As we sat on the tarmac at the Twin Cities airport watching a spring storm bringing another six to 12 inches of snow to a city already mightily sick of winter, I thought, hmm, Vanderbilt. Should have given that school more thought!

Colorado. We come back with photos of Garden of the Gods. Minnesota, it’s photos of spring slush. However, on the upside, my daughter loves rainy days (must be the Irish in her). And the school she is considering here has a huge athletic center, built in part because of long winters.

On the plus side, a story I heard on both visits to this particular school involved a student who brought a cow up to the fourth floor of one of the main school buildings. The problem, cows can go upstairs, but they can’t walk downstairs. Not surprisingly, he got kicked out, not because of the cow but because of poor grades (pranks and bad grades sometimes go together). However, he seems to have been a generous and forgiving soul, because after achieving great financial success, he gave the school enough money to build a beautiful library. Had the school had such a library when he was there, he said, he could have maintained the grade point necessary to stay in that school.

Sounds as though he did okay anyway.