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The Spawn Are Gawn January 24, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Politics and Society.
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This week, both of My Little Passion Fruit went back off to college.

Ultimate Spawn once again left These Here Hills for the high-rise hustle and bustle of BU. Talk about “culture shock!”

That ride was courtesy of her Mom, who hates driving in Boston (and yes, it is the craziest place in The States to drive,) because I was not available.

Thanks, Mom.

I’m personally just wacked enough to consider the Brownian movement of the Beantown Bumper Fest a hoot.

To be fair, it’s not that Bostonians drive like Italians (though some do) or that they exhibit the road-rage of LA (though some have,) or even that it’s a lawless free-for-all. On the whole, I’d say Bostonians drive as civilly as most American urbanites, with an equal measure of harried, hurried Me-First-ism, tail-gaiting and Orange Light Phenomenon.

The “problem” is the “roads.” They were laid out four centuries ago.

By white-tailed-deer.

Picture 4.4 million body lice trying to navigate a cubic yard of dry Ramen Noodles (sorry Kids, No Leaping Allowed!) Now give them all cell phones, and you begin to get the picture.

Quincey (a “suburb”) is the only place on Earth where I was ever trapped in a one-way cul-de-sac. Seriously.

Oh, and if you need to get east of where you’re at, go ahead and turn east. I predict you’ll be watching the sunset through your windshield before you hit the next intersection.

Ah, Boston! Red Sox, white knuckles and “blue” politics.

But that’s not what I want to write about today.

Today’s subject is Mount Holyoke College, to which I returned Elder Progeny yesterday.

“MoHome,” as the young ladies who go there affectionately refer to it, is the oldest Women’s College in the Country. Founded in 1837 by the brilliant and visionary Mary Lyon, Mount Holyoke was the first all-women’s college in the U.S., and the first of the Seven Sisters, the female equivalent of the then-male Ivy League (MoHome’s “brother school” is Dartmouth.)

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What an amazing place! With students from 70 countries and enough American “minorities” among its 2100 students to claim a 30% “diversity rate,” the place is The World in a nutshell.

The greatest commonality among Mount Holyoke’s students is that they’re: a) brilliant, and b) pretty well off. In fact, unlike a lot of other $45,000/year schools (think: Yale,) one is unlikely to get in on the strength of, say, Daddy’s Governorship.

E.P. is, however, a “minority.” She is (or rather, “We are”) Financially Challenged. Despite having the best package of financial aid anyone she knows has ever heard of, the “small” balance challenges us, with her Mom and I maxing out on loans, E.P. amassing a mountain of Under-graduate debt, and a younger sister deserving our equal support.

Anyway, dropping Elder Progeny off yesterday was a trip, meandering among the mostly brown-stone buildings in castle-like edifices.

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E.P. scored a “single” on the third floor of this cool building:

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…and after dropping her off at the door (XYs Need Not Apply) I headed around to the sunny side of the building (her suggestion) for a photo.

And while I was backed into the bushes taking pictures of this gurrrls’ dormatory, a pair of undergrads walked by, their casual stroll suddenly transforming into a shifty-eyed hustle.

I stood up ( I was kneeling) and looked down.

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Flannel shirt, torn down vest, faded jeans, and a pair of knee-high rubber boots, like I should have been shoveling out the barn or something. And two days’ stubble. Hey, I’m unemployed!

I packed it up and split before the sirens came even close. 😉

Comments»

1. Suzi Riot - January 24, 2008

Pretty campus! And sexy rubber boots!

2. Tim Rooch - January 25, 2008

I’m glad you escaped. Remember Jame Gumb in “The Silence of the Lambs” and his fake cast. You could have been thrown down by a security guard thinking that sling was sympathy bait.

Lovely campus, though. Thanks for sharing.

Joan Rooch

3. sherry - January 25, 2008

beautiful place!

4. DCup - January 25, 2008

Looks like a gorgeous campus.

Good thing you dressed for the occasion!

5. Spartacus - January 25, 2008

Nice boots, bub! I’m surprised one of them didn’t yell “Security!!!!!”

6. Comrade Kevin - January 26, 2008

Yes.

A system of roads designed for carriages and horse and buggies may not necessarily work today.

7. Mauigirl - January 28, 2008

Thanks for the tour of Mt. Holyoke! As the graduate of another all-women’s college (Simmons in Boston) I share an affinity with Mt. Holyoke – plus my great-grandmother went there!

8. Mauigirl - January 28, 2008

Oh, forgot to add -you are SO RIGHT about the drivers in Boston! Luckily when I went to school I just took the T (or the MTA as we called it back then, circa 1971) – but subsequent driving visits to the town have definitely confirmed your assessment of its perils.


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