Posts Tagged ‘Yale’

 

They’re The Anteaters. Really.

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

I am the food gatherer tonight. Stef is with us. We called an order to the Lazy Dog. Sandwiches and other delights. Roxie rode shotgun and waited in the car while I picked up the grub.
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I wore a Yale sweatshirt. It kept me warm and made me look a lot smarter than I am.

On the way back I tuned around on the radio. There was a lo-fi sports broadcast at the end of the dial. UC Irvine was playing Pepperdine.

Yale has a bulldog. UCONN, a huskie husky. UC Irvine is the anteaters¹!

I love that name!

A popular chant among UCI students during athletic events is “Zot, Zot, Zot!” Zot is the sound made by the tongue of the anteater in the comic strip B.C. as it flicks out to catch an ant. – Wikipedia

California has other unusual team nicknames. UC Santa Barbara’s team are the Gauchos. UC Santa Cruz, banana slugs.

I need something anteater to wear.

¹ – Are the anteaters? I don’t know. And should the “A” be uppercase? Are they actually, The Anteaters? Quick, someone get me an English teacher.

Back To New Haven

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

IMG_6592When I worked on Elm Street I was in New Haven every day. Now my trips have a purpose. Today it was lunch with my friend Josh, formerly a publisher, now a do-gooder for the United Way.

We found a parking spot right in front of Prime-16 where we had lunch (Lamb burger with feta cheese–yum!).

Has New Haven heard I’m leaving? Is it trying to win me back? Parking was much too easy!

IMG_6587If all you know about New Haven is what you’ve heard on TV news, you have a terribly misleading impression. New Haven is loaded with restaurants and culture. It is a classic American city in every sense of the word. The center of New Haven is made for people on foot.

We took a quick walk across the Green. Flags at half staff. Too much of that. My thoughts turned toward Boston.

IMG_6603The trees are still bare, but there are plenty of buds. New Haven will soon be under its summer canopy. Right now there are enough open spots to include Yale in my photos.

There’s a Shake Shack in New Haven now. I need to try that before we leave.

IMG_6611As we walked down Chapel Street, Josh pointed down the alley that leads to Zinc Kitchen. What you see in the photo on the left (click o n the photo for a larger view) is what we saw, but only when you stand in the right spot. Pretty cool!

We’re moving where cities are planned. New Haven grew up more-or-less organically. I like that.

I will miss New Haven. Good memories.

Nice To Be Back In New Haven

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I had lunch with a friend today in New Haven. His treat. We went to Mory’s. I’m not sure I can totally explain the place except without him and his membership I’m on the street.

It was nice to be back in New Haven! The differences between it and Hartford are immediately visible.

Hartford is full of tall buildings. New Haven much less so.

New Haven is full of interesting places to eat and shop. Hartford much less so.

Having Yale downtown adds foot traffic you don’t get when everyone comes to the city just to take an elevator to work!

Both cities have problems with crime, though I’ve never been nervous walking through either.

Each city has its strengths and weaknesses, but it’s interesting that two cities so close together in the same state are so different.

I don’t have as much reason to be in New Haven on a regular basis anymore. I miss its vibe. I was reminded of that today.

The Invisible Parking Pass

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I was a judge today at the New Haven Board of Education’s annual Science Fair. It was held at Yale Commons adjacent to Woolsey Hall on campus. That means parking was a mess! No problem, I was sent a parking pass to put in my window.

Please park anywhere in the vicinity of Yale Commons (next to Woolsey Hall) where legal parking is available. This parking pass allows you to park without paying the meter on May 11th in an open, legal parking spot. Your parking permit should be clearly visible through the front windshield on the side closest to the curb.

You know where this is going, right?

The $20 ticket was literally on the windshield directly over the parking pass! You can’t make this stuff up.

It will be fixed handled I am told.

Lux Et Trivia

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Our phone is not unlisted. Still you won’t find us in the phone book or by calling directory assistance. The Fox phone is listed under a made up name!

Years ago a friend told me he was listed under a pun laden assumed name. Our listing is an homage to his.

I mention this to establish finding my home number isn’t easy.

26 years in Connecticut and I can’t remember anyone searching for it and calling… until a few weeks ago. That’s when I met Clair Kozlowski.

Clair was looking for an emcee for the “Lux et Trivia Challenge,” an event being held by the Rivendell Institute.

My role explained in two words: Alex Trebek.

I seem an unlikely choice for an organization dedicated to Christianity and scholarship, but they wanted me and I was glad to help. Anyway, I enjoy being a “quizmaster.”

Last night I headed downtown pulling into the Crown Street garage. Crown Street is the center of New Haven’s nightlife, probably the reason you have to prepay for parking! It’s easier to collect $8 before it’s been imbibed away.

The night started as everyone received a name tag. Nothing unusual there except it wasn’t your name! The tags represented famous and infamous Yale alums. No shortage there. I chose Meryl Streep.

