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Spring Break

So I’m hoping everyone out there had a great spring break because I know I sure did. I may not have had the most extravagant of a spring break, I didn’t get to travel anywhere cool like some of my friends here at the college did: Hawaii, Florida, California; but even though it wasn’t the coolest break it may have been the most rewarding.

I went home for spring break, back to the beautiful Sioux City, Iowa, where I settled into the house and called up some friends who were also in town. Before I did that though I knew that I was going to need some work to keep me occupied, though I had friends that lived in Sioux City they worked during the day which meant that I would be stuck at home which would not only be boring but also unhealthy (because I tend to eat when I’m bored at home). So not wanting to go through the hassle of going back to any of my current employments: Fareway, Carousel, etc that would require me to set up a schedule etc and would have been too much hassle just for one week of work; I rather decided to post an ad on Craigslist offering to do some general labor: moving, lifting, etc as well as offering to do video and photography work as well. I was a little skeptical at first; we all know the stories about the “bad people” on Craigslist. Anyways, I quickly got a response from a nice woman who needed help with yard work and various moving. I went to her house and everything was legit, possibly some of the hardest most physically strenuous work I’ve done in my life for sure but for $10/hr I figured it was worth it. She asked me back the next day and the day after that totaling me in the end at $120, a nice stash of cash to bring back to the college with me (though to be totally honest I spent most of it while I was still at home). So bottom-line this entire story goes out to all those college students and college students in the future that your spring break/breaks in general don’t have to be boring and unfruitful.

Aside from working and making much needed money I had a lot of opportunities to hang out with some of my Sioux City friends which I greatly appreciated. My friend Jordan, who is soon to be married, let me stay overnight at his place just like we did all the time in the good-ole-days giving us time to reminisce. I got to go with him and his fiance and her friend (who I will be eternally grateful to) who took me out to see Insurgent with them.

Quinn, the one I mention in the My Life A Fan Fiction stories is always one of my go-to guys while I’m in town and we had a good time chilling together. We found ourselves at Perkins a lot (since it’s open 24/7 and we stay up pretty late) just talking and having a slice of pie. At one point we went down to South Sioux City where a friend from high school worked and messed with her until she got off. From this experience I got my first lottery ticket (I do not condone the buying of such items but I won a bet and it was pretty much bought for me) which got me some winnings of about $2.

Interesting story that goes along with what I was just talking about. After the whole lottery ordeal we went with this girl to Perkins where we sat down and snacked on pie while we all talked when in walked this guy, younger handsome looking possibly a college student, who sat a couple tables ahead of us all by himself and ordered some food. He noticed us conversing (which wasn’t hard we were kind of loud) and decided to watch us (very obviously) and listen in. We all noticed it except for Kayla (the girl with us) who was sitting with her back turned to the guy. Anyways he continued to stare which was freaking Quinn and I out and I even once looked over at him and smiled and nodded, very passively but nevertheless, and it did nothing the man did not look away. At one point I made a reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender (freaking love that series) which this guy picked up on and said, “dude you like last airbender? Nice!” and reached over to give me a high-five which I returned cause I’m just a nice guy like that. Anyways he got his food which he would eat a little of and then go back to watching us and once finished with his food left and paid without a goodbye. If you’re the guy and you’re reading this I’m not mad or anything but definitely hit me up in the comments and let me know what’s up.

The whole break had it’s ups and downs such as finding that someone had taken a dump in the Hamilton blvd McDonald’s urinal which was disgusting and if you did it and you’re reading this, dude that’s not funny it’s disgusting seriously. But thankfully the break had more ups than downs and that’s what’s important.

Remembering Your To Do’s

As a college student there are a lot of things that I have to do in a day, and it’s tough to remember all the things to do in a day. Most students get a calendar or a planner to help them through their week but I have this annoying tendency to get one and never write and/or check on it regularly enough to keep up with things. So here’s my solution, consider this a college life hack if you will.


(Apologies for the crappy quality)

     One of the things that really really bugs me (and maybe I’m just ADD) is having an untitled document tab at the bottom of my screen. It annoys me, and I’m switching through tabs constantly so I look down there a lot. So what I do to remember my daily schedule is to annoy myself into remembering. I make a new Word document and leave it as an open tab on the bottom of my screen.

What I need to do

     I title the document so if I accidentally click on it I can quickly differentiate between it and my other homework etc. Then using a numbered list I list things out that I need to do in order of when I need to do them. If applicable I will add what class (or in the case of work, since I have multiple jobs, will say which job or even what I need to do at the job) and also; I might add when the work, homework, assignment, etc is due.


