On the Move

As I’ve noted on here before, I like to keep going, stay on the move, see/do as much as possible, but as a student it can be hard to find the margin to do that. Fortunately, I live in Asia where the dollar is strong, mass transportation is (relatively) easy, and  I’ve got >2 months off of school.

I’ve taken advantage of all of these things this month, covering a bunch of ground, doing some awesome (not dumb) things and took my new gopro along for the ride.

I’ll be doing some international travel in February, and will have some opportunities for great footage. Hopefully some of it will be worth posting on here.

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Christmas

Merry Late Christmas,

I hope everyone here has had a great Christmas, has eaten tons of Reese’s Christmas Trees, and is thoroughly enjoying the “afterglow” of the holiday. In my family, the day or two after Christmas was always one of our favorite days. We’d sleep in, eat leftovers/candy, and just be generally lazy before having to start doing things again (work, throwing away trash, other things you have to do).

Things are a little different here, but equally as enjoyable. I don’t have class on Fridays, so I got to sleep in some and then met a friend for coffee in the afternoon, but really spent a while making the video below.

My wonderful parents got me a GoPro camera for Christmas, and I’ve already put it to work. It arrived a few days early, so I’ve been playing with it for about a week, and have had some great tutorials from my roommate Gray (who is an accomplished amateur photo/videographer/dancer) and the internet. I’m really excited to try to use it to capture a lot of the different aspects of this life that I’m living, especially the adventures/travels that we’re working on for the future.

Hope you enjoy.

How to fix Christmas

Santa Clause and the author. 12-21-2014
Santa Claus and the author. 12-21-2014

I know there are tons of articles and posts and videos and tweets out there about the “War on Christmas”, I’ve drafted dozens of my own- they all stink and add nothing to the discussion.

(Main points of those posts I’ve written: I think we’re fighting this thing all wrong. If we really care about this thing, then we’ll think about what it’s actually about, instead of fighting for the right to say “Merry Christmas” by snapping at the Wal-Mart greeter who has been told by their boss to say “Happy Holidays”. Also, are we more upset when people don’t say “Merry Christmas”, or when people do say it, don’t care one bit about celebrating the birth of Jesus, son of God, born to die so we can all be forgiven of our sins and able to enjoy eternity in a full and perfect relationship with our heavenly father?)

What if we  celebrated Christmas for what it is, instead of treating it like Thanksgiving’s colder sequel? Continue reading How to fix Christmas

Soccer?

Today I write about Soccer. Why? We’ll get to that. But I wouldn’t be me without giving you too much background info.

Let’s start by saying that I haven’t played Soccer in an organized fashion since I was 7 -and fresh off a year in Europe. Sure we’d play in PE every now and then, and I played as a ringer on my friend Jack’s little brother’s team in 8th grade (I was offsides so much that the ref stopped calling it after it was clear that I wasn’t going to learn. And he needed to worry more about keeping me from knocking over all the 6th graders more than some imaginary line).

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I don’t have any pictures of myself as a soccer player, so here’s one of my younger brother, Winn, when he was younger.

Continue reading Soccer?

Camping on the Edge of the Roof of the World.

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It all began in class about a month ago. One of our teachers was talking about how she spent her weekend, and mentioned going to a beautiful place not far away, so I searched it on my phone. She was right, it was super beautiful, and there wasn’t much online about it. Sounded prime for a camping trip. I texted Gray from across the classroom, and he responded with the cost of the bus ticket and the distance by bus. It was doable.  Continue reading Camping on the Edge of the Roof of the World.