I spent the last few days in the south visiting my son's college. It was a whirlwind, extremely action-packed, trip. I was even asked to be Frat Photographer for a busy weekend of fraternity events. Who am I to say no to a bunch of Frat Boys decked out in collared shirts and ties?
As background, I've spent very little time in the south so everything there is a novelty to me. In addition, when I was in college, I went to UC Santa Barbara. My ex-campus sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean – a completely different type of campus life than my son's. (As an example, UCSB has no football team, but they do have an exceptional surf team.) The Greek life at UCSB was almost non-existent when I was a student there. Fraternity life is, therefore, not something I've been exposed to.
The last few days, along with photographing campus and fraternity life, I was also busy experiencing as much of my surroundings as possible. Here are some of my random thoughts and observations (some of them were jotted down as I had them):
• Sitting next to a sick, sneezing, person is inevitable on an all day flight. And yes, you will come home with a cold as a result.
• I like collard greens, but do they always have so much salt on them?
• I do NOT like grits – at all.
• If you take a few college boys out to dinner you will be astonished at the amount of food consumed.
• Four boys – TEN baskets of homemade rolls before dinner!
• I have not outgrown beer pong, but I still don't care for beer bongs.
• People in the south are SO nice!
• I think I would have a lot more women friends if I lived in the South vs. The OC.
• Frat boys are cute, and – very polite … at least, to me.
• I prefer my tea unsweetened. I'm sorry.
• Tailgating at college football games is a lot of fun.
• Frat houses are disgusting even when they've been "cleaned up" just for your arrival.
• There aren't a lot of botoxed and plastic people in the south. People are so real. So refreshing!
• When a fraternity buys wine as a special treat, in anticipation of your arrival, you will force yourself to choke it down even though it's being poured from a bag.
• With enough time, you won't care what the wine tastes like.
• Your head WILL hurt from drinking bagged wine the next day.
• Never use a bathroom in a fraternity. (Not even the woman's bathroom.)
• Hearing frat boys talk about their love/sex lives will make you giggle and giggle, because – really?
• My body is not used to fried food and it makes me feel sick.
• There are some damn smart people in college these days. I was impressed!
• Your toes will freeze at night if you wear flip flops to the football game.
• You will be the only one in the entire, gigantic, football stadium wearing flip-flops.
• College girls are wearing lots of short dresses/skirts and cowboy boots in the south.
• College girls are AFTER the frat boys!
• I could live on biscuits every morning for breakfast. Yum!
• Trees, trees, and MORE trees! Beautiful!
• I think it's "freezing" when the weather is in the 60's, but everyone there told me it was an amazing, warm, fall day.
• I like the feeling of "brisk" evenings. It feels very fall-ish.
• Trees are beginning to "turn" in the south. I wish I could come back in a couple weeks and see them at their prettiest.
• Frat parties? Are so … frat party-ish. And yes, I really DID attend one for several hours!
• For the return flight home I was seated by an ahem-er. Ahem! Ahem! Four and a half hours of ahem-ing! It was BRUTAL.
• On the other side of me, a man took his shoes off for the entire flight. His feet stunk!
• I hate flying!
• It never gets easier to say good-bye to your kids.
• * Sob! *
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