Monday, December 29, 2008

The Power of our Youth


I realized today while sitting on the couch at my grandparents house just how powerful our youth can be. As I watched Noah (my cousin) crawl around the floor, ga ga'ing, and drooling, with eyes from my entire family glued on him for hours - I noticed the amount of joy that a child can bring to not only his/her parents...but an entire family, an entire group of people. I wasn't in the greatest moods today - I've been struggling with a few things that are on my mind, but at that moment I looked at Noah and saw his blissful smile and the light of youth shining over him – a smile was locked tight on my face. The fact that he has no idea where he is, what kind of world it is today, no job, no financial problems, no worries...made me wish I could feel what he was feeling again. Why can't we get away and feel what Noah feels, why can't we be care-free, laugh, drool, yell as loud as we want, and have no worries...Why can't we do that? 

I thought for a moment and we can...We simply can do whatever we please. We've been given this glorious opportunity to create a path in our life, and down this path we hope to achieve our goals, and to live our life the best possible way we know how to. But along the way - I think we need to be like Noah more - and if we do this, I feel like we can pass along the sublime confidence of our youth to others.

So let go, put away your troubles and worries, and sing as loud as you can(even if you don't know the words - right jos?) dance to music, dance without music, give someone a compliment, let someone cross the street in front of you, tip a little bit more - when you can :) , go for a run, stay up late, sleep in if you want, take a sick day - do something that makes you smile, that makes you feel young....just let go. 

Maybe we'll find out that just this one notion, just this one thing can help us enjoy our days more and provide someone else with the passion to do the same.

So thanks Noah :) thanks for reminding me what it's like to be young again. 

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas is here.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
Another year on the shelves, another Christmas is here. The family time during the holidays is what I look forward to the most and this year has been nothing short of what I wanted. As we all flock in to my grandparents for the scrumptious food and presents, that Christmas feeling filled the ever so hot living room. I am so thankful for being a part of such a wonderful tradition and hope there will be many more to come.

Heres to you Josi.

Cheers to longevity.....poppp...gulp, gulp, gulp. 

The day after Christmas is always the worst, so I look forward to making the most of tomorrow. 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Goodnight. 

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Seven Pounds


Here is the trailer...

First off, I am not a movie critic nor am I an expert at providing people with great reviews and to be honest, I've never actually critiqued a movie in a written form. So here goes. 

Seven Pounds, starring Will Smith...Before I go further I'll throw down my thoughts on him. I think he is one of the best actors for many different reasons. One of them is that he is simply not Will Smith when he acts, he conforms into whatever role he is playing and there are no similarities in his whole demeanor from movie to movie. From Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Men in Black, Hancock, The Pursuit of Happyness, and now Seven Pounds...His way of hypnotizing you is mind-blowing. He lures you in and you feel his pain, his happiness, his tears. 

The movie drags along and is very slow - but not one second  goes by where you aren't fully attentive. It is by no means boring or non-informative. It just doesn't harmonize in the beginning. As the movie plays on you slowly understand what is happening. The movie keeps cutting to flashbacks that he has of his marriage and how glorious it was. But finally you actually see what happens, he was driving on a curvy road and texting (which I do all the time - and won't be doing anymore) and a car was coming head-on, when he tried to swerve he lost control and flipped his car several times. The car that was coming at him also lost control and went flying into the air. The aftermath was seven fatal deaths but he managed to survive. 

He is miserable for the most part of the movie until he decides he is going to save seven lives to make up for what he did. Once the pieces of the puzzle start coming together - the plot seems brilliant. He researches people and finds out information about them and determines how he can help them. Wether it be an old lady in the hospital that is dying and just needs a bath, or a kid that needs bone marrow, or a gorgeous woman who needs a heart transplant. 

I don't want to give the entire movie away, but he goes around saving seven lives - but by doing this he feels he is making up for the fatal car crash that he caused. The woman that he falls for is absolutely gorgeous - no make up, no retouching, nothing...all natural. 

