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What’s the first thing you notice that lets you know students are back in town?

Asked at Dillons, 1015 West 23rd St. on August 3, 2011

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“People who don’t know how to drive in Lawrence. Especially people who don’t know you can turn right on red.”

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“Traffic. It’s been like that for years ever since I’ve been here.”

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“Trucks with couches sticking out off the back.”

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ljwhirled 6 years ago

That is the smell of money. Directly or indirectly the students are the meal ticket for almost everyone in Lawrence. Keep that in mind before you insult our little money machines.

whats_going_on 6 years ago

I think its new, can't remember now where I saw it. This is going to bug me

CreatureComforts 6 years ago

Saints is going in where Old Chicago was. If it's anything like the Lenexa location, it'll be filled, generally, with losers and scumbags, and have so-so food.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years ago

The town suddenly becomes jammed with traffic, and there are car accidents all over town.

Bill Lee 6 years ago

Articles about this in the J-W.

Liberty275 6 years ago

You can tell KU is in session because you start seeing girls with shaved legs and armpits around town. It's kind of exciting!

Bunny_Hotcakes 6 years ago

Sparkly intersections from all the accidents.

kantubek 6 years ago

definitely all the JO stickers

Liberty275 6 years ago

Brownback send us sorority girls? Commendable. However, you'd think JB Hunt and not the Koch Bros would be better accomplices on the trucking side.

Adrienne Sanders 6 years ago

People driving the wrong way down Kentucky and Tennessee.

bevy 6 years ago

A mom who hovers over her offspring.

CreatureComforts 6 years ago

I kinda want to make an inappropriate joke here...nah, I'll be good.

Sheryl Wiggins 6 years ago

ah thanks, who knew? well, apparently you all knew. Except me.

betteratKU_law 6 years ago

all the old bobs sniffing around our law school

schula 6 years ago

Traffic! People driving and acting like it is their first time behind the wheel of a car.

Terry Sexton 6 years ago

The aisles & the checkout counters at the supermarkets & big box stores swell up like a tick on a flea ridden mutt. And you're a braver (or at least more patient) soul than I if you waltz in to a phone store or the cable company this time of year.

Jeff Zamrzla 6 years ago

all the used furniture at the curbs of duplexes for rent

Nellane Laney Croan Stussie 6 years ago

Number of drivers with cell phones in their hand increases from 20% to 70%

boxers_or_briefs 6 years ago

Andini, HollisBrown, CWGOKU and others are drooling.

RoeDapple 6 years ago

The "deer in the headlights" look in the eyes of incoming freshmen.

George_Braziller 6 years ago

The increase of drivers who don't realize there is a little stick on the side of the steering column used to activate something called a turn signal.

Don't get pissed at me because I'm unable to read your mind that you intend to cross three lanes of traffic.

Eugehne Normandin 6 years ago

backwards upside down visors and flip flops can you say douche

CreatureComforts 6 years ago

I've never seen a backwards upside down visor in Lawrence...maybe I'm not looking in the right places? If that's the case...I'll keep looking where I'm looking.

bevy 6 years ago

Lots of people who don't know how to drive, longer lines and crowds at Wal-Mart, more F-bombs everywhere I go. It's the time I switch to Topeka for shopping.

helloannie 6 years ago

I got into an accident earlier this week when one of them blew a stop sign and smashed into me. THEY CANNOT DRIVE!

That and cell phone use while driving goes up considerably and everyone at Target is buying a mini fridge with their mom.

gatekeeper 6 years ago

I got hit and my car totalled out. Idiot girl was texting and hit me at about 40 mph while I was stopped at a light. I just love when the students return!

lunacydetector 6 years ago

the first thing i notice is.......the city decides to tear up the streets right before the students arrive.....and then the students' poor driving skills, of course. so there's a tie for first.

whats_going_on 6 years ago

traffic, moving trucks, and the fact that its the beginning of August and I dread their return every.single.year.

melott 6 years ago

Lots of wrong number phone calls.

david_ 6 years ago

The terrible way they drive around town not paying attention and the loud music. We lived close to campus for a couple of years and the noise was awful.

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