Friday, May 28, 2010

Pomp and Circumstance—Cal Style

On May 16 of this year my daughter Bri graduated from UC Berkeley. This is one of those "proud mama" posts so if that's not your thing I won't be offended if you choose this time to excuse yourself and leave.

Here she is all capped and gowned before the ceremony.

There were so many people who wanted to come that they had to move the ceremony from the Greek Theater where it's normally held to Haas Pavillion which holds 11,500. We took our seats and then noticed there were an AWFUL lot of seats reserved for the grads.

The stage was set.
Finally they began to file in. "Hi Guys!" she beamed up at us.

"I'm really doing this!"
As the crowd filled in, the graduates names were called out one at a time as they streamed up the aisle to the stage. Bri's blond mane was always easy to spot.

They called out names for over an hour and twenty minutes! Luckily there were diversions such as this group that planned ahead. They took up an entire row of seats and the tops of their caps spelled out "SO NOW WHAT?" Indeed!

After the ceremony we went out to dinner. Here's Bri and her sister, Krissy outside the ceremony.

The following day there was a MUCH more intimate ceremony with the Theater Arts Department. But of course, THAT day I forgot to bring my camera. It was a warm and emotional weekend—a real ten hanky affair.

CONGRATULATIONS Brianna!!! We're soooooo PROUD of you!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

We were recently invited to a private party which was held in Golden Gate Park in the Conservatory of Flowers. I learned that this structure was erected between 1878 - 1879 and survived the 1906 earthquake intact which I found hard to believe due to all the glass in the building.

We arrived a bit early so we walked around the park. Here's my daughter Krissy and my husband Jim.

Once inside I was amazed by the lily pond beneath the giant dome.

I couldn't resist taking photos of some of the amazing plants and then playing with them in Adobe Photoshop.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Undersea and Through the Rain Forest

My husband, Jim, and I recently went to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It's a big place and we didn't have much time so we only got to take in "The Rain Forest" where birds and butterflies fly freely around you as you stroll through, and "The Aquarium". We also got to see the resident albino alligator who is, frankly, rather creepy. These are a few of the photos I took. I played with them in Adobe Photoshop to give them a more "arty" feel. Hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May the Fourth Be With You!!

Did you know that today is International Star Wars Day? How could I not have known about this until today? I don't, after all, live under a rock. But somehow this momentous occasion managed to slip past my radar as neatly as Han Solo could navigate an asteroid field.

Since Yoda has been my guru since that magical night in May of 1977 when I first walked into a theater to experience Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, I was amazed to discover from my eighteen year old daughter that my favorite movie (actually Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was my VERY favorite!) has its own unofficial day. I had to Google it to get the inside scoop.

According to Wikipedia, this day is considered an unofficial holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and remember the films.

May 4 is called Star Wars Day (also sometimes known as Luke Skywalker Day) because of a pun on the similarity between the phrases: "May the 4th be with you" and "May the Force be with you."

Despite efforts to start a Jediism Church with 4 May as its Star Wars Day, as of 4 May 2010 there is no religion-supporting organization that promotes 4 May as Star Wars Day apart from the Church of Jediism.

In 2005 German news TV channel N24 interviewed George Lucas and asked him to say his famous sentence, "May the Force be with you." The translator simultaneously translated to German: "Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen". (We are with you on May 4.)

And so, I leave you with this wish...

May the Fourth Be with You!