The ending is one of the most gut-wrenching parts in a movie I've ever had to endure. I read a lot of reviews and many critics bash this movie, but all I can say is go see it for yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was teary-eyed for the last part of the movie. It really hits you deep. 

*Applause for Will Smith* - again.

My first movie review, not bad I suppose...Go see it for yourself.




Thursday, December 18, 2008

follow the effin gps.

We got back really late from New York, but the entire time home I was reading...While I was reading I just kept thinking about all the things I would be doing while I'm living in New York, I'm not even sure if I remember what I was reading...

Anyway, it was our first family trip that all five of us went on in god knows how long. Not only was it enjoyable, but it was just a typical family trip. I don't know about other families, but all five of us do not exactly have the same personality. My dad for one is very very calm, and can withstand anything as long as he has a beer. My mom on the other hand just wants everyone to be happy, she doesn't care what we are doing as long as her children are enjoying it. My two sisters are a little different, Cheyenne likes to do her thing, shes not gonna sit around and wait for something, she has her own agenda, and she skips to her own beat. Josi has a hidden agenda, but will usually just do what everyone else wants to do while sneaking in her secret objectives. Me on the other hand, I for the most part could care less what we do as long as I'm having a good time, some days I'll be in a great mood, and some days I won't...I have a temper, and I'm quite the sarcastic person. But....and I say but because I truly believe as long as I've had my sleep and maybe a cup of coffee, I can handle anything and I'll enjoy myself as I go no matter what we do. So - after all these personality traits clash, you have simply a big bang of different styles which usually results in a few arguments, a few attitudes, and some hateful facial expressions...but with all that being said, I had a great time, and I wouldn't of changed a thing. We simply tackled New York City in approximately 24 hours. 

On the way there and on the way back we had a knock-out fight between human directions and simply following the gps. My theory is, these gps devices may be wrong sometimes but the majority of the time if you type in an address, it will get you there, regardless of what roads it so happens to take. We didn't necessarily abide by these theories that I believe in. Instead, we decided to yell and scream about which turn we should take and what lane to be in for half of the trip. At one point I finally lost it and blurted out "follow the effin gps." But you can only imagine for yourself what I really said. Anywho, I researched a few things to do and saw a timeline online of how to conquer new york city in 48 hours, except one small problem, we only had about 24 hours. So we cut out a few things and basically made our own timeline. We hit almost every major store in New York...very briefly for some and we stayed longer for others...We took a carriage ride around central park, and ate at a family style restaurant, indulged into new york pizza a few times, and shopped our faces off at every possible department store there was. My dad and I actually caught a few z's right outside of macy's during one of the most populated times of the day. We were exhausted from all the walking from street to street, and from avenue to avenue. I certainly didn't want to go into Macy's, it had 9 floors, how do you even begin to shop in something that massive?

Overall it was a great little family vacay, and I'm so glad we got the chance to spend some time together. It's been a while. New York is definitely overwhelming but in the same tone, it is quite the charmer. I fell in love the first  10 minutes I was there. It has anything and everything you could imagine. My views on just being there for day - I definitely foresee that I will have an awesome time being there but I just can't see myself living there for a long period of time after. I am to in love with the style fredericksburg has layed upon me, and what I am used to in Clemson. I love the city atmosphere, all the people, the high-class food, the top of the line stores. But what NYC doesn't have to offer is the little main street deli that I eat at in Central, South Carolina, where on any given day I might not see a single person but as long as I'm with my roommates and I get my tomato basil bisque I'm happy. Or the effect of driving down River Road to see my grandparents, and knowing that it will take me 7 minutes to get there from my house wether it be at 10 in the morning on a Monday, or rush hour on a friday afternoon. Somehow I'll need to find something that strikes a nerve with all these feelings I have, and find my happy place one day, who knows where it will be..but it has to be out there...somewhere.

I'm off to finishing my book, or atleast I hope so...

FOLLOW the gps...trust me.

goodnight to all. 

