Day 25:

The thoughts running around my head are yearning to be released, so I’ve decided to post them here.

  • It’s hard to believe how fast time passes when you don’t have anything to worry about.
  • It’s hard to believe that already 24 days have passed since I first began updating this blog daily.
  • It’s hard to believe that June is almost over.
  • It’s frustrating to realize that the plans I dreamed of during school for this summer are beginning to slip away.
  • It’s frustrating to suddenly realize that you’ve spent more time at work and at home during the first few weeks of summer then you ever imagined possible.
  • It’s frustrating to be an impatient person who is stuck between getting something he really wants and somewhat needs very soon or waiting and getting it much later.

…and finally…

  • Life is frustrating, hard to believe, and confusing at times, but there’s always light on the horizon.

I’m lost in a sea of mixed emotions about everything. I’ve basically made a solid decision about which college I plan to attend after Senior year, but I’ve yet to make a final decision on a major, or whether or not I would like to double major in two completely different topics. My SAT scores and GPA are well above average and easily meet the admission requirements. The tuition for this college is very reasonable in comparison to other schools, and I won’t end up in a massive sea of debt after I graduate. It’s the perfect distance from home; far enough away from home that I will feel independent, and close enough that I’ll be able to visit home at Christmas and during the Summer. It seems like the perfect choice…

At the same time, it seems too perfect. My SAT scores are pretty good, but I know I can do better, and I’ve already exceeded admissions requirements… That seems a little strange. I did some research, and my writing and reading scores on the SAT were higher than the middle 50% of current students (so I scored better than at least 75% of the other students who attend this school) and my math score falls in the upper area of the middle 50% (this means I probably scored better than around 60% of the school’s current students). This college is nationally recognized for having an excellent journalism program, a major I’m still considering. The dorms actually look fairly decent too– at least on the website (haha).

I guess the only thing left to do is visit the school to see if it’s right for me. Perhaps I’ll check it out when my dad and I go on our road trip…

Speaking of road trips, I’m going to Butte on Friday afternoon. Posts will be added to the site as usual, but I cannot say how the amount of content will be affected during this trip. I may have only short periods of time to write a post, or I may have long periods of downtime in which I can write long, thought-provoking posts about the curiosities of life. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens…

I will definitely be tweeting while I’m in Butte though, so check the Twitter Feed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for updates from the Hill.

I’m going to go get some sleep now. Thanks again for reading and commenting!

– Will

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P.S. I’m also going to be in Butte during Evel Knievel days! That should spice up the blog a little bit. 😉

TORNADO!!!

(Above: Podcast about the day’s craziness.)

That’s right– a tornado touched down in Billings, MT today. It ripped through the Metra’s roof and destroyed several buildings and business in the Heights. During the tornado madness, a torrential downpour instantly flooded streets throughout Billings. Downtown Billings and the Heights are still reeling from the damage caused by the severe weather of this afternoon, with power outages affecting 1,100 houses in the Heights.

During all of this tornado madness, I was working at Sears. Sears is located near Downtown Billings, but relatively far away from the Metra where the tornado touched down in the Heights. When the tornado sirens went off, the managers at my store made an announcement that the building was being evacuated. Everyone in the store was ushered over to the Automotive building next to the main store. We sat in the tire showroom for a few minutes, and then we went down to the basement. I followed my fellow employees and a couple of scared customers into a break room in the basement with a TV that was on. We frantically searched for a local news station with weather updates, but most of the TV stations were down, and it was too recent for the tornado to make national news. Before we went down into the basement, I got on Facebook on my phone, made a quick wall post that my store was being evacuated, and then I looked to see what other people were posting. Basically every wall post made in the few minutes before mine said the same thing: “TORNADO! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!”

According to the Associated Press, the last time a tornado of this magnitude hit the Billings-area was in 1958.

It was pretty intense in the basement break room. Everyone was talking nervously about the tornado and the damage it could cause. During the midst of this nervous chatter, I discovered that two of my co-workers have the same phone as me. Crazy.

Here’s a video of the tornado from Q2 News. Footage recorded by “Major” Dan Miller.

As I mentioned in the podcast, my parents and I went by the Metra briefly. I was able to take one quick picture when we drove by. Here’s the pic:

As you can see, the roof is considerably damaged. There’s debris everywhere along Main Street from the roof’s insulation.

A few hours later, the sun came out and the skies were blue. The old adage, “If you don’t like the weather in Montana, just wait five minutes,” was definitely true today. 🙂 Below is a few pictures I took just outside my house:

Sunny skies are here again.

That’s all for today folks. As always, thank you for reading this blog and make sure to leave your comments and criticisms below. 🙂

– Will