Letters to Nobody

I would like to take a moment and speak directly to a few people who I used to be close to, but for whatever reason we had a falling out or simply lost contact. I won’t name them individually, but I believe they’ll know who I’m talking to if they ever stumble upon this blog… (Each individual paragraph is meant for a different person.)

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We had a lot of good times together, didn’t we? The weekends we shared for six months were amazing. I’ll never forget our epic adventures, or the accompanying mix playlists. I don’t hold any grudges about what happened, just a lingering curiosity as to why it ended like it did. I guess we both knew at one point that it was doomed to end… The conversations stopped, things grew increasingly awkward, and stress from the outside made it all fall down like a tower of playing cards. I still think we can be friends and not just mere acquaintances stuck in a limbo of awkward-casualties. I’ll always remember us getting kicked out of the Crowne Plaza by that weird guy in a purple shirt…

Oh, the lists. The glorious lists. There are two lists, to be exact: The list of best friend requirements and “The List”, a list of things I have to do to make up for missing an important event. And the nicknames. 98 degrees is probably the oddest nickname I’ve been given, and that’s probably why I had to wear a bag over my head to keep the FCC from getting all up in my grill. (haha) I’ve attempted to patch things up between us in the past, but nothing panned out. I know you probably would be happy to leave things the way they are, and that’s fine, I just want to know why it ended. It was abrupt and it seemed to come out of nowhere. I would like to patch things up eventually, but I’m also willing to accept that things will never be the same again. I’ll keep scrounging eBay for yellow power ranger pencils in the meantime…

Dude! What happened? We used to hang out all the time. Remember the stupid videos we used to make on Josh’s phone? Or the video we made where Josh threw his phone at your wall? Those were some good times. Failing epically to make the soccer team freshman year was a buzzkill, but it was still fun to play soccer and run in the mornings during that summer. We seem to be going in different directions in the future, but we still need to stay in touch. Maybe one day we’ll get a band together…

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So that’s it. I don’t know why I felt the need to do that, but after the events of today it seemed necessary. Speaking of today’s events, I had the day off from work. Aside from getting my hair cut, nothing major really went down (lack of money= lack of stuff to do). Anyway, I gotta get some sleep now so I can get up early for work tomorrow. Check back tomorrow for more blog goodness.

– Will

What I Did On My Day Off: Sleep.

Sleep is a beautiful thing: it’s relaxing, peaceful, and essential. I haven’t been getting a lot of sleep lately, mainly due to my awkward sleeping schedule. Today I had the glorious opportunity to sleep in without fear of missing work or any other important events. I slept in until one in the afternoon. It’s probably the first time I’ve gotten over nine hours of sleep in one night for several months. I woke up completely refreshed. I was a bit irritated that I had slept half the day away, but the overwhelming feeling of natural energy made up for the few hours I had lost.

That being said, I really didn’t do much of anything today. I wanted to get my haircut today, but the barbershop was closed when I arrived. I did accomplish a few things though; I folded the laundry, cleaned out the inside of my car, and refilled the windshield wiper fluid reservoir. Other then that, today was pretty much fraught with nothing.

With that being said, I didn’t feel that pictures and/or a podcast were really necessary for today’s post. I apologize for the lack of podcasts lately… I’ve just forgotten about them for a while. I’ve also struggled with finding an appropriate time to record a podcast– I usually write these posts late at night, and recording a podcast then is virtually impossible because I would wake up my parents if I attempted to record a podcast. I’m also a bit pissed that I haven’t been able to actually record the kind of podcast I initially wanted to when I first considered buying a podcasting mic. I haven’t been able to record conversations with my friends because Jon has been gone on vacation for the past two weeks, and Kristin is “busy”. Honestly, I don’t know what the hell Kristin is doing. I haven’t talked to her for a few weeks.

