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Pictures from Spring Break 2014, Part 1

Ever since our Ruddock president Sherman had passionately advocated this Thai place on Colorado Street (just north of the Caltech campus), my roommate and I had wanted to try it out. We thought it was decent, but not great. Service was a little slow and the pad thai noodles were rather undercooked. Entrees range from $10.50 to 12 or up.

The assignment (I’ll not say what it was for) was to poke a hole through a raw potato with a straw. A plastic straw! Well, I don’t go to a tech/engineering school for nothing… Secret: 2 straws and momentum. I saw some other kids get creative, and stick their potatoes through with mechanical pencils. Use whatever you have on hand, right?

My brother bought a bag of cookie dough powder from our high school orchestra’s fundraiser and we decided to test it out while I was on spring break. We wanted to see what it would be like to follow the instructions for once, so we used all of the recommended amount of butter–1 and a half sticks. The cookies ended up very buttery, very sugary, and downright delicious, albeit very rich. It wasn’t as bad as the time I tried to make snickerdoodles out of one of my mom’s cookbooks and gave my brother a stomachache, however.

I met up with some old friends on Tuesday, wandering our hometown, and decided to browse the local Hallmark. I’m not sure what these are, only that we found them in the wine section (what was actually being sold were bottle stoppers and Paris-themed miscellany, not real wine). You never know what you’ll find in places like these!

To be continued!

Anita Chen

Anita is a senior majoring in chemistry and minoring in English. Born in the island nation of Taiwan, she braved the cold on the American East Coast for a year at the age of six before moving to San Diego, California. At Caltech, she is involved in the music program and the literary and visual arts magazines. She is also an upperclass counselor (UCC) in Ruddock House, one of the 8 dorms on campus, where she watches out for the mental health of her peers and every once in a while tries to stir up trouble and excitement for her hallmates. In her spare time, she tutors and TAs, writes poetry and prose, plays the violin, draws, paints, cooks, and climbs rocks. She is currently pursuing her senior thesis project under renowned professor of chemistry Harry B. Gray, and plans on attending graduate school next year.

Graduation year: 2017

Option: Chemistry

Minor: English

House Affiliation: Ruddock