Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Day 5

Day 5 (Thanksgiving) was probably my favorite day of the whole trip. I feel a little bad, putting one day above others, but this day was remarkable. It was my first Thanksgiving away from immediate family, but I think it is safe to say that these people are all now a part of mine.

We had brunch at the school. It was pretty nice. I had three un-toasted, cinnamon raisin English muffins for breakfast. There was also a lot of pineapple (the apple of pines) and I had a bowl. After brunch, we went back up to the trailer and recorded some more of the Room Sound record. I've heard some of the tracks (I have them all, but I just haven't listened yet) and they sound good. They still need some mastering and other work, but I think this record is going to be good.

Being that it was Thanksgiving and Paul was away from his family, he felt that it was necessary to continue at least one tradition and watch the Cowboys game. After tons of refusal on my part, Helen and Mary Anne finally convinced me to go down with them to watch it. The guy who was in the computer lab, listening to Eminem on full blast was there and I sat right behind him. Someone had a bird there, that would walk around and sit on your finger. It didn't sit on mine, but it would have loved me anyway. It seemed to like Helen but it did yell at her a lot. Everyone laughed.

After we watched some of the game with Paul, we went back up to the trailer and got ready to go to Ventura for Thanksgiving. I'm glad that it wasn't formal. I'm also very glad that it was with these people. Really. I rode with Joseph, Helen, and Maria P. On the way there we sang some Animal Collective and stopped to get some flowers for Mrs. M. (sorry, I don't know how to spell these last names. It was a pretty short drive, but I wouldn't have cared if it hadn't been. We drove on the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway. There were a lot of orange groves between us and there.

I loved it as soon as we got there. Their house is so nice. Not nice as in, wow they must be lawyers and doctors, but its nice in the way a house should be. They have so many kids, and all of them are really nice. I was surprised that their mother remembered my name when I would talk to her later on during dinner.

After meeting everyone, we decided that it would be a great idea to play soccer on the football field across the street from their house. I'm not saying that it wasn't but I think everyone was a little too sweaty right before dinner. I'm just sayin'. Anyway, we played Brazilian style and I was on Team Thanks , and we played Team Buttstick. We lost, but I scored two goals and Helen was an excellent goalie (even though we weren't supposed to have them). Everyone on my team showed great potential.

Dinner was pretty good. Max ( I think that is his name) and I had a roll eating contest, and we tied at three each. He thought he could beat me, but I'm better than he expected. Mrs. M thought I was looking for beers. People were throwing up gang signs. After dinner, we took things into the garage where most of us played foosball. I scored a goalie shot, and I can't remember if we ended up winning or not. We probably did now that I think about it. Helen read from a book about knights and medieval times and things like that. John wore an Asian hat, and I still had my head-dress on, from Melissa from the Mitten State.

Paul and one of the M. girls (I know her name, I just can't spell it) wrote a story called The Turkey That Exploded. I would tell you what happend, but everyone dies in the end, and that's about all that you need to know. Its hilarious. She has other stories, about a walrus, and one about a whale. They both end amazingly as well. John played Maria P. in a heated ga,e of ping-pong. I swear she wins every time. I also played her, and I also lost. I don't think anyone can beat her. Watch out Gump.

The M.'s were writing out what they were thankful for, and I thought they were pretty funny. One of them mentioned something about " Chris T. Columbus" and I really enjoyed that. Take that history! Well, most of what we think about Columbus is generally wrong anyway. We sang songs with everyone in the livingroom, and most of them I knew but didn't know. You know. Before dinner, Paul and I had discussed how we wanted to jump in the Pacific since we never had, and what a better time than Thanksgiving night. Right? Yes.

After leaving their house, we all drove out to the coast, which wasn't too far. On the way there, everyone prepared to keep me warm, considering that it was 56 degrees. There was a blanket in the back of Maria's car, and Helen gave me her big sweat pants. When we got to the beach I got out of my clothes and everyone took pictures. I started to run for it and they all told me to wait. Helen told me that my heart would stop when I hit the water because it would be too cold. I have to say that it was the coldest water I've ever been in. It was much colder than it was outside, which was already really cold all by itself. When I came out of the water (I didn't get all the way in like Paul did) I ran right past the blanket, but I eventually remembered, because everyone was screaming at me. It was pretty nice. Paul left his wallet at the beach, but they eventually found it.

