I have DMB Tickets!

I HAVE DAVE MATTHEWS TICKETS!!

After weeks of waiting, I am excited to say that I have held the real tickets in my grubby little hands.

Why do I bring this up?  I don’t mean to do it to rub it in the faces of people who were not able to get tickets, (I’m really sorry about that!) but there’s a story that goes along with this that’s pretty humorous…

So of course, while I’m gone getting my car repaired Friday the FedEx guy shows up to drop the tickets off at my place, but with me not there = no tickets.  He would come back Monday, but I figured that I didn’t want to spend a whole other day at home, and that I’d just go in on Saturday and go pick them up from the FedEx center out by the Interstate.  So after sleeping in a bit on Saturday, getting off to a slow start, I head out to do my errands.  First up: FedEx.

I pull into the lot and go on in.  While I’m in there it’s a steady stream of people going in and out.  There wasn’t a long line by any means, but I was waiting for the person in front of me, and there was a person behind me that waited while I was being helped.  So the person in front of me brings his slip in, the gal walks out with en envelope, dude leaves.  I bring the gal my slip, she comes back with an envelope for me, I leave.  While I’m walking out, the gal is walking out with another envelope for the guy after me…

So I’m out in the parking lot and I walk by the car of the guy that went before me.  He’s sitting in there opening his envelope.  I get in my car, then tear open the envelope.  I open it up and there’s a smaller envelope with the tickets inside!  I’m just sitting there looking in awe.  Then at the corner of my eye I look at the guy in the car next to me, and he’s doing the exact same thing!  We’re sitting there in our cars, in complete disbelief.  I could tell what he was thinking, "I can’t believe I’m actually holding them!".  I knew what he was thinking because that’s what I was thinking as well!  At that point the next guy gets in his car and he’s got his envelope open, and all of us are sitting there in our cars just holding the tickets (and some smelling of the tickets went on as well).  Driving to my next errand, I realized how funny that must have looked to the gal behind the FedEx counter…

So yes, I’m pathetic, but there are 11 days and counting!

Stupidest Car Repair Ever…

So as I write this my car is in the shop, for the dumbest repair that it’ll (hopefully) ever need.  Yesterday I was driving to work when I put in a CD (which will remain nameless for a minute).  I heard a few songs on the CD and as usual, my short attention span was tired of this band.  So I hit "eject" and guess what – the CD won’t eject!  I keep getting this "Ejection Error" message that run across the display…  I tried and tried, but short of ripping the stereo out of the car I couldn’t do anything to get the CD out.  But what’s really strange is that it’s still playing just fine, just won’t eject…

And to make the matters worse the CD is BLINK 182! ARGGGH!  It’d be one thing if it was Dave Matthews, 311 or Five For Fighting, but freaking Blink 182!  So you can guess that one day later I’ve had enough.  It’s bad enough to be listening to the same CD over and over again, but when it’s Blink 182 my patience is really tried.

So I take the car in thinking that this will be a simple repair, I can sit in the lobby for an hour and see if I can finish my book…  No!  Apparently they won’t be able to get to my car right away.  The guy who does the mobile/radio stuff is out at a job right now, and it’d be impractical for me to wait!

Hey, so if they couldn’t get to my car when I took it in at the assigned time, then what was the point for me making an appointment?!? 

So they gave me a ride back, and I’m here at work, but now I’m paranoid because today is the day I’m supposed to be getting my Dave Matthews tickets, and they won’t leave the package for me unless I sign for it!  I worked from home this morning and the tickets didn’t come, and I figured that I’d be alright in leaving for an hour, but now I’m gone all afternoon and the weekend will go by with no DMB tickets   I’m sure I’ll get them Monday, but it would have been really cool to have them this weekend (oh… and TWO WEEKS AND COUNTING!).

Luckily my car is under warranty so I won’t have to pay for this repair, but when I called this morning and told them about my problem they mentioned that if they couldn’t get the CD out through conventional means, they’d have to rip out the stereo and send it down to Denver to be taken apart (it seems the technology to dismantle a CD player – A SCREWDRIVER – isn’t yet available in Fort Collins).  I really hope they just put a new unit in there.

I don’t even want the CD anymore!  I just don’t want to be driving around all weekend with a giant hole in my dashboard!

Bar Room Fun

So it’s the second day of school, beautiful late-summer evening, work piled up a bit today, let alone reading that needs to get done for school… And what do I do?

SPEND FOUR HOURS IN A BAR!

Yes, I am a bar-room degenerate…  I was over at Old Chicago’s from 8pm until Midnight!!  That’s nuts!  I went over there thinking I was going to be there for an hour, maybe two, BUT NOT FOUR!?!  What started simply was Michael and myself sitting at at the bar eventually turned into a group of 10 people moving to table in the dining room.  For a brief while I thought Michael and I got stood up by all of our friends, but Karen and her guy Ryan came to the rescue.  Then 9:45 roles around and all of the sudden we have people surrounding us who I don’t even know!  A bit nuts… 

Now I know what you’re thinking, but no, I wasn’t sitting around drinking the whole time.  I did have the equivalent of about three beers during those four hours, and ate one of those mini-pizzas they serve at Happy Hour, but a good deal of my time was having some very engaging discussions with a lot of my friends I haven’t seen in a while.  It was really nice to be able to make those re-connections, catch up on how everyone is doing, laughing a lot, along with hearing some very thought-provoking words.  I especially appreciated the discussion I had with my friend Christian regarding Spirit Fire and the state of things at John XXIII.

