TAC (An afternoon at a very nice college)
On the 25th, not the 26th, we drove down to Santa Paula to see a performance of a Gilbert & Sullivan play (and check out my brother's dorm and tour the college). I really am sorry for not having any pictures of the campus, because it is simply the nicest place I have ever seen, but I was never quite sure whether it was ok. The day went like this: Got up early, sort of did our thing, until we finally left our driveway around 12:20. This was an unusual car trip, because no one said a word until about 2: 00, when, after determining that no-one would be startled, I got my parents to turn on the score to Master & Commander, which my family all likes because all but two tracks of it is either classical or semi-classical. For the next 45 minutes, the only sound in the car was the music. By the time we reached the 9th track, we had also reached the college.The first thing my dad and I and my brothers did was to go straight to my other brother's dorm room, where we found him alone, practicing the music to the night's play. Strange as it might seem, I was surprised to find that he lives with another guy in a room barely eight by ten feet, if that. When we left him, we began our tour. In reality, we did not actually tour the place; my dad simply took us to the center of the campus and pointed out what was what. Then we went into the library, which is an enormous building which has room for at least half the student body, I'm sure. Absolutely no one was inside that we saw, though, as it was Friday afternoon, when everyone is free. Leaving my grandma and my younger brother in the library, my dad and I went straight to the chapel at the edge of the campus. The enormous dome on the chapel can be seen from a mile away; I know because I'm sure that's how far away we were. We only entered to admire the building and meditate, but before we knew it, (neither of us had a watch) a Mass had begun. When we left the chapel an hour later, we were raving about the almost-perfect acoustics. Check off a second reason why I suddenly want to go there. Next, we went to the chow hall to eat dinner. The food they gave us was not bad, but not very flavorful. When dinner was over, it was finally time fore the play. The orchestra played an overture for about five minutes before anything happened. Some highlights of the performance include lines such as "We were boys together... at least, I was." "I was happy to get to know myself, but then I reminded myself that I'd been acquainted with myself for years already" and songs such as "When I went to the Bar" which I believe is probably the funniest song in the show. Unfortunately, due to my poor hearing, and the fact that the speakers weren't working, I was unable to hear much of the performance, even though we were sitting in the third row. We left immediately after the show and didn't reach home until 12:30 a.m. And so we are all tired today.