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A Long Time Coming

The following was supposed to be published more than two weeks ago. It wasn’t. I’ll update about the Outer Banks and whatnot in a day or two.

   School’s over. Not for the summer, but forever. High school at least. I’m now officially a graduate of Deep Run High School. It’s both exciting and unbelievable at the same time. I can’t quite believe that it’s actually over. We’re all moving on to bigger and better things. It’s funny how everything has changed since graduation. People who I never really spoke to and who never really spoke to me come up and say hi when I run into them at random places. It’s happened at least five or six times. It’s almost like we feel as if there is no reason not to talk finally. I guess there’s just a different aura at school and things are different now that we’re plunging into the “real world.”

    In the end, I’m glad I’m staying in Richmond. I’ve lived here my whole life, but I’ve never really explored much outside the Short Pump area. Hanging out downtown, at Pony Pasture on the river, and the other places I’ve gone, I’ve really discovered how much I truly love this city.

    I start my first classes at VCU in almost exactly two months, but before that, I’ve got some awesome things lined up this summer. First off, I’ve finally got a job. I’m working in the Information Systems section of the Attorney General’s Office downtown. I’m doing things like deploying and imaging hundreds of new computers for office deployment, repairing employees’ workstations, and doing general troubleshooting with them on various everyday issues that may come up. It pays really well, and I have a set schedule working two full (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM) days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I like having all my nights open.

    I’ve got a bunch of different trips this summer as well. First off, I’m writing to you now from Toronto, Ontario in Canada. I’m up here with Alex and her family for her orientation at University of Toronto. Soon after I get back, I’ll be headed to the Outer Banks with Jen and her family and Allie, too. I also might be going to Young Life camp in Lake Saranac, New York at the end of July.

    Just as an update, I know several of you have asked about the podcast I used to do, “Evolution of Thought.” The main reason I stopped recording it is I didn’t have any time near the end of school. I was also awaiting my new computer. I’m now armed (and dangerous) with my new MacBook Pro, packed with built-in podcasting and website creation tools. Macs make pretty much everything easier and are so much more intuitive than PCs. Expect the podcast to be back in the next couple weeks, and to return with a bang. The features in some of this podcast software are going to make us sound very professional, and with a built-in webcam and condenser microphone we have the ability to do on-the-go podcasts anywhere and even do some video podcast editions.

    One more thing. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do away with as my photo sharing site. I’ve bought a new .com name that I’ll tell you the name of when I get it up and running. I purchased a .Mac hosting account and will hopefully be able to store my entire photo archive on their servers. It will be much easier than before and the site will be far more interactive and easier to upload to. My photos, blog, podcast, and video sites will all be tied together into one site when I get it finished in the next week or two.

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