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Terez
09-19-2008, 03:00 AM
Well, people seem to think I am, anyway.

I live in a dorm, because I find it extremely convenient to live on campus and I'm old enough to get a private room with little hassle. I'd rather be in the dorm I was in last year, which is right across the street from the music buildings and $1200 a semester cheaper than the one I'm in now, which is clear on the opposite side of campus. But they're closing down my old dorm due to it being really old, and this is the only other dorm on campus that houses females (we have two female wings and a male wing) that doesn't have community showers. So here I am.

It's also the newest dorm on campus, hence the price. You also have to have a 2.8 GPA to stay here. I dropped out of school 10 years ago because I saw my academic record plummet due to my being distracted by things I thought were important at the time, and it was depressing. I've always felt a bit like a failure for that, but I had a 3.0 when I dropped out. So I'm not really impressed with the 2.8 GPA it takes to stay here.

The only other campus living establishment more popular is Greek Row, especially the sorority houses, which are new (I think the law that said any house with more than 3 or 4 women living in it was automatically considered to be a whorehouse was only done away with a few years ago), but those only house a small amount of people.

So, all the rich snobby diet-coke-drinking kids live here. Not only do I have to use a card to access the building (I have to go through two doors with card locks), but I have to present my ID at the front desk every time I enter the building. It doesn't matter if they see me several times a day - I still have to show them my ID. This is purportedly for my own safety.

So, whether I want to be or not, I'm a snowflake. Just thought I'd let you guys know.

http://www.cosmicastronomy.com/snowflake-2.jpg

Sarevok
09-19-2008, 03:40 AM
uh... what's a snowflake in this context?

Terez
09-19-2008, 03:45 AM
Sare has obviously not been paying attention!

GonzoTheGreat
09-19-2008, 04:02 AM
If that picture is not photoshpped too badly, then you're quite a pretty snowflake.

Sare, a snowflake is something that would melt at the earliest opportunity. Thus, it is something to be treasured, protected and kept away from all temptations and exitement. In short: an ordinary American kid, as seen by its parents.

Terez
09-19-2008, 04:13 AM
If that picture is not photoshpped too badly, then you're quite a pretty snowflake.
http://www.clipartof.com/images/emoticons/xsmall2/2412_blushing.gif

Davian93
09-19-2008, 06:52 AM
If that picture is not photoshpped too badly, then you're quite a pretty snowflake.

Sare, a snowflake is something that would melt at the earliest opportunity. Thus, it is something to be treasured, protected and kept away from all temptations and exitement. In short: an ordinary American kid, as seen by its parents.

It also has to do with every snowflake being distinctly unique and special.

Brita
09-19-2008, 08:09 AM
Aww- Terez- you precious, dainty little thing. Obviously this dorm is far more attractive to predators than any other dorm on campus- and thus needs to be protected far beyond any of the dorms filled with those losers that can't maintain a 2.8 GPA and drink sugar-filled pop. Who would want them?

You are now a member of the elite- and with that comes hyper-vigilantism. Enjoy:D

Davian93
09-19-2008, 08:26 AM
Aww- Terez- you precious, dainty little thing. Obviously this dorm is far more attractive to predators than any other dorm on campus- and thus needs to be protected far beyond any of the dorms filled with those losers that can't maintain a 2.8 GPA and drink sugar-filled pop. Who would want them?

You are now a member of the elite- and with that comes hyper-vigilantism. Enjoy:D

Assault and rape aren't crimes unless the subject has a GPA of 2.8 or higher. ;)

Gilshalos Sedai
09-19-2008, 08:29 AM
Well, speaking of snowflakes, our subdivision was targeted by looters night before last (before the power came back on). Apparently, in some tiny brains, "gated community" means rich. So, there was an altercation with some of the guards and local police near the front of the community as they thwarted the would-be burglars. Not sure how they stopped them, or what alerted them, but I'm now glad I pay that exhorbitant amount once a year to keep those guards in that gate house.

So, security is a good thing.

DeiwosTheSkyGod
09-19-2008, 08:35 AM
That's a little excessive. We swipe once to get in, and we have to show our IDs after 9, and that's enough. They're probably just trying to protect their little ocean of WoT-knowledge :p

I'm ready to see some real snowflakes, though...

Brita
09-19-2008, 09:25 AM
I'm ready to see some real snowflakes, though...

Bite your tongue!

tanaww
09-19-2008, 09:26 AM
Bite your tongue!

Pay 'im no mind, matey. He's daft.

