Sunday, November 4, 2018

Alex Goes To A Cousin's Wedding


Song:  Moon Over A Ruined Castle

Artists:  Jeannine Goeckeritz (Flute)
     Tamara Oswald (Harp)



My elder sister's youngest son got married this past weekend.

I was going to go...
but I came down with...
what felt like...
the flu.

My wife...
who lives in California with my son, Alex...
also became ill.

So...
my younger sister took my mother...
and also picked up Alex at his home to take him to the wedding.

The wedding took place about 1 1/2 hours from Alex's home.


Alex had a good time at the wedding.


Alex with the father and mother (my elder sister) of the groom.


My nephew with his bride.


The groom with his father.


The groom and my younger sister.


The groom and my son, Alex.


The groom's elder brother...
the groom...
and Alex.


Alex with the groom and the bride (she is of Korean descent).

I think they will have some very good looking and very smart children one day.


Shortly...
the bride and groom will be departing for Korea to have another wedding
so her Korean family may celebrate their union.


My elder sister with her sons.


My elder sister's family.





Alex with my elder sister.


My younger sister thought that the groom's brother was deep in thought
as he looked upon the sunset.

Perhaps contemplating his future...
or perhaps entertaining getting married himself one day...


Doh!  Nope  :)


The happy brothers.

They have always been close.


My younger sister and my mother at the reception.

My mother looks almost...too happy.

Perhaps she had a beer or some champagne  :)


Alex had danced with my sisters at one point.


The groom and bride.


Everyone had a good time.

My younger sister got back to Reno with my mother just a few hours ago.

Both had a good time...
but both were tired...
as it was over a four hour drive.












Sunday, October 28, 2018

Alex At UC Berkeley Advisors For Math Major


Song:  Come Saturday Morning

Group:  The Sandpipers


The other day...
Alex and his mother went to UC Berkeley by the same route that Alex
will be taking every school day when he goes to class starting this January
(Alex took a Gap semester to finish up things and to relax  
before attending UC Berkeley full time).

He then went to the Letters and Science (Math Major) advisors
 to plan out his first semester courses.

Alex handled everything himself...
including all of the contact with the advisors beforehand by Email.

His mother has taught Alex how to organize his life...
and act independently.


After speaking with the advisors...
he and his mother then walked around campus...
and a little off campus...
to see where all of the other students go to eat...
and to get the feel of campus life.





The advisors of the Letters and Science Majors.


They then stopped by an on campus cafe for something to drink.



At lunch time...
they walked just off campus to a Poke restaurant.

All of the nearby restaurants are filled with the students of UC Berkeley.


His mother's bowl.


Alex's bowl.



They then walked to a bakery.



As you can see...
students of UC Berkeley fill all of the local establishments.

What a great location for any restaurant business...
a steady supply of always hungry students!


They then went back to campus to get the feel of everyday campus life.

Alex will soon be walking around campus from building to building
as he goes about his day taking classes from one of the world's great learning institutions.

Alex is so excited to start his classes.

He already feels so at home on campus.

The students are very studious and serious minded...
yet, the campus gives a feeling of comfort and freedom.



Alex getting a close look at one of the on campus sandwich delivery robots.





The students often look for places on campus to get a little refreshment
while studying.





Students relaxing in the sun.

The courses are rigorous.

Students spend almost all of their waking hours in class...
or studying.

They must grab some down time to relax wherever they may find it.




The Math Building where Alex will be taking so many of his courses.

This is one of the buildings that Alex had been going to for the Berkeley Math Tournament 
over his many years competing at the annual event 
(Since the eighth grade.  Some years it was held in other buildings).


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A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

These are some photos of Alex's first Berkeley Math Tournament in 2014

Alex was in the eighth grade at the time.



Alex at 13 years old.

Alex was part of the Davidson Academy Math Competition Team
every year they had competed at the 
Berkeley / Stanford / Caltech / Harvey Mudd universities' math tournaments...
since the eighth grade
(The last year was with the NNV Math Club Team).

Alex was so excited at each competition...
and he learned more and more with each one.



This was the math team Alex had competed with...
against some of the nation's brightest young mathematicians and their teams.



Alex after his first math competition at UC Berkeley
(Alex had also just won the Nevada State Mathcounts Championship).

Shortly after I had taken this picture...
Alex said something which had turned out to be almost prophetic.

He looked out at the campus...
and with a peaceful demeanor as he scanned the distant views of the campus...
he said that UC Berkeley was the university that he wished to attend after high school.

Alex had such a positive experience with all of the bright young competitors at UC Berkeley...
he just knew that it was the place for him.

From this very first day at age 13...
Alex had already picked out his dream university.

And he is now fulfilling his vow...
and his dream...
as a proud full time student at UC Berkeley.

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Alex already feels so at home on campus.

It is so inspiring to be in a place where great knowledge is held in such reverence.


There are numerous flowers everywhere on campus.





Alex and his mother then went home to watch the boats return to their slips...
as the sun set.



These last three photos are such a fitting metaphor for Alex's new life.

Alex has made a long ocean journey growing up and preparing for this...
his sojourn.

He had reached his destination just as the sun is setting on his childhood...
a safe harbor from which he may venture forth...
to explore a new world in a sea of knowledge...
as the sun rises on his adulthood.

Alex will be eating the best food at the harbor's best tavern
(home cooked meals by his mother)...
in a place of peaceful serenity...
so he may fully rest and recover...
giving him a renewed sense of vigor and energy every morning...
so he may devote himself to the successful charting of the waters...
in his search for the vast intellectual treasures which await him...
at UC Berkeley.










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