Thursday, July 22, 2010

Off Road

Today, as I was following my GPS directions, I was led onto two different dirt roads. I got the feeling initially that I was some place I shouldn't be - but sure enough, eventually, I ended up on an actual, paved road that took me where I needed to go. As my week in North Carolina dies down, I can't help but compare this area to Maine (although I think I am in a city here - Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, etc.). The only difference being that also feel like I am back in southern Mississippi. So, landscape of the former, social graces of the latter.

I guess I always thought the mid-Atlantic states were less southern, but I guess not. Last night I got to experience some redneck fun when I went to Danville, VA to meet up with my friend Ellie for dinner. A small boy with a mullet was driving the family car up to the restaurant door in the rain because his dad didn't want to get wet. The dad stood on the sidewalk and yelled driving instructions to his son, who could barely reach the gas, so he just sort of rolled across the parking lot. A little scary for me as he was next to my rental car.

I have been at Duke all week taking classes towards my Certificate in Nonprofit Management and took part of the afternoon today to walk around the campus. Here are some pictures:
I discovered the difference between D1 and D3 tennis - at least for the fans.
I would also like to point out one of the lovely features of my hotel. The room next to me looks like it was broken into last night (bent screen and broken glass). That, along with the people sitting in chairs they brought out from their rooms so they can smoke seated, kind of keep me up at night. Maybe avoid the Extended Stay America on Tower Blvd if you can. I will be back in a week and a half to finish my classes and will be trying a different area of town...

In conclusion, and the hotel aside, this is a rather lovely area. I can understand why people want to live here and I would suggest it for a visit or if you are looking for a college, as there are many to choose from. Thanks for catching up with me!

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