I spent the day out at my alma mater to visit with my fraternity. Today was the induction ceremony for new members, and I have a great-grandlittle now! Whenever I go out to school for things like this, I’m always a little nervous that I won’t have a good time, but today was actually really really nice!
First I met my brother for lunch. We went to this cafe just off campus, and had sandwiches, and talked a little bit. You really have to pry information out of him, though. I know he has a lot more going on than what he tells me about.
Then I headed over to the ceremony. It ended up that we were locked out of the building for almost an hour, so I had a lot of time to hang around and talk to everyone as they showed up. There were a couple other alumni there, and I’d met some of the current Brothers the last couple times I was out, so I knew who a lot of people were. (I was worried that I’d only know, like, three people, and everyone else would just wonder who I was and why I was there.) We finally got inside and had the ceremony, which went really well. I’m really impressed with the current Brothers – they’re really organized about everything, as far as I can tell, and they all seem really into the fraternity. There’s a lot fewer active Brothers than when I was in school, but they seem more dedicated. And a smaller group is easier to manage, anyway. Not that the organization is tiny – it’s a good size.
After the ceremony and requisite photos of the group on the front steps of the building, we all went out to Ichiban for dinner. The meal was great – I might like their cooking better than Hibachi! Oh, but Hibachi’s fried rice is much more delicious.
I headed back to campus after dinner to drop someone off, and then I was going to meet up with another alumni Brother, Dan, for coffee at the place where I’d had lunch with my brother, but it was closed already. So I picked Dan up at his house, and we drove around looking for somewhere that was open where we could just get a drink and talk for a while. We ended up driving all over creation (seriously, I put 40 additional miles on my car after arriving at school!) and eventually found a Border’s bookstore with a coffee shop. So we had some tea and chatted for a couple hours, and it was really nice. (Still living by our school, he has a lot of information about people.) Then I dropped Dan back at his place, and headed home.
The drive home went pretty quickly, though from school to where we’re living now is about an hour and a half – slightly further than when I lived at my grandmother’s house. I have been known to make the drive from MU to Gramom’s in under an hour…