ISU Homecoming 2013: Part Two

The Bad

Public Display of Affection, photo by Sara Noe
Public Display of Affection, photo by Sara Noe

1. PDA gains in popularity.

Public displays of affection on ‘The Walk’ jump from bad etiquette to widely accepted. Too bad they also jump from hand holding to face licking and butt grabbing.

BoozeFest, photo by Sara Noe.
BoozeFest, photo by Sara Noe.

2. Commemorative T-Shirts compensate for loss of memory.

Having shirts made for ‘The Walk’ seemed to be a tradition all of its own. Based solely on observation, the percentage of people who had shirts made seemed to be at least 75%. However, the days of puffy paint and markers are gone; these shirts were all printed and paid for. Each group of friends had their own saying and design, making it easy to find those you came with after you reached in a state of stupor. While some were hilarious and others not so, the worst shirts were the ones lacking any creativity. These shirts, I assume, are reference shirts. They say what event they were attending and where they went on it. Is the lack of a verb in the second clause on this shirt intentional, as a wink to the slurred speech one might experience at the end? Sadly, we don’t think so. But what does it matter? Drink up and let your consciousness flee: when you come to your senses, you can donate that ugly t-shirt to the Goodwill.

Lost Baggage, photo by Sara Noe.
Lost Baggage, photo by Sara Noe.

3. Lost Baggage.

Being drunk and carrying a purse can be like posting your name and social security number on your forehead. With functionality failing and awareness weakening, your identity is on display and can easily be stolen. Is there a solution to the dilemma of mixing privacy and intoxication on ‘The Walk’? Yes. Stop drinking so much and take care of your shit. Don’t run your consciousness off, let it enjoy the event as well. Having fun is easier than drinking yourself dumb; make an effort.

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