Last weekend a wonderful opportunity presented itself, a chance to see the home of the King, Graceland. My best friend Naeroby wanted to take a trip to see her sister who lives in Texas. They decided on the halfway point of Memphis, Tennessee.
I would like to introduce you to Miranda. Just whisper the name out loud and it sounds awesome. She is a 2010 Burgundy F150 Crew-Cab with a 5.4L V8.
God I am sore! Today I can proudly say was my first day at really working out. Since my knee injury playing soccer for Finlandia I haven’t been able to really work out due to pain and a lack of motivation. I have tried several times to work out but would quit after a while.
Today I would like to wish my best friend Siera a happy 21st birthday. Siera and I met up at FU. I was a year ahead of her and she was an incoming freshman. We had said hello in a halls a few times but I got to know her a little more due to my roommate Chris. He was hitting on this other girl at the time who was close to Siera so that’s how we got to know each other a little more. Over the school year we learned more about each other and really connected over rugby. We talked quite a bit and just began to trust each other when ever we needed to vent or needed help. Many of times I had to help her out with car issues or getting around but it was always a pleasure be cause she is one of those rare awesome people. She is my best friend and I support everything she does and believes in. There are times when it feels like she is pissed at me but I truly care a lot about her and want to make sure she is ok and happy. I want to try and help her in any way I can and even thought she is always busy with hockey and becoming a nurse, I will always have her back and she has mine. She has given me a lot of blunt and forward advise which I need a lot of times and I always respect anything she says. There are times I wish we were closer and being miles apart doesn’t help. I do want her to move to DC and work here for a while and I look forward to a few future trips with her to have fun and enjoy ourselves. Anyways she is one of my few friends and fewer best friends and I would do anything for her and just hope she has a wonderful and enjoyable birthday today!!!
And so starts the 30th Olympic Games of the modern era! I love watching the olympics and cheering for Finland. I really wish I could attend these Olympics but I will just have to wait for Brazil to host the games. So as the games have started China and USA are both taking plenty of metals but we are just getting started.
I do want to take a moment and look back at the opening ceremonies. I could not watch them as the broadcast from NBC but thanks to DvR I was able to view it on Saturday. I have a few things to say of course…. First NBC should be allowed to have the broadcasting rights and everything but preventing anyone to view it online with out a cable contract is absurd! Seriously most people will watch via tv but some only have Internet and you are going to screw it up! Geeze so much for being free in America!
The ceremonies themselves were great and many people were saying Beijing ceremonies were better I’ll say with the different in culture and history I’ll say they were the same. I was waiting for Sean Connery and John Cleese to come out and do something but I didnt see them anywhere… Still the Queens spoof of her jumping out with James Bond was really funny and awesome (although I don’t like this bond at all!) The opening otherwise was great and loved the music tribute and the industrial revolution portions. Part of it really reminded me of the lord of the rings style which was pretty cool to that national epic.
Ok but seriously the only interesting fact about Finland you could find is on the parking an speeding tickets? How about how Norway, Sweden and Finland all have the most freedoms of speech and press and how Finland was named by Newsweek as the #1 country??? Yep good job NBC!
The stage was then set by the doves on bikes. This was pretty ingenius and really creative. It was men and women on bikes wearing dove wings that flapped while riding. Then came the lighting of the cauldron and I must say I was impressed. Each part of the cauldron is made up of 204 polished copper bowls that look like petals. The fact that in combination with each other they create one cauldron. Each petal is individually made and each had to be clicked into place into a specific rod. At the end of the games, the cauldron will be dismantled and the petals scattered to the 204 nations that took part in the opening ceremony. Its a great idea that each nation gets to take home a peice and is part of the one flame that is set to unite us.
Well I enjoined the opening and glad everything went safely and with out any real big problems. Good job Great Britain! More to come down the road.
The Olympics is a grand arena watched by the entire world and attended by millions that span all races and religions. This is the perfect stage for terrorism and a stage to get a peoples message out around the world. The games have always been a target for attack and many attacks have been foiled over the years however there have been several attacks. With the stage set to promote peace, war is always at its doorstep. Continue reading
So today is my 25th birthday and here is a look back at the last 25 years and memories…
-1- baptized in Finland, started to walk at 7 months, I have a vague/not sure if it is real memory of my grandfather holding me as a large white cottage is delivered to our back yard
-2- first cross country skis…
-3- Harri was born and I wouldn’t even look at him lol
-5- started to play soccer, cracked my head open hence my bald spot
-6- learned to swim, took first trip to Florida with grandparents to the Everglades (grandmother freaked out at the python.)
-9- first kiss with Tita god she was beautiful but she moved a few years later
-10- broke my leg arm falling out of a tree at blue park
-13- I won 1st place at regionals for the science fair for a math experiment i did, could have gone to nations but ended up not going
-16- started my first job at Safeway as a courtesy clerk (bagger)
-18- worked at best buy, senior in high school, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in Jrotc, first girlfriend Natalie, lost virginity, got my Truck (Doris still have with 278,000 miles)
-19- tired to enlist in the Army got shot down at MEPS for medical … To much acne, got a job as a corporate auditor for Safeway (god I got a great job but didn’t take is seriously wish I did.)
