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But he’s a headed west from the Cumberland Gap…

4 Mar

It has been way too long since I’ve blogged. So long, that here’s what’s happened since my last post:
Wordpress changed its layout (not pleased)
I almost forgot my login and password (almost)
February has left the building (when did that happen?)
And I have developed an obsession with fish tacos (shout-out to Oscars Taco Shop)

Since the end of the semester is coming nearer, along with my departure to New York, I’ve decided to reminisce on my adventures in Tennessee before I make the big move to the Big Apple.

tennesseeIt all began in a quaint little city in East Tennessee called Morristown. About 40 minutes east from Knoxville, this Southern-Baptist region hadn’t even passed liquor by the drink when I first became a resident.

After traveling so far from Massachusetts to a place like Morristown, I thought I had landed in a desolate wasteland. I went from living five minutes away from the ocean, to a house where my next door neighbor was a cow. Imagine my horror. While at the time I thought that my mother was dropping me off at a redneck boarding school as some cruel and unusual form of punishment, I soon came to learn that I could survive in the South.

After joining a speech, acting, and debate program called forensics, I found my niche in high school. Through this frabz-Forensics-What-my-friends-think-I-do-What-my-mom-thinks-I-do-Wha-1fe6b8
extracurricular activity I was able to travel to various places around the country like Chicago, Texas, and even my home state to Boston (and thank God for traveling, because I would have lost my ever-loving mind without some form of diversity.)

The program gave me confidence in speaking in front of large crowds and allowed me to be myself at a point in life where people can be most judgmental. Because of this program and the people I met because of it, I came to appreciate my stay in Morristown.

While I did earn an appreciation for that little city, I was still happy to make my departure to college. Shortly after my acceptance to the University of Tennessee, my mom packed it up and moved to Knoxville. Though I am slowly severing ties to Morristown, I still find time to make it back to visit friends. Morristown may not ever be a part of my future, but I’m proud to say that it’s a part of my past. (even though it took me a while to realize this)

Oh, and in case you were wondering, they eventually passed liquor by the drink.

Monday Mash-Up (UTK Edition)

25 Sep

A lot of things have gone down on campus this week so I am dedicating this Monday Mash-Up to the University of Tennessee!

First on the list (I’m just learning about this myself) UT won the “Kathie Lee and Hoda Goes back to College” challenge. After beating out 6 other schools in the finals, UT will be hosting the Today Show during the week of October 1st. After hosting ESPN for college GameDay, UTK has received a lot of good press (go us!) , let’s just hope this turns out better than GameDay did…

With good news comes bad news, as does bad press come with good press. Thankfully, this next story is just local and not plastered on news stations across the nation. Well not any more, Anderson Cooper has even covered this story.  WBIR.com posted on Monday that a student was hospitalized this past weekend after reaching a BAC of .4. How is that even possible, you ask? He gave himself an enema… with alcohol. While I’m sure some of you are just dying to give this a shot, I strongly urge that you don’t. I can imagine it would be a real pain in the ass…

Attention Starbucks Lovers: As I’m sure all of you are outraged (I know because most of you came to my work
complaining about it) about how the location in Hodge’s Library began closing at 11 pm as opposed to staying open 24 hours, there is hope for you, yet! After many complaints from loyal customers, Aramark has decided to reinstate their previous hours to run a statistical analysis on the profitability of staying open this long. So don’t get your hopes TOO high because they may end up reverting back to the new hours.

Knoxville can sleep peacefully these next few weekends because the Vols are FINALLY on the road after their 3-game streak at home. First stop is in Athens to play the Georgia Bulldogs. Here’s to getting our hopes up, talking crap about the other team, and probably coming out with a loss. Hey, I’ve been wrong before though. Here’s a cute picture of Uga and Smokey to console us… just in case. (aren’t they just the cutest?!)

Keeping it Tennessee, here’s the CUTEST video of one of our more famous football players (not Peyton Manning) and a blue tick puppy. Enjoy!

Just another manic Monday…

18 Sep

Well, it’s Monday. It’s raining. And a lot of stuff has happened in the world of social media this past week, so it’s time for a MONDAY MID-DAY MASH-UP. A complete mash-up of this weeks past events (well, at least the ones I care about).

First up on my list: The iphone 5 was released.. and subsequently not bought by me. Congrats to Apple for making another version of an already expensive device and placing an even larger price tag on the new one. The only justification I can make for this frivolous release is that I may now be able to afford the iphone 4S (wishful thinking).

It’s official. PSY’s release of the song “Gangam Style” has officially gotten on my last nerve. Aside from completely blowing up YouTube, he performed at the VMA’s, Saturday Night Live, and The Today Show. Seriously???? Aside from not knowing the lyrics other than the token “oppan gangam style” (not even sure if that’s what he says), the whole song is just down right annoying. And here I am giving recognition to it… It’s a vicious cycle.

Another thing that really ANNOYS me: the NHL Lockout. I’m not saying that this is the worst thing to happen to me since McAllister’s closed on the strip, but hockey is the only sport I actually like… and this kind of sucks. I don’t even think this will be like the NBA lockout, either. I think this one will be for the whole year, just like in 2004…. I hate football.

Speaking of football… The much anticipated Gator loss ended up leaving many Vol fans eating their words, and perhaps losing a lot of bets. The Gator’s chomped us in the second half, making it the 7th year in a row that they have crushed Volunteer spirits, hopes, and dreams. So naturally, I have been seeing a lot of blame on Dooley. If it were up to Knoxville, the Vols would have a rotating coaching staff that would switch every time we lose. As I stated earlier though, I hate football, so my opinion on the matter is invalid.

In other news, today was my first day of my internship with the Knoxville Ice Bears (at least the SPHL has it together). I got to freshen up on my InDesign skills and made flyers for the upcoming season. I am told that I will also be able to help out with their social media campaign, which just works perfectly with the class I am having to write this blog for (490 Social Media). It’s all coming full circle!

Oh, and for those of you keeping track, my Klout score is now a 26. I need to set a higher goal for myself… Eh, maybe next week. Until next time!

Here is a HILARIOUS skit of Seth McFarlane’s impression of Ryan Lochte… Couldn’t upload the real video due to copyright infringement, but you need to click the link.

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