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Places to see part II

Santorini, Greece

Wow... I've always wanted to see the Mediterranean sea and Greece. I love the white buildings. They look so clean and magnificent. And the blue roofs definitely add to awesomeness of this place. I wonder what's inside? Are they houses? Or are they some kind of religious buildings? I'm sure they have some kind of significance if they are featured in this picture. Personally, I think It probably house some beautiful Greek Goddesses. What do you think? Does anyone know anything about this place?




Imagine if you had no friends, no family, no job, no home, no cell phone, no tv, no shower, no car, no anything. What if the only thing you had was yourself and the pity of a few generous people? That is basically the life of a hobo. I remember as a kid visiting Seattle with my grandparents I made my very first contact with such a person.
Seattle is a huge city by the Pacific Ocean. It was such a cool new thing for me as a kid. I remember driving past strange people and buildings. Tons of things I had never seen before. I was safe from all this new stuff as long as I stayed in the car, but once we found a spot to park I had to face the strange new world. One of the things i first noticed while walking the streets was a huge "campsite" off the side of the road under the freeway. I thought this was such a strange thing. I'd been to campsites before, but I would have never expected to see one in a huge city like this. My parents had to explain to me that homeless people lived in the tents and it wasn't for camping. Homeless people? This was the closest I'd ever been to a homeless person. I was always scared at the thought of them, but apparently this city was full of them. As we made our way further down the street I saw the familiar sight of the "golden arches" and wanted some Mcdonalds food. We walked towards the building, but as we got closer I could tell we weren't going to go in. We followed my grandparents to a bench right next to the Mcdonalds building where a weird man was sitting with his dog. I knew after one look that this man was a hobo and I was scared. He was your typical bum; ragged coat, a tin can for change, and a huge beard. I thought my grandparents were crazy when they started talking to him.
Apparently they had talked to this man before and had just started a conversation with him. I had no idea why they were talking to this scary and different man. After a few minutes of chatting we went into the Mcdonalds. FINALLY I would get my happy meal, but my parents refused to buy anything for our family and we had to wait for my grandparents to order their food. They got their one fish fillet and we went back to the homeless man on the bench. They gave him the sandwich which he then split and gave half to his dog. He said thank you to my grandparents and we walked off. Almost immediately I started asking my parents why that just happened. They told me everything. Every week my grandparents would talk to this man (to be friendly), then they would go buy a fish fillet for he and his dog (they didn't give him money to do it himself because he would have probably spent his $1.49 on something else.). I thought they were total suckers at the time for spending time and money on this helpless man, but now I realize that they did what they did out of love. This was way cool. I dont know if they still help this guy out or where he is now, but taught me a good lesson (I guess...). I was afraid of people who were different, and seeing this homeless person who had nothing but a dog and a coat frightened me. We are lucky to not have to bum money from people on the streets. We all have jobs and families and homes. Most of us don't frighten children or depend on old charitable people for food either. Our lives are good.
This was my first experience with a homeless man. haha. This was such a random story and topic, but I needed something to blog about. Has anybody ever talked to a homeless person?

In other news: Im excited to have Natalie back :) It sounds like she had a marvelous time. Britta Marie is now 17! She rocks. Tish gets back soon. School starts on the 25th for me. I have so much to do before that!
That's all I have for now.



Places to see part 1

So About once a week I'm going to be writing about places that everyone should see at least once in their life. I haven't been to all of them, but my iGoogle (I kind of stole this idea from someone elses blog btw) gives me pictures of places to see. So here is the first one. With my commentary:

Wow. It looks pretty beautiful doesn't it? I love the green and the rainbows. It's good to see that there is still beauty on this earth. This reminds me of some lost world with dinosaurs and unicorns running around. I'm actually pretty sure there are mystical creatures there in Hawaii. Has anybody ever been there? If so, I would like to know.



Southern Utah University

So Yesterday I attended an all day Orientation down in Cedar City. It's purpose was to help all of the newby students see what college life was all about. It was pretty cool. I signed up for classes and already have my major picked out. Here are all of my first semester classes and the times they are at (my major is Information Technology):

1. Math 1050, Everyday 9:00-9:50
2. Fundamentals of Programming (nerd class!), Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00-10:50
3. UNIV 1000 (It's a class every freshman has to take) Wed, Fri 11:00-11:50
4. 2D Art Design, Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00-2:50
5. PC Hardware (yet another nerd class) Tues, Thurs 1:00-2:20

Exciting right? now that you know when I'll be in class, you'll know when to call/contact me. everyone better do it...



change in progress

So my blogs theme is really ugly. That's because I'm teaching myself how to make my own templates and stuff. I really suck at coding, but i'm making myself learn. hopefully once I get it down I'll be able to customize anybody elses theme if they would like.



another late night post

So I'm sure you would all agree that it is time for a new post from me on my personal blog. The whole family blog thing is working out greatly so far and it will definitely be one of the best ways for all of us to stay updated with each other.
So Natalie has been gone for about a week and I never thought I'd miss her as badly as I do. I thought it would be a nice break from each other, we would talk every day and tell stories and stuff. But no. I haven't talked to her for a couple of days now and, since She's pretty much been the only thing on my mind lately, the lack of Natalie is effecting me. I guess being deathly ill doesn't help much either. I've been trapped inside my house all day today and most of yesterday. I'm not going to lie, I feel pretty helpless. Right now I'm pretty much restricted to sitting at my laptop and read blogs/create posts all day. Fun, right? I'm sure I'll be alright sooner or later.
Anyways! Thoughts from Michael: I've decided that everyone needs to better themselves one way or another. Whether it be breaking a bad habit or just becoming a better person. Think of how much better life would be without the extra drama and struggles that people unnecessarily bring into existence. We should all stop being so ridiculous and full of spite. Just start being a little bit nicer of a person every day, even if you think you are already super nice. A little bit goes a long way. I know it may all sound corny, but we all know it's true.
Bleh... I cant think OR type anymore. It must be time for bed. But before I go, I leave you with a quote: If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them. - Anonymous