¯$206: Plane ride to Sarasota, FL
Where grandparents live out their twilight years
¯$85: Fake ID
Because being under 65 is apparently not kosher
¯$4.99: Neon yellow fanny pack
Before American Apparel decided it was cool, seniors everywhere gave it the collective thumbs up
¯$24.99: Aloha-print shirt
Short sleeves of course; I didn't want to be the only one without.
¯$29.95: A ukulele
To strum along to the sunset
¯$6.00: Admission to the Ringling Museum of the American Circus
I have a newfound respect for the Bearded Lady
¯$14.99: Barry Manilow's greatest hits album
Gossip fodder for the elevator
¯$17.99: The early bird special at Yoder's, the local Amish haunt
What can I say, I missed dear old Pennsylvania
We asked Yasmin "everybody knows her" Radjy how to make friends and influence people.
Street: Why do they call you "Big Pun?"
Yasmin Radjy: Because I pun-ish my friends and family regularly with my pun-gently awful sense of humor.
Street: Can you pun in different languages?
YR: Yes, bilingual puns are my favorite.
We give ourselves names in order to belong, in order to give ourselves a history. Although few Penn students are likely to be involved in any official street gang or mob activity, the need to create a family endures.
Street: How long have you been friends?
David Rimoch: We met in middle school when we were 11, but became friends sophomore year of high school.
Street: What were your first impressions of each other?
Pedro Gerson: One of the first stories I have is that in 8th grade I was in the principal's office and I saw a list of the class rankings for everyone in our year.
At the end of the summer when many of my classmates, and most of my friends, jetted off to their new and exciting locales for this semester, I hopped on a plane headed straight back to junior year in Philadelphia.
$140: Fake ID
Bring it on, Smoke's.
$425: Brother's Fine Furniture
Look up classy in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of my red leather couch.
$250: Wine & Spirits
I didn't mind that this all disappeared in one night, but did they have to drink all my Martinelli's?!
Every good story begins with, "So it was 3 a.m., and I went to McDonald's."
Told parents I bought spare light bulbs; really bought the parts for a beer bong.
$16.11: Fresh Grocer
You can't have a party without Solo cups.
$13.00: Liberty Taxi
A sound investment if your idea of a good night is a half hour wait outside Red Sky.
$586.51: Campus Bookstore
I hate this place so much, but behold the power of bursar.
$76.06: Tangerine Restaurant
If your date isn't all over you by the end of dinner here, you have no game.
$100: Apple Computer credit
Not looking so cool for buying the iPhone early now, am I?
I wonder if transporting a 300-pound ice luge in the backseat is a breach of contract.
I admit it, I was the guy who was stealing the rest of the house's body wash this week.
We may call ourselves "social," but the fact is that, for better or for worse, we are an Ivy. And though it is Penn's Ivy-ness that drew us here, it is also this same quality that tortures us most on Spring Fling weekend.
Consider Flinging with College senior and FlingSafe emeritus Josh Matz. He's infectious.
Street: Looking forward to Fling?
Joshua Matz: I don't think I've done Fling since freshman year.
Street: Where did you live freshman year?
JM: I was in the Quad in the residential program for the study of emerging infectious diseases.