Archive for the Summer Vacation Category

A Good Sign?

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by Jeremy
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I have finished both the PowerPoint presentation and the report!  I did the former in the morning and finished the latter about fifteen minutes ago. (Time now – 12:25 am)  I’m so happy that I was able to finish them because it would usually take me until about 2:00 to finish a report or an essay by itself.  (That is, if I decided to do it the day before the due date)  So, perhaps this “success” is a sign of good things to come.  What I might’ve learned with this experience:

  • that procrastination is bad
  • that focusing can get you anywhere
  • that school work should take precedence over fun time

Let’s see if these lessons stay with me.  (Doubt it)

So, the last day of summer vacation.  Although I did occupy myself for most of the day with the PowerPoint presentation (took a long time because it had to be in Italian, hence the dictionary in the picture) and the report, I was able to get away from my house and slightly enjoy the last day of vacation.  My friend had an impromptu pool gathering that I went to, despite the very cool weather.  The water was cold, but I went in for the sake of being in a pool.  A few other friends came, most of whom didn’t go in.  This must have been the first time I was able to go out on the last day of vacation instead of catching up on summer work the entire day.   Maybe I am learning.

So, it is official.  Summer vacation is over, and my time will once again be dedicated to my senior year in school.  I’m pretty glad to be coming back.

I really should end this post with a reflection of my entire summer vacation.  Perhaps a short ponderous paragraph or statement that succinctly describes the amazing time I’ve had.  Perhaps I should.

But I won’t.

Instead, I just want to express my gratitude to all my friends who have made this summer extraordinary.  Sure, I can look back at all the posts of this blog from late June to early September and count how many fun activities I’ve done, but that number wouldn’t mean anything if my friends weren’t involved.  And I think really cool friends were what had been lacking in the past summers, during which I stayed home most of the time.   Sure, I’ve known the people I’ve hanged out with this summer before, but it wasn’t until these past two months that I was able to realize how cool life is with them.

Like millions of other kids say, “This has been the best summer ever!”

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Still Behind Schedule

Posted in Belleville, Home, Out of Town, School, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2009 by Jeremy
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Well, here’s the cover for The Alchemist that I made on Photoshop a few days ago.  I was just able to print it out today because I needed to go to Staples for their printing.  I know that the color scheme is very similar to an actual cover of The Alchemist.  That’s because I thought it was a very good color to represent the desert, the setting for the majority of the events in the book.  This was my second time working with Photoshop independently.

Today was supposed to be summer work day, and it was.  I’m practically done with my AP Bio work.  Tomorrow, I just need to finish an essay and a PowerPoint presentation for AP Italian.   Both in one day.  One day before school starts.  I can do this. I promise I will not be sleeping well past midnight tomorrow.

Picnic = A Lot of Food

Posted in Friends, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , on September 6, 2009 by Jeremy
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Last minute picnic!  School starts this coming Tuesday, so many of my friends wanted to gather and have this final picnic before summer vacation ends.  As if we had so many picnics.

There were many more people who attended, but at this point in the picture, only a few came up with me to a huge tree, which we always fancy climbing.  I dare you all to create a story about what’s going on in this picture.

And, yep.  Picnics have a lot of food.  After I told myself that I wasn’t going to eat a lot, I ended up eating a lot.   Maybe people generally can’t avoid eating food when attending picnics.  It didn’t get better when I went home.  I proceeded to the consumption of rice and ice cream.  Not good.  Not only did I feel bloated, I felt dizzy and about to puke.

So what happened at the picnic?  Eating. Drinking. Sitting. Talking. “Should I do Biology homework?” contemplating. Swinging. Fail lava tagging. Running. Volleyballing. Driving. Pool playing. Piano listening. Future reading. Tree climbing.

And, unlike many of our other picnics, there was no hill rolling.

What a Fool

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , on September 5, 2009 by Jeremy
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The only picture I took  today.  I took it accidentally, intending to make a video of the scene.

This is my friend, who was supposed to be the host for this travel show that I wanted to do of our town.  I asked several friends to help me out.  The shooting for it was scheduled for today, and I was really excited to do it because it was a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Videomaking.  It’s an art, a way to express one’s creativity.  That’s why I really enjoy it when a project pops into my head because I know it’s a good way for me to release some artistic tension, especially when I know that the pencil and paper approach isn’t working.

I don’t want to give a detailed synopsis of the day.  All I want to say is that optimism has its downsides.  The more optimistic you are, the bigger the disappointment you will feel when nothing goes your way.  If you expect the best, the chance of something worse happening is higher.

