Archive | May 2014

Preparation for Callbacks! Break a Leg!

I have my callbacks tomorrow for the West Hartford SAF production of On The Town. I’ve been preparing for them most of the day, and I’m ready for them! Wish me a broken leg! (It’s an expression in theatre, for those of you who don’t know)

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Spelling bee: Hey! That’s my brother’s professor!

The Scripps National Spelling Bee was held today in Washington DC. It’s a great competition to watch, and a great reminder of how little I know about my language. Congratulations to the co-champions of the event, Ansun Sojoe, and Sriram Hathwar. You two already know more words and more about the English language than most of us will in our whole lives!

The highlight of the event is seeing one if my brother’s graduate school professors there. Dr. Bailly, the emcee of the event, is one of my brother’s professors in his Greek and Latin grad school program at the University of Vermont. And apparently, he is as monotonous in real life as he sounds in the bee.

It’s just cool seeing those connections, seeing people who work with a member of my family.

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High school memories. The good ones on the band trip I mean.

I enjoyed my time in high school. That’s a weird thought for some people to hear, but I genuinely did. I met a lot of good people, made some great friends, and learned some invaluable lessons that still serve me today. I went back to my old school, Northwest Catholic High School, today to see some of my former teachers, and drop off a trombone and a guitar that I wasn’t using and the music department could use more than I could.

I was very involved in the music department when I was there. I sang for four years and I had great friends in the bands. I got to reminiscing about the time I spent there, and enjoyed the memories I have of the place, especially singing in the choir.

This is a video of my favorite song we did when I was there. It’s from my sophomore year at a music competition in Boston. I’m the second guy from the right and I had a few solo lines in the song. We won the music competition’s Festival Sweepstakes that year. Good memory.

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Watch out world, I’m licensed to drive!

It took me longer than I really wanted, but I managed to finally get my drivers license!

I’m no longer completely dependent upon my parents, brother, friends, or Mother Nature for my means of transportation. I can use a car now, which makes my transit so much easier!

And my license picture didn’t come out that bad.

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Father/Son time

My dad got home late last night, and I got to see him for the first time in almost a week. We promptly spent the entire day together.

Most of the time was spent out on the golf course at Wampanoag Country Club, where we got in a round of 18 holes. It was my first complete round of the season, and my first round with dad this year. It was a lot of fun. He’s a much better golfer than me, and he serves as a coach for me. He’s got a lot to teach. While I do have to tell him that I see something or ask him to tell me something in a different way, I do enjoy golfing with him.

We went home and had dinner. Then played a round of billiards and enjoyed one of our favorite television shows, 24. We love watching Jack Bauer do Jack Bauer things, like blow up buildings and fight for justice in a crazy world.

Whenever I get to enjoy all of these things with my dad, it’s a great day. I’m basically a mini me version of my dad, if you can see in the picture, and there’s so much to be learned in time around him.

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Patriotic and Spiritual songs

I love my faith and my country. This is not some new revelation to anyone who knows anything about me. I especially love when the two are intertwined. I had that experience at Mass today. For Memorial Day weekend, my church uses more patriotic music that still carries a great faith message.

Two songs in particular are beautiful God and country songs. The 1st is the Battle Hymn of the Republic. This was the anthem sung by the Union forces in the Civil War. President Lincoln loved the song so much that he made it the song of choice for the army. It’s all about how God’s work is being done and that He reigns eternal. It’s a beautiful song. And it serves as a reminder that the United States is really a Christian nation. Sorry Atheists. It was founded on Judeo-Christian values.

The second song is America the Beautiful. It’s all about how blessed and glorious America is. It serves as a great reminder that we are blessed in this country. It’s a truly beautiful nation. It was blessed by God. It is truly special living here.

I hope that everyone has a very blessed Memorial Day and that we remember the lessons in both songs, which have their respective links below. God Bless America!


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Time to get in shape!

I’ve been meaning to get in better shape for a while. Ever since high school, I’ve been trying to get a good workout plan going. I’ve had moments of success. In the summer following my senior year if high school, when I was working on Cape Cod, I went to the gym that was within walking distance of the house I was living in for the summer. It was a good deal of fun and I got into much better shape. And at several points throughout my time at BU, I’ve had runs where I use FitRec more frequently, but I’ve not gotten myself into a better routine for a regular workout.

I got to talking with a friend who is preparing herself for getting her blackbelt in taekwondo about figuring out a good workout plan. We came up with a good one for me to do, and today I got to put it into practice. I had a great workout, and have enjoyed it a lot! Now I just need to stick to this plan, and get to where I wanna go.

If anyone reading this has any tips for exercises for my exercise plan, I would greatly appreciate that!

P.S. There was not a great way for me to crop the picture here, and I wanted to use the condescending Wonka meme here.

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First time on the course this season!

I’ve been golfing for years with my dad. It’s one of our favorite past times. There’s beautiful greenery everywhere, good fun in trying to make good shots, and great fun overall.

Today, however, was a bit different. It was the first time I went out golfing alone. It was a bit lonely on the course, but it was still so much fun. I played pretty well, and my head had fewer thoughts clouding it all. Golf is much more fun when played with a clear head. I still have to improve my shot. I have a slice shot that tends to go high and right. I had some good shots, but I do need to improve.

I took a cart, because I wanted to make sure I got in as much golf as possible. There were menacing clouds overhead, and I wanted to get a round of 9 in. Even though I played faster with a cart than I would have walking, I did not finish the round. I was just about to tee off on the 9th hole when there were big cracks of thunder and the horn was sounded calling everyone off the course. Since I was on a big open space, with several potential lightning rods in my bag and my hand, I didn’t play the last hole. I got off, got in, and enjoyed a dinner on the covered patio at Wampanoag Country Club. I would have enjoyed finishing the round, but it was still fun.

I’ll see if I can get out again soon!

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Yes, men can be domestic too

Since I’m home alone for a few days, I have to cook and clean the house myself. No problem! I managed to keep the house in pretty good order and I cooked for myself! Steak and pasta with tomato sauce, and a glass of milk, later a can of coke.

While I was cooking my dinner, I was Skyping with a female friend of mine who lives out in Chicago and is a domestic minded girl. She cleans her rooms at her house to fill her time. I talked with her as I cooked dinner, and at times, she watched and was entertained by the idea that a guy could be domestic. It was entertaining to show that a guy can cook well and can be domestic. I told her stories of my male friends from BU who are very domestic in their own right.

It’s interesting to think about the gender roles that we’ve created for our society, where we don’t expect guys to be able to cook and clean. While I’m not the best at either of those skills, I do have them. And I do enjoy showing them. I’m gonna have to show and refine those skills as I go along in life. I especially have some fun showing my female friends that I can cook. It sometimes throws them for a loop, and always makes them smile. I managed to show my domestic skills to a female friend, which managed to make her smile and show that guys can be domestic too! Not all of us are total brutes.

So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

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Home Alone! Just without the chaos and criminals.

My brother’s back in Vermont, and my parents are helping to run an event out on Cape Cod. This leaves me at home in the wilderness of Connecticut to defend home base with no chance of reinforcements for a few days, with just enough food to last me until such time.

Ok, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but I do have the house to myself for a few days. I had a very nice and relaxing day at home. I got out and biked around for a bit, to get spiritual direction and apply for a few jobs. But the best part was getting to relax at home. It was so weird being home and hearing silence. It was relaxing and very enjoyable being home alone for the day. Exactly what I needed.

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