Let’s Change Direction and Brighten the Mood

Well, Today Was Hilarious

So I noticed that pretty much every one of my posts (except my last one) has been about me trying to figure life out and what I want to be when I grow up and all of that boring kind of gloomy stuff so I want to change it up a little bit with this one and tell you about my day. Hey, we can’t all be adults and act mature 24/7 right?

We Have a Pool

I don’t think I have mentioned the fact that I have a built in in-ground pool at my house. I know, it’s awesome. It is probably my favorite part of the house and is pretty much the only place you’ll ever find me and my friends if they are over. Other than the pool, my house really doesn’t have that much to offer for a bunch of kids my age. Anyone else out there grow up in a house like this? Seriously, my parents never have good food here and my basement isn’t finished so besides being cooped up in my room playing video games, there really isn’t that much to do. When I was younger, me and my friends would always come to my house during the day to mess around the pool but at night we would always go to one of their houses to sleep over. I really wish my parents would finish our basement already. Who the hell ever goes down to an unfinished basement unless you’re a mother doing laundry? I know I don’t.

But anyways, we have a pool.

Broke Our Pool Fence

Another thing I don’t know if I have mentioned yet or not is that I have a little sister. Young enough to not want her wandering around our pool and falling in so my parents had a mesh pool fence installed so we wouldn’t find her taking any dips by herself. So as you can see from that link, it’s not really your standard chain link fence that most normal pools have. Which I don’t know why my parents didn’t think was enough by the way. We have a normal metal fence around the whole pool area then we have this stupid mesh fence around the actual pool too. Seriously, who the hell has ever heard of a 4 year old climbing a 5 foot metal fence? Whatever, I guess parents can never be too careful.

Anyways, the mesh fence is kind of annoying and gets in the way for me and my friends but we have made the best of it and found ways to have some fun with it…

We have a basketball hoop for our pool and is my favorite part of it. So me and my friends love to toss up ally-oops and try to do tricks while slam dunking on the net OVER the mesh fence. My parents always freaked out if they caught us jumping over the thing at all and today I found out why.

So my dumbass friend Jack was up next to dunk and he had the brilliant idea of bringing my moms little exercise trampoline outside to get more air (my parents weren’t home by the way). So as you can probably guess, as soon as he jumped on the trampoline the whole thing started sliding and rammed right into the fence with Jack still trying to jump over it.

He rammed right into it and cracked both support poles on both sides. Even though my parents flipped the $%@# out, I don’t remember the last time I have laughed so hard.

Needless to say I am not allowed in the pool for the rest of the month… Totally worth it.

Sounding Better and Better

So if you read my last article, you saw that I mentioned the idea of going into video game design as a career. A lot of guys my age say that they like to play video games, but I take that to another level. It has become more than just a hobby for me, I like to consider it a lifestyle. I was looking up more information on the field and was reading this wikipedia article about video game design and the more I read up on this whole thing the more I am loving the idea of maybe going into it as a career some day. Who knows, maybe I can get a job at Blizzard and help design the next generation’s World of Warcraft (even though there will never be a game like WOW again, I can dream right?).

My Favorites

So instead of boring you with statistics and job descriptions of game designers, I figured I would just talk about why I love them so much and which ones are my favorite. So my dear readers here we go; here is my list of the top 3 greatest video games ever made. This list is not going to include classics like Mario Bros. 3 and others alike that completely changed the way we look at video games. This will be the games that I have found to be the greatest developed and most entertaining to play.

Drum roll please…

  1. World of Warcraft
  2. Halo 3
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

I truly believe that World of Warcraft is the single greatest video game that has ever been created. No game has ever come CLOSE to the amount of subscribers who play the game over such a long stretch of time. Of course there have been other MMORPG’s (massive multi-player online role playing game) before WoW, but none were as absolutely groundbreaking as this game. This game destroyed relationships. It has ruined kids lives. There have been actual addiction services provided strictly for those who are addicted to this video game. All of that is true, look it up.

For those of you who have never played WoW or don’t play video games, this is just something that you can never understand. There is something about being immersed in that game that gives you a feeling that cannot be compared to any other video game.This is in my opinion, the absolute perfect game.

Halo 3 comes in at second place and cannot even compare to WoW in terms of addiction and amount of different things you can do in the game, but I think this is definitely the best multi-player first person shooter out there. It isn’t as realistic as the Call of Duty series, but the skill it takes to actually be good at Halo makes it far superior. You kind of have to know what you are doing to really compete in Halo, unlike Call of Duty where people who really actually suck at the can find ways to compete and be annoying to other players.

My third choice of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 might be a little bit controversial to other video game nerds out there, but omitting the absolute ridiculousness of the noob tube (grenade launcher) this game was definitely the most fun I have had in the whole Call of Duty series.

All of this talk about WoW is making me want to play. Maybe I should stop researching video game design and look up some World of Warcraft addiction counselors…

Making Some Progress?