Sunday, December 14, 2008

...off to the city

To the city we go. I'm not sure if I'm ready for all this, but I'm anxiously awaiting the overwhelming feeling that will smack me when I step foot into the city. The lights, the noise, the people...they don't know I'm coming, they don't care. But soon, those lights, that noise, and those people will be a part of me and it will be something I can hold with me forever. 

I'm bringing the camera, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of images to share.

Peace and love. 

Saturday, December 13, 2008

bittersweet

I am finally home, the last time I was in Fredericksburg was in May. The trip home wasn't bad at all, there is something about driving 500 miles and being on the road for seven hours - knowing the entire time your coming home to your family, your friends, and it's christmas time. But at the same time I was leaving friends, a house that I lived in for 3 years, and the town of Clemson which I won't see for a while. It was bittersweet. As I sit here and write, it amazes me that I am almost finished with college. The beauty of it is that I'm stepping into the real world for a semester, and then I get to come back to college for two more semesters. 

The progressive Christmas party was tonight, always a pleasure to come back to each year. A few streets in our neighborhood join together and host a progressive party, going from house to house, hence the name. Each house has a time slot and everyone comes to enjoy drinks and food, and usually by the third house, the volume starts to rise, the more alcohol people are tipping back, and the more boring jokes that are told but somehow they are seemingly funny at the time. Regardless, nothing beats a good ol' progressive christmas party with the old folks.  

Tomorrow my family and I are heading to Dulles to pick Chey up from the airport and then were off to New York city for two days. I get to see where I'm gonna be living, and we'll walk the streets of the city that never sleeps. I've actually never been to "the city." So I'm sure i'll be overwhelmed. I can't wait to have a piece of pizza or "pie." 
Adios. 

Monday, December 8, 2008

better days

I thought about posting tonight, but then Virginia told me to look at these lyrics, and I can't say enough about them... I'm actually not gonna say anything at all, just read them for yourself. Unbelievable.


And you ask me what I want this year
And I try to make this kind and clear
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
Cuz I don't need boxes wrapped in strings
And desire and love and empty things
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

So take these words
And sing out loud
Cuz everyone is forgiven now
Cuz tonight's the night the world begins again

And it's someplace simple where we could live
And something only you can give
And thats faith and trust and peace while we're alive
And the one poor child that saved this world
And there's 10 million more who probably could
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

So take these words
And sing out loud
Cuz everyone is forgiven now
Cuz tonight's the night the world begins again

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days


-The Goo Goo Dolls/ Better Days

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Failure leads to success.

I've been isolated in Godfrey Hall for the past two days. I wake up, I take a shower, and I go to Godfrey. There are numerous projects that are due at the beginning of next week, and somehow I decided that I would start all of them this week. Not the best idea, but always a way to make me really work hard. As I sat in the lab today, I messed up my screen that I was using to print on my glasses. First I realized it, then I started getting hot, then I got stressed, then came the removal of my sweat shirt, and I was soooo mad. I tried to bring myself down but it just wasn't happening today.  So as I sat there remaking my screen, I thought to myself how something like that got me so upset, and made me hot, and the constant thought of failure kept running through my head. But then I laughed, why bestow my fear of failing in my thoughts and consider it a failure? So my facial expression slowly turned into a grin followed by a smile. Because right then I realized it wasn't failure, it was an experience, a learning one at that. I could go make a screen for the next 10 years and not forget how to do it. It's because I messed up, that it will stick in my head for who knows how long. 

So as we live our life, these mistakes that we make are not failures, they are simply learning experiences. Which by failing, you learn, and then become successful at that given moment - and these moments happen everyday, and instead of etching failure into your mind, know that it is a process...

To come back down from all the theoretical talk, I actually enjoyed today because I got a lot accomplished, and it took some weight off my shoulders. It was a long day regardless. Tomorrow is going to come way to fast, but hopefully my toasted almond coffee and I will conquer all challenges awaiting me. 


