Monday, April 30, 2007

Daniel's Birthday Part

So Daniel had a his 15th Birthday Party this Sunday, and we had a blast playing football and ultimate, and I actually caught the football, which pretty much made my day. So here, at popular demand (i.e. Delian) are some pictures of the event.

Steven doing a Charlie Brown.

Daniel with his Birthday Hat

Tai putting the finishing touches on Daniel's Birthday shirt.

Emma and I talking while everyone else played football (again)

Just about everyone.

PS. We took a lot of pictures of The Key of H band and to see those go to:

By the way, this is my 137th post on this blog and I think that's pretty darn cool : )

God Bless!

- drew

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Drunk Driving Class is Much Bigger than the AP History Class (my adventure at West)

Today I went up to West High to go to an AP World History review class. Beth had invited me to go, but then it turned out she had a lacrosse game this morning and wasn't able to attend, so I was sorta just this homeschooler from PA who came and crashed their public school in NY (not exactly my favorite thing to do) fortunately, Beth had told her teacher about the possibility of my presence, and even had Alex come show me to the correct room. Unfortunately, Alex's car clock was set back an hour, so when he got out of Jelly Beans this morning he thought that he had a whole hour before I came and went over to the heavenly cup with Brad. So After waiting in the parking lot for about twenty minutes mom let me get out to go in a wait since it was time for the class to began. I went in and after waiting for about fifteen more minutes decide that since the class had started I had better go find it myself. Unfortunately West High is a relatively big place. I asked a lady who worked there if she new where it was. She said that there was a class down the hall to the right that I should check on, so I did, but it was full of about fifteen or twenty rather bedraggled looking old people and a couple teens, so, assuming this was not it I went back. I met the lady again who told me that I had better actually ask them if it was the class, so I went back, and after standing in the doorway for a moment leaned in and asked the closest guy if this was advanced placement world history. He looked rather amused explained to me "nope, this is drunk driving buddy."

I went back to the lobby.

Fortunately, Alex saved the day (or my day at least) when while sitting at the heavenly cup looked at his cell phone and realized that he actually hadn't had an hour to kill, so he and Brad (or at least I think it was Brad, never actually saw him) rushed over to West and found me and showed me to the room, only fifteen minutes late, where I was able to sit in on the class.

As it turned out, the DUI class seems to be much bigger that the AP World History Class class, because when I walked in with Alex, there were only two girls sitting there and one of them had to leave half way through. The teacher (can't remeber her name) was nice and didn't treat me like some sort of adit free booter when she found out I was homeschooled (people do sometimes). So it was just me and this girl, who's name I can't remember either, but who likes horses, taking the review. But it went well and I learned some stuff and I'm glad that I went, because since I'm not taking a course this year any practice is welcome.

So that was my adventure at Corning West.

And today when I got back I had one of those epiphany moments where you just realize how out of it you are, because I have been missing my electric tuner for about a month and haven't been able to tune my instruments, so they all sound rather atrocious. But today I was using my zoom 505ii effects box and experimenting to see if it could be used with my base, and I realized: THERE IS A TUNER BUILT INTO IT which I could have been using all this time... so yeah.

God Bless!

- drew

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Red Eft Rescue

Every year about this time, speckled newts, or as they are more appropriately called, red efts begin to appear and move about, and often, they end up in the middle of the road. My Mom and I who go on a walk almost everyday have this thing about rescuing them by carrying them out of harms way. We rescued the first two this morning, and now, for the first time ever are pictures of them. The one on top was the first one, after he had been moved off of the berm.
This is the second one, while he was still sitting there.
Oh, and by the way, evaluation went well, I passed, with only one issue, and its an easy one to correct.
God bless!
- drew

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Evaluator Is Here 07

Well, it is that time of year again, time for home professional evaluation for my high school diploma. Even as I type this my Evaluator sits upstairs (see below) Actually, its earlier that usual, because this in fact is the last time that it will ever happen (God willing) since I am graduating this year, and thus being the case, I have to have it done early in order to have all of my paper work submitted to be at my class graduation in at the Capital Forum in Harrisburg. So, as you can imagine, I have been pushing it a little bit the last few days.... Actually this hasn't been so bad, as I actually started working on my stuff when I was supposed to, so I finished my ten page essay yesterday afternoon (I usually finish it at 1:00 AM). Above you can see all of the books that I have read, at least in part, this year.

