Columbia College of Chicago, open house..

We traveled Saturday morning from Newark, NJ to Chicago for the Columbia College of Chicago Graduate Open House.  The trip to Chicago is detailed in this blog and in this blog.  With a slight stage whisper, I might ask how the trip out could merit two blogs?  If you write, then you know that you write when the spirit moves you.  Enough said.

The open house was held in several of the buildings. The campus in set in the City of Chicago and as such, when they need to expand the school, they can’t just cut down some trees and build another building.  The school has to get creative and buy building as they become available then repurpose them for classes. The school has 10,000 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students.   After an opening coffee and informal meet and greet with the “Student Ambassadors” we went off to a room to meet with the instructors for the Music Composition for the Screen masters program.  The other students went with their guides to wherever their “breakout session” was being held.

We walked into a small lecture hall and the guide asked up to sit in the field of view of the web cam that was sitting on his desk. Hmm, unusual for sure. There were about ten people in the room for the presentation. The student ambassador had each person introduce themself to the group then the video conference started. The main instructor was in Los Angels tending to some family health issues (not his) and the second in command instructor was at a wedding in West Virgina.  Both were phoning it in. I understand that things come up,  especially when it comes to family and health, but we (DS2 and I) made quite the effort and expense to be there.  Maybe we could have done the meet and greet via a webcam here in NJ and at his school in Scranton.

The meet and greet went well. The program looks interesting. I think that DS2 would benefit from the education and the skills that they will be teaching the students are marketable post university.  Like that phrase?  After the meet and greet we went for a tour to see the game lab where they work on music for video games. Then we went to the classroom where most of the teaching is done. Each year they admit 12 students into the program out of 55 applicants (2013).  In the last two graduating classes, they started with 12 and graduated 10. Not bad numbers.

Part of the program is a 6 month internship in Los Angeles doing what you have studied for the past two years.  The lead instructor is based in Los Angeles and has 30 plus years of experience in the music for the screen business in Los Angeles. He has the contacts that helps the students land the internship jobs.

After the tour we had lunch and then additional opportunities to meet with the student ambassadors and the heads of various department at the college.

 

Here are a few more pictures from the open house.  The next blog will cover the late afternoon and evening.  Thanks for reading!

Namaste

 

 

Change of plans..

Planus interuptus: An interruption in your plans. Tonight’s plan was dinner then hot yoga. After hot yoga some fluids, a shower (maybe) and off to bed.  When we arrived at Hot or Not Yoga we found out that the schedule had changed and our class had started an hour earlier.  Hmm, I guess we could have checked the website, but the time of the class seemed a constant,  now we have discovered that the time is variable.  We were a little miffed by the time changing and us (my DW and I) not having a clue. So, tonight’s blog or blogs are bought to you by Hot or Not Yoga, where you are reminded, to check the schedule on the web.

Let’s chat about the weekend. How was your weekend? Probably not like mine, if I were to guess. The weekend started at 5 pm Friday. I worked from home so the commute was easy. From the kitchen table to the chair in the living room. My DW and I went out of an early and light dinner and were back home by 7 pm. I kissed her goodbye and took my suitcase and camera bag and headed north to spend the night at the Weatherman’s house.  After I got there, my bother and DS2 talked me into going out for sushi.  It was not a difficult choice, I just needed to use the bathroom and I was ready to go.

At 3:50 am, DS2’s alarm clock went off. I had talked him out of the 3:36 am alarm to try to get an extra 20 minutes of sleep. We took turns using the shower and my brother was up and ready to drive us to the airport at 4:30 am.  We had a 6 am flight scheduled from Newark, NJ to Chicago.  We had no problems in the airport and soon were on the plane heading to Chicago. I blogged while traveling to Chicago. That blog can be found here.  

We traveled to Chicago on Saturday for the Graduate Open House at Columbia College of Chicago.  DS2 is interested in studying Music Composition for the Screen.  We had an excellent breakfast at  Brasserie by LM.  If you find yourself near Grant Park, the South Loop, South Wabash area of Chicago and need an excellent meal, this is the place.  The food was interesting and good. The coffee was fresh ground for my latte.  The waiter was attentive and the bathrooms were clean. What more could you want?

After breakfast we killed an hour in the car listening to music waiting for the open house to start. I shot some pictures of the area while we were killing time.

The next blog will cover the open house. 

Here are some pictures from the early part of the day (and Friday night)..  All the pictures can be found here.

Namaste

Chased by the sunrise..

Hurling west, 454 mph toward Chicago, eyes closed, IPod charged,headphones plugged in.  The opening strains of Thunder Road enter my ears. A huge smile and a slight tear forms in my eye.  Traveling Jones once again. 

A 6 am departure out of Newark (or any airport) has advantages to departures later in the day.  For one, your plane should already be there.  Another might be not having to wait to takeoff, like being number 20 in line for takeoff.

Disadvantages would include waking up at 4 am. We also watched the mobile de-icer truck spray the plane at the jet way before we could head out to the runway.  There was frost on the wings.  The jet way to A15 in Newark is decorated for Halloween.  DS2 and I got a chuckle out of the decorations.  Bravo Southwest!

Chicago beckons with the intrigue of a new college and possible graduate school for DS2.  He would like to continue his education after undergraduate graduation studying Music Composition for TV, Movies and Theater.  I think his dream job would be to write music for video games.

It is now nearly 7:20 am and the sun has not yet jumped over the horizon. I’m too cheap to purchase the WI-FI, so I will post when we land.

Namaste

10.28.13 I edited the blog to change/add pictures and fix some grammar issues. Blogging on the phone is a challenge. Thanks for reading!

The revolving kitchen or front door…

Revolving doors, it seems like this past week we had quite a few visitors at home.  Friday I had two visits from DS1. His job sent him towards LBI first thing and then back again around lunch time. He stopped by for “the best breakfast” in the past week. We had pork roll and eggs. If you have been following along, I work from home on Fridays. He was back for lunch as well. It was nice to see him and share two meals. Half way through lunch he mentioned that he was still full from breakfast. Five minutes later he was up getting some more lunch. The cheese noodles were a hit (along with the leftover Coney Island hot dogs).

Friday night DS3 came home for the weekend. He wanted to visit with some of his high school friends for the weekend. We (DW and I) saw him for part of Friday evening and for a few hours on Saturday. He and his friends came by the house and had a fire in the backyard Saturday night. Sunday morning he  went back to school.  One walks out the door and the next walks in the door. A slightly empty nest last week. This week, no visitors so far.

DS2 and I are going to Chicago on October 26 for a graduate open house at the Columbia College of Chicago. They have a Masters program in music composition for tv, film and theatre. I have never been to Chicago.  Well, that is not true, we once stopped in Chicago flying from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Yep, think about that trip.  I have been doing some research on the school. If anyone reading this knows about the school, drop me line. I am also looking for suggestions for breakfast, dinner and a hotel either near the school (South Loop) or near Midway Airport.

At home, yoga rules the roost. Monday is hot yoga, Tuesday is adult school yoga, Wednesday is gentle yoga and Thursday is restorative yoga. Friday we drink beer.  Weekends we avoid working on the hot tub and watch some football.

Sunday I rode my bike for the first time since the beginning of August. This coming weekend we (the Weatherman and I) are scheduled to ride in Pa. I needed to work out some of the rust (in my legs). The ride went well.  We also picked late season tomatoes from the garden and made four cups of salsa, yum!

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Namaste

DS1's 25 th birthday back in July

DS1’s 25 th birthday back in July