March 5, 2019 – “Excellent Errors”

Hello, everyone!

Once in a while, the systems routinely used to help accomplish tasks at a manageable pace end up causing unforeseeable grief. Taking user error into account, these setbacks halt any progress made and turns a fifteen-minute side job into a ninety-minute nuisance.  While I did eventually return to working on the Home Movie Collection, I think about the wasted time used in attempts to fix the conundrums I invertedly caused.

My grief began when I retrieved the audio cassettes. I thought I simply needed to enter in the necessary information my Microsoft Excel template for cassette labels, print and cut them out, and apply them to the corresponding cassettes. Unfortunately, I did not count on the right-hand side of my template to fail in containing the spine text. This forced me to use more paper to print out labels and even then I had to trim the labels because of the texts.

Eventually, I finished and returned the cassettes to Mr. Ogreten’s office. Afterward, I resumed my progress with the Home Movie Collection. A very mixed bag of content amidst the footage. Again, a child’s birthday, some shots of a student in academic dress, family members playing in a pool (complete with a cat in a tree stalking birds), the eldest son dismantling wires and junk comprised the more mundane footage. As for the extraordinary experiences, more New Zealand footage came forth and did not seem to come from Wairakei Village.

The vacationing family visited an estate-like property and I did not know if the place was either in the United States or New Zealand. Thanks to the Snipping Tool, I uploaded the image of the building into an image search with the hope of identifying it. To my surprise, the results featured multiple pictures that matched the image. The search results identified the place as the Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa.

The place originally opened as a bathhouse in the early twentieth century and in 1969, the museum opened. The art gallery opened in 1977 and the two joined together as the Rotorua Museum of Art and History in 1988. Unfortunately, the museum closed on November 18, 2016, for failing to meet building standards for earthquakes. Currently, massive plans to reconstruct the museum in order to meet these standards are in the funding stage.

The family visited another landmark, this time in the United States: Stone Mountain, Georgia. The large quartz mountain features the images of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson carved into it. Thanks to Dylann Roof’s heinous actions in the 2015 Charleston shootings, public outcry against Confederate symbols led to many wishing the images by sandblasted from the mountainside. Georgia state law prevents such measure unless voted by the state legislature.

Aside from the Confederate controversy, Stone Mountain features a theme park that includes the Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad. Thankfully, the family filming the experience rode the train and noted that the attraction featured a show involving a raid on a mock-up town. The raiders ransacked the town only to be confronted by law enforcement. At one point, both sides use the train as a prop in the show to take cover during their gunfight. Eventually, the thwarted raiders retreated and the train ride resumed.

Alas, the fun ended when my shift did. I packed everything related to the Home Movie Collection and returned the materials to the stacks. Afterward, I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, I finished the small side job Mr. Ogreten asked of me and continued with Home Movie Collection. Tomorrow, I hope to finish the current batch of donated films. until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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