I lost about two-thirds of today's post because I forgot to save it. (I could swear TypePad used to auto-save.) Don't ya hate it when that happens? Laborious reconstruction in progress. Patience.
Reminds me of a story. When I taught high school we had a film-loading closet where the kids put their film on to reels and into the developing tanks. Naturally I didn't go in there with them—I'd have them practice a few times out in the light and then when they went in to load real exposed film they were on their own. Sometimes when things didn't go right I'd have to stand at the door and talk them through it. Try again, back up, start over. Stick with it. Some of you remember how it was.
Anyway, one time, one student's frustration spiraled* out of control. She came out of the film loading room as mad as a cat out of the bath. First I got a torrent of complaints, and then she said, "And I kept looking at those letters on the wall. WHAT is that word?!? PATT-EYE-ENCE. PATT-EE-ENCE. What the hell does that mean? WHAT is that word?!?"
I had spelled out the word "PATIENCE" on the wall in glow-in-the-dark tape.
I tried to break it to her gently....
Mike, TOP APES (all-purpose editorial slave)
*You see what I did there.
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psu paranoid: "The first time I ran a roll of B&W film it took me forever to get the thing on the reels. The dark closet was in the art room of the high school and they had a record player there that was playing a single side of a Doors album on repeat. I believe I heard 'Light My Fire' play five or six times before I got done. In retrospect I can't believe I stuck with it.
"Oh, also, I write blog posts in a text editor on my Mac and paste them to the website as I go so I always have a local save. Call me paranoid."
Mark Sampson: "Never did this myself, but at least two of the people I trained over the years managed to load the paper backing of a 120 roll onto the reel, leaving the film on the darkroom floor. But each of them only did that once."