While a lot of this happened yesterday, I spent extra time throwing things together for a more fleshed out blog post now.
Just after Graduation a few weeks ago, I joined the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association.
See? Tweeted and everything to prove it.
After a good amount of time spent resting, helping with the RUHS Band’s Silent Auction and dealing with car troubles, I finally drove back to Fullerton so I could pick up the swag that comes with my membership:
- One big Alumni tote bag
- One sleek and silver CSUF keychain
- One AAA membership discount coupon that I don’t really need because my family is already a long-time member
- One Alumni Association membership card that allows me to still use on-campus services, attend different events and receive discounts
- A collection of partially-expired vouchers with offers including more discounts and one-day parking permits
- And finally, one fancy license plate cover:
Part of me feels that it’s perhaps cheesy to lean into the “I’m an alum!” mentality so hard on a public-facing medium like license plates…
But at the same time I put in four years of hard work and walked off that campus with a bunch of accolades.
So I think I’m allowed to be a little cheesy.
Plus this is the first time I’ve replaced that cover since purchasing the car at least four years ago and it was kind of falling apart. Who would’ve guessed this oddball collection of gifts would already be coming in handy?
It’s just too bad I didn’t have the free parking vouchers before getting to campus yesterday, as it turns out my last parking permit expired at the end of May.
Though that expiration does offer me the chance to show off a now-complete collection of permits:
Some of my CSUF friends will yell at me for wasting so much money…
But hey, at least I got all of these permits in before the upcoming price hike, and they makes for a cool physical manifestation of my invested time.
Even with that El Camino College permit breaking up the uniformity.
Going to Cal State Fullerton was interesting beyond just noticing my permit expiration, however. In my four years at CSUF, three of which included work on the school newspaper, I somehow never made it to the Golleher Alumni House.
I did pass by this side of the building because of its proximity to the police station and Titan Student Union:
But imagine my surprise when it turns out that large gate wasn’t the main entrance.
Rather, I had to circle around to this entrance I’d never seen before.
Once I found my way to the entrance, there isn’t much to say about actually picking up the Alumni swag.
Luckily I anticipated that.
Part of my afternoon was devoted to writing that Pokémon Sword and Shield Direct post, but I also arranged lunch with my friend Mimi at one of her favorite restaurants in Downtown Fullerton:
Monkey Business Cafe is a place I’ve heard many things about through publications like Tusk because of their focus on helping homeless or foster youth who may not have the opportunity to get job experience anywhere else.
I’d just never made the time to go there for whatever reason.
But now I have, and I made their burger a litmus test for how good the food is:
It was… Okay. Not a particularly special meal.
Though to be fair Mimi got waffles and those looked really good, so perhaps the joint shines more on the breakfast side of its brunch offerings.
Either way I had a good time and the meal was decently cheap. I can’t complain.