I had a wonderful Friday evening this past weekend, courtesy of the Caltech Y! They were able to secure us a block of tickets to see the musical “Chicago” at the Pantages Theatre, and I was lucky enough to have won the competitive lottery to get a pair! I do admit I’m kind of a theater snob, as I live an hour away from Broadway so have seen lots of shows, but I’ve never seen this particular one nor have been in this particular theater, so I was up for a new experience! Remember my mantra: explore as much of LA as possible before leaving!First, pictures, then review of the show!
So what did I think of the show? Well, I’ll be honest… it was good but definitely not one of my favorites. It is a unique kind of show - mostly dancing and singing without too much other interaction. I mean, both of those aspects were good (and I got to see Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child play Roxie!), but I think that there was just something missing. Maybe the classics of “Phantom” and “Les Mis” are so familiar to me that I think that’s what all musicals should be like, but in any case I still enjoyed the show and the experience. And Dannah LOVED the dancing (though she kept comparing it to the movie, and obviously you can’t compare the two haha). So all in all, I think it was a very enjoyable evening!
Thanks again, Caltech Y, for the awesome experience!
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.
It’s truly Autumn in Scotland now. It reached 0 degrees Celsius today, or 32 Fahrenheit for you yanks. They’re setting up the Christmas market downtown (as thanksgiving isn’t a thing here they just skip directly from Halloween to Christmas). Snow isn’t falling, but it does seem to be raining every other day. And it’s pleasant, quite pleasant. The rain turns Edinburgh into even more of a dramatic and beautiful city than usually is.