Princeton, October 21, 2006 - Late October is a beautiful time to watch a football game in New Jersey, and it's even more beautiful when the good guys win. Both Princeton and Harvard started the game 5-0; combine that with the fantastic weather, and you'd think more than 16,284 fans would have showed up. But the game and campus seemed quiet - brunch before the game at Colonial was strangely uncrowded, as was dinner after the game at Cloister and Charter.
Well, everyone missed a great game. Princeton won 31-28 (the second straight victory over Harvard after nine straight losses), and is now 6-0 for the first time in eleven years.
Sue (a.k.a. susanofacadia) was one of those who missed the game - she was up in Boston for her great-aunt's wake. A sad occasion of course, but she was happy to see a lot of her family, and presumably they were happy to see her. On Sunday I found out that one of my great-aunts died last week as well (my grandmother's sister as opposed to Sue's grandmother's brother's wife - but they're both called great-aunts, so it's still enough of a coincidence). I had only met her once or twice, a long time ago. She was 96, and was apparently in perfect health - she was having a great time one day, then just up and died in her sleep that night. My grandmother's other sister died similarly two years ago when she was 97. Happily, my grandmother is a youthful and healthy 88.
Also on Sunday we took a gorgeous peak-season drive upstate and started our Christmas shopping at Woodbury Common. It should be early to start Christmas shopping, but we all know it's not. In eight short weeks you'll probably be wishing you'd started now, too.
(By the way, here's a bunch of pictures from the game...)