This is my first attempt at blogging. I need an outlet for my thoughts. I have never had a journal, for fear of someone finding it. So I let thoughts and opinions (and I have many) circulate without an outlet most of the time. Oh, I don't want you to think that I'm all alone, I am engaged to a wonderful girl who I can share much with, and nearly all of my close childhood friends live in the greater Twin Cities area, including my cousin, an art student, who is at the moment my best friend. Nevertheless, I have a lot on my mind, and I feel that my girlfriend and friends sometimes are overwhelmed with all the crap I spew out at them. I had considered a blog before, but was probably just too lazy to get one going until now. So then, a little about myself-
I am a Minnesota native, hailing from the southeast, and I have an insatiable curiosity for all things local.
I am a little over 100 miles from home, and while I miss the blufflands of the driftless region, I have no homesickness for my shitty little two-bit farm town which is, like most towns of it's type, slowly collapsing in on itself, much like a black hole, and escaping can be difficult.
This is my first semester back at the University. My college career has been my greatest failure in life. Right out of high school, I attended an overly expensive private college here in the Twin Cities. Disillusioned by a combination of factors: the outrageous tuition, the mostly uncaring, spoiled students, and confusion over what I wanted to become, I left school, feeling I could no longer rack up a huge debt with such confusion.
I am 26 years old, barely a junior, and as such am feeling a little out of place. I converse with students who are juniors or seniors, 4 or more years younger than I, and while they have more school experience under their belt, also seem naive in many ways. Perhaps it is that naivety that gives them a more sunny disposition, maybe it is their lack of failure, I don't know.
I have some hobbies: the outdoors, local geography, history, and culture. I love art, and am a novice in photography and drawing, although I hope to further these with classes at the University. I love music, mainly but not exclusively anything with an electronic bent, and now thanks to a loophole in an online music service, have an almost endless amount at my iPod's disposal. I love politics and am a committed liberal (another reason to love the Twin Cities) however I try to think critically about each issue, and as such there are a very few things in which I side with the conservatives.
All of this and more I would like to comment on in this blog in the future, not so much for anyone else, but for myself and my own posterity.