Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Summer Time

It's been a while, but a lot has happened in the meantime. I won't go too deeply into detail. Senior Week was fun, what with Newcastle Beach, the Senior Banquet with Ashley, and Awards Night (I got plenty of those!), and finally Graduation on June 11th, 2004, and everyone loved my speech! (see below). The graduation party at Kristen's house was fun, and I loved the Project Graduation trip. Anthony, who wasone of my roommates, and I got along surprisingly well. Summary: Dunkin' Donuts on the way, fell asleep at 4:30 am, woke up a 6 o'clock am and walked around the hotel with Devan, then back at the room to find my roommates watching porn... well, more like a movie with lots of not-quite-explicit sex, than porn per se. Then going to eat at Au Bon Pain with firends and teachers, and then taking a walk around Boston before the game. It was a beautiful day out. Then we went to the Red Sox game vs. the Dodgers. The Red Sox didn't do so well, to make an understatement.

There was an incident, though. We were sitting in front of a section of Dodgers fans.Later in the game, they decided to parade their big "Go Dodgers!" sign in front of an adjoining section of Red Sox fans. A teacher/chaperone from my school tore down the sign after the Sox fans booed and started throwing some food pieces at them. No violence, it was just that; probably prevented anyone else from throwing a punch or worse, in my opinion. The teacher was still escorted from the game, however. Every one of us supported him though. Him, and a couple of the other teachers apparently had been drinking--I don't know about drunk, but drinking--at the game. Some parent found out and told the Exeter News-Letter and the school superintendent. Such a big deal was made about it, and I'm not sure I think that the superintendent really had any jurisdiction over the matter, since we were all graduated and not part of the school system any longer, and it was all organized and funded by efforts of parents; apparently she reprimaded the teachers in question, but nothing entirely horrible. You see, nearly all of us students were adults, and none of us were drinking or anything (the purpose for Project Graduation is to provide a "Chem-free Graduation Party"), and it isn't as if, being adults, we're impressionable young kids who do exactly what we see our elders doing. It's sad that at least half of those on the trip probably would have been drinking at whatever party they would have been at. Suffice it to say, a couple of teachers drinking, or not drinking, would not have changed lives around.

More recently, I've been working part-time for one of my dad's colleagues, working on removing old computers and replacing them with brand new ones. I enjoy my work, and it's a heck of a lot better than McDonald's or Shaws.

Speaking of computers, I'm getting a brand-spanking-new one; so new it won't arrive until the end of July. DVD drive and a CD burner, 1024 MB memory, 160 GB hard drive, SoundBlaster Audigy 2 audio card, 256 MB ATI Radeon X800 XT video card, 5.1 speakers. About the only thing I wish was different was the monitor - 19" flat screen instead of 19" regular. The Dell printer I ordered with it, however, did arrive, and frankly, it sucks. I'm going to return it, to get a Canon or Epson printer, perhaps... probably Epson.

But anyway, I'm done rambling for now.

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