Our final stop in our Autumn Gem double feature yesterday was at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. I definitely liked the name of that city, especially since it’s pronounced the same way — think how now brown cow — my last name is! We were greeted at the university by Steve DeCaroli, Professor of Philosophy at Goucher. He heard about our film from the folks over at Red Emma’s Bookstore in Baltimore. Over some Pho dinner, we instantly bonded over various shared interests, including Red Boxes, Ultima (the map of Goucher reminded me of the cloth maps included in the early Ultima games from Origin Systems), philosophy and art history. We found it fascinating that students are required to study abroad (three weeks to a semester or year) in a foreign country. I really valued my time that I spent in Paris during my junior year at Stanford. Studying abroad is one of the things that I recommend to every college student, and it’s great to see a university that agrees!
The screening was held at the Lucie Kelley Lecture Hall. There was a periodic table on the wall next to the projector screen and blackboard, as well as gas and water valves on the table. I don’t think I’ve seen those since high school or my freshman year in college. Made me want to find and fire up a bunsen burner! Our screening was more intimate than our previous ones — no doubt due to the wet weather — but everyone in attendance had a good time.
Afterwards, we drove all the way back from Towson to Rockville. We only had time to sleep for a little bit before our early morning flight to Boston, Massachusetts. Rae and I are staying with my friend Joe. We met during our time in the Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship Program at Stanford University from 2003-2004. It’s great to be able to travel and see and stay with friends and relatives!