Thanks everyone for the hedgeapple answers!!! (My mom will be psyched to know about the flea repellancy, they have annoying feral cats round their place and therefore fleas…)
BB, glad you like the pics! I don’t actually post my best ones. (It’s because I am thinking about getting into using my photos professionally – my friends have told me to for years – so don’t want to post publicly (i.e. Flickr) where they can get taken off and sold by anyone.) The C of C is just a gorgeous gorgeous campus.
On the V vs B, I liked the Beacon better too, the feel of it was just good. The people were just lovely and friendly (I was lucky to be there in a quiet time about 10-11am). The Varsity was fun, and I did get good service, incl "What’ll ya have?!", but it isn’t the same feel.
I do have a lot of friends who have scattered round the country and I am pretty good about staying in touch. Oddly I’d been out of touch with the NC friends for a couple years but they were really excited to have a visitor, so that was great!