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The Printin’ o’ the Thesis

During the day, I’m steep into a buzz of projects in addition to the weekly workload, but at night I am now turning into PrintWoman, carefully printing out my thesis one essay at a time (two copies each). I did not teach myself how to create a master document and then associate subdocuments with it, so the pagination needed to be verrrrrry carefully orchestrated–particularly after I tightened up the first essay by a full page, which required rejiggering every essay after it, of course.

But even more exciting was the paper purchase. “Ar Kye Ball paper?” asked the Staples clerk over the phone. “Archival,” I sounded out as carefully as I could. It was my third store, and this time I was calling first. All I knew was that I needed “archival” paper and a “sturdy” box. (I ran into one blog buddy, Walt Underwood, as I was staggering out of the first store. I probably should have asked him if he had a clue…)

I phoned Stanford Bookstore, and a clerk responded, “Archival–you mean acid-free thesis paper, right?” “I’m sure I do,” I mumbled gratefully. “We have it in 25 percent and 100 percent cotton, and we’re open until 8 p.m.,” the clerk continued.

Well, all righty! We motored over to the Stanford Bookstore (how could Sandy miss out on such an adventure) and there it was, in large and small quantities, 25 percent and 100 percent cotton, boxes and boxes and boxes of thesis paper… expensive, of course (“Cheap at half the price,” the clerk joked as he went back to his desk), but I expected that–and it was only a buck or two more expensive than if I ordered it online.

All I needed to get to my goal was the right input device, capable of interpreting my request and connecting me with the right resource.

I’ll ask the school if they have any spare boxes.