Top Reasons Ithaca is Different from Maryland
AKA Disconcerting things that will Confuse you for Weeks!
This is written sort of as a companion to my New England
article. It is not supposed to be in-depth, just some of the little things you
barely notice that make you realize you are truly in a different place.
- Joggers. Everywhere you go, any time of day, any weather, you will come
across someone jogging. All ages and sexes are represented. I am not sure if
people up here are healthier, or if I happen to live along a prime
- Cell Phones. This is probably a "years have passed" change rather than a
"change of venue" one, but I am shocked by the number of people walking to
classes that are talking on cell phones. At least 50% of people are doing
it, if not more.
Even more disturbing are the people with "hands free" kits.. for
all the world it looks like they are insane, talking and gesturing to
Who all these people are talking to?
The only thing that makes sense is that everyone walking to class is talking
on the phone to someone else walking to class. Why they can't just meet
up and talk in person is beyond me.
- Intensity of the Undergrads. I never realized how carefree the students
were at MD, especially as they seemed a bit intense compared to some
nearby liberal arts colleges.
A prime example of this. First week of classes, a bright sunny Sunday,
you find girls sunning on the underclassman quad. Normal, right?
Every single one was either reading a textbook or doing homework.
It's like being in Bizzarro-world.
That's all for now. Things aren't as different as they were
in Massachusetts. In fact, upstate New York is sort of a blend of New England and
Mid-Atlantic life. For example, in Maryland you can only get regular
hot-dog rolls. In Massachusetts the regular hot-dog rolls are these
weird monstrosities... the Maryland kind are called "Coney Island Style".
But here in NY the normal ones are normal, and the weird ones are
called "New England style". Actually this was a rather pointless example.