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Updated: 2014-10-03T02:27:34.008-04:00

 



Experiment the first.

2011-02-16T14:55:25.227-05:00

I have not posted in (calculating many numbers...) 3 years, 5 months and 5 days. This is a rather lengthy amount of time, so long in fact that it is rather humorous to go back and read all my brilliantly written posts about world changing current events. So I am now performing a social experiment. The first person to notice that I have posted will receive a gift of sorts. Maybe. Let the games begin.



Pipe Organs...

2007-09-11T13:05:39.826-04:00

(image) ok guys, get this, i am learning to play the pipe organ! it's pretty much amazing, i'm starting to get lessons on a pipe organ not too far from my house, and hopefully i'll play it during my next solo recital. I hope to play selections from bach, phantom of the opera and pirates of the carribbean.



The Last of Harry Potter

2007-07-29T22:58:57.787-04:00

So...the final book has arrived...and I have read it...which means I should have an opinion on it...hmm, alright, I'll let you in on my opinions...however... For those of you who are completely engulfed in the world of Harry Potter, there shouldn't be any problems... For those who think harry potter is evil cuz it has witches in it, keep reading anyway... For those of you who can't stand Harry Potter and think he's stupid, don't spam my comment box...please... For those of you who could care less, just read on and maybe you'll want to read em...maybe... And for those of you who would kill me if I spoiled the end for you, stop NOW!important! In this paragraph some parts of the end could leak out...so read at your own risk... (basically if this ruins the end for you, you can't sue me)As I looked back on the seven books in the series, I realized more how much genius it took to create a solid and very intriguing series of seven without destroying the plot, or weakening it in anyway. Rowling takes seven books and barely reveals little threads of the plot through each one but just enough to keep you wondering...giving the last final book a fascinating read. I was quite impressed by how the author wrapped everything up in the end, keeping you interested till the very last page, with so many twists and turns I had to read it again. I think one of the most interesting threads of the books is the character of Severus Snape, and I think most people who have read all the books would agree. How he seems so evil yet deep inside somewhere you can't help but wonder about it, and then when you find out he's actually good and you begin to think about him in a whole different light. Then everything else you think he's done bad begins to turn around and you see how it was all for good. This is only one of plenty of side plots that keep twisting and turning leaving you hanging all the time.I remember how dumb I thought harry potter books were when they first came out...and even after reading the first and second books I wasn't real impressed. But I see now how the first books needed to be shorter to get people familiar with the characters and places and especially stuff like terminology and magicky stuff. Then Rowling built off of that knowledge and became much deeper in the later books.The biggest concern I had with the books, was Harry's complete disregard of authority and how it continues through most of the books. In seven it's not as prominent and I haven't had much time to think about it...but it doesn't necessarily get fixed. Overall he just doesn't seem to have a high regard at all for those placed in authority over him. That is the main problem I had with the books.I've heard some talk about how Harry Potter dies then comes back to life, how easy that was to do...but if you think about it, it wasn't that easy and fit in perfectly with the story, and I think that if she did it any other way...it would've detracted fromt he story. I guess I was surprised by how few of the main characters died in that book, and counting what i think were major characters i find only 6.(Lupin, Tonks, Dobby, Fred, Mad Eye, Snape Or maybe i was expecting a mass slaughter, or one of the big three (harry, Hermione, and Ron) to die. But regardless it had a satisfying ending.Now, For those of you who think that Harry Potter is stupid, first, I'm not a harry potter freak or fanatic, I just enjoyed the books, so don't accuse me of going off the deep end. Second, i really suggest you read the books and think it over...I think most people would agree it's an intriguing concept...if you've already read em all and still think it's dumb, then your hopeless...and should go home and read Garfield, or the comics in the newspaper...For those who could care less, I'd still say read the books because I don't' think it's a waste of time...and you might find them enjoyable, entertaining, and even thought provoking...For those who think it's evil cuz it has witches in it, well I'd say [...]



higher ed...

2007-07-29T22:34:14.770-04:00

So, i thought maybe I'd let you know how and why i decided to ditch college...for a year...just so you know i won't be a lazy, bum, like I've been numerously accused of being...

it all started this past year as i was in the middle of auditioning at colleges and thinking about going away and living somewhere else, and how much fun it would be etc, etc. I imagined about being able to study music completely without distractions and all the glorious advantages of going to college. And then...i thought of all the money...hah, well not exactly but i was thinkin..why pay a college tons of money to study music when i can do it myself...for a year at least. I'm not totally sure exactly what i intend to do with music, and since i have a late birthday, technically i have another year anyway, so i decided it would be brilliant to just not go to college for a year, and study music myself...and keep the money to invest wisely in ipods and tv's...

