Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 16:50:54 -0800 (PST) From: EmilyCukier <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Hungry_Octopi <email@example.com> Subject: East Dorm Infocom
Hixon Court You have entered Hixon Court, the small stone plaza outside of the academic complex. There are a few picnic tables and chairs here, but the late hour leaves it deserted. In the center of the court is a fountain.
>EXAMINE FOUNTAIN The fountain consists of a statue of Venus on a pedestal. Organisms that look oddly familiar (probably from Biology lab) seem to be growing on it, as well as in the water itself. The water lilies are closed, but most of the plant life is thriving.
>DRINK What do you want to drink?
>DRINK FROM FOUNTAIN It's not that kind of fountain. And besides: Nast!
>EXAMINE STATUE Venus looks extremely embarrassed to be caught naked in public.
>LOOK IN POND You can see some Koi in the pond.
>THROW PENNY IN POND Don't even think about it. Those Koi are worth more than you are.
>EXAMINE KOI The Koi are oversized goldfish, but come in different colors. Some are nearly black, a few white with black patches, and most white with red or orange highlights. You notice the Koi gathering nearby to stare back at you, their large mouths nearly breaching the surface of the water. Feeling somewhat uneasy, you back away.
Willis Plaza You have entered another plaza, though this one is so unadorned that few people even know it has a name. You can follow the sidewalk in many directions.
Sidewalk, near Kingston You are standing in front of Kingston Hall. This is where the administrators dwell, screwing up your financial aid files and ensuring that the PreFrosh don't get scared away. The very sight makes you shudder.
Sidewalk, near Pool You are standing near a structure encased in iron bars. Looking inside, you can see the Mudd outdoor pool. Unfortunately it's too late to go for a swim, but you've heard rumors of people sneaking in during the darkest hours and taking a swim while clothed just like Venus. This sounds like a good candidate for BadIdea.com. You are feeling tired.
Sidewalk, near West You see a U-shaped dorm to your right. More accurately, you HEAR a dorm on your right. Big bass speakers nearly shake the foundations of the building. Sneaking a quick glance, you can see a crowd of Westies in the courtyard. They are laughing (they seem a bit too cheerful...) and sitting on top of a big wooden spool. You've heard a bit about this spool, but know enough not to ask.
Sidewalk, near East To your right is another U-shaped dorm, though this one somewhat quieter. Better music plays from the big speakers, but these don't rock the foundations like those at West. In the courtyard are several different types of nerds, doing many nerdly things. A few of them are juggling clubs or balls, some are on unicycles, some are whacking each other with large blunt objects, some are doing homework on couches, and a few towards the back are playing some peculiar variant of chess involving two boards and 24 checkers.
The Courtyard You have entered East Dorm courtyard. Yellow caution tape can't actually prevent you from walking on the grass, but you refrain from doing so out of courtesy. You have to dodge clubs as you walk, both flying ones and the ones on the ground.
>WATCH CHESSERS The Chessers players are far too engrossed in their game to notice you. You observe for a few minutes, but find yourself getting a headache whenever you try to work out the complicated rules.
The Lounge This is EastDormLounge, complete with fuscia corduroy couches. There are two or three lounge lizards here, either doing crossword puzzles, reading, or just plain asleep on the couches. You snicker when you think of the corduroy lines some of the sleepers will be wearing when they wake up. In the back of the lounge is a garbage can, several recycling centers, a drinking fountain, some vending machines, and a refrigerator. In one corner is a pinball machine.
>DRINK What do you want to drink?
>DRINK FROM FOUNTAIN The water is Claremont water, of course, but it's drinkable.
>LOOK IN REFRIGERATOR It's not open.
>OPEN REFRIGERATOR You open the refrigerator.
>LOOK IN FRIDGE You are nearly blown backwards against the counter by the overpowering stench. Nearly all of the "food" inside is old, and unlabeled. There are ancient pieces of fruit, leftover Chinese food, and twenty-seven different condiments in the door. Some of the things towards the back resemble experiments from Biology Lab that went hideously awry. You seriously consider the possibility that some of the leftovers have achieved sentience, and close the door in a hurry.
>SIGH You sigh.
>EXAMINE VENDING MACHINES The vending machines are well-stocked, thanks to EDC. They have coin slots, levers, and buttons to push to choose your soda.
>PUSH BUTTONS Nothing happens.
>PULL LEVER A quarter jingles down into the coin return. Woohoo!
>GET QUARTER You take the quarter from the vending machine.
>PLAY PINBALL Unfortunately Pinbot has a broken flipper, so you can't play right now. It's just as well - you need that quarter for laundry. You are feeling tired.
>SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW? I beg your pardon?
>GO TO ROOM Did you have any particular room in mind?
>GO TO MY ROOM
Your Room This is your room. You'd recognize it anywhere, although strangely enough this is still the only place where you've found it. The place is a pigsty, as usual. The bed is unmade, the desk is completely cluttered, and there are several pieces of underwear lying around that don't seem to belong to either you or your roommate.
>EXAMINE DESK It's really cluttered. The computer is just about the only thing you can identify, probably because it's so big and clunky.
>TURN ON COMPUTER It's already on.
>SEARCH DESK Moving around all your old, useless assignments and papers of last semester, you manage to find a packet of M&M's from the MuddHole.
>EAT M&M'S The packet isn't open.
>SPORK YOU I beg your pardon?
>SPORK YOU I'm sorry, I don't know the word "spork."
>SIGH You sigh.
>OPEN PACKET You rip open the packet of M&M's, spilling a few on the floor.
>GET M&M'S You retrieve the fallen candies from the floor. Good thing for the five-second rule, eh?
>EAT M&M'S Ahh, sugar. One of the best ways to combat the Platt matter still wallowing in your stomach.
>CHECK E-MAIL Your e-mail is blissfully free of political arguments, although the Mudd administration seems to enjoy sending you information that you don't need. You automatically delete the 5-C sports update. The rest of the mail is mostly shmack: a few humorous websites, an announcement for a party or two, but mostly just frosh being weird.
>POST TO SHMACK You find something silly to say, and hope your dormmates won't spam you for it.
>LIE DOWN You lie down on the floor. It's not very comfortable, much less clean.
>LIE DOWN ON BED You can't. You're lying down on the floor.
>STAND You slowly regain your feet.
>LIE DOWN ON BED Pushing the covers aside, you lie down. The mattress isn't great, but you're too tired to notice.
>SIGH You sigh.
>SLEEP You're so sleep-depped that you manage to fall right to sleep. Sweet dreams. -Emily