Today, the English department staff inquired about my housing for me. The housing managers were very rude, unhelpful and insolent as usual. They didn’t want to take the call. They asked, “Who?” and “Where does she live?” Finally, they told the staff an address and told me to take care of moving there myself.
Actually, they are supposed to arrange and pay for the foreign staff to move to housing leased by the university. I speedily sent off a message to our department chairperson and our coordinator asking them to help by intervening to get the housing people to do their job.
I found out that the address cited is the same place B just moved to today. I called her and went to see her place. The room designated for me is adjacent to hers. It would be nice to have colleagues as neighbours again.
The new rooms look a little smaller, but they’re brand new. The appliances and beds are unused. That’s a plus, as is knowing that mold and such would not be a problem. There is more storage space and the fridges are bigger too.
The building is attractive and located near the campus gates, so that walking to work and back would be feasible. There is a decent supermarket near it, and it is just up the road from the subway station.
I went to work this afternoon. A memorial was taking place. It turns out that nine of our students expired in the resort accident. When we walked into the administration building, nine large wreaths greeted us. Then we walked into a room with the photos of the deceased framed and surrounded by flowers were exhibited. Officials and family members were standing by. It is custom to place a white chrysanthemum under the pictures, so I did that. I have to admit that I shed a couple of tears. I bowed to the people there, but I could not manage to say anything.
In class, we discussed traditional ceremonies for solstices and full moons. The phase of the “quickening moon” of February started today. We did the Wiccan full moon ceremony with a pagan prayer said aloud in order of the geographic position that we were standing in relation to north, east, etc. We made a little altar with a lit candle and some leaves and dried flowers around it. The students were quite interested.
I had to type this up in the word processing document first, as the website server was not functioning properly when I wanted to write tonight. I’ll have to post this blog entry tomorrow.