Tuesday, July 29, 2008

100 Things about me

So I have seen this on a few other blogs and have always wanted to give this a try, and since I have been bad at my top ten tuesdays for a while and will likely be in the near future I figure this should and will make up for that. This is a post about 100 random facts, thoughts, opinions, favorites, etc., of myself. So buckle your seatbelts and put on a helmet because this could be a bumpy ride.

  1. I am a music elitist. If you do not have at least one of the following artists/groups on your list of favorite musicians then I secretly (or not so now) think you have bad taste in music: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, The Killers, or Lauryn Hill.

  2. I think that there is music and then there is music on a higher level. There is Blink 182 and there is the Beatles. Don't get me wrong, I love both bands, but is there really, in all honesty any comparison between the two. I think not.

  3. I am an insomniac. I can't fall asleep before three. Haven't since high school.

  4. I love old movies. I mean 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's old. Among my favorites are Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, To Kill A Mockingbird, Casablanca, and Rear Window.
  5. One of my goals is to watch every movie on AFI's 100 years 100 films list. It lists the best movies of the last 100 years.

  6. I have always pictured myself as an east coast person. This is weird since I have never been on the East coast.

  7. During my last trip to Cali I have now decided that Cali would be an acceptable place to live.

  8. I wanna learn how to surf.

  9. I am afraid of the ocean. Meaning I am afraid of not being able to see what is below me. During my last time at Huntington beach I was body boarding and couldn't think about what was below me in the water. I decided I needed to overcome the afore mentioned fear but even after four straight hours in the ocean, the thought of it freaks me out.

  10. I am also an avid shark week watcher on the discovery channel. This could be the reason for the afore mentioned problem.
  11. Despite this fear I wanna be a beach bum.

  12. I have seen every episode of the office three times, this is a low ball estimate.

  13. I like to landscape my parents yard. I have always wanted to start my own business doing it, but keep pushing for law school.
  14. Sarcasm is one of the greatest forms of comedy.

  15. I laugh at most "thats what she said" jokes.

  16. I am late, to a lot of things, except for work, almost always on time for that.

  17. Loyalty: is huge for me. I am loyal to friends, fam, teams, etc. until they do something to damage that. Then it is hard to gain back my trust, real hard.

  18. I am addicted to American Idol. I know lame, right? But I don't care. I always pick out two favorites from each season and here they are: 1. Tamyra Grey and Kelly Clarkson. 2. Ruben Studdard and Trynece. 3. Camille Velasco and Latoya London. 4. I didn't get to see any of this season. 5. Chris Daughtry and Katherine McPhee. 6. Lakisha Jones and Jordan Sparks. 7. Syesha Mercado and Brooke White.

  19. I went on a date when I was 15. I have never told anyone about it because of the whole no dating before you are 16 rule. It is embarrassing. I walked over to her house and her mom dropped us off at the movie theater and three hours later came and picked us back up.

  20. I have had six roomates in the last two years and am moving in with my seventh in the next few days.

  21. I am also moving for the 5th time in the last two years as well.

  22. If I could go anywhere I would do a humanitarian mission to Africa for six months.

  23. I have been mistaken for being Asian my whole life. One time in kindergarten on a tour of the lunchroom a girl in the 6th grade stood up on her chair and pointed at me and said look there is the Chinese boy. It was traumatic. I pretended to be sick and had my mom come and get me.

  24. I now embrace my pseudo-asianness and just go with it when asked.

  25. I have a problem using change when buying things. I just feel cheap and or white trashy using change. I am trying to overcome this one, but it is hard.

  26. I hate the look people give you when you tell them you are from a small town outside of Ogden, you get this mainly from those who live on the east side of Salt Lake County. Boo on the east side of salt lake county.

  27. I love 80's power rock ballads. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler and every Journy song as well as Alone by Heart are my favorite.

  28. In the sixth grade the most important thing to me was getting the Hope of America Award. I don't know why, I look back and it means absolutely nothing, but at the time it was a big deal. ps I did get it.

