I have ridiculously horrible short term memory.
Saturday morning, I went to the first session of summer CHAMPs. We’re only going to have three sites this summer, and unfortunately I’m going to miss the second one due to yearbook’s editor retreat. Since there wasn’t any transportation available this weekend, and Stanley had shown interest in coming to CHAMPs with me previously, I asked him to drive me and hang out with the kids with me. We picked up Lucy, an alum, and headed to downtown at around 9. We got a little lost on the way but still got there around 9:30. Neel arrived shortly after, and the four of us ended up being the only mentors there. Good thing there were very few kids there as well, because otherwise it would’ve been way too difficult to organize.
The day before, I had asked Stanley to get about 15 feet of white butcher paper for me from his RA friend, so when we got to CHAMPs, I spread it across three or four tables and wrote a big “WE LOVE CHAMPs” on it. I opened the crafts cabinet and got out all sorts of random things – feathers, paint, sponges and stamps, sprinkles, yarn, etc., and just let the kids have at it. It ended up being a relatively successful impromptu event. There weren’t that many of my K-2 kids, so I still miss them, but it was great being around some of the other kids again. I think our biggest problem at CHAMPs is not being able to discipline the kids, but I’m not sure how to take care of that, either. What’s a legit means of threatening them in a way that they’ll really listen? I’m not still naive enough to think that honesty and truth, by example, will work itself out. What steps can we take to grind these lessons into the kids’ minds?
After CHAMPs, we headed back to our apartment to pack for a weekend Arcadia adventure. After getting to Stanley’s house, Layla and I just bummed around and read – I finally started reading The Giver, which I finished before the end of the day. After getting settled, Stanley and I left Layla at home reading and went to the mall to get my ears pierced. The hot weather (according to Layla) made us both easily irritable, and a short irrational quip led to a wasted afternoon of me not getting my ears pierced. We headed back (in silence) and I finished The Giver (More on that later) and eventually made up. We accompanied the rest of the family to Stanley’s aunt’s house for a BBQ. As a true Cantonese household, the mah jong table was set up and being played on when we arrived. After the adults dispersed to deal with food, Layla, Stanley, Justin, and I took over the table for a couple rounds. I won both rounds by zi mo (è‡ªæ¨¡) which was TOTAL LUCK. It reminded me of old times at Guilin with Alex and Danny and Fifield…that was a fun trip. At the BBQ, they had one of the street-vendor-style egg-cake (é›žè›‹ç³•) waffle things, and they were awesome. To complete my vision of Taiwan, I had a Hey Song (é»‘æ¾) sarsaparilla soda, too.
While waiting for the adults to finish socializing, Stanley, Justin, Layla, and I sat around and watched Harry Potter on cable, haha. We got back to Stanley’s house at around midnight and pretty much just crashed after the long day.
Sunday morning, I got up at 9:30 to take a shower. After Stanley got up and we had breakfast, we dropped Layla off at Matt’s house (WHERE I SAW THREE PEACOCKS!!!! SITTING ON HIS FRONT YARD!!!!). Then Stanley surprised me by bringing me to Huntington Library! I had never been there, and I’ll admit that I thought it was a book-library when I first heard of. Actually, it’s a huge estate with various art galleries and open gardens. We went through a gallery of British art and design, then followed up with American paintings and work from the Arts and Crafts movement. I was a bit tired by the time we saw the Greene & Greene collection, but it was super cool to see work that I learned to be the response to industrial improvements in mass production. I was reminded of how much I used to like researching art and art history… DESMA10 and ARCH&UD10B were awesome and I wish I had time to take more classes in those subject areas. I wrote down a few artists’ names and pieces for future research (Edward William Godwin – Anglo-Japanese style, Samuel Gragg – side chair, Allan Adler, Edward Ruscha, Sam Francis) but I don’t know when I’ll get around to that.
The Huntington was awesome, it also had a cool botanical garden (The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science) with little labs for kids to explore with. Clearly, I took advantage of them and played with microscopes and felt like a freshman in high school again. It reminded me of the indoor rainforest at the Academy of Sciences in SF.
After getting scorched in the sun while walking through the Japanese (bonsai!) and Australian gardens, we headed over to the mall for a second attempt at getting my ears pierced. After having a late lunch of McD’s (because we are high class), we went to Icing and…success! I now have two holes in each ear, and I really like it. It took forever for the lady to mark my ears perfectly symmetrically, but it paid off to wait, and now I am super satisfied. It looks really good, if I may say so myself, and I can’t wait until it’s all healed up so I don’t have to be afraid of hurting myself, haha.
But now, awesome weekend is over and it’s time to get back to schoolwork and concentrating and all those lesser-fun things. Alas, the life of a college student in the summer. I’m glad UCLA is nearer to the ocean and hence not 100+ degrees every day…