Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Road Trip Day 5 - Our Old Stomping Grounds

Becky and I continued our road trip up Illinois on to Champaign, Illinois. Not only did Becky and I grow up in the same neighborhood, but we attended the same grade school, high school, and even college - the University of Illinois (see picture of us our first semester of college). We decided to be roommates in the dorms our freshman year. Everyone said that it would be the end of our friendship, we'd get on each other's nerves. But we were friends already for so long and had only one true fight (over a boy) that we knew we could live with one another in harmony. And we did, our friendship grew, and we only had one fight (over a beer) in the two years we lived together.

Here's a pic of us below in front of Snyder Hall, the dorm we lived in (Room 306). We lived in that small room and made many friendships (and plenty of shenanigans - some I'd be happy to tell you, some I may keep to myself!) in those halls. Half of our floor was for girls and half the floor was for guys separated by a locked door. One funny fact about Room 306 is that when we connected our TV, we'd only get two channels: CBS and Mtv (maybe another reason I love music). All we had to do was fill out a maintenance report and probably have it fixed. Did we? No, for some odd (lazy) reason, we didn't for TWO years! Our daily routine was pretty much this: go to classes, come home and take a nap, watch the video countdown on Mtv, go to dinner in the cafeteria, study (yes, we really did study and got good grades!) and at about 11pm go out! Yes, go out at 11pm. We didn't go out every night, but I'd say 4-5 nights a week, we'd be social! This was our freshman year schedule. Our sophomore year we both joined sororities and the Human Development and Family Studies Club, so we had added meetings and events as well. Word on the street is that Snyder Hall is now considered the "Clean Teen" dorm: no drinking, no smoking, no opposite sex sleepovers. What is funny about that is that is probably what the rules were when we went there, but no one really enforced them (or maybe our floor was really sneaky...I remember a time where some guys smuggled in a Party Ball full of beer).

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Becky and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring our old campus together. It was a beautiful fall day, and we walked on "the quad" where many buildings where we attended classes were (see the Illini Union in the background where we occasionally went bowling!). The students looked young and scholarly, many were texting and walking. I wished I'd have brought a backpack to pretend I was going to class. If we'd had more time, I may have even sat in on one in the auditorium!

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We then headed towards where our favorite bars/hangouts were in town. Here's us in front of Kam's, the bar we frequented the most. We were all set to go in and have a Coke and "take a lap" there, but it was closed. Back in college, we'd take a lap and see who was there and if anyone there was cute! Anyone else remember the terms scam and mash? (To scam was to flirt, mash was make out. There was plenty of both going on at Kam's back in the day.) A few of our favorite restaurants and bars were gone, but we ate lunch at a pub that was there way back when. We also had to stop and buy Illini wear for ourselves and our kids! (Becky and I even bought the same tshirt.)
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After our trip down Green Street and memory lane, we headed north home. We still had plenty to talk about (now mostly reminiscing and laughing about crazy college days) on the three hours left in our road trip. I feel so fortunate to have a lifelong friend that I can take off with like that and also fortunate to come home to be smothered in kisses from my family.

21 comments:

Keri Mikulski said...

What a wonderful trip down memory lane.. Awe.. The college years. :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks for sharing! :)

WordWrangler said...

Love the pics of you two! This will be one of those trips that ends up somewhere in one of your stories. :)

hugs,
Donna

Angela said...

I think this is just so cool. It must be so awesome to relive all those great moments from your past.

Kelly said...

With marriage, work, and kids, we hadn't spent that much alone time together since college, so it was really fun to have girl time and to reminisce too!

Rena said...

Looks like so much fun. I always get a kick out of visiting old schools. I went to my elementary school when I went to CA this summer. Fun stuff. Glad you had a great time, Kelly!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Sounds like you had soooo much fun going back to school! I love that you guys are still besties and I find it hilarious that the only two fights you ever had were over boys and beer.

You sound like Jersey girls. ; )

Kim Kasch said...

You girls rule!!!

You are to kewl!

My heroes.

Sharon Mayhew said...

College friends are great. I have several that are lifers...One friend and I went for almost 20 years without seeing each other, when we did get back in touch, it was just like we hadn't been apart for a day.

Anita said...

All that, and what I really want to know is what happened to the boy you fought over!

(Thanks for sharing the other stuff, too!)

Kelly said...

Rena-It is fun to visit the old school. We had a tour of our old hs this year, it was fun!
Suz-It is funny, isn't it?!
Kim-Girlfriends do rule!! :)
Sharon-That is so true, you can just pick up where you left off.
Anita-I was gaga over an older funny boy named Ken most of my freshman year and beginning of sophomore year and Becky then liked him too (and gasp! borrowed his sweatshirt). I didn't talk to her for weeks! :) Neither one of us dated him then, (not by our choice!). (I did briefly date him the next year...secretly, she and my other bestie knew but noone else) And we still tease him for being the reason for our only fight in hs!

adrienne said...

It cracks me up that you fought over a beer!
That sounds like such a fun trip. I'd love to visit my college campus.
You guys look right at home there!

Kelly H-Y said...

How fun hearing about your road trip and seeing all the fun pics! Love it!!

Anita said...

Thanks for clearing that up!

Sliding on the Edge said...

Very sweet. You're so lucky to have this long time friend to remember with.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I want to go on a girlfriend road trip! How cool!

Myra said...

Sweatshirts and turtlenecks ... those were the days ...

Jim Danielson said...

Kelly,
Didn't know you were a Uof Illinois grad...me (and 2 of my kids) too! Obviously I was there quite a few years earlier -- Snyder (and the 5 surrounding dorms) were called MRH, as in Men's Residence Halls. Hope to see you next Saturday at PWD!

Denise said...

How fun. I was just there with Regina and we had a blast.

The Wild About Writing Trio said...

It sounds like you two had a great trip! The campus looks wonderful. When you were in Champaign, you were only about 45 minutes away from me.

Becky Monroe said...

Gosh, I want to do that again - SOON... Okay, maybe I just want to go back for a weekend or two... We thought we had so much to do and so little time to do it - even though we had two classes a day and no other responsibilities!
Those were the days (and the drunken nights!)