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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
9:43 pm
Happy Halloween!
Hey, fellow readers! It's been months since I posted my last entry, but I'll be honest with you. I only joined Livejournal to join some groups.

But then again, I'll try to start posting entries in here more often.

But for now, enjoy my Jack-o-lantern. . . .

Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
12:07 am
First Day of Work
Hello again, readers It’s Ky-Guy again It’s been a while since I last posted, so I’ll do it again, only this time, I’ll talk about my day of work. Up until recently, I have been either doing athletic activities, or working at our family market. But today, I started my first day of real work.

In my town, there is a baseball stadium, which is a very short drive from my house. We would go there to watch our local baseball team, the Beach Bums, play. Many of my friends, most of whom I went to school with, work one position or another there. But today, I joined their workforce.

I’ll start off at the point when I got to the stadium at about 4:30 P.M. and picked up my employee t-shirt. (The stadium was out of employee t-shirts when I signed up for the job the day prior.) After picking up my t-shirt and running back to my car to change, I went back to my work area. My job was pretty simple, but fast-paced; I had to get the nachos ready, fill the cups with pop, serve pizza, get the pretzels, etc.

I also met some of my friends from school, as well as another friend of mine who I knew through one of my mom’s friends. I even met some of my friends, who were in their mascot costumes, during my break.

In short, I did my job for about five hours, and got off at 9:46 P.M.

Anyway, I also have to work tomorrow, and I’m pretty excited about it.

See you soon,

Saturday, April 28th, 2007
1:06 am
Another Jazz Band Festival.
Hello again, readers. I just had another Jazz Band festival.

I'll start this entry off at the moment I got to the auditorium, which was around 7:15 P.M.. I brought my tenor saxophone, and my clarinet. (I must have forgotten to tell you that I got a clarinet this recent Christmas. It's a very nice wooden Yamaha clarinet that my sister's fiancee got for me.) As soon as I came in, I dropped my things off backstage, and chatted with some of the other band members. A little while, we got our instruments together and waited for a moment, since there was a pre-concert act by a saxtet.

After the saxtet played, our band got on stage. The five songs we played were "Doin' Basie's Thing" by Sammy Nestico, "Maiden Voyage" by Herbie Hancock, "All The Things You Are" by Jerome Kern (and arranged by Garry Mulligan), "Easy Groove" by Bob Mintzer, and "How High The Moon" By Hamilton & Lewis (and arranged by Sammy Nestico). Although, I played a little solo in "Maiden Voyage." I was a little nervous when I played the solo, but after I played, everybody seemed to like it. My aunt and uncle, who came to the concert with my parents, said it was good.

I also met some people I know at the concert, including my high school band teacher's assistant, and my college Java Teacher.

Also, one of the special guests was an awesome trumpet player named Dan Jacobs. He played some of the sweetest solos I have ever heard.

After the concert, I took my saxophone and clarinet back home, visited with my parents for a moment, and went out to a little restaurant called the "Blue Tractor." In that restaurant I met the band member that payed for my dinner after the previous concert (see the December 9, 2006 entry). I ordered a root beer and a plate of fries, and chatted with that band member. I also went up and chatted with my band director, who liked my solo and told me to keep doing it. After I put my fries in a to go box, (I couldn't eat them all. They apparently keep making portions larger these days.) I asked the waitress for a check. I was only going to pay the original check of $8.37, but after talking to some of my band buddies, I decided to give her a 20 percent tip. The tip turned out to be $1.67 on the tip calculator feature of my cell phone, which added up with the original bill to $10.04. I only had a $20 bill and some change with me, so I decided to give her $20.04, and get $10 back as change. When the waitress gave me the change, it turned out to be $12.00, so I told her, that I meant to give her $10.04, since $8.37 was for the original bill, and $1.67 was for a tip. After clearing that up, I thanked her for the service before leaving.

So now, I'm on my computer, typing the entry for you all, and I must tell you that I had a great night.

See you later,

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
7:21 pm
I have played "Brain Age" for exactly one year.
Hello again, readers. It's been a long time since I last posted, but I just wanted to talk about "Brain Age."

