August 20, 2015
I found my old F!rosh Handbook from the fall of 2006 (At UofT Engineering, Freshmen Orientation was referred to as F!rosh Week, and the exclamation mark came early because it was such an exciting event). This book was produced for engineering students that were entering first year at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2006. The editor of this publication, Ariel Feldman did a really good job with the graphics, theme, and content. In a lovely parody, he did a cover inspired by Die Another Day, the most recently released James Bond movie at the time.
The academic year of 2006-2007 would be my last undergraduate year at UofT. During that academic year I had a position in the student government of Vice-President Finance, so I got to write a blurb for the F!rosh Handbook.
The blub wasn’t really anything special. I’ve transcribed it as an “alt text” for the above image. But, there’s a neat story that goes with the blurb’s accompanying photo. The editor of the publication asked photos that corresponded to the theme. So, in the summer of 2006, I set up my camera on a timer, put on a suit like any good spy, and took some photos with my white hardhat. The photo I settled on is one where it looks like I’m sneaking it away. I like the photo so much that I used it as my Facebook Profile photo for a while.
But, here’s a secret about this photo I haven’t shared until now: I wasn’t wearing any pants when this photo was taken.
Getting dressed up in the suit I wasn’t particularly inclined to dress up completely. If I wore them I might crease them and have to get them dry cleaned, and I didn’t want to do that. No one was going to see my bottom half anyways in this photo, so I shrugged and was lazy about it. Looking back it’s kinda funny to think that I looked so professional on the top half, and was in my boxers just outside the screen frame.