Yesterday I dragged my neurotic butt to a parent's orientation of my kid's new University.
New buildings, fine landscaping. It's an impressive sight all clean, modern and efficient. I couldn't figure out how'd they get so much money? I suppose it's the house that basketball built? I have no clue.
Considering the university is processing 3K new students, they are brilliant for using this kind of orientation. They have groups of five hundred Freshmen trooping through. Scared new punkins won't face long lines, huge crowds to get signed up for classes and they have two days to get all the questions answered. They herded us parental units beautifully.
Yet something was missing in that shining city on the hill. When I got home, I realized. No dogs. I saw miles of sidewalks and there is a terrible absence of dogs and not enough babies or toddlers. No cats, either, come to think of it.
Sprawling, gleaming universities are fun to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.