In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…Chinese food??

April 30, 2013

OVERHEARD IN HANSCOM HALL: “Argghhh!! I just want to be outside!

Well, it’s finally here. Spring has sprung. All of the regular signs are appearing all over campus. Just take a gander at this picture:

Signs of spring, #1

And it’s not just the flora!  There are clues that winter has finally bid a fond “hasta la vista baby” and crept back to Patagonia (or wherever winter lives during the summer).  In my house we’re fond of saying that April comes in like a lion and goes out like another, much smaller lion that has pretty much been domesticated but sometimes still sharpens it’s claws on the living room sofa.

Here’s another sign that May is right around the corner (metaphorically speaking- there are no corners in a month):

Brad’s Bench, circa 6:00 pm Monday.

And here’s another:  Outdoor sports. People are playing tennis, lacrosse, yes even golf!  By the way, someone should tell Frank that the object is to hit OUT of the sand traps.

Frank’s perfect chip into Holden’s sand trap.


Spring brings out the inner outside person in us all.  Once the snow recedes and the sand and winter pens are cleared off of the grass, the games begin.  Everyone is out and about, enjoying the heat, sunshine, and small buildings with big names:

The boys, lounging at the Bell “Tower”

One sure sign of spring on campus is the ever-present articles of clothing lying around on the grass. Sometimes it’s a lonely hat, sometimes a blanket and shoes, and sometimes parts of campus look like the Woodstock concert happened here yesterday.  My favorites are the owner-less shoes under a tree. My initial reaction is always to look up into the tree for Evan Landon.

Not Evan’s shoes. I checked in the tree.

Finally, I took a line from the poem “Locksley Hall” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (it IS National Poetry Month after all) and shared it with some students while on duty in Holden Hall.  I gave them all but the last word of the line and asked them to fill in the next word with the first thing that came to mind.  Here is what they came up with:

“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…

  1. “Sports”
  2. “Weather”
  3. “Gloom”
  4. “Nancy” (nice rhyme, Dattar!)
  5. “Girls”
  6. “Girls”
  7. “Girls” (a very popular answer)
  8. “Working”
  9. “Sun”

We all know the real answer, don’t we?  Of course!

Dining al fresco

“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…Chinese food.”

See you in May!


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