May 6, 2019 – “Cake Guinea Pigs”

Hello, everyone!

As the lull between semesters officially begins, the campus of the University of Central Florida carries an aura of emptiness. Needless to say, this includes the archives as well. None of my colleagues and Ms. Rubin did not come in came in today, so the staff remained short. In spite of such setbacks, those that remained maintained the archives as always and Mr. Benjamin surprised us with a cake to try. At this point, I realized something profound: Mr. Benjamin used us like Guinea pigs for his cakes (not that we complained). Aside from taking the mantle of taste tester, my Monday proceeded like any other.

After collecting the cleaning supplies, I headed into the fifth-floor study hall with confidence that I did not to clean a lot of desks since the semester ended. While my instincts proved correct, I miscalculated and guessed low on the number of desks in need of cleaning. Still, I did not need to scrape gum off the desks or clean up spilled coffee, so I am grateful for that.

Once I finished, I checked the shelving cart as I put away the Lysol wipes and it did not hold any books to put away. On that note, I gathered the Home Movie Collection hard drive and resumed my progress. The majority of the footage reviewed came from the 1970s, specifically from 1970 to 1072.  Unsurprisingly, the children grew a little and the family enjoyed more vacations.

For starters, the family visited Niagara Falls. Aside from the family filming themselves at the bottom of the falls, the footage did not offer anything not already seen in other donated films. Interestingly, my predecessors failed to record this visitation in the guide. While I’m not sure why some of these tourist attractions managed to slip past anyone’s notice, instances like this reinforce the need to detail the contents of these films.

One of the films dealt with the family visiting Florida in 1972. When I began watching the film, I expected the family to visit Walt Disney World. Imagine my disappointment when they only visited Fort Lauderdale (not sure about the reason).

While I appreciate they tried something different, I wondered just why did pick Fort Lauderdale? Sure, they filmed a night parade going through downtown and visited the Fort Lauderdale Zoo (filmed a lot of primeates like squirrel monkeys, golden lion tamarins, and bald uakari among others). Yet, I am left wondering what brought them there in the first place.

Before my lunch break, Mr. Benjamin brought out a special cake for everyone in the office to try. While the triple-layered cake looked small, its height reminded everyone to not take it lightly. When I took my first bite into my slice of cake, the taste overwhelmed with its sweetness. The plentiful slice I received made me question whether I wanted a second slice or not. A very powerful cake, indeed!

Eventually, my shift ended. I returned all related materials to the stacks and bid farewell to the staff. Afterward, I left for the day.

In review, I made significant gains in the Home Movie Collection, performed my responsibilities, and ate some powerful cake. Tomorrow, my journey through the Home Movie Collection continues. 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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