Thursday, April 24, 2008
Luke and I had pressing homework concerns last week, so we opted for date-day instead of date-night. Plus, it finally reached 70 degrees around here and spring fever was riding high! It was my week for choosing our date activity so I opted for the *free* Harvard v. Yale Tennis Match. What a riot! The crowd was definitely much more demure than at any other sporting event we've attended. From the home team fans, "Go H!" "Go Crimson!" "Go 'Ahvah!" Apparently Southerners aren't the only people who lose their consonants!
And from the Yale fans, "Go Bulldogs!" (Man, those are some pretty preppy looking bulldogs!) "Go Yale!" and "Go Lux!" Lux? Yes, that's right, that's what I heard and that's what they said. We get together for dinner with our LDS neighbors downstairs (we trade off cooking once a week) and he's a Harvard undergrad so I peppered him to translate for us. Apparently, those in the know, well, know that Harvard's motto is "Veritas" (Truth) and Yale's is Lux (Light). Ah, the lingo of the Ivy League. And yes, that's how the Ivy League gets its name - from their sports league. Strange little universe.
This is Luke: The best part of the whole trip was the Tennis Center itself. Most facilities on campus bear the name of some illustrious benefactor who spent his fortune to buy a gate or lavatory to support underprivileged Harvard undergrads for generations to come. But the Tennis Center is perhaps the most aptly named of the all - a shiny new penny to the first lad who gets the joke and another to the one who figures out how I photoshopped it!