Dragon Day 2006
Every year, on or around St Patrick's Day (and immediately before spring
break) the Cornell architecture students hold Dragon Day. This is a
century old tradition, which in its current incarnation the students
make a giant dragon, parade it down the street, and come taunt the engineers.
The architects also dress up in weird costumes. The engineers sometimes
try to counter by making a giant Phoenix, but it rarely impresses as much
as the dragon.
Here's a picture from this year's dragon day. You can see the phoenix
at the bottom of the picture. This was an unusually warm March, usually
there's snow around which leads to impromptu snowball fights.
After the parade is over, they take the dragon to the arts quad and burn it.
Unfortunately for you, I was too busy to get any pictures of that.
Part of why I was too busy was because my friend John and his fiance Katy were
coming to visit that weekend.
They were using the tail end of Katy's spring break to visit
RPI (where John went to school), the
Baseball Hall of Fame, and us.
Besides playing Settlers of Cataan, we used their visit as an excuse to do
some typical Ithaca things. This included eating at the world-famous
and of course, waterfalls.
We first went to Triphammer Falls on campus (which is now a pain to get to
because they are severely disrupting campus traffic by replacing the nearby
bridge). The trees nearby were covered with rime ice...
We then went down to see Ithaca falls, which also had some nice ice on it.
Here I am there with John:
We then went on to Taughannock Falls, also with a thin layer of ice
And all too soon the weekend was over, John and Katy went away, and I had
to get back to work. Lots of papers were due in March and April, keeping
me really busy.
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