After we got back to the college, I got dry and then they recorded some trumpet for the record. It sounded pretty good. Everyone in the room recorded a vocal track for one of the songs on the album, and it didn't sound all that great. We will probably re-do it later, but it was funny. Maria, Maria, Paul, and myself all went down to the ping-pong room, but some people were being pong-nazis so we played foosball. I dont think we kept score, but it was funny.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Day 4

Paul and I went to breakfast, and ate with Helen, Filip and someone else (sorry). We had watched an episode of Scrubs the night before where someone stuck their fingers in someone’s drink, and it was Paul’s goal to do that at breakfast. We sat on the patio near the coffee shop and laughed and ate and all of those good things. I had grabbed a banana for John because he wasn’t coming down for breakfast, and for some reason or other, I ended up sticking it in Helen’s coffee. The other person that sat with us (a girl) told Helen that banana peels are poisonous and she poured out the rest of her coffee and rubbed some of it on my knees.

I can’t remember what we did after breakfast but I’m pretty sure I either slept a little more or we recorded some. That’s pretty much what we did every day after breakfast. I think this was my favorite lunch out of all the lunches we had. We had it with pretty much the same core group of people but it was really good. Some girl had a snake and Helen held it. I think its name was Mortimer or something like that. Either Helen untied my shoe, or it was already untied, but she made me let her tie it, and I swear it took her about 30 minutes. It was so funny. I already had one foot on the table so she could tie my shoe, but she made me put my other one on the table so she could compare the correctly tied shoe with the one she was working on. It’s still not tied right, but I’m not going to fix it. Helen left to go get some more food, and she came back with a cucumber and smashed it on Paul’s head. It was probably one of the highlights of the trip. Needless to say, Paul found his opportunity to stick his fingers in her coffee, but she drank it anyway.Helen dared me to push these two guys into this hole in the ground.

After lunch we went back up to the trailer and I took a few photos of Frank recording, because I hadn’t yet and grabbed my stuff because Mary Anne, Paul, and I were going down to the ponds. I hadn’t really seen much off of the main campus yet. It was all pretty nice. You can just go in the house down there. Kind of weird. The ponds were pretty nice. I really wanted to go swimming but no one else would have gone. It was pretty cold though, so I can’t blame them. Apparently, the previous owners of the property had a handicapped kid and they installed this sloped thing with these rails and stairs so the kid could get around down there. I’m not really sure, but that’s what I remember hearing from Mary Anne. We sat around on the “island” on pond #2 and I took a 360 degree panoramic.

I think we’re over the desert now. I’m sad.

We went back to the trailer and I played solitaire on my computer and talked to Joe and Helen. She popped his blackheads and pulled his back hairs out. Cute! Helen ended up falling out of the bed. She tried grabbing the blinds and that didn’t really work out for her. I’m so glad I had my camera. We went outside so Helen could smoke and I took a panoramic of the view from our trailer’s front porch. Helen criticized Joe for having a “graphic novel” but she was reading it with him in bed and she really got into it. It was pretty funny. Those two are good together. I played solitaire for a couple of hours and didn’t win one single game.

I can’t remember what we had for dinner. It wasn’t too memorable I guess. I think I updated the blog after dinner or something, and then walked back up to the trailer and Mary Anne, Paul, Helen, and Josie were all outside of our trailer, and Josie asked Paul to play one of his songs, so we went to the third trailer’s front porch. He played, and then we all sang stuff, and butchered pretty much every song we tried playing. Helen played a song she had written and I really liked it.

We went back into the trailer and they were recording some more stuff. I fought Helen for a blanket, Paul told me killer whales were the best animals ever, and we all sang a new song together, which sounded good live.

We all went out to the MooPoo so they could have some drinks and the rest of us just sat around and talked. We made up a talk show for Frank called “Quite Frankly” where he just tells everyone how much they suck.

I think we just flew over some city in New Mexico. I guess it was big by New Mexican standards.