Posts tagged ‘Providence’

Partying At “The Dome”

the weekend was interesting.  i saw a lot of people i was use to seeing every saturday night at college.  i also saw a few people i wanted to avoid, but failed miserably at.  i tried to just sit there and ignore certain creepers, but apparently i had an inviting look on my face that said “come closer, and put your arm around me.”

the best thing about alumni weekend was experiencing “the dome.”  what a fitting name for an off-campus house, because as dane cook says, “if you come there you know what the fuck’s up.”  the named dome room is actually the dj booth, the real magical room is the one behind that.  it was like being at a rave: fog machine on overload, lasers, black lights, and loud music.  but the dance floor didn’t really pick up till “i’m on a boat” came on…

shortly after a guy approaches mia madison, “will you dance with my friend he has down syndrome?”  that’s when she got scared, because he was actually something worse: a blacked out lacrosse player.  why weren’t all college parties like this?


February 22, 2009 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

I Feel The Adrenaline Moving Through My Veins

in one month it’s just me, mia madison, and britney.  mia once said she could talk in britney lyrics in everyday speech, so for the concert how could we not do it?  and i guess we started practicing early because with alumni weekend looming, it got me and mia madison reminiscing…


miamadison: wat about george?

avav: remember how him and my ex roommate kept hooking up even after they found out they were related?

miamadison: hahaha yes. gross.


a guy like you should wear a warning…it’s dangerous


miamadison: did we ever have a crush on drunk joe?  thats wat betty sue told me. she said we had the “biggest crush on him”

miamadison: i dont believe it.

avav: yeah we did, we thought he was so cute. you don’t remember? we use to get nervous when he would walk into a room

miamadison: hahaha…gross.


i get the tingle i wanna mingle, that’s what i want


avav: we need to pick out our outfits too.  we have to look good so we don’t have to “dream about all the things that never were.”

miamadison: we should do manicures too. u gotta look good, head to toe

avav: i want to paint mine black or dark purple

miamadison: “french fingertips…something red lips…BITCH IS DANGEROUS”


should be a fun weekend. 


references were made to britney’s “circus,” “toxic,” “radar,” “out from under,” and “lace and leather.”

February 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Interview Me! Interview Me!

i once said that line over and over again in hopes of getting on tv while at patriots training camp, but it didn’t work.  instead i embarrassed my cousin and she told me hush.  well my dream has finally come true.  lemmonex sent me five questions, here is her initial post.

1. What do you miss most about RI?
i miss the mall, federal hill, and thayer street. the mall has nordstroms and even better, nordstrom cafe. if you haven’t eaten there, eat there…you’ll thank me.  federal hill has the best italian food and it makes me feel like the mob still exists. there’s something about that mystery that pulls me in. thayer street carries so many memories. the most embarrassing being the time me and mia madison went to starbucks because we heard our professor went there. hey he was cute, but there was always something not quite right with him.

2. What is your favorite candy?
gummies hands down. swedish fish, sour patch kids, gummy worms/bears, jelly beans, etc.

3. What do you get out of blogging?
i started blogging a year and a half ago. i had to do it for a class, but once it was over i realized how much i liked it and started that’s my prerogative.  i convinced my brother aka dc hero to start one, who had been talking over and over about if it was too much of a loser thing to do with jack the blogging bartender.  i think we’ve all gone in separate directions.  for me, mine is like an open diary: some personal thoughts, moments, and memories.  i would love to be the real life version of carrie bradshaw, and just put all my feeling out there for everyone to read.

4. Name an article of clothing that makes you feel sexy.
i could state the obvious high heels or jeans, but for me it’s all about the hair.  my hair is naturally curly, but it’s rare to actually see it like that. i have the best flat iron known to man. lots of my friends are convinced it should be illegal because it gets to temperatures that aren’t necessarily safe. but in the right hands, it works like magic. if you have a bad hair day, you might as well stay home.  but if it’s good, it’s great.

5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
seems like an addiction to me…he’s going to chuck as long as there’s wood to chuck or he gets into dr drew’s rehab.

If you’d like to play along, just follow these instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions. Be sure you link back to the original post.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

February 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

Restaurant Week

Long time, no talk..huh?  Well I’ve been a little busy.  I’ve finished my cookbook for my friends.  After I sent it to one of my friends she was raving about it and saying I should get it published because in addition to recipes it has advice on how much food to buy every week per person, what to keep your pantry stocked with, and what to do with leftovers.  I think in the future I’d love to write another and put it through to amazon. 

In other food news, it’s restaurant week in Providence.  If you’re from around here it’s a great chance to try that great restaurant you’ve been dying to go to for a decent price: $12.95 for lunch, and $29.95 for dinner; both 3 course meals.  If you’re not from Providence run a google search and find one in your area.  Tonight I’m going to Gracies.  I’ve been looking for an excuse to go for months, and now’s my chance.  Yum.

July 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm 2 comments

Time To Graduate

Last week the senior class had three events that led up to yesterday’s graduation. 

