This post is a little more about Rhodents then Ikeys because, while both have overalls, they are a little more important to Rhodents. Not every Ikey has overalls that they wear to every university sporting event… At Rhodes you won’t find one student without one!
During the first few months of my first year at Rhodes there were signs up all around campus advertising the sale of overalls. Once you have bought your overalls the next step is to decorate them. My friends and I shopped for every purple paint, glitter and pen imaginable to fill our white canvases.
Trying to decide what to put on our overalls was the hard part and I cannot explain to you why I decided to put Playboy Bunnies coming out of a magician’s hat on mine. The only image that I knew I wanted on mine is King Julien from Madagascar and this was only due to the fact that my friend Charlie always called me King Julien and she was my Mort. One day we all got together on the grass in front of our res to start decorating… and we have been decorating ever since. Every event adds more character to your overalls. More paint gets added as well as seemingly random comments from friends that are hilarious at the time.
The main events that Rhodent overalls see are Intervarsity, Boatrace and Fish River Canoe Marathon, all of which involve copious amounts of alcohol. This generally leads to some bad decisions such as bush diving and swimming in your clothes. So, while overalls aren’t the most flattering attire, they do serve some purpose… they keep you warm as well as protect your clothes from any “spillage”.
My overalls have been the greatest source of Rhodes memories. They have messages from all of my friends and random sayings to remind me of amusing events. I have also kept a list of every event I have worn my overalls to. It is a piece of clothing I will keep for the rest of my life.