Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Regarding The Vindo Landa Rush, Carpenters and Sooners
Sometimes they got there and found the prime sites already occupied by folks who snuck in illegally and early. This has entered American lore, and these industrious cheaters are recalled as "Sooners". This is also the name of the University of Oklahoma's football team. One would imagine endless offsides penalties, but they actually have been very successful over the years.
So, what is the end destination for the above linguistic wanderings? Clearly I am not riding all out to stake a physical claim someplace.
The point is this. At exactly noon Greenwich Mean Time, November first, the on line registration for the 2012 Vindolanda excavation season goes live. This "virtual" Vindo Landa Rush gets more intense every year. For the 2011 season 75% of the 600 spots vanished in the first 12 hours. This included pretty much all of the more desirable slots in June, July and August. Certainly a far cry from my first season...I recall signing up in January of 2008 to go digging in May of that year!
Hopefully all goes well. (Rumor has it that a computer glitch did allow a few "Sooners" for the 2010 season!). I know that a few feelings were bruised and plans altered last time around when folks had some unavoidable delay at getting to their keyboards.
So wish me luck, I will be aiming for my usual two weeks in early May, a time when Northumberland is green and perfect, when the curlews are making a racket, and when mysteries await the trowel.
(scheduling this to post at precisely noon GMT!)