Last Question I've gotten

Vern hokiebear2000  asked "Many people go to Blacksburg with the intention of going to school for four-six years and then returning to civilization, only to decide they they want to stay in Blacksburg far beyond their graduate years. (I myself was like that--I would have stayed if jobs had been available in my field.) When you graduate, are you planning on making tracks out of Blacksburg as soon as possible, or have you considered the possibility of making making it a permanent home?"

I'm still not entirely sure what I plan on doing after I graduate. I'd like to go into teaching, but if another opportunity comes along that I can jump right into (not needing to take more classes to get a teaching license) then I'd definitely consider it. In Blacksburg everything is really pretty cheap. If, when I graduate, I'm in a part-time job that I enjoy, then I will probably try and work more hours at it and stick around indefinitely until I find a job I really want, somewhere where I want to live (which is looking like maybe NC).

I definitely love Blacksburg though, and I think it'd be interesting to watch it grow & change (it's done quite a bit of that even since I've been here). It also seems like if you get 10 miles away or so, that houses and land get pretty damn affordable pretty quickly, which is a huge plus for me. So yeah, I've thought about it, but like yourself I guess it just depends on the job situation when I graduate.


Question Meme

Okay so I'm kind of slow, just realized this was making its rounds again. Feel free to ask anything, and let me know if you want your question to remain anonymous or not. Comments are screened. Ask away!

Wish it was longer

So the road trip was amazing. Between the 4 of us that had cameras I don't even know how many pictures were taken, I got a bit over 300 myself. Having the world's biggest hillbilly giving a tour around Jack Daniels, street festivals in Memphis on Beale St, drinking and exploring the French Quarter, The Alamo, San Antonio's beautiful riverwalk, watching the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, staying on the strip in Vegas for $10 a night, Chicago during the river dieing, hanging out with old friends in St. Louis, and finally back to Blacksburg.

I'll write a recap in the next few days and post a few pictures/collages from the trip. In class at the moment, but damn was that fun.

Road Trip Ideas

Going on a road trip with 5 of my friends over spring break, and while we've got the major destinations nailed down & planned out, a lot of these places none of us have been to so if anyone out there has any tips on cool (and free or really cheap) things to do I'd really appreciate hearing about them.

Specifically, we all want to see The Alamo but don't know wtf else there is in & around San Antonio. Same with New Orleans - none of us have ever been there. Chicago I think we've got down (my sister lives there), and St. Louis (where my old roommate now lives). Roswell & Denver not so much. Vegas we were planning on just walking around to various casinos / hotels.




Friday March 6th

            -Leave Blacksburg 5pm

            -9 hours to Lynchburg,  Tennessee (Gain an hour – CST)

Saturday 7th

            -9am JD Distillery opens 1 hour tour

            -Another local brewery/distillery tour (free hats!)

            -Leave Lynchburg area around 12-1pm toward Memphis (4.5 hours)

            -Arrive Memphis @ 5-6pm

            - In Memphis

                        -Rock ‘n Soul Museum final admission at 6:15 open til 7 ($10)

                        -Pictures @ Graceland Gate, Heartbreak Hotel

                        -Leave Memphis 9pm

            -Head towards New Orleans (7 hours)

                        -Arrive NO @ 4am – sleep

                        -Look for hostel

Sunday 8th

            -Arrive New Orleans @ 4am

            -Spend entire day in New Orleans

            -10pm - Head towards San Antonio (11 hours)

Monday 9th

            -Arrive San Antonio 9am

            -Spend the day in San Antonio

            -10pm - Leave for Roswell NM (11 hours)

Tuesday 10th

            -Arrive Roswell NM 8am (Gain an hour – Mountain Time)

            -11am - Leave for Grand Canyon (11 hours)

            -Arrive Grand Canyon Campground 11pm (Gain an hourArizona does not

                        Observe daylight savings which would spring forward on 3/8/09)

-***Alternately, sleep in the car and stay in Roswell as long as we want or until


Wednesday 11th

            -Wake up at 8am

            -Spend time at Grand Canyon till 2pm

            -Arrive Las Vegas 7:30pm (5.5 hours) (No time change - because AZ is already

                        An hour behind the rest of mountain time because of DST, it’s the same

                        As PST once clocks are set forward on 3/8/09)

            -2am Leave for Denver CO (13 hours)

Thursday 12th

            -Arrive Denver CO 4pm (Lose an hour – PST to MST)

            -11pm - Leave for Janesville WI (16 hours)

Friday 13th

            -Arrive Janesville WI 4pm (Lose an hour – MST to CST)

            -Spend the day/night hanging out

Saturday 14th

            -Leave Janesville WI 10am

            -Arrive Chicago Noon

            -2pm Leave for St. Louis (6 hours)

            -Arrive St. Louis 8pm

                        -Arch (ride to top closes at 9)

                        -Science Museum ($10 – open till 3am. Sells cheap alcohol)

                        -Crash at Phil’s

Sunday 15th

            -7am Leave for Blacksburg VA (12 hours) (Budweiser brewery optional but we

Would have to leave and thus get back later)

            -8pm – arrive Home (Lose an hour – CST to EST)


***Time estimates between locations include extra time to stop for fuel & rest areas

Crappy Christmas

Not me, mine was great. But just found out my friend's xmas wasn't so fantastic. Apparently his dog died on Christmas Day out of the blue, wasn't sick or anything.

That sucks.


put in my (basically) 2 weeks yesterday, last day at work will be next Thursday. Then I'm off to Blacksburg again thankfully. Haven't had any responses back on job applications over there yet though, so hopefully that changes