Hi all! Anita here. It turns out that I won’t be able to talk too much about Intel—confidentiality issues and all—but that’s okay, because unlike during the Caltech school year, we actually have lives outside of work during the summer!
Since Hillsboro is a very suburban area, most people drive to nearby Portland to find action. It’s only about 20-30 minutes away, unless you’re stuck in traffic. My friend’s dad complained a bit about how windy the roads to Portland are but it’s definitely worth the drive, if you ask me. Our itinerary was thus:
Friday Night—Dance Social and Ice Cream.
Was going to be a night of swing dancing (East Coast Swing, also known as Lindy Hop) until we discovered that the venue was closed and decided to go learn Salsa and Bachata instead. Afterward, we went to test out one of Portland’s most famous ice cream stores.
Olive oil and honey lavender ice cream at Salt&Straw. Some of the best stuff I’ve ever had… The olive oil is subtle, though quite rich after a while, while the lavender flavor was very strong from the beginning. Both flavors were delicious on their own, and also paired well with one another. We skipped the huge line for ice cream cones and decided to buy two pints instead—pretty good choice…
Saturday—Kayaking and BBQ.
Rented canoes and kayaks from Portland Kayak Company. The Willamette River was several blocks from the shop; we had to roll our ships out onto the water (first down a hill and through a park, using tie-on wheels!).
Beef brisket at Cannon’s Barbecue Express. South meets North!
Sunday—Comedy Show, Hot Chocolate Tasting, Libraries, and Berry-Picking
Roomies and me at “Potted Potter—the Unauthorized Harry Experience” at Newmark Theater in Portland. Involves a stuffed Nagini and a scary beach-style Forbidden Forest setting.
Cinnamon, Rivali dark, and pepper hot chocolate espresso shots at Cacao’s.
Berry picking on the road! Pricked our legs on some thorns for sour berries (they ripen in August) but it was super cool!
Stack of library books, whoo!
I think I like it here.
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.