Cal Football Opening Day

dsc03421.jpg Our friend Michael Karp scored tickets to the Opening Day of the football season at UC Berkeley and invited Tyler and I to join his son Nicholas and Ethan on the 50 yard line. I’m kind of embarassed to admit it but for some reason I never went to a Cal football game while I attended Berkeley. In fact, this was the first live football game I’ve been to since watching the ASJI Mustangs play when I was in 7th Grade.

I’ve forgotten what a pagent it is, the cannon that fires off every time Cal score a point, the chanting crowd, students on one side of the stadium chanting “Go!” answered on the other side by the alumni “Bears!” The marching band, the cheerleaders, Oski the Bear – all the rah, rah stuff. It was a beautiful Bay Area Day, and in the end, our Bears creamed Sacramento.


First Day of School & Labor Day is surely mislabelled


Tyler’s never been one to dread the classroom and despite having had only one month off for Summer because of his two months at Japanese public school (shhh, he still doesn’t know that the rest of his friends had three months off), he was eager to get back to see his friends and crack the books.

This year Tyler is going into the 1st Grade and knowing parents have told me that this is a big step. The first few weeks are ok as they just review what they did last year. This shouldn’t be too taxing as they spend 26 weeks covering the alphabet taking an entire week to explore and savor each letter. After the review, the whip comes down and things get serious. It gets darker in the mornings and the days seem longer – the kids get tired and they have homework that actually challenges them. All this makes them cranky and even a bit sarcastic.

We’ll see if this happens to young Tyler. I just can’t imagine a sarcastic Tyler, he’s still so wide-eyed and genuinely inquisitive. We’re going into the Labor Day Weekend and over breakfast he asked, “What does labor mean?” to which I replied that it meant “to work” and then I knew what was coming next.

“Daddy, why do you have a day off work on “to work” day?”