So, with that reasoning, here i am...determined to be a better man by not going to college....yet...
and i think that it's the most logical thing i could come up with...which is...positive...

And if you're asking, "just what in the world is he going to do??" (because deep in the back of your mind you really think I'm going to be a lazy bum) then here is a list of things I'll be doing...
  • Taking more piano under a different teacher
  • composing
  • meeting with composers
  • entering numerous competitions
  • playing basketball
  • singing
  • building a rocket
  • doing speech
  • studying for the sat again, just to get more money
  • testing out of calculus and chemistry
  • working

So not only will i be studying music, I'll actually be being very productive...amazing i know...but it's true...




back in business....

2007-06-15T04:14:33.330-04:00

ok guys...yes...i'm back to posting...for now...maybe in the next posts i will update u into the past amazing events...since january.

A lot has happened but here's 5 of the most important things...

  1. I am not going to college...yet
  2. I went to cedar point
  3. I starred in an amazing play called the scarlet pimpernel.
  4. I have composed five more songs since i last posted.
  5. I won a major piano competition

so...maybe i will extrapolate slightly on a few of those...topics...for your convenience...

until then...




English...

2007-01-28T15:57:23.923-05:00

Why is English so hard to learn?

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) I did not object to the object.
9) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
10) They were too close to the door to close it.
11) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
12) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
13) I shed my clothes in the shed.

Let's face it - English is a ridiculous language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in a hamburger; neither apple nor pine in a pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England, nor French fries in France. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that bakers bake, but grocers don't groce? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? We ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And finally, when you want to shut down your computer you have to hit "START".



2 incredible things about this weekend....

2007-01-22T21:10:47.357-05:00

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Colts are going to the superbowl!!!!


For those who caught the end, the game was incredible!! I never saw anything like it. One of the most amazing playoff games ever! The colts came back from a 21 to 3 deficit to beat the patriots. The first team in NFL history to come back from that much in a playoff game! I can't wait til the superbowl...




The other thing that happened this weekend was the speech and debate tournament. It was kinda sad becuase it was my last one. But it was fun anyway, i got to see some old friends and make some new ones, and argue about NATO, and give speeches. It's one of those things that you have to get used to. Speech and Debate isn't something you just randomly decide to do. You have to prepare and work at it for months to be any good and compete in tournaments. Being with other people who are just as nervous as you are and the thrill of actually placing in the rounds, there's nothing like it.
well, have a great week guys!



The Beginning...

2007-01-09T23:05:22.593-05:00

So...





2 Big things are happening...





1. I am preparing for music school auditions


I am accepted at 4 schools, Genva, Purdue, Butler, and Ball State; and I have to audition at all of them except purdue. (since purdue doesn't have the brilliance of having a music school...) So right now any of those are an option...but only one will prevail...supposedly.





2. I have started a calculus class at Ivy Tech.


Yeah i know, worldwide acclaimed school...but hey, i got a great prof. and that's what counts.





ok, so maybe they won't change the face of the world, but in my life these are rather influential...





by the way, my sister had her annual nutcracker ballet performance, and it really went well, our small ballet school here in lafayette can put on some rather spectacular performances...this year she played a great role...a party...boy. which well...yes it was great becuase i definitely got to teach her some great "guy" moves...



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me and my...er...sister

Anyway, lots of stuff to accomplish and lots of stuff to get behind on so...have a great week!




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2006-12-24T19:28:26.655-05:00

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101

2006-12-19T14:12:42.923-05:00

Ah
this is my 101st posts!!
[huge applause, amid cheering and clapping]

So convenient to reach this momentous occasion at such a remarkable time of year. It adds so much to the Christmas Holidays.

With the festivities approaching at high speeds we have been

-baking (who doesn't bake at Christmas time?)
we have these very cool Norwegian recipe's that we use every year for Christmas cookies, and they all have these complicated names like prostenisheiver and berlinerkranser...(you sound pretty knowlegdeable after rattling those names off...)

-cleaning (see above)
this shouldn't need explaining

-drawing names
we draw names for stockings...which can get interesting...

-opening advent calendars
not sure what it is but our family has an ongoing fascination with advent calendars...maybe it's just us...

-debating about getting a Christmas tree
this year will be interesting, ever since we got our new piano, we've been a little pressed for space in our living room. We thought we could sell our old piano but that hasn't happened yet. We could put a Christmas tree in the living room, there just wouldn't be any room for us. Which could cause problems...

