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.
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.
Almost every house at Caltech runs their own ski trip. The members of social teams choose a weekend to reserve a cabin at resorts like Big Bear or Mammoth Mountain, and offer this accomodation for their members for the weekend for people to go skiing and snowboarding at these resorts. As I’m a part of two houses, Avery and Blacker, I get the chance to go on both - which I am happy I got to do this year! Usually I have fencing tournaments scheduled over the same weekends, and so I can’t go to ski. It was extraordinarily lucky this year that I got two trips. Freshman year, I could only go to one, and last year I could go to neither.