Tales of Spring Breaks Past
Spring break is this week. “And there was much rejoicing!” (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”)
ASU does a great job promoting spring break safety for students. If you feel you’ve missed out, then come on over to the Health Clinic and peruse our brochures. I’m sure you can find several to assist in spring break safety planning. I won’t belabor those safety tips readily available to you, but I will share a few stories that may be helpful.
The Beach Destination
I had some friends in college who went on the typical beach trip. There was an attractive female in a condo close to theirs and several of the friends were in pursuit to win a kiss from the Fair Maiden. They used the typical cringe-worthy ’90s pickup lines.
PERSON IN PURSUIT: Did it hurt?
PERSON IN PURSUIT: It must have hurt when you fell from heaven.
One of these pickup lines actually worked and my friend was rewarded with a romantic walk on the beach with the young lady. They found the perfect spot in the sand to sit and watch the sunset. Ahh … young love. It lasted all of 2 minutes until an angry man stormed on the scene.
MAN: Son, you’re with my daughter. Do you know how old she is?
GUY: Huh? She said she was 18.
She was 15. Nothing untoward happened in this misadventure but it’s a good reminder that:
A) People lie, and
B) Consider spending more time with your friends on the break rather than going off alone with someone you do not know.
The Camping Trip
This was to be the grandest of all camping adventures. These were the days before cell phones were a routine accessory and their vehicle broke down in the dark, There was quite a long hike before the group found a way to call for assistance.
Later during that same trip, the group camped under the stars (because of a malfunctioning tent) while serenaded by the screams of a mountain lion.
The camping trip continued. They ran out of clean drinking water and, yes, made it down the mountain alive to rehydrate, but barely. Still, with no loss of life or limb, they called that trip a success.
The Jail Cell
One other spring break beach trip cautionary tale: Friends were using a hot tub in a hotel that was not the hotel in which they were paid guests. They were arrested. That’s called trespassing. Don’t do it.
College life is a time of adventure and certainly some misadventure. Use your wonderful brains and cell phones and sunscreen. And don’t forget to plan ahead to ensure your safety and enjoy your break from school. Do not use a ’90s pickup line.
Happy spring break to you all.