-keeping secrets
oh yes, our family has lots of secrets...especially at Christmas time

-blowing secrets
yup, at least one gets destroyed sometime...

-admiring the weather
60 degrees in December? I'm not complaining...

-waiting...
5 days away

Almost seems too fast.
A semester already over.
Another one about to begin.
My last one.



What is Pain?

2006-12-03T22:14:08.393-05:00

well, I now know the answer...

or, part of it. It's not something I've ever felt before, but I've felt it now. 45 minutes of it, and it's called rehab, the day after surgery. but that's over now...

the drugs do make things interesting though...a little codeine to screw things up, I've already made a fool of myself with the stuff. You feel disastrously unconcerned about most things and uncommonly ignorant about everything else, which makes for some interesting lines...

The surgery was good, no severe complications which is always a nice thing to know...the best thing is that I've made incredible progress in rehab and that I'm already walking! well, I kinda needed to. I was in our choir, end of the semester, concert (which was amazingly cool and we put on a glorious performance!!) and I had to be standing and walking...sooo...it was necessary. but hey, at least I'm not in a wheelchair...

I also took the SAT yesterday...and that wasn't the brightest thing to do, but I might have elevated my essay score, (essays...whoever came up with that lame idea...ugh) but seriously, the college board created the test and so now colleges have to look at the essays and teachers have to grade them and the students have to do it...not because everybody wants to but because everybody has to. so impractical...and get this, you don't even have to have factual evidence to back up what you say in the essay, you can just make stuff up and as long as it supports your case...I mean seriously...


well, I'll leave you all with this amazing fact of life that I found

"Mules kill more people annually then plane crashes"




The sudden and tragic end to my high school basketball career

2006-11-16T19:41:28.826-05:00

Tis a tragic story really...most of you probably know about my knee, and how often it has failed me...but here's basically what happened...

2 years ago during basketball practice at the beginning of the season, I ran into one of our big guys and landed wrong on my knee. It twisted and I was down, and gettting carried off the court. Nothing serious happened really, but the injury took me out for half of the season. Even though i was out for most of the season the knee healed perfectly fine. Then a year ago while playing soccer, I jumped to head a ball and landed wrong again, on the same knee. This time it twisted, popped, and I was down, flat on my back, with everybody staring at me in shock, and the pain distorting my view of the clouds. I was sent to a doctor, the doctor told me to wait and see. So, I waited...all through last season. Became real good friends with bench...it didn't take long to realized I was going to be out the whole season, so I decided to have a positive attitude and protect my knee for my senior season. And before long my knee was in good condition and I started playing a little basketball in the summer. But I noticed that this time it didn't seem to heal very well. Sometimes I would get out of a chair and as I was standing up, my knee would slip out. It would even happen when I was just walking, or turning around. But I figured it was just the consequences for having been injured. So, my senior season came at full blast. I was going to practices, everything was fine, my knee was feeling good. And then...Thursday night, the first game of my senior basketball season, the season I had been waiting for, and protecting my knee for; I felt my knee slip again in the middle of the game. But this time it didn't resolve, it didn't just go back together, it continued to hurt, and I had to sit out the rest of the game. When I got home, my knee swelled up and I was back on crutches. But this time...I was going to no doctor, I was going to see a orthopedic specialist and get and MRI. I wanted to know what was going on. So, I went to an orthopedic specialist...and got an MRI. And only then, did I get the full story. 2 years ago, nothing horribly bad happened, but I had loosened up my knee just enough to fail the next year during soccer. And that is when I tore the ACL in my left knee. And then last Thursday I tore some cartilage also in the same knee. So I had waited and played basketball for a year on a torn acl. I waited all in vain. And now...I basically have just realized that...my senior season is over...my high school basketball career is gone.

So...
Next Tuesday, 7:30
I get my surgery, it's two hours, I'll be under full anesthesia and I'll be in the hospital for about 6 hours (including the rest). Prayers, would be awesome...
And hopefully...I can get through one more season...on the bench...



