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26 Sep 2005

Paul, DON’T second guess yourself!

Filed under: Personal — paulcook @ 1:13 am

So near, and yet so far. Yesterday was the Caltech Club Fair, where all the clubs and societies advertise, and all sorts of other entertainment is laid on. I, for one, had a great time — but it could so nearly have been so much better.

One event was the candy scramble: take a piece of lawn, add thousands of sweets (candy they call it here), some of them with bits of paper taped to them, and unleash the Caltech student body. After the mad free-for-all that follows, everyone with a piece of candy with a paper attached is allowed a guess at the total number of pieces of candy, and the closest guesses win prizes. But not just any prizes: a brand new Dell laptop, or a dinner for 24, or a new bike. Nice!

So I get a piece of paper, and was all set to guess 10127, but at the last moment changed to 8127. It now seems that my original guess would have won my the laptop. Doh! And then just to drive the message home, LA’s famous Pink’s hotdogs was catering dinner. I decided to get one with sauerkraut, but at the last moment changed to chili and cheese. Another mistake. After all of that, I would have been very disappointed were it not for the fact that I managed to catch a piece of popcorn thrown by Heidi in my mouth — so I’m still a winner.

Kudos to the organisers for the superb fireworks display, right in front of us, followed (aptly) by bigscreen War of the Worlds. Pity about the speakers they really and truly blew during the movie. The jumping castle sumo wrestling and boxing was also great — and I can now say I’ve experienced being covered in Greg’s sweat. So, all the boxes are checked for the start of the academic year!



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2 Comments »

  1. Always go with your gut bud… Better luck next time :-(

    Comment by Charl — 11 Oct 2005 @ 8:53 am

  2. COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — 30 Nov 2007 @ 5:10 pm

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