-20- worked at Vector Marketing for a few weeks selling Cutco knives (didn’t make any money but good knives.) got a job working at Auto Rescue doing emergency roadside service and accident response which I loved that job and stayed there for a while.
-21- got a job at Apple
-22- felony, gained and lost the best thing ever in my life I love you Sam always, decided to go to college, attended Finlandia University (yep FU) joined the soccer team
-23- rented a awesome house just a block from school
-24- hurt my leg
-25- Back in Dc working at a research firm for military lawsuits
So heres an update… The knee still hurts like hell, I have been able to put a little bit of weight on it yet it’s still pain I have to deal with and over come. I finally got an MRI yet I have to wait 4-5 days just for the doc to call to set up an appointment to see what he has to say. I can wait to just get this surgery so I can just walk, play, drive, run, and sit. Lol anyways that’s wats up…
What a quick way to end my season. Today was my first day feeling 100% after my groin injury. I was doing the run at a good pace, kicking the ball well, and just overall great mood. An old team mate, Nic, came by the field and it was great to see him and kick the ball around again. How ever soon trouble would occur.
We began a scrimmage and the ball wasn’t in play for more than a minute when it was passed to Clif. I went a head to pull the ball away from him and wooppps …. Apparently I planted my right foot, my knee hit his leg and I spun…. Let’s just say I started to say every curse word I know… For a good 5 (felt like much longer) minutes I’m laying in pain screaming and look down at my right knee and it’s deformed and painful.
Well i pretty much was crying and cursing till at the hospital when I was drugged.I’ll say this for modern medicine… Their drugs work wonders I was laughing and joking in minutes. Right back to the story, so the doctor said my patella dislocated laterally, after x rays there are signs of possible cracks and she wasn’t happy by the way my ACL was looking or feeling. Just to say I have ,ore appointments ahead of me.
The one thing I’m more pissed at my self about is that today I was ready, ready to prove I can play since I have been benched so far and that I have not even been able to play a game. Hell I just got my uniform last game and now this… This is not fair and well Im just ashamed and embrasesd that I couldn’t play up to the caliber of the rest of the guys.
Well another injury for Finlandia’s Men Soccer and just a few more and we will have a full squad of injured. Special Olympics here we come!!!
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of September 11th 2001 and the worlds largest rescue mission. As I am sitting here at my desk reflecting on the fact that I was so close to the attacks and yet I am here and alive; I look around and see many others who didn’t find out about the attacks till much later in the day or just watched it on the news yet had no personal connection to the travesty. Living in DC I saw the smoke coming from the pentagon, visiting the World Trade Center, I realize how massive and awesome the twin towers were. Over 50,000 people worked daily in the Trade Centers and out of all of the attacks only 2,976 people passed; to me this is a major undertaking by the rescue operations in NYC and DC.
As I asked people yesterday were they where at the time of the attacks most barely remember it or were aware but didn’t know the magnitude of the devastation – yes they know the pentagon and twin towers were attacked but many didn’t know the final count of who passed (2,976), the number of firefighters (343), or even that there was a fourth plane flight 93. Yesterday there was supposed to be a tribute and reading of the names of those who died on the attacks; yet i personally was disgusted at how people never came out to show their respects, or that there was no personal connection and that it was just another day to them. Many people didn’t want to read the names asking why them, why do we have to be the ones to do this… Well the reason is that your an American, this was an attack on your home and could have been one of your family members who passed.
Yes it has been 10 years but I feel people are starting to forget (at least those who weren’t there) or don’t care as much as they should. I wish I was back in DC for the ceremonies and moment of silence. For some reason and I dunno why but it was as if people around me didn’t care or didn’t cross their mind. The school should have done something big yesterday for the community, it doesn’t matter if the school wasn’t hit or hurt, its a show of respect to those who did.
I know this is a rant but this is how I felt! I was upset at people laughing at the reading of the names, that none came out to hear the names read, that persons did not want to be apart of it, and that people just didn’t stop to think or reflect that its 10 years and were are we now… are we any better than before, are we safer, are we in a better place with others and do we respect those who stop to save someones life when they don’t need to be risking themselves?
Alcoholism is the cyclic presence of tolerance, withdrawal, and excessive alcohol use; the drinker’s inability to control such compulsive drinking, despite awareness of its harm to his or her health, indicates that the person might be an alcoholic. Also normally noticed after several days of binge drinking (5 or more drinks at a time)…
I give the definition of an alcoholic because certain persons including my soccer coach. Since he accuses me of being a drunk due to lies and rumors from certain teammates that want to see me gone they have kicked me off the soccer team. I am honestly pissed and disgusted that for one I didnt even get to explain my side of it let alone even really speak face to face; I just got a shitty phone call.