Insanity

2006-11-09T13:06:36.320-05:00

wow...I guess it's been a while since I posted...hmm. It's been a ridiculously insane couple of weeks! It all started last weekend. I mean, the weekend before last...I decided to take a small vacation to Pittsburgh. Ok, so maybe it wasn't exactly a vacation, but if felt like it! The main reason for going was to be apart of the Allegheny presbytery's youth conference. There were some tfy people going, so I naturally couldn't resist...Anyway, the only problem with going to this conference was that it was in Pittsburgh which happens to be 7 hours away by car. This poses some problems because I don't know how to drive to Pittsburgh and I really didn't feel like trying...And there also is the issue of gas and expenses and so on. So I decided that since I was going to be in Pittsburgh this would be a great time to visit Geneva and so then my parents would have to drive out! Which took care of the travel to Pittsburgh. However my parents couldn't stay over for the conference so I still needed a ride back to Lafayette. So I used every method I could dream up to find out if by chance I could get a ride back to Lafayette. But it was to no avail...so I had to use my last resort. I submitted a petition to my mom to see if I could ride the greyhound bus back...and amazingly my parents agreed to send me home on the greyhound bus, mainly because Luke Dinkledine found out that he could come too, and we could take the greyhound back together. Only thing was that the bus left at 12:10 am on Monday morning, and arrived in Indy at 8:00 am! So not the most convenient schedule...but sometimes you just have to take it as it comes. So anyway, we left at 3 in the morning for Pittsburgh (ok, so for you geography whizzes, I really went to Beaver falls, which is about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh which is where Geneva is, but the conference was in Pittsburgh...) I had a lot of fun at Geneva seeing friends and crashing peoples classes, and checking out their music school. I roomed that night in the dorms with Peter Work (an amazing tfy guy) and then finished my Geneva visit on friday (which now has moved up in my college rankings), said a farewell to my parents, and then hung out with friends until the conference started. I can't even begin to describe the conference. I had a blast! The kids were great, and seeing some really good friends made it extra special. And even the greyhound bus trip back was full of just contemplating my glorious weekend...and of course, I suffered from tons of those sad/happy/depressed moods when i got back. All in all it was an amazing weekend!So then I entered back into the mess of life here, with music, basketball, school all in full power. Also this weekend I took a trip to Kokomo on Sunday to meet with a student who goes to Ball State to get some inside info on the school of music. That didn't raise our opinions of Ball State much, something about strange professors and weird teachers...anyway, I think I need another trip to the college to see what's going on. And now, I am pretty much getting drained...I have a piano competition this Saturday, a basketball game tonight, and I run the sound system for our new church this Sunday for the first time. Which means, I'm practicing 6 hours a day on the piano, I'm working on my free throws, and I'm trying to remember how to run a sound system, along with keeping up with school, leaf blowing someone's yard, and the other half a million things I'm doing...it can get a little tiring after the third night staying up to 2 in the morning or so. But I'm working on that, and I'm getting more sleep...sort of...With that, I leave you all to attend on my ever escalating pile of time destroying school subjects...P.S. and after the competition, maybe I can strive [...]



Time to Party!!

2006-10-18T20:14:31.490-04:00

Last weekend I went to Kokomo and...partied of course!! All the kids who went on TFY from Indiana were there and we explored the Dinkledines jungle, chopped up some wood, pulled an old speedometer out of an old banged up thunderbird, roasted polish sausage, looked at millions of pictures, listened to me play the song I wrote for TFY, and a bunch of other stuff. It was a ton of Fun! We even got some professional photos of us in a tree! Yeah, actually it was a pretty cool tree, really, you could've climbed it until u could see all of Indiana...well, almost. Oh hey, I almost beat Luke at ping pong!! I mean, I was on top of my game that night! Or what was left of my game...lol On Sunday we went to the Kokomo rp church for worship and I got to see even more friends and eat a fabulous dinner, which, I unfortunately wasn't very hungry for. I don't know what was going on, I just wasn't hungry...it's really aggravating especially when you WANT to be hungry and you aren't. Oh well, it was a great time, and we're already planning our next party!

btw, I got accepted at Purdue in computer integrated manufacturing technology! So, if I decide to ditch music school, or if I decide to throw away music...well, I'll at least be able to do computer integrated manufacturing technology!! heh, whatever that is...next it's to see if I get into the music schools, which require auditions and stuff, where you have to go and show off to everybody and they decide if you get in by how well you show off...lol. But if I don't get in to any of those I guess I'll just go to Purdue and be a party animal...and room with graham.........hahahaha!!



Driving...and green hair...

