There are some things to be said about living across the street from a university...
1. Interesting and smart neighbors. Like Mr. S for example. Mr. S is an old cranky professor. He has to be AT LEAST 90. My grandmother remembers him teaching when she was young and well, as much as I love my grandmother, she's no spring chicken! Mr. S. is short, around my height, 5'0 and maybe a 100 pounds. He's the little fussy kind of professor. Mr. S plays the carillon at Burns Tower. He plays the bells I hear every hour starting at 7:00 AM until 11:00 at night, when the good night song plays. The song is actually the alma mater song, Pacific Hail. I just call it the good night song and Mr. S doesn't sit there all day long play, it's programmed to chime except on one day... more on that in a second...
2. Having a beautiful place to walk.
3. The sports. It's especially fun to root for your neighbors who play on the basketball team, the women's volleyball team, and the baseball team.
1. Finals. Why are finals bad? I 'm not taking them. They are bad because our neighbors that are students have their heads up their asses. They cross streets without looking, park in your driveway, block your driveway, just generally aren't paying attention.
2. Parties. Actually the parties don't bother me so much until 9 cops all in separate cars show up! It was a doozy.
1. Graduation is ugly. You can't even get down your street where you live. People park in your driveway or block your driveway. I always want to say, "Now I see where your kid gets it from."
2. The Graduation Bells... The carillon starts ringing at 8:00 AM and doesn't stop! While it's lovely every hour with the Westminster Chime and at 12:30, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 song. It get a little annoying when it never let's up. I will hear bells in my sleep. My dreams are accompanied to music.
Every year seeing the nearly naked frat guys running down our street singing, "I Enjoy Being A Girl"