Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday, May 12

Hey hey, happy Monday. So, current status:

I have a 2.4 GPA right now, but that's only because of AP season. I'm done with all that now, so I can start building my 4.0 back up. I don't think winning it back will be much of a problem.

My college plans have changed a bit from what they were forever ago. I'm still going to Utah State, and I'm so excited about that. I'm planning on marketing right now, but that might change in the near future. I'm going to one year of school, then I'm planning on serving a two-year mission. When I get back, I'm hoping to transfer somewhere. BYU is a good choice, but if I get the itch, I might just go somewhere super prestigious (if they'll let me... and pay for it) in the East or something. We'll see what happens.

I am slated to graduate, no issues there.

I never made the announcement here, but I am speaking at graduation. I'm not the valedictorian or the salu-whatever, but I sure am an academic honoree. There were 10 of us with 4.0s, so the admins decided to let one of us speak. We haggled it out amongst ourselves, and we settled on me. I gave my first draft to Ward and Padjen today, and got the go ahead on it. I ran at about 3 minutes, 20 seconds. My allotment is only three minutes, but they told me I could go over if I had to. I'm going to do a lot of revising on it, but I think it'll work out. It's not exactly what I wanted for my speech, but it'll be pretty good I hope. I'ma try to keep it under wraps till graduation night, but we'll see how well that goes. I'm a bit nervous about it, but I'm excited about the opportunity.

I haven't run forever. I want to start doing that.

We just took the Wuthering Heights test in English. I did decent. I didn't really enjoy the book, but it was alright. I didn't like how every character was a dirtbag. I just really like good people. The terrifying thing about the test was that I started to relate myself to wuthering heights, and it started making sense. Yep, there are lessons in wuthering heights for me. How ridiculous is that?

Which leads me to my next point. Maybe it's the fact that it's May (you know, the lusty month of May...), but I've been spending a whole lot more time worrying about things that aren't calculus than I have about things that are calculus. Granted, the calculus test is over, but that doesn't automatically tell me to lose my mind, right?

Suffice it to say that there's a situation. I've even made a few graphs to better understand the situation. I've been using a Reimann upper-bound estimation to make a little more sense of it all, but it's not accurate enough to make a decent call. Next step: try the trapezoidal action. If that doesn't work, I'll see what the TI-86 has to say about it.

The senior dinner dance, as a dance, was not super great. I'll give it four out of ten stars. It was a good evening, and I'm really glad I went. I just wasn't too thrilled with the music. It's interesting to see demographics. From what I understand, the isntruction to the DJ was specifically rap heavy with little to no slow dancing. I did my best to change that up, but we still didn't get one hundred percent of what we wanted. It's hard for me to realize that not everybody wants what I want though. The people that I associate with all like the music I like, more or less. When a rap song would come up, we'd sorta migrate to the outside, but everybody else would come pouring onto the floor to dance. It was interesting to note that the DJ was pulling more people in when he'd do a song I hated than when he'd do a song I'd like.

Moral of the story? I think I was actually the minority at the dance. I wanted a million more slow songs. I miss region dances.

This brings up the idea of pseudo-prom. It's an idea I've had kicking around for a really long time. The idea is that on some Friday or Saturday in the near future, I'd host a dance. We'd have to find a venue, and I'd supply the music. Cool people would be invited. It wouldn't be a date, it'd be more like a souped up region dance. We'd call it out as a formal dance, but one where girl's aren't allowed to buy a new dress, cause that'd be stupid. So we'd have good friends there, looking really good, having a good time dancing.

It's got its pros and cons. Making something like that happen isn't as easy as it looks. We'd have to find a venue, I'd have to make a song list, and find some decent speakers. We'd have to find a day and time when people could actually come. We'd have to advertise well with the group in order to get people to actually show up.

It's got potential. It could be a really cool evening. There's nothing like it coming up in the near future, really. The senior dinner dance could have come close, but it certainly didn't. Maybe if there was an incredible region dance with a killer DJ, without, you know, freshman.

So I'm wondering whether we ought to do it or not. Sound off in the comments if you're interested. I'd like to hear your input. If you think it's a good idea, and you'd be willing to support the cause by showing up and maybe helping, let me know. If enough people are interested, we'll make it happen. I'm currently in the market research stage, so we'll see.

So, what's coming up in my life that I'm incredibly excited about? Seminary closing social is this Friday at the institute building. 4-7. It's going to be a good time. That's one of the last activities that we're in charge of as a council. We've got one more assembly, and then our evening with the new council, but then we're pretty much wrapped. It's been incredible.

I don't want to echo the same words that every single high school senior has ever said, but it's weird to realize that life is changing. Things that I've been working towards for the past million years of my life are about to be finished. I'm going to go to college. I'm going to be hanging out with some of the best guys that I know, it's going to be incredible. We'll be capable of pulling some pretty cool stuff off, if we work hard at it. I'm excited.

I want to play more basketball. I haven't played serious ball in a while. I think I might go sit outside for a bit. It's 11:35, but I took a huge nap. I don't have too much more to get accomplished tonight, so maybe I will.

I feel a little like I didn't accomplish much today. Maybe it's true. I went to three of four periods today, but that was allowable. I got some work done at the seminary building after school, but then I came home and took a nap. Had dinner with the family, then played a few worthless games of Warcraft. Wrote a post, that was good. There's still a bit I'm going to do tonight. Maybe I'll work out.

Yeah. As much as I love worrying about things that aren't calculus, it's so much less productive than worrying about calculus.

So, game plan? I don't know right now. I'll have one by the end of the night, I think. Me and Michael are gonna go toss a disc for a while, that makes me happy. He bought a new flashflight, I like it.

Moral of the story: Back to the basics... again. Personal study is important. Accomplish the things I've been asked to accomplish. Spend time with my family. Prioritize that which is important over that which is not important.

I'm not saying that not-calculus isn't important, because it certainly is. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that yet, and fretting isn't getting much done. I'll figure out what I'm going to do and then do it. In the meantime, it's time to focus on what's important. I'm gonna go toss to clear things up, score it.


Combat Kyle said...

I really like the idea of pseudo-prom. I think it would be a good idea to do it during the summer some time as a nice big get-together, that would be a blast. I don't think it'd take so much setting up as you might think, really. With our powers combined, we could get one pumpin dance full of awesome songs going in no time. How long do you think it'd take to make a playlist of our favorite dance songs? An hour, tops. If we set up the order of songs and what-not, then more, but still.

Alls we need is some speakers, and we're good to go. We could take requests pretty easily too; we've got a pretty good sized collection of musica between us. We could even have people bring CDs, make our job (I only say OUR job because I volunteered myself to help you!) really easy.

We've got wards galore to do this in, and lots of loving parents to chaperone if necessary.

Lets go for, its not that big of a stretch I don't think.

Anonymous said...

I think it is a fantastic idea and we should definitely do it.