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For the past year, I’ve been hearing how unique the practice of “door blocks” (or is it “stacks”?) is during sorority rush. As a diehard GDI, I feel like Margaret Mead when I try to understand why girls would crowd in doors and windows and flip their hair back and forth while they sing enthusiastically to departing PNMs. So when my daughter told me that if I drove down USC’s sorority row this evening I might see door blocks, I figured I’d check it out. I struck gold. I passed by at just the right time to see door blocks at five houses. I laughed so hard I cried.

There was no parking, so I didn’t stop and take pictures or a video. But here’s a YouTube video from last year’s USC rush which closely approximates what I saw:

USC Sorority door song

Does this happen at all schools? What would other cultures think of this when I don’t even understand it?

homeless doorway pasadenaI saw a very different scene in a doorway on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena this evening. As I walked from Whole Foods to Margarita Jones, I saw a yellow tarp draped over what I’m very sure was someone sleeping. I was only 12 miles away from where I’d seen the well-dressed, enthusiastic sorority girls singing their hearts out, but it might as well have been a different country.

On the way to Pasadena, I passed by a horrible accident on the southbound Pasadena Freeway. I was hoping that no one was killed, but unfortunately a 2-year-old girl lost her life. I learned that when I logged into Facebook and the LA Times blog story was at the top of my news feed. Right below it was a picture of a friend’s darling daughter celebrating her 2nd birthday. Again, what a world apart.

We live in a world of contrasts. It’s hard to process sometimes. I wish I could make everything right for everyone.