Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Well, it's almost Turkey Day, and I get to go home for the weekend. So I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and I'll try to blog at least once when I'm gone from my room.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

In other news . . . I got an A on my biology midterm!!! Yay me!! 19/20 on the essay! I should do really good in the class overall, if I keep this up.

More questions to be answered....Topics blog questions!!
At the end of a long hard day, what do you do to unwind?

Well, listening to music is a must. If I really want to relax, I'll put it on the speakers instead of headphones. CD's, mp3's, radio, whatever. I also like to watch tv, just see what's on. I chat online, or look at websites. Or blog! :)
Which woman from history would you most like to meet? Why? What would you ask her? Would you like to be her?

Hmmm maybe Marilyn Monroe. Why? Because she was a great actress, not to mention beautiful and NORWEGIAN!! I'd probably ask her about what it was like being the most wanted woman in America, and maybe get the dirt on what REALLY happened with Joe Dimaggio and Jack Kennedy.
Are there any special rituals or exercises you do to clear writer's block? If so, please share them and describe what you do.

If I'm writing an essay, I definitely make sure to look at the question being asked and see if I am answering it correctly. I also try not to spend too much time on one sub-topic; I like to keep the essay flowing from one thing to the next.

If I am writing a poem, I try to visualize what I want to write about, or conjure up the emotions I want to express. Then I just try to put them into words. But no matter what, I really do visualize things, probably because that's what the poem should do to a reader. Basically I convert ideas and emotions and visuals into poetic form. Or non-poetic form, lol, cause I rarely rhyme.
Do you speak another language? If you do, how long did it take you to learn? Are you fluent? Was it difficult for you? Are there any other languages you'd like to learn? If you don't speak another language, what language would you like to learn? Why?

Yes, I speak Norwegian. I guess I kind of also speak Swedish and Danish, because it's all pretty much the same language. It took me two years to really get into it good, and that's all the school offered in Norwegian anyway. I am NOT fluent, and I read it better than I speak it. It was difficult, but not as difficult as Spanish. Norwegian isn't that hard for an English speaker who is willing to work at it. As for other languages, I'd like to learn French, German, and maybe Icelandic. However, I doubt I will ever get to learn these languages as they are all hard to learn and take a lot of time and effort. But I do know a few phrases, so that's good.

Time for This or That:

Thanksgiving! If you are not American, you might want to skip this one...that's okay! If you are Canadian, just consider this to be a little late!

Have a happy holiday!

1. Stuffing: baked inside the turkey, or separately? Inside I guess, just out of tradition.
2. Fresh or frozen turkey? Fresh!!
3. Cranberry sauce: jellied or whole berry? Whole berry!
4. Stay home or visit friends/relatives? Visit relatives!!
5. Do you cook Thanksgiving dinner, or let someone else do it? Let someone else do it!!
6. Traditional turkey dinner, or an alternative (such as vegetarian)? Traditional!!
7. Regular potatoes or sweet potatoes? Regular.
8. Homemade gravy, or the jarred stuff? Homemade!!
9. What part of the turkey do you prefer...dark or white meat? White for me. I've always liked white meat only.
10. After dinner: football or Christmas movies? Football movies with a Christmas theme. Haha not! I guess just listening to people tell stories.

Sunday, November 24, 2002

Isn't TV great?

If I believe what I just saw on a commercial, the act of simply ASKING my doctor about Viagra will make people notice me and ask what's different about me. Yeah RIGHT!

Musical epiphany time. The Goo Goo Dolls are DAMN GOOD!! They can play their instruments well. Johnny Rzeznik has a great, emotional voice. And he can write lyrics like nobody's business!

"And I'd give up forever to touch you, cause I know that you feel me somehow"
"When everything feels like the movies, yeah you bleed just to know you're alive"
"And how can the world want me to change, they're the ones that stay the same"

See, good stuff. I am thinking of their songs a lot because Johnny Rzeznik's video has been on tv a lot, and I saw them on VH1 storytellers the other day. When you start to really LISTEN to the songs, it brings you a whole new view on things.

In other news, I have completed my biology project!! Woohoo!! Free time is coming soon, I hope. Oh, and I've updated the links on the left side of this page. I update them quite a bit now. You should all look at some of them, especially some of the blogs. And the music links, these are great bands that I love and listen to a lot.

