You might have noted that the Callenders issued an open invitation to members of the university community to be part of this year’s UTMB holiday card, and to take a group photo Tuesday to be used for that purpose. I thought that was a great idea and a wonderfully symbolic gesture, so I was there, as were a few hundred of you. Everyone’s favorite photographer John Glowczwski perched precariously on a ladder, where he tried his best to extract a collective “cheese” from the crowd.
I was part of the contingent that was voluntarily exiled to “the hill,” UTMB’s own grassy knoll in front of the hospital and about 150′ away from the camera. In my case, the distance was a good thing, but there were a lot of good looking people around me that would have made the shot even better, had they squeezed in with the throngs up front. People were smiling and having a good time, catching up with people they’d not seen, chatting with friends. It felt good. They were snapping pictures at 10:30 as promised, and I was back at work in 15 minutes. It was a break well spent and much enjoyed.
Below is a sneak peek at one of the photos, hijacked just for you. It’s probably not the one that’s going to be used for the card. See how many people you know. And forget Waldo; see if you can find Pep. Hint: I’m wearing a red tie. (Click on image to pull up a larger version).