Monday, September 8, 2014

Recruiting at Georgia Tech in Atlanta

During my recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia for recruiting at Georgia Institute of Technology (my alma mater), I stayed at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference center, in downtown Atlanta.

We arrived fairly late into Atlanta and decided to get dinner at the Sweet Georgia Juke Joint in downtown. There was live musing playing and the atmosphere was a bit dark. I think this particular ensemble was missing a saxophonist

I was trying to stay healthy so I ordered a salad with salmon. It was tastefully prepared.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On our first day of recruiting at Geogia Tech, I was surprised by how much Georgia Tech has expanded. There were a lot of new buildings and facilities. There was a bus running around the campus (I used to bike everywhere before).

The Campus Recreational Center did not exist when I attended Georgia Tech in 1990-1991. I didn't expect it to be so fancy.

The workout gym was very elaborate - like my Courtside Club in Los Gatos.

The pool was also enormous - much longer than then one that was there before. This is the 50m pool where the 1996 Olympic Games were held.

The career fair went well and I enjoyed meeting all the students there. After the career fair ended, we headed downtown.

We decided as a group to go to STK for dinner - a well regarded restaurant in downtown.

We had some interesting entrees there.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On the next day, I spent some time exploring the Georgia Tech campus and seeing the new buildings.
The new buildings are very modern looking.

The Undergraduate Learning Commons building pictured below did not exist when I attended Georgia Tech.

I was surprised to see a Starbucks inside.

I went inside the Student Rec center and was surprised to see a bowling alley inside.

The house where I lived as a poor graduate student was still there, right off campus.

After this brief tour, we drove to downtown Atlanta to see the CNN center.

CNN was an interesting place and we got to see the studios where news is created and broadcast to U.S. and other countries.

I was surprised to see how open the floor was .

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Introduction to Fencing, The Fencing Center

Ever since watching the Jedi fight in Star Wars, my son had fascination with sword fighting. He has taken fencing classes at his previous camps - notably in Kennolyn - and he liked it.

When I saw a LivingSocial offer for Introduction to Fencing Class in The Fencing Center in downtown San Jose for $40 / 4 lessons, I decided to reward Alex with some fencing classes.

The first Introduction to Fencing class was held on Saturday, September 6 in their new location at 1290 South 1st Street. When we arrived there, a lot of construction material was still in the warehouse being used for fencing and the place looked a bit unprofessional. Things were scattered everywhere.

For the first lesson, the teacher explained the differences among the three major weapons being taught - the foil, the sabre, and the apee. Alex already knew these from his camp.

There were about 6 kids in the class and they were taught how to lunge, retreat and a few basic moves, but not weapons were used.