Thursday, October 26, 2006

cap and gown...

So basically the past few days are a blur. I cant even really tell up from down, and today I took the most difficult test in the Communication department here at WSU. I know that some may scoff at comm, but my school take sit pretty seriously; and this test was resickulous. You are not mistaken, I made up my own word. I really need to get some sleep for tomorrow, so Im gonna long story short, I am graduating in December! A whole semester ahead of schedule. How excited am I? I will expound more later upon the topic of graduation. It doesn't even seem real.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Big Win!

Today the Washington State Cougars knocked off the 16th ranked University of Oregon Ducks. I was most definitely in attendance and I actually had some friend sin town it was a good weekend and a good cap to the day. The team was in need of a big time win, and they have one know. Hopefully it is onward and upward from here. Great fun.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I enjoy the people I work with

Last night was a very long night. I was talking with Ben Fife on my way to the Studio at 5:00 last night. Upon my arrival at Studio A I found out that the newscast I was to direct was going to be the first LIVE newscast of the semester. Not that any of our jobs change when we go live, but the stress level definitely rises a bit when the fact that you are going live looms over ones head. When you are the director every aspect of the show (that the producer has given you) is your to execute. Not to mention that you have to sync all clocks with master control so that when we patch our selves in to the live feed we hit the airwaves at the same exact second. All that technical jargon aside we were able to sync up and the newscast went out virtually flawless. After we tore down the set and I stopped shaking, I found out that I had scored very well in my directing and I had become the talk of the Comm. School town.
Enter my second show at 7:30, Inside the Lines (a sporstcenter style show) We eventually began taping the show and it had a few more bumps along the way, but by this time the people I was working with were real tired. So I called every one together and gave it my best rally the troop, win one for the gipper speech, and we continued on. The show was taped and I delivered it to our Vice President of Television Operations and then I was off to edit a project for one of my classes that is due Thursday.
The night wound up being about 7 hours long and as tired as I was at the end of the day, I had to admit that I had a good time doing it. I like the people that I work with and I like the the challenge of producing a show and being involved in the creative process. That's enough for now. Bye.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

what a night.

Tonight, I spoke with my good friend Shalene. For those of you who know her...yeah...shes great. It was good to dialogue about life, and what goes on in it. I am in such a stage right now. I am ready to be done and on to the next stage, and in my gut; I know that this is the last time that I will have the opportunity to live in and do college. I want to do that well too. But, it is hard when my mind is in a different place. Its in Spokane. Beautiful North Spokane, actually, where Wall meets N. Whitworth Dr. I also spoke with Craig today and it was good to reconnect with him. Today was really a beautiful day. I was able to speak with dear friends of mine whom I don't often talk to. It is so strange how these awesome relationships we build (hypothetically speaking, over a summer of camp ;-)) kind of fade as we return to where our other lives exist whether that be on the mountain still, Pullman, or Chicago. So today is the day that I re-commit myself to staying on top of e-mails and phone calls. And more importantly the people on the other computer and the other receiver. That said, I will probably fade again at some point. But all this, to say I do think about you guys and care for you very much.

In other news, I have a cookie jar in the shape of an old west covered wagon. Pretty cool, huh?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

thought of the day

Why are mason jars so enticing to drink out of?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

To my loyal readers*

This week has been an absolute whirlwind. My best friend as of last year (also roommate that decided to move out this summer) visited this past Monday through Wednesday and it was good to be hanging out with him again. It was not awkward as I feared it would be, it was as if we were able to pick up where we left off. And then on Wednesday afternoon a WSU alum took up residence in my room in preparation for the 20th anniversary of cable 8 (the University TV Station that I work for.) It just so happens that this man is a big time director Producer down in LA and it has been cool to hear his stories and know that I really do have Cougar connections out in the business when I am ready to jump in someday. All of this was very eye opening. All this to say, my week has been busy. Add a couple papers and test on to that, and that is where I am. Tomorrow night is the 20th anniversary banquet which should be a kick with alum and current students hanging out, eating, telling stories and shmoozing. And then this Saturday is the Homecoming Game against the University of California Golden Bears. We will see what we are able to muster against this very good opponent. For now, Go Cougs!

*The subject title is said very tounge in cheek ;-)

Friday, October 06, 2006

half way there

Today marks the day that I am half way through the first semester of my last year hear at Washington State University. This is a good thing. I have been in school for too long and the things that were once fun are just annoying. I am done with multiple male roommates and loud music, drunk people who I don't know, and other random things that are associated with college or at least this school. I feel that I am ready to grow up and grow out of here. I don't even participate in these activities, but Im done being around it. I feel like the old man in my house, trying to impart wisdom on the young wipersnappers, its an odd feeling. Anyway, that's it. I am 1/4 of the way through this year, and I get to go to Spokane this weekend! Yeah!

Monday, October 02, 2006

this one hurts.

In Memory of Horn (the name of my intramural softball team; named after a graduated friend) lost tonight in the sweet 16 of the softball playoffs. We played a very very good team and went down early. We fought back and actually took a three run lead in to the bottom half of the last inning but we could not get the last out and gave up four runs and the win. We all had plays that we could have made, but we just couldn't get it done. We lost 13-12 and Im not gonna lie, it stings pretty bad. Its funny how intramural sports can get you so excited and pumped up to play again, but we will have to wait until the spring to give it another run. Until then bring on flag football. Not quite as fun as softball but it will have to suffice. That's it for now, time to lick the wounds.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

what an experience.

So we camped out. It was a 24 hour experience from the moment we arrived hang out/sleep at the gate until we got home after the game was over. The night started out with the 4 of us watching movies playing poker and ordering pizza to be delivered to the student entrance of the football field, all of which were successful ventures. But at about 2 am a bunch of drunk frat guys came to camp out as well and lets just say that not much sleep was had. They were so belligerent. I guess that's what you get when you go to college and you choose to camp out on a Friday night before the football game. There was our fair share of free entertainment an quotes from those stumbling around outside on a nice fall evening, but I would have much preferred a more calm atmosphere of hanging out before the big game. Needless to say, morning came and the four roommates and I took turns rotating out for showers and breakfast before we prepared to wait against the gate until the stadium opened at 2:00 pm.
I was the first person inside of the stadium and as I ran to the section that I wanted to get a free shirt was tossed in my direction and I caught it in stride as if I was a WSU Tight End. We got to our section and eventually our front row (Im talking right on the rail) seats. The view was phenomenal and so the game time count down began. Before long the kickoff was happening and the atmosphere was amazing. We took an early 3-0 lead that we would relinquish, but the game was always close. We came back in the end and had a chance to win with three seconds left but our hopes were squelched with a last second interception on the goal line. All and all I was very proud of the way our team played against the #2 team in the nation. We out played them in most every statistical category except for the one that mattered. The scoreboard. We all walked home a bit somberly having gone to more than a game, it was an overnight event that we had pored a lot in to. We got home and crashed, I haven't had many better nights sleep than last night. I had a good time.