Monday, December 1, 2008

back to reality

My eight day vacation is over. I got a chance to see the packers play for the first time, I went to the Egg bowl, and got to spend thanksgiving with my girlfriends family. Tomorrow it's back to reality, I have a lot of stuff due this week and next. 

I started reading Twilight, and so far it's not bad at all. I thoroughly enjoy it. It is not a hard read by any means, but it definitely flirts with a little girlyness - which isn't exactly my cup of tea but Stephenie Meyer is a good author, and I'll post my comments as I finish reading it. 

OAR has a new cd out, and in my opinion it's utterly impressive. I loveedd 34th and 8th, but this cd is nothing like any of their old stuff. I also got a few other cd's that I haven't listened to yet, I'll pass my thoughts along as I sift through the tracks. 

I played soccer tonight for the first time since the Boston College game, and it felt nice...No coaches, no pressure, no worries. I had a lot of fun, and it was a well needed workout. 

Ahhh, it's 3:40 in the morning, my eyes are closing...I can't not stay up late, I don't know why...but thats another story and I'm rambling/writing down little stories because I can't think straight. I'm gonna listen to my eyes, and call it a night.

~drift away


Thursday, November 27, 2008

The day of giving thanks

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the food and to express gratitude among the people that you are with. But as I woke up today I really thought about what I am thankful for. It's something that we do not think about at all and it's sad that it takes a national holiday for me to realize how lucky I have it, and how thankful I should be every day for what I've been blessed with. What am I thankful for? I'm thankful for my wonderful family, my grandparents are one of a kind, and my two sisters are amazing, my mom and dad couldn't have been better parents. They gave me anything and everything a kid could want all throughout my adolescence and they are still "giving" and I am nearing adulthood. My uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives are all a huge part of my life. I've been participating in family gatherings for as long as I can remember and not just the holidays. My family will celebrate a new restaurant opening, and a thursday night football game. So as I sit here and realize what I am thankful for, the first thing that comes into mind is my wonderful family. 

Secondly, I am thankful for my incredibly faithful friends, wether it be my friends from back home or my friends from school. My friends and I from back home have been so close for the past 7 or 8 years of my life and it doesn't matter how long we go without seeing each other, within minutes of reacquainting, we haven't missed a beat. My friends from school are my family I've lived with for the past 4 years of my life. I can't say enough about all the great times I've had during college and every single one of my memories include my best friends from school. The relationships that I've made while being at school and the good times that we've had will be something I can carry with me for the rest of my life. I am truly thankful for all my friends that inspire me to be who I am today and who are always there for me no matter what.

Finally, I am thankful for my girlfriend. She has been the centerpiece of my life for the past two years and I wouldn't change it for the world. I love her unconditionally and no matter what happens she is always there for me, there to embrace me, and there to listen to everything I have to say. She has completely changed my view on life, and she has brought me a sense of calmness. Her loving and caring attitude and her willingness to understand me has put a new perspective on things for me. I am thankful I somehow got a chance to meet her and thankful that she is my girlfriend.

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful day. Happy Travels to everyone and enjoy the break. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Who dat

Who dat...who dat...who dat... That's all I heard walking the streets of Bourbon. Virginia and I grabbed a bite to eat at a little sub place. They had funnel cakes, and it was by far the best tasting dessert I've ever had, the guy literally used almost an entire thing of powdered sugar on it. Nonetheless, it was incredible. We made our way to the Superdome, it took us a good hour to finally get to our parking spot, props to our Garmin... Once we got into the stadium, the realism of being that close sank in. We were on the 50 yard line about 15-20 rows up...We went and stood right by the first row and were probably 20 yards away from the players. I saw Bigby, Jennings, Rodgers, Reggie Bush, Drew Brees - all right up close. Exhilarating would be an understatement. We finally made our way to our seats and sat down just in time for the opening ceremonies. 

The game got underway and it was a pretty even battle until Rodgers threw a terrible interception and from that point on, the saints destroyed the packers until the final whistle. The scoreboard read 51-29. Hey, even though my team got stomped on, it was an awesome game to watch. It felt like every couple minutes somebody was celebrating in the endzone, the saints more than the pack, thats for sure. 

