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Graduation Preparation

Today was my last day in the Graduate Medical Education Office at the Medical Center.  What a strange feeling it is, leaving that place after two years.

Most of today has been filled with graduation preparation.  And it’s the little things that you don’t really think about, like getting a haircut and running to Wegman’s at 9pm to get cheese and baguettes for snacks after the ceremony on Sunday.  Also, I needed to buy a bottle of champagne.  My mother means well, but she bought a bottle of Cook’s, which is notoriously some of the cheapest and worst sparkling wine you can buy.  It’s what they served today at the Senior Toast.  (On a side note:  Thanks, U of R, for letting the champagne sit out in the sun, so that when we finally got around to the toast, it was all nice and warm for us.  Champagne is supposed to be served warm, right?)

Speaking of which, I got a little mention in the Senior Toast.  Sort of.  They threw in something about “And who could forget Bring Your Shovel to School Day”.  Some may remember that I created this Facebook event after the University sent out a e-letter right before a huge snowstorm informing people that they should take proper precaution when walking around campus, like bringing shovels, using handrails, etc.  The event went viral and got thousands of attendees in just a few hours.  It was nuts, but very cool.  The power of the internet…and Facebook.  We united over our bitterness towards the University for their poor sidewalk maintenance in the winter and their even worse habit of not canceling classes during dangerous weather.  Thanks Senior Class Council!

Setting up for Commencement

I definitely made these people uncomfortable with my photo-taking.

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May is Riesling Month!

Yesterday was the Finger Lakes Wine Tour.  We departed from the University of Rochester shortly after 10am, with 6 buses in total.  My friends and I all boarded bus #5 and were introduced to Harry.  Harry is a junior, but I think he was actually supposed to act as our chaperone.  He was a nice guy.  Then we headed to Geneva, all the while listening to the Alpha Phi girls sing Disney songs and play “roadtrip games”.  When we arrived in Geneva on Seneca Lake, I thought we had arrived in the armpit of New York State.  It was a depressing place, possibly more depressing than Binghamton…or even Unadilla.  We turned down Avenue E, where we ate lunch at Club 86.  Now, apparently this club has existed since 1946.  And apparently they had not changed a thing since then.  The place was complete with booths that appeared to be upholstered in red velvet (although I did not touch them) and tacky chandeliers everywhere.  The food was okay, but not great.

My only image of Harry.

We finally left for the first winery.  Once we got closer to the lake, Geneva started to look a little nicer, especially in the area right around Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  The first winery we visited was White Springs Winery.  There were three people that were serving wine, but only the man seemed to fully understand why we were there…and that was to get drunk.  So while I was tasting every wine they offered (and some twice), other girls just went into the winery, bought a bottle of wine, sat down on the lawn overlooking the lake, and drank until we departed for the next winery.  This was how I knew it was going to be a fun trip.

Left to right: Hannah, Katie, Me, Lisa, Jenab, Courtney at White Springs.

The second winery was Fox Run in Penn Yan.  Arguably, they had the best wine I tasted all day, but I don’t really remember how good or bad the wine at the third and final winery was.  Fox Run let us taste out of actual glasses as opposed to plastic cups.  Of course, almost as soon as they began handing out these glasses, someone dropped one.  It was inevitable.  After we finished the tasting, Katie, Hannah, Courtney and I decided to split a bottle of Drink New York Riesling.  It was good, and we finished it before we left for the last winery.

Ryan at Fox Run.

The third and final winery was called the Anthony Road Wine Company.  This time we were served wine by a kindly old lady who also completely understood exactly why we were there.  So she was great.  I ended up buying a bottle of riesling that we had not sampled, but sounded pretty good.  And it was.  I sipped it out on the lawn, overlooking the lake.  Then Harry came out and announced that we were going to head back to campus.  He made a point to remind us to pee before we left, since we would not be stopping along the way, and there were no bathrooms on this school bus.  But, since it was a bus with mostly girls and we had all been drinking copious amounts of wine, we all had to pee again within 10 minutes of our departure from the winery.

Katie at Anthony Road Wine Company.

It was a long trip home, with more singing by the Alpha Phi girls (I joined in this time) and a whole lot of whining about full bladders.  Also, most of the people that surrounded me fell dead asleep.  I tried, but I just had to pee too badly.  I would have been okay, but we got stuck in rush hour traffic on 490 just outside of Rochester.  While stopped, I saw one of the guys from a bus in front of ours jump out, run over to some bushes, and pee for upwards of two minutes.  I then saw the SA President, Scott, jump off the bus and run after him.  I assume that Scott was the junior chaperone for that bus.

