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Another summer down. It went so fast, it’s mindblowing. A lot of that I attribute to having a lot more fun than in summers past, because I got to do something I usually love doing for my day job. So the days raced by, and most days I got to tackle something new and fresh. But for now I dive back into school, and fortunately most of my classes this semester will also be more stuff I love. Driving back onto campus, I see lots of people I know and we’re meeting up, and I just go where they tell me to drop my stuff, and I feel like I’m really getting used to this moving back and forth thing. But soon the work really begins.
So aside from an occasional update, the blog goes on the backburner till break. Peace out.
Just returned yesterday from an amazing little getaway to the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. The drive from central North Carolina up to Cherokee is a beautiful one. I love Cherokee. On entering and leaving the reservation, you’re greeted by old hotels and run-down businesses, and more than a few dozen groups of Harley riders who seem to flock to the mountain retreats. You can be in and out of the reservation in no time, but take the time to stop and explore a bit and you can’t help but love the history and culture that reeks from the place. We went to the recently updated drama Unto These Hills, which, while not the greatest as far as acting goes, was well worth the time and money for an inspiring glimpse into the past and present of the Cherokee. Stop and browse through a dimly lit store filled with dream catchers and Indian pottery, and leave greeted by a kindly old Cherokee shopkeeper; stop in the Qualla Arts and Crafts center (my favorite spot, incidentally) and look at the masks and the woven baskets, and you can’t help but want to go back.
The Great Smoky Mountains hold some of the most breathtaking spots in North America. We stopped in crowded tourist trap that is Gatlinburg, TN, but it wasn’t long before I wanted to run back to the national park. We spent a day at Cade’s Cove, which was way more satisfying that sampling Gatlinburg’s entertainments. Got some amazing pictures right under a couple mama bears and the cubs in the trees as they munched on some cherries. And what’s better than that?
Back to school already. I can hardly believe the summer went by so fast, and yet freshman year feels like it was a good while ago, in other ways. In some ways, it’s discouraging, going off to subject myself to countless hours of tedious study, but I have to remind myself of the benefits and potential school offers that I couldn’t gain without it. So blogging will go on hold for awhile again. Check out the awesome sites in the links list, and learn and grow with me.
Oh yeah, and don’t vote for Obama.
Yes, gentle readers, I have returned. One year of school is done. Hard to believe. Seemed long at the time, but more of a blink looking back. Never worked so hard in my life, but God was good and really helped me through a lot of hurdles. Met a bunch of really cool people that I’ll have fun bumming with in another four months. Now, a much desired breather…
CNET claims Apple’s black MacBook is the most popular laptop on the planet. After my first semester on the go at college, I can see why. It’s proved to be outrageously helpful the majority of the time when you’re really busy and depend on your machine. Since I didn’t need to lug it around campus, most of the time it stayed peacefully sleeping in my dorm. It quickly found the campus intranet and I was online with far fewer problems that some had. It just works, and looks good doing it. Those looking for a trusty laptop for second semester, look here, if you can swing the extra green.
Finally Thanksgiving break, thank goodness. ‘Course there’s always more homework, but it’s a nice breather.
Stop to remember all the things you’ve got to be thankful for today. So many people are critical of America and everything that’s going wrong, but remember all the freedoms we enjoy that the rest of the world only wishes they could have. Then do what the pilgrims did—don’t just remember, thank your Maker for it.