I've finally uploaded photos from my Asia tour, which you can see on Flickr here. It also looks like I'll be going home for Christmas, as I got a super cheap ticket on Virgin America...but only for the return from San Francisco to New York. I still need to buy a ticket TO San Francisco, but I'm waiting to see which bowl game Cal ends up going to.I know: Priorties, priorties. Most of my sources tell me that we'll be going to the Emerald Bowl, which is in San Francisco on Dec. 27, the day before I return to NYC, which works out perfectly for me. But I wouldn't mind flying out a week earlier to Nevada for Vegas Bowl...
Yesterday was the 111th Big Game between Cal and Stanford, and happily for me, Cal won. I took over 300 photos on my new camera, but really most of them are just duplicates on different aperture settings. The day was great because the skies were clear (and blue) and I got to see all of my friends. But since it was a 12:30 p.m. game, it was almost impossible to tailgate, um, properly. I didn't really eat much before or during the game though. When I was in band, I could never eat much before because I always had a sickening feeling in my stomach, either from being tired from practice or anxiety about the shows, or both. But I still got that feeling yesterday even though I had nothing to worry about. Bizarre. I was shocked, however, at how hot it was in the middle of November. Between standing in the sun all day and the fact that it was so early in the day, almost everyone was ready to go to bed at 8 p.m. I loved the Cal Band's halftime show with 90s pop since it was all songs I listened to in high school. But I was kind of irked by the Stanford band show about Memorial Stadium being on a fault line and that the big earthquake was going to hit during the game. After I described the show to my mom when I got home, she said, "They always try to be cutting edge, but they always miss the mark." I do have to give them points for creativity. How could anyone else come up with harnessing a snare drum player to a contraption that spins he/she upside down through almost the whole game? But I always enjoy Big Game because its really the Homecoming for Cal alums and both sides of the rivalry get along pretty well.
My trip is almost over as the last leg of my trip back to New York City is tonight, with a FOUR hour layover in Washington D.C.'s Dulles airport. I could take the Bolt Bus and get back to my apartment faster, but then again it's a JetBlue rewards ticket on the weekend before Thanksgiving, so I'm lucky I got a seat at all. Many times when I go on long trips, by the end of it, I'm ready to go home. This time, I'm pretty depressed, so much so that even though I was exhausted yesterday, I still had trouble falling asleep. I don't know if its apprehension about dealing with job and financial stuff when I get back, or that I'll miss everyone at home and I don't know when I'm coming back exactly yet. Despite all of this, I'm pretty lucky that I get to home to a place as awesome as New York.
Only four more days until I bounce from New York City to San Francisco, and then across the other pond. Many props to my fellow interns Kelly, Brendan and Rip for helping me title this blog (and some future entry titles as well), along with those of my friends who were on gChat on Halloween when they should have been working. But the grand winner is Ms. Janet Fang with the above title, and her prize is a shiny package of fresh Fig Newtons. Honorable mentions include: Land of the Tequila Sunrise Are You There Blog? It's Me, Rachel March of the Rachels Blog to Nowhere Island in the Sun Memoirs of a Rachel Northwest Passage Southeast Passage Return of the King The King and I The Last King of Scotland
(I think the last one was a little off base...)