Saturday, November 23, 2002

I usually don't post complete song lyrics, like many other bloggers. But I felt the need to share these with you. It's the song "I'm still here" by John Rzeznik, that I was talking about yesterday. This is GOOD stuff people!
"I'm still here"
by John Rzeznik

I am a question to the world
Not an answer to be heard
Or a moment that's held in your arms

And what do you think you'd ever say
I won't listen anyway
You don't know me
And I'll never be what you want
Me to be

And what
Do you think you'd understand
I'm boy, no, I'm a man
You can't take me
And throw me away

And how
Can you learn what's never shown
Yeah, you stand here on your own
They don't know me
'Cause I'm not here

And I want a moment to be real
Want to touch things I don't feel
Wanna hold on and feel I belong

And how can the world want me to change
They're the ones that stay the same
They don't know me
'Cause I'm not here

And you see the things they never see
All you wanted - I could be
Now you know me
And I'm not afraid

And I want to tell you who I am
Can you help me be a man
They can't break me
As long as I know who I am


And how can the world want me to change
They're the ones that stay the same
They can't see me
But I'm still here

They can't tell me who to be
'Cause I'm not what they see
Yeah, the world is still sleepin' while I keep on dreaming for me
And their words are just whispers and lies that I'll never believe


And how can you say I'll never change
They're the ones that stay the same
I'm the one now
'Cause I'm still here

I'm the one
'Cause I'm still here
I'm still here
I'm still here
I'm still here

Friday, November 22, 2002

Quick thought before class. I was watching the new John Rzeznik video on MTV (he's the lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls). It occurred to me that, if a lead singer goes solo . . . it isn't THAT much different from what the song would sound like if it were done by the Goo Goo Dolls. So why bother? Profits, my friend, profits. And all the credit goes to him. Also, don't you hate when an artist puts out a "solo" album but gets help from the bandmates?? And if he has a new band, why don't they have a name? It's all in who gets the credit.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

A semi-productive day. Most of the afternoon was spent studying for the second midterm exam in Biology. I finished in about 40 minutes, and I think I did pretty well. Not quite so sure on the multiple choice, but I suspect I aced the essay. As usual, we took some time getting the tests handed out. Communication was severely lacking, because we picked up the scantrons from the table at the bottom of the room. Well, I only figured that out after seeing others go get it. Otherwise I'd have waited for them to be handed out to us. Also, how hard is it to count the number of people in a row, and give them the exact number of exams they need? They either give us too few, or too many and then people don't know where to pass the extras. It was kind of funny to see most of the seats filled up. It shows how many people skip lecture! I would not be surprised if people just read the book, and come in for the exams (at least on days when question sets aren't given out). Of course, if the prof lectured on stuff NOT straight out of the book, this might not happen.

Ok, that was my biology exam rant. This is gonna be a busy weekend. Lots of reading, and I hope to finish both of my papers by Sunday. The history paper isn't going well, because as usual I have not picked a good topic to write on. It seems everything I want to write about has not been written about too much by others. Or perhaps our library is not as comprehensive as the university makes it out to be. Anyway, I'm slogging around on that and hope to finish it by Saturday night if I can. Also on tap this weekend is the football Civil War, U of O vs. OSU. It almost didn't get televised, but it will be. There was a dispute between the Eugene media company that produces the UO games, and the OSU people. They chose to go with a neutral team of broadcasters, thus managing to NOT piss off the entire state minus Portland State fans. I'll see if I can't get some of this work done during the game, or at least during commercials. And on Wednesday . . . I go home! Thanksgiving is great!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

It's Tuesday . . sort of. So it's time once again for.....This or That!!

Potpourri, Part Two!

1. Long or short hair? Short for guys, long for ladies.
2. Microwave or conventional oven? Microwave.
3. Plain or Peanut M&M's? I'm gonna have to go with plain, they are classic.
4. "101 Dalmations"...animated or live-action version? Oh boy . . . animated, I guess.
5. Drink out of bottle/can or pour into a glass? Pour into a glass with ice.
6. Sunlight or moonlight? Moonlight. It's more romantic, and it doesn't give you CANCER!
7. Kermit the Frog or Miss Piggy? Nah . . . tie between Swedish Chef and Animal.
8. Glasses or contact lenses (or neither)? For me, glasses. For others, contacts I guess.
9. Action movies or chick flicks? Action movies starring chicks!!!
10. Toilet seat...up or down? Up.
And now for that promised Topics Blog question . . .

I started my own blog back in March. Since then, I have met many people through blogging. What are your likes/dislikes about blogging?

