I'm working on a travel article on road-tripping to college music towns. Right now, this involves sitting in the pedestrian mall in downtown Charlottesville, Va., and sipping a hefeweizen under the willow oaks. Wireless internet is an amazing thing.
My question of the moment is this: What makes college towns so cool? I mean, I love the places. When on long drives, I sometimes spend the night in a college town just to look around (hello, Tuscaloosa, Alabama).
There is, of course, no single answer, but I think a major part of my love of college towns stems from what they combine: academic rigor and wild debauchery, intellectural curiosity and love of leisure. College towns, to me, are symbols of rich, well-balanced lives. So I've enjoyed watching the joggers, the students throwing frisbees, and even the frat boys staggering between the bars.
My battery is dying, so I'll leave it at that.