Second, being that these computers are on the school network, they are loaded (encumbered is a better word) with security software. Because of all these layers of software and checks, plus the out-of-datedness of the computers itself, it always takes forever to log on.
A good five minutes, sometimes ten minutes if the computer’s been restarted (or restarted itself).
I have a lot of time on my hands, in other words.
Folding away the minutes
I use this time, then, to fold. My entire library of origami books is in my office, plus a file drawer full of different papers. This school year I bought a Star Wars origami book. All of the models are new to me, so I thought this would help me pass the time.
Students and colleagues are always pleased by my origami, so I decided to do something different this year. Outside my office I have a small bulletin board. As I complete the models, I pin the models to the board and entice people to take them. The folding is what makes me happy; giving away the finished model makes other people happy. Here’s the current state of my board. Notice the A-Wing blasting away at the fire alarm.
Sometimes I see the models show up on other people’s boards: other times, they just disappear. I hope they find good homes.
Recently, though, I noticed something different. Somebody else left me a model:
A classic model, but one that still brightened my day. This person folded the model a little differently than I usually do. They only puffed the back pyramid shape halfway: I usually flatten it completely, but I kind of like the half-puffed look.
So here’s to the secret language of origami, communicated between people in-the-know.