The first night was at a club in providence called the complex.  The club consists of 4 rooms, that all play different types of music.  Although I wasn’t there to witness it, the final few songs were a melody of boy band hits from the 90s, a perfect ending to a perfect evening.  I just have one tip for you, if you don’t know how to dance…no big deal, not everyone is JT….but don’t step on your partner’s feet!

The second day was at the casino, Twin River.  I saw a comic who made fun of everyone, saying we’ll all be unemployed in a week.  We also saw a hypnotist, but I that’s not real, so there’s no reason to dwell on it.  The night’s finale was a concert by the grammy awarding winning artist: Coolio.  Other than gangstas paradise, the concert was so horrible that it was humorous.  One song was called “I like girls”…it was a little repetitive and went a little something like this: “I like girls, I like girls, oooo weeee I like girls.”  And at the end of the concert he plugged his cooking show, Cookin’ with Coolio…aka the gansta gourmet.  He also has a new cd coming out called “Steal Hear.”  But the best was when he announced his age, 44!  Oh and he came back to campus and partied with some students….seems reasonable huh?

The last night was a formal up in Boston at the Park Plaza.  The dj was horrible and totally killed the mood with songs like the electric slide and the chicken dance.  But we got dressed up and looked cute one last time.

The saddest part was knowing that once it was over, it was time to graduate; and that’s what happened yesterday.  It wasn’t depressing to get my diploma, it was just sad to think that I will never see most of those people ever again, most of which is fine, but there’s those others.  The other people that you’re not quite good enough friends with to go see, but good enough that you want to.  It amazing to think how many wonderful people I was able to meet over the four years at college.  I would hate for that to go to waste.

death ain’t nothing but a heartbeat away,
i’m living life, do or die, what can I say
i’m 23 now, but will I live to see 24
the way things are going I don’t know

May 19, 2008 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

Ten Things I’ll Miss Most About College


Before I start I just want to introduce myself, my name is Mia Madison.  I’m a new contributing writer for this blog.  I hope you enjoy it!

Today marks just about the two month stretch…until graduation.  I have vague memories of my dad calling me an “ostrich” when I was younger, and now I know why. According to a very reliable source(*cough*wikipedia*cough*) “When threatened, the Ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away.”  I’ll admit graduating does threaten me; actually it kind of scares the hell out of me.  What am I doing with my life? Where am I going? Will I stay in touch with everyone that I want to? Where have the best four years of my life gone? I want them back. 

Rather than drown in sorrow, I decided to turn this situation around by reminiscing about all the good times I had in college.  I’ve put together a list of the top ten things that I will miss most about college (in no specific order):

1. Theme Parties: Ridiculousfest. CEOs and Office Hoes. Halloween. Anything but Clothes. College always seems to come up with a way to celebrate almost anything for no particular reason.  When you enter the workforce you have your little office parties, its not like when you leave college, you’ll never go to a real party again.  I just highly doubt that it would be socially acceptable to emerge from your cubicle ready to party in a dress made of caution tape.  Bummer.

2. Ray Café: If you don’t go to PC, Ray is our school cafeteria and knock it if you want, but I’m going to miss so much.  When else are you going to have someone cook for you 24/7 (well I guess that’s what wives are for…damn being a female)? Despite rough times that the cafeteria went through, circa freshman year, they really are on top of their game now.  I once overheard this Ray conversation:

Boy #1: That looks so nasty. What IS that?

Boy #2: I have no idea, but if I close my eyes it can be whatever I want it to be.

Another thing that I am going to miss about Ray is all the characters that work there. We have Jania, everyone’s favorite the Polish card swiper. Then there’s the sweetest old napkin lady who works a 4 hour shift every morning to keep her busy because she likes being around us.  In addition to these incredible people, you have the lunch ladies who sing while they serve you food, ask you how your day is, just in general care about how you are, all stuff that probably doesn’t happen in life after college.  Finally, I will miss the social aspect of Ray most. Hours seem like minutes at Ray (“Ray-A-Thons”) when you are sitting with your friends having important life conversations, or maybe only a conversation about a recap of last night. Either way, Ray brings people together and I’ll miss it dearly.

3. Intramurals: I never thought post 5th grade that I would get to play all the best childhood games like kickball, wiffleball, and dodge ball again. I thought those days were over, when in reality they got even better in college. We are currently working on winning the coveted Intramural Champs T-shirts for wiffleball; a symbol of intramural greatness.

4. Freedom: I think one of the reasons why I loved college so much was because it gave me the chance to experience a freedom that was foreign to me. Being an only child and the product of the most overprotective parents in the world, I never knew such a free way of life existed. When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to ride my bike anywhere outside of my driveway, complete with helmet, knee pads, wrist pads, and elbow pads. I also wasn’t allowed to play in ball pits (my mom said there could be hypodermic needles in there) a ridiculous reason, which I now believe was a result from watching some absurd episode of 20/20. ANYWAY, my point is that when I got to college I had so much freedom I didn’t even know what to do with myself. You can do whatever you want in college. That is awesome.

