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I just came back from seeing a bunch of bands perform. It made me want to learn how to play drums really, really, badly. Trouble is that I can never find anyone to teach me :( Another thought that ran through my head was 'I wish Keith were here, he would make it really entertaining.'

Who saw Amazing Journey yesterday? I thought it was awesome....though they didn't show much music really. I wanted them to show like a full number without all the talking. And I wish that they showed more of Keith talking, it felt to me that he didn't have much of a voice like he did in TKAA.

First Impressions

I've made it to school. I am officially a college student and it feels.... really odd.

My dorm room is bigger than I thought it would be. The ceiling is really high so whenever I talk my voice echoes. It feels like its not my home...not yet. The walls are still blank because I couldn't find any posters in the student 'Tiger' bookstore that I liked so I'm going to have to shop for those.  Also, my roommate isn't here yet. I don't even care if we like each other or not (well maybe a little), I just want her to be here because its kinda lonely. I don't know anyone yet as my parents stayed all day and into the night trying to make my room more comfortable. I also went to bed at 9:00 pm when most people went at 12:00. Since there is a two hour time difference, I was already falling asleep at 7-8 ish. I'm sure I'll get to know people really quickly once classes start and I have a pattern. After all, this is the fourth time I've done this.

College is much different than high school boarding school in the way that I have more freedom. Nobody checks on me. I can leave whenever I want. It feels weird. Some times I wish there was some higher authority telling me what to do because its what I'm used to. My dorm is configured in a way that seems like the architect wanted to make sure that if I left my room, I'd never be able to find it again. The funniest thing I've found is that my room is right across of the boy's bathroom and really close to their showers. The girl's showers/bathrooms are around the corner. I look forward to some interesting mornings.
California seems like  combination of a lot of places I've been before. A little of Georgia, Florida, Illinois, and Europe (landscape wise).  One question I have is, Why are the people at In n Out burger so happy? I've never really met someone that sounded so deliriously happy to give me food.  I suppose it's great customer service.

I had a four hour plane ride to get here and a 40 ish minute drive to Stockton from Sacramento, and by the time I got to check in I was so tired. I didn't sleep the night before as I was preparing to go on the plane at 3 in the morning and earlier. I probably seemed really weird to the RA's as I wasn't very chipper at all. They were extremely happy and sung songs and the like. I think I have to learn the trick of constant happiness that people have mastered around here.

Happy Birthday Rick!


I've been up too late. Its 3:52 am and I'm not tired at all (well, maybe just a little). I really, really should be getting to bed though. I suppose I'm up this late because I've been looking for interesting podcasts to listen to. I found 3 talking about Sgt Pepper and the 40th anniversary which was nice. Then I found one that has a boatload of music from the 50's, 60's, 70's. Each episode is an hour and some odd minutes long which I love even though it does take up space. I've only gotten one so far, episode 8 about Alan Freed and how important he was to early rock n roll. While listening and dancing around to it, I found mistakes that the DJ made about years, false facts and things of that nature and I immediately thought....Why not send him an email? So I went looking for that, found it, and then quickly wrote an email. Then I started to doubt myself. 'What if he's someone really important?' 'What if I've made the mistake?' 'It doesn't really matter if I send it anyway.' After a few minutes of that I thought...'To hell with it' and I sent it. I hope that he replies though I'm not betting on it.

I like Amy Winehouse. I've heard her song 'Rehab' over and over and I like it a lot. It reminds me of  Motown. I wish more music sounded like it today.

I read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka today, and I thought  it was sad/funny. I've heard the word Kafkaesque a lot recently so I thought I would find out what it meant through reading one of his works.  I'm sure that there's loads of symbolism that I've missed, so I might just read it again and analyze it as if I were in English class. Its only 50 some odd pages long anyway.

Finally, I leave you with this note: Harry Potter!!!!!! Wooooooooooo!!!! Yaaaaayyyy !!! Only 2 more days!!!!!  As you can tell, I'm really excited, though I haven't seen the movie yet. I'm waiting until after I read the book.

EDIT:  You got me Courtney. Gene was in the taxi that nighht but did not die. His leg was severely damaged and he was not able to perform for some time.  It is also noted that he may have perforated his ulcer  in that crash which was not noticed. He was recording through early 1970. I stand corrected. The report I heard that night reported he had died as well. What does a teenager know? I will retract that on the 1963 XTRA show., giving you credit for bringing this to my attention.
Thanks again
Lee Douglas
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What does a teenager know?!?!?!?!? Heeeey, I'm a teenager!
I am now an official high school graduate!!!!!!

    The ceremony took place on Sunday and it was about 2 hours long. They had to announce all 409 names. I think it would have been 450 people but those extra people didn't bother to show up. When I got to the arena we all had to go to the basement and find our names in the line up. The teacher for my place in line wasn't holding up her poster when I walked by so I walked around aimlessly in a sea of purple gowns for quite some time. Then we had to wait for 1 hour until it was time to go which was very very boring since I didn't know anyone around me, well except for this one kid from my government class. I asked him about how he did on the Illinois Constitution test and that was about it for talking.
    When we finally walked out to the crowd, all of the teachers were lined up alongside us and clapped as we walked by. That was kinda weird and I just looked at the person ahead of me trying not to laugh.  When I sat down I was slightly excited but speech after speech got really boring. Finally, after about an hour, it was time for the announcement of the names. I studied the way about 150 to 200 kids walked across the stage, shook the guy's ( I have no idea who he was, someone related to the school board) hand,  receive the small frame that the diploma goes in, and walk off the stage to get a flower and a medal for being the last full class to graduate before the new high school opens. The closer they got to my name the more scared I was. All I remember is walking up to the stage, hearing a tiny 'whooooo' and that's it. I don't remember shaking anyone's hand or receiving anything. The next thing I knew, I was sitting in my seat again. Apparently, there was a lot of shouting, mostly by my parents I think.  Luckily, I did not trip or do anything ridiculous(though a few people did, two people wore sunglasses and one hugged everyone up there for a little while). After the hats being thrown in the air and everything, I had to find my diploma, which was quite an ordeal because 400 other kids were trying to get theirs as well. After we left the mess of families, I went to a cool Japanese restaurant where the chef cooks everything right in front of you and also a Hollywood Video so I could watch Music and Lyrics with Hugh Grant. It was a bit silly but cute.
What a day



