In August I will have been a full time employee on this campus for three years. Over 1000 days. More than 150 weeks. That's a decent amount of time to be in any one place. In that time I have lived in two houses and gotten to know the surrounding area (which I had never visited prior to my interview) fairly well. I can give you directions* to pretty much anywhere you need to go around here.
But much of that changes when I get on campus.
Other than the building I work in and the one I teach in, I know shockingly little about this campus. Freshman in their third week have probably forgotten more about this campus than I know. It's bad enough that when I went off to find a meeting I needed to be at the other day I had to stop halfway across campus and have the following conversation:
Me: "Excuse me, do you know where Meeting Hall is?"
Student: "No. I should because I've been a student here for two years, but that one doesn't ring a bell."
Me: "Yeah, I've been a prof here for three and I don't know where it is."
Student: "I know, you're my advisor"
Me: "Of course! Um, that's why I asked you... ah. Right... Soooo."
Student: "I think I have a campus map."
Turns out that Meeting Hall was across a parking lot from my own building and the building I thought it was was most certainly not Meeting Hall. I park close to Meeting Hall everyday and pass the sign for it twice a day. It's not an inconspicuous place.
It would be nice if I could tell you that this is the first time I have done this, but I would be lying. I have our campus map in at least three easily accessed places because I have no sweet clue where most things on the campus are.
Am I just oblivious or is this something that other people deal with?
*And unlike the locals, I will not use landmarks that haven't existed for a decade or more. Thanks for being insular, jerkwads.