Last week, I listened as one of the more eccentric faculty members tried to provide directions to someone on the phone for finding the CPU tower on their computer.
For over thirty minutes, the one-sided conversation I heard was an ongoing variation of this:
"Are you sitting at your desk?". . .
"All right, put your hands on your desk. Are your knees under your desk?. . .
"Now, slowly turn your knees and feet to the right. What is the first thing you hit?". . .
"No, not that! That is your power strip."
"Are you sure you are turning to the right? It's about 18 inches tall and maybe 8 inches wide. Run your hand down there."
I am not kidding, they did four or five variations of this conversation and as far as I know, the person on the phone never found her CPU tower.
I wanted to holler from my desk and tell her the CPU tower might be ON her desk rather than UNDER it, but I kept my mouth shut, which was probably a good thing.
Now, two things occur to me:
1) No matter how many times you look, you will probably never find what you are looking for if you keep looking in the same wrong direction.
2) If you have a guide while you're looking for whatever it is you are looking for, the guide's advice is only as good as her vision. If she only chooses to see in one direction, you might not find what you are looking for.
In other news, we got wind and rain from TS Edouard. I don't think he ever even made it to hurricane strength. A lot of the day care centers closed for the day and I believe the Methodists canceled a Bible Study but we at the university had to go to work (which was actually just fine by me--have I mentioned that I love my job?)