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Friday, April 25, 2008

College Road Trip

Blogging will be light this weekend, as I'm heading off on our first tour of colleges with my two sons. Target for this weekend: the twin campuses of Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Everything I know about these two schools comes from a Sports Illustrated college football preview articles that was ranking, among other things, the most and least exciting college towns, and had something like this at the bottom of their list:

#120) Pullman, Washington: For excitement, the kids have to head 8 miles east to Moscow, Idaho.

#119) Moscow, Idaho.

Anyway, here's my last trip report from a college excursion for you to review while I prepare this new one.

Update 0500 29 April: I'm back -- I'll download some photos as soon as I find the cord that connects my phone to the computer. Bottom line, the boys came away from the trip more likely to consider going to Washington State, and less likely to consider the University of Idaho. My bank account wept.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two cow colleges. Continue west to University of Washington, a genuine institution of higher learning (it learnt me...).

4/25/2008 9:28 AM

Blogger T.J. said...

I went to the U of I. Moscow is a neat place...sorta like going to college in Mayberry. If they like laid back outdoorsy stuff it's a great place. I took one class over at WSU and was shocked to see that the female students there actually shaved their legs and even wore makeup...lots of fleece and birkenstocks at least back in the early 90's.

4/25/2008 10:40 AM

Anonymous ninme said...

I toured both those (WSU because I was toying with a veterinary medicine thing). Funfact you might learn on the tour: Idaho was the last state to raise the drinking age to 21 (standing strong in defiance of the highways blackmail by the federal gummint) when, after one of the epic party nights (two big huge schools 8 minutes from each other, one with a legal drinking age for all) some girl walked out of her dorm room window.

It's a lovely campus, tho, Moscow is. And the McDonalds near by was very clean. And had up pictures of one of those two runners that were being pimped out by Nike for the Olympics, like Jack and Dan or whatever, and then both of them ended up flunking their trials or whatever? Anyway, cute place.

4/25/2008 11:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am currently attending Washington State University. Contrary to what the first ANON poster said, there is more to WSU than cows. For example, there is even a nuclear reactor on campus. However there are cows here. When I was driving to the reactor for a tour, I passed by the Cow Feeding Laboratory (seriously). Great campus, great recreational facilities, low prices are awfully high here, though. I usually drive to Moscow to shop at Winco for more affordable groceries. Lots and lots of school spirit here, too. Since I know you are a NCAA basketball fan, you can even get somewhat excited about the Cougars, although the football season leaves something to be desired. Enjoy your trip!!!


4/25/2008 12:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And beyond cows, Cougar Gold!

4/25/2008 3:21 PM

Blogger Mr. C. said...


Please email me.

Perhaps we can get together for a drink while you're in Moscow.

4/25/2008 6:30 PM

Blogger reddog said...

Check out Deep Springs, a privately endowed, all male, 2 year program in Western Nevada. It's a working cattle ranch, East of Death Valley, out in the middle of nowhere and has very small enrollment. Students work the ranch and pick up a good 2 year general ed. If they accept you, it's free. It's been out there for about a hundred years.

Name schools compete to get the few graduates as junior transfers. They usually give them full rides. Their alumni have been very successful.

It's not entirely impossible to get in. Not that many National Merit Scholars look forward to spending their first two years in college as celibate ranch hands.

Check it out, really, if you haven't already considered it.

4/27/2008 11:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because it's all male doesn't mean their celibate...ever been on a submarine?

However, it sounds like honest work and you get an education to top it off, great deal! I am going to read up on it. Thanks.

4/28/2008 11:20 AM

Blogger reddog said...

I don't think you really understand how small and isolated this place is. There are no female girl persons anywhere around.

4/28/2008 12:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reddog. I think you might have missed the other anon's point. Submarines are small and isolated with no female girl persons around...yet he hints that not all the men on there are celibate. Hmmmmmmm?!?!?!?!?!

4/28/2008 12:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

such as Brokeback Mountain?

4/28/2008 12:21 PM

Blogger reddog said...

Well, on the 575, Friday was always Disco Night, in the Crew's Mess. We hung up the glitter ball and played a lot of Donna Summer. Other than that, if you wanted a BJ or anything, you pretty much had to go see the XO.

4/28/2008 1:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Now that's funny.

I had a few real loosers for XOs. One actually had to be told by the CO, in front of the crew, to take a shower.

Haven't heard anything from FTN lately. We didn't sacre him away, did we?

4/28/2008 2:55 PM


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