Pomp and Circumstance

May 20, 2011

So, I graduated college last Saturday and it hasn’t really settled in. I have been a member of the Harding empire for the past 17 years and it seems weird, almost traitor-like, to think about calling another school home. However, in two months I will be. As I look back on my years at the university specifically, I think about the people. The people I met in college made my experience a lot better than my high school experience with Harding was. The picture above is just one group out of the several groups of friends I made at HU in my four years. The people above, the science crew, have been with me the most as we have taken classes together, talked together, cried together, laughed together, got angry together, and spent WAY too many late nights and days in the science building (sci as I affectionately call it…). I couldn’t write down in one post how much every person, not only pictured here but many others, that i’ve met at HU has meant to me. I have so many wonderful memories and those memories are the only things that make me what to hang on to this place. My life is changing so fast and I can’t count the number of times in the past month I asked for time to just slow down and wait for me to catch my breath. On the other hand, I think of all the times in the past 3 and 1/2 years that I just wished for one day to be over or for time to fly between one moment to the next. Oh, how I wish now (as I was told MANY times) that I had enjoyed every moment more. It is always true what they say that you never know what you have until it’s gone. I feel like I always remember that lesson too late at times in my life. All I can say is I have been blessed by the people I met in college and I MISS them, dearly. I hate the times I was distant, moody, and petty. I hate the times where I was too focused on the next test or project or guy and less on those friends that meant the most to me. It is also fitting that I am reminded of this lesson on my grandmother’s birthday. She died 2 and 1/2 years ago and I still miss her as if it were yesterday. I learned that lesson about not giving enough time to those who mean the most to you in a hard way when she died. She was my best friend and I will see her again someday.

On that note, I just wanted to speak a small bit about the news I’ve been hearing. According to some guy on family radio, I will be seeing my grandmother again tomorrow because that is when the world is ending. Apparently, he has calculated when the rapture is going to take place. I believe what Revelation says and that it will happen someday but the bible also says that “No man knows the day nor the hour when the Lord will come”. So, I’m not sure why this guy thinks that he is the exception. If the world ends tomorrow, I am okay with that because I will be in Heaven with my Lord. But if it doesn’t, I won’t be disappointed and I am kinda excited about the next stage of my life. I guess we will see but my trust is in God either way.

Well, I am sorry I haven’t participated in the post-a-week as I had originally planned, but my last semester was more challenging and time consuming than I thought it was going to be. But all in all, it was a great year and an great four years and I look forward to the future whatever may.

Peace and blessings

Take A Chance On Me

January 14, 2011

So, I am a huge “The Office” fan. I remember the first episode I saw was season 5’s “The Duel”. I was invited to an office January premiere party by one of my friends who was a big fan. I had NO idea what i was getting into. The show was weird to me at first, but I found it pretty funny. I talked another friend into watching it too and we borrowed seasons 2-4 from other friends and became HOOKED. We got caught up in the story lines (especially Jim and Pam!!). And we have been avid Thursday night watchers ever since.

Last summer, Steve Carell announced that he would be leaving at the end (today i just found out BEFORE the end) of season 7. I respect his decision to go on to his family/bigger and better projects. However, I feel like it is the kiss of death to “The Office”. Everyone, including Carell, insists that the show WILL go on after season 7 and be successful. While the show may go on, I don’t believe it will be very successful. As much as I love every character on the show from Michael to Stanley, it will never be the same without Steve. At least they are not stupid enough to recast the character, but an extreme void will be left without Michael Scott.

The Office has done well as an ensemble show, but it cannot deny that for seven years Steve Carell had been the fearless leader. Even people who are not avid fans of the show know Michael Scott. He is part of (who I consider) the big four of “The Office”: Jim, Pam, Dwight, and MICHAEL. The show without any of those characters is not the same. There are so many talented actors, comedians, and writers who work on this show, but they will not be able to replace a character this valuable. My prediction is that the show will continue to season 8 and then fall off as it’s British counterpart did when it’s star, Ricky Gervais, left. I will forever be a fan of “The Office”, but I think I’ll only be faithful to seasons 1-7.

What do you think? Should we not give up on “The Office”?