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Posted: 2/18/2006 9:42:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 9:49:33 AM EDT by Marte]
I was reading the thread below of the U.C. Berkley professor that got his computer stolen and soapboxed about the entire armed might of the federal authorities coming down on the kid for a misdemeanor theft. Made me remember my own Berkley experience. I joined the Marines in 1988. After completing boot camp, school of infantry, and USMC security force school I was sent to the marine detachment on the USS Enterprise based in Alameda, CA. Discipline and daily life was brutal in this unit. Two years later when I transfered to a fleet infantry unit I thought I was on vacation. Anyway on occassion we ran a port and starboard duty schedules. This meant half the unit would work 6 hours on, 6 hours off(Off meant you were cleaning weapons, living spaces, training, and lastly sleep) for 4 days while the other section would Off duty completely for 4 days. Now being the suck if you stayed on ship during your time "Off" they would find things for you to "DO" during your "Time Off"

One time I was in between paydays and had 4 or 5 dollars to my name. I stayed on the ship the first day and was getting fucked with. I grabbed 3 big black garbage bags from the supply closet and stuffed them in my duffel bag along with my poncho liner and field jacket. I walked to the main gate caught a bus to Oakland than took the Bay Area Rapid Transit to Berkely. Sometimes when I had little money I would get a BART pass and just ride it for hours to the North-South and East- West ends just for something to do.

Anyway I got off the BART at Berkley. I wanted to get out of town so I just started walking towards the hills, I didn't know where I was going. Along the way I stopped at a deli and purchased a peroshki for lunch and a box of oatmeal cookies to eat over the next two days. That left me a dollar and change for the ticket back to Alameda Naval base.

Eventually travelling east I happened upon Berkley University. Looking at the map on the web I beleive I walked up the west entrance onto university drive. I walked east for a long time. I remeber feeling very strange as I was surrounded by people my own age who seemed to be acting as children. I felt very out of place. No one approached me or said hello and I talked to no one. At the time short hair was not the norm. I had later felt more at home in foriegn countries. Very strange for a 19 year old.

I walked for a long time until I found a desolate outcrop high above the scrub hills. As I look at the map of UC Berkley today, I believe the U.C. Berkley California Memorial Stadium was well below me and to my S.W. by about 1000 yards. I made a shelter from the trash bags and spent two days up there in solitude.

My last day I awoke with deer just a few feet from my camp. I packed up and walked down the hill. I eventually came upon the windy cyclotron road. It was easier walking but just above the Hearst Greek Theater I saw a multi colored object in the bushes perhaps 100 feet below the road. I walked down to it and found a bag chock full of fuck books, like 20 or 30. To a marine that was like finding lucky charms pot o gold and getting a blowjob to boot. I made my way back through the aliens carrying my booty. A short time later we left on a six month west pac cruise. During that time I stored my fuck books in a locked wooden granade locker and rented them out to those in need. In the long run I think I got more out of my two day UC Berkley experience than many others received during four years.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:50:43 AM EDT

During that time I stored my fuck books in a locked wooden granade locker and rented them out to those in need. In the long run I think I got more out of my two day UC Berkley experience than many others received during four years.


Kharn
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:50:55 AM EDT

I avoid used porno mags. Call me crazy. I like the hiding-in-the-hills part of the story, though.

Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:06:25 AM EDT
My UC Berkeley experience:

In October 2001, I went on vacation to visit a lot of friends who lived in the Bay Area. One day, I visited an old GF who now lived in Oakland, an accompanied her to UC Berkeley, where she went to school.

I sat in on one her classes (Philosophy:Nietzsche) and wandered around the campus while she attended another less intersting class on Scandanavaian....something.

I knew there was some sort of nuclear cyclotron on this campus, wanted to visit it, didn't know where it was.

NOT A SINGLE STUDENT OR FACULTY MEMEBER I INTERROGATED NEITHER KNEW OF IT OR WHERE IT WAS

Is there anything noteworthy on campus they thought a visitor might like to see? Their answer: Nothing. What about that tower qwith an observation deck? Can you go up it? They didn't know, one never noticed it before. So I find out myself, it's closed because of 9/11.

Visit the library, with is at least 20x bigger than my uni's library. But, I have no reason to be there, so I leave.

My friend's class gets out, we wander down into the town where her job in a boutique is. See lots of nutters: Jews trying to explain the attack on NYC shows we're on the same side, a Chinaman on a box screaming about the Nanking Rape, a white punk rocker type standing about 10' away from him screaming back refuting him, a old hippy protesting against military action against Afghanistam

T-shirt vendors with shirts reading Berkeley: like walking into another dimension

And

The people's Republic of Berkeley with a hammer & sickle symbol.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:44:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
I knew there was some sort of nuclear cyclotron on this campus, wanted to visit it, didn't know where it was.

NOT A SINGLE STUDENT OR FACULTY MEMEBER I INTERROGATED NEITHER KNEW OF IT OR WHERE IT WAS





It's affiliated with the campus, but IIRC it's not on campus. Same with other nuke stuff.

It's also not because of Berkley's crazy "no nukes!!1" policy, but because they had more room to build off site.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:48:04 AM EDT


Originally Posted By raven:
I knew there was some sort of nuclear cyclotron on this campus, wanted to visit it, didn't know where it was.

NOT A SINGLE STUDENT OR FACULTY MEMEBER I INTERROGATED NEITHER KNEW OF IT OR WHERE IT WAS




Between my studies and my employment, I've been on my current university campus for over 10 years - and I have no idea where many of our departments or buildings are (and it's not a huge campus). If someone asked me for directions to something, they'd likely be out of luck.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:50:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:55:03 AM EDT
I went to Berkley with a girlfriend to visit her sister back in 1980.
That place was a complete fucking zoo!

Never again.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:55:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Spade:

Originally Posted By raven:
I knew there was some sort of nuclear cyclotron on this campus, wanted to visit it, didn't know where it was.

NOT A SINGLE STUDENT OR FACULTY MEMEBER I INTERROGATED NEITHER KNEW OF IT OR WHERE IT WAS





It's affiliated with the campus, but IIRC it's not on campus. Same with other nuke stuff.

It's also not because of Berkley's crazy "no nukes!!1" policy, but because they had more room to build off site.



No that is Livermore. I know for sure that there's is some sort of nuclear doohickey right there on the UC Berk campus because I have seen the bloody photos. Was it over the ridge, whatever, I have no idea, but I was astounded by the students' lack of awareness of their....immediaiantcy, what was there, what they were part of by being studfents or being employees. You'd think they'd be stoked, proud, whatever aboutbeing pary of UC Berkeley; not because of something retarded like their sports program but because of having a research cyclotroc at theirdisposal, but no.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:32:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 7:34:08 PM EDT by Bostonterrier97]






Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Its up in the hills above the University.

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