“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”

I’m really happy with:

-Myself (I feel like I am a generally good person, am O.K. with my body image, and feel as if I have really been trying to do my best in classes.)

-My plans (I start teaching at a school in need next week, and I’ll most likely volunteer extra hours because I want to. I’m going to California in a few months where i’ll begin to help plan a national conference for next year.)

-My friends (By this I must specify my friends, not those people who only act cordial in person.)

-My family (We have plenty of problems, but truly there is lots of love.)

Things I’m just done with:

-People who clearly only want me around when it’s convenient.

-Trying to look for love! It’s so hard to stop, and lately I feel like I’m the only single one out of anyone I know, but I want something to occur naturally. If you force a relationship it is destined to fail, if you have a great friendship with someone which blossoms into romance, it will be great.

-Being down on myself. I have made lots of mistakes, most especially in the recent past, but I truly beat myself up over them way too much. I need to just realize that good people can make mistakes too, and what makes them good people is that they learn from their mistakes.

-The past. My future is too bright to be boggled down by it.

Published in: on February 11, 2009 at 12:42 am  Comments (4)  
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Itty Bitty Kitty Commitee Photo Shoot

So this will be quite possibly my lamest post ever. I had some kittens over the other night to sleep over and the next morning I took a couple of videos and entirely too many photos of them all playing together.

Vicious killer kitty instinct.

When people tell me taking pictures of cats is an unmanly thing to do, I show them this one.

There were four of them, and they are definitely much rowdier than the other kittens that have come through, but it was awesome to have for one night. Hopefully there will be another sleepover soon.

Posing for the shot

Posing for the shot

If I feel so inclined, I may very well change one or two of these into a lolcat. I think the best one for it is the next picture…

Peek

This is clearly aching to be a lolcat.

Anyways, I don’t want to boggle your browsers down with the other pictures or two videos but I’ll post all that after the break: (more…)

A modern day “Wild Thornberry’s”

Recently, my life goals have changed a bit. I’m not sure how serious I am about this, but if it could happen I would be ecstatic. It all started on a little website called tumbleweedhouses.com On this website someone has come up with a whole “build your own house” idea in mass production. It started with a kid who wanted a tiny house that would be considered more “green”. So he built himself a small 89 square-foot house that would fit on a trailer. It used an extremely small amount of heat and was just generally a cool idea. Since then he has put out many different models and makes, which brings us to my new future.

 

The Carleton! O.K., so its called the Tarleton, but in honor of the Fresh Prince I am naming it the Carleton.

The Carleton! O.K., so it's called the "Tarleton", but in honor of the Fresh Prince I am naming it the Carleton.

Essentially it is a small one to two person house (if you want to sleep in the same bed) that is easy enough to build on your own. This website will sell you the blueprints and instructions on building the house for a little under $1000 and says that if you’re thrifty you can build the whole thing for $21,000. All the specs and more pictures can be found here. I guess lately I have been building a lot of little things at work, and I did a lot of construction in the commons two summers ago that has all just made me realize how much I love building things.

But, what would I ever use this mobile house for, practically? Then I realized that I could easily go around the country doing sociological research! On top of that, with my teaching certificate, I think it would be appropriate to relate that research to schools. While this is all an idea in the works, I think it would be extremely cool to do.

And that brings us to my “Modern Day Wild Thornberry’s” analogy. Let me refresh your memory on “The Wild Thornberry’s”, it is the story of a family who travels the world by R.V. and studies animals in a tv show manner. The husband and wife work together, the husband being in the show and the wife filming, and bring their children, a monkey, and a wild boy along.

The Wild Thornberrys at their finest.

The Wild Thornberry's at their finest.

While I can only hope that my children will have the ability to talk to animals, and that I will find a boy in the wild to study, I’m not trying to be unrealistic here. I think it would be really great to find a woman who I fall in love with, who would want to travel the country with me. In my ideal setting she would be a photographer or an artist; possibly even a writer. Eventually, as we wanted to have children I would probably settle down in one place, but until then I think we could have some awesome adventures.

