Saturday, April 12, 2014. I think you can tell when midterms start rolling around by how late and infrequent my blog posts become, haha. Picnic Day happened almost two weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to blog about it but I’m literally busy from morning to night every day now (writing this post at 2 AM at the moment). To be honest, I didn’t do much on Picnic Day, but I feel a necessity to talk about it because it’s basically a passage to being a UC Davis student.
First let’s get a selfie out of the way. I actually bothered to look nice for once so just let me have my gratuitous self-shots dammit! Anyway, fun fact: I used to be an assistant director for Picnic Day last year. So about a year ago, I was required to wake up at 5 AM and work for the majority of the day. This year is different since I’m more of a spectator, so it was interesting to see how Picnic Day is like from an audience’s point of view.
A major difference for me this year is that I woke up in the afternoon and arrived to campus past 2 PM, so most of the events were over anyway whoops. Sorry, sleep is more important. I got to hang out with my two sidebitches (Sidebitch #1 pictured above) and we walked around holding hands like a weird threesome thing. It was cool.
The only event I got to visit was in the etymology department, so that will be the majority of my photos for this post. The booth outside the etymology building was called The Bug Doctor, where the workers allowed us to touch big spiders. I don’t think I would be frightened as much as I would be extremely ticklish.
At another station, we made maggot art! Not often you get to say that, eh? This activity required us to dip maggots in paint, drop them on a blank card, and watch their bodies squirm around to make “art”. The maggots don’t suffocate from the paint or anything because I think they’re used to wet environments and breathe through their butthole anyway (don’t quote me on the last part that’s just what I overheard).
Inside the etymology building were various rooms showcasing bugs and insects. Who needs to visit a museum when you can just get this shit for free at Davis amirite? I think I caught the kissing bugs though. ;)
Here are various bee species nailed down with very very tiny pins. It’s a good thing they put these species under a glass case because I’m always paranoid of crushing something so small and delicate.
More glass cases of other insects, including butterflies. Some of these butterflies are bigger than the size of my palm, it’s amazing (and would also freak me the fuck out if they were alive).
This blue butterfly is my favorite out of the bunch, simply because it made me do a double take to confirm if it was a drawing or not. It also reminds me of a book I’ve been writing.
Having had an overwhelming share of bugs and insects, we walked to the arboretum to take a peek at the marching band. The crowd was enormous so we couldn’t see very much, but there were a couple of overly energetic band players dancing around the back of the crowd.
To end my Picnic Day, I posed on top of the egghead statue in front of Shields library. How I have not done this sooner, I don’t know. Posing with the egghead statues is practically another passage to being a UC Davis student.
I ended the very long day with sushi at Moshi Moshi with Sidebitch #2. I ordered the Zero Hour roll which was obviously a mouthful of yums.
Picnic Day is very much a touristy attraction, but as long as I’m in good company then I’m good to go. I realize that I prefer creating the “show” rather than being a spectator of the show, though. But then again, I wouldn’t have as many nice pictures as this year!