|"Autumn Marsh #2" Pastel 8 x 10 © Donna Gross|
What a homecoming weekend at Cal. Visiting my daughter at UC Berkeley for Parent's Weekend was fun filled and quite active. My legs can tell you how many miles I put on my "dogs" the past two days! This past weekend was a weekend of firsts for me.
Saturday's football game with the Cal Golden Bears vs. Arizona State Wildcats was the first football game I have ever attended. While I am not a sports fan in any sense of the word....often really not even knowing what season which sport is played...I have to say that the college spirit was quite the spectacle.
Opening with the Cal Marching Band and finishing with fireworks to summon the players onto the field, I was captivated by the whole event. Around me were alumni no doubt...couples who probably met there at Cal many moons ago and make this homecoming a yearly tradition. When my mind wandered from the gladiator type machinations of the helmeted colorful bodies bashing into each other, I guessed at the stories each of these couples could tell....how they met...what they majored in...grad school...marriage and now children or even grandchildren carrying on the Cal tradition...
And so there I was , sitting in a stadium with a 63,000 person capacity, attending a sport I have no interest in and perhaps have great reservations about...But I was at Cal and my daughter was sitting next to me and we were now part of this whole university experience.
The next day we ventured up a grand hill to the botanical gardens...how we got up the hill was also a first for me! Deciding that walking up the 1.8 miles at a steep incline was out of the question and it being Sunday so the UC transit was taking the day off, we called an Uber driver!
After downloading the app, entering a few bits of information including how I would pay for this service, we entered our location and our destination of desire and Voila! He arrived in less than 3 minutes! Magic! I have clearly arrived.....
As for today's painting, I just can't seem to get enough of this autumn spirit...