Monday, November 10, 2008

Road Trip!

Whew, what a whirlwind, the first half of October I was on the road - 6 Big Ten campuses in 8 days. First I went to Michigan State. I got to tailgate and see the band. I tried to play tuba.

Oops, wrong end…let’s try that again.

Maybe next year I’ll have it figured out and be good enough to actually make the band.

Check out this Harley! I think I need some sunglasses to keep glare and bugs out of my eyes, and a leather jacket to keep my fur from getting nappy and my bones in tact in case I crash. Maybe I should take a driving lesson. Oh, and insurance is a must, I wonder if Gieco is so easy a sheep can do it???

The next weekend, I got to go on a Mini Big Ten Road Trip. I went to FIVE schools in one weekend.

First I went to Illinois, I got into the bottom of the press box and got stuck in some dried corn. I tried to go upstairs, but there was some homecoming event for big-wig donors who were probably actually Illinois fans. Phooey.

The next day I went to Indiana.

The Iowa band was there too. Tailgating wasn’t as fun this week and I had to stay in the car because I didn’t have a ticket to the game. At least the Hawks won.

Next stop of the day was West Lafayette. Purdue’s press box looks an awful lot like Iowa’s…

They wouldn’t let me upstairs either, something about a wedding or something else equally silly.

After the stadium, we went to Harry’s Chocolate Shop, it’s listed as the best grub at Purdue, according to the book Big Ten Country. No chocolate there, not even shakes, just a bar with burgers and pizza. What a misnomer.

The next day, Sunday, was the Chicago Marathon. I didn’t run it, but I watched part of it. While 10,000+ saps were running 26.2 miles I was exploring Chicago!

First I saw the giant bean.

Then I was going to look at the WIRED exhibition, but the sign outside said there were sheep at work. Since I do enough work during the week, I didn’t want to get confused as part of the help. I took some pictures, then high tailed it out of there.

I went to lunch at the British pub Elephant and Castle. They had some strange art on the wall.

After the marathon ended, we went to Northwestern. We couldn’t get in their stadium at all.

That made four stadiums in two days, but I wanted to get ONE more, so after the long car ride back, I went over to Kinnick.

I couldn’t get in the press box there either, but at last my Big Ten whirl-wind mini tour had ended.


Erin said...

Wow, you are a traveling fool. Good to see you having fun. Not sure you will be big enough to march with a tuba. Maybe you will have to hit the gym first. Good luck!

Justin said...

All I know is I read chocolate with no actual chocolate. Thje world has come to an end. I think we need to remove West Layfette from the map.

Erin said...

Wait...West Layfette was on the map? Hmmm...

Beth said...

There are definitely some merits to that plan. It would make Iowa the only school in the conference with black and gold as its colors; make the Big Ten have an intuitive, TEN schools; and make the market for engineering jobs much better for all of us.

Justin said...

Maybe Iowa could even hold a real engineering career fair then.

Erin said...

Whooow...don't get too excited there. We need to be reasonable.

Beth said...

Geez guys, you're not being fair. Iowa does have a big engineering career fair, it's generally on a Wednesday in late September and another in early February, both in Ames.

Justin said...

Quinn you could be a photographer for Science magazine. They had a picture on their cover of the giant bean too.

David said...

Quinn, remember that being a spartan tuba requires much more than just being able to play the instrument (in fact I think I've proven you don't even have to do that too well) but you do have to be able to do all of our marching and horn moves, and you are a little undersized (still, not too much smaller than Shortcake, Yak or Wings) so a little bit of effort and I think you could do it! Also, remember, when you get there no matter how cool you may have been otherwise, you're a worthless freshman, and must do the bidding of your elders!