Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Dean's Birthday

Today we had a birthday party for my dean. There was pizza, cake, cookies, veggies and cupcakes. Many faculty from the academics came to eat and celebrate. Happy B-Day Dayton.

Posted by Eric at 6:26 PM

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Door Prize

Today my school had its annual Christmas banquet. We usually have it at a restaurant or the country club. This year it was planned to have it at the country club but since we had the hurricane and the country club got flooded it was decided to have it at school in the gym. They also made it a potluck. There were so many variety of foods. It was like an awesome buffet because some of it was homemade. It was quite good. Then there was the door prizes. I actually won something. It is a bunny hug as Jennifer calls them. It is a sweater with a hood on it. The words Galveston College is on it and it looks good. And the color is blue to match my blue car and my blue Mercury. It is nice to get free food and free stuff.

Posted by Eric at 10:28 PM

Thursday, April 17, 2008


I played piano for the PTK honor society induction ceremony which was at 6:30p. The guest speaker was the president of our college. It was a great speech from a very good speaker. After the ceremony was free food and cake. Not fantastic food but free. It was meatballs and fried pickles (which were very good). I also had a piece of chocolate cake and a white cake. The cake was also very good. Since I am leaving to Fresno tomorrow, I then went up to Jennifer's, since she lives closer to the airport, and stayed the night. It was nice to see her before I left for the weekend.

Posted by Eric at 10:08 PM

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Free Pizza

My apartment complex are replacing the circuit breaker boxes. Since Wednesdays are my short days I leave earlier from work and go home and do not go back. I come home around 1p to eat lunch and so when I came home this time, the electricity was out. So I went to the main office and asked and they said the people replacing the boxes are done. They are just waiting for the electric company to turn the power back on which apparently takes many hours with this company. I was really hungry and the manager had bought lots of pizzas for the guys working. So I had some. Ok. A lot. Yummy.

Posted by Eric at 10:32 PM

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Free Pizza

I have not written a quest for free food entry in awhile so here is one. Today was a new student orientation and with any orientation there is free food. So I went down to the atrium and had some pizza and diet coke. While there, I recruited a student interested in becoming a music major to take my music appreciation and fundamentals of music class and to join my choir. Pretty good for a free food adventure.

Posted by Eric at 1:24 PM

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lunch Time

Today I was invited to the BBS (Building Bridges for success) banquet at Guidos. It was a nice buffet with shrimp, chicken and fish. And for dessert was a chocolate cake with pecans on top. Yum.

Posted by Eric at 10:34 PM

Friday, January 13, 2006

Another Free Food Quest

While I was walking to a meeting and I noticed a staff development meeting was over and noticed that there was still food left over. So I had my lunch of spaghetti, chicken parmesan, salad, bread and a Coke which was pretty good.

Also, Happy Friday the 13th.

Posted by Eric at 8:38 PM

Friday, March 4, 2005


The school provided spuds with cheese, chili and sour cream. I had it without sour cream. They also had ice cream. Still not really sure what it was for. They called it the Spring Fling Celebration to celebrate the turning in of the accreditation report. Some administration pat on the back thing. I do not care. I got free food.

Posted by Eric at 10:38 PM

Friday, February 11, 2005

Free Lunch

The 2nd Friday of every month is the faculty lunch. There is free food followed by a presentation by a faculty member. Since we were not sure if we would have more accreditation meetings, nothing was planned. Since we did not have any more accreditation meetings (Yay!) it was just free catered lunch. Today was breaded fish and some rice casserole stuff. They were both very good.

Posted by Eric at 4:34 PM

Friday, January 7, 2005

Back to Work

On the 5th I went to the college to check email, voice mail, make sure the books for my classes were in the bookstore and to make sure my office was still there.

The 6th was the General Assembly. The assembly starts at 8a and ends at 4:30p. This is a big meeting with the faculty, staff and administration. It includes reports, a state of the college address by the college president and a couple of outside presentations. Some of the faculty and I acted out some scenes during the assembly. They were work related situations in which we showed the wrong and then the correct way to deal with a situation. For example, one of my scenes was talking to my supervisor about respect saying that I give my dogs more respect than she gives me and the scene ended with each of us at each others throats. The audience got a big laugh out of it and it was a really fun to do. This assembly also included free breakfast and free lunch. The quest for free food has begun in the new year.

Today was a not so exciting meeting that went from 9a to about 3p. One good thing about the meeting was the free pizza. I went back to my office to work on Syllabi for my classes. It should be a fun semester.

Here are current pictures of my office.

Posted by Eric at 11:07 PM

Monday, December 13, 2004

A Choir Christmas Party

This evening one of my choir members had a choir Christmas party at her house. It was a nice house. It is one of the beginning of the 20th century 3 bedroom Victorian style houses. I had great conversations with my choir members. Many of them are BOI's (Born on the Island) so they know a lot of the musical history of the island and of the college. It was also cool talking to 2 other choir directors Ron (my accompanist and choir director of Trinity Episcopal Church) and Leo (a member of my choir and the choir director for the Sacred Heart Church).

Posted by Eric at 10:04 PM

Retirement Party

We had a party honoring the college librarian who is retiring this semester. There was a big chocolate-vanilla cake and fruit punch. Thus continuing "The Quest for Free Food."

Posted by Eric at 5:24 PM

Friday, December 10, 2004

The College Christmas Party

Today was the Faculty Christmas Party. The party takes place in the college arboretum were the culinary art students cater the party. The food was very good. My choir performed at the party singing 3 pieces. A jazz arrangement of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," my arrangement of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and the cool arrangement of "Twas the night before Christmas." I just realized this, all 3 of those pieces have long titles. Huh. The choir sang well and I ate lots of food.

