Blow off the bars, Smoke Hookah


Binge drinking is dismissed as a temporary and accepted part of every college student’s life, underage drinking is viewed as a sort of right of passage for college students. What are the options for those who want to go out on the weekends and not underage drink though? Hookah.

Hookah!

Xan Spalding (19 years-old, Ohio University) is a Resident Assistant in one of the university residence halls. For Xan, underage drinking is an even bigger risk than for other students. If an RA is caught drinking underage they not only face the fines and legal charges everyone else does, they will lose those their job and be out a place to live.

“The awkwardness of running into one of my residence is not worth it! I’ve built friendships with all of them…but at the same time, I would be required to report them.” -Xan Spalding

Maybe you’re thinking that you would still be missing out then. Missing out on what though? While Hookah culture is definitely a unique one, it’s not called a hookah “bar” for nothing. Just about anything you can do at a bar, you can do at a hookah bar.

You can still dance and sing

Pyramids Athens Hookah Bar, much like other hookah bars, plays various hip-hop/R&B/dance music. If you were expecting tranquil Indian folk music…well, you are about to be disappointed.

Just like the groups of drunk people a few doors down, when a ’90s throwback or a favorite single comes on everyone dances and sings along. The best part? In Pyramids Athens Hookah Bar, you can control the AUX cord.

So, there’s dancing and singing…what about the pointless (but strangely still captivating to any bystander) party tricks?

Tequila shots with no cringing, going shot for shot, or chugging a pint of beer while spilling half of it down your freshly ironed t-shirt can be impressive (I guess?) but people can learn to blow O-rings, stack choo-choo trails, and blow hearts toward an admirable cutie at the hookah bar. The best part? They probably won’t throw up afterwards and can safely go home and make decisions for themselves.

While hookah isn’t for everyone and has it’s own list of concerns (cardio-respiratory health may be somewhere to start), it’s an alternative night life scene that is worth checking out.

Court Street: A Townie’s View

Dana Gilkey grew up in Athens, OH. He has never left the small, yet diverse, Midwest town. He graduated from Athens High School and then went to college at Ohio University. He graduated from college and then bought a house in Athens. He is what the student population would call a “townie”.

Understandably, “Court Street” stirs up different memories than what most college students will reminisce about. He remembers getting ice cream at Cold Stone with his mom when he was little (Yes, Court Street used to have a Cold Stone). His favorite places were the ones he and his high school friends had frequented though. The places where both teenage boys and college co-eds could both enjoy (Wonder why teenage boys frequented these places so much…).

I was interested what a “townie” experience would be like, so I asked him to walk me through what a Court Street adventure in his high school days would consist of and he gave me the exclusive tour!

Fit Chick’s Quick Check

Starting a plan:


The easiest way to stay on track is to have a S.M.A.R.T. Goal:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely

Competitors and bodybuilders have figured this out and that is how the standard competition prep is set up. So, even if you aren’t planning to compete you can “Train like a bikini competitor” to get great results and stay motivated! This article gives you Specific instructions and your success can be Measured on how well you stick to it. Every competitor uses this model (and they are no better than you) so it’s Attainable and Realistic. Lastly, it’s Timely at only lasting 12 weeks (Which is 84 hours in the gym, or 4 seasons of your favorite show on Netflix).

Find new exercises:

The second you let yourself get bored or stop seeing results in the gym is the exact same second you will lose all motivation. The best way to keep things interesting and keep making improvements is to look for new exercises. Since you can look at any magazine rack and see new “Booty Busting Moves” here is a simple way to mix things up for Back and Bi’s:

Meal Prep:

Protein, Protein, Protein. Simple enough…but sometime’s that is too simple. If you are getting tired of the egg whites and plain oatmeal every morning here are some delicious but equally as protein packed alternatives:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/129689664248573256/

Check you form:

The most common type of cardio, running, has gotten a lot of attention in recent years from Sports Medicine specialists. A team of musculoskeletal researchers recently decided to tackle the bare-foot/rear-foot/front-foot/how-the-heck-do-I-know running style debate.

Every active person can agree that lower-body injuries and acute pains are the most impactful once they occur because it hinders both exercise and everyday life. I know, we are ALL tired of hearing random people in the gym try to critique each other’s squat form… Unfortunately, that debate hasn’t ended yet BUT we do have an answer to the striking style debate:
What part of your foot hits DOESN’T matter in injury rates, what does matter is your tibia angle. For the least amount of harmful force on your joints and bones you want a larger angle of your foot to shin on impact. Typically, this would correlate with running on the balls of your feet (fore-front strikers) but if you are a heel striker (rear-foot) then simply making sure your foot it hitting the ground infront of you instead of directly under you will reduce your risk of injury in the same way.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170206084901.htm

Quick Reference Guide:

It’s not as if us girls need to prove ourselves in the gym any more than we already do when we show up and throw more 45’s up than the guy trying to spot us in the squat rack, but in case some macho head tries to make you feel dumb for not knowing his urban dictionary Brolanguage here is a quick guide to all the gym slang currently in circulation:
http://www.muscleandfitness.com/muscle-fitness-hers/hers-features/beginners-guide-weightlifting-terms

Fit Chick’s Quick Check is a weekly newsletter aimed at female fitness freaks. There is too much Broscience out there that makes it hard enough to figure out what is true or not but it’s even trickier finding FEMALE focused fitness advice. This weekly newsletter will help you in every area from your workout regimen, diet, to staying up-to-date on new findings.

