Other oceanly characters who have made the trip out to the Caltech blogs for a brief respite of fun under the sun (or fun at the behest of a written blog post). We’re under a sea, I guess. It’s raining in April and late at night. But the weather works in mysterious ways as do the ways of the world in general. I’m up late tonight. How late? Very late. Approximately 3 AM if we’re being totally precise. And that’s because I might or might not have gone to see Avengers Endgame in Los Angeles at 11:25 PM.
This wasn’t any old trip to the movies though, this was a grand trip to Los Angeles! To Hollywood! And to El Capitan theater! This theater is on Hollywood boulevard, directly on the walk of fame. This is an area that I hadn’t been to in about 6 months. It’s hard to park around Hollywood so as a result it’s more convenient most of the time to just dodge the area. El Cap is a beautiful restored theater and it’s operated by a subsidiary of Disney which means two things: first, there are only previews for Disney movies. That was pretty cool, and much more rewarding for watching the movie. And second, they had props!
In the basement of the theater there were original costumes and props for Avengers Endgame. Everything from the infinity gauntlet, Captain America’s complete outfit, and everything in-between. This was the first real time I’d seen a lot of different movie props outside of a museum, and so it was very unique.
I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but the movie was excellent – albeit with a pretty shoddy science background that all of us at the theater got a pretty good laugh in. It’s always cool to see “advanced science” in movies that’s required study by the Caltech core and is 100% inaccurate. And the real highlight? Instead of the pre-movie shows that they offer at most movie theaters, there was a live organist playing out classic tunes from famous movies. Now that’s something you only find in California. That, and people shouting and clapping for every moment in the movie.
And shout out to the forever man, Tom Mannion for inviting me to this grand occasion. Endgame was one of the movies I wanted to see the most this year and the entire experience didn’t disappoint whatsoever.
…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.
One of Caltech’s many clubs is the RISE tutoring program, where undergraduate students connect with local high schoolers and provide tutoring in various STEM subjects. I only became a tutor this academic year, but the experience has been so rewarding for me and, hopefully, also for the students I tutor.