All you can eat.
The end of the quarter is here again and I can say I’ve made it all the way through the quarter without forgetting to write a blog. Last quarter I found myself remembering about the blog due Friday on Saturday morning and I would be really upset with myself. I made a goal at the beginning of the quarter to not forget and I actually accomplished it.
I have a good feeling going into my finals because all of my papers and assignments were due before finals week and for the first time I can focus on test and not assignments. Its nice to know that after this quarter I will only have one quarter left of college. It feels like I have been in school forever and like I would never get out. At the beginning of the year as I looked at my curriculum sheet and my degree progress report, it seemed like I would have another year of college with all of the red boxes that were next to unfulfilled requirements. I talked to my councilor and found out that I could graduate this year; I just took the hard way about doing so.
When I first started taking COM classes for journalism I didn’t know that I needed to take reporting one’s early so I would be able to take reporting three which is only offered in the fall quarter. I transferred COM 312, an upper division magazine journalism class, in reporting three’s place so I would not have to come back next fall for one class.
I started COM 351, newspaper practices, late too. I didn’t realize that three quarters of COM 351 were required until the middle of fall quarter. To make up for a missed quarter of COM 351, I’m taking magazine practices next quarter. Doing newspaper and magazine at the same time should prove to be a difficult challenge, but one I look forward too.
Another “mess up” I had in planning my classes was not realizing the COM 108 was taken off the curriculum and I needed to replace it with another class. Next quarter I will be taking a lower division COM class to make up the difference. I am stoked that with all of the problems I have caused myself, I will still be able to walk this year.
The end of the quarter is coming up and it’s getting down to crunch time for all the work I’ve set aside, or slowly started. This week I’ve been particularly motivated to get everything done so I can start my spring break a little early. I made it to every COM 201 class; Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m., which is the first time I have accomplished that in a month. The time I finally make it to a Monday morning class, it was canceled.
We have a research paper due next week, but if we turned it in today we would get extra credit. Since I was feeling extra motivated my goal was to turn it in for extra credit, and I knew that I would probably need it. I started it on Monday and worked on it for short time and put it off until Wednesday. I brewed up some coffee and stayed up until 3:30 a.m. finishing it. When I woke up, I didn’t remember much of writing it because I was so tired. I was very surprised when I read over it for the first time because it actually made sense. It instantly reminded me of the movie old school when Will Ferrell wins the debate with a great speech, but doesn’t remember what he said.
In magazine Journalism I’m writing an article on the progression of snowboarders. I’m interviewing my friends that snowboard and some of their parents. I needed to get a bunch of interviews done at once, so I wrote up some questions and sent them through face book and called the recipients to let them know the good news that they are in a snowboard article and are famous now.
I interviewed friends of different ages to see how their experience snowboarding has changed as they aged and took on more responsibility. Some of the responses I received from my friends that are young and fearless were comical; they also have part time jobs and live at home. As people take on responsibility and start to realize their mortality, they snowboard more cautiously.
As I sat and watched Gold Rush Alaska on the Discovery channel, I started thinking about topics that I would be able to write 350 words on. One topic I could easily write 350 words about is my grade in this class, and how it completely tanked after a misspelled name in the basketball story. It’s ironic because last quarter in reporting one, my grade was a low c until the end of the quarter. I never misspelled a name because I was working hard to raise my grade, and I was worried about losing points for little mistakes. Last quarter I was obsessive about checking every letter, in every name, every time because I didn’t want one misspelled word to bring me down to a D or worse. Since I had a very solid B in the class most of this quarter and I wasn’t stressing as much, I didn’t pay as much attention to detail and the one thing I was overcautious of last quarter came back to kick me in the pants, sending my grade crashing to a low C.
Another topic I could easily drop 350 words on is good pizza. I was watching Gold Rush and anxiously waiting for some pizza to show up, when I started thinking about all of the different types of pizza. I realized that I am kind of picky when it comes to my pizza. One thing that is an automatic pizza fail for me is thin crust. When it’s cooked to long, it reminds me of a saltine cracker. When it’s under cooked you can’t pick it up, and I’m not about to use a fork and a knife on a piece of pizza. Not having to use eating utensils is one of the reasons I love pizza.
I could easily write 350 words on Gold Mining as well. I could see myself growing a sweet beard and living rugged for a few months while mining gold. I wouldn’t want to rely on it for my only income, but it would be a fun experience once in life. If I were looking to mine gold for a profit, I would go to the Bearing Sea in Alaska because, on that show, one mining crew found 90 ounces of gold in one day. In the gold rush Alaska show, the main crew barely made more than 90 ounces in the entire season, and they worked a lot harder for it.
In reporting one, last quarter, I wrote a blog on in-door Nerf Basketball; I figured this might be a good time for an update on the action. When we first got the Nerf Basketball setup, I would get smoked in horse every time I played. All three of my roommates have enjoyed multiple victories over me. After playing many games of horse in the first three months, we took about a two-month break where we didn’t play because we were to busy or forgot. I took this time to work on my shots, finding the right angles to bounce the ball off walls and ceilings. Anytime I was cooking, watching TV or doing homework, I was working on a buttery free throw shot at the same time.
I realized that in the past I was trying to many trick shots from off the walls, sitting shots and shots from the stairs, while my roommates would make conventional shots more frequently. I would miss the easy shots that they made and lose the game. This inspired me to develop a new game plan, make the easy shots and force them to do the same.
We recently started playing horse tournaments again and I implemented the game strategy. In the first game that all four of us played after the break, I killed it. I was making mid range shots in the middle of the living room by the coffee table and three pointers from the far end of the living room behind the couch. I would still try some trick shots, but only about every third shot or so and I never made one. I went on to win three games in a row on that night, a personal best and a new apartment record.
I chose to write about Cal Poly Pomona’s baseball team because they did surprisingly well last season and I am a baseball fan. I wanted to tell readers, which players were leaving and how that would affect the team. Since the team lost eight players from last years team, one of them playing professionally now after having ridiculous numbers at the plate for the last two years here, I wanted to know how the coach felt about his new guys and their preparations for the new season.
Baseball season is just starting so the head coach was constantly busy and rarely in his office, making his phone very hard to reach. I tried calling him numerous times at the office but there was no answer. I only left him one message though because I’m not hard core enough yet to leave numerous messages. I even tried getting a hold of his cell phone number from the baseball players I interviewed.
When I did get the interview, I had my questions lined up and ready to fire; along with a call recorder cell phone application downloaded, running and already tested and proven. Downloading this app was one of the best ideas I have had thus far in life. I took notes on how to spell a few names, and a few things I heard him repeat while answering questions. When it came time to write the story, I played the call back and wrote exact detailed quotes. The only problem, I found out while writing the story, was that there were a few good quotes that I couldn’t use because either the coach mumbled a few words, or I just couldn’t figure out exactly what words he said.
The biggest problem I had in writing the story, was trying to rewind the recorded call back to the exact point I needed it, without running it back a few minutes to far. The makers of the app put a tiny bar at the bottom of the screen for selecting the spot you want to play. My fat thumb kept dragging the selector to far.
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