Friday, August 3, 2007


This week has been interesting. Preparations for Peter's wedding, first week of summer camp (I got the lead role, too, which makes it especially busy), etc. Pretty crazy, but fun at the same time. :)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sadness :(

Fiddler is now over. Cast party tonight, and then... no BYT until Summer Camp. Darn.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Whoa... That's Odd

I was reminded today that, based solely on school standards, I'm now a senior in high school. Interesting thought.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lucky Day

I got an e-mail today notifying me that I'm one of six lucky winners of two free premium tickets to the Masters of Harmony Christmas concert. All I can say is, if I had to pick something to win by a random drawing, this is a very good choice. I'm happy. :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Poe, a Poet

Poe, a poet, placed a raven in a poem with skill engraven
But the poem was much too morbid for a cheerful one like me.
Death of beauty, says the poet, is the best, and you should know it;
I like life of beauty, so it's not so certain I agree.
Life of beauty is the best, and so I have to disagree
          Death's not all it's cracked up to be.

Poe's rhymes are the best around; in fact, they're always marv'lous
But this makes it difficult to write a perfect parody.
Fortunately, I'm not writing parodies, I am just chiding
E. A. Poe on his abiding melancholy melody.
'Tis a very much abiding melancholy melody,
          Singing so unhappily.

Poe may like his subject matter. I, for one, would be much gladder
Reading something pleasanter than Poe's poems will ever be.
However, I must admit, his poems are better far than this is,
But I'm not a poet; there is quite a lot 'tween him and me.
Since I'm not a poet, he is better than I'll ever be
          But I see life more happily.

(It's not perfectly in the meter of the Raven, but I did the best I could.)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Vacation in Solvang

I got back last night from vacation in Solvang with my family. I've never been there before, but I had a lot of fun. We left Wednesday afternoon and arrived in Buellton about 5:15 PM, where we had dinner with some old friends of my parents at a great restaurant called A.J. Spurs. It was rather expensive, but it was worth it. We stayed in Lompoc for the night.

In the morning, we headed out to Mission La Purisima. We stopped by the Visitor Center:

We also saw some other interesting sites around the mission. Once we were finished looking around, we took a short hike up to a cross on the hill:

My dad took a great picture of a butterfly perching on a plant stem.

We spent some time walking around Solvang in the afternoon. The next morning, we rented a Surrey quadricycle for an hour and explored a bit more. We rode past the big windmill,

and went through a few more shops

before driving to Quicksilver Ranch to see miniature horses.

In the afternoon, we drove down to Santa Barbara and had lunch at the Montecito Cafe, a 3-diamond restaurant in Montecito on the southern border of Santa Barbara. It was quite nice. :) Then, we took a short walk along the Santa Barbara pier before heading home. All in all, it was a very good three-day trip.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bartleby the Scrivener

Interesting discussion in class today... does anybody else think that Bartleby could be an allegory? It seems rather far-fetched, but someone in my class brought it up, so we considered it. As far as I remember, we found a fair amount of evidence that could easily support it being an allegory, and none really against it being allegory, but it still doesn't quite seem right. Thoughts?