1. Football, Football, Football: If you don't have an interest in football, get one. And fast. There are two seasons in Oxford: Football season and pre-football season. The lingua franca is Rebel football and anything related to Rebel football. If you must talk about pro football, you can get away with being a fan of the Colts and/or the Giants. Because they have Mannings. And even a Vol Manning is part of the Rebel fold. As a tepid fan myself, I suggest reading the Oxford Eagle daily as well as the Clarion-Ledger for sports. And you have to at least know that this exists.
|Thank heaven that Archie Manning didn't choose to wear #2 or 10!|
3. We have electricity almost 6 days a week: Brown-outs and blackouts are part of life here. People ask where I learned to type so fast and blog so quickly. Easy. I try to beat the blackout. Blackouts happen from everything to the occasional tornado, thunderstorm, stupid texting kid hitting a power pole, or a squirrel*. If you notice your microwave's clock blinking or your cable channels re-setting once a week, that's all normal. If it happens twice a week, blame your roommate. They are totally messing with you.
4. Roadwork gets done only when you are in a hurry, late for something or there's a huge event going on. There's no getting around it. And those guys are never too clear with the "STOP/SLOW" reversible sign, so you have to roll down the window and call out, "Reckon** I can go now?" Then they'll let you know.
5. Everything is 7 minutes away in Oxford. Unless you don't know where you're going or there's construction going on.
6. The SEE NO EVIL HOURS: Girls can look like this when they're jogging, shopping at Wal-Mart between 1am and 6am, and...sigh... going to Sunday Mass:
|Brevard Hall REPRESENT!|
|Ventress Hall REPRESENT!|
|Blind Pig REPRESENT!|
|Only one in a billion bearded crazy guys end up being this guy.|
*Each time the power goes out, coolers come out, candles are lit and parties are had. The next day, someone is selling t-shirts to commemorate the occasion. I once had neighbors wearing t-shirts honoring THE GREAT SQUIRREL CAUSED BLACKOUT OF 2007.
**"Reckon" is one of those words that you can use to be more of an Oxonian than just a tourist, student or professor from up north.