2006-10-11T10:50:49.540-04:00

I GOT MY LICENSE!!!!!!
man...it's about time! it took FOREVER to get it! I mean...once the government decides to set up rules, no matter how stupid, you can't do anything about it. My permit expired in July last year, and even though it had been only a couple days I still couldn't get my license then. I had to wait a whole nother 90 days with another permit just to get my license! *sigh* oh, well, should've known I guess...
Anyway, yesterday I got green hair! It's very cool, seriously green hair is goin to come into fashion here sometime. The reason behind it, is cuz our co-op has these dress up days, and yesterday was twin day, so Darrin and I temporarily dyed our hair green. It was a lot fun...sorry though..heh, no pictures. Maybe there is a reason for that...well, i might be able to put one up...maybe...

I'll leave u guys with this awesome quote

"You burn more calories sleeping then you do watching television" ~anonymous



It won't get any easier...

2006-10-05T03:20:36.006-04:00

Yeah, so I went to Butler and thought it was a really cool college and that I should prolly go there. But no, now I got to Ball State this past Friday, and I find out that they have a totally awesome music technology degree. So now what, we got Purdue with the cheapest and a bunch of my friends, we got butler the most expensive and close to even more friends, and now we got Ball state, with an outstanding music technology program and also rides to either Kokomo or Indy. Also I'm going to go visit Geneva and look at their music business program. So as time passes the decision is just going to get harder. If I had decided I really wanted to go to music school a little bit sooner it would definitely have been easier...But, sometimes you just got take it as it comes.
On top of that, I went to the fall ministry project that our church denomination youth collaboration, or CYPU as they call it, puts on. The speaker was pastor Rich Holdeman who spoke on making decisions. He said that we should look at options and remove the ones that are outside God's boundaries. But then he said, that of those choices which are in God's boundaries, you should just choose!! I mean, don't sit around and hope you make the right choice, just choose!! So, I say to myself, "yeah, that makes sense, just choose." And then I look at my college choices and I say, "and what was so easy about just choosing?" It's a lot harder to just choose than it seems like. Anyway, I'll have to choose here pretty soon, but I got a little more time to juggle em around a bit. Along with that the Fall ministry project was really good. I met some really cool people, and got to be with good friends as well. Our team, which went to southside congregation consisted of me, Nick Rao, Colin McClintock, Brandon Sprau, Victoria Hosford, Addy Fisher, Flo Faris, Kaitlyn Marcisz and Anne Cerbus. For those who know these people, count yourselves as fortunate, for those of you who don't know them, you guys are missing something cuz they were a lot of fun to hang out with. Overall, it was a good time...and being the last Fall ministry I can go to, it was a good was to close out the year. Now all I have to do is make a decision...right...



The fate of all seniors...

2006-09-25T21:04:54.486-04:00

Ah, yes, I went to Indy to attempt to start settling my fate...lol, I toured butler university's campus and got some more information and stuff. For those of you not so knowledgeable about my college searches...for a long time I've thought that Purdue was the way to go. In fact most of this year I've been pretty certain I'd be going to Purdue. Besides, my dad works there so I get half off the tuition plus I don't need room and board cuz I practically live on campus, so that made sense. Now, I LOVE music, but since I'm not sure how well I'd do in music I figured I'd just get a technology degree with a 99% job placement rate and do music on the side. Buuuut, the more I thought about it the more I started find out that you really can't do music on the side...heh, I mean, there really is no way to do that. Especially with a technology major! Anyway, even though I was still thinking heavily about Purdue I thought I'd visit Butler (in Indianapolis) and Ball state (in Muncie). Both good music schools and smaller then Purdue...And..Unfortunately a lot more expensive! So today I went to butler. And I'd have to say, with the classes and music, and professors and students, I really like the atmosphere of the college of music! It's so cool, and the classes were nothing unfamiliar and the students were really cool too! I was really impressed with Butler and I'm starting to see that since music is my passion, a music school will excite me a lot more then technology labs...lol! I spoke with some music faculty and got some good advise. And overall, I might end up going to Butler or ball state over Purdue! Imagine that...Instead of Purdue actually going to a music school! The idea thrills me! But then again I won't see all the people I know at Purdue and I know a lot of incoming freshman this year...but then again, call of music is very strong! Well, it still all hangs on a couple threads, but I know this...I'd prolly be more happy at a music school then Purdue...I think...anyway, still more to think about...but I can say that Purdue is not a definite anymore...it could be anything!



Colds + Debate = voice shutdown....