Rest assured, podcasts will resume soon… As far as videos go, I would really like to wait to post any videos until I purchase a new video camera. Future electronics purchases have been placed on standby currently due to my financial situation (or lack thereof). I have to focus on spending my money wisely in the future so I don’t end up in the same kind of mess later. The past couple of days have really sucked, and just scraping the cash together to go to the movies yesterday was difficult. I can barely afford to get my hair cut right now, and I’m hoping that I won’t have to refill the car’s gas tank until next Friday.

Life sucks when you don’t have money.

I think I’m going to cut off this “lack of money” complaint/rant here. I gotta work tomorrow, so it’s time to go to sleep too. Thanks for reading, and all comments are appreciated.

– Will

The Best Tuesday of 2010?

Today was the best Tuesday I’ve had all year. After an early (and unwanted) wake up call at 7:30 A.M., I went to the orthodontist’s office for an appointment. I learned that I should have my braces off before I start my Senior year at West! I just have to be extremely diligent about wearing the corrective elastics they gave me 24/7. It’s going to be difficult, but I’m so ready to get these stupid things off, it’s not even funny.

Next piece of good news: I took the plunge and bought a laptop! I know, I know– I should have waited. If I would have waited, I probably could have purchased a better computer, and I wouldn’t be broke for the next couple of days. Alas, I followed impulsive thinking and now I’m typing this post away on a new Toshiba Satellite L455-S5000. It was only $299.99 from my local Best Buy. I’m ecstatic that I bought this laptop now, but a few hours ago I was ready to throw it out the window.

Why? After going through the usual set-up process and deleting some unnecessary software (like the irritating anti-virus trial software that every computer manufacturer includes), I restarted the computer. It prompted me to log-in, and after typing in the proper info, it seemed to proceed as normal. Then the screen went blue and flashed an error message.

How the Hell does a new PC get a blue screen of death after using it for only five minutes?!?!?

This really pissed me off. It’s the second computer that I’ve had issues with right out of the box. I was determined to fix the damned thing though, because I didn’t want to go through a hellish return process. After an hour of swearing and many futile attempts, I decided to use the built in restoration software and completely wipe the new Windows 7 install on the laptop and reinstall it. After an hour of reinstalling Windows 7 and all the necessary drivers and other Toshiba software, the laptop started up like it did the first time I hit the power button. I went through the set-up process again, the laptop restarted, and everything is going smoothly. I’m not exactly pleased that I had to go through all that crap, but I’m glad that I have a nice, cheap, working laptop. 🙂

(Just call me Mr. Tech Support.)

So my braces are coming off soon and I purchased something I’ve wanted for several years… Life is good! 😀 Currently, there is only one mild irritation: I have to go to work tomorrow at 7:00 A.M. On the bright side, I get off at 2 P.M. So it’s not all bad.

I need to go to bed. I’m running on four hours of sleep, and I have to get up early tomorrow. Keep reading and commenting!

– Will

Surprise!

Today was the main event of the entire trip. The surprise birthday party/family reunion was today. It was interesting to see a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a couple of years, and it was also nice to meet some new family members. I think the best part of the day was seeing the look on my grandma’s face when she entered the room full of her friends and relatives. We all ate lunch together and then watched a video compilation filled with random pictures and video of her and the rest of our family from years past. The video was very well made and the background music was also well-chosen. At the end of the movie, there was a “family tree” displayed in a credits-style format with the names slowly moving down the screen. This was one of the more dramatic parts of the movie, because at the end of the list of names, my Uncle David’s name slowly moved across the screen (he died several years ago in a car accident, a couple of years before I was born). After the movie, we all kind of sat around the room and talked for a couple of hours. The party broke up at around six, and everyone split up for dinner. After dinner, everyone went over to my grandma Helen’s house to watch the fireworks. My family bailed and went to Walkerville to watch the fireworks at my other grandma’s house. After the firework show, we went back to the hotel and passed out. We started the day pretty early, and it was around midnight when we finally got back to the room. It was a long day, to say the least.

That’s all for now. Remember to check back daily for new posts, pics, and podcasts.

– Will

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Note: This post was posted on thefinalsummer.com website 
on July 4th, 2010 @ 10:42 P.M.