We drove up Rt. 7 in CT and MA. Normally there is lovely scenery to observe along this highway, but it was nighttime and the field of vision was limited. It is still a nice road to drive at night, but you miss the lakes, rivers, ponds, mountains, forests and such. The winding road and the close trees are still nice, but not what a daytime drive brings so we'll likely go during the day this summer.
Part of the reason for going this way was to visit Simon's Rock which I hadn't been to in at least a decade, maybe 15 years or more. We didn't manage to find a motel to stay in until we reached Great Barrington (where the school is) anyway, so we stayed at a Days Inn at the foot of the mountain the school is on. I was delighted that it was the same motel I'd stayed at 20 years ago when I'd interviewed to go there. It was 20 years ago this fall that I went to that school and it has changed quite a bit in the meantime. I took Urnesha on a tour of the campus, at least the parts that were there when I attended. We checked out some of the new buildings as well, but mostly just noted them as we went by. There are at least 5 major new buildings on the campus, more than doubling the size of indoor area; the buildings are quite large in comparison to the old ones.
There's a new arts building, science building, gymnasium complete with pool and much more housing. They also moved an old building that predates the school from the top of the mountain to main campus. It was odd to see it in its new location, but at least students no longer have to walk 1/2 mile uphill in the snow to take music lessons. Sadly, there are fewer trees between the buildings than there used to be. The student population has also approximately doubled with over 400 attending now.
It was strange being there again after all this time, but also fairly enjoyable. I'm hoping that when we go again this summer, we can go during the week and perhaps get an official tour.
After this lovely wandering, we headed to Kaisilverwolf. We took the pike, which is now free along that route and had some fun in some rather dense fog. Once at Mt. Holyoke, Urnesha got to see her other friends, we hung out with Kaisilverwolf, having three tasty meals (Judy's, Pizza and the NoHo diner who's name escapes me for a moment) and watching a wretched movie, but otherwise just reading and playing on the computer as she had much work to do. Urnesha and I also spent the night at the Quality Inn in Hadley that inochinoakari and cr4ckdr34m stayed in recently. We got the room with the ever-running-toilet and the bed-of-perpetual-squeakiness. I'd avoid that room if I were you.
The movie was called eXistenZ and it was truly wretched. Not only was it a bad SF movie that thinks it is a good SF movie, it also thinks it has a point to make and that the only way to make it is to keep smacking you in the head with it. As a final insult, it has a character blatantly state the point it was trying to make in a single line of dialogue as the last line in the movie. Bad costumes, "plot", acting, directing, camerawork, dialogue, timing and just about everything else you can think of. It isn't even bad in a way that can be really funny. There are two or three lines in the movie, but that's about it. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rather not bother.
Despite the movie, which was made tolerable by the pleasant company and our yelling at the movie, this was a relaxing, enjoyable weekend where I once again ate too much food.