Monday, February 23, 2009

Have you ever played with 1500 balloons?

Saturday was a terrific day. I got to sleep in, get some work done, go swimming at the gym with Meg and Luc, promote the swing club at the Mol Bio prospie weekend, and get all fancied-up for a quintessential Princeton experience (which...did not involve balloons. I'm getting there.).

Meg, Luc, Josh, and a bunch of our fellow physics and plasma physics comrades were invited to the dinner and reception for this year's Assoc. of Princeton Graduate Alumni James Madison Medal", Dr. Claire Max. She is known for creating adaptive optics, an innovative improvement to ground telescopes that creates much clearer images. The evening began with a reception in the beautiful Old Graduate College Common Room, in which we got to rub shoulders with orange- and black-clad alumni and spouses (mostly wives...most old alumni are male, you know), our professors, and University bigwigs. Dinner was served in the spruced up GC dining hall (the "Harry Potter" dining hall, as it were). (Okay, the cheap copy of the real one, the one in Oxford. Whatever.) Meg, Luc, Josh, and I sat with some friendly alumni, one from the class of 70-something, and one from the class of 2003! Dinner was okay, but dessert--dessert was incredible. It was the richest chocolate torte I've ever had. Mmmmmmm chocolate!

While that was all good fun, the real excitement happened closer to home. Our friend, Justin, filled an empty room with 1500 balloons. Yes. Why? I am not sure. But it was BRILLIANT. We jumped around and bopped each other and investigated static electricity. We hid underneath mounds and mounds of colorful latex. Josh played Balloon Shark, and Meg and I still have rug burns on our elbows to prove it. It was glorious!

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