Category Archives: College

You Gotta Have Vocab

Once you start hanging out with a group of friends for a period of time, a strange thing starts to happen. Most likely, everyone will be speaking the same language (English, Spanish etc…), but you start to develop your own dialect.

Words are shortened. Inside jokes become shorthand and code words. Sometimes new words or phrases are made up out of the blue. It gets to the point where some conversations, while in the lingua franca, are virtually incomprehensible to outsiders.

I love that point.

I have several groups of friends with several distinct dialects, but in this post, I’m going to cover a small portion of the slang my college friends and I developed.

Da na na!- An exclamation introduced by my friend Stillman, who brought it from his high school in St. Louis. It’s a catchall phrase but most often used as a greeting between friends in our group or a response to good news. Example: Stillman: “Did you hear the Red Wings were eliminated?” Me: “Da na na!”

404- The general term for our house my senior year of college. Example: Deane: “What’s going on tonight?” Me: “Get over to 404, we’re having a party.”

Bro, Broseph or Brah- Also used as a greeting, mostly between my friend Mike and I. However, it is meant ironically after having heard it genuinely from numerous meathead frat boys at our part-time job. Example: Me: “Broseph, what’s up?” Mike: “Brah, not much.”

Itchy- An adverb that is not used in its traditional sense. Mostly, it is used when a member of the group is excited about something or questioning someone about something potentially exciting. I believe it was introduced by my friend John. Example: “So did you hear about that itchy job yet?”

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An Oldie But a Goodie

My last post was a column-y piece that I decided to write on a whim. I hadn’t written one in a while, and I forget how much I liked them. So I decided to dig up something I wrote in my editorial writing class in 2008.

We (me and my fellow classmates) were told to write a Thanksgiving themed editorial (in 20 minutes). The best three were run in the Columbia Missourian Thanksgiving day as guest editorials. Mine was selected for publication.

I know it’s past Thanksgiving but take a gander anyway.

Right now the world is a scary place. The economy is horrible, the country is at war and pollution and global warming threaten future generations. Right now it’s easy to be cynical and curse the world you feel like you have no control over. But what does that accomplish? Nothing. If you really take a close look at your life, there is certainly something that you are thankful for. There is certainly something that gets you out of bed in the morning. There is certainly something you couldn’t do without. These are things we as a people need to focus on.

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The Good, The Bad and The Undergrad: The Worst

Since my list about growing up was such a hit, I thought I’d do a list about the period directly before growing up.


This is part one of a two-part list about College. I’m going to cover the best and worst things about higher learning. It was an eye-opening experience, and I want to document some of my memories, thoughts and events before I forget them.

The Bad

College was overwhelmingly positive for me. However, there were still things that I didn’t like. I want to start with those so I can end on a good note. Without further adieu:

The Student Health Center

Granted, I only went to the student health center once, but that was enough.

First, it was impossible to schedule an appointment. Then, when I went to my appointment, the entire staff seemed indifferent, which is definitely how you want health care professionals to feel when you’re ill. On top of that, the wait was unbearably long, even though there were only a handful of people. The doctor was the cherry on top. He gave me advice on par with my mother’s (“lots of fluids and rest”) and didn’t give me any antibiotics.

You might be thinking: Well you only went once, how do you know that wasn’t a freak occurrence?

I know because no one has anything good to say about it either. I knew someone who had to go in five different times to be correctly diagnosed with Mono. The first time there was nothing wrong with him. The second time he had a cold. The third time he had Strep Throat. The fourth time he finally had a blood test done. The fifth time he was correctly diagnosed. I have more stories, but I won’t bore you with them


The University of Missouri and the city of Columbia are several hundred dollars richer thanks to me and my ’94 Mercury Cougar. Sure, a lot of the tickets were my fault, but a lot were due to over zealous meter maids and the university’s poor planning.

Street spots on the Mizzou campus are scarce to say the least. Finding one requires telepathy, and even on her best day, Jean Grey would have trouble finding one.  Go to a garage then. Right?

Oh, if only.

There are garages on campus, but only one or two have meters. So there were always a ton of people vying for those spots. Theoretically, you can get a parking pass for a garage, but most of them went to staff and faculty. I can count on one hand the students I knew with a garage pass. What I got was a pain in the ass dubbed a commuter pass.

I parked a few miles away from campus, in a parking lot, and took a shuttle to campus. It doesn’t sound that bad…unless you have to stay on campus later than 6:00. After 6:00 the shuttle stops running in 20 minute intervals and starts an “expanded route,” which means you never know when the hell it’s coming, if at all. This caused problems.

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New Post On The Way

I want to write something about what I liked and disliked about the University of Missouri (or Mizzou to the cool kids). Any current or former Tigers have suggestions? I have some ideas but suggestions might jog my memory. Let me know!

The famous columns

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