Last week was Homecoming week at NAU. I had fundraising events throughout the week to attend, which took most of my free time. Saturday I started at 6 AM and walked over to Old Main to meet up with the LAA club. From there we walked over to the Weatherford Hotel in downtown to sell Homecoming T-shirts at the alumni breakfast in the hotel and outside on the street to whomever else wanted to buy them. LAA sells t-shirts to raise money for a scholarship we award in the spring. The downtown streets were blocked for Tequila Sunrise, which is an annual event where all the bars open at 5AM and ‘if you’re not wasted, the day is’ and ‘you can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning’ -as the t-shirts read. By 9AM there were drunk people and cops everywhere. People were kissing us, hugging us, passing out around us. A semi-aggressive stance was necessary to avoid being molested by people who didn’t know what they were doing. I wonder what the alumni thought of such representation of Northern Arizona University.

The next stop on the fundraising trail was tailgating at noon before the football game. I grabbed a few plates of free food; many people had moved in with RVs and barbecues to cook up delicious brisket and brats. Shirt sales were good.

I left the game at 4:45 and had to be at the opposite end of campus at 5, so I stopped at home just long enough to grab a pop tart and Diet Coke to get me through the next two hours. We decorated the dance hall and got everything ready for the evening, with only an hour left to dress and eat.

We met back at the ballroom at 7:30 to set up refreshments and sell tickets at the door. The dance was over at midnight and within half an hour we had everything cleaned up and put away. I was not in the mood for sleep, so I went over to CJ’s house awhile to hang out. It was 3AM before I got home.