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Friday, May 24, 2024

I may never again live in an all-college town

I'm leaving my dear Gainesville with a half-smile, half-frown

Because for all the reasons I say I'm more than ready to leave

There are an equal number of things lost I might actually grieve

Gainesville is so supportive of creative expression

It's here graffiti art can leave a somewhat lasting impression

If you feel the urge to say "I love you" in the middle of the night

Where else can you paint your feelings on a wall and be sure it's said right?

And what will I ever do without Hippodrome plays?

No other local theatre experience could entertain the same way

Getting pizza at Satchel's is such a worthwhile endeavor

I'll not love a pie half as much if it doesn't take forever

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What if the place I move has never heard of bubble tea?

If I'm forced to find a new favorite drink, what would it be?

And Veena, the woman who threads my eyebrows at the mall

Will she fly across the country if I give her a call?

What if my new city doesn't have three Moe's?

If I want a burrito and queso, how far must I go?

There are a few fun activities I know I'll yearn for when I go

Like will I never perform another perverted improv show?

Only here I can see sporting events one after another

My weekend plans were once a dream come true for my brother

If I'm being honest I'll confess that I don't even like football

But I love living in a town that can say we've won it all

I like how here transportation is a form of exercise

Made possible by Gainesville's condensed, cozy size

People are always scooting, biking, walking or running

The number of students without cars is impressive but stunning

I've sadly become accustomed to getting things for free

When I have to pay to ride a bus, do you know how angry I'll be?

What if I end up rooming with people that aren't well under 30?

Will my house still be so loud and effortlessly dirty?

And it's fun to see classmates in every store, deli, or bar

If you want to talk to a Gator you don't have to look far

Though I'm sad to have to leave where I call home behind

It'll help others and me to keep this one thing in mind

You can leave tomorrow for apparently anywhere

And when you look around you'll find The Gator Nation is there

Eating pizza, drinking a beer and talking about the game

And while you're new town is so different, it's so much the same

Carly Hallam is an advertising senior. Her column appears on Fridays.

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