  29. I hate change but I need it so bad at the same time. Hence the moving all of the time.

  30. I have more close friends that are girls than are guys. I don't know why but this is the way it has been most of my adolescent and adult life.
  31. I hate drama in real life but love to watch it on television.
  32. I am addicted to Runs House on MTV. Hilarious.

  33. I enjoy sleeping in, a little too much.

  34. One of my biggest pet peeves is how freaking selfish people are. I do a lot for other people, especiall when they need help, but when I need help they all seem to just to be too busy. It sucks I usually am the one to give more into friendships/relationships than I get out of it.
  35. I used to be a bully. There was a kid who lived next door and me and my friends would make fun of him all the time. One time he left this nerf bow out in his front yard and my friend went and picked it up and brought it over and we broke it, kind of on purpose. I still can't believe we did that, it is something I still feel guilty over even though my parents bought him a new one.

  36. In jr. high there was this kid in one of my classes and me and a friend gave him the nickname D.I. because that is where it looked like he got most of his clothing. It was rude and it is shameful. Again one of the things I would take back if I could.

  37. I really like the show mean girls. It is what it is, hilarious.

  38. I never drank caffeine until I turned 17. Now I am an addict.

  39. This may sound gay but I get really pissed off when I have a bad hair day. I think it is a premonition about how the rest of your day is going to be, and generally a bad hair day does equal a bad day for me.

  40. I have decided that I am going to grow my hair out again. We will see if I can go longer than last time.

  41. I used to be anit-The Beatles. I was so stupid as a teenager.

  42. I have only really dated people named Chelsie in all it spelling forms. As a side note it has never worked in my benefit.

  43. I don't know if I could date another Chels(i)(ie)(ea) again. Its not that they are bad people, they are acutally the greatest but I think I should learn by now that a Brad and Chels duo is just not meant to be.

  44. I am terrified to date a friend. I supress any feelings that I might happen between me and a friend because I am afraid of a bad outcome. I have been told many a time how dumb I am because of this, but it is what it is.

  45. I listen to talk radio. Don't judge me. There are many a statistic out there to show how that makes you more intelligent.

  46. I once yelled the f-word at my dad in the only real argument that we have ever had. It was one of like four times I have ever said that word out loud.

  47. I used to have a curse as a kid that my best friends would move. My first best friend was Daniel, he didn't move but school boundaries made him go to a different school after kindergarten. My two best friends as a kid were Skyler and Mark. They moved when I was eight. Then it was Devin. He moved when I was eleven. Then it was Darren, he moved when I was 13. The list goes on. In two cases my best friend was about to move then I got into a big fight and we stopped being friends and they didn't move. Weird.

  48. I occasionally watch landscaping shows on HGTV.

  49. I think Chelsie Handler on Chelsie Lately on the E! channel is pretty funny. And I love that little nugget Chewie.

  50. I wish I was black. I really do most the time.

  51. I wish I was bilingual.

  52. This list is taking longer than I ever thought it would.

  53. If I could only listen to three cd's for the rest of my life they would be The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, The Beatles White Album, and Sams Town by the Killers.

  54. I read the Outsiders every year.

  55. I started writing a book when I was fifteen. It was really bad.

  56. I am a vault. If you tell me something that you tell me not to tell anyone else I will take it to the grave. However I figure if you do not say do not tell anyone this then it might be okay to talk about with other people.

