Scene and Heard

When I mentioned that I was moving to Gainesville for school, my Aunt Cathe from Ohio asked what I thought about this city in the Florida heartland.  Never one to mince words, she answered her question before I could: “It’s kind of ugly.”

Au contraire, ma tante.  It’s no Greenbo, Alabama, but somehow I dig its weird topographical mix of palm trees and Spanish moss.  Exhibit A:

Getting back to my inevitable negative voice, there are times when I hate the swamp.  Namely when my ride west on 2nd Ave feels like I’m fighting a futile battle against an arctic wind tunnel (isn’t this Florida, after all?), and despite how furiously I might peddle on my hybrid, I still manage to get overtaken by a sorority girl riding a cruiser and wearing flip-flops.  Dr. Dog sums it up far better than I can:

Swamp Livin’

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