Saturday, January 14, 2012

#22: "Can we unlock our doors now that everyone is back?"

When 20,000 new thieves and criminals repopulate Athens, everyone unlocks their doors.
Upon arriving back in Athens after winter break—a time when some students work odd jobs and internships, but the majority sits on the couch and waits for school to start again— off-campus students unlock the doors to their houses. Sitting comfortably hovering uptown Athens, most of these student houses are loaded with PS3s, loudspeakers and/or flat-screen TVs, and of course, every one of them is littered with laptops.

Drunk, or Athens? 

It would seem logical to lock the doors when leaving your valuables, especially after 20,000 new people repopulate the sleepy town.

But students don’t think that way—perhaps maybe because they aren’t thinking at all. It is possible everyone is so drunk with happiness, because they’re drunk with alcohol, that they forget to lock their doors before stumbling uptown. 

But this mass unlocking of doors isn’t capable in Columbus, or in Cleveland, or in New York; it happens in Athens. It happens in Athens because the homes that hug the city center are dominated by students that run on all hours: sometimes they’re drunk at 10:30 a.m., sometimes they’re drunk at 5 a.m. Sometimes they’re studying at 3 a.m., and sometimes they’re eating a five-course feast of Ramen and peanut butter at 3 a.m. 

Because 20,000 students, who live within a two-mile radius of one another, subscribe to this universal lack of schedule, the lack of schedule is in itself a form of community crime watch that is capable solely in Athens. 


Show Athens some love.


  1. I walked into the wrong house the other day and wandered around for a while until i realized I was in the wrong place....noone seemed to mind

    1. That is hilarious. I walk into 89 Mill 4/7 days a week when no one is around. I don't think they care either.