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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2004|07:40 pm]
Dave
[mood |excitedexcited]

So here I am, zipping up my suitcase for yet another Central American excursion! To clear up for/remind you where I'm going and what I'm doing (for any of you who care to know):

I'm going on a delegation focusing on Sustainable Agriculture with the Sister City New Haven/Leon Project, out of New Haven. According to our itinerary, we'll be spending the first and last days of the 10-day delegation travelling (both to and from Nicaragua and between the capital of Managua to Leon, a 3-hour drive). This leaves 4 days for some manual labor, like weeding gardens, but the objective of the delegation is sustainable agriculture, so we won't be planting anything that we won't be assured will grow well once we leave. We'll also be spending some time relaying on to the farmers the agricultural knowledge having to do with safe pesticide practices and even organic farming that we will be taught. The other four days will be our excursions, to places like two active volcanoes, the beach, and museums around Leon.

So, those of you who know that I'll be gone longer than 10 days are probably wondering what happens after the delegation. Well, it gets interesting (as if the delegation work isn't interesting enough!). While my American counterparts return to the States on July 15th, I will be staying 17 more days, until July 31st. There's still a little ambiguity concerning exactly what I'll be doing to be worked out once I get down there, but I'll be doing basically three things that the workers in the Leon Sister City office have arranged for me. I'll be visiting a school in a village on the outskirts of Leon called "Los Barzones" to help re-enforce the kids' schoolwork (all in Spanish, of course!). I'll also be writing articles to bring back to the US about my experiences, the country's poverty, and persuasion letters to Americans considering a delegation. And, if there's still time after all that, I'll have the opportunity to help out Eduardo (one of the bi-lingual office workers) with his translating work, which, to me, is very exciting. My AP Spanish score of a 4 is really setting me high on my laurels, making me actually feel competent in Spanish (though we'll see how it goes once I actually put it to work!)

It's really nice to be able to return to a far-away place having already experienced the culture and the lay of the land, if you will. Now that I'm already acquainted with the program and the work that it does, I think I'll really be able to contribute this time to not only do what I can to help the country but also learn a whole lot about agriculture, economics, the world, and...um...myself?

So I'll be back August 1st, with lots of stories and a farmers tan, I'm sure! Expect plenty of group e-mails, too, as I'll be going to the internet cafe practically every friggin' day. If you don't hear from me in a week, assume that I don't have your e-mail address and send me an e-mail! Enjoy July, everyone, and ¡diviértanse!
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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2004|05:31 pm]
Dave
[music |Spread-Outkast]

The epitome of senioritis:

When you sit at your computer, talking to friends and listening to music, because "I still have a whole hour to do my three projects before I go out tonight."

When you still have a total of a quiz and three tests to make up, with 6 more days of school left, because you missed them all somehow when you spent a week in Bermuda (which was 3 weeks ago).

When you're too busy to write your grad. gift thank-you notes because reading every caption in the yearbook is more important anyways.

Today I was here:
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(no subject) [May. 16th, 2004|09:30 pm]
Dave
[mood |enthralledenthralled]

"Um, by the way, I leave for Bermuda tomorrow morning!" would have said the post that I would have written Monday night had I not been busy packing.

Greetings from Bermuda! Where the weather has been perfect (sunny every day, high 24 degrees, low humidity), the fishes have been abundant, and the people are ridiculously friendly and happy with the beautiful island on which they live. This is paradise, which is funny, since I was talking to Mallory about Prom and we realized that the after-Prom theme is "Tropical Paradise," while we will have returned from the real thing just 5 days prior.

This entry is overbearingly rub-it-in-your-face, but I don't care, because I'm in Bermuda!!! Oh, and don't be fooled. This is no "holiday," but rather constant hiking, swimming, working, and spelunking!

I didn't even dare read my friends entries when I logged onto LJ just now. I'm essentially living life in another world. How could I prematurely bring myself back to the one I live in Hamden? Not yet.

Tuesday, oh Tuesday. How quickly you are approaching. Stay back! I won't let you impede upon what is supposedly the best (and last) dive of my trip at North Rock. This is known to hold more parrot fish, trumpet fish, sea hares, angel fish, wrasses, flounders, eels, and barracuda than we've seen throughout the whole trip! It'll be ammmmazing!!! But don't worry, I'll bring back pictures. ;-)
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(no subject) [May. 9th, 2004|09:29 pm]
Dave
[mood |accomplished]
[music |Baby Girl--Nelly Furtado]

Today was possibly one of the most productive days of my life!!! I put together breakfast, cleaned the house, made a huge packing list, took care of stuff in preparation for Nicaragua, and I finally have clean sheets to sleep on. And I washed my Nalgene bottle. It no longer smells musty and gross.

...all without even leaving the house.
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(no subject) [May. 9th, 2004|11:20 am]
Dave
Good times last night. Everyone: Go rent "Ricky Oh"!!! I don't care if you have no time on your hands. It's worth it! Go get it! I have honestly never laughed that hard upon seeing any film.

One thing I realized last night is that people change. I think the perfect combination of Aaron changing and me changing over the past 4 years has meant that we have a LOT more in common now than we once did. When I met him in 8th grade, he was socially a mess. I've seen him change dramatically, though. I'm thinking that he's seen the same type of change in me (I know at least that I have changed).

