The University of Mary Washington held their homecoming last weekend. They let the students vote on their entertainment and the winner was some rapper named “Wale” who I’ve never heard of so he must be really popular.
The Wale concert ending up causing a brouhaha along Hanover Street. It seemed it was very loud and filled with profanity, which rappers aren’t known for (that’s sarcasm, kids).
A lot of people say “Hey, you chose to live near a university. Expect noises and live with it”. That’s like saying “expect keggers and panty raids now live with it” (actually, if you’re living with keggers and panty raids you’re expected to blog about it). I often agree with that argument. If you move next to an airport, expect low flying planes to rearrange your furniture and Hare Krishnas dancing in your yard. If you live next to a bar expect a lot of flashing blue lights and drunken hooliganisms to occur on a nightly basis. If you live in a neighborhood with a “Warning. Slow Children” sign, be careful because those kids are slow.
But while you can expect certain behavior people should also try to be good neighbors. Mow your grass, pick up the dog poop and don’t invite The Beastie Boys to point the PA speakers toward the neighbors.
UMW is at fault here because when you throw a loud party, you always invite the neighbors. No, that’s not right. You investigate who you invited to your party. UMW president Rick Hurley says the university should have checked up on the entertainment and voted against it. Ya think? Yes, Mr. Hurley. Wikipedia is your friend. Use it next time.
So neighbors, expect occasional noise. Don’t expect profanity. That’s not cool of UMW.
Kids, improve your taste in entertainment. It’s not like your gotta go with Hurley’s advice and have the band Train bore you for two hours…but ya know…rap? C’mon. It’s NOT music. OK, some of it’s cool…but the vast majority of it’s crap (by the way I really can NOT stand DJs but I can’t find a way to rag on them in this blog entry).
University falculty, yes…research who the kids pick. They’re kids. You’re not supposed to trust them. They’re going to do everything you did as a kid. Remember that? You’re weren’t really staying over night at your friend’s house like you told your parents…and it’s even worse now. Condoms are basically free and Taco Bell is now open 24 hours.
Kids, another piece of advice about parties. When you plan that bikini tequila fest in your parent’s house, don’t believe your mother when she says she’ll be gone all weekend. I don’t think my mom ever cried that much.