Posted by Eric at 11:38 PM

Monday, December 6, 2004

1st concert as a College Professor

This evening was my 1st concert with the Galveston College Choir and also my 1st as a college professor. The concert went very well with about 70 people attending the concert. That is pretty good for a Monday night. I even arranged for free food (cookies, water and coffee) during the intermission. The concert had a lot of variety. I had them process in twice, once in the beginning of the concert with a improv "ad lib" on a pentatonic scale and the 2nd time after intermission, after singing the chant "Puer natus est," with the Coventry Carol. Other pieces on the concert were:
3 Renaissance madrigals -"My Heart is offered still to you," "Weep O mine eyes" and "Sicut Cervus;" a nice arrangement of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and an audience Christmas Carol Sing Along. The choir also performed 2 of my Christmas arrangements; "God Rest Ye" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

Posted by Eric at 11:22 PM

Saturday, December 4, 2004

The Christmas Season Has Begun

I was asked, by my supervisor, a few days ago if I would play music on the piano while slides of art were being shown. She is a faculty advisor to Phi Theta Kappa which is a 2 year college honor society. Today they were having a workshop on the PTK national competitions they will be competing in. It was fun and they really enjoyed my playing. I also got free food which was Lasagna and cookies.

I then went to Dickens on the Strand. This takes place in the Historic Downtown Galveston. They close off the street, have Dickens type booths and people dress in Dickens clothes. It was kind of neat. They had a performance of a bagpipe band which consisted of 2 bagpipe players and 2 percussionists (one playing the boudran and the other switching between the boudran and the snare drum). There were children's choirs singing along the street dressed in Dickens and sounding pretty good. I even saw a guy playing the glass harmonica (which is drinking glasses set up like a keyboard and the player rubs his finger around the top of the glass to produce a sound). I heard him play Jeus, Joy of Man's Desiring of Bach and Carol of the Bells.

I then went to the Pipe Organ Extravaganza at Galveston Trinity Episcopal Church. The concert started with the Houston Children's Chorus singing the Ceremony of Carols by Britten accompanied by the harp. Then Ron began his organ concert. He is an incredible player playing a great sounding organ. After the concert was a reception. More free food. Ron then invited me to a private party in a condo at the Galvestonain hosted by his cousin. Now that is a packed day.

Posted by Eric at 11:22 PM

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The Quest for Free Food Continues

I was asked by Ron if I would sing in his church choir for Reverend Lillian Hyde's Ordination Mass at Trinity Episcopal Church that occured this evening. It was an elaborite Mass with the bishop, other priests and a children's choir. The serman was given by the ordained priest's husband. That does not happen often. This Mass was followed by a reception. Which means free food.

Posted by Eric at 11:36 PM

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

A Couple of Free Things for a Couple of Regulars

Every Tuesday George and I go to KFC for lunch for their dollar deal. The deal is 2 pieces of chicken and a biscuit and this deal is only on Tuesdays. It is not something they really advertise so I am not sure if it is just something they do in the Island. Well since we are regulars and they know us they dropped in a couple of free things. They gave us an extra piece of chicken and a drink. The quest for free food continues.

Posted by Eric at 10:53 PM

Friday, November 12, 2004

Free Food? Sure I Will Be There

I had to get to school for a committee meeting at 9a. It is too early for a meeting. Ya I know for some of you that is not early but after getting only 6 hours of sleep each night this week it is early. At noon there was a faculty luncheon/development about WebCT. It is an online network and website that the college uses. The teacher can post syllabus, grades, notes and other stuff with it. The problem is that the school has to set up my account and then each of the students have to have an account set up. It is easier of me just to copy something and give it to them in class. The other problem is that is takes too long to set up the grade book on the site. Way to much clicking. The grade book I use on my computer does not take long to set up. WebCT is good for teachers teaching online classes and since I do not want to teach online classes I do not have to worry about it.

I mainly when for the free food. They had enchiladas, rice and beans. They were good. And for desert they had brownies. I can never pass up brownies so I had 2 of them.

Posted by Eric at 10:55 PM

Friday, October 8, 2004

Food for the Body and the Mind

On the 2nd friday of the month, is the Professional Development Committee sponsors a lunch. Beth Thomas, a long time faculty who teaches ceramics, presented a slide show "The Artist's Pilgrimage and Studio Work Ritual." She showed us slides of her work and slides of places around the world she had visited that has inspired her work. And of course we had free food.

Posted by Eric at 5:28 PM

Thursday, September 30, 2004

The Quest for Free Food

Since I began this gig at the college I have encountered places where free food has been available. The 1st free food experience was my 1st contracted day, a week from the 1st day of classes (Wow. That is a lot of 1sts). It was a day long in-service. We had breakfast, lunch and dessert (brownies and cookies).

Next was during the 1st week of classes (there is that 1st again) for a Citibank promotion. There was free sandwiches, chips and drinks.

Next free food encounter was when the dispatcher of the college came back. George (a fellow professor, also in search of free food, who I met while getting seconds during lunch at the in-service) and I went down to find sandwiches and cream pies.

Next was a large cake (half chocolate and half white cake) for someone in the technology department who is leaving the college for a new job.

Next was someone's B-day so there was quiche on the 3rd floor faculty offices wing.

Next was finding leftovers from the accreditation team's lunch. I had a big bowl of salad and 2 big brownies.

Next was the foundation meeting with sandwiches, cookies and drinks.

Today was a business lunch meeting with the local high school band director and the guy in charge of the foundation for the college.

Pretty cool huh.

Posted by Eric at 9:44 PM