Well, Violet didn't go to her first football game after all - the weather was too wet and windy to be stuck sitting in the stadium all day (watching our team lose, as it would turn out), so Sue and I and two intrepid friends decided to skip the game and wander around campus instead.
Our first stop after brunch was the check out the tailgates, which surprisingly, none of us had been to before. As undergrads, we were always marching around with the band before football games. And as alumni, we'd be having brunch at our eating clubs before the games. But apparently people do tailgate, even on miserable rainy days. Who knew? One family even had erected a massive tent the size of a small wedding reception, stocked with wine and food and blaring 80s music to compete with the 311-sounding band across the field.
The game had already started when we left to go check out the new Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, which none of us were particularly big fans of. But it's miles better than the new Butler College, which somehow manages to be uglier than the hugely-unloved buildings it replaced. Couldn't Meg Whitman or someone have donated another $25 million for something better?
Fortunately, the ice cream at Halo Pub was still satisfying, as was the spread at Cloister Inn for dinner. And Violet was a perfect doll all day; she didn't even complain when I spilled red wine on her at Cloister. Nor did she complain when we were stuck in horrendous traffic on the way back home, but she didn't need to - I was complaining for all of us.
(Full set of pictures from the day here.)