My likes about blogging are that you get to peer into the lives and minds of so many people around the world. It's a way for the average person to get out there and maybe make a mark on the world. Or at least to have people know about their thoughts and activities. I also like the camraderie (sp?) that blogging inspires. People link to each other, comment to each other, get to know each other. Great fun. Also, you can keep up on what your friends are up to, if they have a blog of their own.

Dislikes about blogging . . . Well, sometimes I wonder if what I write is making a worthwhile contribution to the bank of knowledge that is the world wide web. Am I just wasting my time by publishing this stuff? I also don't like when I have no clue if anyone actually reads it (ok I KNOW I bitch about that a lot . . . but still..). I know there are at least a handful who do read it, and I'm sure there are more who come in randomly. But I always wonder if what I post will get read. Ok enough about that part. I also don't like that there is just SO much out there to read. It's quite a chore to keep up with my favorite blogs, all of them. But, hey, it's still fun! I suppose those are my only dislikes about blogging.

Ok folks sorry for that rambling answer, but there's my opinion on blogging, take it as you will.

Monday, November 18, 2002

Today I went out to the duck pond to continue my science class project. It was raining, but them duckies were still out there, swimming around and chasing each other. I'll have to go out there in the spring when the weather isn't so horrible and I'm not there because I have to be. I think being out there will be quite peaceful. Same with the footbridge over the river. Why didn't I do this stuff two years ago?? I think I've taken this wonderful campus for granted, and that is truly a terrible thing.

I don't buy presents for people very often, but there is one person who I do buy for. And I think I've found the perfect gifts for that individual. I haven't bought them yet, but I think they will be nearly the perfect gifts.

Watch out! Kila has put me in a "Celtic mood" this week, so I'm rediscovering the joys of listening to Lunasa and Afro Celt Sound System. ACSS was rumored to come here last year (which is why i discovered them in the first place), and if they do end up coming this way, I MUST go to their show!

A topics blog question is forthcoming, later on tonight.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

*Update* Chicky's site/webspace provider was having problems, it's fixed now. But Chicky and Ed are having money problems, and may not have net access for long. Damn.

ARRRRGH!! More bad news for blogs . . . Chicky and Ed's sites seem to have completely disappeared! Either something went wrong, or they are making a new site. If Ed or Chicky reads this, and y'all know what's going on, leave a comment.

Saturday, November 16, 2002

A blogger has been saved from non-blogging. Yay!

In other news, Friday we got our test results back for the midterm in Economics. I got an A+!!!!!!!! Way to go, me!!! Busy weekend now, I have papers to get busy on and other various things to do. Only a few more weeks left in this term! Wow! Time sure does go by fast.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Time for Topics Blog question answering!!

Who knows you better, your family or your friends?

I think I know myself better than anyone. I'm sure there are things my family knows that my friends don't, and vice-versa. And I think there are a couple people who know me better than all the others.

Do you ever listen to the radio? If so, where do you mostly listen to it? What are your favorite stations?

I DO listen to the radio, but not often. I listen to it more when I am at my house, than when I'm at the dorm. I'm not sure why that is. I listen to it laying on my bed, or when I'm on the computer. Lately I have been listening to the "new rock" station a lot. I've been way into the guitar sound since my sister and I started learning it. I love "loveline" too, way funny. I don't listen to top-40 anymore . . . guess I'm more into people who make their own music now. I also listen to the college and independent stations, stations where you will hear many different sounds. I especially like the celtic music show on Sundays. I try to listen to it whenever I can remember to.

Three bloggers who I read quite regularly have decided to take breaks from their blogging. That sucks! I don't know about others, but I kind of get attached to some of these blogs, and the people who write them. I suppose the nature of blogging is that the readers do form a connection because the blogger's life is shared with those readers. Well, I'll just have to find some more blogs to read, I guess. Hey, if you are reading this and you want me to read YOUR blog, why not leave the url in my comments? :) *shameless ploy to get more comments muahahaha*

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

All right! Well, I’m back from the Kila concert, and it was a blast! There were six guys there: A guy playing bass guitar (very well I might add), a guy who mostly played acoustic guitar and djembe, Ronan who mostly played Bodhran and other percussion instruments, a guy who played low whistle and guitar, a bagpiper, and a guy who played flute, sax, whistle, and percussion. The set lasted about an 2 and a half hours, including intermission and encore. They were missing their fiddler, which distressed me greatly because fiddle is a key part of Irish music.

