Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Thank you, OCU.

Dear OCU,

I want to let each and every one of you know how welcome and at-ease I felt while I was with you. Everyone I met was exceptionally kind and open to our endless questions, which was so necessary, let me tell you. I regret not being able to meet everyone, but the people I did spend my time with were incredibly knowledgeable and just as incredibly patient. I had a fantastic time with you. I’ll be sure to try Bobo’s Fried Chicken the next time I’m there.

To Dr.Hessler, I want to specifically express how great it was to meet you, and how you’re nothing like all of the terrible stories Professor Woodworth tells us. You don’t look remotely like a balrog. My biggest regret is that we weren’t able to spend more time with you and your students. That’s likely the only thing I would’ve changed. Perhaps next time.

The trip to Oklahoma City was an absolutely amazing experience from start to finish. It was a healthy balance of culture-shock and absolute reverence for such a beautiful city.

And I can’t wait to come back.

Thank you again for being such a warm and receptive host.

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Thank You, Director Nobles

I’m here to tell you that our trip did exactly what you hoped it would.

Travel across the country did change me for the most part in several ways. I met extraordinary people I wouldn’t have otherwise met, I ate spectacular food that I would’ve have otherwise eaten, and I investigated and explored, getting out and being active in a way I may not have otherwise done. Travel brought out the curious side of me, and I found myself better for it.

But it was just as much travel to another place is it was travel to another time. Our experiences at the memorial and the museum effected me greatly, despite having very little knowledge of it beforehand. The images, the writings, and the people around us all seemed so very fixed on that time and that date. It very easily could have been April 19th every day of that week.

I feel enlightened and informed in a way transcendent of trying new foods or viewing contemporary art.

So, I think it was successful. I’m a new person now, and that’s really all we can ask.

 

 

I’ll leave you with this:

My Line

I am from a scattered mind.

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Voluptuous Veggies

 

This trip has been a phenomenal culinary experience. I’ve had the chance to try so many delicious vegetarian dishes that, honestly, just aren’t available in Montgomery. 

The trip really began in Dallas where, at Au Bon Pain, I had my first black bean burger. It was spicy, but absolutely fantastic. Very different from other veggie burgers I’ve had. 
The second great experience was at The Red Cup: the greatest restaurant I’ve ever been to. Since becoming a vegetarian, every dining experience has been marked by the arduous struggle to find something I can eat. Being in a place where I can literally eat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING? Mind-blowing. 
And I made sure to buy a shirt. 
Most recently, we made the trek to Kaiser’s, famous for their icecream and their buffalo-meat burgers. 
That being so, they offered a simply phenomenal PLT (Portabella, Lettuce, and Tomato). It was awesome. 
 
And that’s pretty much the state of my palate two days in. 

Voluptuous Veggies

 

This trip has been a phenomenal culinary experience. I’ve had the chance to try so many delicious vegetarian dishes that, honestly, just aren’t available in Montgomery. 

The trip really began in Dallas where, at Au Bon Pain, I had my first black bean burger. It was spicy, but absolutely fantastic. Very different from other veggie burgers I’ve had. 
The second great experience was at The Red Cup: the greatest restaurant I’ve ever been to. Since becoming a vegetarian, every dining experience has been marked by the arduous struggle to find something I can eat. Being in a place where I can literally eat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING? Mind-blowing. 
And I made sure to buy a shirt. 
Most recently, we made the trek to Kaiser’s, famous for their icecream and their buffalo-meat burgers. 
That being so, they offered a simply phenomenal PLT (Portabella, Lettuce, and Tomato). It was awesome. 
 
And that’s pretty much the state of my palate two days in. 

STHU SOPA

Clay Shirky

I am radical.

I don’t want sharing to go away, and, rather, I’m open to having it more prevalent.

Maybe I’m idealistic or deceived (as the two are always so similar), but I’m of the opinion that innovative, creative people will be supported regardless of whether we share their content. Models such as this have proven to be effective–look at Spotify. For free, you can listen to almost all of the world’s recorded music. You can share it with friends, track them, etc. And it’s entirely free.

Bring on the sharing.

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