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  • bghb 3:12 am on August 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    22: Operation Iraqi Freedom is OVER 

    Sorry I’m a little late everyone. I woke up early for school and then immediately had to go to work until about 10:30 today and once I got off I got caught up watching Jon Stewart and the Colbert report. But technically its still 11:50pm where I am so I still have time! As long as I type fast! haha!

    Apparently operation Iraqi Freedom is over! That’s great, I’m sure all those soldiers are dying to come home. Although just the combat ones are leaving not everyone. ANYWAY I can’t talk about it too much because I’m not gonna lie, I’m not the most knowledgeable on those subjects so I’ll just stop.

    A friend of mine awhile back showed me some funny things on Craigslist and since then I’ve become somewhat addicted to looking at it. I look at the free stuff (I’ve actually seen some cool stuff for free) I look at the antiques and furniture for sale, I look at the jobs (I’d really like a new job) and I look at the stuff in the personals from the dating to the casual encounters. I really like to look at the stuff in strictly platonic because it’s just fascinating to me that people are posting on there to find new friends. It’s really kinda sad that its become so hard now-a-days for people to make new friends unless you are talking about a few work friends or if you have school or anything like that. But if you’re not going to school and don’t want to be friends with your work people, what do you do? Once your past high school it’s totally inappropriate to go sit with a random person somewhere just to chat with them right? Well I’m going to challenge myself. I am NOT the most outgoing person in the world. In fact a lot of the time I ask friends with me to ask someone something for me because I’m too shy to do it.

    I’ve noticed kids around my campus during the lunch hour I have, sitting at tables by themself looking around at people awkwardly trying to look occupied with their food, iPod or cellphone. Who are you kidding? We all know your just trying to look occupied so no one notices you sitting by yourself. And I’m a victim of it too, normally I have one friend at my school who I did lunch with but she has such an opposite schedule of me this semester that she’s not even there half the time. So I’m going to try to make a point to sit with a person I don’t know, someone who’ sitting by themself. This was possibly both of us can mae a new lunch buddy and if we get along well enough then maybe good enough friends to go hang on the weekends! Which would be great because it seems a lot of my friends right now are DRAMA LLAMAS!

    Damn its 12:05am. I’m 5 mins late. Well I had to look for pictures so cut me some slack!

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    • dannifoley 5:01 am on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Five minutes? Gasp! Haha, at least it’s up! And sitting with random people at lunch is a great idea, I made one of my good friends from college that way. Just be careful because some people can be jerks about it – I recall one situation where some girl went completely mental on me and 2 of my friends because we sat down at a table with her. She was sitting by herself at a table intended for 8 people during one of the busiest times at the dining hall, we tried talking to her and she started flipping out “What the fuck do you think you’re doing? I was sitting here first, that’s so rude of you to sit here.” We asked if she was waiting for other people and she said “No, I just want to eat alone.” We said we would just talk amongst ourselves, but there was no where else to sit, and she told us we were ignorant for sitting with her before storming off.
      Moral of the story: It’s a great idea, but some people may not like it as much as you do. Don’t take it to heart, some people are just crazy!

  • bghb 5:25 pm on August 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bethany, Paranoid   

    16. I think I’m paranoid! 

    Maybe I’m the only one or maybe everyone feels this way but I swear every time I get on a computer in a public place I feel that almost everyone around me is basically watching my every move on the screen. Is there a site I could pull  up that would send the whole room into mass hysteria so that I can watch people run around the room screaming?  I’m sure most people would tell me “Noo you’re being silly no ones watching you on the computer, everyone’s doing their own thing!”

    LIES!

    You know how I know people watch other people on the computer? Because I watch other people on their computers haha. FYI people I’m a bit of a creeper from time to time. I like to people watch, human behavior, it fascinates me. If any of you haven’t seen The Human Zoo, search it on youtube and watch some of it, its absolutely amazing how people react to situations.

     The one that I really remember right now very well is how people reacted to a man in pain on the street. They set up an experiment, had a man writhing in pain on a sidewalk where dozens of people were walking by and had him scream for help.