They played a lot of traditional-sounding Irish tunes, with flute and pipes, backed by guitars, and underneath all that the WONDERFUL bodhran playing of Ronan. These were great tunes that got to almost a drone quality, very hypnotic, as Irish music can be. Other songs were more percussion oriented, more rock oriented. They had great energy, building and building, with the percussion rocking out throughout the whole song. They can really groove with those drums. Ronan sang on some songs, he sang in Irish in a fashion I would describe as “Irish rap.” It’s quite entertaining. His band mates backed him up with their own vocals, and they got into some amazing harmonies. Some of the songs just featured the drums and percussion, and that worked well. One of my fav songs was done without the other instruments, just the percussion. It worked good, I must admit.

They also did a few slower songs, including an acapella Irish tune by one of the band members. That was when they started getting a tad bit political, which is excusable. Most of them shared emcee duties, and all displayed that trademark Irish sense of humor. They were very accommodating to the crowd, and even let a BUNCH of people come on stage to dance. They stayed there through the whole set. The group even did a song dedicated to a guy who comes to their shows often, I suppose. An old guy with a long gray beard, kind of a mystic hippie type. The band did an encore after the crowd stood on their feet, clapped and chanted “KILA! KILA!” That was a great tune, one of their new ones. Started out slow, and then gained speed.

Well that was my Kila experience. I loved it, and I recommend their shows to anyone who appreciates Irish music and loves having a good time. You can really groove out to these guys.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

I REALLY should have been an oompa-loompa, but they didn't have that option

Well, folks, looks like I'm Charlie!

Are you a Charlie, or a Veruca? Which "Willy Wonka" kid are you?

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"Michael Bolton . . . like the singer?"

Hmmm interesting. And - what girlfriend?? I don't even have an annoying girlfriend.

What Office Space character are you?

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Monday, November 11, 2002

Listening to "Are You In?" by Incubus and filling out this week's This or That. This is gonna be fun!
1. Hershey's Kisses: with or without almonds? Without.
2. Wizard of Oz: Scarecrow or Tin Man? I always liked the scarecrow for some reason, maybe because he was the first one of the travelers to join with Dorothy.
3. Meat eater or vegetarian? Meat!! Meat!!
4. Buy books or borrow them? Buy them, without a doubt. I can never get enough books, even though I NEVER read most of them. But I will someday, wait and see!
5. At the bank: ATM or human teller? ATM if you need to get the money quick. Human if you have some time. Some of those female bank tellers are really cute! And sooo nice too!
6. Oil or gas (or other) heat? How 'bout an old fashioned fireplace?
7. Pen or pencil? Pen. Or better - erasable pen!
8. Drive or use public transit? I don't drive right now, so public transit for me.
9. Who IS James Bond: Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan (or any of the others in between)? I believe there is a little James Bond in all of us.
10. Your ideal breakfast: full (bacon/sausage, eggs, pancakes, etc) or continental (bagels, muffins, fruit, cereal)? I'd say full without the eggs. My dream breakfast is 1 waffle, 1 pancake, 1 piece of french toast, lots of syrup and butter, bacon, a KFC biscuit, and a big glass of Orange Juice. And some smokees.
The Kila concert is a YES!! Purchased the tickets today, I can't wait. I love going to concerts. I also can't wait to see who else might come our way.

My biology project is to watch ducks in the Millrace and see why they quack. The rain kind of tapered off today, so I got out there and made some observations. Yay for that! Hopefully I can get out there a few more times and really do this project right. Also, we had a midterm today in Economics. I think I did OK on it. We'll see how the grading goes, maybe I'll do really good with a curve.

Well that is all for now. Details about how the Kila concert went, later on this week!!

Sunday, November 10, 2002

*edit on 11/15* Well crapola, the image has disappeared. I can't even remember what the description was. Sorry about that folks.

Wow, some of this is true too.

i'm a hamster.what kinda pet are you?
quiz made by muna.

Saturday, November 09, 2002

Well folks, with some luck I may be going to see the Irish music band "Kila" at the Hult Center in Eugene on Wednesday!!! *BIG smile* My mom and perhaps my sister will go with me. Kila is a self-described "nua traditional" group. If I were to describe them, though, I'd say they are a bit like Afro Celt Sound System, but without the electronica elements. Their music is quite eclectic to my ears.

