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Monday evening moron [13 Nov 2006|07:56pm]
[ mood | full ]

Ahh, feels so good to have a Monday night where I'm not working. They come around about as often as I update this thing. But you gotta give me credit because I'm doing that right now.

I met last week with my new boss for my winter internship. He's the chief judge of First District Court in Monroe, and I'll be going twice a week. The commute will suck ballsbut it's worth it. It's a foot in the door.

I still have one more week to schedule for classes, which seems ridiculous. I only have to take two more classes because of the credit I'll receive for interning--one of which is a lab science class that will probably be filled with ridiculous freshmen...something I'm not exactly looking forward to. The other class will probably be a Medieval England history class.

Speaking of things that I AM looking forward to, I hope Thanksgiving Break will be an opportunity for us all to catch up since it's been all semester since we hung out. Let me know.


(it's outta here)

From the heart [19 Oct 2006|06:51pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Ok, it is at last time...time for an update.

This is that point in the fall semester where the days are literally blending together. It's now Thursday. It feels like just an hour ago that it was Sunday night and I was promising Jake an LJ update "tomorrow." Whoops, I missed that one. My classes are going well, I guess. Here's a quick reminder of what I'm taking:

HIST 355/Colonial Era America
HIST 3601/Michigan History
HIST 497/History Seminar (my capstone class)
ENGL 223/Creative Writing, the biggest blowoff class I may have ever taken including high school
POL 309/Ancient Political Theory

I have been in talks with my academic advisor about a possible internship for the winter semester. If I get one, I will only have to take one more history class and a science class, and I will have graduated. Apparently, there is a judge in Monroe who is looking for someone and I have the inside track on it. The only downfall is that it's 32 miles from campus and the mileage will no doubt pile up early. But I'm still very interested to see where this may lead.

I miss everyone a lot. It seems like we're all very busy these days. I hate that we don't communicate the way we used to. I refuse to let that get in our ways, and I will do everything possible to prevent that. I will start by regularly updating here.

(it's outta here)

Core meltdown in t minus seven seconds [14 Aug 2006|12:11am]
[ mood | cranky ]

Yo yo yo...how it be? For me, it's been alright...except for a major meltdown early last week that I don't want to get into. Long story short, I've been working too much and going to school non-stop for a year. Apparently, that's a pretty bad combination.

The summer semester is almost over. Just a little bit more work to finish up and it will be two weeks of gloriousness with no school at all. Pretty fucking amazing.

Trisha is moving back over to Grand Valley this upcoming weekend. I was supposed to help her out, but the weekend became nothing but a bunch of other committments for me and so I am not able to. I am PISSED about it. Yet also, I realize I need to work to make money ($3000) so I can register for my final semester as an undergard in November.

I have already received my syllabus for HIST 497 this fall via e-mail attachment...ewww, isn't it a little early for that?

I'm a gonna wrap this diddy up with another rousing Blogthings....night.

You Belong in the East Village

A little bit arty, a little bit punk - you seem to set trends that many people follow.
It's likely that you're an academic of sorts, even if it's just on the weekends.

(2 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

[05 Aug 2006|11:53pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Ok, ok...I'm sorry to those of you who read this (and by now, that number is probably zero) who have had to wait approximately one month for me to update. I sincerely apologize. But then again, nothing has really happened for me to update about.

I have spent pretty much every weekend with Trisha, either up there or down here. We go to Tiger games, hang out, watch movies, go to county festivals, etc. You know, all the stuff you're supposed to do during the summer with your girlfriend. In fact, she brought her brother Steve down here today and we played putt-putt, raced go-karts and then went to the Tigers game where they won yet again. She also brought a queen sized mattress from one of her relatives (long story) to store here...most likely, we'll be using it after next spring when we finish college and get a place somewhere up near Grand Rapids.

Speaking of college, I am about to pull my hair out. I thought I could handle going to school full-time over the summer. But it has become painfully obvious that I can't. I'm in over my head. Granted, I got an A and a B for spring and I'm getting 2 A's for the summer...but I'm killing myself in the process.

Things are not going well at work either. We are severely understaffed and another person walked out on their shift last night. If anyone needs employment, come to the Dearborn Heights Delco. If you have a pulse and no felonies, you'll probably have a job.

Went up to visit Jake in Linden on Tuesday. (was it really that long ago already?) It was very good to see him. Never before has so much time gone by without seeing the guy. We hung out in Flint, saw "Scoop" in Brighton, and chillaxed everywhere else. I've missed him this summer. It really sucks when we're both so busy.

