Welcome to Notes from a Far-Flung Correspondent, which features the weekly interests and musings of Bossy’s Son, who is currently enjoying his sophomore year at Columbia University in the City of New York.
This week: Pluses and Perils of Dorm Life
PLUS: You get to see one of the most beautiful campuses in the world covered in pristine snow:
PERIL: If you’re a broke college student and have been relying on a bicycle to get around? Oh well:
PLUS: If you’re dying for a home cooked meal, you can rely on bimonthly potluck dinners produced in the dorm floor’s kitchen — pictured here are pigs-in-a-blanket, lasagna, shrimp cocktail, picadillo, fried plantains, and tomatoes & mozzarella:
PERIL: Please. Have you checked the price of shrimp cocktail lately?!?
PLUS: Your friends are always there to pose for photos in our best moments:
PERIL: Your friends are always there to pose for photos in our best
PLUS: You have the boys, the multi-regional collection of your best guy friends, the type of combination that allows you to go hyphy listening to Brooklyn Go Hard…
PERIL: When that very same best guy friend acts the dope and slices his thumb open while trying to open a champagne bottle, it means a 1:00am trip to St. Luke’s Emergency Center.
PLUS: Student section for great men’s basketball games! Can you spot Bossy’s son?
PERIL: Student section for terrible men’s football games. Seriously, guys. Win a game.
PLUS: You get to introduce your friends to your hometown sports team, customs, quirks, and pride:
PERIL: And then you miss home.
Victoria saysFebruary 16, 2010 at 11:52 pm
Awww, Bossy’s son, just Awwwww!
The Domestic Goddess saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 7:40 am
College looks like it’s turning out to be fun. Enjoy every minute. When it’s over? BAM. Life!
Suzanne saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 8:03 am
Even though you two have Stella crammed into the corner, I know she loves sharing her sofa with her brother. I agree with Victoria… Awwwww
jp saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 8:25 am
Good looking Lazagna and Mozz. & Tomato???
bossy's friend martha's sister saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 9:44 am
looks like you need a sled for those stairs
kristin saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 9:48 am
I would go back to college just for that potluck dinner.
dgm saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 9:48 am
Wow. 25 years after I went to college, and your experience is freakily similar to mine, including the 1 a.m. trip to the ER for a sliced thumb but excluding the snow.
WebSavvyMom saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 10:05 am
–>Great job Bossy’s son… Oh college life, the best six years of my life. Urrr…ummm… I mean FOUR years.
It’s the only time all of your friends live within a 2 mile radius, have no job, no money and are ready to do something every day.
zeghsy saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 10:49 am
bossy’s son writes some darn nice posts. has he considered a blog of his own? not til his homework is done though.
Manic Mommy saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 11:16 am
The ER trip is good practice for being a parent. Hopefully you didn’t have to pin anyone down while they stitched him up.
km saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 11:29 am
bossy’s son, I love that campus, hanging on the steps in the sunshine people watching…bit chilly for it now huh?
Add in dark pictures of bands in small nightclubs or bands in drafty hangar-warehouses, and exclude that good-looking food and you have the guts of my experience too.
Add in wine and cheese art exhibitions (Euro college) and Soc. kegs and we’re there!
rockle saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 11:41 am
i didn’t think ANYTHING would make me miss syracuse and the snow, especially after all the snow we’ve gotten in my neck of the woods, but boy howdy, that first picture makes me miss college, just a little bit. which i NEVER though would happen again.
Bellacantare saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm
I never understood why the desk chair was always turned over in my guy friends’ dorm rooms. Why? It works much better as a chair than whatever it could be upside down and in the middle of the room.
Meg saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm
I miss college. *Sniff*
Tootsie Farklepants saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm
I love how Stella is all squooshed up in the corner of the couch!
David saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm
What on earth is picadillo? I know what a pecadillo is, but I wouldn’t want to eat one.
OK, last picture did make me get all squishy.
ScottsdaleGirl saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Champagne? I call a college do over…one with CHAMPAGNE.
(rather than all that tequila and keg beer)
BOSSY saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm
Ohhhh, how this post makes Bossy miss her college days of hanging in the dorm and cooking with friends and going out every night and meeting in the quad and… oh wait, Bossy didn’t go to college… until later… and it sure is different at 35… although she can tell you that Champagne did happen!
Julie saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm
Is it just me, or has everyone fallen in love with Bossy’s son?
I mean, it’s kind of wrong, isn’t it? He’s like twelve or something, and I’m about 90?? Feels like it…
Gramps saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Lord, I remember champagne in college. Of course, in the olden days at San Jose State, we could get some “great” stuff for about a buck and a half
Terrible headaches the next day
reen saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm
What’s that can in your hand, there, Bossy’s Son?? 🙂 Looks like you’re living college life to the fullest!
BossysMom saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm
Where is the crime scene tape on the PERIL friends picture.
BOSSY saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm
Also, please pass the lasagna. And the fried plantains.
almudena saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm
everyone needs a friend with quirky glasses.
La Suzette saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm
You rock, Bossy’s son, love the cutting back and forth between plusses and peril! I don’t miss college, but then, we didn’t drink champagne and – believe me! – the potlucks did not include things like caprese (official name for tomato & mozzarella) salad!
Reeb saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm
1. Love the snow-on-bicycles shot.
2. BossysSon has very sophisticated cook-friends, to come up with that buffet. You did all that in your rooms??
3. In group photo of friends, the woman’s head at very bottom next to pink-shirt-girl looks totally photoshopped in. Was she really there? I’m sorry but her head and arm are going diff directions. (brings to mind a genuinely photoshopped group shot of some friends where one person was added in later, and was that ever creeeeepeee.)
4. B.S, thank you for no photo of paint on bare chest. but then again, where’s your school spirit? and hard s?
5. You sure know how to butter up your mom and her posse, including that last photo. awww.
A+++ for this post.
Reeb saysFebruary 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Not sure if it’s worse to put in cybersitter-removed word above, or to let it slide. Bossy, why doesn’t your blog have a do-over option (or at least preview)??
um, so in number 4 I was inquiring bout why we didn’t see BossySon’s school spirit as exemplified by blue paint on hard nipples. now I’ll shut up.
Amy saysFebruary 18, 2010 at 11:11 am
How adorable is he? Those pictures bring back memories… went to FIT and on weekends we hung out at Columbia many, many times (to see cuties like Bossy’s son :)) They didn’t win any football games back then either…haha!
APeetsMom saysFebruary 19, 2010 at 12:48 am
You simply are the coolest college kid out there I have to say. Very impressed. I will get your mom to bring you Peet’s coffee from California and then you’ll be set!
maria from nj saysFebruary 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm
WOW! Both types of plantains and picadello! Making my mouth water now
Gail K. saysFebruary 22, 2010 at 10:05 am
Jeez, most “buffets” when I went to college, would have consisted of the pigs in a blanket only. And I went to a Culinary School!!
I call do over too!
Carroll saysFebruary 26, 2010 at 1:01 am
So, I’ve been away from my home computer for almost a month now. First thing I did after firing it up just now? Checked Bossy’s blog and skipped STRAIGHT to the Far-Flung Correspondent section.
I’m already marking my calendar for when you do a book-signing someday, Kid Bossy. Your writing? It rocks!