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Mar
15th
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spring break “NOLA” 2009

to in a breif recap of this years spring break, it went as follows:

Sunday (March 8, 2009): 7:30 am— I am woken by a phone call stating I’m late for the pickup.  People then come to pick me up in 5 mins later.  I packed everything I could and ran outside.

—later that day (after a very long drive) we arrived at a church in Virginia (i think?).  

Monday: left the church and went to some campsite in LA.  I bought a 24 pack, thought it was a 12 pack (because of different boxing and price was much less than in PA).  Halfway through drinking it with some others, we realized it was not a 12 pack.  Good start.

Tuesday: Went to the high school where we built a living wall.  went back to the camp site.

Wednesday: Went back to the school to finish up and be interviewd by local news

Thursday: Went to New Orleans.  Began to build a green house and fence around green house.

later that night Matt, Josia, and myself went to a casino.  I decided I’d make my first and only bet; a $20 bet on black in rulett.  I won, bitches!

after the casino, we went home and drank with some others we met there.

Friday: hung out at the hostile, then went around New Orleans.  Later, worked from 3 to 8.  Pregamed at the hostile, then went to a local pub with a bunch of people from all over the world.  It was a very interesting experience, though I must admit I do not remember the whole night.

Saturday: finished the green house base, raised beds, and fence.  Went for a stroll around new orleans.  Got a few drinks.  Bought a 5th of some very bad, very cheap vodka.  Went back to the hostile and drank with everyone again.  Woke up to our group leader banging on our door and yelling we slept in, which caused me to get up very quickly, thus smacking my head on the top bunk.  I quickly realized I was more drunk when I woke up than I was when I fell asleep.  As I entered the bathroom I realized not only that I was wearing exactly what I had worn the night before, but also that “England #1” was written on my face.

We rallied into the vans and headed back to the church, where we watched gardentstate.  

Sunday: long trip back home, but now I’m here.

Things to remember from all of this:

-the girls and probably the professors think I’m an alcoholic, because I had fun on spring break.  

-More than half the people on this trip were lame; not because they didnt drink, but because they thought they were better than the rest of us for the fact that they didnt drink and we did…but being that we stayed at a hostile with loads of cool people, it made up for it.

-I never was too drunk to get my volunteer work done; it never effected the work I signed up for.  =]

-I was introduced to some cool french ska music.

-Many myths about people from England were reveiled to be false.  Ex: they don’t sit around all day drinking tea, eating biskets, and watching soccer.  It’s pretty much the same there as it is here except for the cool accents.  Also they think the Queen is lame and don’t regularly have “tea time”.

-People from Australia think Fosters means “Australian for Piss”.  Though it is still my favorite beer.

-Veggimate (or however its spelled) is not bad, but I don’t think I’d ever eat something that salty for breakfast.  blah

-Foreign girls do not like matt.  They are “more cultured” than he is.

-“Fuzzy Duck” should replace “categories” whenever playing the drinking game, “KINGS”.

-Josia had way to many odd quotes during this trip.  

-I now know the entire history of Wales’ conflict with England.

- People from Michigan State dislike Michigan just as much as Penn State students.

-Sam plays at the phirst on Monday nights.  Mental note to check out his band.

-A special thanks to Lakin, Josia, Matt, and whoever else brought me upstairs that last night at the Indian house.

Thats all i’ve got.

Mar
6th
Fri
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sportsmixed.com

So, my spring break has finally begun.  I will be leaving for New Orleans tomorrow morning.  Doing the Hurricane Katrina relief trip should prove interesting.

in other news…

I received an email from a website, www.sportsmixed.com. today.  I originally saw an ad on craigslist saying they wanted people to write for free (with the potential for pay) on their website.  Since I don’t think anyone would actually pay me to write for them, I thought this would be fun.

I had planned on covering football, but once I saw the site had no authors covering soccer, I immediately requested I be able to cover that topic.  

I have the rough draft for my “audition submission” written up.  I’ll probably change it around a bit w/in the next hour or so before submitting it.  The site is set up on a blog, so I don’t think they have high standards anyway.  But here it is:

WELCOME SEATTLE!

