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I left more than my heart in San Francisco.

Sunday was bright and sunny. Rachel, Adam, Amy and I were on our way to what we thought was going to an epic spring break trip. Hopes ran high.

After greeting San Francisco with enthusiasm, we found a place to park right next to Golden Gate Park and counted ourselves lucky for finding a spot so quickly. We then went straight to the anarchist book fair, ate lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant and traipsed through the surrounding area and park.

While walking back to the car, we noticed another vehicle parked on the same road as us that had been broken into.

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My play history.

Tonight, I heard Dr. Stuart Brown talk about play: why we do it and why we need it. I’m trying to wrap my head around how it ties into J Week (the reason why Brown spoke at the university). What it comes down to is that play allows us to be creative, optimistic and, generally, happy. It’s exactly what the journalism field needs nowadays.

RSJ professor Rosemary McCarthy told me how in Brown’s book, he talks about the importance of understanding your play history. What did you do as child to entertain yourself? The answer to that leads to why you act the way you do as an adult.

So here I am on a Thursday night, sitting in the journalism school while others edit stories and write photos, contemplating my play.

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