Doodle Bug (minikin) wrote,
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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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