Sep 18, 2008

the CB Lab

Three hours to kill

The basement lab at the Carnegie Building is fast becoming my favourite spot to kill time. Hardly anyone is ever there because it's partially under construction and it's close to the Student Union Building where, for one reason or another, I often have to go. What really lures me to this secluded spot is actually its wide ascending stairs and fake Greek pillars and pediments that is reminiscent of an ancient albeit contrived history. Stepping through the front entrance brings me to a large domed foyer. Unlike the other buildings, the Carnegie Building seems to be endowed by a collection of tasteful artwork throughout its halls. I felt impelled to affect a certain amount of finesse with which to match its genteel decor. All of its offices are doored with thick heavy wood. The immense carpeted floors silences any trail of rude footsteps. I learned in class the other day that it is not simply a matter of having a past, but how we are acquainted by our past that informs who we are today. Perhaps borrowing from a favored past more than suffices when none is to be found of one's own.

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