Nothing else right now. Busy day tomorrow. Hopefully Monday will be friendlier for the next entry.

(2 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

Star Trek XII: So Very Tired [27 Jun 2006|12:34pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

This has, without question, been the weirdest summer of my life in many ways. For the first time, none of the people I consider to be my true friends are readily available. (Thank goodness it's summer and I get to see Trisha on a semi-regular basis or you might see me hawking prescription depression pills on E! at 3 am)They all live dozens and dozens of miles away and/or are extremely busy. And I'm fine with that, really. I understand how it is. It has been mentioned already that a phone call does not require much effort. I'm afraid I am also guilty of these atrocities. I apologize f'real.

Right now, I'm supposed to be working on my final for Poli Sci, but I am simply not in the mood. Who wants to write papers on direct democracy and traditionalistic polical attitudes when there are so many better things to be doing? Yeah, me neither. But I suppose I shall make a good dent in my paper because Dave and I are going to the Tigers game tonight and I probably won't be getting home till 11:30 or midnight. And it will be far better to write 3 pages rather than 6.

My mom is attending a family reunion in Branson, Missouri (Vegas, if it was run by Ned Flanders) and she is scheduled to return tomorrow night. It has been nice to have the house to myself...but talking to the cats is getting old.

Cedar Point NEEDS to happen ASAP.

(it's outta here)

I laugh never knowing what the joke's about [14 Jun 2006|01:29pm]
[ mood | moody ]

As usual, another whole week between updates. Also as usual, nothing new to report. Still here...still alive.

Monday was the LSAT. No matter how much you prep for it, the test is very stressful and difficult. It's easily the longest and hardest test I've ever taken in my life. From the time I checked in until the time we were dismissed, almost six hours had elapsed. This is probably because they were very security-conscious. They wanted to make sure the person who signed up to take the test was actually the person who showed up. They checked our ID four times, took all of our fingerprints, and made us copy the "terms of agreement" on the LSAT answer sheet in cursive. (which took me about 10 minutes...I'm out of practice) Now here I sit, waiting for the results which come in three weeks. We'll see how I did.

I miss everyone. I'm not doing some cool Orientation thing with a bunch of people or drinking with people in Canton all the time. I just go to school and go to work. It's been a very boring summer. My cell phone never rings. But then again, I don't really dial anyone up either. That must change!

Nothing else for now. Time for lunch.

(2 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

676 [07 Jun 2006|03:03pm]
[ mood | creative ]

If I have to read the LJ-cut titled "bless this mess" one more time...

Greetings, everyone! How are y'all doing today? I'm decent for the most part. I went to class early this morning, came home and took a nap, only to wake up to gray clouds and a steady drizzle. If that doesn't sound like early March all over again, I don't know what does.

Yesterday was "666" and while I didn't see any devils or four horsemen, there was something quite unsettling about the day. I was driving down Plymouth Road at about 6 pm (another "6"...freaky, eh?) and there's an old wooden house between the cemetery and funeral home which was completely engulfed in flames. You could see black smoke billowing into the sky from as far as Farmington Road. Naturally, it attracted a bunch of slack-jawed yokels who were gathering across the street to watch. It didn't help that Hungry Howies was out there holding a huge banner for some pizza special. Of all the days for there to be a major fire so close to home, it's only fitting that it happened on 666.

That's all I have for right now. But, in response to my resoundingly successful power point presentation on California in State Gov't this morning, he is a brand-spankin' new blogthings. Enjoy!

You Belong in Los Angeles

Whether you'll admit it or not, a huge part of you likes being in the spotlight.
And you may just have enough star quality to make it big in LA!
Even if you don't become famous, you still belong in a place where you can get a year round tan.

(it's outta here)

Deuce-deuce [03 Jun 2006|02:49pm]
[ mood | cynical ]

Thanks to all who wished me a happy birthday on June 1st. It was greatly appreciated. For probably the first time in my life, my birthday just felt like a normal day. Why? Because I'm now at the point beyond where birthdays actually matter.

18th birthday? Yay, I'm finally a legal adult. And I can vote! (although most people don't)

20th birthday? Kick ass, I'm not a teenager anymore...and only one more year till I can drink!

21st birthday? Needs no explanation.

All in all, it was a good day. I actually celebrated it on the night of May 31st after work. I had several shots of various hard liquors and three PBR's (for only $1 a bottle!). I haven't been that drunk in a while, and it was fun.

