Most of you reading this have heard of John Hughes classic 80’s movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” For those of you who have not seen this brilliant movie, the basic synopsis is this: Ferris Bueller is a high schooler who decides that he (and eventually his two best friends) is going to take the day off of school. Real life does not always take after the wild adventures Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane get up to. But the general idea that every once in a while you just need a day off is pretty universal. Well today I decided to lick my palm and drop everything. I finally got my butt off campus and caught the Wildcat Transit bus to Portsmouth. The Universe got it’s bit of humor in when I got off the bus and stepped immediately into a two inch deep, ice cold puddle. (Proper planning would have told me to wear boots, but the whimsy of my trip leads me to wear converse.) This small setback aside it was a good day. Portsmouth is a nifty little town. North Church in the center of town rings the bells at every hour, the sidewalks are all brick, and there’s a ton of specialty stores and restaurants. It will take a few more trips back there to hit everything that caught my interest. I sampled some of the Portsmouth Brewery’s draft specials and ate some of the best buffalo wings I’ve ever had. I bought a card at a stationary store called Gus and Ruby that quoted The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s theme song, and I narrowly avoided a huge pile of snow falling off of an awning (Seriously. It dropped a second after I passed under).
Eventually I caught the bus back to campus. And now I’m working on the homework I wish I could put off for another day. But I don’t regret skipping life for a day. The way I see it, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around one in a while you could miss it.”