Friday, March 29, 2013

Greetings from Rochester

Thursday morning started much like Wednesday, with Adam getting up to go running, though since the Cresthill Suites had a fairly nice gym he did it on the treadmill. Then we had breakfast and went to Syracuse University, first going to a general Q&A where we ran into Toby Morse and her younger son -- I've known her since before he or Adam was born, she invited me to a baby group when our older sons were newborns. We took tours of the campus, which is quite pretty though every single building seems to have a different architectural style. After lunch we went to an information session at the Newhouse communications school, which is extremely impressive both in terms of its facilities (we even got to watch a student horror movie getting its sound effects) and its internships and networking opportunities. I believe it may be Adam's first choice at the moment, though we haven't been to Rochester or Ithaca yet, let alone anywhere south of DC.

Hogwarts (well, actually not, but apparently some visitors ask).

Syracuse's onetime mascot "The Saltine Warrior" (unsurprisingly, the local Native Americans suggested that this be changed, so now it's an orange).

Studying with George Washington in Maxwell Hall.

Walking past Abraham Lincoln outside Maxwell Hall.

A peek inside the Carrier Dome (we heard a LOT about tonight's game).

Lockerbie Memorial (35 Syracuse students died on the flight).

Fraternity house in urgent need of repair.

Hall of Languages (a.k.a. the Addams Family House).

We ate lunch at the local Chipotle between the general campus and Newhouse tours and left campus in the late afternoon to drive to Rochester. We went into the city to see Genesee Falls, right in the middle of the city with fantastic views from the Pont du Rennes footbridge, and the wonderful ruins in the Brown's Race district, including what's left of Triphammer Forge and Phoenix Mill, plus the High Falls Heritage Area Visitor Center in the Brown's Race Market building. Then we came to the Microtel just outside the city, which is not as nice as the Cresthill Suites but has a microwave where we had leftover cassoulet for dinner, watched Beauty and the Beast which had great stuff happen this week, and now we are watching the Syracuse-Indiana game which I am kind of hoping Indiana wins because the entire world may apply to Syracuse if they become the NCAA champions this year, though it looks like Syracuse will indeed win this round!

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