Think outside the box, get a fox

Here are five reasons why fox are the best pets, ever (and five pictures that will have you completely convinced that you need one!):

1. Nose rings really aren’t that unique anymore (Come on, look around any StarBucks…) but walking your pet fox down the street? Guaranteed to get a few reactions.

(Adam Lambert Flicker) Everyone gushes over puppies but how did foxes get lost in the mix? WHY AREN’T WE TALKING ABOUT THE CUTE, ADORABLE, CUNNING FOXES?!

2. You can ride the “pet fox” thing out to no end. Stumped at an interview? “Innovative problem solving skills…? Well, my pet fox…” Striking out at the bar? “I almost didn’t even come out tonight because my pet fox was acting up…” BOOM!

(TreeFarmer Flickr) We should all be getting on top of this pet fox idea. (Get it, “On TOP”? Haha…)

3. Once you commit to a fox it’s a game changer. You can maintain your I-Don’t-Do-Anything-Interesting-I-Just-Binge-Watch-Netflix lifestyle and still seem like the Dos Equis guy.

(JudeCat Flickr) Your poodle is basically Air Bud? Cool story, bro. A pet fox is pretty much owning a ball of fluffy warmth with the intelligence of Steve Jobs and athletic abilities of LeBron James.

4. “My dog ate my homework” doesn’t work but “I can’t watch your bratty kid next weekend, my fox will bite her finger off” totally works!

(Gary Ryan Flickr) You will love your fox and only your fox…
Not because you won’t have room to love anything else but because they are still wild animals and will drive everything else away. Parakeets and pet rabbits? Ate. Boyfriends? Drove them off. Friends? Well…fox smell. Bad.

5. Honestly, dogs are cute but those Instagram posts where your dog looks really guilty after destroying you pillows is only funny the first time. I promise you, a fox will give you something new every day (Okay, every time you turn your back) and they are never sorry. They won’t cuddle you to apologize but they will do it then sit and wait for you to see then laugh (“gekker”) hysterically while you react. Your Snapstory will never get boring!

(Franca Jasper Flickr) They will laugh at all of your jokes. They will also laugh at all the jokes they play on you…even if you aren’t laughing.

 

Bass catchin’ not bar hopping

As a farm girl from the South trapped at a rowdy party school I have approached my past four years of college much like a roller coaster: close my eyes and hope it’s over soon. Unlike other students, the place I know I’ll look back on with nostalgia when thinking about my college town isn’t a bar or a burrito place, it’s a fishing spot.

It’s true that many students visit Strouds Run State Park at some point during their stay in Athens, Ohio but what many of them don’t know about–or maybe just don’t care about–is a more secluded section of Strouds Run that is the core of Dow Lake. The dam built in 1959 that sits in a little off-set pocket right against East State Street.


http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/wildlife/Maps/Lake%20Maps/PDFs/dowlake2.pdf

While the north and west sides of the lake are typically occupied on warm spring and summer days, this little haven remains scarcely populated. Parking, boat rentals and beaches are located on the north and west sides of the lake so to the typical collegiate friend group deciding to embark on an outdoor pursuit this is where they end up. Yes, these city slickers and Midwest rurals are bonding over the great outdoors and it’s wonderful! However, I go to the water for exclusion.

A few times I have been sitting cross-legged on the bank securing my reel to my arrows, a meditative act I enjoy doing to prepare to bow fish, when a stranger suddenly joined me. My dog lets me know if someone is approaching before they could possibly see me. He isn’t a hunting dog by any means, just an overly loving goober who is particularly adept at tracking down hands to pet him.

These visitors are usually middle aged men who grew up here. “Townies” as us students like to call them. They always apologize for interrupting me because they came here to be alone too (after getting over their complete and utter surprise because a student knows this spot), then the bow sparks some interesting conversations.

One morning I was there and had no intentions of fishing. I brought the dogs to swim and to get some fresh air while I tinkered around with my bow. A younger gentleman came walking up (with my dog prancing beside him. Traitor.) and started setting up his spot to fish. He actually was a hobbiest archer himself and we sat and worked on my bow together. He had a set of archery wrenches (tools used to adjust a bow) and when he left he told me to keep them. It was simple and meaningless, yet I wouldn’t trade that wrench set for a million Court Street Snapstories.

I took this Snap when a kind townie gave me a spare set of tools for my bow!

For the most part it’s just my dog, the fish and myself over at the dam. Isolated. Not “experiencing” Athens. Occasionally, I get to listen to fishing stories or see pictures of last bow season’s buck though. It’s times like those that make me feel like I’m not the one missing out but instead the one actually experiencing Athens.