Sunday, June 26, 2011

#12: "Oh, I forgot. It's MONDAY morning."



The elevator door pushes open at the Athens County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. every Monday morning, releasing a sea of students. The students are in business dress with a look of shame masking their half-smiles. Students arrested throughout the weekend for underage consumption, public intoxication, destruction of public property, trespassing, false identification or any other drinking-related or induced charges are assigned court at the earliest time and
earliest day of the week- perhaps in an act of vengeance by the gods of local law enforcement. 

The students are unleashed on Monday to mingle for a minute with the “townies” assigned court the same day for various misdemeanors.

While the students waited to enter the courtroom on a particular Monday, a female townie of around 50 rolled her eyes and huffed, “Oh, I forgot it’s MONDAY morning.”

This was clearly indication that, unfortunately for her, she would have to wait for the judge to read off every police report of drunken behavior-- those that are generally more humorous than seriously damaging to the public -- before she was served.

Drunk, or Athens?

Without knowing what the woman was in fact being charged with, it is clear she was familiar enough with the courthouse’s schedule that she knew Mondays were a commemoration of stereotypical student asshole behavior.

Sure, the influx of students on Monday morning is solely because of drunken debauchery, but her comment is so Athenian.

Athens.

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