Sometimes I look at other people and wonder if they feel the same way I do, feel the sense of existence that I feel. I have almost 2 decades worth of experiences and memories, and I feel this sense that I’ve been a part of life of the world. It’s kind of hard to describe, but I look at other people and I wonder to myself if they feel the same sense of existence as I do. To me I meet these people, they become my friends, I learn about them and hear about their lives and experiences, but sometimes I wonder to myself how they feel during a typical day. They walk around and go to work or classes or whatever they do and to me it seems like they’re going through some kind of robotic repeating schedule. While I have various things that hit me throughout a typical day that differ from the norm. I know in my mind that others have issues as well and that things affect their daily lives, but it’s so hard to see their reality the same way I see my reality. It’s so hard to understand them as I understand myself, and then at the same time sometimes I feel as though I don’t understand myself….

Me and Work Part 3

As I was saying I wanted to work Dairy section at the grocery store I worked at, but getting there wasn’t easy or maybe it was honestly I had no idea! We had just gotten a new assistant manager who seemed really friendly and was a great guy but I didn’t know him well enough to just go up to him and ask for the position, and as for the main manager i was always intimidated by him which was weird because he was also a really nice guy who was always encouraging his employees to be better. So I waited, I waited for an opportunity and I kept working hard being the best employee I could be and let me tell you that hard work really pays off, sometimes not in the way you’d expect though because a week or two later one of our freezer part-timers left and the freezer manager was in need of someone to take his place. I was good friends with the freezer guy so i immediately without hesitation offered to take his place and there I was finally off the floor. Sure the freezer was really cold but i didn’t have to do as much since freezer didn’t go empty very often which meant if I was bored I could go hang out and help my floor friends with their work (by then though they would have done all the hard stuff) and on top of that if I ever wanted to I could still go hide in the freezer to get away from the hustle and grumpy customers. Yet, I still wanted that dairy section to be mine, and now that I was in freezer (which is right next to the dairy) it made me want it even more. To be continued…

Me and Work Part 2

Anyways, back to Fareway. This was the job that got me where I am today, I worked there for about 4 years or so now and I’ll be honest i liked it about as much as anyone might like a part-time job which is very little. I’m not trying to bash the company or anything I love Fareway, but I just never quite felt happy doing grocery, but I put up with it because i needed the money. Plus it’s where I’ve made many good friends and connections as well as felt a sense of accomplishment, it was where I worked my way up from the bottom. As I was starting to say in Part 1 I started as a regular floor guy. Now before I go any further i’d like to establish that there isn’t a whole lot of moving up in the ranks one can do in a grocery store because without the right education etc you’re probably not going to become a manager or even an assistant manager. A friend of mine who works at Hyvee (Fareway’s competition) told the story of his manager who actually grew up wanting to manage a Hyvee someday, and hey if that’s your dream you go for it. But as I was saying that wasn’t really an option for me the most you could do is get off the floor into a more specific position (e.x. dairy, freezer, produce, etc) and my eyes were set on Dairy section, a place where you get to stay cool all day and not have to deal with as many grumpy customers and employees you don’t like. It was my short-term dream, and I just needed to find a way to get there. To be continued….

Me and Work Part 1

So as a typical American young adult I know a decent amount about working. Currently I’ve worked about half-a-dozen different jobs in my lifetime. It started with helping my dad who is a contractor, some of the most boring or sucky work I’ve ever done. I helped him fix various things at people’s houses and apartments: leaky pipes, holes in walls, etc and also installing things like A/Cs and water heaters all pretty boring stuff and required me to either sit around handing my father the next tool he needed every 10-20 minutes, or carrying something (typically) heavy from the car into the house. At the same time I did a lot of mowing, and honestly as long as I was getting paid to do it I really didn’t mind. I started doing a weekly mowing job for my uncle that got me $20 a week and his lawn was really not all that big, I kind of felt bad like I was taking advantage of him or something. I still do this job during the summers. Sometime in 2010 I started working for a local grocery store, if you like in Iowa or the surrounding area you might recognize the name Fareway, great company they make really good fresh meat that they slice etc right in front of you as opposed to pre-packaging it like most other grocery stores do. Anyways this was the first professional job I ever had where I was on an actual payroll etc. I’m gonna stop this blog post here and move into a part two.