Alternatively I  would be merely happy with a normal life where I help build some of my house to a degree and am just a general handyman. So I could always say to my kids “I built that room you sleep in so you better appreciate it!” and then to my grandchildren I could make grandiose lies about how I built a mansion with my bare hands in a week.

I guess in the end it all tells me I want to travel before I’m too old, and I’d really like to build things when I have a family and want a home. Things I am generally happy about.

-Willie

Growing Up

It’s weird the things that make me feel like I’m actually maturing. Instead of being jealous of old loves, I’m just really happy that they’re happy.

I guess I’ve always been of the idea that when you fall in love, it never really goes away. While I don’t think it turned out the way I thought, it is true to a degree. It’s the epitome of the saying “If you love something, set it free.” Your feelings of love evolve and change for those people, into something that makes everyone a little happier.

Regardless, new classes start tomorrow, and I’m really excited about it. I want to shine, I want to focus on my dreams of being a teacher. I’m also excited about making new friends, and about interning at a high school. The only thing that sucks is the fact that I’m going to have to get a credit card to pay for all my books. Yet, the bright side is starting a good line of credit relatively early in life. I’m pretty conscious when it comes to spending money, so I think I’ll be O.K.

I promise I’ll make a real post soon. In the meantime, enjoy this:

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Ambiguity

Why do I care? Why am I so affected?

I need to stop putting so much stock in people. It hurts too much.

Sorry about this post, I’ll make one about the inauguration soon.

-Willie

Published in: on January 21, 2009 at 8:03 pm  Comments (2)  

The Collegiate Destruction of “The First Kiss”

When you think “college”, what is the first thing that comes to mind? While I hope for many that the thought may include change, hope, education, or higher learning I have an inkling it’s probably not the case. Parties, booze, drug and sex experimentation.

O.K., so I’m exaggerating. Still, the fact stands that partying is strongly associated with college life. I need to start off by saying that I have absolutely no problem with that fact. I love partying, and if you do it responsibly (and occasionally irresponsibly) it can be great. With the right group of people, by drinking just the perfect amount, and by having a good environment partying is heaven sent. It can create some great memories, you can meet new people, and you can even reunite with old friends.

My qualm, however, is that partying can create a very specific culture. Many college parties are not what I described. They are filled with strangers, people you wish would stay strangers, so much booze you puke, and cramped areas. I mean look up the words “college party” on google. You see loads of booze, sloppy people, and girls in precarious positions.

One example. For some reason I feel like this breast bite may have included alcohol.

One example. For some reason I feel like this breast bite may have included alcohol.

While I am largely a fan of both booze and women the “typical college party” atmosphere can be a dangerous combination. There are very obvious and serious reasons for this, as well as more light-hearted ones which involve comically bad kisses, or throw up. But for the sake of brevity I’m going to ignore these many faults, and look at one specific problem: College Parties murdering Romance.

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Ahnold

So today I was discussing my favorite Christmas movies with my friend Nick. I came up with these three, in no particular order: Love Actually, Elf, and Jingle All the Way. While the first two are instantly recognizable, many of you may not know “Jingle All the Way”. It is a classic late 90’s movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The basic plot is that he needs a “turboman” doll for Christmas and Sinbad is his rival in attempting to get said doll. There are midgets and jetpacks scattered throughout. Overall, it is one of my favorites for the pure unintentional comedy.

In turn I decided to find a clip and share it with everyone. Then I remembered he was also Mr. Freeze in the terrible mid 90’s Batman movie and found a clip of that as well. Enjoy:

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I don’t have a clever title for this one.

Some things I’ve realized:

1. I thought I didn’t like skinny girls, but I was talking to Adam about it today and he made me realize I just don’t like girls who try to be skinny. I.E. – If a girl still likes to eat and isn’t disgustingly annoying about staying skinny but is just biologically built that way, it’s O.K. Although, I am still a huge fan of a good big butt. (Too much?…Probably.)

2. I need to stop thinking that everyone thinks like me! I project what my feelings are on to other people too often. Not everyone thinks like me, so their actions can mean something different than if I were to take the exact same action. Go figure.