  57. After three surgeries I have had over three hundred stitches. Some stellar scars.

  58. I have broken both my feet.

  59. Until those surgeries I had never had any stitches.

  60. I hate cutting my fingernails with nail clippers. toenails no problem but fingernails freak me out.
  61. As a side note I have a bad habit of biting my nails.
  62. I need to budget my money better. Everyonce and a while I will get on this kick where I will actually balance my checking account everytime I spend money but it last like two days and then I stop for a month. I do however keep a mental count that is only off by ten dollars.
  63. I can play around on itunes for hours. literally have done it way too many times.
  64. I once wanted to form a band when I was in jr. high. At that time I could barely play the saxaphone- not the type of instrument I wanted in a band. But then I got into Ska music for a bit and thought that maybe it would work. Then I realized that was one dream that was just not meant to be.
  65. I like to be surrounded by people but when I need my space I need it.
  66. I have reached an olympic overload. I topped out at 10 days.
  67. I am a political nerd. I watch CNN, HNN, MSNBC, sometimes even FoxNews (when I wanna puke) and if I am feeling especially nerdy C-SPAN. I balance this out by watching the Daily Show and the Colbert Report.
  68. I am also a tennis nerd. I got really excited that my parents switched to Direct TV because now they permanently have the tennis channel. I also read every tennis magazine. I have a subscription.
  69. I have this problem where I cannot fall asleep when watching a movie or television. I am always the last one asleep.
  70. I really like IKEA. I bought a cool desk there.
  71. I write goals on a whiteboard in my room. I have the goal of actually finishing those goals but do not write that on the whiteboard. I blame that for never accomplishing the written goals.
  72. I have lived by myself for two weeks while my roomate is gone to Denver for work. It is weird to live by yourself. Kinda lonely kinda nice, really really quiet.
  73. I have a curse where all my favorite roomates get married. It is a blessing for them but for me it means time to find a new place to live.
  74. Me and my brother used to hate eachother growing up. Until six months before I left on my mission then we became really close. I like that a lot better.
  75. I tell my sisters that they have different illegal pastimes and then make fun of them for it. Now when my friends as me about them they refer to them as the drug user or the prostitute. Not the nicest thing but it is hilarious to all involved.
  76. In the fifth grade I got my first non A+ or A grade. I went home and cried. It was an A-. Oh my parents wish I was still like that.
  77. I prefer bottled water when I am living in SLC. The water is just not as good as up north.
  78. I am loyal. I will defend a friend, a movie, an artist, Ogden, etc. until the day I die.
  79. In my younger years I used to go tanning every Tuesday. I miss being young and tan.
  80. Sometimes I feel so much older than 23. Sometimes I still feel 17. I don't get it.
  81. I consider my mission the greatest accomplishment of my life. It was the only time I was more worried about the welfare of others than myself. I need to get back to feeling like that.
  82. I have this friend who is impossible for me to please. I don't know why but nothing I can do is right or good enough. It pisses me off but yet I keep trying. I am retarded like that.
  83. I think the number three or six pasta (I can't remember for sure which one it has the spinach noodles) at Main Street Pasta and Noodle in Park City is the greatest pasta I have ever had. Try it. It is just up the street from the Quicksilver/Roxy store.
  84. I love Park City. One day when I am rich I want to have a big old house up on a mountain in Jeremy Ranch.
  85. I don't think I could ever live in Salt Lake County raising a family. It just doesn't seem like the wisest idea. I like it where my parents live.
  86. I am liberal for Utah. I am sure you know that by now. Anywhere else in the country I would probably be considered conservative.
  87. I wanna go out of state to law school. Preferably in a big city. I love the feel of a big city. I like how walkable they are, and how public transit actually work.
  88. I would really like to be more green but lazyness prevents me from actually doing it.
  89. I have extremely high expectations for myself. I always have. I am a hard worker and a smart person I just need to be more assertive to actually accomplish these expectations.
  90. Generally I am an outgoing person, sometimes a little too much so. But not at first. I need to get a feel for a person before I can be myself around them. Then watch it.
  91. I miss TiVo. Greatest invention.
  92. I wish I was better at camping and outdoor stuff. But I come from a hotel family, not a camping family.
  93. I like to find and discover new music. Some groups or people I started to listen to before they became really famous are Plain White Tee's I knew them four years before "Delilah". Norah Jones- yep before her songs from Come Away became huge I had her CD. Shwayze and Adele are two of my most recent discoveries that are becoming big.
  94. I enjoy mowing the lawn. Weird I know but I like to do different designs like checker box or fairway style mowing. I need to have straight lines when I mow though- that is a must.
  95. I make a mean fettaccini. So good.
  96. Nostalgia for some reason effects me. I wish it didn't but I like traditions.
  97. I wish I was a hat person. I just can't seem to pull them off.
  98. I have never wanted a tattoo until a few months ago. I still don't want one but if I ever did get one it would be a four leaf clover on my calf.
  99. I bleached my hair when I was a sophomore. I loved it. It was however the only time my grandma has ever gotten really mad at me.
  100. I can't believe this is done. It took me forever. Like two weeks.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Me and Kristy needed to escape life so we went down to visit our friends Sarah and Stephen in Cedar City for the weekend and they took us to this hike through
kanerahaha-ville canyon. I can't ever remember the name of it so I just say kan and then a bunch of slurred letters and then end it with ville canyon. Anyways it is an awesome hike and here is a slide show of it.

