yup I was there. Did you see me, I was in yellow?? Just messin with ya. Seriously though, yesterday was the best day of my life. We beat #1 oklahoma, which was the most awesome game i've ever seen in person. We rushed the field, which was something I never thought I'd be able to do-it was AMAZING! And we got to kiss the 50 yard line which is one of the traditions. I can truely say that i never thought I'd see that one play out-it was gross and wet from the rain but again, AMAZING!! A friend who watched the game on tv said that a friend and myself made it on tv once during the game and after when there was a camera lady literally right where we were on the field. When you watch all the college kids screaming their heads off on tv you think-wow those kids are crazy. But when your team just pulled off the impossible you just can't help yourself.
I just got back from seeing Secretariat the movie. It was pretty awesome. The movie focuses mostly on Penny Chenery, the owner of Big Red. As a horse/Secretariat aficionado I was paying most attention to the horse and his groom Eddie Sweat. I'm not the happiest with how they portrayed Eddie. At one point they made him look like a somewhat crazy guy. But, truth being that Eddie was just very passionate about Secretariat and racing in general. Diane Lane does a great job portraying the character of Penny. Even though I'm not very knowledgeable about the person of Penny Chenery I believe that she did a great job. Definitely some great acting from both the big names and no names. The music was absolutely astounding and I plan to buy the soundtrack when I get the chance. They chose orchestra music for the races and it worked beautifully. Probably my favorite part was at the beginning when they showed a slow motion shot of a galloping horses stride. It was amazing. I've never seen it framed so well; you saw every little part of the stride and it's amazing what a gallop looks like.
But, as a horse fan I would have liked to see Secretariat get more screen time. Though the film makers did the best they could to describe how Big Red would literally pose for pictures and would look through people and actually observe, not just watch people, there's no substitute for the real thing. I don't like how they made Sham and his owner the "bad" characters. In truth Sham was also an amazing animal who would have been the triple crown winner any other year other than 1973 when Secretariat took over. My basic consensus is that if you aren't a horse person or familiar with Secretariat it probably won't be your kind of movie. But if you're interested in the amazing equine athlete you'll probably enjoy it.
One final thought. The beginning opened up with a reference to to story of Job. First off I didn't think Disney would ever take something from the Bible. Secondly it was about how apparently when Job was questioning God, God said something about horses. I personally don't remember that part of Job, but I'll check.
Ross Dixon, my campus minister, is obsessed with the Avett Brothers. I don't really have any idea who they are but he played this song the other day when a group of us were in his car. It's an interesting song. Not the kind of music I usually listen to but still good nevertheless
i gave blood today for the first time, it was an interesting experience. My friend asked me at the beginning of the school year if I could give for her sorority Kappa Delta (the fact that I'm involved with sorority functions is another story for another day). Well it started out with a group of us and a million other college kids waiting in line for about 45 minutes. Finally about 20 minutes, a dozen questions, and an extremely painful finger prick later we find ourselves sitting and waiting to give blood.
I don't know if you know anything about these people that work for the red cross and take blood, but they're not exactly professional nurses. I'm not one to complain but I watched at least 3 people come after me, give, and leave before I even saw my person. Finally after sitting and watching multiple pale white people get carted away for at least 20 minutes my person comes. She mumbles the whole time, I think I only comprehended about half her words. Despite waiting a frustrating amount of time, the giving blood part goes fine enough. That is until the end when my ever so professional nurse messes up.
There's a few test tube looking things that must be filled up prior to you being done to make sure you really don't have AIDS or something unusual with your blood. Well apparently my person let the tube that goes from the vein to the bad twist just enough that there wasn't enough blood left to go in the test tubes. So she proceeds to MOVE AND TWIST THE NEEDLE!! "I'll have to stick you again" is what she said. Safe to say I wanted to punch her and say a few choice words. Do you know how painful a needle inside your vein is when it's moved around? I pray that nobody ever has to feel that pain. Well just as I was about to call her bluff and say "no" another nurse took over insisting that mine take her break. This one actually knew what she was doing and I barely felt a thing when she had to stab me in my other arm.
Well at this moment my left arm is somewhat unusable, I'm left handed. I put sole blame on the chick who didn't know what she was doing. But nonetheless I got to hang out with some good friends and give blood for a good cause. So I'll probably give it another shot sometime in the future cause it's okay that I'm uncomfortable as long as it helps people.
a few friends of mine put together a blog focusing solely on the one and only Ross Dixon. They have put together a collection of his 'words to live by.' A phrase you're probably familiar with if you know this campus minister. It's absolutely hilarious because they put his random words into 3 categories of: Gold, Jackpot, and Money. Again a few phrases you're familiar with if you know the 'deceivingly athletic for his age' man. Well enough talking out of me here it is for your enjoyment.
Last night some of the RUF crew decided to go camping. The camping place was for the most part in the middle of nowhere and we quickly found out that you could actually see the stars really well. Something most of us aren't accustomed to. So about 5 of us decided to go out on the road and look at the stars. Who knew laying down on the path would be so cool.
I've always loved astronomy and the stars so it was pretty awesome. Aside from being able to see so many more stars than usual we were also able to see the milky way. The milky way is one of those things that you're not able to see very often so it was pretty cool. We also saw 5ish shooting stars. The combination of being able to see all those things reminds you of how neat the galaxy and all that stuff outside our solar system is.