My side of the story: They claim I was drunk the night before practice and that is why I did not show. -The truth is I was at home went to b e early and then took several team mates to get physicals including myself. Then the second practice of the day I was having a reoccurrence of a very disturbing flashback…
It blows my mind that a soccer coach would listen to one person who has no proof and would take his side. It makes me curse their name and want to really not want to play soccer. O and to top it off the dumbass teammate is the biggest pot head ever and has been seen high since practices started.
Some people need to mind their own business and others need to learn to get the whole story and that proof is out there if one asks others.
So it is coming down to Hell Week here at Finlandia… School is almost done and I have work up the butt. For me I have to do: 1 essay for Film as Art class, on the movie the Visitor (great movie must see) the messages behind every detail; 1 presentation in Regional Geography, on the migration and changes in dialect of the Finnish Language; 1 final 9 page paper for Regional Geography, she wont give us details till NEXT WEEK! WTF!; 1 paper for Intro to the Bible, which has to be a minimum of 2 pages on how the class changed or influences our faith, understanding or morals (shouldn’t be to hard to BS); and finally a comprehensive final test for Earth Science, that is gonna be easy since so far i have gotten nothing lower than a 96 on but still i will study and help Brooke and Danielle with it.
I know many other have it worse off than I do. Some have many art projects that alone each needs almost 50 man hours to do and others have many tests to handle and remember things for. If anything tho I feel confident I will finish strong this year. So far I have an A in Earth Science, and A in Film as Art, and A in intro to the Bible, and a b- in Regional Geography. I really want to finish strong so that next year I can play soccer again and be out on the field. Just this past Friday I played an outdoor soccer pick-up game and I know i need to get back in to shape for running but I felt great playing for 2 hours and really its one of my passions that I am going to work hard towards.
A piece of advise to everyone that is struggling and/or not feeling confident- Do what ever you can and dont give up hope because there are many people out there that want to see you fail so listen to your self and don’t let your self down! Its all about how well you finish!
Recently a few of my friends (Danielle, Kelsey, and Brooke) have been coming over and hanging out with me watching the Big Bang Theory. If anything this has cheered me up alot and means alot to me. I didnt really have many friends or people to hang out with growing up. Only at TC did I meet Naeroby, Ahmed, and Antonio and actually get out and have some fun. I dont get to see or hang out with them much anymore with them being in other states and always working. At Apple I hung out with Ben and Kyle but i dont really keep in touch with them anymore. Here at Finlandia for the first year I hung out with Timmy, Zach, Steve, and Fons. They introduced me to alot of people at Finlandia and we had plenty of fun playing soccer but now they are not here anymore.
So as for these these 3 lovely women, their company means alot and really cheers me up for the fact that they want to hang out and get to know me. I have been happy with their company in the past few days with every problem and piece of hard-ache that has been happening. These three women are awesome to hang out with and to get to know (altho at time the sex talk and the shit bout boys does get um weird…)
Ahhh what a great weekend… the boys where back in town. Steve, Fons, and Zach from the soccer team last year decied to surprise everyone and boy was it awesome to have my friends back. People this year have changed and not for the better so it was great to party with them and draw on Carlye again! no matter how far you are from your friends they will be your friends!
The guys kept on talking about how big Carlye’s boobs got bigger, how they ran over a deer on the way up, how skinny Moose was now, and then how much they miss it here. Dawn was super excited that we all chilled and were hanging out like the old days. We drove out to Ontonagon and met Zach’s grandmother and grandfather. They have a nice little cabin but little cold and windy. If anything the guys just had to miss the 60 degree weather from just a few days before and came up when it was 13 degrees out and windy. We enjoyed ourselves and I am definitely going down for spring break to hang out with them since there isnt really any guys for me to chill with here at school. All in all great time and Thank you dawn for some of the pics!
So I am really working hard in classes this year. We just had a 100 point test in Earth Science the other day and got my score back…. 98 HELL YEA…. I havent missed a single class. Film as Art class is even more interesting and I really enjoy critiquing hollywood movies that are some of the greats.
Now there is one exception… Regional Geography is the worst class ever. all she does is repeat her self and then doesnt really give clear instructions or anything. Then for this class we need 8 different textbooks and out of each only read 2 chapters if that…. this lady pisses me off.
Otherwise I am doing great and happy about my standing in class. I can not wait for Friday to show up so I can play some indoor soccer… really looking forward to it and then we will see what happens this weekend.
This is the Soccer House. My new home and place to keep clean. Atleast there is no more dorm drama… now i can have some parties and have people over for some fun! I have the house set up with Airtunes and can be controlled via my iPhone. Otherwise I have servers storing my music and movies while I have accounts on my laptop for my roommates use and access. But I like that for the most part it is nice, clean and organized for the most part.