video

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My rap off

So here is an embarrassing story- but hey, when honestly don't I have one to tell. So the other night I had a dream, one that I could actually remember- which is huge for me. Normally I don't dream and if I do then I can't remember them. But this one was so amazing I could remember it and pretty vividly. . . . anyways so this particular dream I was hanging out with the crew and we were talking about rap and rappers. Then me and one of my buddies started talking about how each of us could bust out a rhyme on the spot. So he challenged me to a rap off. Yup I felt just like I was in 8 Mile, and my rhyme is a bit Eminemistic-so a bit weak, but overall I am pretty pleased with what my asleep mind was able to come up with for my rap. It is funny and a little creative. I still can't believe I can remember the parts that I can, but here it goes:

So ya wanna know which one of my rhymes is best
I'll stand up and I'll take this test
And when I lay my head down to rest
I will have shown up all the rest
Don't smile at me through those dimples
You see this rhyme it ain't that simpe
I could pop you like a pimple
With you standin there all wonderbread
This is the day you will come to dread
That you ever challenged me
You should ask forgiveness of me
and get down on one knee
Cuz I just showed you that I am the king
My rhyme it is the real thing
Shines brighter than the freshest bling
Its something that can make choirs sing....(There is more but my memory is a bit fuzzy)
So there it is my dream where I do a rap battle with one of my buddies. Needless to say I won that battle. And won the dignity that I am going to lose by posting this, but it was just too funny to keep to myself. Another funny story is I was telling my friend this story in the checkout line of a supermarket. We had to go up to the customer service desk because lines were long and we had less than ten items and the people in line in front of me and the customer service manager overheard everything and she said she would let me rap it from the store's intercom and the guys in front of me along with my friend offered me five dollars a piece to do it. So I did.
Just kidding, I didn't do it I chickened out. Which makes me wonder if I should have been declared the winner in my dream. Would my buddy have done it? If so he should have won.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

All These Things That I've Done

"When there's nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son, One more son.
If you can hold on, If you can hold on. . . . hold on!
I wanna stand up, I wanna let go
You know, you know - no you don't, you don't!
I wanna shine on in the hearts of men
I wanna mean it from the back of my broken hand
Another head aches, another heart breaks
I am so much older than I can take
And my affection, well it comes and goes
I need direction to perfection, no no no no
Help me out Yeah, you know you got to help me out Yeah,
oh don't you put me on the back burner
You know you got to help me out"
Wow, this song by the killers sums up life right now. The past two days I have been in an irratable mood and am not really sure why. I hate when life kinda plateaus and you are just kinda hanging steady just rowing through the motions with no change in direction. I think this is the worst part because everything is just the same. I reach this point every year around this same time. I think I just get bored when there is no school and there is nothing I am really aspiring for. I work for the man for six hours a day commute for a total of 2 and 1/2 hours a day which I now use wisely, now that I take the train. There will be a blog about my train expiditions later. Anyways, I listened to this song on my ipod as I was trying to fall asleep last night and it hit me upside the head with reality's backhand that wow, this is why I love this band, they can sum up my life with a song.
As a side note I am now addicted to Prison Break and the game Rock Band.
"And when there's nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son?
These changes ain't changing me
The gold-hearted boy I used to be . . . .
I got soul but I'm not a soldier, I got soul but I'm not a soldier."