Please excuse this bumbling rant. It's intended purpose is to simply remind us all of what a special place UCLA is while, in turn, reminiscing about our own days in Wwood. Please feel free to jot down your own memories, as I am sure we all share many of the same experiences.
So after spending an absolutely gorgeous January day in Westwood, I thought I'd type up a quick post for all my fellow Bruins-in-exile.
First, I am glad to report that all is good on the West Coast. After spending more than 6 months in, albeit likewise beautiful, Pennsylvania, one easily forgets the quality of life our students enjoy on a daily basis. In case anyone forgot, there is quite frankly no place on earth that rivals a sun bathed Janss (was a concensus ever reached as to its right spelling??) steps and the adjacent lawns filled with students at play. I have a hard time imagining a more serene place
Further, what a delight to catch all the activity around campus these days. It seems that the school has gotten a serious fine-tuning lately and everyone walks around with renewed vigor and energy. If this is the scene that awaits recruits when they visit, no wonder top national recruits are starting to pay attention. Interestingly enough I saw Kevin Craft on my way down Bruinwalk and paid close attention to the sincerity with which he greeted everyone. Top QB or not, this guy is a top-notch human being and a perfect representative of our Alma Mater.
After perusing Ackermann for a little while, I must admit that I am starting to be a supporter of the "switch-to-nike" camp. All of the Adidas gear resembles the mid-2000's gear I've got in a box at home (and there is a reason it's not in my closet). Although I do not know, and quite frankly doubt CRN has any say in this matter, I sincerely hope that CRN will put a little pressure on the Athletic Depart. and get us out of whatever deal we have with Adidas. Time for an upgrade.
Speaking of upgrades... while making my way around perimeter (is it still called that?) I ran into, sometimes literally, a host of athletes running the route. If this is the case, it is about time that we install some lights. The last thing we need are injured players because of something as elementary as proper lighting.
So to those who have graduated, visit more often. A transatlantic flight is worth it once you stand in between the two Cathedrals of learning Royce and Powell; and to those who are still in school, soak it all up - you'll be hard pressed to live in a more exclusive area code and be surrounded by such beauty and intellect on a daily basis.