Each year, about this time, are state football championships. And if you are out walking around, you'll notice crowds of high school kids walking around the big city.
I did it, when my high school came down to "State" for basketball. I made sure to dress "cool" because I wanted to fit in. I didn't realize how futile that is.
And what I'm sure they don't realize is how easily spotted they are. Sure, they put on their best jeans and sweats, but they just don't blend in.
- the UW students walking around are by and large alone. There are probably a couple people talking and walking, but class change means "I need to get somewhere."
- the UW students walking around either have a cell phone to their ear or a pair of ear buds in.
- the UW students wear a backpack, or carry a bag, or are laden with something.
- the UW students don't care what they look like. They've got on whatever they've rolled out of bed in.
- the UW students are wearing clothing for the elements. By this time in the semester, it's getting cold, and that means you can't just wear anything you wish. It's 2nd midterm time, so they are tired, cranky and just want to get to Thanksgiving without flunking their calculus exam. Comfort is king. That means mittens, hats and appropriate jackets.
- the UW students aren't hanging out by Camp Randall.
- the UW students don't wear high school sweats and letter jackets.
- there's a lot of glazed looking drivers trying to find parking. Oh, that could be anyone, really, but they are extra confused. If it says no parking, but then it says 2 hour parking, but then it has a number on it, can I park there? Yes, say the city folk, but no, you probably shouldn't.
Don't get me wrong; I welcome our visitors to our fair city and hope their team does well. It's just that you've been spotted. We know you aren't from around here. We will smile extra wide at you and give you directions gleefully. Enjoy your stay.