April 3rd, 2006


Spring Break in Texas

We're spending Spring Break in Texas with Mom and Dad.

Today was a travel day. We left the house at 9amEDT, with Critter at the wheel of the station wagon. I think I'm over the anger from last night vis-a-vis Bébé and getting the wagon back from him, but I'm increasingly aware that I can't be around him without getting my buttons pushed badly.

Tigger forgot to pack the books he's supposed to read over Spring Break, but fortunately Playuh is flying tomorrow, and will bring them. This is the third trip on which Tigger has forgetten to bring sunglasses, so I bought him a pair that we will leave here in Texas. After we got through security, we got to be an at-gate greeting party for Dubheach, home from her travels to the far west.

Our flights to Houston via St. Louis, and on to San Antonio were uneventful. We found an empty row for all three of us to sit on each flight, even the one where we only had B boarding passes.

Mom and Dad were in baggage claim to greet us, and whisked us off to Pappasito's as soon as we had collected our bags.

After dinner, Critter got to dig into the new iMac that Mom and Dad bought to replace their Cube. We're bringing home the cube, a pair of speaker, keyboard, mouse, as well as the freebies that came with the new order, a digitizing tablet and a printer.

Tomorrow we leave by 5am to drive to Houston so that Critter can tour Rice. Playah is arriving at 2:50pm, and then we'll stay in a hotel in Seabrook (with free wi-fi) and go to the Houston Space Center on Tuesday before we drive home.

That leaves Wednesday and Thursday to get to the Apple Store, the Container Store, the Alamo, the Riverwalk and the Dr. Pepper Museum. Not the laziest vacation.

Friday will be another travel day, so that Critter will be able to get plenty of sleep before he takes the ACT on Saturday.

sleep now.
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Spring Break - day 2 - in Houston

I woke up amazingly fast, given how little sleep I got last night. Most likely because I'm usually awake at 4:30am. ;) Mom drove; Houston is continuing to build more freeways -- the resultant confusion is enough that if ever they extend the light rail, there will enough willing users queuing up at the outskirts to avoid driving in altogether.

I've visited campus often enough since graduation to know about most of the new buildings, but this was my chance to walk through some of them. Not surprisingly, there have been many changes over the years. It's one thing to know about various changes, another to experience them first hand.

Brown won the men's beer bike. (Brown was womens only in my day)
Our guides were a guy from Brown and two gals from Lovett. (Lovett was mens only in my day)
Beer bikers mostly chug water now. (Drinking age was 18 in my day)
The new generation actually believes water is easier to chug than beer.
Hanzen-Will Rice' water balloon fight is now campus-wide.

Basic swimming ability is no longer a graduation requirement.

Willy's Pub is still in basement of the RMC, but no site of Grungy's trumpet.

I'll stop; most of these are meaningless to non-Rice grads.

We sat through a review session of Physics 102, wherein I once again understand electricity/magnetism equations in re a coil, and got lost in the toroid -- Critter got to witness flying backboards, wavy marble steps, "pebbled maintenance pathways", the short version of the murder mystery plot wrt the original endowment, and walking, walking, walking. He wants to go to Rice. (no surprise here)

We picked up Playuh at Hobby while Critter was in his last meeting on campus, and came back to pick him up and buy souvenirs from the book store. I got a new wallet, Critter a couple of pens, and Playuh a hat.

After that, we drove to the hotel in Seabrook, then had dinner at Saltgrass Steakhouse in Kemah. Me for shower and bed before our day at Nasa tomorrow, and a stop by Marine's on the way out of town.
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