After the game, my roommate got us into the players area and I saw Mark Brunell, Joey Harrington(and his gorgeous wife), and some other players. Then we went onto the field and took some pictures(I'll post at some point) and just hung out...I looked over at the side and we noticed that the post game show was going on. The same show that I always watch every Monday night. It was Steve Young, Emmit Smith, and Stuart Scott doing the post game interviews. We stuck around and went into the visitors locker room and then made our way over to the post game show. We asked Steve Young if he would take a picture with us, he agreed..but not very pleasantly. He didn't smile for the picture...Bad Steve...Emmit took off on a golf cart before we could catch him. 

I had such an awesome time, and I'm back in Mississippi now. Thanksgiving is soon and I can't wait for all the good food and hanging out with friends and family. I won't be attending our traditional family Thanksgiving this year because I'll be here with my girlfriends family. I decided to take Monday and Tuesday off of school this week and start my break a little early. 

Once I load all the pictures from the game, I'll post as many as I can. 

Adios.

Side Note:
O.A.R. has a new cd out - called All Sides - the sound is completely different from their other stuff yet quite pleasing. I've only listened to some of the songs, but the clever lyrics along with the mix of rock and reggae, the five members have created another genius album. 

Monday, November 24, 2008

Arm Made of Vines



This is a design I started a few weeks ago and never got the time to actually finish it. Being a non-athlete this past week or so allowed me some spare time to relax and do some things on my to-do list and this was one of them. It's amazing how much extra time I have now, I'm certainly not complaining, but I wonder how long that will last. Last night I went for a leisurely jog, because now...I don't have run to get in shape, now I run just to run. The difference is incredible. If I want to run slow, I can run slow. The beauty. Anywho, Hope you enjoy this picture.

I'm going to my first packers game tonight, It's gonna be crazy. My roommate and my girlfriend are going as well, I can't wait. Hopefully I'll get some good pictures so I can post them.

My holidays have begun, and this time of the year is my absolute favorite. Loveesss it.

Happy Trails.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Slow Night, So Long

The title of this song is only fitting for whats going on in my life right now. I went to see a good friend today and kinda said my goodbyes to her, shes moving to Colorado for a while before she steps foot into the real world. In the next couple weeks, I'll be opening my arms to many people and saying my goodbyes because my next chapter is: New York City. I'll be interning there for a semester and getting a little taste of the real world, but knowing that nothing is final yet because I still have two semesters of school left. I've decided to extend my education and not take summer school, but push those classes into the spring. With this tumultuous economy and dwindling job market, this seems to be my best option. The best feeling is knowing that I'm stepping out into the real world but nothing is in stone, I know for a fact that I'll be coming back to school. It will be a good warmup for when I'm ready to call it quits here.

Tomorrow I'm waking up early and starting my long day off with a nice cup of coffee, My girlfriend and I are driving to Jackson, MS and that will begin are thanksgiving break. I love roadtrips, especially with her. I just got a lot of new music and I'll finally get a chance to actually listen to all of it. We'll hang out in Jackson tomorrow night, then on Monday were heading to New Orleans to see the Packers - Saints game on Monday night football....First off, this will be my first ever Monday night game, as well as my first Packers game. They've been my favorite team since I can remember and I've never got a chance to witness them. Were sitting 50 yard line, 12th row, so maybe I can tell Greg Jennings to give me his jersey or something.

School will be finished in less than 2 weeks and then it's off to Virginia for the month of December. This semester flew by, and just like that I won't be attending school for a solid year. It's definitely a break that I needed and am looking forward to.