The worst part about having a hang-over the next day is sitting in a 3 hour class. I left during the break in the middle. I couldn't handle it anymore. That class (CRJ 303/Justice) is a huge challenge. I have a paper on "Leviathan" (the single hardest piece of literature I have ever encountered...even Sparknotes doesn't clarify the text) due on Tuesday that I am not looking forward to completing.

The LSAT looms in just over a week. Am I looking forward to it? I'm not really sure right now. Yes and no, I guess. One thing is for sure though, that I am constantly tired. I think I'm getting burned out. Wait, scratch that...I know I am. But I can't take my foot off the accelerator. Christmas break will be here in due time.

Trisha will be here soon to celebrate my b-day with me. I should probably go get ready. Out.

(2 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

[28 May 2006|08:30pm]
[ mood | hot ]

Way too fucking balmy today!!

(2 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

Burn baby burn [27 May 2006|09:44pm]
[ mood | hot ]

How has it already been almost 10 days since my last update? It doesn't seem possible. It seems like just yesterday to be perfectly honest.

Lots of stuff has been happening, or so it seems. I went up to Sanilac County last weekend and hung out with her and the peeps up there. Fun times, let me tell you. The only downfall is that while I was up there, we had to put our little Wheatabix to sleep. :( She was getting very sick and probably suffering, and we came to find out that she was 15 years old, which is pretty old for a cat. No cat will ever top her. She was the best because she gave our house a lot of good company, especially after my dad died. But she's in kitty heaven now, and it's on to the new generation with the baby cats.

Also this week, my brother Chris and his wife Francisca and son Mychael came in for a visit from Colorado. It was very good to finally see them, and let me just say, my nephew is the coolest 3 year old in the world! We had a big family get-together (at DeLuca's) which was fun. It was the first time I can ever remember drinking beer at 1 in the afternoon. Chris got me an awesome Tigers jersey for my birthday, which I'm wearing as we speak.

Trisha came in town for this get-together thing as well. Last night, we went to Game Works in Great Lakes Crossing because I had heard the commercials on the radio for a million years and I finally wanted to see it for myself. Let me tell you, it was a let-down from what I was expecting...so expensive! Each arcade game amounted to about $1.25 per person (so if you played a two-player game, the cost was double). It's not worth a special trip way out to Auburn Hills, but if you're ever in the area, it's a good time killer for about an hour...because after that, you'll be broke.

It was so HOT today. Seriously! I'm still hot right now, and so damn thirsty too. You know I'm desperate for liquids when I'm drinking an 8 ounce can of Diet Coke.

Other than that, not too much else has been up. School, etc. but I don't feel like getting into that in this particular entry. I miss everyone. It's been a while since I saw any of you, except Ruth, who likes to drink $9 six-packs of Blue Moon beer. But I think this entry has been sufficient, so I'm going to call it a day here.

(it's outta here)

Thirsty Thursday [18 May 2006|02:55pm]
[ mood | busy ]

My apologies for waiting more than a week since my last update. But then again, I really wonder how many people (if any) actually noticed.

Not much has been up. My life as I know it is now almost completely devoid of the people I care most about (considering most of them live 100+ miles away) which pretty much sucks. I go to school, go to work, and find random activities in between that help pass the time, but are actually very insignificant.

Trisha did come back from El Salvador and paid a visit on her way back home. She claims to have taken over 300 pictures from her trip. I guess look forward to those in the upcoming days and weeks in my LJ, as her's is now all but defunct. Additionally, I am making my first trip to the Thumb since last year this weekend, which should be fun.

Also, Dave and I went to the Tigers game vs. Minnesota on Tuesday, during $5 days. It was fun...of course they won. (rhyme!) And it didn't rain while we were there either, which was a huge surprise. Nine straight days of rain and it stooped long enough for that game to be played. Gotta love it.

With all of my random bitchings, the time has gone by surprisingly fast. It's hard to believe that I was watching Mission Impossible 3 nearly a week and a half ago. I guess school and work keep me very busy.

That's all for now. More later, I promise.

(it's outta here)

Blue skies fade to gray [10 May 2006|03:08pm]
[ mood | cranky ]

Damn, it feels good to take a 3 hour nap between 11 am and 2 pm after an exhausting, early-morning Poli Sci class. I have a feeling I will be making that a habit for the next six weeks.

