The last time I went to a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant was way back in elementary school for Travis Powell’s birthday party. My most vivid memory from that day was going to Travis’ parents over and over to get more tokens. You see, the number of tokens I used was inversely proportional to my arcade gaming skills!
Thursday night, Flo and I relived those wonderful childhood memories at the Redwood City Chuck E. Cheese’s. The pizza didn’t quite taste like cardboard, but it wasn’t far from it. In many ways, Chuck E. Cheese’s has grown up with the times. In place of a man in a giant mouse suit, there’s an animatronic Chuck E. Cheese that sings and talks! On the flip side, the arcade section was filled with old relics like Star Wars and Hungry Hippo. What few children there were seemed more intent on dancing in front of the bluescreen and watching themselves on the television monitors than playing the video games.
After our fill of Chuck E. Cheese’s, we drove back to Stanford campus, stopping first at the gas station to check out my car, which has been making some slight grinding noises whenever I press the accelerator when stopped. Ever the resourceful mechanic, Flo surmised that one of my axles might need checking out and/or fixing. I guess I’ll be taking the former Dotmobile to the shop for a checkup in the near future.
We walked around Stanford campus for awhile, revisiting our old stomping grounds and college memories. We stopped the Women’s Center, the time capsules at Main Quad, and my beloved Teahouse. I can still remember the times when Randy and I drove up in his Teahousemobile up to Dick Lee’s in the City to pick up our supplies. We even walked into Meyer Library. The first floor is now a big 24-hour study hall. The sound of studying — that deafening drone of silence occasionally interrupted by turning pages and hushed whispers — was something I never quite got used to during college.
In other news, I got my hair trimmed today. It took only 15 minutes for Tang to wash and trim about 3-4 inches! When he finished I was like, “Uh, is that all?” It must have beat some haircut record, I think!
Earlier in the evening, I was at Building 4 at Apple in Cupertino attending the Color Management User Group. The meeting seems to be organized by Son Do over at Rods and Cones. I first saw Son in a series of Quicktime movies that he had produced with photographer Dennis Rosenberg on Digital Photography and Color Management. Other people in the audience included some COBA members and Bill Atkinson.
I must admit that I wasn’t paying too much attention to the presentations. I was more interested in hearing how I would go about creating a color profile for my printer. The prints that I have the most trouble with our my portrait shots. They just don’t seem to be matching what I see on my calibrated monitor.