Groups like this only come to Eugene once in a while, and so I like to take advantage when I can. This is one of those times, and hopefully I'll get to go for sure. I'm still kicking myself for missing Lunasa, one of my FAVORITE celtic groups ever, last year. So if I can make the Kila show, things will be good. And it's a way of getting away from the schoolwork for a while.

For more information about Kila, including sound clips and videos, go to their homepage at

Friday, November 08, 2002

Well, the time has come. It is now raining in Oregon. Even though I've lived here all my life, it's always hard to get used to walking around in wetness after a summer and fall of dryness. Things you take for granted - like not being COLD, and not having your coat, pants, and backpack SOAKING wet - disappear. So I'll have to get used to the rain again. I'm thinking of buying an umbrella so that my gear wont get soaked through.

Well, this looks like an easier weekend than last weekend. I hope I can get some good weather to do my biology project. I may just go out on Sunday, rain or not. Oh, and the UO football squad plays Washington State (#5 in the country) tomorrow. Good luck boys, you'll need it.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

I got all the multiple choice answers on the Biology midterm right!!! I rule!!!

Today in the newspaper there was a very interesting article about Oregon Duck football coach Mike Bellotti and his sports-playing family, how they all work with the hectic schedules, and how the kids deal with being Mike Bellotti's kids. I'm not going to bother linking it here, since it will be offline on the Register-Guard website within two weeks. Oh, and in other news, the guys at the campus pizza place gave me some free pizza in addition to the two slices I bought. Rock on!!

The previous post is my bio for this site. I figured readers might want to know who I am before they start reading what I write. To simplify things, I wrote my bio in a blog post, and linked it on my links on the left side of the page, up near the top. So if you are wondering what that post below is, now you know.
*Edit* Geez . . . I've made changes to that bio at least twice now. I KNEW I'd think of other things to say.

Tonight on Biography . . . RF Duck
*updated as of 11/8/06*
I am currently 26 years old, living in Eugene, Oregon, land of the retired Deadheads and the greatest proportion of vegetarian foods to non-vegetarian foods in the nation. I graduated from the University of Oregon in the summer of 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. I'm 1/4 Norwegian, and I'm also Swedish, German, Danish, Polish and English. I took two years of Norwegian in college and I can read it at a decent level . . . hmm gotta learn more someday.

I LOVE music - all kinds. Especially international and folk music. Celtic, Cajun, latin, bluegrass, Scandinavian, bagpipes, bascially any kind of European music. Jazz, ska, reggae fiddle music. Some rap and R&B. Rock of ALL sorts. Jeff Buckley, Aerosmith, Incubus, Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Foo Fighters, Stevie Ray Vaughan. I could go on and on. But my favorite group right now is the Afro Celts (aka Afro Celt Sound System)!!

I also love to read. I read the classics, I read novels, I read biographies, I read sports books. I read and write poetry. I try to keep up with the newspapers, and I read Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News often. I love to surf the internet and see what kinds of knowledge I can gain. There is so much to see and learn. I love to chat too, and meet people from all over the world. I don't watch TV that much, but when I do I like to watch VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, TLC, Discovery Channel, Food Network and occasionally the networks. I don't really watch anything with any regularity, but some of my favorite shows are Whose Line Is It Anyway, History Detectives, Reno 911, Mythbuster, Scrubs, Music Videos, and many more. (That may make it seem like I watch a lot of TV, but I don't. Really!)

Overall, I am a fun loving guy who likes to relax, take it slow, work hard but also take ample time to enjoy myself. Well now you know more about me, and if I can think of anything else to put here I will update this post at a later date.

Monday, November 04, 2002

It's time once again for This or That:

The recreation edition!

1. Art or science museum? Science museum, because there's a greater chance you'll get to play around with stuff!
2. Play or watch sports? Watch sports, I'm not very athletic.
3. Zoo or circus? Maybe the circus, because there's food and you don't have to walk around.
4. Theater: film or live on stage? huh? Well, if this means movies/plays, I'd say both.
5. Rock concert or the symphony? Rock concert!!
6. Movies: see them in a theater or wait for DVD/VHS? Theater!! But either go twice, or rent, to see the parts you didn't quite understand or didn't hear very well.
7. Board games or computer/video games? Video/computer games.
8. Hobbies: crafts (art, cooking, home repair, etc) or collecting (coins, stamps, rocks, etc)? Collecting, I'd say. I used to collect hockey cards.
9. Watch TV or read a book? Read a book. But sometimes TV is good too.
10. Eating out: fancy, white-tablecloth restaurant or casual dining? Casual place. Eating should be enjoyable, not expensive and nerve-wracking
Ok now that's over with . . .

