Today’s Song: Kiss with a Fist by Florence and the Machine
1. The Freeway:
Always think of campus as a freeway. Always stay to your right and merge with caution.
2. What to Avoid:
Girls in Packs. You know the type. The ones who refuse to walk alone and the ones who have to all walk next to each other so they create a disrupting line causing more accidents than driving in the wrong lane. What are the casualties? Bikes getting run off their paths. Getting shoved off into the mud. Stepping in an enormous pile of goose poo. Not fun. Better to just avoid the girl pack. If unavoidable, walk towards them with confidence and do not make any attempt to get out of the way. They're like bears, more afraid of you than you are of them.
Couples. Those smoochers and hand holders can clothes-line you in less time than it takes to blink.
People with cell phones. The same with driving, they're never paying attention to where they're going.
Clipboard people. Probably the most important to avoid if you're late to work or class, even if it is your favorite cause. Better to go around behind them, or merge into a group. They like to hang out in the plaza and next to Clark B. If someone asks, "Can I ask you a question?" Say not at the moment, but thanks, and move away.
Earbuds. Earphones. Whatever you care to call them, use them. Even if your iPod isn't even charged, they will keep the clipboard people at bay. Pretend conversations on your phone works too.
And other buildings with annoyingly small hallways. Even if you're a science major, you're bound to have a class at some point in Eddy. If you can, go early. If not, find unusual entryways and stairs because the main ones get clogged, easily. If you open the door for someone at the entrance to the stairs, you will may bestuck there awhile, and possibly late for class. Best way around this issue is to open the door for someone, and then slip through, passing the job on to the next person.
5. Crosswalks, Bikes, and Longboards/Skateboards:
Always listen for that "click click" of those skateboards on sidewalks, and make sure you gesture wildly when they're close (just kidding). If walking, look both ways before crossing a bike path. And at crosswalks, especially the four-way crossing of Plum and Meridian, sometimes you just have to go for it.
Until next time.