We continued to move slowly and infrequently on 490.  Two boys on our bus began to approach the back of the bus, where I was sitting.  One of them asked if we could briefly switch seats.  I didn’t want to move because I had to pee so badly.  So one of them stood behind our seat and peed into a cup.  I was drunk enough at the time that this did not bother me.  But then he poured out the window above Katie’s head, and that grossed me out a little.  This was all occurring as hell was breaking loose across the bus.  People were getting frustrated about traffic and the girls were starting to literally scream because they had to pee so badly.

But Amber, our bus driver, pulled through:  she got off 490 at Bushnell’s Basin and got us out of the traffic.  My bladder was ready to explode by the time we got to campus.  I ran to the ITS bathroom, but a line had already formed.  So I ran upstairs to Gleason and it was the same.  Finally, I ran to the bathroom in Rush Rhees and it was empty.  It was the best pee I have ever had.

It was a great day.  But it was not yet over.  Around 9pm I met up again with the people from the wine tour, along with some other seniors and we went to trivia night at The Old Toad.  We were not the worst team, but we were certainly not the best either.  But it was fun, even though we were all exhausted.

Jenab and Lisa were exhausted.

I hope the rest of Senior Week is that awesome.

Senior Week in Full Swing!

I’ve had a crazy busy day today.  So unfortunately I have very little time to post about all of the exciting things that I did.  But I will have more time to write about them tomorrow.  Daniel and I are also planning to go to the Strong Museum of Play, so expect a post about that in the very near future.

Another image from Free Comic Book Day. Matt dressed as Robin.

Seis de Ryo

So last night was the Seis de Ryo party.  My friend Ryan was born on the 5th of May, or Cinco de Mayo.  Normally, we call his birthday Cinco de Ryo, but since we had to have the party last night (because of finals, you know), they changed the name to Seis de Ryo.  It was held on the Film Interest Floor (FIF) in Phase.  Daniel and I took a small stroll down memory lane as we walked between the buildings of Phase.  Luckily we showed up just a few minutes before Katie’s suite arrived, so they let us into the building.  They were also carrying a gigantic cake.

It was a good party, although I was disappointed with the lack of sombreros.  But I got to talk with some people that I have not seen in a really long time, including Aaron, Michelle, and Ben.  And many of the regulars were there, like Katie, Hannah, Courtney, Lisa, Matt, and of course Jenab and Ryan.

It was good to see everyone, and it was a nice way to enter into Senior Week.

I didn’t get any pictures from the party last night, but here is a preview of Free Comic Book Day:

Intense! Steampunk!

It’s Friday, Friday

I’m a little bit jealous of Daniel.  He got to go see Thor today while I was stuck at work.  I suppose I shouldn’t be that jealous since this weekend kicks off SENIOR WEEK!

Here are some of the events that I plan to attend:

Saturday 5/7:  Senior Night Bar Crawl???

This is so convenient for me because all of the bars are around East and Alexander.  So just a few blocks away from my place of residence.  However, it is also Free Comic Book Day at the comic shop, followed by poker at Matt’s and Jessica’s house.  So I’m torn.

Monday 5/9:  Finger Lakes Wine Tour.

It’s what it sounds like.  They are going to provide buses to various wineries for 250 lucky members of the senior class.  Those 250 people will definintely be drunk upon their return to campus.

Monday 5/9:  Movie on The Quad: The Hangover.

I love this movie.  Everything about it was hilarious, but I knew the whole time that he was on the roof.

Tuesday 5/10:  Museum Tour.

I will be skipping the George Eastman House, but I do plan to visit the Strong Museum of Play one more time, as well as the MAG.

Tuesday 5/10:  Senior Night??? 

Still undecided.  It’s on a Tuesday and I have work the next day.

Wednesday 5/11:  Senior Picnic.

Free lunch!

Friday 5/13:  Slide Show and Commencement Rehearsal.

Well, I mean…this is mandatory, so I can’t miss it, right?

Friday 5/13:  Rush Rhees Tower Tours.

In my 5 years at the University, I have never been to the top.  This is truly my last opportunity, and I don’t want to miss it.

Saturday 5/14:  Lilac Festival.

This is another event that I have somehow avoided for the past 5 years (although not purposefully).  I’m excited to take my family the festival, I think they will enjoy themselves.

Saturday 5/14:  Family Night Dessert Reception.

I might have to drag them to this one, since it might be past their bedtime.  I’m not being sarcastic.

Sunday 5/15:  The 161st College Commencement Ceremony.

I can’t wait!  We so excited!

This was taken last night. The Bradford Pear trees are in bloom, beautiful, and stinky.