Monday, July 21, 2003

Everywhere I look, I can see summer camp campers.

On our campus, every summer, there are a number of camps. Science Camps. Sports Camps. Make Web Pages Camp. Cyber Sports Camp (play sports and make web pages). Arts Camp. Adventure Camp. There are a tonne of kids on our campus right now. Add to that, the hundreds of people who are here participating in conferences. The place is absolutely buzzing.

At the end of the day, leaving campus is becoming increasingly difficult. Soccer mum's in vans double park absolutely everywhere, picking up their campers. Apparently, upon giving birth, you are issued a parking permit which allows you to park wherever you want, for however long you want, if you are dropping off or picking up children. Never mind that it is potentially dangerous (not to mention inconvenient). These suburban mums don't seem to grasp the concept of driving in city traffic. They are some of the worst drivers I have ever seen. I am usually quite mild-mannered but these women have driven me to foul bouts of road rage this summer. It's not fun.

Summer used to be peaceful on our campus. The bulk of the students would leave town at the end of April. Inter-session victims would take spring and summer classes but the place was really quiet. There weren't any line-ups, anywhere. Parking was not a problem (in the winter it's a horrendous problem!). Over the past few summers, there has been a large amount of construction on our campus. Two new buildings opened in 2002. There are about 4 buildings either under construction or under major renovation on campus right now. To say it's noisy and smelly around here would be an understatement.

I shouldn't complain too loudly. Summer is fleeting and before I know it, it'll be September again. Somehow though, I'm really looking forward to seeing the purple people return! They're noisy and they're smelly but, in comparison to construction and children, they don't seem so bad!


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