Saturday, May 21, 2005

Ahhhhhhhh, yeah...

One day more. The people I am renting a place from while in Tally are an older couple. The guy claims to be a professor at FSU. He wasn't listed on RateMyProfessor, but I did find him in the FSU bulletin - so, that part of his story checks out. He told me his wife lost the check I wrote them. "Okay... so, you want another one then?" Wrote it, then called my bank to stop payment on the first one. Nice old couple or not, I'm not risking it. The internship starts Monday. I have one more day to goof off, then it is nose to the grindstone. I feel ready to go, but am a little pensive at the thought of doing work that might really matter. And, doing work that has some time limit on it. In law school we had way too much time to drag our feet before having to get our butts into gear. And what of Tally? Again, the town is a hick-hole, no doubt - especially in the summer when fewer students are here - but I am in love! Look, unlike MIA, it doesn't take an hour to go 10 miles. You can transverse the entire length of Cap Circle (a road that goes around the perimeter of TLH - like 285 in ATL) in about 20 minutes. The airport has 6 gates - its runways don't even qualify for "international" status. No beach though. Not too much diversity in its populous either. I do like the Cuban flair of MIA a lot. And, as with most capital cities, the transient population seems a lot more active in TLH. But the house prices are decent (maybe that is because there are only 4 movie theaters, two malls, and one Target store within 200 miles). However, there are 5 Firehouse Subs. And the babes!!!!! Okay, MIA has its fair share of fine ladies, sure, but in TLH, with FSU, the ladies are in such a high concentration. Year after year. And, I'm astounded by the consistency of TLH. Same businesses, year after year, a little change here and there - a Starbuck's or two have popped up, but it is still full of locally owned niche places - Condomology and Rick's Toybox seem to be battling it out for the porn DVD market that used to belong to good old Video 21. But, all in all, the town hasn't changed. Again, not a place you'd come for to vacation - and my kids might be meth addicts (if I had kids, and raised them here). But for now, nostalgia, she has a hold of me.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Tally Town

Back in the Tally-town for some of the summer. I can't talk about my summer gig, but I can talk about Tally. The most striking thing is how much at ease I feel here. It is one of those "take it or leave it" places while your here as a student, but when you come back you realize how much you like it. I doubt others visiting for the summer will feel the same way. It is something that grows on you after spending years here (undergrad took me a while). First impression (undoubtedly the impression that others will leave their summer stint with) is dirty, run-down, boring, hick-ish. All true. But what it isn't - crowded, fast paced, remarkable. Tally is an unremarkable town, and I love it! More to come...