Boolah Boolah is the Yale University fight song, and, back in the day, was shorthand for college life. Shorthand, children, was a way of taking dictation. Dictation, children, was when somebody spoke and somebody else wrote it down using symbols to represent common words or phrases. On paper. With a pen.
ANYWAY, guess what this is:Well, I’ll tell you. It’s a freshman beanie from my alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. Back in the day, all incoming freshmen (or “frosh” as we were known in the collective) had to wear these beanies for the first — I forget — two weeks? If you weren’t wearing one and an upperclassman caught you, they could require you to do some embarrassing thing.
Such was our innocence that we seldom lied, and the embarrassing things we were required to do were really rather mild. Ah, the dear dead days.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write some memories or fantasies about college life.