When I was living in State College I obviously didn't appreciate it the same way I do now, but that was probably because I was sleep deprived and ready to be done studying. Would I move back? Yea, probably to be even more sleep deprived as a grad student, but also just to live in that small-college-town vibe. If there was a football game I always felt like I had to be there, taking part in it because thats what you do! I forgot how lovely the town and campus are when they are deserted. I went to Saints Cafe and bought a tea, wandered around Rag & Bone (its a vintage shop, more on that later...), and sat with Juli and read magazines while she got her hair done. Then we got lunch at Irvings, and wandered all over campus to Old Main, the library, and the Lion Shrine. I'd say my favorite part of the trip was my epic two hour nap I took after all this walking.
Later, after Juli and I opted out of partying in favor of seeing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (A+, btw, I want to see it on repeat), we went to Chronic Town. Here is my admission of an epic alumni fail: I had never been there before. It burned down around the time I moved to State College, and then I graduated before it re-opened. Regardless, it was pretty funking awesome. My favorite DJ from the Lion 90.7 fm was DJ'ing and his beard was worship-worthy. Did I mention that I am the former co-president of his unofficial fan-club? True story. Unfortunately the man in the pictures is NOT him, the gentleman featured was in the band that played before we got there. They are from Pittsburgh, but thats all I could hear over his outfit which was so groovy I couldn't focus on much else.The other handsome devil is Matt, aka Tapes, aka Radar, and he kinda looks like Christian Bale in Newsies or American Psycho.
We drank Mexican Coca Cola and smoked hookah. Between screaming "COOL ETHAN" in public again with my fellow Cool Ethan Lover at the movie (if you understand the reference I will be impressed), and dancing to Tainted Love with Matt...nothing could have been more perfect. Oh, and the night wouldn't have been complete without a late night trip to Sheetz for the best fast food on earth.