All I can think about these past couple days is the Kings concert and how amazing it was. I can't express in words the feelings I had during their show(even though I'll try), it was incomprehensible, picturesque, and certainly overwhelming. Here is another video of the concert that I took. Hope you enjoy. 


rise and shine all you gold-diggin' mothers
are you too good to tango with the poor, poo
r boys

I also wanted to say that when I got home to my house tonight, I couldn't open my side door because there was a tree in my kitchen. That's right, an actual tree. Some of my buddies thought it would be a nice surprise for my roommates and I to come home to a tree hanging out in the kitchen. They have it coming, thats for sure. This is a threat. Sike, i'm kidding...but seriously. 

Heres a picture of this ridiculousness. 




Friday, November 21, 2008

people call us renegades

I was introduced to Kings of Leon about four years ago in Charleston, South Carolina. They were playing at a fairly small venue and I didn't know much about them. The second I walked in and heard them, I smiled...The music, the sound, the lyrics...literally put a smile on my face. Unbelievable. Little did I know nor did anyone know that in four years they would be platinum in the UK and well on their way in the states. That night, those couple hours, that sound, those feelings - I carried with me for a long time. 

As the indie-rock band got more hype and slowly gained a fan base as well as an identity they became more and more popular. The release of Because of the Times helped solidify their solid upcoming as a band. It was a major hit, and an album I'll be telling my kids about. My roommates and I overplayed that CD more than George Lopez is played on Nick at Night. But it didn't matter, once again - the music, the sound, the lyrics...it started all of our nights off in our middle room while playing card games, usually we would end up pretending to sound like them, or dancing in the living room, but nonetheless it was an album that I'll never forget. 

Comprised of three brothers and a cousin, the Nashville based band played in their hometown to end their latest tour. It was at the Municipal which was quite the host. We had general admission tickets and got there early to catch The Whigs, and We are Scientists open for them.  Both bands were pretty good, but I couldn't help to think about how much better Kings of Leon would be. So I didn't really give them a chance.   

Four years later, I was standing less than 20 ft. from Kings of Leon yet again, this time, thousands of people jumped, screamed, and sang at the top of their lungs the incredible melodies of a band that was dubbed "just not good enough" in their beginning days. I was lucky enough to get some video footage of four different songs, and a decent amount of pictures. My girlfriend and I were in awe last night, I can't understand how a band can sound that amazing on a stage. I thought the CD used to give me chills, last night I felt like I was in Antarctica with a bathing suit on. They were flawless, completely flawless. 

They started the concert off with Crawl, which is on their new cd and really started things off right. They continued to bounce from their older stuff all the way up to their new cd. They appeared to be done playing by closing out with Cold Desert but they returned and jammed out four more songs. I kept thinking during each song, Oh, this has to be my favorite one..but I said that for almost every single song they sang. Call me obsessed, but I'm not sure how you can't be obsessed with them. Caleb Followhill - the head singer was one of the most composed singers I've ever seen. He hit every single note with the perfect blend of emotion, pitch, and tune. He spoke rarely throughout the concert but did make reference to his mother, and how they used to write songs and weren't very good at it. Then he ended it by saying " I guess we got a little better." 

So overall it was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had in my 21 years of life. They continued to amaze the whole night and provided thousands with a memory that they will cherish forever. So my hat goes off to KOL - and thank you for such an amazing show. 

The music, the sound, the lyrics...Flawless.
 
-By the way Nashville is a pretty ballin' city. 
-This video is of knocked up and is one of many that I'll be posting. 





People call us renegades
'cause we like living crazy
We like taking on the town
Some people getting lazy




Tuesday, November 18, 2008

toasted almond

7:14 A.M. Wake up. Shower. Moped. Freezing. Toasted Almond Coffee. Two Donuts. Physics Test. Nap. Jersey Mikes. Lab for hours. CS4(holla). Lab, again. Turkey Burger. Photoshop. Blog. Sleep.

That sums up my day. 

I have barely gotten any sleep the past few days, so many things are on my mind. I can't stop thinking...I'm not even sure about what, each thought only lasts for a few seconds, and then it fades away. 

'Twas a longggg day. 

Toasted Almond coffee in the morning, I can't wait. Then Kings of Leon here I come. 


