So I pretty much love the kids in my hall and apparently we're the only floor in the hall that actually socializes with each other. This is my awesome new friend Tara who verses me in the ways of the world.
I have already learned quite a bit during my short time here at mizzou. One new talent I can add to my repertoire is taking care of completely wasted people. The story of last night is too long to tell but I'll highlight what seems most important. First off I hear my roomie yelling at somebody on the phone at 2 a.m. and make her come into the room so the whole floor doesn't kill her (well that handful of us that actually don't go to frats on the weekends). But my first little red flag that went off was the fact that she wasn't with the other girl. Within the first minute of being in the room she promtly falls down in an attempt to take her shoes off. When she gets up and tries to put her night clothes on correctly I had to help her because lets just say that I don't think that shorts go on the head (I swear on my life it's a true story). Eventually after many weird moments (I had her try and walk in a straight line...it was entertaining) she flops on the bed and after my attempts to convince her to get under her sheets she passes out. I put a fuzzy blanket I have over her. At this point I started worrying about the friend because I don't have her number and have no idea where she could be. Finally at 4:00 she calls alyssa's phone and since alyssa is still out cold I answered it. She somehow managed to find her way back to the dorm but didn't have her swipe card to get into the building. At this point I sprinted down 4 flights of stairs to find her. Her balance was less then stellar and she quickly grabbed onto my arm for support. They couldn't find the key to her room so she came to our room for a bit. More drunk arguing took place and they had the munchies and started throwing reeces puffs at each other. Eventually we were able to find the key and get both in bed to sleep it off. Up until now I haven't spend any time around drunk people so here's a few things I've learned. Getting a drunk text is really funny especially when you show it to them in the morning. If they aren't an angry drunk it's pretty easy to tell them what to do and they're willing to do it (ie. telling them to get up so you can get the sheets over them). Remember what they did because they most certainly won't. I only thought people on drugs got the munchies. One serious thing I have learned is give them your number so that you can help them if they're in trouble or get lost. If they ever go out for shots again me and my other non drinking friend Sam are going to go with them or at least be in the general vicinity to make sure they don't get seperated and something bad happens. The most important lesson I've learned is seeing what the effects are and seeing the lack of control and rational decision making.
I was hanging out with a few of my friends a couple of days ago and we were talking about how we dealt with move in/not knowing people/being in a new place etc. etc. We got on the subject of how none of us really show it when we're upset and that we're basically opposite of the people that "wear their heart on their sleeves" is the best I can describe it. Going off track I think that's why I get along with them so well because even though there's very little I have in common with them, our personalities are all almost identical. Back to the point, my friend Sam said "You can hide anything behind a smile." While this is not necessarily a good thing, it's extraordinarily true. If we don't want to deal with telling people exactly what's going on in our lives, all you have to do is smile through it and nobody will be able to tell that anything's wrong. We've all done it at some point, some people more than others. I'm not going to critique the statement because than I'd feel like a hypocrite because I do it all the time. I just wanted to bring it up and point out that even though it's not the best way to deal with issues we do it anyways.
Here's a scene from the lion king that I think we have forgotten about by the time we get older. During my junior year one of the teachers used this scene as the center of one of the chapels. It was one of the best sermons I'd heard at chapel and you can get the gist of what it would have been about by watching.
The great thing about mizzou is that they have pretty much everything that anyone can ever think of. One of these things that they have is a raptor rehab facility. It's my new favorite hobby other than ultimate frisbee of course. I already talked about this but my camera decided to cooperate and here you go. This is lucifer.
I was at the raptor center the other day when a night hawk was brought in. They're probably one of the prettiest and most impressive looking birds we've got here in America. Being that I've only been around raptors for a few weeks I still think every bird at the sanctuary is cool and interesting. Unfortunately we couldn't keep it because it isn't a raptor and therefore the facility doesn't have the permits for it. But nevertheless they're really cool looking. They're smaller than ravens but bigger than birds people are use to seeing in their back yards. I know that wasn't a horribly good description but I don't know how to compare the size of a bird to other stuff very well. They have such intricate patterns on their backs and under their wings. I guess I bring this up because it's really cool to be so close to wild birds especially birds of prey. We have the chance to see them in a rehab place but never get a good, close look at them. Volunteering at this place is such a cool opportunity because you're able to hold predators on your arm which for me is an awesome experience. For instance I got to hold an eastern screech-owl named lucifer the other day. Although lucifer is about 1/3 lbs. it's still awesome to be able to hold him. I don't know if you and an owl have ever stared at each other but it's something you're not quick to forget. I would have a picture but my phone decided that it was going to stop working at that particular moment. I've always loved raptors for how cool they are and what they represent. Working with them is something I've wanted to do my whole life and now I get to. It's awesome
I found out a very sad fact today. As I was waiting for my next class a kid in front of me was reading the newspaper. The article he was reading said that Disney has bought Marvel.......what in the world? I don't know about you but I can't picture wolverine walking around in front of Cinderellas castle or see the Hulk stand next sleeping beauty. It's just one of those things that don't add up. I have come to the conclusion that Disney is slowly taking over the world and we will all be wearing mouse ears by the year 2020. All joking aside I really don't know how Disney is going to make this work. Disney is a place of whimsical fairy tales filled with flying elephants and four year old girls running around in bright pink princess costumes. Universal Studios is more macho with more intense and high flying rides. Don't get me wrong Disney and Universal are two of my favorite places to go but I like going to them separately, because I expect one thing out of Disney and a completely different thing out of Universal. I'm wondering if Disney is going to lose its happy go lucky family feel. Even if it doesn't it's gonna be weird because I looked for different types of entertainment from each company and we'll see what the mouse does with it. I know that this issue will not affect our daily lives I just thought it would be interesting to write about