Big Game and Departure

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.

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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.

Royal Exchange

After recovering significantly from jet lag and getting back on a normal sleeping schedule (well 3 a.m. to 11 a.m....), I went to my favorite San Francisco pub, Royal Exchange, for some Big Game eve celebration. On the way there, my trip seemed to come full circle a little bit. As when I arrived at Oakland airport almost three weeks ago, I didn't have any change for the AirBART shuttle and asked the entire bus if anyone had change for a $5 bill. Mercifully, someone did. Yesterday, while on the J-Church streetcar going downtown, another woman had the same dilemma, and I actually had change for her.  Royal Exchange was great, as I've never been there when Cal Band has, and I actually got to play a few songs. But I haven't played since ski trip in January, so I knew I really needed to practice when I couldn't feel my lips anymore on "Separate Ways." Pictures later. 

Anyway, today is my absolute FAVORITE holiday: BIG GAME! And I'm actually home for it! (The trip's dates might have been slightly arranged around today...) GO BEARS! BEAT THE CARDINAL! (Please, pretty please!)

Leavin' on a JetBlue Plane

In six hours I will be in San Francisco for 22 hours, upon which I will eat all of the Mexican food in Berkeley. First off, as I sit in JetBlue's new Terminal 5 at JFK airport, I am very impressed with the new interior design. I have been to airports in third-world countries that were newer and cleaner than the old JetBlue terminal. Well done. Also, thankfully, I received my absentee ballot (unlike a lot of unfortunate friends) and I've already voted. I was deeply disturbed when I got a robo-call from the Yes on 8 campaign using Barack Obama's statements to endorse their campaign. While I know he has stated that he believes marriage is a union between a man and a woman, I never remember reading about him campaigning for this elimination of people's rights. Not to mention they called me at 11:55pm EST, when I could have been sleeping if I weren't packing. Anyway, all I ask is that Californians vote No on 8 and keep marriage a right to all who want to marry the partner of their choice, as well as No on 4 and not restricting a woman's right to choose, regardless of age. 

Also, please vote for whatever prop the high-speed rail train bond is. I would really like to take a train between SF and LA in 2 hours for less than $70. 

Finally, I know you have all been waiting for this, but I am officially endorsing Senator Barack Obama. It is certainly change we need, and I hope Americans are smart enough not to realize that moose-killer from Alaska is not capable of running this nation, should she ever be given the chance. Look, Manhattan Mini-Storage agrees with me:

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