Friday, November 24, 2006

Chillin in AL

Thanksgiving this year was great! I had all the essential foods...turkey, dressing, etc. I always enjoy coming to AL. It is very quiet and peaceful were my parents live. Their house looks out over a barren field, which is occasionally planted with crops. Today I got to see the sun rise over the horizon of the field.

I was up early to go shopping. I have never been shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. I have always watched on the TV the long lines and "crazy" people that have been waiting in line since four in the morning. I can now report firsthand that there are lines outside the doors and lines of people 30 deep waiting for the registers. All I could think is that marketers have a done a great job in promoting this shopping day. The stores I walked in were not in chaos and the entire shopping process, including drive time, was done in just over an hour.

Tomorrow I am heading to Atlanta to SCI one more time. This will probably be my last show with them, since they are reportedly breaking up next summer after one of the band members leaves. I have seen them at least 30+ times, so I can only say, "thanks for all the wonderful times."

Three more weeks of school and I am free!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Nuttin But Stringz


Nuttin But Stringz released their first album on October 3rd. These are 2 violinists that got their start playing music on NYC's Subway trains. It is incredible music that reaches across a number of genres including jazz, classical, hip-hop, and rap. My good friend promotes the band and I recommend that you check them out. www.nuttinbutstringz.com

You can order their album on Amazon.com.

I have one of their songs as an MP3 that I would be happy to email out to anyone.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Five Weeks and Four Classes


As of today, there is five weeks left in my fall semester. What a relief! While I am loving what I am doing, I am getting excited about leaving the country for a while next year. My fellow Global Trackers just received our itenarary. We will start with a week in Dublin, Ireland, starting in April. Then to Porto, Portugal and finally ending up in Madrid, Spain. I am going to do a bit of traveling in Europe before April with my roommate. It should be blast and great jumping off point for my internship in China, that follows. You may ask what internship? That I don't know, but I will have one before I get there!

I was excited to see the election results. America has given me hope. Also, I hope that the rest of the world sees that America may take a while to wise up about the problems in our country, but we will correct ourselves eventually. Since our international relations are at a low point, I believe they can only get better with a change in the government. I am intersted to learn from people in the countries I will be visiting next year, what they think of the recent change.

Last night my class had dinner at an Indian restarunt. About 100 people attended and one of our professors gave a quick history of the celebration of Diwali. I learned that Diwali is considered the "festival of lights", just like Hanukah! Pretty cool. The pick up top is a sampling of the food we got to eat.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Go Vote!

Having an entire day off from school on Tuesday, will allow all of us plenty of time to make it to the polls. I hope that everyone who is registered to vote in my program goes to the polls. I don't know what is happening in the local politics for the most part. I do know that we have a House of Representatives spot that may get turned over to a democrat if enough people come out to vote. More importantly, people need to vote "no" on Ammendment 1. This is an ammendment that wants to declare that marriage can only be allowed between a man and a woman. There are nine states voting on similar ammendments.

Hopefully the US population and government will realize one day that outlawing marriage between two people is wrong. The fact that an ammendment such as this is on the ballot is a bit laughable. I am sure the rest of the world is laughing at us. Why should we waste our time worrying about who falls in love and gets married? All marriages should be celebrations of love, no matter who is getting married. Lastly, I have yet for anyone to tell me how I or anyone else will be affected if my friends in CO, my neighbors in DC, or more recently my neighbors in Columbia decided to get married.

Unity '08