It obviously doesn’t take much for me to get distracted. I was driving through Edmond traffic today and I somehow ended up behind a car with a RISD sticker. I’m a RISD grad. I thought I might be the only one in the state. The sticker actually phonetically spelled out the acronym for the Rhode Island School of Design. It was spelled Riz – de (apparently an artsy marketing interpretation)
I decide I must meet this RISD affiliated person. We can bond over what in my opinion is the best art school in the country (actually not just my opinion… http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/art/search).
After bending two well-meaning traffic laws, I followed the marked vehicle into the Fox Lake neighborhood. With the paparazzi determination, I accosted the driver as they exited their vehicle. It turns out the driver is a parent of a current furniture design student. We briefly bonded over New England, the astronomical cost of tuition, nearby Brown University and upcoming parent’s weekend – and then we parted.
I have lived in Oklahoma for nearly a decade and have never the pleasure of meeting anyone with a RISD connection. I think its time I get a bumper sticker. Maybe there are more of us.