This morning Drew was still trying to recover from being in Orlando, but we got ready and left to go to RMU’s homecoming. I knew of the lot that we had to park in, but when we arrived on campus it was full. We were told to go straight and find other parking. All the parking towards the stadium is full. We parked in Massey’s parking lot.
We walked to Nicholson. It was fun to be there together. Andrew and I both went to RMU together. He went for his graduate degree and I went for my undergrad. We walked by the department where I intern. We went to Nicholson where he could get the RMU shirt that he has on in the picture below. RMU is so special to me and I was so glad to be walking around the campus with him.
After this picture, we went to the field. We cut through the tailgating lot. Some college students were drinking and playing corn hole and there was music. It was crazy. I felt a little old. When we arrived down to the field, on the plaza we stopped at Will Call and Andy Toole was standing there on his phone. He didn’t recognize me with sunglasses on and I didn’t want to interrupt his phone conversation, but I did want to introduce him to Drew.
When we approached the Will Call booth, they asked for my name and I said, Danielle Hornyak. They asked are you with John Locke? I said, “Yes, I am his graduate intern.” He said, “Cool, he told us you were going to be here.” I laughed a little inside. I looked back at Andy Toole and lifted up my shades so he could see me. I waved a little and he waved back. When we walked away, Drew said, “That is so cool that you know him!” I smiled. We met up with Maureen and Nancy. They told us that the pizza should be arriving around 12:20pm. She pointed to the tent where we will be located. Shes said, Right now the students are selling tickets, but when the pizza arrives they will leave. I suggest you stack the pizzas on the side tables, and just plate the pizza and put it on the table out front for people to grab and go.” I nodded. They seemed like easy directions. she also said it would go fast.
After meeting with her, we spotted Andy Toole again and he was off the phone, so we approached him and I introduced him to Drew. Drew shook his hand and said, he was a big fan. I smiled watching the two of them. We chatted with Andy for a bit before heading into the stadium. Once inside, I didn’t want to sit because I wanted to be able to be by the exit when we have to do pizza duty and I wanted to look like I was there to help out not watch the game.
When the opening ceremony started, I felt this overwhelming sense of pride and honor to be a Colonial. I remember when this was the easiest time for me and also the hardest time in my educational career. I am so proud of where I went to school.
Pizza duty was fun, but as we were under the tent it started to rain. Luckily we were under a tent. It was hard to tell when it was half time due to the rain delay, so at one point we just decided to start handing out the pizza. Some of the students wanted a whole pie for the cheer team, or for the band, etc. We had to tell them no. One of my friends from my literature classes came by. She was telling me that they used to give whole pies to the band and the cheer team because it was Hometown pizza and it was dirt cheap. I said, “that makes sense.” It was good to catch up with her and hear about her life after RMU. She asked me about my life after RMU. I filled her in and she was happy for me.
After pizza, we went home and got showered and then got ready to make some dinner and then to the movies to see Venom. I was so excited for this movie!