Stay True To Your School: Flying a House Flag

Stay True To Your School: Flying a House Flag

Grace Shu
Feb 7, 2008

When I moved out to the suburbs, I noticed--and resisted--one thing that pretty much all of my neighbors had: the seasonal house flag. Right now, there are about 16 Valentine-themed flags on my block (two houses had the same one for awhile, but then one mom went back to Michael's to get a new one). But, after a few months of living in Pasadena, I figured I should join in. Why not? After all, it makes the neighborhood feel a little bit more...friendly.

So, I decided to put up my alma mater flag. But there are a few drawbacks:

1. In a sea of USC and UCLA flags, my UVA one is practically unrecognizable (unless you watch ESPN College).

2. Because most people don't recognize the emblem, they think I'm a superfan of the movie V for Vendetta. Or as my next door neighbor gently put it, "Oh, did you go to Comic-Con when the movie came out?"

3. The flag colors are so vibrant (the orange is practically neon), you can spot it about 5 blocks away. I know because the first day I put it up and took the dog for a walk, I started wondering if it's an eyesore. I was hoping that the colors would mellow out since it's been out there for awhile,

Well. If I really get sick of it, I can always swap it out for a seasonal flag. Or maybe if the Celtics make it to the Finals...

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