I just took this picture. She is doing Maryah right now, it got to be too much to do everyone in one day now that four of us have to do it, so she is only doing Maryah and I, the rest are at my grandparents.
So, its that time of year.... click here to see what I said last year:
- andrew

Friday, April 20, 2007

Family Picture

Here you go Dad, just took it this evening. I uploaded it high-rez, so just click on it and it will (should) blow up.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Jordan (watson) and I were having a discussion a while ago and wondered what the phrase "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" meant. Well,I was studying history today and I think I finally figured it out. Or at least figured out the most probable meaning....

all through the 1800's, the Russian people had suffered under the cruel and oppressive Romanov Dynasty. While the nations of Western Europe experienced the Enlightenment and Reformation and enacted social reforms and in general made life better for the working class, there had been no such movements in Russia. People worked either as serfs on farms pretty much slaves of the government, or as factory workers in the city who weren't much better off, living in squalid conditions. So on a Sunday in 1905, a group of moderates marched on the Czar Nicholas II in a peacful protest calling for reforms. They weren't being at all agressive, but Nicholes felt threatened, and ordered his troops to kill them. This day came to be known as Bloody Sunday.

- drew

Monday, April 16, 2007

Snow, DDR, Recording and Pacman

Well, sorry for not posting for a while, I was sort of fasting you might say... not that anyone noticed of course, but I just thought I'd let you know. Its been snowing here like crazy! And its April! Its been coming down all night and all day. We already have six inches and it shows no sign of letting up! To think that a few weeks ago it was almost 80 degrees and we were all walking around with sunburns... [stops and wistfully stares into space]

Fortunetly, Dance Dance Revolution finally came out on the Xbox 360. 
so we havan't yet despaired.... DDR is loads of fun.  

Over the past weekend, I went to the Cornfields to record with The Key of H
Unfortunetly it didn't turn out so well. Aside from the fact that we didn't know
what were doing (which is usually a bad thing) the situation was complicated
by the little kids (there are a lot of them at the Cornfields) trying to use our
equipment, and the computer crashing - twice.  

But, on the bright side, even though we didin't finish our record we did take some cool pictures take some cool pictures, and play a 
lot of pacman. 

All for now.

God bless!

- drew


Tuesday, April 03, 2007


The last few days....

Sunday: I went to Church early with the Slacks (Mrs. Slack came in later with my Parents) and I was an usher and we had communion and the other usher was late and I had never set that up before so that was a bit of an adventure. The band rocked out this week, kin my opinion. And Mr. Osborn preached. After church we started practicing for our easter choir and I was one of four men in the group, and I was the only one of them under 40... which was strange, because the girls (there were about twenty girls in the group) were mostly teenagers. I'm a tenor (or at least thats what they tell me) and that usually means hitting notes that I didn't know I was capable of But this time, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could do it (my voice must have finally stopped changing) Later on we went to the Slacks and I suggested that we make an April fools joke by posting something really bazzer on the key of h blog. Jordan then had the BRILIANT idea of actually recording an april fools song, which we did, and you can hear it (if you dare) on the key of h blog, or, in my audio hear on xanga. So, now that I had finished off what was left of my voice, I went home.

Monday: I woke up without my voice and for the rest of the day it broke whenever I said anything and it sounded like my voice was changing again, except my voice never did break when it changed so it didn't. That afternoon we went to Gang Mills for the girls to have lessons, and because of a misunderstanding, ended up being there for the rest of the day. I got my hair cut, so its much shorter now. We stopped by the Cornfields for five or ten minutes and I went in to get an address from Mrs. Cornfield, but I didn't see you Del, because they told me, you were down stairs and you missed my voice completely breaking most profusely a number of times After that we went out for pizza and we went to Picinic Pizza, were I haven't eaten in years, but I now decided is my favorite pizza.

Today: We went to the Library this morning at the University to take some books back, and get some new for Mattea's and my papers. This time we took the whole family... and it wasn't fun. I look like a college student, and everyone assumes I am, and I would go completely unnoticed (or at least not noticed in a bad sense) but then like five little kids run up behind me and start talking to me like I'm their big brother or something (which, ahem, I am) and everybody, who did a second before think I was a College student stares at me like "what planet are you from" and its very imbaressing. It was a beautiful day and I did as much of my school work out in the sun as was possible (for some reason it just doesn't work with the computer) We went on a walk with the Slacks... and ate supper, and thats about it, oh yeah, I got my camera back and it really is fixed (it had a spot) this time HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!! so I shoudl be able to post pictures again very soon.

- drew