Saturday, November 15, 2008

blink

Sixty Eight games, Thirty Five points, Fifteen goals, Five assists, Five game winners, Four preseasons, four seasons, three spring seasons, two winning seasons, two losings seasons, two tournament bids, two no-shows, one sweet sixteen, one final four. One family.

I'm finally done. I've had ups and downs, but it's been one hell of a ride. I've experienced so many things, and soccer here as given me such a great opportunity. I don't know what lies ahead for me, but I'm excited to find out. I learned a lot while I was here, not just about soccer...just about life, and adversity. It's time to open another door, another chapter, and see what else is out there. All I've known for the past 15 years of my life is soccer. It's gonna take some time to get used to, but I'm ready for whatever God has planned for me.

"You are your own scriptwriter and the play is never finished, no matter what your age or position in life."


Now it's time for me to change direction, and start writing something else...

I wasn't feeling any music today, but there are some good tracks coming soon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Recently Added

My Recently Added playlist has been getting some action these past couple days. I posted a short something about Foals yesterday but figured I would give them another shout out tonight. I strolled across them last night when I was listening to the Cold War Kids, good ol' itunes suggested I listen to them. I didn't really want to, but everytime I went to change a song, it kept popping up in the corner, telling me I should listen...so I gave in... Good job itunes.

Foals is all over the place with their music, but surprisingly it's incredibly addicting and moving. It's one of those albums you just want to turn up as loud as it goes, and pretend like you know the words, but you just mumble noises...yeah...you know what I'm talking about. Here is a video of one of their hits Balloons. Check it...


I go through phases with music, and I'm definitely stuck in the Indie-Rock/Electronica/Makeyouwanttojumpupanddown kinda music lately. I'll be posting some new stuff that I've found in the past days. 

Update:
  • The stock market has been cruisin' downhill for a while...
  • gas is $1.99 
  • Shaun Hill is no Brett Favre
  • Starbucks doesn't have free internet, weird
My grandpa loves quotes, and books of knowledge from that past, and he passes along a lot of it to me...One book he passed along is The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn. I'll be posting some quotes here and there from this book...

We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.

......night

Monday, November 10, 2008

life is beautiful.


How does something so simple get brushed off, and forgotten so easily... each morning we wake up and forget immediately just how precious our time is here, and just how meaningful each second of each day is. We simply forget how beautiful life is, we forget everything that happened to allow us to be here, and we forget how lucky we are to have a chance just to be here. Why is it so hard for us to realize how blessed we are, and by realizing that one thing...that alone should provide us with the happiness that each person continually seeks. We wake up each morning, and live each day according to our mood, our feelings, and our emotions. All of these are swayed by what we are thinking at that very moment. We let the littlest things bother us, and that in turn effects how we act towards people, and how each day goes by. But what if, just what if, we lived each day like it was our last. Just what if each day we thought how lucky we are and that happiness carried over to everyone else. Our world as we know it, would be completely different. 

So tomorrow when you wake up, think about how lucky we are, and think about how beautiful life is, and the great opportunity we have each day. 

I stumbled upon a pretty sick quote that sums it all up.

Yesterday is gone. 
Tomorrow has not yet come. 
We have only today. 
Let us begin.


Some new jams:

Foals - Antidotes
indie-electronica, kinda like cold war kids/the kooks/playradioplay all in one. 

Illinois - What The Hell do I know? 
Another indie rock band, kinda like the white stripes but turned down a few notches from their alternative side. Very unique, each song varies with the overall "sound"

Against Privacy

we don't gamble
we don't do the stock exchange
we paint paintings
we write scenes for the stage

we will talk about well fare
we will talk about sex
talk about the golden prada shoes
no body gets gets upset
no body gets upset

and we're waiting
were waiting for your call
we're against privacy
against privacy

forget ex-girlfriends
we want little governments
we tell stories
we want to get you to join in

call us optimistic
we get the meanest looks
we are bust through romantics
history books will show
history books will show


-Cold War Kids

Saturday, November 8, 2008

roast beef...and what not

The fam headed out this morning, my last game on Riggs went fairly well. We won 3-0 and had a bunch of people over after the game. The weather here is increddibleee, and we all just hung out all day watching football and hung at the neighbors. My mind is pretty blank right now, not much blog material...shooo..bloggin' is tough, thats fo sho.

last night was fun, today was fun. 

