Grit in my Hair

Candace, 27 May 2008, 3 comments
Categories: Academia, Environment, History, Life, School

I’m spending a lot of time on campus lately. I have a wonderful workspace in the History Research Lab and I’ve made it cozy with some comics, postcards, and other decorations. I also leave articles I’m reading on the desk so that I have to come back to continue working. Since I bought a parking pass it’s been a really great system.

I sit next to a large window and have a beautiful view — of the Ambassador Bridge and all the bridge traffic making its way to and from Detroit, Michigan. My desk is covered in grit, my keyboard is filled with grit, the monitor has a layer of grit on it, and my books and papers are coated. The rest of the room is covered too so it makes no difference from desk to desk. I wipe my space down every morning to keep up with it.

At home I have this grit on everything in the yard as well. No wonder Windsor residents have such a high rate of breathing problems. I’m sure my lungs are full of the grit by now.

Today it’s cold so I’ve got the window closed. I wonder if it will cut down on the daily grit…


3 Responses, Leave a Reply
  1. univemploy
    28 May 2008, 9:47 am

    Please, I work on campus as well and don’t have any of this alleged “Grit”

  2. Candace
    28 May 2008, 2:43 pm

    Well, you’re luckier than I am. 😉

    I have a west-facing window — maybe windows facing other directions aren’t as bad. I didn’t need to wipe down before working today, probably because my window stayed closed yesterday. I still love my space, just wish Windsor air was better. I don’t think I’m alone in that sentiment.

    about the grit in general: I know I’m not the only one noticing it — my neighbours, as well as friends in LaSalle, have commented on this layer of grey dust that covers anything that sits outdoors (like tables) for any length of time.

  3. wiserstudent
    31 May 2008, 2:26 pm

    I have witnessed this ‘grit” also. I think the university should do a better job on the air filtration system….the air intake vents in some classrooms are completely blocked with dust and the air return vents are black. Take a look at the vents in the ceiling of the Psychology halls. The first time I saw this I was so embarassed ……for the people who are forced to work in these dirty areas and for students visiting the university… unattractive. My advisor’s office was in Dillon Hall and her desk was coated daily with the ‘grit’ too. The air vents are also black there. This is totally unacceptable……people have to breathe this stuff into their lungs….and they are INSIDE. Immagine how bad it is outside. I live in the county where the air is much cleaner than in Windsor. I really don’t know how you Windsor people survive breathing all this stuff every day.

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