Yesterday was a crazy day. Went to my other spring class...went to the dentist where I got the first part of my root canal done (to be completed next week)...went to Mai Garlic with Jake and saw Mission Impossible 3, which was decent entertainment for 2 hours, but ultimately very forgettable.

I have a strong, sudden feeling that for the most part, this summer is going to suck balls. Why? Because we are all so very busy and so very many miles apart. I guess this is just the way things work out when you get older, but I find myself wishing for the days when we all slept in and had 10 hours a day in front of us to just do whatever the hell we wanted. But at the same time, I just want to fast-forward through all the bullshit and get going on the voyage of life. I hate to philosophize so heavily, but I can't really help it right now. This is how I feel and the way things are, so I have ranted.

I just went to listen to some of my iPod music and it shut off 30 seconds into the song. Perhaps I should charge it more often than once a week.

I don't know what else to say here. I'm done.

(1 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

Tin marin, de dos penguenes, kukara makara, tiere fue [07 May 2006|10:48pm]
[ mood | mellow ]

I just used four years of Spanish class, Thurston-style (which doesn't get you anywhere, considering Judy Morante taught the majority of these classes) for a purpose for the first time in my life. I had a phone card, and I dialed the number Trisha gave me while she is in El Salvador (the number is like 30 digits long). Someone answered in Spanish and I was actually able to carry on a 30 second conversation. I was stunned! Judy would have been proud. Natch, Trisha wasn't there. She was spending the weekend with a family in the countryside or something. So it looks like I'll have to call back later in the week.

Spring/summer (whatever you wanna call it) classes begin tomorrow. State Government (POL 313) on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 am [shudder] and Justice (CRJ 303) Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30. Fun, fun!

That's all I got. Peace out y'all.

(2 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

Dust, dust everywhere and no air to breathe [06 May 2006|01:41pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

I just realized how much I hate Wal-Mart with a passion. I just got back from there a minute ago. I don't even know why I went in there, probably because I was in the area. I needed some pens and paper because summer semester starts on Monday and I had none of the said supplies. I go in there (dodging old people, disabled people on motorized scooters, and just slow slow sloooooow people) and they don't have any! All they had were post-it notes...no regular paper and no pens or pencils at all. They were completely out. I don't know why, but I basically freaked out and stormed out of the store when I discovered this. They don't have any pens or paper in the Home Office section, but they have 20 million Spider-Man backpacks? That makes no fucking sense at all. I am seriously never setting foot in that store again, and I'm probably going to write an angry letter to the CEO to tell him about his awful store and demand...DEMAND!....restitution. Jesus H. Christ!

Today's Agenda:
-Feel sorry for myself about the Wal-Mart incident
-Car wash
-Yard work
-Rent King Kong and watch it (because it was highly recommended and because I haven't just sat down to watch a 3 hour movie in quite some time)

My tooth...my tooth!

(it's outta here)

'Ring ring ring' went the bell [03 May 2006|11:32am]
Final Grades (Winter 2006):

Ethics/CRJ 240: B
Modern China/HIST 323: A
PSYC 404/ Parent-Child Relations: B+
The Reformation Era/HIST 331: B+
Social Problems/SOC 201: B+

Total Credits: 80/120
Semester GPA: Roughly 3.38
Cumulative GPA: Roughly 2.75ish (which is sad, considering this was my 3rd consectuive semester with at least a 3.0)

Moral of the story: Don't slack off your first two years...it'll bite you in the ass later!

I finally scheduled my appointment to get my root canal taken care of. I'm not thrilled with the idea of shelling out $1,000 or more to get this done...but my gums are literally taking over this tooth and then I will really be in trouble. So yeah.

This has been the most uneventful first week of summer EVER! No one is around (and I mean no one...well, there are some people. Maybe I can hit them up)

I'm becoming insomniac, I'm quite certain. I used to be able to sleep in until 1 pm no problem. Today, for the 4th day in a row, I was up before 10:30 am. Not cool, because there's really nothing to do until work at 4.

This entry sucks. I think I'll end it here.

(1 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

Help, help...I'm trapped in a nutshell [01 May 2006|12:25am]
[ mood | cranky ]

Hold your breath, people...I am making an update. (although I wonder how low my readership is now) April was just a bad month for updating because I was slightly busy and just lacked any motivation. But alas, here is a brief recap of my last few weeks.

