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Spring Planning

The annual Crew Classic in Mission Bay is in a little over a week.

In previous years I would’ve been all excited by now.  Cute rowers and alumni fanboy stuff, all with great snacks.  Now the finals are in the morning instead of after lunch, and the demon alcohol is banished to special areas by Nanny Diego.  Last year I missed the finals while waiting for Randy to fly home from a judging gig, and this year I’m just kinda feeling ‘meh’ about the whole thing.  I’ll probably go, but having trouble getting excited about it, and probably open to other offers (hint, hint).

Chuck posted this on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at  3:32 pm.   Make the second comment. 

Classics Rock

From the 2007 Crew ClassicTime once again for an alumni fanboy weekend, courtesy of the San Diego Crew Classic.

Time to hang with Cal alumni, time to watch Cal Crew kick ass, time to snap some pics both for here and the local alumni website.

Feel free to browse the galleries and enjoy some fuzzy retrospective moments until the real event starts this weekend.

Chuck posted this on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at  9:29 am.   Comments Off 

Feeling Blue Is A Good Thing

Had a great weekend with the alums cheering for Cal at the Crew Classic. Not much to write up: Great food, Cal’s men won four races outright and was the only boat with the balls to take on the Olympic Team in an exhibition race, and for whatever reason, Cal’s women did not travel to the event this year.
Rowing to the win

Chuck posted this on Monday, March 29, 2010 at  3:05 pm.   Comments Off 

Getting All Blue

IntensePsyched 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.

CelebrationI 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.

Chuck posted this on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at  4:07 pm.   Comments Off 

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.

Chuck posted this on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at  11:18 am.   Comments Off 

Vicarious Exercise

Things are a bit backed up around here.  Pretty much every day I’m either hurting or I’m drowsy from the drugs that make me not hurt.  Damn tendons.  Neither option helps productivity, though the essential things are going out the door.  Desperately need a sanity swim or twelve, but then I’d be hurting worse and I don’t need that at this point. 

Settling for vicarious exercising as a stop-gap measure.  Diego runs around the dog park until he’s tired, and I get to call it exercise because I’m at the park.

Also got a lot of vicarious exercise at the Crew Classic Sunday.  There was tough competition, so Cal didn’t win as much as they normally do, but the local alums ran an amazing brunch tent.  Nice place to sit and catch up with friends and grab a snack between races.  The camera got a workout too, but I’ve been too busy to finish going through the photos and finish captioning the gallery.  Sometime soon.

Chuck posted this on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at  9:52 pm.   Comments Off 

Catching My Breath

Still letting the mind digest last night’s return of Battlestar, and trying to sort out some thoughts from attending this morning’s taping of KPBS’ Envision San Diego.  Both are taking a back seat though to catching some quality naptime with Diego and being psyched for tomorrow’s Crew Classic

Chuck posted this on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at  4:20 pm.   Comments Off 

Sliding Down From Here

Early court appearances lead to long, long days, but it’s been a good day.  Lots got done, and now that hump day is over I’m ready slide into Crew Classic weekend, always a good time.  Even better since the alums are comping my admission in exchange for some photography. 

Chuck posted this on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at  5:04 pm.   Comments Off 

The Bears Are Coming

One of my gripes about San Diego is that the city is really good at promoting huge for-profit sports franchises, and really horrible about promoting the countless other sports and cultural events around town.  In my gut I think it’s true of most cities, but now that I’m in my seventh year here I notice it more than I have anywhere else.  That comes with being professionally homeless (a term from the Foreign Service days) for so long – no long-term memory of the annual events and not enough time to find all the hidden treasures.

So even though it was on my calendar, it was great to have the local alums remind me last night about the upcoming Crew Classic regatta.  Not that I would have forgotten, but they were using my photographs from last year’s regatta in their plea for housing for the visiting athletes, and the ego boost from that helped brighten the morning. 

 Weather permitting, April 6th will be my seventh Crew Classic.   My first was in 2002 and I haven’t missed one since.  The alumni tents, particularly Cal’s, are first rate venues to relax and catch up, with occasional walks to the shore to yell and cheer when the good races are on.  The competition brings together the best collegiate rowers in the county in spring weather that only San Diego can offer.  Still not sure?  Check out the photos from 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.  Even though San Diego’s not going to promote it, we will.  Come join the thousands of fans, have a beer and some meat off the grill, and watch the races.

Chuck posted this on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at  8:38 pm.   Comments Off 

Crew Classic Recap

Apologies in advance – I was going to do a longer post worthy of the weekend, but I’m too tired.  So for now, and maybe forever, please accept this brief synopsis:

Took too many photos.  Spent too much time in the sun.  Snacked well and caught up with a lot of the alums, which is always a good thing.  Cal alums rock.

Out of Cal Men’s three principal races, Cal teams won two.  The Men’s JV crew took their race by at least four boat lengths.  We’ll just concede the Women’s program is having an off year.  Overall though, it was a good weekend.  I still have a lot of imagery to go through, so hit the gallery again in a day or two if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

Chuck posted this on Sunday, April 1, 2007 at  6:25 pm.   Comments Off 

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