Spooling Adventures

We acquired a lot of small spools in the courtyard, which led to the creation of large towers of spools in the courtyard.
This was the creation of the initial stack of spools:

 

 

 

It didn’t fall!
Through the next day, people would knock the stack of spools down and rebuild them. Soon after, people started climbing up on the spools as they were stacked. It made a pretty fun game.
Climbers were on rope for when the tower toppled under them.

 

 

 

 

As more and more people tried to stack the spools, it got harder and harder as the spools started to crack and warp. Eventually, only broken parts of spools remained in the courtyard.

 

Gon(e)do(o)r

In Blacker’s alley called Tunnel, there’s a room named Gondor. It’s usually a frosh double, and this year lots of puns were made about the name.
Recently, a number of frosh decided that Gondor’s door should be gone, so they made it happen.

 

Gondor, sans door.

 

After removing it from its hinges, they decided that the best place for the gone door was the courtyard.

 

Namely, hanging in the courtyard.

 

The eye of Sauron was drawn on the whiteboard.

 

“The courtyard is Moredor EOM”
The people of Gondor/Gonedoor were confused.

 

Halloween 2014

This Halloween, the frosh decided to dress up as the upperclassmen of Blacker. They kept their plans a surprise until dinner, when they all showed up with costumes and name tags. Some stayed in character the entire dinner.
After dinner, other people in the hovse dressed up and went to Blacker’s annual Halloween party at the off-campus alley.

 

Another Courtyard Inventory

3 years after the last inventory; let’s see what’s changed.

1 bored frosh with a laptop
1 bored senior with a camera
1 Blacker House Ct. street sign, hanging from the north gate

8 wooden pallets
n pieces of wood scavenged from other pallets

Bored frosh is not bored enough to count all this.

1 quick release, hanging from a tree
2 ladders
2 wooden spools
3 carts
2 grills
1 ping pong cannon
1 PVC cannon
1 small semi-functional trebuchet, from Ditch Day

The grill actually works (who would’ve guessed?). Ping pong and PVC cannon are to the right.

4 pieces of the hot tub
1 large piece of black plastic (for the hot tub)

Hot tub pieces, and one of the couch swings.

2 couch swings
1 “normal” swing, hanging from the tree
2 hanging rings
1 hammock, currently on the ground
1 bench
1 hose
2 workbenches

1 rolley chair
1 table saw
2 miter saws
2 hand carts

One of the hand carts.

1 drill press
4 large red buckets
3 smallish green buckets
1 orange home depot bucket
1 metallic bucket
2 broken red work lights
2 functioning yellow work lights
1 table

1 thing of vegetable oil
1 roll of paper towels
1 part of a hard drive
2 extension cords
1 giant cardboard tube

You can also see 2 carts, 1 spool, and 1 grill.

2 lofts’ supplies
8 bags of corn starch
1 mysterious hat, which may or may not have been chucked out the library window

2 full bags of soil
2 open bags of soil
2 watering cans
8 plants each in their own bucket
1 partially deconstructed dome-ish thing

Plants! As well as other things. The dome-ish thing is in the corner.

4 bags of sand
2 face masks
1 pair of safety glasses
1 measuring tape
1 roll of duct tape
1 tennis ball (2 when this list started, but one was relocated to the library)

4 pieces of scrap wood
1 empty flower pot
6 filled flower pots
1 shovel
1 broom
1 bizarre piston thing

A really large paperweight.

2 strands of rope
1 pot on a stick
3 bikes
2 long boards
1 air compressor
1 planter with plants that occasionally disappear

This used to be filled with plants, then one day, was randomly and completely empty. Housing didn’t even know why.

 

 
That’s all that I came across, but by the time you’re reading this, there’s probably another set of things in the courtyard. And so it goes…

 

We even cleaned it recently and everything.

Hot Tub Party!

Every summer we put together our homemade hot tub in the courtyard. We fill it with hot water from as many janitorial sinks as we can reach with available hoses, and voila, instant party.

This summer we decided to utilize our gazebo left over from Interhovse. Somehow our hot tub pieces magically fit inside the gazebo, with only minor modification necessary. Classiest hot tub ever.

 

Last summer we had a surprisingly good setup where we pumped water from the hot tub through a hose that led to a set of refrigerator coils on the fireplace in the lounge. This heated the water, which was subsequently cycled back into the hot tub.

There were a few logistical difficulties, such as when one of the hoses popped off the coil and just started spewing water into the lounge. A bunch of us were sitting in the courtyard at the time, and someone walked out of the lounge and asked “is there any particular reason the lounge is being flooded?” Cue everyone freaking out and rushing inside to carry all the now-soggy furniture out of harm’s way. (We even managed to save the rug; thank goodness, it really tied the room together.)

Unfortunately we seem to have misplaced our refrigerator coils, so no automatic heating this year. But I do think the gazebo is an upgrade.

For ages, people have been talking about building a slide from a second story balcony into the hot tub. Maybe next year.