Even though Homer Hickam is a real person and not technically a literary character, his Coalwood Triliogy has been profound on my outlook on life and the people of Appalacia, a place I went to college at. And incidently enough Emily Sue Buckberry, Homer's friend from childhood is a retired professor at my alma mater. The way Homer describes about his struggle at math and desire for something better, even though that was unlikely in his circumstances. It was very inspiring.
Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time. I *still* relate to her at 22 as I did at 10. She made it almost okay, that I was so unpopular and miserable growing up, since she was going through it too.
Court Street: Okay, I'm not a drinker, but having that as an option, within walking distance? Even for the funky hippie shop that's near the end of the street by State Street.
Piano Playing Man: That guy who plays piano over by the old Taco Bell, Woolsworth area during the warm months at night. Need I say more?
What is considered a "riot": The general overreation by Athens PD. Some students set fire to a (single) couch after a game. That is a riot. Nevermind that is considered normal everwhere else in the state.
Rudy's Red Hot: Great hot dogs and brats. Cheep, and they offer lots of toppings.
Hocking River: As polluted and dirty as it was, it was fun to walk along it on the bike path.
Bike Path: Nice place for a walk. If you feel ambitious you can bike (or walk, yikes) the 15 miles to Nelsonville.
Casa: I became a tofu fan because of this place. Really, really good tofu tacos and good drinks. Never did a proper Latin Dance Night. :(
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So it's hit me, though not entirely how much I am going to miss Athens once I leave here on the 21st. This place has been and is my home, so I will miss it terribly when I have to move back in with my parents, which is something I'm not looking forward to at all. Some things that I will miss about this crazy college town:
1. The bricks- brick streets, brick sidewalks, brick buildings. One doesn't see this very often in large quantities in most cities. A pain when wet or in heels, but I couldn't picture Athens any other way.
2. The hills- Okay, just being surrounded by them. Walking up them sucks. But the hills surrounding Athens are gorgeous, especially in fall.
3. (General) Safety- I like being able to walk while listening to my iPod and not fearing someone attacking me.
4. Coffee shops- Not a huge coffee fan, but the coffee places here are cool. Breannen's, Front Room, Donkey, Village Bakery, and Perks all are cool townie places. I know people are gunning for a Starbucks, but I think that would ruin the vibe of A-town.
5. Places open late- I love how I can order a pizza after midnight if I want to on a weekday and after 2AM on weekends. There's not many towns where you can do that. A 24 hour Wal-Mart and Kroger were always good when I wanted to make a run to the store because I didn't want to deal with crowds during Parents weekends.
6. DP Dough- I'm going to miss this place. Only DP Dough in Ohio. A great Calzone place, lots of cheese, lots of toppings ( stuffings?) and lots of calories. But, oh so yummy. No other place compares, and I've tried calzones from the other major pizza chains and a minor local calzone chain.
7. Relative Temperate Climate in Fall- Yeah, Athens is in Ohio and it gets cold and snows, but not on the level it does north of here. It's usually 10 degrees warmer here than it is in NW Ohio, where I am from. This place is boiling in summer, so it's a bit of a trade-off.
8. Beads and Things- A cool bead shop run by old hippies. They'll give you free beading lessons and with a place that has thousands of different kinds of beads.
9. Athens Farmer's Market- Lots of vendors and baked goods. Most things are priced well. Somethings are a bit of a rip-off, but the atmosphere is fantastic. The local guitar players are always a nice addition.
10. The Athena- I love how there's a place that will show artsy films. The Athena used to be the only theater in town and showed (usually) first run movies. When OU bought it a few years ago (Sophomore year?) and The Athena Grand was built in the old Big Bear on East State Street and The Athena started showing art films. I'll miss it since most places won't show these films outside New York, LA and those "big markets".
11. Athens International Film Festival- Occurs every April/early May. Usually only time you'll see most of these films, since most of these movies are really hard to find in the States. I've become something of a German film buff because of this film festival.
Seriously. You read that right. My klutzdom has been raised to a whole new level. On a little shelf above my desk I keep a small jewerly box because I'm in an small apartment and there's no other place to put it, I was opening the little drawer when one of the necklaces fell behind my desk (speculation starts here) and it fell on my surge protector which wasn't plugged in all the way. This caused some pretty sparks and power to half of my apartment goes out. (fun, fun). I go to unplug said surge protector and low and behold the prongs on the surge protector are black and so is the bottom part of the outlet. How does this happen? Seriously!