not.

  4. If leaning back relieves your pain, you may well be suffering from a contracted psoas muscle, a common affliction of those of us who hunch over a computer all day. I have found that lying with a therapy ball in the small of my back and rolling around on it a couple of times a day has almost eliminated the problem. Here’s a website with other solutions:

  5. Philip Walters says:

    Melissa, amazing things have been found in storage rooms in Abercrombie over the years.

  6. Bill Allison says:

    Keep you eye out for one of these in the storage rooms:

    (“One famed Apple product, the original Apple I, sold for $374,500”)

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