ARTICLE: Life on the shore

Life on the shore (By Truplaya611)

It’s official – on October 25th/26th I made my return back to alt.rap. What can I say, college is college, but I’m making it fun. First I’ll hit you off with some info about this school, and this area. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is located in the small historic town of Princess Anne on Maryland’s lower eastern shore. I’m 15 minutes south of the city of Salisbury, MD (home to Salisbury University) and 45 minutes from the ocean resort of Ocean City, MD. UMES is situated on 700+ acres in a rural setting, and is recognized as one of the most beautiful campuses in the USA. We are a NCAA Division 1 school (MEAC). The town in general, as well as the whole eastern shore has a lot of history dating back to slavery. The college was founded in the late 1800s for educating African Americans, making it a historic black college/university. The Underground Railroad (which was used as a road to freedom for slaves in the south traveling to the north, with the help of eastern shore native Harriet Tubman) runs directly below our campus.

Coming back to the present, there really isn’t much in Princess Anne. A few shops, schools, and restaurants here and there, but mainly there are a lot of historic buildings, including some of the houses people live in. There are a few apartments and townhouses in town also. All the action is on campus though with our new state of the art Student Services Center that has a movie theater, bowling alley (game room), offices, multi-purpose and meeting rooms, lounges, chapel, dining hall, bookstore, etc. On Saturdays I’ve been taking the shuttle to the mall in Salisbury. During new student orientation, we had a bus trip to Ocean City, that was cool being since I never been there up until that point. On Sundays, I attend a church in Salisbury where some of the students here fellowship. As far as parties, you know I’ve bounced through a couple. The girls down here are off the hook, that’s all I can say. Activity wise, I’m a member of Baptist Student Ministry, Praise Fellowship, and Hawk M.O.V.E.R.S. (Men Of Vision Exemplifying Righteous Service).

For music, here are some stations I tune my dial into (check them out if you’re ever in the area): 103.9 OC 104 bangin’ “Your Music Now” for urban/hip-hop, Magic 98.9 “Delmarva’s R&B Station” for adult urban contemporary, 91.3 WESM “Delmarva’s Radio Station” from UMES playing jazz, blues, news/talk, gospel and R&B/soul, and occasionally if something good comes on, B101.7 “Delmarva’s #1 Hit Music Station” playing “Today’s Hit Music”. Just as I thought, at night we can sometime get stations in from as far north as southern New Jersey to as far south as Norfolk, Virginia. Speaking of radio, Bmore has a new urban/hip hop station. Infinity Radio’s X105.7, replacing the old top 40/hit music station B102.7. Radio One’s 92Q now has some competition. An oldies station use to be on 105.7, but it has moved to 102.7. I never really liked B102.7, so I’m glad they are gone (see my “Crossing the Barrier” article). Hot 99.5 in D.C. is aight though. At least they give hip-hop/R&B music respected play in their top 40 line up.

I guess the main thing here is change. It’s a big difference than the suburban setting I grew up in. I take for granted having a mall that is a 10-minute drive from my house, Mass Transit, wider sidewalks and streets, GSM/PCS cell phone service that isn’t limited, seeing a skyline, 100+ cable channels, and the list could go on and on. But I’m only 2 ½ hours from Bmore, so it’s not too bad. Plus I need a change of scenery for a little while. It’s aight down here though, nice little quiet town, plus I’m not far from the Atlantic beaches. With that, the weather is up and down, and we get a lot of windy conditions. My outlook, after I graduate in ’05 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, working as a Computer Systems Analyst with a major company. But it’s good to be back in alt.rap, and writing for altrap.com. I may be out in the boondocks, but I haven’t lost my touch.

Operation Alt.Rap Delmarva? Holla if you are in Delaware, on Maryland’s eastern shore, or on Virginia’s eastern shore.

Until next time, Peace & 1 Luv.

-truplaya611-

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