Monday, April 23, 2012

madison, wi

When we were back in Wisconsin for Easter, we had an extra day that didn't involve seeing family, so we took advantage and drove to Madison.  I know I've been out of school for 10 years (yikes!) but holy hell that town has changed! And I mean, changed with a capital CH.  Every which way you turned your head, there was a new building towering over you.  The good news is that Wendt Library where a lot of our shenanigans occurred is the same old place.  Soil Science hasn't changed a bit and Ag Hall is still presiding over the Ag area of campus. Babcock Hall ice cream is still going strong and the popcorn smell in the Rathskellar is still there.  OK, so it hasn't changed as much as I originally thought, just a few buildings here and there but I think that a college student today might just might have the same type of college experience that we did ten years ago.  phew.  That's a relief.

I've got a thing for John Muir.  It's OK, Mike knows.  You see, John Muir was a student at Madison, he was environmentally conscious and a genius in the contraption-making department.  This was his study / alarm clock contraption that he made for himself.  He had a set time allotted to study each subject and when that time was over, the book would pull down and place back into a storage box and another text book would pop up.  Seriously. I love it! This contraption is on display in the Wisconsin State Historical Society which is right smack dab in the middle of campus at the end of State Street.  Mike and I spent a lot of time studying there too.  They have since purchased new chairs. (Just in case you were wondering...)

The Terrace.  Where beer and music and summer days melt together.  Ahh the memories.

Boats...but I bet you could have figured that one out. 

Abe.  See his foot (the one on your right - his left) that's the lucky one you are supposed to rub. 

The Tower is part of Social Science building that Mike spent a lot of time at. So of course, we had to go past.  We didn't walk all the way to Soil Science.  It was chilly and windy.  We are pansies. 

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