4.28.2003

Fine fine...

Ok, so it's been another week. Sue me.

I guess things have been going all right; though I had to go set docks this weekend up at the lake. It wouldn't have been so bad if we would have been able to get my sailboat in the water, but not yet.

I've had a tough time the past couple days; all fo the end-of-the-year crap is starting to pile up. Once I'm clear of this week, I'll be basically home free. Most of my tests will be done, then all I'll have to worry about is finding a job for the summer and the fact that my girlfriend is headed back to California. *sigh*

I've started slacklining though, which has a pleasant calming effect. For those of you not familiar, slacklining is an exercise used by climbers and a few surfers to build balance and muscle control. A piece of climbing-spec nylong webbing is strung between 2 trees, and then you try to walk across the thing. It's different than tightrope walking, since the nylon stretches and bows and bounces. It's fun though, and I'm starting to get better at it.

Anyway, I"ve got to run. It's time to get ready for my comm. presentation, which is worth a mere 20% of my grade. Wish me luck.

4.21.2003

So Wonderously Cool
This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. A video forHonda's New Accord.
Appeasing The Man

I know, I know, I'm usually against this whole celeberity awe sort of thing, but I've always been amused by Dave Barry, and it turns out, he has a blog too. Who woulda thunk. He doesn't really say much, but some of the links are quite entertaining. Enjoy it; I did.
Easter Break

Coming home for Easter was a pretty big change again. It's the first time since Christmas that I've been home for any period of time (well, aside from the illness, and that doesn't count due to the pampering). I'm not sure how things will go this summer, especially if I'm around home a lot. I'm still not sure about work. I worked at Island View, the country club that my cousin runs, for two days over the weekend. I figured it would help me get some experience in working with alcohol that I can take to other resturants. It sounds like Kim may use me at other times this summer, which wouldn't hurt. The tips are good, and the help is nice to work with.

I got together with a bunch of my friends from high school the other day. It was so nice to be back with them. I love my friends in college, but there's something about being around people that you have years of history with. It sounds like I'm one of the few that will be staying in Milaca; one of my friends is in a professional drum core so she'll be gone all summer, one will be in Brainerd, another in Sequoia National Forest, and my girlfriend is headed back to California. *sigh* Hopefully climbing, work, and writing will keep me busy enough. I've got a lot of college friends to visit as well, and a few still back here. I don't think things will get too boring, and if they do I can always run up to the cabin for some rest, relaxation, and sailing.

4.16.2003

Recap

Yikes. All right, it's been awhile again, but it's odd, I haven't really been particularly busy. I digress. The play turned out wonderfully. Our last show was our best, and it was to a packed house. The cast party was a good time as well, but it's also nice to have free time again. It was a great experience though, and it was wonderful to be able to work with people that I love.

I didn't get the job at Anton's, though I'm not altogether sure why. I've got a couple other options that may shake out though, so things aren't completely hopeless.

It was beautiful outside a couple days ago. My friends and I sat outside almost all day. I'm back to climbing too, which is wonderful. Hopefully the weather will improve so I can climb outside over break; we're getting freezing rain spit at us now. I'm looking forward to getting together with my friends from high school too; I miss them all.

4.11.2003

A Realization

I had an interesting moment during the run of The Crucible last night. It was in between the last two acts, and I have a long cross backstage where I go from one side to the other along with a group of people. We were walking in near darkness, between the curtains, when I realized that I was happy. Things are going really well for me, by and large. I'm in a play with people I love, I have a sweet housing setup for next year, classes are going well, and I'll probably have a job lined up for this summer. I should be able to climb again pretty soon, and it's getting warm enough to climb outside. Whoooo!
Wow, it's been awhile since I've written anything, so I'll try and cover quite a bit of ground. The play is up and running, and things have gone pretty well every night so far. We ran Thursday through Sunday, and we had good audiences every night. I've had a cough that's been bothering me since Friday, so I've had to work to cover that up onstage, but I haven't really had any troubles. I've been feeling a lot better since the whole mono fiasco, I'm not sleeping 12 hours a day anymore. On Saturday I went into St. Cloud and filled out and turned in 7 job applications at different eating establishments. I called all of them today, and things turned out better than I expected. I have an interview scheduled for Friday, and it sounds like I'll probably be called back by one or two of the other places as well. It's quite a relief, since I wasn't quite sure how I'd manage to make money this summer. Hopefully I'll still be able to sneak in some rock climbing.

I've also been looking into my options for studying abroad. Since my mom returned from South Africa, I've been looking at going there. She made some connections; if I study there I have a pretty good chance of being allowed to stay in a private beach house not too far from campus. Things still have to be worked out for.

Living Arrangements
As for housing next semester, I managed to get into a 2-person suite in Benet Hall, which means that my roommate, Tom, and I have our own kitchen, living room, and bathroom. But wait, there's more. Tom graduates in the winter. When he leaves, there's a good chance that one of my friends who was studying abroad will come live with me. If not, I might have the place to myself.

Counting Crows
On Monday night I went in to see the Counting Crows in concert at SCSU. I was working securiety, which was a pretty nice racket since they placed me up on the balcony, directly stage right of the stage. I got to watch the entire show, and I met some pretty cool people. The best part of the concert was during Long December. Adam was onstage playing piano, and he sang a verse, then started singing the same verse he just finished. Instead of trying to cover it, he quits playing and yells "fuck me! I hate it when that happens." He proceeded to sit back and gripe to the audience for a couple minutes before launching back into the song. It was wonderful.

500
Last night was our second (and last) night in between the two runs of The Crucible. I went over to my friend's place and we proceeded to play the card game 500 for 5 hours. It was wonderful. I had some homework I could have been finishing, but it was nice to be able to just not think about the show or my homework for a little while. Now it's back to the grindstone.

4.03.2003

Oh Happy Day

So I've gotten back to reading one of my favorite books, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott, and it got me to focus back on my next book, Blissfully Ignorant. I forced myself to get the last of my edits into the computer, and now I'm ready for proofing and submission for publication. I'm going to start on my letter to the perspective publishing houses tomorrow. It's nice to be doing something about it again, good to be back to my writing. Who knows, if it works out really well maybe I won't have to turn in all of the job applications I plan to pick up tomorrow. It's time to try and find a job for the summer.

4.02.2003

I'm Back

Well, I'm back in things with the play. I rehearsed for the first time last night, and it was pretty wonderful. It was sooo nice to be back in with the cast and everyone else. I watched the show the day before, and I felt like the football players that put on a jersey but don't wear pads and stand on the sidelines clapping their hands. Everyone was glad to have me back, and my voice held out pretty well. I'm feeling well today too, so I'm pretty sure I'll be able to open, as long as nothing horrible happens and I make sure to get lots of sleep.