2006-09-17T21:08:36.966-04:00

Imagine having a really bad cold, you know, the stuffed up nose, the clogged up throat, the talking as if you are holding your nose...all that stuff. Now, imagine you are going to a 2 day debate conference where you , and argue and speak in front of lots of people. If you were ever crazy enough to do it...you would feel like me right now...I mean after enough your voice just decides to shut down...
Actually it was a really good time. The Debate conference was 2 days in Indy and we had a combination of lectures and debating and overall was a really fun time. But having to take care of junk disposing every 5 minutes in the bathroom didn't make things very pleasant, but that's life.
There's a lot I could say but one really interesting or stressing thing occurred. It happened on Friday. At this conference there were 2 different kinds of debaters. Beginners and intermediate. However there were only 12 intermediate debaters and a TON of beginners. So only a couple of us brought an actual case. Therefore when some of us were asked to debate in the auditorium that night, there was a high chance of me getting picked. And of course...I was. I wasn't terrified...It's early in the season and the other kids didn't know any more than I did about the resolution. The only thing was that I didn't know until about 10 minutes before the debate that it was going to be in front of everybody AND we were going to be "critiqued"...for the beginners. we just looked at ourselves like, what does that mean?! But we soon found out. The first speaker got up and got ripped apart about everything by the "critiquer". Keeping hands out of your pockets and speaking this way and keeping yourself organized and he was stopped about every 30 seconds!! So now, imagine being next! yeah, it was a little nerve racking...so I get up and before I even get through my intro I get stopped! I'm like "what now, I haven't even started!" But I got through it and after it was over I think it was one of the best critiquing sessions ever for all of us and I think we will all remember what we were told!! Though it was kinda like a "trial by fire" almost! We all took it well, and I decided to make a joke out of half of it and get the audience laughing to loose the tension. I mean imagine being the audience thinking, "I am sooo glad I'm not that person!!" Anyway, besides that, and having a really bad cold while being ripped apart, it was fun doing mock debates, yelling during parliamentary debate, cracking codes, and just hanging out. I think it was worth it...



Swimming!!

2006-09-06T17:42:21.126-04:00

You better believe it...Andrew doerr is getting up at 5:30 in the morning on Monday's, Tuesday's and Wednesday's to go swimming for an hour! Yup, for as long as I got the money I'm doing it. It's simple, out of the way, and gets you exercise and stuff without the sweat and mess of jogging. I'm am a big disbeliever in running...I hate running to get in shape...once I'm in shape running is fine! Anyway, if you ever want to get in shape, just swim, because it's sooo much easier!
Also I started some classes yesterday at an academy type thing our church is doing...I'm taking Hebrew...

aleph
bet
ghimel
daleth
he
waw
zayin
het
tet
yod...ok enough of that..

I'm also taking a literature class, and finally...the best class of all...maybe because my dad's teaching it or something...
ECONOMICS!!!!
well, it's not my favorite thing to do, but my dad knows what he's doing and besides, when I'm jamming for the tests on Monday night, I'm the ONLY one who can go ask the teacher at 3 in the morning why inflation is bad...
But all in all, I think the classes will be real good...And the homework isn't like reading 3 books in two days, or translating the Hebrew bible into English or something, so I think 'll survive.



New Piano!!!!

2006-08-29T16:40:46.783-04:00

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We got our new piano!! It's so cool, in the top picture is the piano I have been playing and practicing on for the last 10 years...and the bottom picture is our new one! It's so cool to have a nice piano to practice on everyday...one that is closer to the piano's that I'll perform on. Even though it's not a grand, it does what I need it too. For you people who put detail at a high importance level...our old piano was a 1937 baldwin acrosonic...and our new one is a 1996 kawaii. Anyway regardless of what it's called I love our new piano!!




The art of bein learned

2006-08-23T21:22:07.770-04:00

yes, the art of bein learned has begun again! in other words...school started this week, and so has everything else that comes with it. Actually this year isn't half as bad as last year. I don't have so many subjects and stuff, I just have, choir, music, composition, literature, Hebrew, basketball, speech, debate, drama, math, economics...ok, so maybe I'm in the same boat...well, it still seems like I don't have quite as much weighing my passage through highschool down...lol. And I'm a senior so whatever that means...if anything...It's kinda strange, becuase for the longest time I'd look up to highschool seniors and how I thought they were so mature and grown up and stuff...well...now I'm a senior and I'm starting to wonder what in the world I was thinking...

well, duty calls...

whatever it is...

trust me...it's there...



pictures!

2006-08-16T16:45:02.816-04:00

Hey guys,
here's some pics from our trip, more coming later...



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2006-08-16T16:43:58.150-04:00

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(image) more fun with bridges and sunsets



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2006-08-16T16:40:57.026-04:00

(image) us and a lakefront sunset



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2006-08-16T16:39:00.856-04:00

(image) Open Water