Archive for September, 2011

On This Day, I Remember

Posted: September 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

On this day, 10 years ago, I sat in freshman geography in disbelief when another student, listening to the radio, claimed that the world trade center had just been hit in New York. I was shaken to my core next period when our principal told us over the announcements that what I heard was true.

The day stands vivid in our imagination. It’s a firm reminder that freedom isn’t free, and that heroes and villains still exist in this world.

I will never forget the events of 9/11/01, and on this day, 10 years later, I remember the sacrifice of a few, the strength of many, and a nation that came together like never before in history.

On this day, I remember.

– The Outlaw


Hey party people. What’s up? That’s a rhetorical question, you don’t need to answer. Well, things are finally starting to settle down around here and become more routine. Lots of things have been happening around the world though, so let’s get into some Updates and New News.

Hockey was served a sobering blow this afternoon in Russia. A plane carrying the Lokomotiv hockey team from Yaroslavl to Minsk crashed this afternoon, killing the majority of the hockey club. All together 43 people were killed in the crash, and another 2 were seriously injured. You guys that know me know that if there is one sport that can really get me going nuts is hockey. My prayers go out to all those that are effected by the deaths of these athletes. It’s a sad day for the world of hockey.

I heard that there was an accident at one of the apartments I was considering before I chose the Retreat. What I had heard is that 3 guys were standing on there balcony of their 3rd floor apartment at the Grove when it collapsed on them and they fell 3 stories. I’m glad now that passed on the Grove. I met a girl at a party that told me that everything they told us about the units was a lie. The layout was wrong, there wasn’t any hot water on move in day, and the apartments just had a lot of dings and scuffs. Spokespeople from the Grove said that the balconies were not meant to be load bearing. I thought that was an absolute load of bull, but seeing how big the balconies actually are, I guess I can believe that.

^This is the unit after the balcony fell.^

^This is a unit with the balcony apparently intact.^

Doesn’t look like there’s much to the balcony. I don’t know if you can really even consider that a balcony. It looks more like an enclosure just so you can have a door to the outside. Weird. Well, my prayers go out to those 3 guys too. I’d be absolutely pissed if I went out on my ‘balcony’ for a smoke and ended up falling 3 stories down to my car.

This stuff is a tad on the depressing side. Let’s move away from all this death and injury. In my last post I was ridiculously excited about Trinity and Chelsie’s wedding. Well, it’s over and done now…and it was AWESOME! The ceremony was so breath-taking and gorgeous. Oh, and I wept. I cried like a baby. I don’t care who knows. This is my friend, whom I have known my entire life, on the best day of his. I held it together for a while, but when he started struggling through his vows, obviously trying to hold himself together, I knew that he was in an emotional state, paramount to anything he has ever felt before. When that realization hit me, that I was witnessing him at the happiest moment of his life to date, it got to me. I’m so proud and happy for Trinity and Chelsie. I know that Trinity reads this, so I’d like to thank you for letting me be part of the best day of your life. It’s not a privilege that I take lightly, like a few others.
And the reception was off the chain too. It sucks that my date had to leave early for whatever reason, but I didn’t let it ruin my fun. Even though those tux shoes were digging into my heals, I was out there dancing about as much as I could.
I hope that they have a truly awesome time in Jamaica. A little someone close to them packed a little “care package” for them to ensure that they have fun. May the force be with you Trin.

Hmm, what else do I have going on. I can’t really think of much. Things are kind of calming down a little now that I’m back at home and school is on.
Ooh, had a date last night! Well kind of. Julia, one of the Bruce’s foreign exchange students from high school came into town for the wedding. I got pretty close to her while she was here, at least as friendly as possible. And I certainly missed her when she left. I really wanted to spend some one on one time with her before she left, and fortunately she had a free afternoon. So, I decided to take her out to dinner last night so we could catch up on lost time. Good times were had.

