Sunday, August 30, 2009

First Sunday

  Wow, first Sunday on campus is coming to a close and I am exhausted. I have been reading and doing homework for the last two hours. The amount of reading necessary so far hasn't been overwhelming, but coupling it with algebra homework has made it difficult for me. I have been to my algebra class twice now and I'm already not sure how to do half of the homework. Math this first semester is going to be very tough for me, I can tell. 
  On a lighter note, I did some work over at the eco-house today, helping to break ground on a fall garden. I have a feeling this discussion class will be quite interesting. I'm also excited to do weatherization work on the house. I find efficiency very interesting. 
  We also had a short greek meeting about rush today, we got to go around and tour the houses....which was interesting as well. I for sure know which house I want to stay out of... and I think that I have narrowed my options down to two that I like. I guess we'll see what happens when rush rolls around. 
 My mother also came by today, to bring me some things that I left at home (which was very nice). She also brought me some delicious cookies...I swear she's trying to fatten me up! While I was home on Saturday I tried to go for a ride out on Rhett's run but after five or six minutes pinch flatted on some sharp rocks. I guess that's what I get for putting too small of a tube on my rear wheel. I'll probably be headed home again this weekend for labor day, so hopefully I'll be able to make it out on both the road and trail.

Friday, August 28, 2009

   Classes have been good so far, nothing to complain too much about other than Algebra. I crashed at the Alpha Phi house last night over at William Woods. Most of the girls there seem pretty nice, I don't always like the way they treat the pledges...but I guess that's part of it. We went to the one night club here last night, it's called Tif's. Quite small, but it could be fun with the right crowd of people.
   The Trek 800 Commuter has worked out perfectly so far, I've ridden it to all of my classes without too many problems. (It needs a new rear derailleur, so shifting isn't the best but that can and will be fixed. ) I'm really glad that I stuck the fenders on it, they make a world of difference when it's wet out.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Classes start tomorrow

Self explanatory title. I'll be starting my college career off with Elementary Spanish at 10:00 AM tomorrow, which should be pretty interesting. At least, I hope it is...I'll have it four days a week. Things are quiet tonight, there's no loud music on Fraternity Row...maybe they do take school seriously? I'm looking forward to my Seminar class, it's about the role of the family in different cultures around the world. I think I might take some classes on culture in the future. I also hope to get involved with the Eco-House project. Although it's really small, I think it can be used as a model for the rest of the school.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Day Two

     A fairly successful second day of college ends. I was able to get in a very short amount of time on my commuter bike today, just a loop around campus and over near the sports fields...but not nearly enough to quench my body's thirst for exercise. I feel weaker and more flabby every day I'm not in the gym. I must say, the hecklers have begun already...on day two; "Hey, nice bike" can be heard in overly sarcastic tones as soon as I start to wheel towards the street. Oh well, people just don't get that I take it seriously. Or don't care enough to find out. S'all good.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The beginning

Well, here I am. Sitting in my new dorm room at Westminster College in Fulton MO. It's 11:42 and I have no idea where my roommate is, but that's alright. I've met a few new people, most all of them have been really friendly. I have three international students living in my suite, which is pretty cool. I decided to bring my old Trek 800 to school with me to get around town. It was purchased for me maybe 7 years ago. I recently converted it to a commuter/light touring style bike. I replaced the knobby off-road tires with thinner ( from 26x2.0 to 26x1.5 ) smoother tires and added fenders and a sturdy rear rack. I hope to get some baskets or panniers so that I can use it on grocery runs. It's definitely going to be strange only having one bike here at school, and I'm already having withdrawals from being able to ride my road bike (shown above) whenever I feel like it. I'll post before/after pics of my Trek 800 soon.