Oh man, Popeye's last night was an experience. On the way out, holding two bags with nearly 40 pieces of chicken, Chris D'amato made the comment, "I feel like a woman coming out of TJ Maxx," to which the lady we held the door for exclaimed, "Don't you be talkin' about my TJ Maxx!"

hahaha, the people there are really great.
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(no subject) [May. 6th, 2004|09:56 pm]
Dave
[mood |satisfiedsatisfied]

Why can't every schoolday be like this one??? Quick "round-up" of the day:

Only went to real classes 1st and 8th periods. 2nd-4th, worked in the ceramics room. Made a pot that was "elegant," according to Ms. Hotch. :-) Also made a kickass vase, which I can't wait to trim and glaze! 5th was Comp. Lit...what a joke! Clem and I played Boggle all class, while Mr. Peterman played his trippy music and didn't say a word to us because he still holds a grudge on us for not taking the exam. Trisha Smith slept.

Then, out of nowhere, Clem invited me to go ice skating with him in gym class 6th period! I was worried that one of the teachers would notice that I shouldn't be there and would kick me out, but I went anyways. It was worth it, and I didn't fall on my ass at all. Mr. Ceneri, who had had me in his class just last semester, gave me a slightly confused glance, but didn't say anything...and not like he just didn't care, but like he's a confused old gym teacher who didn't realize what was going on.

7th, I went to ceramics once again. Then, Spanish was pointless, but after discussing the answers to Tuesday's exam with other people (don't worry, it's actually not illegal for this certain section), I figured out that I got a lot more answers right than I thought. Hey, who knows? This could be a very good outcome!
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(no subject) [May. 5th, 2004|04:09 pm]
Dave
[mood |relievedrelieved]
[music |Otherside--RHCP]

With this entry I mark a new era in my life. An era unscathed by the bitter suffering of the Advanced Placement test. With this, I stick a fork in myself, because I'm done...done with AP's forever!!!

Revised AP Goals (after actually having seen "the horror" in person)

Englang: 3. I probably answered more questions on the multiple choice than I should have, but the essays were a cinch! I even got to properly use words like allusion, synecdoche, diction, and sodomy--don't ask.

Spanish: 4. Yo hablo espanol! In general, I kicked ass on this one. I fubbed up a few times in different areas on the free-response sections (essay and speaking), but they were relatively minor fubs, and the multiple choice weren't painful like the ones Ken gave us in class. Is it a sign that I should really pursue Spanish if, after the 3+hour exam, I wanted to go out and speak Spanish even more than normal? Emma wanted to kill me.

Calc: 2. Yeah, I was really this close the night before the exam to deciding not to show up at all. Then I remembered that those bastards at the College Board were taking my $82, so I figured I might as well get a few pieces of paper out of them. Plus, now I don't have to take the dreaded Calc final.

So. They're over. Let the party begin! :-D
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(no subject) [May. 2nd, 2004|09:47 pm]
Dave
[mood |stressedstressed]
[music |Pay For What You Get--DMB]

9:47, when I should have been in bed by 9:30. Oh man, I hope I can sleep.

AP Englang at 7:30 tomorrow. Why am I so stressed over it? I'll just do the best I can. I honestly have no idea what to expect for a score. NO idea. If I get a 4, I'll be psyched and proud, if I get a 3, I'll tell myself "valiant effort, David," and if I get a 1 or 2, I can just validate it by reminding myself that I first picked up the AP book a week and a half ago, after having never taken the class. S'all good, I guess!

20 out of 33 on the practice test...let's see, that's a 61.
I'll just hope to kick the living shit out of those essays, especially the third one, which is just like that on the writing SAT II. ;-)

If you happen to be up at 6:30 tomorrow morning (Monday), give me a call and remind me not to drink coffee. I'm more than likely to forget and my writing will be all over the page from my shaking hand, controlled by my completely wired mind.

G'night all, and good luck this week!
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2004|10:10 pm]
Dave
1.Go into your LJ's archives.
2.Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3.Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4.Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

"Just seeing all those people..."
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(no subject) [Apr. 21st, 2004|08:48 pm]
Dave
Ok, so I'm packing to go to Tufts...if they don't reject me. I don't know how much they'd like to see a D in Comp Lit, but there's little I can do about it now. Anywhere from a B- to an A- this quarter would earn me a solid fucking C+ for the year. woo-hoo But I guess I earned it. I really did. What was I thinking?

Anyways, on a more repetitive note, I'm going to college tomorrow. It's gonna be a good time, if I could just get over the fact that I'm staying in the room of a complete stranger. Do I really talk in my sleep? What if they're jocks? I hope I don't get toe fungus from the shower...

I've been a little worried lately about the hotness level of the Tufts population. The a capella groups had better make up in vocals for what they lack in hotness, because I was checking out the websites and oh man...
Call me superficial, but...oh wait. Don't ever call me superficial!

Wheaton's hotness level was through the roof! I remember Colgate being way up there too, but Brandeis?! Dafna, lay off the crack.

Enough of my pointless ramblings.

"Hell is other people." Hm.
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