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"Who has a job lined up?" I don't remember, now, who it was who posed that question. A professor? A dean? A parent? A volunteer? It could have been anyone, really. I don't remember who specifically it was that asked, but I do remember that someone, whoever it was, posed that question to the lineup of graduating LAS students the morning of our graduation ceremony. "Who has a job lined up?" whoever it was asked. And no one at all could say that they did.   [caption id="attachment_75141" align="aligncenter" width="1400"] Undergrad college graduation in 2003. [/caption]   The job market in 2003 was particularly...

In my effort to save money I've been touting around my old Intermezzo travel mug full of coffee each morning. Chelsa commented on it the other day and I told her that it was the cafe in the Krannert Center where I spent most of my undergrad volunteering. By far, the thing I remember most about Intermezzo was the time they introduced the meal of the century: the Six Layers of Kevin Bacon...

Sunday was Wednesday Lunch at Murphy's. You heard me. A bunch of us met there for lunch. In a nice coincidence Murphy's is also celebrating their 40th anniversary this year! I got a bacon cheeseburger but in retrospect I do not think there was any bacon on it. LAME. It was still delicious. A ton of the Wednesday lunchers/KCSAers showed up and it was awesome to keep catching up! Jeff showed up! I was happy because I never see Jeff and it was the first time I got to see him that weekend! AND he gave me a copy of Horsemen of the Esophagus...

Saturday night, after the KCSA reunion at Krannert Center, the KCSA after party began with a late night trip to Courier Cafe. We had an insane amount of people (18) and I don't think the wait staff was very happy about that. I caught up a bit with Kristie and Chris and Caroline jumped into the twentieth century by finally getting a cell phone. She called Kate at the other end of the table and it took some goading after three tries to get her to answer the phone from the number she didn't recognize. I got myself a chocolate milkshake and...

After grabbing pizza at Papa Del's and spending the afternoon at the KCSA reunion party I headed back to Sarah's place and hung out with her and Sid and Glen and Jen and Andrew and Glen and Jen. Sid and Glen failed at installing a PlayStation or Xbox or something while Sarah made a delicious fruit salad. Then we played a game that had both no rules and the weirdest rules possible and was either about zombies or not. I still don't understand it. Andrew won but I am not certain of how. ...

Saturday afternoon (after stuffing myself with pizza at Papa Del's) I headed over to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for the first time since graduating from UofI. It was time to gather for the 40th reunion of the Krannert Center Student Association. Back in college I was the marketing director for two years and president for one of KCSA (Krannert Center Student Association), the organization that does all of the ushering and tours and hosts several big events at the Krannert Center in Urbana. For the 40th anniversary of Krannert Center they invited all of the alumni back for a...

While I was back in Champaign, Illinois, for the KCSA (Krannert Center Student Association) Reunion, my friends and I, of course, spent some time visiting old haunts from our college days. There was an afternoon drinking beers at Murphy's. There was a late-night dinner at The Courier Cafe. And there was a pizza party lunch at Papa Del's Pizza on Neil Street. Papa Del's is a Champaign institution. The restaurant serves the most authentic Chicago-style deep dish and stuffed pizza on the Chambana University of Illinois campus. Students and alumni flock there for slices of the savory pie. Obviously...

Friday night I took off for Urbana for the KCSA reunion and arrived at Sarah's place a little after 9. I was originally going to stay at Sid's but Sarah offered up her couch because she doesn't have mold in her bathroom. In fact, she has a beautifully decorated apartment! When I got there Jen and Andrew and Sid were there and they were playing some banana scrabble-like game which confused me because I expected them to be taking turns but they all dove right in. I played the next couple times then we switched to Taboo which I never played...

One of my ongoing projects is going to be to eventually scan and post every photo I have :) I might need more webspace for that one...