I'm posting to show that I'm not dead...just sorta busy ...and I'm in the posting mood.

I saw my first episode of Doctor Who last Saturday. That was really interesting.  The guy before David Tennant was playing the Doctor and he's kinda funny. At first I thought that he would be very mean because of the way he always has a serious look on his face in pictures but he turned out not to be.

That reminds me....I should watch the new episode of House from Tuesday that I taped.

At this point I'm pretty excited about going to college in California. It's a big leap since I know that I won't be able to go home until the holiday breaks. The longest I have actually spent away from home is about......3 and a half weeks I think , because I was working on a project. Usually at my old schools I went home every weekend. My friend who already goes there loves it so, I think I'll like it too. The campus looks pretty anyway :).
I'm looking forward to being in England for my junior year because I've decided that I have have have to take the plunge and live in England for a little while. I just hope it works out.
They have a rule in the dorms apparently that you can't bring instruments that need an amp. so I can't practice at all :(

I'm majoring in psychology so far. I seem to be pretty good at it....or my class could also be just exceptionally easy. Whatever the case, I'm going to pursue it for now...even though I don't really know if I want to do it. Well, I don't know what I want to do with it. I don't really want to go to medical school....but I don't want to be a social worker or a counselor....I just like the subject a lot.

I've recently got into the Clash, Punk , and Ska (70's and early 80's though). 
I have Combat Rock on vinyl, though I think its a bad reissue because it makes a weird noise whenever 's' is said. I can't really explain why I like them...they are just really really awesome. London Calling used to be my favorite because that was all I had. Now, I don't really have a favorite album of theirs but I have several favorite songs namely The Magnificent Seven (especially the live version) and Straight to Hell. They insult the Beatles a few times in songs and it made me a bit mad at first....but now I don't really think about it. Their ska/reggae influenced songs (Rudie Can't Fail, The Guns of Brixton, etc...)  lead me to ska which I also love now too. The Specials are my favorite, though I think they would go under the category of 2 tone which is the punk influenced version of 60's ska. They were an awesome band live (well they are awesome in clips I found on youtube) and I wish I could have seen them.

I want to buy the new Joe Strummer book coming out in May.

My journey into punk has also lead me to the Sex Pistols. I don't know if I like them or not. They are very negative.....very outrageous...very funny at times as well...but if you take away Johnny Rotten's voice it's not threatening at all. I suppose its like musical anger.  Some how they are still interesting to me though.  It surprised me how smart Rotten actually is. The clip of him on Judge Judy is hilarious.

Ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble ramble......... :)
Small post before bed

Congratulations Hugh Laurie for your Golden Globe win, you deserved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

House is my favorite TV show ever!!


Goodnight!! :)

Jan. 1st, 2007

And now, a rare post from me:

Happy New Year everyone!!


SNOW DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I actually had 3 tests today


Nov. 26th, 2006

Haven't posted in awhile so I thought that I'd say something

Ukiby's post made me think about Spiritualism and the nature of God and various things of that nature.

I know that I am agnostic because I question the existence of God in the Christian sense.
What do I believe?
Do I believe that God exists?
Answer is:
I don't know

Now they say that there is no gray area between theism and atheism which is true.
Agnosticism has nothing to do with belief and everything to do with knowledge so that doesn't answer anything.

I still don't know

I think I flip flop between the two.

I suppose I was raised to believe in something higher than myself
I have a lack of proof which for me is lack of belief because I need proof to believe in something.
I'm not always theistic or atheistic.
I suppose that I'm both though obviously not at the same time.

I do know one thing

I really don't like religion.
WOOHOOO the Democrats won the majority in the House and almost the senate. Yaaaayy!!
A new direction for America (hopefully)

And yaaaay!!! Donald Rumsfeld is leaving ^_____^ (the Secretary of Defense if you didn't know that already)

I wish I voted XDDDD I was going to! But I kept on forgetting.

I found out just how much I dislike country music today in weight lifting class. I don't know what it is about it.....it just gets on my last nerve.

I stayed up so late watching the election that I didn't even do my homework and I missed House. I think I got my lucky free day today though because I didn't really have to do any of it. I found out today at lunch that only about half of my senior class is going to graduate. That's really sad. It's useless to drop out in your senior year. It's more worth it to just stick it out.

In English class, my teacher came and taught for about 15 minutes and then told us to read a few sonnets. Then five minutes later some woman ran in the room and said something like " Not to worry, your teacher is just throwing up in the bathroom. I need to be here so that there can be a teacher in the room."o_0.

I go to the library before school everyday...I wish they had more stuff.

This entry is.....scattered