School

…and in another turn of fate

  • SAAS

Ther person I asked yesterday has a tennis tournment the weekend of the prom. Alas, back to ye old drawing board for me.

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suc·cess: n; favorable or desired outcome

My Mexico group had a get together yesterday. We were playing Spoons and I wrote a note and taped it to one of the cards and made sure that it was passed on to the person I wanted to ask to prom. She was defiantly confused when she got the note taped to the card, but she gave me a conditional yes. Conditional because she has a tennis tournament in Yakima and she doesn’t know when she’s going to get back, so she’s going to check on that and get back to me.

On another note, I’ve been thinking more and more about colllege. Especially since I only have 2.5 days of school left before I start my internship at the UW. Anyways, it has been more this, “Oh Fu**! I’m going to college in Colorado.” It’s not bad feeling; more of an anxious feeling, a feeling that causes one to forget to breathe. I’ve been practically living in the same place for the last 18 years and now it all has to change.

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…and make that 4

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Chalk another one up on the list of rejections. Although it really wasn’t a
rejection, it was more of a, “Oh, how sweet. But you’re in High School and I’m a
college Sophmore.” Anyways, there are a few more people on the list that I have
to figure out.

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The search continues

After a few days of contemplating, I think I’ve got a new prom list that will
work. If not…well, I’m really hoping this will work. I finally watched Kill Bill, Vol. 1. I really can’t
wait to see Kill Bill, Vol. 2
now. It was incredibly exsesivly violent with lots of blood spewing all over the
place, but there was so much of it and it was done in such an incredibly
unrealistic manner that I hardly consider it worth debating. I also watched Matchstick Men, which also also
increadibly excellent, especially Nicholas Cage’s twitching.

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Go straight to Square One, do not pass Go, do not collect $200

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So that “hopfully temporary” problem is not so temporary. I won’t name names, but in short, my dates mother had some objections. In short, society still has negative views of senior males and freshmen females. If you ask anybody who knows me and they’ll tell you that I’m farther from that sterotype than democrats and republicans, but the fact still remains that I could be setting a precident for my date. Do I like it? Of course not. Do I understand and accept it, yes.

But fear not! I have a plan…and hopefully it will work! As always, only time will tell.

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Prom Complications

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There have been a few, hopefully temporary, set backs. I won’t get into details right now. I did purchase the tickets today. All that’s left is: everything.

Critical information has been encrypted. The passcode will be released on May 2nd.

Passcode Charlie-Alpha:
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My universe has become slightly smaller

I was watching Star Trek: DS9 and there was an excellent quote that defines parts of my life philisophy very accuratly: It is the Unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions. We are explorers. We explore our lives, day by day. And we explore the galaxy, trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge. And that is why I am here. Not to conquer you with weapons or with ideas, but to co-exist and learn. -Benjamin Sisko, “Emissary Part II”

My galaxy has become smaller today as I have a date to Prom. Yes, that’s right, Andrew is going to Prom. More details to come later, perhaps. For now, I’m going to have them keep them encoded to prevent certain groups of individuals from misusing the information in an attempt to prank me and capture it on video.

Passcode Charlie-Alpha:
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Back from vacation and THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Canyonlands was a very cool and special expierence. I did manage to keep a log of some sorts. Mexico was also very cool. It was certainly a different expierence, coming from 10 days of hiking and living in my own filth. I heard from the rest of my colleges while I was away. I can now confirm what I’ve know for several months. Next year, I, Andrew Ferguson, will be attending college in the State of Colorado at (drum roll please): Colorado School of Mines. Perhaps the sad thing about making my own decision is that decisions from many of my friends are now going to be trickling in. Ben is going to UW and Quinn just announced that he will also be attending UW. Staples will be heading East to Boston College. Of course, you can just check the College page to find all that information. Tomorrow I head back to school to finish my last 9 days of regular school. Then I begin my 5 week internship at UW. In many ways, I really am not looking forward to High School ending. It means the end of everything I’ve known for not only the last 4 years, but the last 18 years as well. But at the same time, it’s also very exciting as I can start a new journey.

Link of the Day: http://www.neen.org/demo/clinger.swf

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Canyonlands: Finalé

Sunday morning we woke up before the butt crack of dawn. Time changed to daylight savings time so we lost an hour. 5am is way to early to be awake. We packed up our stuff and headed back to Kernville. We had breakfast at Cheryl’s Diner. Then we headed up the road to go rafting. Rafting was awesome. We did some class III and IV rapids. Ate lunch then did some more rafting. We finished at 2:30pm and were on the road to Ontario by 3. I would classify the ride back to Ontario as a somber moment. People had a great time and didn’t want the feeling to away. In many ways, it was a moment of pure blissfulness.

We arrived at Ontario International Airport and unloaded the items we were taking with us. The cars left so fast that Hanway didn’t have time to get all his stuff and had to wait for the drivers to come back before he got his sleeping bag, pad, cell phone, passport, and wallet. I waited for a little while, then headed to the gate. Jeff came through a little while later. We said our goodbyes and I asked potential prom date#2. It was a no go…0 for 2. We hopped on our plane and took off for LAX, a short 11 minute 50 second flight, the shortest in the United Fleet.

After we landed, I had a short chat with the pilots. They asked about what I was doing and then inquired about the San Juan Islands. From LAX, we caught a Canadian Air Jet to San Diego, arriving at the commuter Terminal. Jeff’s cousin, Rica, and her boyfriend, Luke, were right there in the terminal waiting for us. It was a welcome surprise since, non passengers are usually not allowed in the terminal. We stopped at "In-N-Out" and then went to their apartment and went to bed.

I woke up the next morning, Monday took a short shower, had some real food and read the newspaper. Then Rica dropped is off at the San Diego International Airport.

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Canyonlands: 522.3 Miles

It had just rained the entire night non stop and just about everything was wet. We quickly rolled up the tent and shoved all our stuff into the lone cargo van. We then proceeded to the shelter for donuts and juice.

Nate Fihn had the rather ingenious idea of sleeping under the shelter. About an hour later we took off and headed towards California. We stopped at a rest stop, in the middle of nowhere, and Needles before finding Lake Buena Vista, just outside of Bakersfield, the methlab capitol of American. We had pasta for dinner, that turned out to be a rather tasteless adventure. Everybody slept outside, letting the tents dry out.

I awoke the next morning to the sound of birds repeating the same chirping signal over and over again. We ate breakfast and repacked out entire bags, putting everything we needed in our day pack, and items and food we didn’t need in our hiking bags. We left around noon and headed towards Kernville and Lake Isabella. Kernville is a very small town of 1,800 people. However, they have a very rich history, a facet I got to see when I went to the Kernville Museum. Many Western movies and even an episode of Home Improvement have been filmed their. The entire group had dinner at Chyene’s and some people watched the Final Four on TV. Some of the people went back to the bus and when they open the back emergency door, there were two people inside drinking beer. The intruders got away, however, it appeared as though they did not steal anything. Some people speculated that they might have "done it" on the bus. We spent the night in Sequoia National Park, which happened to be closed. We spent the night there anyway’s because Rob said that the even though the park was "closed," they couldn’t not let people stay because it was a National Park and completely open to the public. That night myself and a few others witnessed some oddly illuminated airplanes at approximately 9:31pm and 9:41pm. I’m planning on calling the FAA when I get back.

Updated picture links…may not be the same pictures as before though due to a renaming issue.

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