Day 10: Syracuse – Rochester

Saturday 15th September 2012

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Techtonics enjoyed another slow morning whilst in Syracuse, waking in the houses of our wonderful hosts Gabby and Abbey (all except one of us who will remain anonymous). We split up for breakfast, some choosing to eat at the trippy rainbow paint-job waffle house on the university campus where waffles were large and the queue was immobile; while the remaining TTs elected for a traditional American diner, Mom’s, to eat pancakes slathered in syrup and omelettes like nothing you’ve seen before. The mountain of leftover pancakes was sacrificed to three particularly ravenous TTs.

                Today was game day (American Football) at Syracuse Uni, for which warm-up activities were in abundance on campus. We enjoyed a wall of sound from Syracuse University marching band, flag dancing and a lovely lady in a sequinned leotard throwing her baton in the air and catching it. The US Marines Officer Corps Careers Service gave us an opportunity to show them that Niall could do nine whole pull-ups and General Motors gave us hats in the hope that we would one day buy a Chevrolet from them. Some TTs also ran into some acquaintances they made the previous night that were there to support their team.

                Next up, a 1.5 hour car trip to nearby Rochester where we met the University of Rochester Yellowjackets. On arrival, we were treated us to a free meal in an all-you-can-eat buffet style cafeteria to the delight of many of the TTs. This was followed by a short rehearsal in a small auditorium for both groups, giving them a chance to hear each other, before taking the car to the Drama House (an ex frat house) to perform a joint concert.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The concert was a great success and we were awed by the energetic performance of the Yellowjackets, it was an honour to sing alongside them in our TTs wifebeaters (see day 3). After the concert we went to a celebration hosted by the Yellowjackets in a couple of their flats in the senior dorms; we want to thank the Yellowjackets for looking after us and giving the Techtonics such an amazing and …memorable… night.

Much TT love,


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