1) Finished winter semester last week with decent success...two B+ final grades thus far (spring classes start in a week with CRJ 303 and POL 313)
2) Spent as much time with Trisha as possible as she gets ready to go to El Salvador, which is where she is now
3) Working my usual amount of hours
4) Going to a Detroit Tigers game where they won 18-1 and subsequently getting sunburned really bad (already the second time this spring)
5) Getting a parking ticket from the City of Detroit, which I absolutely refuse to pay

That's what has been going down in my life the last few weeks. It feels good to be back from my LJ sabbatical. I'm looking forward to this week of nothingness. (well, no school anyway) Apparently, some people from work are throwing a huge party/bonfire/rave sometime this week that I'm probably gonna end up going to. I am deathly bored already because Trish is gone for two weeks and no one else is around right now. I think that party will do some good.

Look for more from me in a day or so. Until then...peace.

(4 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

Believe it or not it's just me [05 Apr 2006|11:56pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Tigers 14, Royals 3

They are now 2-0. This is so our year. Can't wait to go downtown to see the boys. :)

Going to court to fight that speeding ticket tomorrow. Wish me luck.

(1 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

Keep your hands on the wheel [03 Apr 2006|11:19am]
[ mood | meh ]

Don't you love when Modern China gets cancelled so you have time to work on your paper? I sure do.

I got pulled over on my way to school today. The cop said I was going 44 mph in a 30 zone. But he only wrote me for going 5 over. He was a nice guy, not like the asshole who pulled me over a coupe years ago. Looks like I'll be going to set a court date to get these 2 points expunged from my record.

Super start to a super week, boys.

P.S. It's baseball's Opening Day, which makes me very happy. Go Tigers! :)

(it's outta here)

Feelin' a little "emo-tional" right now [02 Apr 2006|07:46pm]
[ mood | nervous ]

It's weird to look outside at 7:46 pm and see everything still basking in the light of day. Unfortunately, it also illuminates what a crappy neighborhood I live in, which is otherwise disguised under the cover of darkness. I guess it's a perfect example of Catch-22.

My mom is clipping her toenails in the bathroom and I can hear it loud and clear....ew. There's not too many sounds I hate in the world more than toenails being clipped off. It goes hand-in-hand with the sight of someone disgusting leaving their clippings laying around. (DAVE, I'm looking in your direction)

Right now, I'm supposed to be working on my final draft for my paper in Modern China due on Wednesday. I'm very apprehensive about it because he wants so much detail in our paper. He's not just one of those professors who casually thumbs through your paper, makes one generic comment, and assigns your grade. He scrutinizes it with a fine-toothed comb, looking for any (and I mean ANY) confusing sentence or grammatical error. He writes e-mails that are 4 pages long that give us directions for our paper. It sends out the message, "Don't mess up anything because I'll be sure to catch it!" And I believe him. I even wrote him an e-mail about my paper, which I haven't done with any professor since...I can't even remember. Thank God it's not due till Wednesday.

This weekend I was up at GVSU to see Trisha. Contrary to what she thinks, I had a fun time. While I was there, we called Jake to wish him a happy birthday. (that's right, I called him on his birthday...it's just what real friends should do) Fair warning: avoid driving 150 miles at night through thunderstorms and tornado warnings like the plague. It is very stressful.

I this this has been sufficient enough for now. I'm out.

(1 crossed the plate | it's outta here)

Don't whiz on the electric fence [29 Mar 2006|12:10am]
[ mood | sick ]

NBA Game of the Year. The two best teams faced off at the Palace tonight.

Detroit Pistons 97, Dallas Mavericks 90

And I was there to witness it. Lower level seats, too. Fuck yes.

In other news, I've been sick lately. Sore throat, cough, stuffy head, sinuses...the works. I think my hectic schedule has finally caught up with me. Fortunately, I have a nice supply of DayQuil and ibuprofen so that I can beat it and get back into the swing of things.

Figured out my class schedule for summer and fall. It's pretty rigorous, but I think I can handle it. Bottom line: by Christmas, I'll have 108 credits with only 12 to go. I'm almost outta this piece!

In other, better news, I'll be going up to GVSU on Friday because it's been about a month since I've seen Trisha and I'm pretty much missing her like I've never missed anyone else before. There's just something about her that motivates me and helps me through everything more than I could ever think possible. Basically she's just the best and that's all there is to is. (sorry if that's too "mushy" but oh well...it's my blog, and I'll write what I want)

I would write more, but I think I'll stop here. I have the funny feeling people X'ed out of this a paragraph ago.

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