As seen on my walk to work this morning (I was too chicken to ride my bike).
Hey, nothing beats a friendly football rivalry, especially when it’s nationally televised on a weekday! Unless, of course, you think you might want to take a car anywhere near Duke’s west campus.
If you’ve got somewhere to be, you might want to stay away from Wallace Wade for a few hours. Just sayin’.
Following the end of Duke’s in-house bike lending program last year, the student government and the university worked together to find a replacement. They gave the nod to a company called Zagster, and this week I’ve started seeing the bikes on campus:
This one’s on West Campus in a not-so-visible location behind the Allen building near the quad. I also spotted one near the main bus stop on East Campus earlier this week (but failed to grab a photo).
There are four stations to start with: two on West Campus, one on Central Campus, and the one on East Campus. Although the location behind Allen pictured above isn’t exactly prime real estate for visibility, it could be pretty convenient assuming you know where to look for it. When I swung by it looked like the rack was full, except for a single bike that I saw somebody take out of the rack as I approached.
I’m always glad to see this sort of initiative, but with the bike stations located only on campus the potential for wider utility will go unrealized. I’d love to see the city some how tie into Duke’s efforts; imagine how much more useful this kind of program would be if there were stations at Ninth St., downtown, etc.
NCCU and Duke students are graduating. Mothers are having their day. Joe sums it up nicely:
If you have any sense today, you’ll stay out of just about any restaurant in Durham and Chapel Hill, and probably Wake County too. If you had the foresight to make reservations a year ago, well, congratulations.
Inspired after reading about Duke’s “Unpark Yourself” Earth Day “alternative commute” challenge, I decided to grab a selfie on the way to work this morning:
My morning ride doesn’t normally take me through Duke Gardens, but I figured that’s about the best place in Durham to take a picture this time of year.
Did I actually decide wear green because of Earth Day? Would you believe me if I said no?
The forecast says we’re in for a low of 9F. Or is it 10? I guess maybe staying in double digits would be a psychological victory or something.
Well, whatever it ends up being, it’s going to be cold. Stay warm and all that. For some inexplicable reason DPS is delayed two hours, and for an even more inexplicable reason my kid’s day care is also delayed two hours, so you should probably check the news for closings and delays.
Also, in totally unrelated but intriguing news, the Duke Police caught a guy who had been living in the Bryan center for at least several weeks. One tip off:
University employees with offices in the basement of the Bryan Center had been experiencing the strong smell of burning incense for several weeks. Employees thought that it might have originated from one of the Religious Life prayer rooms, located around the corner from our office, but that was never confirmed, Wells said.
For some reason, I’m guessing incense wasn’t the only thing the dude was lighting up.
Do all dogs go to heaven?
Hell if I know – God works in mysterious ways and all that. But if there are any people who could improve your pet’s odds of slipping into those pearly gates, you’d expect to find them at Duke Divinity, where they’re handing out free pet blessings this weekend:
Duke Chapel ministers will bless a variety of pets at the chapel’s annual Blessing of the Animals service 3 p.m. Sunday. The 30-minute service on the chapel lawn will feature performances by the Durham Children’s Choir, Scripture readings and a reflection by Rev. McKennon Shea, director of admissions at the Divinity School. Individual animal blessings will take place immediately after the service.
So, if you really don’t want to risk leaving Fido alone to fend off the heathens after you get raptured, Duke’s got you covered. There’s just one little catch:
Limited parking is available in front of the chapel for those with large animals and trailers are permitted in convenient spaces.
Yikes, so you have to find a parking spot on campus to achieve pet salvation? I guess getting your dogs into Pet Heaven is even harder than I thought.