I see in the news that they have arrested a woman for paying $400,000 to get her non-soccer playing son into UCLA on a soccer scholarship. I guess someone has to pay for those multi-level carparks and all that avocado toast at the CO-OP.
When I was planning for college they offered me $140 a semester and I didn’t even play soccer. How could I refuse? Of course in terms of today’s dollars this seems a paltry sum but back then it was more than enough to sway my decision.
Continue reading “Before Ronald Reagan”
This photo was probably taken on the tour where I first saw Bob Dylan. It was at UCLA in Royce Hall and Dylan’s hair was a mess: it must have taken his hairdresser at least an hour to make it look so casual and wild.
The photo is from the concert at Berkeley.
Continue reading “All Along the Watchtower”
Paul recently commented after reading my latest Monthly Reading Pool:
I have challenged myself to read a book from each shelf in the fiction section. … My goal is to pick at least one book from each shelf, and to do 2 shelves each trip (that way I can still get books on my regular reading list). … There are some obvious flaws in my plan (the library devotes 6 complete shelves to James Patterson).
Now I have exposed various systems for selecting my monthly reading list through the years, most recently various schemes to transfer my reading from paper and ink books to digital reading with easier to read font sizes. I have also forced the inclusion of a few “real” books in an effort to reduce the large numbers of books I had to move and find bookshelves for at my new home.
Notice that these systems are mostly concerned with storage space, failing eyesight, and the inevitable onset of death.
Continue reading “Do You Have a System?”