How badass is this video? How does that make anyone not want to jump up out of bed, head to the gym, then take over the world? So I have been kind of freaking myself out with my future and college and everything lately and have actually been feeling a little bit better about everything lately. I haven’t quite narrowed it down to a full proof 100% plan of action by any means yet but we all have to start somewhere, right?

Have A Lot of Time To Make Up For…

As you may have gotten the hint by now, I hated high school. No classes interested me and I never wanted to be there. How well I did in school paired with the amount of day dreaming I did is shocking. I went to places in my imagination on a daily basis that I didn’t even know existed. Have you ever found yourself day dreaming about saving the world, and all the hot women in the world, from an alien invasion single-handedly? Then you have not experienced true day dreaming my friend.

So logically, I should have taken all of this mindless dribble and used that time to really think about what I was learning and plan for college and my future. But who is mature enough in high school to actually be retaining everything they are learning? God knows I wasn’t (and still probably aren’t). I pretty much only went to school because my parents said I had to.

Alright So What Kind of Progress Are We Talking About Here?

Well I am starting to really think about my future now and have stopped intentionally bottling up all this fear I have and am trying to face this little life changing decision head on. When my family asks me what I want to be when I grow up and what I want to go so college for and my reply is always “I have no idea,” their reply is always, “well what are you interested in?”

Dude, I play World of Warcraft and watch Invader Zim. What the hell do my interests have anything to do with what kind of job I want to get? I guess I understand where they are going with the question but I really hate when people say that. 99.9% of people do not like their job. Sure, a lot of people can tolerate their jobs and it might be somewhat related to their interests, but I defy you to find me one person who would go to their job every day if they weren’t getting paid and money was not an issue. Yeah, I didn’t think so.

I have to admit though, this kind of is the question that got me rolling on this whole motivation thing. I am a video game nerd. And I mean a hardcore nerd. For any of you who don’t know what World of Warcraft is, you wouldn’t understand. It’s not a video game, it’s a lifestyle and only those who play know what I mean by that. But that is what got me thinking. If I have more of a passion for this video game than anything else really, why not try to pursue some kind of career in video game design?

This is the first time I have actually looked up information about a career that wasn’t for some dumb school project and I have to admit, I am a little intrigued.

The money can be great, you work with other nerds, and I can really let my creative mind wander like it so often did in school. If I have to go to college for something, why not steer in a direction somewhat related to what I love so much?

Stay tuned to see how long this little hint of excitement lasts before I end up hating the idea like every other job I have tried to think of. Hey, worst case scenario I can apply here at www.treeservicesdc.com and carry on my father and family’s legacy in the tree service business.

At least I have a plan B?

Probably Should Start Planning

I AM ALIVE

I know you have all been worried to death about me and I really appreciate it my friends. As you can probably tell, I am alive and survived my day of working with my dad and uncle.

It actually turned out to be not as bad as I thought I would feel the next day and kind of felt like a little girl when I woke up and realized I ranted for an entire blog post about how much my body hurt. What’s done is done though unfortunately and I know I could just as easily delete that post and write about how I carried the majority of the weight the whole day and how much uncle and dad couldn’t have done it without me… But I am a man of integrity my dear readers and you will get nothing but honesty from this guy.

Time To Get Serious

Even though I didn’t hurt as bad as I thought I would the next day, my thoughts and acknowledgment of how little I would be cut out for a blue collar job has not changed. There still is no way that I would be able to do some hard manual labor my whole life and I realize more than ever how important the next few years of my life are going to be.

The problem is, I really don’t know where the begin. Most of the few friends that I have already have a plan and know exactly what they are going to do in college and what they want to do for a career as adults. I, on the other hand have absolutely no clue what I want to be when I grow up. There are just a million options out there and none of them really catch my attention or I don’t know enough about them to decide if it’s something I want to do for THE REST OF MY LIFE!!!

High School Did Not Help

Isn’t high school supposed to be there to try and steer you in some sort of direction for a career in the real world?

Did whoever take this picture steal my browsing history??

Alright, maybe this is a little dramatic but you get what I am saying. There was absolutely no passion in high school. Well, in mine anyways. It was just painfully obvious to me that 95% of the teachers that I had didn’t want to be there just as much as the students didn’t and they were just there to put food on the table and power through til they get their tenure.

Hey, I get it. Who wants to sit in front of a group of teenagers staring off into space rambling on about nonsense that no one cares about? I know I wouldn’t but that’s why I would never dream of becoming a teacher.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I feel like school never really did anything for me to plan for college or help steer me in any kind of direction as far as a career choice goes. All I did was drink energy drinks to try and stay awake and not fall asleep in every class to avoid getting in trouble while i should be drinking energy drinks to stay awake and be more focused about the interesting knowledge and experience I am gaining from my oh so insightful teachers.

Now here I am, a high school graduate about to attend a major university next year with absolutely no clue about what I ultimately want to get out of the college. Well luckily I hear that the first 2 years of college for most people are just general education classes (sarcastic yayyyy) similar to what I took in high school before I actually have to choose a major. Hopefully I’ll find something that at least remotely catches my interest before then.