3. I am -too- much like Seth Cohen. Watching the O.C. today with Adam made me realize this. See the thing is, I have no Summer Roberts. I have no girl who I’m “supposed” to be with. When there is a lost cause I need to stop blindly following my heart and think a little more.

4. I have glow in the dark stars on my ceiling and I really want someone to appreciate them with me.

5. Scrubs on ABC tonight was a total return to form, bravo.

Cat Related Entertainment

For quite some time now I have been finding myself hysterical when it comes to a good cat joke. I don’t know what it is, but they get me every time. While I know some people may not share my particular affinity for them, anyone who has ever owned a cat will find this hilarious:

This is one of many ways to know if your cat is preparing to kill you.

This is one of many ways to know if your cat is preparing to kill you.

To read the rest click on the picture, or go to this website. At the bottom of the page are other hilarious links that have a simmiliar type of humor (albeit without relation to cats).

If I had to guess, I would have to say LOL Cats brought back cat humor to its former glory. OK, so maybe it never had former glory, but LOL Cats are still fantastic. Another great source for cat humors return has been “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”. Allow me to give you some examples:

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Agent Jack Bauer, a Junkyard Cat born in puddles of gasoline. He is one BAMF, and I don’t use that term often. However there aren’t many cats out there who can survive an explosion like Jack can.

More It’s Always Sunny, and Cat Jokes after the break…

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Dear Everyone,

STOP! This is real life, and it’s really happening. I promise.

You can’t pretend like there is something else that is guaranteed to happen. There might not be a tomorrow, there might not be “someday” and there most certainly might not be something after this life. That being said, live today. What i’m saying is: don’t keep on convincing yourself “someday” you’ll learn that instrument. “Someday” you two will be together. Tomorrow you’ll start that book you’ve always wanted to write. Do it. There isn’t enough certainty in life not to. When you’re sitting there thinking “this is ok for now” or “I’m really just not ready for -blank-” you have to realize that you are not working towards another goal, you are accepting the fact that you may never get what you want and will only have yourself to blame.

I’m as guilty as anyone else. I am a huge procrastinator and miss out on a lot. Yet at the same time I can say when it really matters I won’t have to wonder. When I really know that I want or need something in my life I will go for it with every fiber of my being. If I died today I could tell you I have lived a life chasing after exactly what I truly want. I have lived my life with passion. My biggest goals in life are to find lasting love, and to really make a difference. I’m currently in college studying to be a teacher and sociologist so I truly believe i’m on my way to making a difference. As for love, I can’t say I regret much. I had a long fulfilling relationship with a beautiful girl that, although was hard and ended on poor terms, taught me a lot about who I am. About my problems and weaknesses, and about my strengths. But most importantly, made me happy. After that I messed up on another chance for love, but can say conclusively I don’t regret it. I wasn’t ready, and did some stupid things, but once I knew how I felt, and knew I could return all the feelings I was receiving, I went for it. It was hopeless, and I still tried. For six months. It was one of the most painful and hard times in my life. Yet, I’ll never have to wonder what if. I’ll never have to say “what if I didn’t give it my all?” or “what if i had tried -blank-?” And that feeling is one I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Regardless, what I want people to take from this is don’t settle. Or if you do decide to settle don’t fool yourself into thinking you have enough time to unsettle. Maybe it’s morbid to think that every day could be your last, or maybe it’s foolish to advise you to go out on a limb and truly reach for what you want. But maybe it’s the only sensible way to live. Settling won’t bring you the immense sorrow failure will, so you’ll protect yourself. Personally though, for all the failures my passion has brought me, I’ve experienced so much. Someday when i’m a father, or a teacher, or a sociologist, or all three, or none I’ll be able to look myself in the mirror and smile.

Do yourself a favor and start working towards one thing you’ve always been too afraid to do. If that means putting $20 bucks from the next paycheck in the bank to save up for your own place, so be it. If that means finally asking that girl out, or letting “the boy who got away” know you’re not ready to give up, do it.

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes” -Oscar Wilde

Me and a friend got tattoos together a while back. Well always live as if were dying. Just a reminder to always go after what you want.

A friend and I got tattoos together a while back. "We'll always live as if we're dying." Just a reminder to always go after what you want.

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