    And people just kept walking by, they’d look at him and just keep walking. People almost never stopped to help him. Now upon watching this I think to myself as I’m sure you would to, “I’d totally stop and check on him!” But presented with the situation in real life would you? Would you really? I’d like to think to myself that I would but I’m not entirely sure I would just because you don’t know why that guys laying there in pain, he may have some kind of sickness that you could potentially catch if you went over to help him. And there’s the never-ending threat of the zombie virus, oh yes, I went there. Those zombies are coming! We just don’t know when.

     
    • dannifoley 7:19 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t youtubed the Human Zoo yet, but it sounds super interesting!
      And I guess I’m a creeper too because I totally check out what other people are looking at! I try to find an empty corner when using public wi-fi so that I can sort of hide my screen from others. It’s not like I have anything to hide, but it’s just weird to think that others are watching your ever move.

  • bghb 2:44 am on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    10. Outta here 

    I happen to be spending my week in one of the most beautiful mountain cities I’ve ever seen. Beaver Creek in Colorado. The weather here is amazing, so different from the dry 100 degree weather I’m used to in AZ.

    We’ve been trying to do a lot of outdoors-y stuff so our trip has consisted of hiking, fly fishing (caught a fish my second cast thank you!) and today we went white water rafting down class 4 rapids which were pretty dang intense. At one point our guide asked if we wanted to try something called a surf which was basically us paddling the boat back up and positioning right under where the water poured off a rock. My dad being crazy as he is thought this sounded awesome so of course we did it.

    After we got it under the rock the boat immediately started filling with water and started tipping over. But we were trapped in the current so there wasnt much we could do but to try to stay in the boat and not fall out. It was incredibly terrifying but to be honest I’d probably do it again. We got free eventually clearly.

    After that stressful moment I’m thankful tomorrow has been dubbed a spa day for me and my mom while my dad and brother go do another white water rafting trip which is supposed to take them off a 12ft waterfall. Good luck to them! I’ll enjoy my massage. We ordered pictures that were taken of us doing the surf so once we get those in the mail I’ll be sure to post one for everyone to point and laugh at my scared to hell face. I’m off to go sit by the fire pit with a book and people watch!

     
    • Mister Str8 Fwd 10:44 pm on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a pretty awesome trip so far. Personally I haven’t the chance to really hit the great outdoors like THAT but reading this adds more fuel to the fire. Enjoy the rest of your retreat.

    • scott howard 11:40 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like you are having a blast! Similar to Colorado, I have spent lots of time in Big Sky, MT. The summers up there are rather relaxing and beautiful as well!

  • bghb 6:30 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    04. What have I gotten myself into? 

    Introductions always seem to be easier in person then on any kind of online deal.

    Well my name is Bethany, I am a 20-year-old student at ASU who works part-time at a local ROSS store, still lives at home with my parents because I don’t make nearly enough to get out of the house, and spend a lot of time out with my friends doing things other people either consider completely awesome or extremely wierd. I’m sure with time I will mention a good amount of them in later posts so you’ll have to keep reading to see what I’m talking about.
    Another thing you’ll get from my posts maybe every now and then that I’m not sure if you’ll actually want to see it or not is what its like to be the daughter of an alcoholic and let me tell ya, it’s not much fun. I’ll try to keep the sad rants to a minimum if any at all.

    I look forward to continuing with this blog and I feel honored to have been allowed to participate in this brilliant blog. I’m sure these intellectuals will put me to shame time and time again with their insights.

     
    • weekendkeyboardwarrior 8:56 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Bethany! Sounds like you have some interesting stories. I can’t wait to hear them!

      Sorry to hear about the alcoholism in your family. That’s not good at all! Hopefully that person is able to get their disease treated soon.

      Thanks for the blog! You rock!

    • scott howard 2:46 am on August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Bethany!

      It sounds like you will have a lot to talk about. It seems those of us who are just barely out of high school and halfway through college seem to have the most varied and active lives out of everyone.

      I’m sorry to hear about the alcoholism. I can somewhat relate to it though. My Uncle is an alcoholic and I’ve dealt with him on a few occasions in his drunken state of mind.

      Just remember: “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.”

      You will have the strength and courage to battle through this.

    • dannifoley 10:17 am on August 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Bethany!
      I’m sorry to hear about the alcoholism that runs in your family, it runs in my family too. If you ever need someone to talk to, you can always come to me.
      And don’t sell yourself short! I know you won’t be put to shame, you’ll do just as well as the rest of us! (Maybe better – who knows?)

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