In Images – Happy Birthday!

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(A fitting setting for a birthday celebration, in front of the Geisel Library)

Reliving our delicious dinner at Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant in yesterday post made me curious as to what other photos may be lurking in my February-March photo archives. Apparently during that one month of spotty (to put it nicely) posting, I did not stop planning for the blog in any way. My camera came with me to every eatery and long walk in the sunshine. Good to know I have plenty of blog fodder for those days that pass without giving up an iota of inspiration.

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(The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, playing songs from the Cat in the Hat Songbook)

One of my favorite events of that period was just over one month ago – the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday by the entire UCSD campus, observed one day early on March 1st.

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(More small Seussian songs – with strange and bizarre instruments included)

Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, was a stupendously talented children’s book author, beloved worldwide for his wacky, colorful characters. 2013 would have been his 109th birthday. UCSD shares a special connection with the good Dr. as he spent his later years enjoying life in sunny La Jolla. Upon his death in 1991, his widow, Audrey Geisel, donated a tremendous number of original documents (high school doodles!) and a considerable sum to support the UCSD libraries and it’s newly acquired, very special collection.

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(The event was open to the public, and several elementary school classes showed up to celebrate – complete with handmade hats in tow)

Unfortunately, I was not able to make it to the annual showing of the complete collection (stressful March strikes again!), which is said to be mind-bendingly fantastic. I did find time, however, to take a break from the lab long enough to soak up a bit of sun, smile at the wackiness that Seuss evokes from kids and adults alike and, of course, enjoy some cake. Despite no evidence for it, I am assuming that the delicious concoction, chocolate cake with butterscotch filling and a cream cheese frostong was the Dr’s favorite. Somehow that makes me feel closer to him and happier for it.

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(Cutting the cake – the UCSD Chancellor and head Geisel Librarian were in attendance to distribute cake and greet guests)

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(Cupcakes supplemented the main birthday cake, and the very cheerful volunteers were happy to play along)

DSC_0026(The cake – before we consumed it all – described above and definitely better than your typical store-bought sheet cake. Sunshine, free cake, trippy music and lots of smiles… definitely the best way to end the week). 

 

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2 responses to “In Images – Happy Birthday!

  1. What fun celebration! I love all the cat in the hat hats!

  2. I know, right? The kids were adorable – especially watching them walk (in single file line) up to watch the band (photos unusable because I would not want a Tiger Mom to find a full pic of her kid on my site), but still fantastic!

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