Sunday, January 28, 2007

Colorado Riding

When I recently traveled to Colorado the ground was pretty much covered in snow from all the storms that kept passing through. However, the weather does not keep people indoors in a place like Colorado. All the snow does is provide you with another way to go out and have fun. I saw people out running, biking, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing all within the city limits of Denver/Boulder.

What brings all this up is that I was just sent a slide show, with a few videos mixed, of a few guys from my old cycling team at school. Riding in the snow has its doesn't hurt as much when you fall. Check it out here!

IMBAers are still partying in Columbia

This is a little video of a get together at Shaun's and my house this weekend. It was a great time! Below are a couple of more pictures from the night.

The dip would not stop looking at me. Make it stop!!
The dip surrounded by strawberries was amazing and must become a staple at all future events. It is the closest thing to skittles I have tasted without actually eating skittles.

Sling'n dice with intensity!

I have been on a roll this week...literally. I got to bike three days in a row! However, today my legs are telling me that they have had enough, so there will not be a fourth day. I love that good burning feeling I get whenever I move. It makes me feel like I must have been doing something fun.

Last night I went and checked out a band down in the Vista. They are called Plain Jane. They are a cover band. They were a good time and the place was packed. They played some Journey, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Brown, Maroon 5, and whole bunch of stuff in between.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hockey & Stuff

Yesterday my roommate and I went to go see the Columbia Inferno. This is Columbia's "shining" hockey team. (say that last line with sarcasm) When we left at the end of the second period the Inferno were losing 3-1. Oh well. It was free and we had some good company.
I finally got my December/New Year's/Back to School pics off my camera.
So here are a few...

These were taken in Atlanta. We had a great time at Sophie's bat mitzvah. My mom and Diane (one of my sister's) were dancing it up to some great tunes provided by the rocking band. On the cousins, Stephen and Emily, would not stop trying to tickle me during the picture...they thought it was "really" funny, but after the picture was was payback time!

This was while I was in Colorado over winter break. I lived with that guy for two years! I have never lived with someone so long except for my family.
The cute kiddo is Katrina. She is Joel's niece. She wanted to make a snow man soooo bad, but the snow was too light and fluffy to stick together. So we made a snow ant. You could probably call it a lot of things, but that is what she thought it looked like and it worked for us.

This is Tony and his dog. He is a big ball of fun and a big kisser....the dog is...not Tony.

Actually, if you don't know Tony, he is quite crazy! Or maybe just dedicated. Tony is always climbing mountains throughout the year, mountain biking down insane trails, and taking the biggest jumps at the terrain parks on his snowboard. He is often out of commission, since the jumps and biking often leave him hurt for weeks. However, as soon as he able he is back out there doing it again.

Floco (which means "tiny" if I spelled it right) comes from a long line of great pit bulls. He is still only a pup, but should have no problem attracting the ladies with a smile like that.

Lastly, during the first week of classes my dad came into town. This gave me the opportunity to share the wonderful world of "shaved ice" with many of my classmates. It was a great treat after our classes. Everyone could tell right away that this was my dad. The resemblance is hard to dispute.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

This is a video of my pet spider. He has been living in my bedroom window since October or that is when I first noticed him. I consider him a guy, but the spider could be female...I have not officially checked.

So, I was getting worried since I have not seen him eat a meal in a while. I guess keeping the doors and windows closed limits the amount of bugs coming up to my window from the inside. I happened to have JR and my roommate around, when a lady bug came flying through. So, I caught the unsuspecting victim. I then threw the lady bug at the spider web and that is where the video comes. The spider came out and wrapped up the bug. It is neat!

Also, I have added some new IMBA blog links on the right side of my page. You can see all of the cool places and fun things my friends are doing around the world.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Did you know that my birthday falls on "Peanut Butter and Jelly Day"? For those of you who knew me as a little lad, you may have noticed that sometimes I was a bit picky about what I ate. However, you probably never heard me complain about a PB&J sandwich. I ate so many of them through school and more recently during my bike ride across the US that I almost turned into one! I know there were several occasions that I would make at least a half of loaf of bread into sandwiches and eat them all. I could talk about PB&J's for a while, but let's just say that I am glad to be associated with such a great sandwich.

I know I have just learned of this holiday, but many others have already heard of it. In fact there is a an e-card just for the occasion. Also, if you would like to find out what crazy (or not so crazy) holidays fall on your birthday, check out this link.