On the other hand, being pessimistic is different.  Expect the worst, and whatever happens can’t possibly be worse than what you already imagined.  If you expect the worst possible thing that can happen, then of course there’s a high chance that whatever happens is going to be better.  And that’s probably why I tend to think like that.  It’s a good feeling when things turn out better than expected, compared to feeling down about things not going your way.

And I’m a fool for deviating from that philosophy.

Still, thanks to everyone who tried to help me realize this.

Last Time

Posted in Friends, Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , on September 4, 2009 by Jeremy
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I was just sitting at the courts, absentmindedly looking around, when I suddenly heard someone yell at me, “I want to go to New York.”  I look at the group of guys talking beside me, realizing it was Russel, a fellow tennis player, who excitedly told me about his plan.  I thought, “Why not?”

“Tuesday?  After school?” I suggested.  I’ve done it before with some friends; we can do it again.  But we really weren’t left with much time if we went to New York right after school, so suggestions kept coming of when we should do it.

“Let’s do it tomorrow,” someone finally suggested.  For some reason, we all just agreed.

That all happened yesterday.

Today, John, Lawrence, Orion, Russel, Stephen, and I went to New York City early afternoon, perhaps the last time I would go to New York with friends this summer.  Chinatown was the destination, once again.  The possibilities there just seemed endless.  The first priority was for Stephen to get his haircut, and afterwards, we just wandered around the entire town.

At one point, everyone, including me, had a particular interest with the “I ♥ NY” shirts.  Many of the stores had them, so a couple of us had a great time trying to find the best deals, going from store to store, haggling with the shopowners.  They called it haggling; to me, it was borderline harassment.

“How much for three of these shirts?” we would find either Russel or Orion asking.

“Three for $12,” a shopowner would say.

“$12?  What?  Over at that store, it’s only three for $10!” Orion retorted.  At this point, we were all thinking, “Orion!  Calm down,” snickering at the same time.

“Well,” the shopowner replied confidently, “then, you go over there!  This is nice.  Their shirts are bad.  It’s good here.”

“Ah, fine, we’ll just go somewhere else,” one of us would say, half hoping that the owner would call us back to continue with the haggling.  Orion would then whisper, “What a waste of time!”  That’s when we all left.

After that, we just kept wandering around.  I desperately wanted a coin bank, so they all accompanied me around many of the stores to find a cute one. I think I’m going to start collecting coin banks now.  Maybe when people ask me if I want anything from somewhere, I’ll just say, “A coin bank, please.”

For dinner, we went to Platters, a sidewalk food stall (what are they called?),  apparently a well-known thing among some of my friends.  It only opened at night and served some good food.  A choice of lamb or chicken, rice, some vegetables, and whatever sauce you want on it (hot sauce and/or “white” sauce).  We chomped on it on the way home.

It was a pretty eventful day, even if we were just wandering around.  One would think that I would’ve taken a good picture during that time.  Too bad I was pretty caught up with everything that taking a picture for the blog didn’t occur in my mind until we were on our way home.  So, here’s mushroom bank.

Not Obsessed, Just Driven

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Sports, Summer Vacation, Tennis with tags , , , on September 3, 2009 by Jeremy
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Tennis totally dominated today.  From noon to evening, I was practically at the courts.  It’s fun to play tennis, but once you consider that it is a competitive sport, the pressure is on.  For me, at least.  I always feel like I have so much road to cover before I arrive at an acceptable “skill level.”

I need to remain dedicated if I want to get better.  No more laziness!

Remember “The Off-Beats”?

Posted in Belleville, Home, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , on September 2, 2009 by Jeremy
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It was a series of animated shorts in the show Kablam! that aired in Nickelodeon many years ago.  There was a dog named September there.

Speaking of September, it’s here.  Some are happy; some are devastated.  I’m in between them, leaning towards devastated.  The beginning of September is just another signal to my face that school’s almost here.   (As if doing my summer work pretty much every day since last week isn’t a signal enough.)

Nothing really significant happened today.  I’d hate to take pictures of my summer homework or tennis every day, so I present to you a terrible picture of Photoshop loading.  I downloaded the free trial last week, and it wasn’t until a few days ago that I really started to work on something.  Today, I began on my book “report.” I decided to create a front and back cover for the book I read, which I began to do in Photoshop.  My Photoshop session was productive, not to mention fun.  I’m beginning to get the hang of it, if you disregard the bouts of frustration I occasionally have.  Hopefully, I can finish the covers by Thursday.

The new header is courtesy of Tram. And me!  I took the picture and did some beginner stuff with it in Photoshop (first thing I did independently).  Then, I ran the finished product by Tram.  She did some Tram things to it, and my header became awesome.  What you see is the product of our efforts.  (Mostly hers) Thanks, Tram!