Oh and we play Boston College now in the first round of the tournament. holla.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Time flies...seriously.

The saying goes, time flies, enjoy it while you can...but It's hard to really do that. If you really sit back and think about everything that has happened you realized it's not that the time has flown by, it's that your mind only holds a certain amount of memories in a little bank that you remember off the top of your head. SO everything feels like it's going so fast. That's why pictures, journals, little notes can all help you to remember all the memories you had. I kept a journal my sophomore year almost every single day, and junior year I attempted to keep one online but....that didn't really work. 
 I just packed up a lot of my stuff for my parents to take home while they're here. First off, I have way to much shit, second off, I'm not to sure I'm ready to get out of here.  I have so many memories at this house, and this is all I've known for the past 3 years, it's finally coming to an end. My last game at Riggs tonight, schoooweee. 

but time flies...seriously. 

The end is near.



Tomorrow night is senior night. I'm a senior. I can't believe it, I remember all the senior nights that I've been standing on the sideline, and every single one I remember thinking how long it would be until I was gonna be standing out there. It's here, and it came way to fast. My parents and my girlfriends parents are both coming to watch. It's our last home game of the season, and I just want to go out there and have fun. 
This semester has gone by so fast, just a few more weeks and I'll be done with everything and heading on home. I'm glad that I'm not graduating, atleast I'll get to come back and actually experience college as a normal student, weird. 
I've been reading all kinds of blogs lately, and the biggest thing I learned today from the BOF blog is to write, and write a lot. It helps you learn, and don't worry about making mistakes, put yourself out there and a big thing to Spike at Brains on Fire was he wanted to either be loved, or hated. Nothing in between. So pretty much, don't halfway do something, go all out and put everything you have into it. You'll be loved, or hated. He also spoke about how hard bloggin' is and it's tough to keep up with. So as far as mine goes, it's going to be somewhat of a personal journal, and I'll try to get better as I go. 

What's going on in the world:
  • The stock market crashed again today, down 400 something points. I'm gonna try no to check it for a long time, but I can't resist. 
  • Brady Quinn made his first start tonight, he balled out.
  • Jay Cutler threw for 447 yards and 3tds, and came back and got the dub.
  • Evergreen went up for two solid days, and plummeted today.
  • Sigur Ros is sick.

Eitherrrrrwayyyy, I'm bloggin..and I'm loving it. 

Another late night, another cup of tea, and another blog post. 

I posted some new pictures on my photoblog over on flickr...check em out.



Thursday, November 6, 2008

...and here we go



I decided today with my roommate that it was time to blog. So I did a little researchin' and found that google had a pretty cool free blog spot. So here I am, my first post, my first blog...I'm a blogger now, no big deal. I'll be trying to stay up to date with this and post a lot of pictures. Friday night is coming fast, and it's my last home soccer game I'll ever play on Riggs Field. Pretty crazy how time flies, but I guess everyone says that. 
Well, it's to late and I have to wake up at 9, which I probably won't, but I'll try my best.


p.s. The picture is from my walk I took today, all the leaves are changing, and it's pretty amazing to see all the different colors, I took a lot and will post more from the set later on. 

holla.

Nov. 4th- 2008 - Barack Obama was elected president. 
- I'm pretty excited to see how things shape up, we are definitely in a downward spin right now as a nation but the charismatic views of Obama and his persistent personality seem to be a step in the right direction in altering what has got us to where we are today. I don't necessarily agree with all of his policies, but I didn't agree with all of McCain's either. Obama has already rewritten history without doing anything, now hopefully he will change things for the betterment of our country. Only time will tell.