As for the weekend, I got caught up on a few chores and talked with a bunch of friends and family. I got a bike ride in on Saturday, which worked out well since the rain started today. Some fellow classmates went to a soccer game in Guadalajara. One of them shot a short video from the Solectron box. The crowd never stops chanting for the entire game. And just for a bit of business trivia. Solectron bought out the computer repair company, Sequel, that I used to work for in Memphis. I found that out when I walked up to their booth at a job fair last year.

Lastly, I am planning my next trip! I will be headed off to DC, NYC, and Boston in February. It should be a great time getting to see a bunch of family and friends before I take off for Europe. Hope to see you along the way!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

I guess I am going to China

I booked my flight to China yesterday. I get to fly through Doha, Qatar. I just got done reading an article in my National Geographic magazine this month about the place. First off, it will be my first dictator country, even though it is a fairly liberalized compared with other middle eastern countries. I plan to do a short shopping spree in the duty free mall within the airport.

On the same lines, China will be my first communist country. I am excited to see which websites are banned, what type of propaganda I see and all that. I have started taking Chinese language classes and they are really funny. My classmates and I mainly are just repeating what we hear. However, when the teacher corrects me and asks me to repeat myself, I say the same thing and he says, "good job". It is really funny since I have no idea what the difference is between the way I said the first time and the second. One of my classmates made a short video of our first day. Check out the video!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Internship? Checked that one off

I had forgotten how pleasant the winters are in the southern US. I have been repeatedly exposed to several 70+ degree days, with more to come. I love it!

The best news I received last week was that I got my internship! I have secured a job with Colite Int'l, LTD in Wuxi, China. Wuxi (pronounced woo-she) is located forty five minutes north west of Shanghai. I have not found out what all the parameters of my job will be, but it will include a bit of travel.

Also, I uploaded a few photos from this past semester to my Kodak account this morning. I did not take that many pictures these past few months, since there were so many other people doing it. Funny how that works.

My classes are in full swing. After one week, I have three papers and a couple of decisions (explained later) to turn in this week. My Friday class will not be meeting during the normal class times, which gives me a three day weekend every week. Awesome! For that class, we are playing an online business simulation game. My team is going up against the other five teams in my class. I have played a similar, but much less complicated game, in undergrad. It will be a lot of fun and a lot of work. My roommate and I spent several hours last night reading and making decisions for our first practice round.

Saturday I ran into Atlanta and caught a friends band, Esque, playing. I lucked out that the venue was two blocks from where I was staying. It is always fun to see your friends pursuing their dreams and having a great time doing it.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

My next phone was announced today

Upon my return in August, I will be picking up Apple's latest gadget. The iPhone! Just looking at it gets me excited. They are not availble till June '07, if you were thinking of running out the door to get one.

Monday, January 08, 2007

School is back!

Waking up, showering, and getting dressed is something most people do on a daily basis in the morning. (Perhaps some people shower before they go to bed) But after these tasks this is where my world differs from the masses. I have the privilege to leave my house and head to school. I love it!

I started classes back today and it is such a pleasure to sit in class, learn, and walk around visiting everyone. The only thing that was missing today was the other three quarters of my classmates that have moved abroad till August. I keep hearing stories or pieces of stories from their travels and it is apparent that they are having a wonderful time navigating the world. I can't wait till I get to go!

This week, my dad is visiting. I like it when my family comes to visit me. I travel to see them quite a bit and it is a nice break from the norm when they show up at my door. I know we will have a great time. I will be able to give the five minute tour of the town (that is about how long it takes to circle the town).

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Two days till school...

I have had an amazing break! I have traveled quite a few miles, seen some wonderful friends, saw a band in CO, and still managed to get my work done for the upcoming semester. It is breaks like these that make me love school.

Some other great news is that I had a phone interview with a company in China. The company is named Colite. They make and install signs. I am expecting to hear something within the next couple of weeks. I have my fingers crossed, but I am expecting good things. The company is located in Wuxi, China, which is a suburb of Shanghai.

The next eight weeks will be spent learning about China, Japan, Africa, and India. These classes should be fun and interesting. I am also taking a business strategy class. I have only skimmed the syllabus, but it reminds me of my Capstone course I took at CU.

For now I will enjoy my last day of freedom tomorrow. And "hello" to all my friends who are now abroad. I hope to see many of you in March while I am traveling around Europe!