Late Night Ramblings 8-24
School starts tomorrow. Not for me, but yeah, school starts tomorrow. It's kind of strange. The first day of school has always been a day I've both liked and hated. I liked it better at Butler because I liked the people better. Even if my work schedule makes it a little difficult, I'm glad everyone is back. I'm lucky to know the people I know.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force both fascinates and frightens me. It's also tremendously hilarious. I don't know who thinks up some of that stuff.
Every time the Cubs win, I think for a second that they have a chance. Then I smack myself in the face and realize that it's not going to happen.
And updated from the old blog, a timeline...
1981: Born six weeks early; spit up a lot; go to the bathroom in bad places; they thought I had "problems"
1982-83: I learn to walk, and not crap my pants in restaurants
1984: Brother born; I didn't like him much; collected grocery store paper bags and taped them
1985: Start preschool; became opposed to the idea of swimming; first baseball memory (Pete Rose); watched a lot of Sesame Street and Mister Rogers; still wet the bed
1986: Move to Mooresville; creepy Harold guy who used to own the house still hangs around the house after we move in; I like living in the woods, but next door kid Nick is a punk
1987-88: Move to Plainfield, start kindergarten; kindergarten is weird
1988-89: Start first grade; had "The Dream" that involved a pterodactyl and a crocodile
1989-90: Second grade; Mrs. Howard terrifies me; Evan Byah waved to me; hid dad's wallet because I thought it would be funny
1990-91: Philip gets dehydrated in St. Louis; get first cat (Peaches); collecting toy cars and baseball cards; third grade; Mrs. Lawyer makes me eternally scared to ask questions in class; Christian Laettaner hits "The Shot" to beat Kentucky
1991-92: Fourth grade; infatuated with guilloteens for some reason; infatuated with Mrs. Heldman (that might be something to reconsider including, but good Lord)
1992-93: Fifth grade; Colts player visits class; I become a trouble maker and get "talks too much" on my report card; traded baseball cards under the table during class; the Waco stuff; Grandpa (mom's dad) dies
1993-94: Sixth grade; Ace Ventura comes out; Channel One; Crash Test Dummies (Mmmmm mmmm mmmm song which was a terrible song); the Pacers become good, and the New York Knicks become hated
1994-95: Go to first MLB game: Sox vs. Angels; baseball strike; Seventh grade; Mr. Planker; the Eagle Creek Park field trip "incident"; I fished a lot and caught two fish; buried one of them in the garden
1995-96: Go to first Cubs game; Eighth grade; office helper with Mrs. Biggerstaff; Grandma (mom's mom) had bypass surgery
1996-97: Bush Stadium closes, Victory Field opens; Grandma (dad's mom) had bypass surgery; Freshman year HS; Wallflowers song "Sixth Avenue Heartache" gets stuck in my head for about three months straight; start French; hate French; the cats (Ralph and Curley) show up in our garage
1997-98: Sophomore year HS; CHAP; the New Harmony field trip (one of the best days ever); learn that I like writing; Mr. Potter's biology class and half-disected fetus pigs falling on my head; Pacers-Bulls Playoff series; Milwaukee
1998-99: Junior year HS; take a journalism class; cat dies; Cubs go to the playoffs; Plainfield wins the State Basketball Championship; Colombine; J-Day field trip #1 to Ball State
1999-2000: Senior year HS; on newspaper staff; elbow screwed up for four months after ice skating; trip to the photo shop; field trip to the Star; field trip see some French play at Shortridge Middle School; J-Day field trip #2 and staying over at Mrs. Burress's house where I got beat in a game of HORSE with a sitting down backwards shot by someone much shorter than me; wondered what came after high school; enrolled at IUPUI, then accepted at Butler the next day; registration at Butler; Graduated from high school
2000-01: Freshman year of college; was the quiet kid in orientation the guides are told to watch for; spent way too much time in the library; came home every day at 6 p.m.; wrote for the Collegian; got a couple awards; Mr. Levin helped my writing; Butler won a tournament game
2001-02: Sophomore year of college; orientation guide #1; make fool out of self again; Dinosaur Evolution; 9/11; Grandpa (dad's dad) got sick on 9/10, went to hospital on 9/11/01; reasons why other people remember 9/11/01 also happened; Butler got shafted
2002-03: Junior year of college; orientation guide #2; sports editor of Collegian; spring is a good semester; Butler goes to Sweet 16; went to Pittsburgh
2003-04: Grandpa died; orientation guide #3 Senior year of college; Collegian was like hell; probably the worst semester; Cubs lost in Game 7; quit Collegian; went to Dawgnet to work for Pulliam; Dawgnet great; took job at Star; Star job great; got internship for the fall; much better semester
2004-05: Fifth year of college; first semester was a lot of work with heavy classes, internship and the Star; slept very little, least of my life; realized that after May, I was on my own; second semester was quick and easy; really started to wonder what to do; sportsjournalists.com helped; one guy from the site said I have "talent," which is nice; went to Cooperstown, Niagara Falls, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Durham (Duke) and Knoxville; a lot of states and one Canadian province; Cubs suck again; still trying to find a fulltime job
2005-06: We'll see what happens.