Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wings, Foxes & Pipe Smoke













Last night was the annual Bryan Bash; a time when a bunch of campus bands play as you eat an enormous amount of wings and pizza. I got to hear The Little Foxes again (I can't remember if I really blogged about hearing them the first time or not). The wings were really good, and I ate too many. It's probably okay though, as I ran a few miles yesterday. On second thought, it would probably be fine even if I hadn't run a few miles yesterday... but anyhow.

After the music was over they showed the new Sherlock Holmes movie in the grassy bowl (which is just what it sounds like, a big grassy bowl). It was really good. I was inspired... inspired to start building crazy contraptions, fighting, and of course, to take up pipe smoking.

In other news, the Tokyo Police Club, one of my all time favorite bands (and by far the least well known) is getting ready to release their next album, and have generously put their first single for free download on their website. So go and download it now. I promise you will love it, and become a devoted TCP fan for the rest of your life! And if not, then you can have your money back. So go!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Super Sillyness













This evening at dinner I sat down at Katie Wilkens' table and she mentioned to me that a movie, "Silly Squad" was being filmed on campus tonight for an intercollegiate film festival and that they needed extras. I was a little apprehensive, especially since it involved dressing up as ridiculously as possible and then getting together with twenty or thirty other people who all dressed as far out as possible, and then filming a party seen, a dance seen, and a fight seen in a dark basement. Not really something that I had on my resume before now. She said I should come though, so I did.

It ended up being quite a bit of fun, although I came away with some pretty serious carpet burns. I know that I'll end up being in at least several scenes of the final movie, which, from the looks of it is going to be quite the production.

I can't say at this point that it's a movie I'll want anyone to see or not (I've heard rumors that the college administration is upset about it), but at any rate, it was interesting, so I thought I'd blog about it.

Rain

It rained really hard this morning. The funny thing is, it has rained really hard every single Sunday morning that I have been here, or at least those on which I actually went to church.

This morning I went to a Westminster Presbyterian church. I like Presbyterians, even if they seem a little dead sometimes. I think they tend to be more intellectual than emotional.

Speaking of not being emotional, I've been feeling really drained the last couple days. Ever since I got through the first few weeks of the semester I started to have this sense of purpose and excitement that I had never experienced before. Then, at some point last week, it was just gone. I don't know if it was getting discouraged about something I had wanted to do this summer, or planning for next semester, or thinking that maybe things hadn't been going as well as I hoped they would as far as relationships with my friends here. At any rate, I've been feeling pretty low the last couple of days.

I wish I had something more exciting to post about, but I haven't done much this past week. I haven't even had to much to do in the way of homework or papers. This week is going to be a little more intense, but probably not too bad.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Health, The Weather, and Other Subjects Suitable For Conversations With People You Don't Really Know

Things have been cruising along since I got back from Spring Break. I haven't had any serious tests or papers, and only the usual amount of homework (except in Biblical Foundations, Randle slammed us pretty hard the first week back, but that said, it only amounted to one really late night). I'm really enjoying every single one of my classes. Even English 2 has improved. We recently read A River Runs Through It, which is a really good story, and we have actually had some interesting discussion in class because of it.

The guys on the hall finally discovered my Halo 3 abilities (it took long enough), and now I'm a regular part of their gaming time. I've stayed up to late a couple nights this week as a result of it, which hasn't been good for my cold I assume. I have had this nasty cold that I caught from my family on the way home, and I'm having a hard time getting over it.

I've been running outside again, as we have had some good weather recently. The weather has actually been rather bipolar, three days ago it was in the 70's, yesterday there were flurries, and today it was in the upper fifties. I have heard conflicting opinions on whether or not working out is good for colds... who knows, so I'll just do what I would have anyways.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

a song

My Mirror Speaks
by Death Cab for Cutie

With every sun that sets I am feeling more like a stranger on a foreign shore
With an eroding beach disappearing from under me
And when my mirror speaks it never minces words cause these eyes don't shine half as bright
As they used to do and the haven't for quite a while

Cause I'm a man who hides from all that binds in mass of fading lines
And there's a tangled thread inside my head with nothing on either end

I always fall in love with an open door
The horizon on an endless sea
As I look around the ones who were standing right in front of me
And then my mirror speaks with a reverence like a soldier who I can't command
Sees a frightened child in the body of full grown man

And he's a man who hides from all that binds in mass of fading lines
And there's a tangled thread inside his head with nothing on either end
There's nothing on the end

Monday, March 15, 2010

There's a Monkey In the Bathroom!













