5 Perks Of A Vacated Midwest College Town During The Summer

5 Perks Of A Vacated Midwest College Town During The Summer

Grand Forks wasn't built around a lake, but it can still be a great place to be.

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No longer being a kid during the summer royally sucks. I cannot effectively express my distaste for having so many responsibilities and being forced to be an adult, but I sure can try.

I miss the days of completely blowing off work for a week and heading to the lake to just sit back and relax. I'm grown up now, I no longer make attempts to blow off work and I follow my morals. However, the problem with this is, that it's tough to go to the lake when It's almost three hours away, and I have work the next day.

So what are the perks of being an adult in a vacated college town?

1. Drinking at the bars becomes way more spacious and tolerable

Do you like elbow room when you enjoy a cold adult beverage after a long week or a long day? Do you like not having to wait in a line to get a drink from a crowded bar? Do you like to be able to hear the person you're at the bar with? Then summer is the perfect time in Grand Forks for you.

It's significantly easier to ignore one incredibly drunk person singing karaoke for one song every few hours than listening to a line of overly hammered college students singing the same six songs every three hours.

2. The races are pretty cool, if you're into that

Specifically, in my college town of Grand Forks North Dakota, we have races on Friday and Saturday nights, and they're a huge hit.

I, for one, have not been the world's biggest fan of people racing cars around in a circle. There's a lot that goes into that, and I fully understand and respect the people with the gonads to do that sort of thing, but River Cities Speedway is always poppin' every single weekend when it's dry out. You can hear it all around town, and you hear about it on the radio and on the news. It looks like everyone that goes absolutely aches to go all throughout the work week.

It's the highlight of a lot of people's lives, and that's a good atmosphere to be in.

3. Want a pizza from somewhere? It'll get there significantly faster now

If you're like me and hate leaving your house when you feel like being completely lazy and decide to order pizza, you thoroughly hate when it takes too long and you find other things to munch on waiting for the pizza to come, only to end up being full after signing the receipt. Granted, it's not the worst thing to ever happen when a pizza takes longer than a half hour, but it's breathtaking when you get it 20 minutes after you placed the order.

4. Everyone loves a good gathering around a fire pit

Bring the booze, the tailgates, the friends, and the laughs and memories will flow like the ancient rivers of Babylon. The weekends are wonderful times to be stranded in small midwest towns that typically are filled with college kids. Being at home with your best friends and sitting around a perfectly stoked fire is one of the most blissful and relaxing things to do after a 60 hour work week.

5. Grilling every night never gets old

I could destroy cheese burgers, steaks, chicken, hot dogs, and anything else that is typically cooked on the grill. There are so many recipes on how to cook amazing delicacies on the grill, that you could have something different every single night from when the snow melts, to when the leaves begin to float graciously to the deteriorating grass.

If you're a vegetarian or a vegan, you can always figure something out — like grilled corn on the cob or other different ways to grill vegetables. Also, thank you for leaving more deliciousness for the rest of us this summer season.

I'm not sure if it's just me, but does everything taste much better after it's been grilled? Science? Can we get someone on this to make it a proven fact and to discover why that's a thing?

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."


Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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Who thought aliens from a silly space app could give good advice. Welcome to Walkr.

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GI recently got a pedometer app (a step tracker) called Walkr: Fitness Space Adventure. Along with tracking your steps, it unlocks planets that have little alien inhabitants. These creatures send you messages occasionally, some silly, some helpful, and everything in between. I thought I would share with you my favorites thus far. Here are my top 15 inspirational messages from aliens:

1. When you are doubting yourself...

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Zombies love you for who you are, no matter what.

2. Take care of those you love...

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No one deserves to be sad. Especially the moon who is the light of your night.

3. I love eating...

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Envy is a deadly sin, but ice cream is not. Snowmen know sometimes you need a snack.

4. There are no shortcuts in life...

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Shortcuts in life leave you shorthanded and unprepared. Be the diamond in the rough, or the pearl.

5. Eat your vegetables...

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Take care of your body and it will take care of you. And avoid space pirates.

6. Take time to take care of yourself...

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Little things for self care can make a big difference. Musical Andrew reminds you to eat and drink lots of water.

7. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes...

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Walking help you clear your head, and gives you a reason to get out of the house if you don't have a dog that wants to go to the park.

8. Where words fail, music speaks...

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Bon Jovi probably liked space. Express yourself with music, or tune out the world to take care of yourself.

9. Don't trust strangers...

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Don't take food from strangers unless it's Halloween. And don't follow them into the woods, even if they are trees.

10. School is a necessary evil...

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School may seem like torture now, but you'll be grateful you did it when you are older, even if you want to set your work on fire right now.

11. Never stop believing...

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Keep hope and imagination in your heart and you will feel young forever.

12. Sometimes it's about the journey, not the destination...

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It's not always about progress, but about the process, even if the idea of success tastes sweet.

13. Success is relative to each of us...

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Your idea of being courageous may not be the same as someone else's, but that doesn't make their any less valid a success.

14. Don't let others hold you back...

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15. Don't judge a book by it's cover...

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Some people that look odd on the outside may be diamonds in the rough. But don't forget also that some people who look harmless can secretly bite.

Some of this advice may seem silly, but rooted deep in it can be found inspirational advice. You may not see it now, but when you need to hear it, that advice becomes very clear. Who knew that a ball of ghost fire or a sugar cube could give such good advice? I hope at least one of these little aliens gave you some useful inspiration today.

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