Mascots and Mensches and a Great Education
Peter the Anteater
I’m wondering, what image does an anteater bring to mind when sitting at a basketball game cheering on the home team? Does one think of power and fear when you look at this mascot with it’s long snout shaped in such a fashion to be better able to suck up ants? I’m also wondering what the students in the class of 1965 that voted Peter the Anteater in as school mascot were thinking, or is it what they were doing when 56% of them voted the animal in?
But that’s not important. Students have rallied around Peter for decades and as you can see here, he is dressed appropriately for the day in his cap, gown and honors scarf. What could be better than an intelligent eater of ants?
Dude and the Scientist. No matter what you call them, they are still menches!
Approximately 600 students graduated from the School of Humanities today. When I saw this scene, just as I did with the Scientist’s graduation, I cried. I don’t know why. I suppose it has something to do with my own mortality. With two boys having graduated college now, I suppose I was silently thinking — OMG! I am now officially old. My boys are no longer in school, being watched after by some other entity.
And then I remembered. The Scientist is still in grad school and he’s got another year and a half before he walks and … he’s considering doctoral work. We may still get a Doctor in the family!
A sea of mortar boards
Seriously, you didn’t think I’d let a good meal go by without photographing it, did you?
Tomorrow morning I head home. A quick turn around for an important occasion, but it was great to see my guys.
Three Hundred and Sixty-Five = a Year
When I began writing this blog I was focused and specific. As time passed, I branched out my musings and began writing about food and the Justopia.cooks broadcast along with bits and pieces about Justin.tv. I remember that after the first few nights I became obsessed about writing nightly. I had this unfounded feeling that if I didn’t keep it up nightly, readers would not stick around or would not return.
Well, tonight marks 365 Living the Justopian Life blog posts. I began publishing on May 2, 2007 and since then have written nearly every night. That’s a lot of words, a lot of thoughts that spent time banging around in my brain waiting to spill themselves out onto the keyboard. In that year there have been 61,500 views and 1019 comments. On the busiest day, 487 people viewed the blog. It contains 582,916 words and 3039 photos. The blog has made Justin and his team unhappy at times not only with what was written, but with me, it’s author. I haven’t heard, but I suspect it may have, on occasion made Justin and the team smile or shake their heads or possibly, on those nights when I gave praise, perhaps made them feel good about their efforts.
For me, I am happy that Justin Kan, Michael Seibel, Kyle Vogt and Emmett Shear decided to create this network — it’s given me something to write about during a period in which I apparently needed something to give me an outlet to spend hours writing copious copy about a product that only one person I have spoken with or that I met or knew has ever heard of.
I’m still waiting for Justin.tv — JTV — to become something that people know about, something that is not met with a cock of the head and a confused, glazed over look when I try to explain this life I’ve been writing about and living for a little over a year.
I’m waiting to not feel that I’m not so out of the mainstream. Is it going to happen?