Believe it or not, I hold back quite a lot when writing these posts. Really, you should see what I don’t put up. Often the reason I hold back is that I’m afraid I’ll look crazy (I know, I know–let’s just say I don’t want to look any crazier than I have to). Today is my birthday, though, so as a treat to myself I’m going to write about whatever I like. It’s well established both that I love Norman Hackerman and that there are a lot of pictures of him floating around. I recently ran across a big batch of negatives in one of his files and when I started to scan them out popped these two images:
My first reaction was frankly not very bright. I immediately remembered this image from the summer of 2013 when they replaced the roof on Sewall, which I took looking towards the very same spot where Norman was walking:
Oh, I thought, that top picture must have been the last time they replaced that roof! They were, of course, building it in the first place.
Bonus: I like these pigeons also.
Happy birthday, Melissa
Thanks very much. Come see me sometime.
Tile roofs last a really long time. 40 years is not unexpected.
Yes, that makes a lot of sense. It took me two days to realize that it was the original construction!
Happy Birthday Melissa. Hope the weather isn’t a deterrent to a fine celebration.
Happy birthday, Melissa. I’m sure there was no date on those negatives, right?
Happy birthday as well!
I see from the bonus that the sculpture outside Abercrombie gets the expected treatment from the birds. I can only imagine what it would have looked like during my tenure at Rice when the cowbirds visited in such massive numbers.
Melissa, for your birthday, I must tell you that the ROCK pic you posted, reminds me that “pigeons” are also called “rock doves”.
(Every little bit of trivia helps, no matter how trivial.)
I have fond memories of the construction of Sewell, which was happening in my senior year. We had fun exploring it some evenings [past statute of limitations, right?] . Happy birthday! Mine is one day after yours (but many years before).
I love how often the phrase “statute of limitations” appears in this blog and other Rice people discussions.