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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Spooky season has ended and Thanksgiving is upon us. It's finally November, and we all know that Christmas season is finally here. If you haven't listened to "All I Want for Christmas" by Mariah Carey yet, what are you doing with your life? While some are stressed about having the perfect Thanksgiving menu, let's be honest, the real problem is what you're getting your mom for Christmas.

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The Gift of a Letter

There's nothing like getting into the holiday spirit when you receive your first Christmas card in the mail. One way to cheer up your fellow family members or friends is to write them a meaningful note. Handwritten letters are a great way to show your love to others without having to buy materialistic items. If you want to put your own spin to this gift idea, think about writing "Read Me When" letters to your mom, dad, best friend, or significant other. These letters are a great way to stay in touch with family members and serve as a great reminder for "thinking of you".

The Gift of Teaching

Don't have the money to spend on an expensive gift? Think about sharing a valuable skill this holiday season. A good way to build relationships with others is by spending time with those you love. If you are really good at playing piano, think about offering lessons to someone that is interested in music. Teach someone how to paint, skateboard, or crochet. Whatever you're good at, look at it as an opportunity to share what you love with who you love.

The Gift of a Favor

All of us need a break sometimes, and what better way to help someone out than during the Christmas season? If you enjoy babysitting or dog sitting, offer to take care of children or pets as a way to give back. Parents and neighbors will greatly appreciate a night without the responsibility of having to cater to someone else every minute of the hour. If babysitting isn't your thing, think about raking leaves or washing cars to help a fella out.

The Gift of Listening

Next time a friend needs someone to talk to, lend them an ear to share their story. We often take for granted the number of opportunities we have to learn from others. Take some time to listen to others and give them your whole attention. Stay away from distractions and get to know them. You'll never know what you'll learn about someone until you spark a conversation.

The Gift of Memories

Now, this one may add a little more time and thought than the other gifts, but memories serve a big factor for the Christmas season. If you have printed photos from throughout the year, use an old frame to create a memory album for family or friends. Photos are great reminders of past experiences and good memories. I will always favor personal gifts over materialistic items. The gift of a memory is unlike any other.

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