Davian93
09-19-2008, 09:36 AM
We had our first freeze last night...the low was 29 this morning....fall hath arrived in Vermont!!!

tanaww
09-19-2008, 09:47 AM
We had our first freeze last night...the low was 29 this morning....fall hath arrived in Vermont!!!

Is it as beautiful as they say it is?

Davian93
09-19-2008, 10:30 AM
Is it as beautiful as they say it is?

It will be...the leaves are just starting to change...its a tad more colorful around 2-3K feet up but anything lower than that is just starting. We got a bunch of rain and it wasn't too too hot so the sugar maples should be pretty colorful this year.

tanaww
09-19-2008, 10:39 AM
It will be...the leaves are just starting to change...its a tad more colorful around 2-3K feet up but anything lower than that is just starting. We got a bunch of rain and it wasn't too too hot so the sugar maples should be pretty colorful this year.

I want some pictures! Although, for this being the asshole of Texas, the Franklins can be mighty pretty some mornings too.

Davian93
09-19-2008, 10:48 AM
I want some pictures! Although, for this being the asshole of Texas, the Franklins can be mighty pretty some mornings too.

I'm going hiking not this week but next weekend for my 3 day weekend (yeah I'm a lazy gov't guy). I'll take some photos and try to post them.

Here's what it should look like though:

http://www.midvermont.com/things_to_do/driving_tours/driving_tours.jpg

http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/jpeg/vermont2aa.jpg

Davian93
09-19-2008, 10:55 AM
http://sugarmtnfarm.com/blog/uploaded_images/vtbarrefoliagepan-777731.jpg

Just for you Tana.

Brita
09-19-2008, 10:55 AM
Wow! Beautiful!

Here is one from a park near me:

http://www.ontarioparks.com/English/parkzine/fall_colours3.jpg

We have a lot more evergreens, and less blazing red- but still very pretty here too. I LOVE Autumn.

Davian93
09-19-2008, 11:03 AM
Most of our evergreens are around the 2500 ft mark. When you hike here it turns into pure evergreens and birch trees at around that point. It smells like a big air freshener...very refreshing. Above 4000 ft there arent any trees so you get panaramic shots...that's where I'll be in 2 weeks so I'll try to get some good photos.

Birgitte
09-19-2008, 12:10 PM
When I was in the dorm, the doors were open from 9am to 10 pm. When they were closed, they were automatically locked and you had to swipe your id to get in. There's also always someone sitting at the front desk and it wasn't so large a building that they didn't know everyone by sight. Plus, since they're required to say hi to everyone who walks in, they've had conversations with pretty much everyone at least once. If they don't know the person who's swiping themselves in at night, there's campus cops everywhere and all they need to do is press a button to talk to them. Safe enough for me ~shrug~

Bryan Blaire
09-19-2008, 12:18 PM
Meh, I'll take bright green the whole year through, personally. If you have AC, rain forests are the best. :D

Terez
09-19-2008, 12:20 PM
Someone killed the AC in my building, so I'm sitting in a hot, humid classroom right now. Fortunately it's starting to cool down outside so the open windows are helping a bit...

Gilshalos Sedai
09-19-2008, 12:21 PM
If you have AC, rain forests are the best.


You apparently enjoy the constant threat of being lunch for vicious man-eating ants.

Bryan Blaire
09-19-2008, 12:30 PM
We live in an area with vicious electrical cabling eating ants. I fear those a lot more. ;)

Ishara
09-19-2008, 12:55 PM
Man, do they feed you too? :p It actually sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

Frenzy
09-19-2008, 11:10 PM
so THAT's why the price of copper is thru the roof.

John Snow
09-19-2008, 11:47 PM
or is that just flake? I can see, though, that I'm going to have to post some Los Angeles fall foliage pictures. It'll be a coupla months, though, so patience.

Terez
09-20-2008, 12:08 AM
I'm pretty flaky myself.

Marie Curie 7
09-21-2008, 04:34 PM
...with more snowflake photos from this site (http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/photos/photos.htm). :D

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o71/mariecurie7/snow1.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o71/mariecurie7/snow3.jpg

These are some very cool photos of real snowflakes taken by a guy at CalTech (Ken Libbrecht). He also makes snowflakes in the lab using a diffusion chamber in order to study crystal growth. There's also a great movie of a snow crystal growing here (http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/movies/movie3.gif). :)

Verin Mathwin
09-21-2008, 07:11 PM
My dorm is open from 8 AM to midnight or 1 AM depending on whether it is the weekend or not. And we don't have to swipe cards or anything, so I win.