It’s been a good week for me. Hopefully things continue on that way, and that the rest of the world starts looking a little brighter as well.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– The Outlaw

Hey boys and girls and androgynous figures of questionable gender. I’m back in Denton, back from great and pleasant land of California. Ah, I miss the weather, the city, the Nika…oh Texas, why must thou torture me with the continuous heat. They say that the heat should be subsiding soon. I’ll believe it when it shows up on my doorstep.

Enough about the weather, let’s talk about….me! So, Updates and New News. At this point, school has been back in session for about a week. I know I left y’all hanging about the status of that one RTF class. Well, they said that it would pop up on the website if I got into it, and I never saw anything. I didn’t even know for sure if there were going to be any drops in there. It was wishful thinking, I’ll get it next semester. With that decided, I know the classes that I’m sticking with through this semester. One of them is:

MGMT 3330.001 Communications in Business

Do actually need this class….no. Right now, it’s filling the spot of an elective. My electives are full, so I’m essentially just taking it for the hell of it. It’s a business class though, and since I want to own my own business at some point, it’s probably not a bad class to take.

The other class I’m in(yes, I said other, not others. I did get my application in late, lest we not forget) is:

SPAN 1010.001 and SPAN 1020.001 Elementary Spanish

If you think that doesn’t read correctly, don’t adjust your monitors, let me explain. There were 3 sections for Elementary Spanish. Sections 2 and 3 were both heavy computer classes, and I’ve learned that me and computer classes don’t mix. The one class that I didn’t get an A in at TCC was a computer class, so there you go. The 1st section, the only one left, was an accelerated course. Accelerated in the sense that in one semester, we are going to knock out two classes worth of knowledge. And we are going fast.

¡Hola! Me llamo Corey. Encantado ¿Comó estás?

Well that’s what they drove in on day one. We’re barely into week 1 and we’re already in chapter 2. I’m glad I have a lot of time on my hands, well at least glad that I’m not a full time student. I’m going to need a lot of time to focus on this class. I’ll have a hard enough time focusing in class, our professor is very easy on the eyes. I wish I had her permission to put a picture of her up, believe me, she has my full attention…but not on the book.

I’m getting excited. In two days, one of my best friends is getting married to the girl he loves. I gotta give a shout out, Trinity Bruce and Chelsie Carr, I am so happy and excited for you both! I like to consider myself an accomplished crafter of words, but I can’t put the words together to describe how incredibly ecstatic I am that my friends are going to join themselves together in holy matrimony. It’s such a beautiful thing. I just, wow, so excited. I can’t let myself ramble on here, so I have to force myself to move on.

It’s weird being out on my own again. Well, so to speak. I’m hardly on my own…I mean, I have 3 roommates and live only 45 minutes from my parents house. But I AM out of the house, living my life on my own terms. I find myself looking around my room every now and then and finding it hard to believe that it’s not connected to a house where my parents are downstairs. This is going to test me this year. I’ve been on a good track for several years now, but I think up to this point I’ve just been beta testing a new version of myself. I’m still waiting to see if the actual new version of myself is going to function like the beta did when its roots are transplanted to a new soil.

I hope I surprise myself. I’m optimistic that I can keep myself from reverting back onto my old tendencies. Before I went to TCC, I didn’t really have the best track record. Hell, I might as well just have taken my first year off after high school. I loved my time at the University of Oklahoma, probably a little too much. I formed some bad habits then, and it’s taken me a long time to break them. What was the catalyst to the formation of these bad habits? Freedom. For the first time I was out on my own, and I wanted to take full advantage of it. I honestly wasn’t ready.

I know now what kind of work it takes to succeed in university studies. But I’m also free again. Let’s see how this plays out. Like I said, I’m optimistic.

That’s a little bit of an aloof, mysterious note to leave y’all on. So I’ll leave y’all with a little bit of hope. I cooked dinner for myself the other night. Self sufficiency baby steps. It ain’t much, but it’s a start. I can make it. I can do this.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– The Outlaw