I'm back at school now, tired, and suffering from a cold, and the remnants of a sunburn. I have my car now though, for which I'm thankful, and the ride back from Tallahassee was pretty good. I was finally able to catch up with my Mom, which was good.

Cocoa beach was pretty nice. The East Coast always seems like more of an Ocean to me than the Gulf, but then, they culture is a bit better on the West. It ended up raining for all but the second day I was there. Obviously that one day was all the sun my complexion could handle though. I actually like the ocean when it's cloudy. I can't quite articulate why, but I do, and I ended up going for several walks on the beach.

One of the funniest things that happened over the week was when we returned to our hotel on the 3rd day of our stay and found a monkey made our of towels hanging from the rack in the
bathroom. Sanna thought this was about the funniest thing ever:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eaten In the Ocean... by Dolphins?

* I wrote this last night, but either blogger.com was down, or my network was doing something fishy, because it wouldn't let me post.

We've been staying on Cocoa Beach in Southern Florida. This morning we went down and I ended up body boarding out on the surf with a kid from Kansas. After fifteen minutes or so, I saw my Mom and brother waving me in. Then I saw a bunch of people on the beach joining in waving me and all the two kids I was with in. I figured that they were just paranoid about us going out to far or something, and by the time I got back to shore I was a little annoyed. Then they told me that they had all seen several sharks swimming right behind me, just a few feet from my back!

They were eventually identified as dolphins, however, and I went back out. I got to see them closer, because them swam by three or four more times in the next half hour.

Cocoa beach is nice. The town is kind of cheap and skanky, but there is a kind of cool historic district.

I got a bad sunburn, which looks worse than it is, because I put sunscreen on my nose, and cheeks and ears, so they are normal, but threre is a big red ring round my mouth, and my forehead and throat are all messed up, so it looks like I have some kind of birth defect or something.

Not much else to report. I don't have any idea where we are headed tomorrow.

I have been thinking about the foreseeable future again; namely this summer. I've been looking at an option for something to do that would be, in what has apparently become my style lately, rather unorthodox. But it would require a lot of doing, and I just don't know if I can work of the guts to get started with the process.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Winter Jam In The Sunshine State













Friday morning, after completing my midterm for Biblical Foundations, I left Bryan with my Dad and sister and met the rest of my family in Chattanooga. It was good to see everybody again, as well as the new car. It's a used Q7, and since my car is an Audi as well, they had figured that the roof rack they brought for it would fit. However, it did not, and we were left riding all the way to Tallahassee with our luggage on our laps.

We got there in time for Mattea and Isaac and I to go to a big christian rock concert called winter jam with my cousins Michael and Jordan. We saw 10th Avenue North, the Newsboys, Third Day, and another group that I can't remember. I had always wanted to see a Newsboys show, so that was cool. It was different though, with the lack of Peter Furler's voice, and Phil Joel's bass... which were really my two favorite parts about the band. Michael Tait was cool though, and I have always liked DC Talk, so I guess this was almost like seeing them in concert (they even played Jesus Freak). So, the Newsboys with Tait. Who would have guessed?

I went home and went to sleep; woke up at four in the morning feeling really weird; went to the bathroom, and proceeded to throw up 8 or 9 times. Not fun. It's been almost three years since I was sick like that last... which is a long time, but not long enough. Fortunately I had stopped by that morning, and by evening I was feeling relatively decent again.

Today we left Tallahassee and drove across the state to Amelia Island. Our hotel is in a really nice historic district, and we have a view of the harbor. Unfortunately, it is not as warm as my parents were thinking it would be, so tomorrow we are headed further south down the east coast.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Hopeless, Friendless, Unemployed In Greenland

Apologies for not posting in a bit. The week after CPAC I was busy catching up, and the week after that I didn't feel like doing anything at all. Not to mention there hasn't been much going on.

Tomorrow morning, after my last midterm, my Dad and sister will be picking me up. We'll meet the rest of my family in Chattanooga, and from there it's a straight shot to Tallahassee. I'm not quite sure what we'll end up doing in for the next week and a half, but it will probably involve going further south than my cousins house in Tally.

I'm really looking forward to seeing my family again, and getting some time off from school, and going to Florida. Now, I don't think it will be quite like Spring Break last year (Greece) but then, it will still be much more fantastic than the one be for that, which I spent hopeless, friendless, unemployed in Greenland... ok no, that's not actually what happened, or at least not the Greenland part (that would have been cool) I actually just spent it by myself at home, teaching myself to use the blender software suite. Thinking back, I'm glad I did that... but it's not the most fun way to spend Spring Break.