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Sweet Home Home

Posted in Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Jeremy
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Another view from the plane.  It might have been Chicago.  Or not.

Coming home after an amazing trip to California.  I initially complained about how short the trip was—a mere eight days, including the four days I spent in the FBLA NLC.  Afterwards, I realized that was enough to give me a taste of California and its unique charm, a charm that one can’t really find in New York.  The experience, although at its end, will linger in my mind for a while, giving me that feeling of wanting to return some day, perhaps to other parts.

Or, maybe it wasn’t even California.  Perhaps the experience of being away from home and being immersed in a different environment was the core of the excitement.  In fact, I can say that my desire to stay in California longer was bordering desperation.

Who knows which one it is?

The Real Orange County

Posted in Family, Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Jeremy
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Visited a beach in Laguna Beach for about fifteen minutes.  Ran in the sand and waded in the water.

Eardrum-Shattering

Posted in Family, Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Jeremy
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First time posting a picture taken with a Canon Powershot SD1000.

The whole family went to Disneyland today.  I don’t really know what else to say.  Talk about the experience?  Way too lengthy.  Besides, doesn’t this picture already say a lot?

Finally

Posted in Friends, Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , on July 3, 2009 by Jeremy
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My first visit to Los Angeles was spent with two friends that I met online a few years ago.  Ana on the left and Jiyan on the right.  (Jeremy in the middle!)

Once we got over the imminent awkwardness, we were able to kick it off!  Go figure.

Hope to see them again soon!

There’s Always Next Year

Posted in Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Jeremy
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The whole trip to Anaheim was all due to my participation in a competition in FBLA, so wouldn’t it be unfair to not show a photograph focusing on FBLA?

Unfortunately, we were given literally the worst seats in the whole convention center where the awards ceremony was held.  As you can see, all the representatives from New Jersey were placed in seats right behind the stage, relying on a screen to see what’s going on.  Fortunately, I defied my tendencies by arriving extra early, and I was able to secure a seat that was tolerable.

Anyway, the screen sufficed.  When the announcement of winners in the competitions started, my heart started to race.  Well, it had been racing way before that.  The same conversation from Friday continued in my head as I prepared myself for disappointment.  It was quite a torture, since the awards given had to follow the competitions in alphabetical order, meaning the winners of Computer Applications, in which I competed, would be announced after all the categories starting with A, B, and some of C were done.

I discovered a few months ago, or probably longer, that I yawn when I’m nervous.  I yawn a lot.  Therefore, I yawned a lot.  Finally, when the names of the top ten of Computer Applications were randomly announced, I was ecstatic when my name was called.  The only suspense left was my placement, but there was a twist!  There were money prizes, in addition to the cool-looking trophy that was awarded for each of the top ten.  $100 to third place, $200 to second, and $750 to first.  Seven hundred fifty freaking dollars.

Cutting all the suspense, I got third place.  My first reaction was, “Sweet!  I got a money prize!”  Later on, I realized that I probably could’ve done better.  Had I given more value to the competition, I would’ve put much more effort into it.  I think that’s what happened.  I had potential, but I did not use it.

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Of course, I can’t conclude this blog without summarizing the FBLA National Leadership Conference experience. Even if the previous post was very negative, I believe that the entire experience was very worthwhile.  I did make some cool friends from the far corners of America, and, considering that I’m not planning to be a businessman, I thought the entire conference was amazing.  Some of the workshops were interesting, and the awards ceremony, although long, was exciting.  Lastly.  Anaheim. ’nuff said.

Philosophy Change?

Posted in Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by Jeremy
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I generally appreciate the time I have to myself.  I often tell people to try and not let solitude get to them by looking for ways to amuse themselves when they find themselves in a situation like that.  “You don’t always need company for entertainment.”

Well, I don’t know anymore.  Although I met a number of people from other states during the FBLA conferences, I was still alone.  Acquaintances are definitely different from friends.  Just because I was able to shake their hands, get their names, and had a laugh or two with them didn’t mean that they would save me from a dinner with myself.  It felt pretty miserable, and I had never yearned for company so much before.

We Owe Her Punches

Posted in Family, Out of State, Out of Town, Summer Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by Jeremy
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It was a very busy day.  After I attended a few workshops, I went to my competition area to take the test.   More than half of the questions were about networking, instead of “computer applications,” which involve Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The following roughly summarizes the conversations I had with myself for the subsequent hours and days:

“Ah, do I have a chance?”

“Yea, you have to!  You got first place in regionals and second place in states!”

“But that was local.  This is Nationals!”

“The topics covered were pretty similar.  You definitely have a chance!”

“I don’t know… I guessed on most of them.”

“I’m sure you made smart guesses.”

“True.”

“Well, there you go.”

“Still, I’m going against kids who might have excelled in their states.”

“And, so did you.”

“Did I?”

“Dude, you did!”

“Ah, fine.  I need to stop worrying.  What happens happens.”

Well, like I said.  Roughly.

Afterwards, I rushed to a restaurant a few blocks away from the hotel to celebrate my sister Jamie’s birthday.  It was her 16th birthday, and we couldn’t have a party because I had to go to Anaheim.  I don’t know about her, but that’s a pretty nice “gift.”  She looked pretty content, in my opinion.