Berkeley is crazy. And by that, I mean a lot of people on the streets talk to themselves and smell less than hygenic. Not to say that most of the people that live there, students or the fans going to the game were bad by any means, but the city itself is way more run down and homeless than I would’ve thought that a town with a top university would be. It’s always comforting to walk by a sign on a gate across from a park that says, “Please Do Not Defecate on the Sidewalk. Raw feces is a public health concern. Thank you.” I don’t really think I need to guess what brought about the need for that sign, but it can’t be all that good.
Beyond public health concerns, though, Berkeley isn’t a bad place to be for a weekend, provided you know what to do with yourself and where to go. There’s a ton of cheap eats around campus, good music stores, and if you’re at all into beads or anything tie-dyed, then you’re in luck.
What hurts Berkeley as far as the fan experience goes, is that there’s no gigantic parking lot outside of Memorial Stadium for tailgating purposes. The frats and sororities have fun out on their front lawns, and there was a homecoming rally this past weekend on campus, but the gameday situation is basically people coming to Berkeley and paying a lot of money to park in tiny lots or on lawns, and then hiking up the hill to the stadium. It leaves something to be desired. Enjoy the episode.