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11 Hours and Counting…

August 29, 2006

Eleven hours and I’ll know about call backs for the Grapes of Wrath. I want to be in it… I think my monologue went well…

Tomorrow. I’ll know about call backs. And in 2 days – final casting list. I’m getting excited…

Hoping for Casy. Or Noah. Or Al. Alright, anyone who has lines.

Not that I won’t do someone that doesn’t have them… I’ll take whatever I can… I’d just rather that I did have lines.

11 hours and counting.



July 11, 2006

Four days. Its amazing how much can happen in such a short period of time. I’ve began my Acting class already. The only real thing I can say is just, wow. Its completely teaching what I thought I would never hear. Its like, all these personal philosophies I’ve had, only spoken out loud and really stressed in a really refreshing way. Like how we are acting almost all the time. In class you might act the innocent student, but the minute you walk out the door, you are completely a different person. To tell you the truth, we haven’t really done any specific theatre-stage acting. Most of it has been just discussion and really hands on learning about how we are as people, how that comes across, and how we all communicate sometimes without realizing it. My classmates are amazing people, and I’m really glad that I took this class especially because we were absolutely forced out of our comfort zone to meet eachother. The first thing we did was group all like 18 of us into a 3 ft sq area and had to stay moving at all times. This was really good because we all individually got more comfortable with one another. I am having such a great time with these really awesome people!

Got to go for now. Got to get to study hall!


PS to LEAH – The password from the protected post is the pack number of Trevor and Abe’s troop. THIS IS FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.

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June 20, 2006

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June 13, 2006

I am on my Michigan/Canada trip (which, thanks to Jill, I now call Canigan) and am happy to say I have absolutely no news whatsoever. Know why?

Because I am doing nothing constructive. I am here on a two week vacation, doing nothing but relaxing and acting in a completely stress free lifestyle. Its a nice change. No projects or homework or appointments to make – for once I have a completely free lifestyle. Of course, soon enough I'll be hit by the absolute need to be busy with something or other, to have some structurous activities, but until then…

Its smooth sailing.

I've been doing a lot of reading. Its pretty much freezing up here at the moment, getting into the low 40's and 50's most nights, but I'm managing. Living an almost amish existance, I'm coping with my family's long made log cabin that's been in use for 80 years. Someone along the lines of my great-great grandfather built the cabin back in the 1920's, and now its our vacation house. Very nice indeed.

I do have some electronics. I've got my little DVD player, Mp3 Player and this old, slow laptop to occasionally check some email, but most of my days consist of sleeping in late, then wandering around our little town and reading away most of the day, until settling down and watching a nice DVD at night before falling into sleep. This is so completely non-me that its sort of nice, to come up here once a year and get away from all the hustle and bustle of home. I feel very old-fashioned here – laying on a hammock in our log cabin, listening to the radio and watching the fire in the fireplace die away, waiting for time to just drift off into whoknows where.

Well, I've used this poor laptop long enough, and am afraid it will soon die on me if I persist to keep pounding away on it, so I will leave you to your busy lives while I go grab a bowl of ice cream and let my mind wonder onto what I should do next. Leave comments, everyone, because I hope to hear from you all!

I'll leave you with one thing I've learned from being up North in this great escape from the world you all are living in —

There are times for planning, for structure, and for work. And then there are times where you should throw caution to the winds and sit back and relax. Realize when these times are, and act on them. You don't get these chances very often.



June 8, 2006

Today marks the last day you all will probably hear from me for two weeks. I've gone off to Michigan and Canada, where I have very limited computer and phone use.

But since I'm leaving, I think I'll leave something for all of you to do, so that when I check the site again in the future when I can get a hold of a computer, I can see your thoughts on it.

This essay really hit me, because I completely agree with it. This is what I try to explain to a lot of you guys out there! But I think in the essay the idea is just being said in a different way than I've said it, and will give you some good insight to the brain of Rob. And… Rob. Long story there.

Well, best be going now. I'm starting a long drive in about an hour, and I've got some last minute packing to do!

Leave comments / emails, I might get a computer chance sometime!


The Dance

May 6, 2006

Wow. It was pretty darn fun. I didn't get to go to any after parties (I've got a cold, my parents thought I should come home after) but the dance was still pretty cool. I had a realllllly good time, and I'll get more into that later, but for now, I have a long 28 hours ahead of me, and I need to go get started on it. Please email / comment me any pictures of me (I like pictures) or xanga sites with pictures of me, I'd reallllly appreciate it. And if you know the site that the professional photographer put the pictures on, I'd really be glad to have that, also! I've looked everywhere, and I can't find it, so if you have any idea, please let me know!

Got to go now to start on a trip leading to Worlds of Fun for Orchestra. See you all later, and I expect a lot of comments when I get home!


For Whom the Bell Tolls

October 21, 2005

"No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."

This quotation–first spoken by John Donne–has been a fascination among people for several decades. "For whom the bell tolls," a reference to the longer saying, often replaces this quotation in modern discussion. But does it fulfillingly represent the original statement, and perhaps more importantly, does this view on society still ring true? Let us explore the statement. First it describes human nature, on how we individually could not exist on our own without stability and dependence from others, relating all of us to a “Continent,” and one who is alone to a lonely “Island.” The next two fragments discuss people, some who are disliked, yet are missed. Also, there are people nobody ever really knew, but they are missed as well. And the ending is the powerful statement that summarizes the whole of human's emotions, saying that, although we may judge others and base our lives on superiority, we are all human in the end. As such, even if someone we hardly knew were to pass away, we as human beings would feel it; it does not matter who you are or who they were, but the fact of knowing that one less number will be in the world never to live again takes away a piece of us. In being in existence we are able to feel this, and it is overall what defines us as human beings. When something around you has died, a piece of you has died along with it. We are one in unity, and without all pieces of this puzzle, we are never truly complete. We are apart of one another — and those we exist with are a part of us. This powerful statement, written several years ago, surprisingly should apply to our society even today. But one cannot go without questioning if we indeed follow this in modern times. How can we, with what goes on around us? This time period, although said to be one of great discoveries and enlightenment, has been fatal and poisonous to many. How can we describe this era when there is war, peace, and mutual disagreement all occurring at once? One day there are miracles occurring and life is in ultimate peace, when the next day, terror strikes. The worst part of this ongoing cycle is the fact that we are the ones who caused it — we, as humans, created the nuclear bomb. We, as humans, have held threats against other nations just to keep them in check. We, as humans, step on all the people we can in life, just so we can get ahead. What is our society if not a giant hole; a hole in which we are digging, deeper and deeper until we have sealed our own fate? And yet we say we have integrity, we testify our innocence, we blame our best friends just to elude trouble we have caused. We tell ourselves we care about one another — but what hope is there for a society if its people can no longer hear the bell's toll?