April 1, 2019 – “AFD PSA”

Hello, everyone.

The only thing I need to say about my shift in the archives revolves around my lack of productivity. I did not complete any of my weekly responsibilities, turn in my time sheet, nor watch any of the Home Movie Collection. For the entire shift, I sat in my seat and snack on delicious confectionary treats baked by Mr. Benjamin.

As I entered the office, I did not collect the cleaning supplies to scrub the desks in the fifth-floor study hall. Despite finding gum underneath one of the desks, I did not feel like scrapping it off. I made a general sweep of the room and decided the desks looked clean enough.

When I returned to the office, I peered inside the stacks at the shelving cart and saw some materials that needed to be reshelved on the first floor (the University Archives). I did not know where these books and envelope needed to be in the University Archives, but I did not feel like bothering Ms. Rubin about it.

As for the Home Movie Collection, I did plug in the hard drive and started to review the footage. As I watched this family from Garwood, New Jersey take various vacations, including one in West Palm Beach, Florida, a desire for food overwhelmed me. Thankfully, Mr. Benjamin prepared some chocolate fudge over the weekend for us. The perfect compliment to watching home movies with. The fudge tasted so good, I forgot to take notes.

Nevertheless, I watched the family visit a zoo that offered a safari experience where animals like ostriches, giraffes, rhinoceros, and lions constantly obstructed the vehicle pathways. Such riveting footage compelled me to watch more intently. As exciting as this up-close-and-personal experience exuded, the footage of the Garwood Memorial Day Parade trumped all! Even the footage of the West Point cadet drill exhibition at the parade grounds did not compare!

Of course, the films captured very unique family events such as birthdays, four weddings, graduations, and barbeques. The latter of which made me hungry just be watching the food the family ate. Thankfully, my lunch break came just in time!

As I left, I picked up the key to the staff lounge, took the elevator, arrived on the third floor, and bought three bags of Fritos Honey BBQ. I quickly devoured them and washed it down with four bottles of Coca-Cola. Once I finished, I returned to the main to resumed watching more home videos.

After safely returning the keys, I continued watching more footage. Snowy neighborhoods, children playing in backyards during summer days, and, of course, more picnics awaited me. In the midst of these memories, I watched a pinewood derby car race. Apparently, the son of the family became a boy scout and participated in the race. Watching the race reminded me of my own childhood.

Eventually, my shift ended. I left the office without saying a word and leaving my work station with the hard drive still plugged in. Convienient for me, I am able to continue without much problem tomorrow.

In review, I did nothing except procrastinate today. Tomorrow, I plan to resume the regular entries regarding my archival experiences. Until then, enjoy the rest of April Fool’s Day 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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