At this point though, it’s not looking good.

College Is Probably My Only Shot

I Am Not The Man My Dad Is, That’s For Sure

This guys pretty much sums up how I am feeling right now. Remember how I told you about my dad flipping houses with my uncle in my last post? Well today I went to help them out with a project they have been working on and I want to die. My body hurts SO BAD AFTER ONE DAY OF WORK. I feel like such a little girl and am embarrassed to be typing this out for the world to see but hey at least I am probably making some of you out there feel better right? Glad I could be the source of your entertainment and mocking for the time being. :)

I guess I didn’t really explain what “flipping” a house means to anyone out there who has no idea. No, it doesn’t mean taking a house and turning the whole foundation upside down. It’s actually just buying run down houses that were either for-closed (sorry peeps) or just really cheap and then renovating it and reselling it. I don’t even know if renovating is the right word I’m looking for here but it is just basically buying a cheap house, fixing it up, and selling it for more.

This:

Gets turned into this:

  

Alright I may be talking my dad and uncle up a taaaaaad but you get what I am saying.

So anyways, now that I am out of high school and have a lot more free time my parents have been kind of nagging me to get out of the house more and fill up some time so my dad thought it would be fun to have a little bring your 17 year old son to work day and I tagged along.

I really don’t even know what we did that has me feeling like I’m 97 years old, but I am hurting bad. I did do a lot of heavy lifting but I really wasn’t thinking too much about it at the time. I don’t know if I threw my back out or if I really am just this much of a little girl trapped in a boys body but I don’t think I am going to get out of bed tomorrow. My uncle and dad of course just laughed at me and said it was about time I “grew some hair on my chest.”

Not For Me…

So what does this have to do with me and college you may be asking? Well, after today I realized that there is no way in HELL that I could ever do such a physically demanding job as a career and that doing well in college and figuring out what I want to do with my life is going to have to be the only choice I have.

In addition to all this house flipping, my dad’s main job is for a tree service company where he does just as much hard work every day. Look here to see some of the stuff that my dad does and just powers through like it’s no big deal… And he’s 57!!!

I am 17 years old and I feel like I am going to be on my deathbed tonight after working for 1 day. Hopefully this is just because I really don’t exercise or play sports or anything so my body just isn’t used to it and the next time I will be able to do twice as much work??? Yeah, I am just going to keep telling myself that…

Stay tuned to see if my body is able to get out of bed tomorrow!

College Here We Come!

The Deed Has Been Done

I can’t believe I made it this far without quitting school already but I did it. I am officially a high school graduate and I could not be more excited. There was not a day that went by during my entire academic career so far that I didn’t fantasize about jumping out the window in every single class. That being said, I always was  a pretty good student and it wasn’t that it was hard or anything, I just hate how school is set up.

We are forced to wake up at ungoldly hours 5 days a week and sit in classrooms with hundreds of different kids every day that I have no interest in getting to know or hang out with. I really think I would have loved being home schooled. Seriously what is there not to love about it? You pretty much get to wake up when you want, or at least when your parents or “teacher” want you to. Granted, I don’t think my mom would have gone for me waking up at noon and starting class at 1pm every day, But I sure as hell wouldn’t be waking up at 6am every day, that is for sure.

I don’t know if my mom would really be cut out to be a teacher the more I think about it though. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mom more than anyone in the world but she isn’t exactly the brightest when it comes to “book smarts” and probably shouldn’t be in charge of managing anyone’s educational future, let alone her own pride and joy’s. :)

Now when I really think about it, home schooling probably would have been a terrible idea. Neither of my parents went to college but for some reason are giving me absolutely no choice on whether or not I want to. It was pretty much decided from the moment I was born that I was going to be going to college and that was that.

My dad works his butt off every day and has always had at least 2 jobs for my entire life. Right now he is working for a tree service company and also flips houses with my uncle. The market kind of sucks now so he isn’t doing the flipping as often but still tries to make it work. He’s always worked labor jobs and I could never see him sitting behind a desk every day punching in numbers and wearing a suit and tie to work. The thought of that is just hilarious.

My mom works as a nanny for a friend of a friend’s family and has always worked as one for a family when I was growing up. She’s great with kids but not so much with teaching them.

But all of this wondering what could have been is in the past now and the real fun begins… At least that’s what everyone keeps telling me.

Am i Going To Be Cut Out For This?

I can’t imagine that anyone really enjoys school but apparently they do and it’s starting to worry me. If i have always hated school so much, what’s to say that I won’t hate college any less?

What if I can’t do it? What if I’m not smart enough? What if i embarrass my family and get expelled???? Alright not too worried about that last one but you get what I’m saying.

Most people that I have talked to about this keep trying to tell me that college isn’t anything like high school and that it’s about to be the absolute greatest 4 years of my life.

I think the only reason I am so excited about college is that I never have to step inside of my high school again…