Friday, May 22, 2009

Welcome to the Real World

I graduated. I woke up this morning, went to the ceremony, and had my name called. I wore the robe, that goofy cap, and the hood that doesn't really hood anything. I have officially finished college as of today. Now I wish I had a photo of myself during the ceremony (or afterwards) as the photo for my blog tonight - I mean, part of the reason why I started this was to chronicle my senior year of college - but unfortunately, I don't have any of the pictures that were taken of me today. So instead I treat you to this photo of the Basilisk from the Academy of Sciences. This is the same animal as the last time I posted him, but tonight he is brought to you courtesy of my brand new Panasonic Lumix FZ28 camera! For now, it is simply the magic camera, because 90% of the photos I took today are of the same quality. I'm really happy with it. But on this momentous occasion, I wish to regale you with the story of my day. Yes, I had to wake up early, and sit at the ceremony; but my family was sitting in the front row of the audience, which was GREAT! I was thrilled tah teveryone was there for me and whooped and cheered louder than any other family (or at least that's how it seemed). After the ceremony (and all the pictures) we had a big lunch at Kitaro where I had the opportunity to try grilled squid for the first time (I love calamari, but never had the squid prepared just as itself - it reminded me of steak). This afternoon I spent time with my uncle, aunt, and cousins at the Academy of Sciences where we put my camera through a rigorous first photo shoot - it was awesome. Finally, tonight was our big family gala at the Mona Lisa restaurant in North Beach. A nice big celebration with everyone who's supported me so much over the last 4 years. I wish everyone in the family could have come, but they were not forgotten. My family and friends have been so wonderful and supportive, and given so much of their time and love to me over the years I don't think I could ever thank them enough. But tonight my best wishes and thanks to everyone because you all helped me get to where I am today, and I won't ever forget that.

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