My school didn't pay moving costs when I moved here, and so far as I know, doesn't even now. (Other schools in the system do, though. I guess it's a school decision at some level?) That means that sometimes new department members ask for moving in help. Usually, someone in the department is in contact and then puts out a call for help on the department mailing list. And sure enough, someone is coming into town tomorrow, and there's been a request for help.
I emailed back and said I'd help, and then yesterday got an email to a small group, giving us timing details. So I know who else has offered to help.
It's pretty predictable, pretty much always the same people who come out to help with these things.
And the same people who offer to do practice interviews with adjuncts who are trying to move on, and so forth.
Now, I can totally understand when someone doesn't want to help people move furniture from a uhaul into an apartment or whatever. There's a point when your back just isn't up to it. I get that.
And I know we're all busy during the school year, so helping an adjunct with a practice interview isn't convenient.
I also know that I'm not one of the usual suspects who goes to hear the department music group play. And I'm sure there are other things I just don't do that other people do.
I'm conflicted between being frustrated by the many people who never show up to help, and being happy that those of us who show up are fun to do stuff with.
And no, it's not that different from who's willing to volunteer to take on extra tasks, committee work, and so on.