5. Having all your best friends under one roof: I am going to miss the two foot walk to all my friends after college. I love having all my friends in one spot. There is always someone to talk to, making plans is a cinch, and it’s fun.

6. Awkwardness: In my 21 years, I have never experienced or observed so many awkward moments as I have had in college, and you know what? I loved every minute of it. Do you say hi to that kid you hooked up with last night, even though neither of you really remember it? Is that guy over there pretending to be on his cell phone to avoid saying an awkward hello to someone? How about that disheveled girl walking across campus at 12 P.M. on a Saturday, with a glittery shirt, heels, and makeup smeared all over her face…think she had a good night? I hope life is still that awkward after college.

7. PDN (Public Displays of Nudity): Sometimes I’m confused whether or not I’m at school or at a nudist colony. Nudity at college is not only acceptable, but it is encouraged and it’s funny as hell. This is especially prevalent at our annual Civ Scream, which marks the end of a two year course requirement at PC. What better way to celebrate than to get naked and run around the quad as a circle of bystanders forms around you. Who knows, you might even become famous one day. Pogo stick girl anyone? Enough said.

8. Classlessness: Let’s face it, college isn’t exactly a classy place, but that’s what makes it so great. We use shitty ids to get into shitty bars all so we can drink shitty beer and get shitty. Chances are the bar smells like crap, the bathrooms are a public health hazard, and shots are served in Robitussin-like medicine cups. *Sigh* I could really go for some Prime Time right now.

9. Absurd amount of vacations: This is self explanatory. I’m pretty sure next year when I’m working I won’t have a week long spring break followed by another 5 day easter vacation two weeks later. It’s just not happening, and that’s unfortunate.

10. Getting away with just about anything: You can do whatever you want whenever you want at college. You can act stupid and immature and it’s okay because it’ll make for a great story the next day. At work, you do something stupid, nobody will laugh and it’ll get you fired.

For those of you who have yet to experience college, I enby you.  for those of you who are graduating, I feel for you.  There is no place like college.  College is a magical place, just ask Tom Petty: “You have four years to be irresponsible here.  Relax.  Work is for people with jobs.  You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends.  so, stay out late.  go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday.  Spend money you don’t have.  Drink ’til sunrise.  The work never ends, but college does…”

March 20, 2008 at 3:49 pm 8 comments

Providence College


Providence is a city many people seem to forget about. When I tell people I go to Providence College, they ask me where it is.  They don’t realize it’s in the capital of Rhode Island; that’s most likely because, in my mind, Rhode Island shouldn’t even be considered a state.  But I’m not saying Massachusetts should take it over either, I don’t want to be lumped in with that.  Rhode has the worst drivers in the nation, as researched by GMAC Insurance.  Although to be fair, MA isn’t much better.  I wanted to start a series of posts about Providence, since a lot of readers know very little about the city.  Let’s start first with my school, PC.

You can look it up on Urban Dictionary, and most of what you read is true.  Our school’s student body is known to be rich white kids who dress like they just walked out of an Abercrombie or Polo ad (think prep school).  And although this is true about some, I know a lot of people who are different in terms of social class, but the white is pretty dominant and hard not to see.  Despite this shocking account,  our school is actually located in the ghetto of Providence.  In our section of the ghetto a 7/11 is run by a policeman, houses are constantly broken into, and mugging is a common occurrence (once a little woman robbed 7 people). 

One good thing about school is you’re surrounded by people just like you; the bad thing is that you’re surrounded by people just like you.  Everyone is so nice and polite that just discussion on a blog is difficult.  Many people have told me what they think of my posts, but they rarely comment because they’re afraid to offend me.  NEWS ALERT: It’s okay just post it up.  It might be “politically incorrect” to say, but if you see a black guy, he’s probably on the basketball team.  We have very little diversity in our study body; so to increase this, our school recently got rid of the requirement for SAT scores.  And just because we’re a catholic school, doesn’t mean we don’t drink.  Your fake id is used more than your student id, and there are plenty of close bars to crash (Louie’s, Brads, Olds, Clubbies, McPhails, McFaddens, Fish Co., etc.)  And unlike most schools, we have no frats or sororities.  We still have house parties, such as Ridiculous Fest, which is always held on the last day of classes and starts promptly in the morning.  Drinking is also a major contributor to our Civ Scream.  Civ Scream is meant to release the frustration for studying for Development of Western Civilization exams, which are only for freshmen and sophomores, but the event is really more for the upperclassmen.  It’s excuse to get drunk and streak, or jump on a pogo stick

We have some semi famous notable alumni, but the most meaningful to me is John O’Hurley, who was best known as Elaine’s boss on Seinfeld.  If you read this blog, you’ll understand.

So now you know where I’m coming from, unlike all you DC bloggers.

February 20, 2008 at 9:19 am 8 comments