I KNOW the "posted by" stuff is small. I might fool around sometime and try to get it bigger, or get it to show up better. But for now, I think you all can read it and see it, so that's the important part.

I might skin the archives (or at least the part blogger will let me skin) some time later, but for now I'll leave that too. Basically, I am happy that the perma-links work, the comments work, the links are the way I like them, and the columns are a decent size. It took me a lot of fooling around to get it that way. And, since I have the old one saved, all I'd have to do is copy and paste to the blog template, and all would be the way it used to be. However, if this current template works out well, I'll keep it cause it looks AWESOME!

That's all for now. I'll try to think of something interesting to say tomorrow. Until then, take care everyone.

As you have already noticed - my blog has a new look!! I love this template, but it's been giving me problems. So far so good now, and I hope it continues that way. If things get bad, I'll switch to my previous layout. Let me know what you think about it!

I DID IT!!!!! I finished "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." Took me long enough! But now I'm 2/3 of the way through the series, and I'm prepared for the movie, which is going to be GREAT!

A semi-productive weekend . . . and a Duck win, yay!!

I had much reading to do this weekend, which was not that fun. I must keep up, I MUST! I had to make a library visit, and when the visit is for paper research purposes, it's not too much fun. Stacks and stacks of books gets boring after a while, and they keep it mucho hot in that place! It's freezing outside so I must wear my big coat, but when I get in the place it's warm and that makes the whole process rushed and uncomfortable. Also, the stacks are kind of hard to navigate without looking at a map of them. Not to mention the fact that I HATE HATE HATE getting books from the top shelf. Well, ok, enough whining from me about the library. It is actually a really cool place, with lots of books to look at and research. They have an archive of every Sports Illustrated! I know for a fact that after graduation I will wish I spent more time there.

Is it week 6 in school already?? Wow. Time sure does go by fast. The funny thing is that, after this, I'll just have a constant stream of work, weekend, and occasionally not work. No "week 6" or "grade" or "graduation." Just living day to day, week to week, year to year. Until the Big graduation - retirement.

Wow. I actually managed to say something worth listening to today. What a great feeling.

Friday, November 01, 2002

Ok, think I'll answer some Topic Blog questions tonight:

Have you ever heard a song and think that the song must be about you? If so, what song and how does it relate to you?
Yes, I have. The song is "Love Song For No One" by that great young singer/songwriter, John Mayer. It's a song about searching for love, or hoping love finds you, and wondering who it will be and when they'll come. It's kind of tough to know there must be someone out there for you and you want them to come, but you keep waiting. I can relate to that.

Have you ever thought of playing a musical instrument?
I can sort of play instruments. I started the D tone Irish Tin Whistle last summer, and I'm ok on it. Wish I could do more with it, like play actual songs. I'm also starting on guitar, but I'm not too serious about it. I play around on it and stuff, learning little bits of songs. Guitar is hard for someone like me with small hands and fingers. I'd love to learn Violin/fiddle too, although that might be a bit loud for a dorm room. I wish I had more musical talent, because I like music so much that it's hard to supress the urge to make some of your own.

If you could invent a holiday, what would it celebrate? What day would it be?
Where to begin on this one?? Well, for starters, Jeff Buckley day. Or maybe Jeff and Tim Buckley day. Umm let's see . . . Hockey day? Or Music Day . . . by law you must listen to a minimum 10 hours of music on that day, dancing at every available opportunity. And definitely a Lady Salana festival, for a week straight ;) doing whatever she tells us to do.

So did you dress up for Halloween? What did you do for the big event? Have you started making your holiday season plans yet?
Dressed as a college student.....big stretch eh? For Halloween, I listened to lots of music, watched the making of Michael Jackson's new video "Ghosts", and went to Dairy Queen for dinner. That was my trick or treating for the evening. As for holiday plans . . . I'm just gonna go home, chill out and enjoy family. And food. Maybe make lefse. I hope this xmas season is as good as last year's. Last year I kindled a loving friendship, and that was the greatest gift I could ever receive.

Do you like candy?
No, I don't enjoy satisfying my pallete with sugary bunches of goodness, melting down my throat and making me warm and smiley all over. Ok, please note the heavy use of sarcasm in the previous sentence. Today at lunch they had these awesome chocolate chip cookies. I wasn't in the mood for sweet stuff, but they were sooooo good I just couldn't help myself.