April 16th, 2007

Fiona and me in the snow

A good Sunday!

I haven't written since Friday because really, I didn't do much of anything really of warrant to write about yesterday. I figure that it would be a good idea to write now though so I don't forget things.

Church went well this morning, and as it mostly is in this ward that I'm in, the talks were good. I've gone to other wards (one that is) where not everyone could put together a scripturally based yet spiritually motivated message. I enjoy going to church now, and that, to me, is the important thing. That, and I feel spiritually fulfilled, which is essential when you're looking for a church to attend. A church where you have friends, and not spirituality, will not be there in tough times when your friends are away. A church where you have friends and a good spiritual atmosphere will always be there for you in those tough times, even when you feel totally alone.

After church, I went to my friend Stacy's family home. Stacy's dad teaches one of the Institute classes I take, and for a while now, he's been telling me that I need to come out so I can play him some cribbage. I was sad when I knew that I would be going to my internship, and wouldn't get to play cribbage with other people than my friend Neil and my Grandma. Not that I don't enjoy playing with these people, but it is fun to play with new people, especially those you don't know much about their playing style. The cribbage showdown commenced today, and, for me, it was a disaster. Me and another guy, Jason, came with Stacy and Ephraim (married), and we played two three person games. Both games, Jason beat myself and Stacy's Dad hands-down. It was interesting to play three handed cribbage, I hadn't done that before, and it's really less predictable than two handed cribbage. After getting beat twice, Ephraim decided that he'd want to learn how to play cribbage, and so we played a four handed game (two teams) cribbage gamem. It definitely goes faster than a two person game, but it was really fun. Jason and Stacy's Dad beat us yet again. Definitely wasn't my evening for cribbage for sure. Stacy's Dad and I played a game together, but abandoned it due to the fact that he forgot to change directions as he went around the board. It is not a good idea to get lost on a cribbage board. It is your point calculator, and if you start going the wrong direction (backward rather than forward), there's no GPS to rescue you.

Not only did we have fun playing games, but we ate tasty steak and other stuff, and sang songs. It was overall, a really good day! Maybe next time, I can win some games, for sure.

Probably should get to bed, seeing as it's past midnight. I would have finished early, but I got distracted, and started reading a new book The Prestige, which the movie was based on. Seems as if it should be a really neat book, and though it won't help me finish the other books I have been delaying reading, it will be enjoyable.

I'm looking forward to more fun plans this week. More soon. I'll have to get up early for my jazz piano lesson, so I'm off.
Fiona and me in the snow

a somber sad day

I'm pretty shocked right now. I came bak from getting food for Fiona, and found out about the shooting at Virginia Tech. I left this morning before ten (probably about 9:20 or so) and CNN had someone on talking about the shooting, but no details were really available at the time. I am not sure what to say here, but this reminds me of how I felt after the Columbine shooting. This time, the worst shooting rampage in American history happened at a college campus, and I'm not sure, as a college student, what I feel. Though it seems as if it is a huge deal, and for the students at the VT campus, it is, I don't feel less safe at the University of Arkansas. The reality is, one man can cause this much carnage at any university in any place. I guess this is the price we pay for a free society. Makes me wonder what questions will be asked after this tragedy. Are we really safe? Are guns really bad? Are our only enemies terrorists? I don't know the answers to these questions, and I don't want to speculate or debate. I don't think it's fair to introduce the politics of gun control into today's discussions when so much innocent life has been lost.

Every day, we are bombarded by fear-based stories. From what will cause cancer, to what might kill you because of defective equipment, to stories concerning school safety; are we safe anywhere in this country? All we can hope is that the stories we see tomorrow will be better than today's 33 killed in Blacksburg, and five killed today in Iraq. The Blacksburg tragedy is over, innocentblood has been shed, and now, we must cope and move on. There's got to be some good news today, and watching CNN probably isn't going to be where I find it.
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Fiona and me in the snow

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I've decided to leave new off and go for listening to new stuff on napster. Right now, I'm listening to Mark O'Connor (a pretty famous fiddler) play with Yo Yo ma and Edgar Myer (a famous cellist and bassist). Very cool to hear a reel played with very unlikely instruments. It's also interesting to remember that much of what we call Americana music has many of its roots in Celtic music. I'm going to need to otain some of this guy's music. Just heard it on XM and it's such a neat mix. Though what less could I expect from Yo-Yo Ma?

It's good to put the news aside, read my book, and listen to music. The book is progressing along. As I am reading this book in braille, I'm only up to page like 50 or so and I just started today, but my arms tend to get tired if I read lots at a time.

I'm going in to Bell tomorrow for sure to play with tactiles and maybe even design something. Sitting doing nothing, though I am enjoying it, really gets old at times. I'll need to tag this entry as a note to myself when I actually have lots to do when I'm working.

Well, that's about all for me for today. Two entries should do it, I would say. Going back to reading and listening. More soon.