Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I went to Games Soc today. There was no Al Marshall.
I'm using Al here as a metaphor, Al was a guy who I have known over the last few years, he's a member of Games Soc. I seem to have spent quite a lot of time with Games Soc since back in the day when they became the first society I ticked off on my Society-a-thon. Last summer I got invited to the annual Games Soc summer party which is called RABIES for some reason (any readers who know why - there is a button marked 'comment') There, in addition to learning how to do something with a long pole, I got talking to Al. Al had had a bit of a rough ride through a couple of Universities and he had finally decided to leave.
Al is not someone who the chaplaincy crowd know. He has, as far as I know, never come to the place, but he was someone I knew and now he's gone the place doesn't feel the same without him.
As I thought about RABIES, and about Al it seemed to me that this was what I was supposed to be doing, turning up in random places and talking to random students. Instead I have spent this last year stuck in chaplaincy doing admin. Like today my Bishop has written to me requesting I send him a copy of my job description, I don't have an electronic one so it means photocopying, writing a covering letter and finding time to get to a post office. The only reason I have a copy of my job description in the first place was because one was sent to me when I applied for the job. By the Bishop!
I don't want to do any more admin, I don't want to be stuck in chaplaincy I want to get out spread my wings, and meet more Al Marshalls before they leave.
And that it what I am going to do, starting tomorrow.
So long Al, you'll be missed.