Reflecting upon our talk I’m once again feeling nostalgic for the "good ol’ days, and when thinking about just how much things have changed it really blows me away.  At the same time, it’s refreshing to know that people who are tied to once was are still around, and at the same time are very committed to campus ministry.  It really inspires me to do my part to support those people, pray for them, and do what I can to offer any help.  At the same time I feel very affirmed with where I’m at with NCSC, and greatly appreciate the opportunity I have to connect with amazing students who are very passionate about campus ministry (and who are more aligned with my theology).  I would like to find some way to bring that connection back to J23, specifically with the students who are struggling in finding their place at our changing church…  Something to think about for the rest of this week.  More on this topic to come…

Well time for bed, long day tomorrow.  I need to keep on top of things and spend no more time in bars this week!

Dave Matthews not into himself anymore

Hahaha I came across something this morning that made me laugh pretty hard – a good piece to all of the Dave Matthews haters out there.  As a big fan I found it pretty funny too, mainly because I hear this all the time from people who used to be fans.  Some of my favorite lines were:

"I was so blown away by everything I did—especially my live performances. I remember me and my buddies used to drive for hours just to go to one of our shows."

"Rock music with a violin? I don’t know," Matthews added. "Seemed cool once."

"I used to talk for hours about my music or spend a whole night in a DMB chatroom," Matthews said. "But now, the people at the shows seem like such geeks, standing there with their elaborate taping equipment. They’re really, really young, too. What do I have in common with them? They’re just a bunch of kids who need someone to look up to. Why would I look up to me? I’m so 1997."

And even though I shouldn’t have to point it out, I will – the Onion is weekly satirical paper, so obviously this interview never happened

Oh and 2 & 1/2 weeks until Red Rocks.  My tickets get shipped tomorrow!

First day of classes – kind of…

So thus ends my first day of classes..  It’s back to school time and you can just smell that chalk dust in the air..  Well I can’t – because this is another semester of on-line classes for me..  Another semester where I’m not cool enough to go to an actual classroom.  Actually, it’s more like I’m really slammed at work and between my job and all the traveling I’m doing this fall semester I thought it’d be in my best interests to take on-line classes.  So right now I’m only taking 2.  I’m thinking about adding another one on, but we’ll see how things go.  I’m already looking forward to the spring when I’ll actually be going to a class again!

While this marks a big change from summer-time to fall for most of my friends, the biggest change is that I’ll no longer have time to play 3-4 games of Madden per day, but rather only 1-2…  Actually there are more changes for me, but it’s mainly that I need to find some good solid time to get my reading done, as well as caught up in all of my assignments.  Right now I feel pretty good about being able to manage my time, especially when I’m not working from home as much and going into the office a little more often.  The change of environment really encourages me to be productive.

It’s funny to see the changes that happen in Fort Collins when school starts. There are some good changes and some really bad changes.  The good changes is that the Old Town night-life really picks up, and the city is a-buzz with activity.  The downsides is that there seems to be more traffic, and things are just overall more crowded.  All summer long I was one of three people in my apartment building that was living there, and it seems that literally overnight the parking lot is now full and everyone is busy doing their own thing.  On Friday night I came home to find that my next door neighbor was having a party…  Looks like things are getting back into routine.

A few nights ago I made the mistake of going to Target on the day that Freshman move into the dorms.  That was one of the worst ideas ever – that place was a freakin’ zoo.  Between freshmen in there with their parents getting things all situated, along with the brand new room mates that didn’t start moving into their place until this afternoon, Target was a total mess.  It seemed like every section of the store was packed. Then I went over to Best Buy (oh, during this whole time I was working on accessorising my new camera), I’m standing in line and there are these two girls in front of me.  One of them has this "Nintendo GameCube Starter Set" complete with the console, extra controllers and a few games, then her room mate had 5 2-packs of movies…  Okay, so what’s wrong with this picture?

1) What are two girls doing with a Gamecube?  Now I"m not saying that girls don’t play video games, I know a few that do, but when was the last time you saw two girls buying a game console?  I might be stereotyping, but virtually all the video game-playing girls I know got hooked on it because some guy in their life (either a brother, boyfriend or guy room mate) had the video games…

2) And what the heck are you doing buying all this entertainment crap 4 days before school starts?  While everyone else in line was buying laptop accessories, keyboards, memory sticks (all the basic back-to-school stuff) you guys are stock-piling video games and DVD’s?!?  This is going to be one fun semester for you guys!

3) When it came time to pay one gal put most of it on a gift-card she had, then put the rest on her credit card with the other girl saying "I’ll pay you my half later".  When it comes to room mates, this is always a bad idea.  If you’re making joint-purchases with your room mate, 99% of the time someone’s going to end up getting screwed.  When the end of semester/lease comes, you find yourself battling with them about a fair price for the other half of what you want.  The monetary value is never what you think it is, and then it becomes worse when people mix in sentimental value into the item ("well the TV is worth more to you because you watched it a lot more than I did").  This is never a good idea – I have the battle-scars to prove it!

So yes, maybe a few nerdy observations here, but the way this line was moving I had A LOT of time to think about this kind of stuff!

Oh, so I finally took a picture with my new camera…  And it seemed really appropriate that my inaugural picture for my new camera was of people who are very important to me – my family..  And as you can see, I was not actually the photographer of my camera’s first picture:

My mom, my sister Amanda, (me of course), and my sister Christina

Then my second picture was of me with my Broncos season tickets before I had to tear the first pair off for the first pre-season game:

More to come later, but for now I must get going to bed, as I have yet another full day ahead of me!