The event itself was held in an older more sedate facility above the Crown Street nightlife. I’d guess around 150 people were crammed into a space more appropriate for 100. Maybe the fire marshal wouldn’t approve, but for my purposes it was perfect!

A tighter squeeze is conducive to comedy. If you’re trying to be funny you’ll be funnier in close quarters! It was like getting a full serving of “Emcee Helper.”

The night went well with an eclectic list of trivia questions some easy and others frustratingly difficult. Over three rounds the teams were whittled down until a group of four from Branford was the last standing.

Everyone seemed happy after a successful event. I headed home as Crown Street was starting to come-to-life.

Reflections From An Old Guy At York And Elm Streets

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Doctor today. Annual physical. Pass! I already made the appointment for next year.

I said something to my doc about getting older. I want to be young. He called me Peter Pan.

Does anyone really want to get older once you’re in your twenties? That seems the optimum age. You’ve got your health. Nothing’s sagging. Happiness comes cheaper.

On my way from his office to the station I drove through the Yale campus. At York and Elm I could feel the vibe. Even cocooned in my car the power of youth penetrates. It’s that strong.

There they were — young, smart, motivated… thin. They were moving quickly–with purpose. Damn them. I wish I could be them.

Back in my college days I was smart enough… just not smart enough to give the impression of smart enough. The curse of the youthful underachiever.

The Yalies seemed carefree. How do you pull that off? I’ve forgotten how to be carefree.

If that’s Peter Pan so be it.

Benoit Mandelbrot Was A Rock Star Of Math

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Benoit Mandelbrot died a few days ago. He was a superstar… maybe the superstar of 20th Century math. He was the man behind fractals, the mathematical concept that made it easier to describe complex forms and then model them.

Simply put as you look closer and closer at a complex object what you see is very likely to resemble what you saw at a distance. The frost on the right is a pretty good example.

You have benefited from Mandelbrot’s work. Science always builds on earlier breakthroughs.

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line. – from Mandelbrot’s The Fractal Geometry of Nature

Around 20 years ago I met one of his PhD students at Yale. I wanted to know what the master was like. I was disappointed to find he spent most of his time away from Yale. I never got to meet him.

Still, I was gossiping about him as if he was a rock star. In many ways he was. He was able to see through the fog of nature’s hidden secrets with clarity.

Our society makes a bigger deal of Lebron James and Brett Favre than Benoit Mandelbrot and his intellectual brethren. Society is wrong.

The Shout Out

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

It’s primary election day in Connecticut. I voted. Lots of TV ads. Little voter interest. You could have shot a cannon through my polling place.

Tonight the TV station is geared up for coverage. Newsies are busily scurrying around. I volunteered to get coffee.

I hopped in my car and headed to a local coffee place. As I stepped out two Yale policemen were talking to a ‘man of the street.’ It looked like official business. No smiles.

I wouldn’t write about this at all except as I turned and scoped the situation the man stopped in mid-interrogation looked at me and yelled, “Hi Geoff.”

This is not how I want to be recognized.

The Weird Stuff At Yale

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I just took another look at my Yale shots from yesterday. As I walked the campus I snapped shots of anything everything that looked interesting.

There are lots of architectural ‘touches’ on campus. Some are beautifully ornate and reflect the stature of Yale and those who made up its student body back in the day. Others are just plain weird.

Judge for yourself.

New Haven Photowalk 2010

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Saturday was the third annual Worldwide Photowalk. Here in Connecticut it was a beautiful day–hot and sweaty for sure, but from a photo standpoint the sky was a deep blue and free from haze. I set out for the Peabody Museum in New Haven our walk’s starting point.

This was my third walk. The first was great. The second not so much. Saturday fell in between. I enjoyed the day though there were fewer good shots than I hoped for.

I met two women from Trumbull and walked with them through the Yale campus and New Haven. My time with them made the day worthwhile. Good company.

As striking as Yale is once again I had trouble finding the proper way to capture it. That’s more me than it. I did come to the conclusion there are too many architectural styles on display on-campus. Often there are jarring juxtapositions of old versus new in close proximity.

It’s possible the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the ugliest building in Connecticut (though its inside is full of scholarly goodness and priceless treasures). The Yale Art and Architecture Building is a close second. It’s home to the School of Architecture. I wonder if they know?

There was one odd moment on the Yale campus. A group of Korean students (probably high school) were visiting the school on their one week trip to the United States. That’s a lot to squeeze in a week! I spoke briefly to a few of them and then as I was walking away they asked if they could have their picture taken with me! I posed with three or four groups of giggling young girls.

Why me? No clue. I’m sure there are Caucasians seen in Korea. Maybe these kids don’t have access? Maybe Asian women fantasize about Jewish men? Nah.

In the end my best shots were taken in New Haven’s historic Grove Street Cemetery–itself a tourist attraction. I set out to take advantage of the very shallow depth-of-field with my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.