I find myself in Tuscaloosa…

We had a big weekend here… to say the least. Friday night was my sorority’s semi-formal for the semester. We had a blast and danced the night away (sorry for the cliché) at a venue downtown, stayed up late and socialized with friends and  their dates.

That was just the beginning, however. Saturday, I had one of the best parties of the year to look forward to: Destination Unknown. One of the fraternities on campus hosts this date party each fall. The idea is, you get on a charter bus and have no idea where you are going. All weekend, I kept thinking I should be getting so excited about where we were going… until I remembered that I actually didn’t know. We got on the buses and were ready for the ride. The past two years, we’ve ended up in Memphis or New Orleans, but this time, we took I-20 East and drove into Alabama. The bus finally excited in the interstate, and we found ourselves in Tuscaloosa. They had rented out a really great place in the downtown area and had a fabulous band to go with it. I knew it was going to be promising when their first song was a Bob Dylan cover and the second song was Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. Sometimes you get stuck with a jam band (nothing against them… it’s just hard to dance with someone for 15 minutes per song) or a DJ that plays rap all night (again, nothing against them, but I get tired of watching my friends try their hardest to sing along and act like they just got back from a vacation in Harlem). But this folk/oldies/rock band was perfect. Their social chair had outdone himself. I, of course, kept casually looking out the windows to see if Nick Saban would happen to be walking by… but I never did see him.

The only downside to these parties is that they always involve a substantial bus ride. I mean, Tuscaloosa is three hours away, so if we leave at 1:30 am… you can do the math. That would have been fine except for I had another engagement at 9 the next morning. We had new officer training for my sorority and I, as the newly elected president, had to try to be as alert as possible. I did it, with the help of a combination of caffeinated tea and coffee, but then crashed into a 3 hour nap when we were done. All in all, it was a great weekend, but now I am so ready to go home for Thanksgiving. Just two more days to go…

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