Monday, June 30, 2008

Cooler by the Lake

The University of Wisconsin sends thousands of promising graduates into the world each spring, can boast accomplished and distinguished faculty, but the superlative selling point of this campus is the Memorial Union, the central gathering place on the shores of Lake Mendota. In college, and in these years after graduation, I have spent thousands of hours getting relaxed and sunburnt and, on a few occasions, happily tipsy on the local brews served in Der Rathskeller just inside the Union. I loved being a student here and I love returning for visits during the summer. This is a pilgrimage place, a holy place filled with memories of friends lost and found.