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Spring break is finally here (a shining beacon of light comes down from the heavens and a chorus sings “Hallelujah!”). The only thing separating us from the friends, family and sleep at the end of the tunnel is the San Francisco International Airport. Here is our report from the field:

7:00 p.m: Arrive at the BART station. Dragging our suitcases down the stairs at the station causes a lot of eyes to land on us. The embarrassment finally ends when we get to the bottom, but then we notice that the train has just arrived! Is this the one we want? Where do we transfer? We don’t have time to worry because we either get on here or wait for the next one, and we hate waiting, so we jump on.

7:15 p.m: We have the right train and we are on our way! Just transferred at MacArthur station and there are so many people on the train that a certain black suitcase keeps getting in people’s way, falling and causing them to trip (ok, it was our suitcase but the BART is shaky!). The world seems to move so fast when you are on BART. From the window, SF looks like an Impressionist painting, as we only catch a glimpse of the blurred city landscape. Looking at our watch, we see that we still have about 45 minutes till we reach the airport and our plane leaves at 9:25 p.m. We are not following the parent’s advise of getting there at LEAST two hours early. Hope there are no bumps along the way!

8:00 p.m: We have made it to the airport! Now we find our way to the futuristic tram with the soothing robot voice that takes us to our terminal. Maybe we have read too many science-fiction novels, but that’s how we see it.

8: 20 p.m: read more »


While things probably aren’t as bad as the above video, there’s still a travel warning that’s relevant to all you spring-break-in-Mexico’ers. As dean of students Jonathan Poullard puts it, “Accordingly, UC Berkeley strongly advises against travel to Mexico during Spring Break. We encourage students to discuss your travel plans with family, friends, and other concerned parties as appropriate.”

What’s the big deal? Well, maybe this, or this or this or this. So take care next week and don’t do anything stupid.

Video Source: Silkex
Travel Warning [US Department of State]


flava flavIt’s that time of year again. No, not spring break, ASUC Elections or midterms … we’re talking about Daylight Savings Time, of course. We’ll save you the trouble of figuring out whether ”spring forward, fall back” means you’re gonna lose an hour or gain an hour of sleep.

 This Sunday, March 14, at 2 a.m. you switch your clock forward to 3 a.m., meaning that you lose an hour. You can blame George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist (insect scientist) from New Zealand, who first proposed the holiday in 1895. But for some reason, DST is not observed in Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.

 According to Wikipedia, “springing forward” was originally introduced to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting but the extra sunlight has also helped reduce traffic fatalities and crime. Don’t worry, you’ll get that hour back in November.

Image Source: dunechaser under Creative Commons
Daylight Savings Time 2010 and Time Change [associated content]


In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, we’re on Spring Break now and what goes for the Daily Cal sort of goes for us, too. You can expect less frequent updates all this week!

It’s for your own good, really. You wouldn’t want lazy bloggers during the ASUC elections now would you? Maybe you’ll see us in Cabo, West Palm Beach, or on MTV. Then again, more likely not.

Now go get yourself a drink and start the fun.