Getting All Blue
Psyched for an alumni fan boy weekend. Randy will be out of town being judgmental, but I’ll be spending Sunday down at Mission Bay cheering for Cal Crew. Once again the very cool local Cal alums are hosting a tent and it should be as good as ever, despite the city’s paternalistic attitude about alcohol on the beach.
I missed last year due to an opportunity to head to Vegas (and watch Randy be judgmental), but definitely looking forward to heading back down this year. It’s always fun to watch the Bears win.
Bear Thoughts Heading Into The Weekend
Wanted to go up to Irvine this weekend to catch #4 Cal water polo in action, but alas, it is not to be. C’est la vie.
Going to have to let my alumni spirit be pumped by last night’s high school outreach session. These college fairs are always fun events, with the alums working the table to talk to high school students about Cal, what it means to be a Bear, and why Cal is Cal and not just another UC[FillInTheBlank]. There were three of us at it last night: an attorney, a banker and a Marine officer with graduation years from 1984 to 2001, and it was a blast. As always, there were just enough kids that had the right attitude and class that I can really hope to be seeing them at alumni events in six years or so. There were a lot of others too, mostly being towed around by their parents, but I’m just tuning them out. Looking for leaders and hope, not more sheep.
Need more positive thinking and hope for the future. California, and Cal, have huge problems facing them. Years and years of chronic mismanagement have led to a state so gridlocked that it can’t keep office doors open for forty-hour workweeks and courts have to take furlough days to keep their budget balanced (and it’s not like they were providing timely services in the first place). Really having a lot of doubts about the future of this state, and not yet seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
Maybe one of these kids will have the answer. Unfortunately I think they’ll have a shot at solving the problem. I don’t see the current officials in Sacramento (or the self-proclaimed outsiders positioning for office) having the answers, and certainly don’t see anyone paying down the massive public debts before these kids graduate and enter the work force.
Sorry this is turning so serious. Maybe I should’ve been irresponsible and headed up to Irvine anyways. Fiscal extravagance is the California way. Then I could be sitting back in the bleachers saying ‘oh, that’s pretty‘ and watched Cal dominate the way Bears should.
It’s been a long week. I’m ready for the weekend. Big thoughts are just depressing me, so, to paraphrase Buffy “fire pretty.” If I remember right she meant fire literally, but I’m just thinking of the hotness and the glistening light.
R.I.P. Donald Fisher
Cal’s 2007 Alumnus of the Year and a great philanthropist passed away today at age 81. Let’s have one last big GO BEARS for a great man.
Avoiding The Heat
Hiding in a dark but air-conditioned home office right now. The outside temp was 92 at 11:00 am, and we’ll probably hit triple digits today.
We went out Friday night and held our own little North County Pride dinner at a table overlooking the koi pond at the Karl Strauss in Sorrento Valley, then skipped the official parade on Saturday to join the Cal alums at a picnic and BBQ near Solana Beach. Great food and great fun, with no drama and no crowds. No photos though, due to some bad batteries.
Rugby Runs Away
Every year around this time the rumors that Comic-Con will leave San Diego for greener pastures start rumbling around town again. Comic-Con is huge, maybe too huge for the convention center. Comic-Con needs more parking and hotel rooms than the eighth largest city in America can offer. Blah, blah, blah, they always come back next year though. Inertia’s a wonderful thing.
Unfortunately that’s not the way with every big gathering though. Las Vegas appears to have stolen the USA Rugby 7s tournament. This tournament was a part of a larger Rugby gathering that drew Cal Rugby to San Diego the last two years, giving me two enjoyable February afternoons watching the Bears beat up on OMBAC and Wyoming.
Cal sports teams come to San Diego rarely enough as it is. I hope they’ll still find a reason to visit this far south, but I’m afraid this will just be another opportunity for the UC penny-pinchers to cut some more on the great drive to mediocrity by at least eliminating a road trip for the national powerhouse program.
Local Tradition Falters
Finally coming to the realization that next weekend I’m going to miss my first Crew Classic since I moved to San Diego in 2001. I arrived too late in the year for the 2001 regatta, but made it in ’02, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, and ’08. It’s not a bad thing necessarily – we’re going to be in Vegas and I’m sure we’ll have a great time. Just a bit of sadness at missing an opportunity to hang out with the alums and cheer at a sport where Cal usually does really well. It’s been kind of a symbolic start of spring for me (the first weekend of April) and the local alums always host a great tent.
A Good Friday
Having a very good Friday here. The weather held just long enough to spend most of the day at the San Diego Rugby Invitational at the Polo Grounds. Caught three games, two of which featured Cal, and the other being the Cal Poly – Navy matchup in the posted photo. Great event, lots of fun and entertaining even for someone with a pretty minimal knowledge of rugby like myself. Eye candy, naturally, and a fun time with the alums as always.
Also got to see the return of Ellen in the latest Battlestar, which was verrry interesting, even if it raised more questions than it answered at this point, and am giddy as a schoolgirl for the debut of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, which comes on in about 45 minutes. Tonight’s about the geeking.
And yes, just to rub it in, I do have plans for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Dinner and whatnot.
Dull Boy Getting Shinier
Between lawyer work, website maintenance and whatever is wrong with my arm I’ve been a very dull boy lately. No swimming, no surfing, no photography. Not sure when I’ll return to the water, but weather permitting I’ll spend Friday cheering for Cal Rugby with some alums and my trusty camera. Same tourney as last year, but they’re scheduled for three games this year at the polo grounds, against VMI, Wyoming and Navy.
As for the rest, the arm is doing better but I’m taking things slowly, and the new photo gallery software is working nicely after the still unexplained crash of the previous site. There’s still a lot of work moving over captions (one cut and paste at a time), but I like the new platform and think the templating in Zen Photo is certainly much easier to customize than in either of the other two packages I’ve used here.
Alumni Fanboy Weekend In Progress
Big Game week is upon us. The only football game that really matters, ever, will start in a few minutes when Cal and Stanford meet for the 111th Big Game at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. We did Big Game dinner with the local alums at The Linkery on Thursday, and though Spinner had met the alums before the look on his face when it came time to perform the various drinking songs was priceless. Seeing the local matriarchs who probably graduated well before The War doing their Grrrahs (complete with bear clawing motion) was a little too much for him. Even with all that though, I won’t pretend to be much of a football fan – just a Cal fan who tolerates football as a means to financially to get us through to the sports where we win. Want the better views of the blue and gold? At least rugby, water polo, rowing and swimming are all considerate enough to visit those of us in extreme southern California.
Cal athletes took home seventeen medals from the Beijing Olympics.
The Bears’ athletes won most of their medals in the water, from the “Water Cube” to the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park to the Yingdong Natatorium. Of Cal’s medalists, only [basketball player Jason] Kidd and Cal alumna Vicky Galindo in softball did not compete in or on the water.
Interesting to note that one of Cal’s medals was also the silver for Milorad Cavic, swimming for Serbia in the 100-meter butterfly where he was edged out by that Phelps kid by 1/100th of a second.
With seventeen medals Cal placed behind only fifteen of the countries competing, and did far better than most.