It’s back to school time, so this might be a common sight in the box store near you. I joke about making sure I avoid going shopping this time of year, and I do my best to stick to that maxim– it’s all stressed-out freshman, stressed-out parents, and carts full of rubbermaid things and particle-board bookshelves blocking every aisle, which doesn’t make for a pleasant experience for me.

As for the food habits of incoming freshmen, do they still operate this way, grasshopper and ant style? I’m quite a few years out of the dorms now, so I’m sure things are at least a little different. Gone are the huge CRT monitors and CD players of old, and everyone probably spends all their time on their cell-phones tweeting to each other’s Facelr-pages about the twerking they’ve Tumblegrammed to each other. Now that I’m officially over thirty, you can see that the Douglas Adams quote I read when I was a freshman is coming to pass:

– everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

– anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

– anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

– Douglas Adams, via his article “How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

Truthfully, I’m not really that curmudgeonly about things– after all I don’t have a yard to chase kids off of yet. Mostly I just get a little grouchy when shopping carts full of laundry baskets are blocking my escape routes, and I’m sure I was doing the same thing when I was a freshman. They are still teenagers, and this is how they’re indoctrinated into society. I tell you what though, when I meet a medical doctor twelve or more years younger than me, I’m going to be very concerned.

Now, time to post this! And time for me to go see if Lorie has any snacks.