By: Chuck Cascio

United States soccer is not what it used to be, which is a good thing!  The 2009 MLS season is right around the corner and with it comes its newest franchise, Seattle Sounders FC.  This addition, which will be followed by Philadelphia’s franchise in 2010, is proof enough that the popularity of European football is finally growing on us Staties.  Possibly it’s popular enough to break into the top three U.S. sports? Well fans, cross your fingers, but do not hold your breath.

Still, soccer, once referred by Oscar Wilde as, “A game for rough girls, hardly suitable for delicate boys.” is now being more accepted as an intense, competitive sport; remember Brian McBride (U.S.A.) getting ransacked during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, causing his face to perspire with blood?  Oh you don’t?  Never mind then.  The important concept is that Americans are beginning to enjoy soccer.  And though its popularity here is just a fraction of what it is around the world, the expansion of these two new franchises put soccer on the direct road to prominence.

Seattle will begin their season against the 2008 MLS cup runner-ups, New York Red Bull.  Leading the Sounders will be former Swedish nations team captain, Freddy Ljungberg. Though concerns about his recent rehab from surgery have been raised, Ljungberg calmed many qualms by stating, “(It’s) been a lot of long days and hard work of rehab but it looks like it’s paying off.” (soundersfc.com).  Ljungber is set to go for the March 19th sold-out opener in Seattle.

Juan Pablo Angel and the Red Bulls, on the other hand, have been itching for league play since their November 23rd MLS Cup loss to Columbus Crew.  This year they plan to go one step further than they did in 2008, so expect them to bring their top game.

Does Seattle’s expansion team stand a chance against the 2008 Western Conference Champions?  Their near-flawless preseason resume (7-2-1) would give them the benefit of the doubt, but New York plans to show them a thing or two about playing in Major League Soccer.

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Mar
5th
Thu
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Submission #2 to Collegehumor.com

Submission #2 to Collegehumor.com

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After finding my previous post to be quite humorous, I submitted it as an article to collegehumor.com.  I received this in my inbox today:
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Dear chuck,Hey! Our editors have read your article and sent it to the local listings. That means that your article can be found on your user or school page, but it won’t be featured in our Newest Articles section. We encourage you to keep writing though because, man, we are running out of ideas. Seriously, I’m going to get fired soon if I can’t think of something new.CH Staff
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Curse you local status!  I feel like the kid in gym class who doesn’t get picked for basketball and has to resort to play tennis with the fat girls.
Thus, I will still continue my never-ending quest to get published on CH. 

After finding my previous post to be quite humorous, I submitted it as an article to collegehumor.com.  I received this in my inbox today:

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Dear chuck,

Hey! Our editors have read your article and sent it to the local listings. That means that your article can be found on your user or school page, but it won’t be featured in our Newest Articles section. We encourage you to keep writing though because, man, we are running out of ideas. Seriously, I’m going to get fired soon if I can’t think of something new.

CH Staff

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Curse you local status!  I feel like the kid in gym class who doesn’t get picked for basketball and has to resort to play tennis with the fat girls.

Thus, I will still continue my never-ending quest to get published on CH. 

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Dear Slow-Walking Girl

Dear Slow-Walking Girl,

Today, as I walked to class, I found myself stuck behind you for an agonizing 22 seconds.  Though I tried to get around you numerous times, I was blocked by the upheaval of your enormous cellulite-filled fundament.  When I strayed left, you strayed left.  When I strayed right, you strayed right.  Were you aware of my presence?  Did you sense my movements?  That I could not say.  I can say, however, that overhearing you yowl over your roommate forgetting your birthday to your mother over the phone did bring some gladness to my gloom.  Still, as I followed in your shadow I impatiently waited for my chance to pass.

Finally, it came.  An opening in the barricade!  And I took it.  I stepped to it like a basilisk steps to water; swiftly and with great speed.  And our bodies passed.  As I continued onto physics class, I gave one last look your way.  As my eyes gazed threw your black, thick-rhymed glasses, I could see you were well aware of what had just happened.  You knew the final whistle had blown in this match; you would have to remain lurking around campus, searching for a new victim for your sick, twisted little game.  Because today Mrs. Slow-Walker, I prevailed.