Wednesday, December 22, 2010

University Towns

I never realized how fortunate I was to be affiliated with a university for the past 8 years. I think I took it for granted. Now that I'm not going to or working for a university I realize all the great perks I had. The biggest perk that I took for granted was being able to use a state-of-the-art gym for free (as a student) or for a nominal fee (as staff). I didn't always take advantage of that, but man it was nice to have it there was an option. Baylor had a great indoor pool that I occasionally used. I don't have that available anymore. UT had free classes at the gym. I used to do yoga once or twice a week and I really enjoyed that. Now, nada. I take that back. I do actually have access to the gym at the lab where Jeremy works, but it's 35-45 minutes away so I don't think it's worth it to drive all that way to work out.

Also, I miss have access to cheap, smoke-free, entertainment. The University Center at UT charged $.06/minute for pool and also had good rates on bowling. It was great. Jeremy and I frequently went there to play pool on the weekends when we had nothing better to do. It was also a great place to people watch because undergrads are funny, especially when they're on awkward first dates. Not only did they have cheap pool and bowling, but there was a big screen TV with cable! Since we didn't have cable most of the time we lived in Knoxville, we sometimes went to the UC to watch Baylor games.

In addition, universities always have a wide variety of shows, concerts, plays, lectures, games, etc. Not that we necessarily went to a lot of those, but we did occasionally and it was nice to know we had the option.

Man, I miss living in a university town.

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