Gator Nation: ?g?-t?r ?n?-sh?n noun. 1) a community of people composed of multi-ethnic, religious, political, socio-economic backgrounds that are bound together by a mutual love of University of Florida football, tailgating, Florida sunshine, and all things blue and orange. 2) a collection of folks who know how to have a good time and perhaps how to do a keg stand.
I am sitting in the booth on our first full day of interviews. The sun is shining, as it does constantly here in lovely Florida,? and a slight breeze is blowing when two UF students walk past the booth. This is what I hear:
“What is that?” A blonde in flip-flips and short-shorts points to the MobileBooth.
“Oh,” says her tanned and muscular friend, “that’s where you go to talk about when you first realized you were a Gator.”
Our stay in Gainesville began with a roaring, or should I say growling, start. After opening day at the Harn Museum, we were invited by WUFT to the Gator Growl, the largest student organized pep rally in the country. It was so large that both John McCain and Barack Obama sent a videotaped address to the UF crowd. We became acquainted with Albert and Alberta Gator, we sang the UF alma mater, we even learned the Gator “chomp.” Steve Miller Band played, and the moment I first realized I was a Gator was right after they played “The Joker,” when the fireworks began. Let the Gator GROWL!