Friendly people and a prank
Trip Start Feb 03, 2010
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Anyway after a drive in the dark and w/ snow falling (read, awful) I made it to Saint Louis. Didn't get to see much of the town, but I was fairly well reassured by many people the next day that it's nice. After sitting in on a class at Wash U and chatting with a few students I got pretty good vibes from Wash U also. It's bigger than Ann Arbor or another similar college town, and there's a huge park with a $15 golf course right next to the school plus a vibrant blues-music scene. We'll see what they think of me in a few months.
Short of much else to report about St. Louis let me explain a prank that is being pulled on me. As I was arriving in St. Louis I got a text from a number I didn't recognize saying "do you still need a Sarah for the game". I had no idea what this meant, and I wrote back "new phone, who's this?". She replied "just a random UNC girl looking for a ticket to the Duke game". I was just getting into town and had some things to do so I didn't pay much notice to it, figuring I'd work it out later. Within 10 minutes I got two phone calls from two unknown numbers which left voicemails asking about Duke tickets too, and one mentioned a craigslist ad. Thoroughly confused, I checked craigslist. Someone was offering a ticket to the Duke UNC game for $1 with a number of strange conditions: the seller told his parents he had a brunette girlfriend named sarah, so the seller was looking for a brunette willing to pose as his girlfriend, go by the name sarah, and watch the game w/ his parents. That's funny, except they wrote my name and gave my phone number.
I got that first text message at 9pm. 12 hours later I had received about 15 phone calls, 10 text messages and 6 voicemails of girls looking for tickets to the game. Even though the ad was removed (I mean, I had to), two days later I still got a few calls. Even spoke with a few girls when I was passing over a particularly boring stretch of the highway--one said she'd be willing to do "anything, and I mean anything" for a ticket. I had a good laugh, though someone else is laughing even harder. The craigslist world is a crazy one--check out "best of craigslist" for hours of entertainment if you never have. Luckily I don't have an address, and soon I won't have a working US phone number that can be put up there--but just about anyone could do that with yours, couldn't they?