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let’s bowl.

two days ago, two friends of mine and i went out to a big mall a ways away (that sounds much better saying it than it looks writing it.) from our houses. it’s far enough away that we had to take a bus. i didn’t really know how big this mall was gonna be, but it was way bigger than i expected. unfortunately, since it was still spring break/semana santa, all the stores were closed except the restaurants and the arcade. however, we did stumble upon something phenom. a bowling alley.

we threw down money for two games and bowled for awhile. and it was awesome. i haven’t bowled for real for a long time, not since i’ve become awesome at wii bowling. the first frame was rough, my brain wasn’t expecting to be holding a 14 lb. ball but rather a ~1 lb. wii controller. but after that, i did alright. and mainly because of wii bowling, which surprised me. my average on wii is like 200, maybe 210 if i’ve been playing for awhile. but playing for real, i couldn’t always throw the ball exactly how i wanted, cause i’m clumsy and my arms are too long and i don’t have a lot of upper body strength, but every throw i knew exactly where i wanted it to go. all cause of wii. interesting that a video game system has finally been made that is beneficial to real skills. i wonder if i’d be any baseball or golf now. doubt it.

so we played two games, eric won the first one, and i played a real clutch game and won the second one. it was fun. and they have way cooler animations after you throw. the two best ones i remember were both for spare pick-ups. one involved a bowling pin dinosaur eating ferns, and in the background is this big volcano. all of a sudden the volcano explodes and a gigantic bowling ball rock completely smashes the dinosaur, and then a little bit of green goo oozes out from under the ball. even more graphic, the other one was in a dark alley, and you see three pins in trenchcoats walking menacely towards a bowling ball, and out of nowhere, i don’t remember if he shoots them or kicks them or knifes them or what, but the bowling ball does something sweet and all the pins get blown back out of the picture and on the back alley wall appears a huge bloodstreak X! gruesome. we got a good laugh out of it though.

it’s a bummer to me that the only “sports” i think i’m decently good at are sports that no one cares about. bowling, ping pong, foosball, frisbee golf. what? who’s even heard of these, much less wants to spend time watching them? you can’t really name drop ping pong and have people be impressed. these are mainly sports that skill comes in handy at family reunions, holidays, etc. so that’s at least good. i might not be able to contribute to a 5 on 5 game of hoops at the gym, but when we get back to the bells house for round robin, i’m ready. bring it on greg.

-jon

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i love finding the cold side of the pillow. when i climb into bed, i always flip my pillow around bunches of times to cool my ears off. my ears are always get red when i’m super tired. weird. anyway. right now i’m writing my first real “blog” in my bed with my new computer. is it superficial that i feel more productive now that i own a laptop? i have a color-coded calender set up with all my big events coming up in the next month. i have a to-do list, also color-coded. i’m worried this is a novelty rather than a real life organizational change. i hope to keep this blog updated at least once every day or so once i get settled in spain. especially with pictures and stuff. and spanish phrases. that would be pretty exciting.

so anyway. i spent the day hanging out with a buddy, doing the most lazy stuff in the world. and it was great. in no great detail, i woke up midmorning, spent the day watching a few movies, playing wii, going on a hy-vee run, then coming back to watch the series finale of the incredibly hilarious show extras. what a lazy day. it was so great. and i don’t feel bad about it at all. i’m 21, maybe i should be spending my free days getting ready for my mcat or my trip to spain or something adult, but it feels so good to have a day like this right after a long semester. i only have one or two more days of this kind of living before i head back to kc and spend time with my family and really start getting ready for spain. days like this i really feel my age, like young slash old, young enough to not have too many responsibilities and be able to spend the day shooting zombies and eating pizza but old enough to drink if i wanted, or run an errand at 1:30 in the morning. this is such a weird age to be but it’s nice. sometimes it can be stressful and crazy and nerve-wracking but sometimes it’s great. today it was great. tomorrow it will probably be great too. earlier tonight i watched this show on hbo called extras. it’s about this guy (ricky gervais, who i will hopefully blog about soon) who works as an extra on movie sets and finally gets a break, but it’s on this horribly camp tv show. he struggles with sacrificing his artistic integrity and dignity for fame and fortune. and tonight’s show was the series finale, the last hour and a half special that closed the whole story out. it was all about this guy’s struggle, alienating his friends, and also how his friend who also works as an extra hasn’t been able to catch a break in show business and so she quits the acting scene and just struggles to make it working odd jobs, and she deals with all sorts of “what happened to my life?” types of issues. some of the best writing ricky gervais has ever done. for an hour and a half i slipped back into thinking all about what i’m doing right now, what i’m studying, what i’m trying to accomplish, where i want to get to, what happens if i don’t. it was a nice reality check before i started killing zombies again. lazy days like this are always great, but it’s also nice to stay grounded and aware of where you are in your life, and that hour and a half was perfect.

sometimes i worry if i’m worrying myself to death. how ridiculous is that? i should just be trying to my best at whatever i’m doing. instead i get nostalgic at age 21 and prematurely worry about my future wife and kids and grandkids at this age. why do i think about these things all the time? does anybody else my age worry this much? of course they do. who doesn’t. it just sucks that nobody ever seems to voice these thoughts.

in ten years none of this will matter. i probably won’t be blogging anymore, i’ll probably be trying to provide for my family and keep my garage organized and worry about moles in my front yard or something. hopefully. or maybe something completely different. who knows. i am just doing my best, which is all anybody can ever do. deep huh? pretty good for a first blog. ok i’m going to bed. there are all sorts of zombies that need killing tomorrow.

-jon

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