Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I'm Baaaack

Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Luis and we haven't spoke in a long time. Last time you heard from me, I was a freshman at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and I was embarking on summer after my first year of college life. It's funny, I started this blog to keep me actively writing and I haven't written since June. Wow, a lot has happened. I left blogger for the apparent greener pastures of, well that failed. It lost its touch after a while. It was like with a blog. But nothing beats the purity of a one-on-one blog with just me and words. No fancy links for music, no friend searches, none of that. Just me and my writing. That is why I am back here, for simplicity, because that is the kind of guy I am, simple.
Now I'm back, but now I'm a sophomore, still at SIU-C. Some things have changed, some haven't. Same roommate, not the one from first semester, but the one from second semester. We moved next door, his choice not mine, because it was his original room from last year. Still a die-hard Cubs fanatic. But you can go to my new blog to check out my life as a Cubs fan. Um, what else was a main point in my blogs last year. Oh, my poetry. I'm still writing, not as often because I'm not in a poetry class now, but when I'm motivated you will see it and hopefully feel it. I'm still single, no miracle hook ups this summer and so far none in the beginning of this year.
Filling In The Blanks
Here I will attempt to fill in the blanks that I have left from last blog til this one.
  • I worked two jobs this summer. I resumed my job at McDonald's as a cashier at the McDonald's down the street from my house. I also worked at Gage Park High School on the south side of Chicago as an office clerk. It was a great job, I only worked four hours a day, 20 hours a week and I met some really nice people, including Mr. Ortiz, principal. He was a teacher of my mother when she was at Lakeview High School and she called on him for a favor for me because I needed another summer job. Beginning next summer, I will be working there full time for summer school in addition to nights at McDonald's.
  • When I wasn't working period, I spent time with my family and friends, though it wasn't enough. You'll probably hear me speak about this a lot on how I miss my family and friends now that I'm 6 hours away from home. Especially my sister Jenny who gives me a lot of crap because I saw her 4 times this summer. A Funeral, a Graduation party, 4th of July party at her parents house and when we went to Carbondale this year.
  • On my way to Carbondale...I received some pretty bad news. One of, if not, my best friend got in a car accident where she was hit by a semi. She was unconscious for two weeks as I worried every day while I was in Carbondale. I kept in contact with her family as much as I could. Between my car accident (which I'll get to next), her accident and being back at school my mind was full and mushy. When I went home in September for my ex-roommate's going away party, I visited her as that was her first weekend out of the hospital. It was easily the highlight of my weekend. She's doing much better now and am looking forward to seeing her again during Thanksgiving vacation.
  • One week before I was due to leave for Carbondale to resume my education, I was involved in a car accident of my own. It all begins when I got to leave one minute early from work. Driving west bound on 57th street and between fairfield and washtenaw, a blue Jeep came speeding out of the alley not signaling, not slowing down and hit me. As I attempted to swerve out of the way, I lost control of the car and hit a parked US Postal Service truck, hopped a curb, swerved away from a tree and crashed into a porch. My car was damaged enough to the point where two estimators deemed my car to be totalled. I was completely crushed. Of all people, me. I spent the week in a woe is me mode, where I have the best driving record among my friends, yet I'm the one who gets in the accident. A piece of me died when Sexy Purple Betsy died too. Oh yeah, forgot to mention I traded my 1992 Ford Escort AKA Putt-Putt for my mom's 1997 Chevy Lumina, that was one of the highlights of my summer.
  • Highlights of the summer: Cubs beating the Red Sox in the one Cubs game I went to this summer. I met some great baseball fans from the city of Boston who absolutely have a great passion for the game, their players and have a great appreciation for the history of my team and the ball park. I have nothing but good things to say about Boston Red Sox fans. They're fun, they're loyal and they're die-hard. I can't wait until I get the chance to go to Boston and return the favor. Um, as I said earlier, I inherited my mother's 1997 Chevy Lumina in exchange for my 1992 Ford Escort. I saw one movie this summer, and it was Crash. Probably one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. The ultimate highlight of my summer was my birthday weekend. July 1st-3rd. My birthday came with visits from three of my favorite people from SIUC: Steve (visiting from GA), Kristin and my roommate Hoos. Me, Hoos and Kristin spent hours driving around Chicago Friday night waiting for Steve's plane to get in. We got to see a crime scene on Cicero on the south side and several prostitutes. The next day we went to the Taste of Chicago and had a wonderful time. We ate, we talked and would've stayed to see Carlos Santana if not for the massive crowd that had assembled earlier. We later took an abbreviated tour of the great city of Chicago. We got to see landmarks, cruise lake shore drive and we got to see the actual East-side of Chicago. Hell, we even drove past MLK. Then we went to Papa Doc's house to see some fire works. The next day Hoos went back home to Mundelein, Kristin back to her home in the middle of nowhere and Steve stayed for a few days. For the 4th of July we went to a party where Steve saw my old roommate and wow, John didn't recognize him for the life of him (though John was already tipsy) but Steve has changed a lot from when we first met him.

Well, I'm tired right now because I've been writing for an hour. And I have class at 1, 2 & 3. My first post that isn't a reflective one will be tomorrow. Recapping Halloween weekend and what has been Year Two, Semester One. Holla!!!

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