A Lesson at Crossing the Road for Lee Students

beaverdamusa.com, mark grissom, chicago cubsMy pulse is 210. My blood pressure is most likely 240/205. My face is blood red. If I had any hair at all…right now I would pull every bit of it out of my head!!!

No, it has nothing to do with the Cubs finishing in last place for the season.

No, it has nothing to do with the fact I am still paying alimony.

No, it has nothing to do with the fact that the old lady from WOOP radio keeps leaving me vulgar messages on my cell phone.

It is none of the above.

The reason I am having all these issues going on at one time, is because I just drove “smack dab” through the middle of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., at most likely the worst time of the day.

First of all, let me say that I am a big fan of Dr. Paul Conn, President of the university.

Secondly, let me say that I attended Lee College in 1982 prior to enrolling in Mortuary College back in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

Thirdly, let me say that I appreciate the progress over the years that Lee has experienced and I wish them all the best in the future.

HOWEVER…

I am just wondering, during freshman orientation, is there any possible way to teach the incoming students from all over the country to…PLEASE DON’T CROSS THE ROAD WHEN CARS ARE COMING!!!

Let me explain something right here.

There are speed bumps…no, excuse me…there are small “Speed Mountains” installed in the roadway every 25 to 30 feet…NO JOKE!! And these “Speed Mountains” are most likely 3 feet tall.

Now, I don’t care about the “Speed Mountains”. I truly do not. I own a Toyota FJ Cruiser Four Wheel Drive and I can shift that puppy into 4×4 and lock in the rear wheels and climb any speed bump that Tri-Conn Construction can erect!! So the “Speed Mountains”, at least for me, are not that big of a deal.

BUT…

Would someone please explain to me, if you are at least 18 years of age and you are attending a major university, you should know not to cross the road if a CAR IS COMING YOUR WAY!!!

For many, many years, there has only been one place at Lee where the men from the male dormitory would cross the road at Ocoee Street and Medlin Residence Hall. That was bad enough. I know of several incidents where students have almost been hit from walking out in the path of oncoming traffic at that same intersection.

BUT NOW…

There are at least 425 “Speed Mountains” erected on the main roads passing through the middle of the campus and at every single one of them, students cross and expect the cars to stop.

Why do they not just close off the streets completely at the university??

Why do they take the chance of a student getting hit by a car??

This is something that is making me ask the question…”WHY”?

I will repeat my earlier statement so that everyone is clear.

I have all the appreciation and respect in the world for Dr. Paul Conn. I love Lee University and what it means to our community. I have many friends that are faculty members at that University. HOWEVER, is there not a solution to this problem??

Or, maybe there IS no problem, and it really is the fact that my Chicago Cubs suck and I am just mad they have had another horrible season.

You be the judge!

Until next time.

Do you agree? Disagree? Comment now.

About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!

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