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Tradition lives on! The obtaining of a Relic

gc414gc414 Registered User Posts: 267 Junior Member
edited April 2010 in Swarthmore College
So at my school I'm completely surrounded by Swat alums, I can think of 8 teachers off the top of my head and 3 in the administrative sector. Anyway, one alum approached myself and a fellow classmate of mine who is also matriculating at Swarthmore about giving us legendary Sharples trays for sledding! Apparently, since the introduction unsleddable trays these relics have become all the more desirable.

I am now the proud owner of a prime-for-sledding tray. I'm very excited to be a part of this tradition and definitely plan on passing it along some day!

I figured someone on this forum would appreciate this. To be honest, I just had to tell someone (--> the Swarthmore section of CC? lol). As I was walking around school holding tray all day... I got some pretty confused looks haha.
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Replies to: Tradition lives on! The obtaining of a Relic

  • aradorarador Registered User Posts: 323 Member
    While I think that is quite entertaining, I'm unclear how the current trays are un-sleddable, unless they've changed (like a lot of sharples supplies) in the last few months.

    Oh Sharples gear--I know one alum with twelve full sets of Sharples plates/bowls/cups/forks/knives/spoons.
  • gc414gc414 Registered User Posts: 267 Junior Member
    Ahaha wow that's awesome! Idk this alum was saying that the trays they replaced the smooth ones with were grainy i guess? I mean personally, i would slide down on pretty much anything...

    Yes, i still choose to be entertained by the bestowal of the trays as well, because, well, how could one NOT find that to be entertaining and sentimental in a utensil-related way.
  • ForgetmenotsForgetmenots Registered User Posts: 506 Member
    There are two sets of trays - ones that are smooth and ones that have ridges on the bottom. The smooth ones make better sleds - the others you could potentially use, but they just don't work as well. So still plenty of sleddable trays at Sharples! :]
  • HarrietMWelschHarrietMWelsch Registered User Posts: 2,149 Senior Member
    Arador - twelve sets has to be a record. I used to have two. But I'm old enough that I also have a set of sheets.
  • momuv2momuv2 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    It's the analysis of sleddability that has me laughing! Could be an engineering sr thesis. Oh those swatties... always analytical!
  • interesteddadinteresteddad Registered User Posts: 24,177 Senior Member
    What? Nobody's got Adirondack chairs?

    There's nothing like old Bakelite college trays for sledding. The don't make 'em like they used to. Back then, we used to sled a mile, uphill, both ways, in the snow.
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