One year ago, I went to GameStop, picked up a packet featuring brain training exercises, and after a little discussion with my mom, I decided to pick up the game. I have played it every day since.

One year later (today, to be exact) I decided to celebrate our one year anniversary. When I booted up the game, I was no longer allowed to do any more brain training exercises or brain age checks. Since I played it for exactly 365 days, the file finally became full. Realizing that I was no longer able to access that file (except for reading graphs), I decided to start a new file for year two.

If you have played "Brain Age," go ahead and post here.

See you later,

Saturday, December 9th, 2006
1:21 am
Jazz Concert
Hello again, my readers. I need to update this again, so here we go.

I played at a jazz concert tonight at my college's auditorium. I'll go ahead and start with the clinic I had first.

To start off, my jazz band had a little clinic at 4:30 PM at the auditorium. We played two of our songs (which I'll discuss about later) and had them critiqued by some professional musicians. After that, we had about least three hours (the program started at 8:00). The band members went their separate ways for a little while. As for myself, I went to a little 7-Eleven that was by the auditorium, so I could grab a Slurpee.

After drinking my Slurpee and viewing some artwork (the auditorium was connected to a museum) for a few hours, I finally got back with the band and got my saxophone together. Although, we had to wait for a saxophone trio first. Then, my band finally got to play. The five songs we played were "Secret Love" (by Sammy Fain), "That Warm Feeling" (by Sammy Nestico), "Nica's Dream" (by Horace Silver), "Kid's Are Pretty People" (by Thad Jones), and "Blue's in Hoss' Flat" (by Frank Foster).

After the rest of the bands played and the concert ended, many members of the bands went to a local brewery/restaurant called "North Peak." Although, I was too young to drink, so I ordered a root beer. I also ordered a pizza to share with some buddies, but one of the band members insisted that he would pay for both the pizza and my root beer. I wanted pay for at least part of it, but he wanted my bill for me. I hope that one day, I could return the favor.

So yeah, I had a pretty good night, and I didn't get home until about 12:30 AM.

Good night,

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
12:02 am
Chili Cookoff
Hello again, my good friends. It's been a while since I updated this journal, hasn't it?

Well, I'll start off by saying that I'm in a college jazz band, and that we played at a chili cookoff tonight. The chili cookoff was in memory of Adrian, a band buddy of mine who died in a car accident a few years ago. She was a splendid artist, a terrific percussionist, and a wonderful friend. The whole event was to support the fine arts committee of my high school as well as her family.

Anyway, I came in around 5 P.M. ; I was one of the first people in my band to come to the school. I spent some time with some of the other members (some of which went to high school with me), a few friends of mine, and some of my family members. I didn't start warming up until about 8 minutes before we were supposed to perform, which was at 6 P.M. However, some of the members didn't arrive until just before we were supposed to perform.

We played five songs in about 30 minutes, with some of songs being Chuck Mangione's "Bellavia," and Nancy Hamilton's "How High The Moon." The band did a wonderful job, and everybody commented on how great of a job we did.

After playing some jazz music, some of the members and I went ahead to eat some chili as well as spend time with our buddies. After that, I went into the auditorium to watch some other performances, which included a jazz trio (in which one of the students played with later in the group's performance), a belly dancing performance, and to finish it off, a cadence from the current high school drum line.

I had a wonderful time, and I will gladly play more music with the jazz band.

By the way, the news crew came by, and they did a close up of me.

I'll will update more often,

Friday, September 22nd, 2006
2:47 pm
Hello again!
Hello again, my good friends. This is Ky-Guy again.

Just today, I got my wisdom teeth removed. How did this happen? Well, let me tell you.

I got to the dentist's office at around 8:30 A.M. this morning. I Waited for a little while until the time came. I was thinking I would go into a chair, get a little gas and have them yanked out. However, we went into a little room with an electric blood pressure indicator and a bag of I.V. next to it, which seemed a little more like one of those rooms in a hospital. One of the assistants put the blood pressure indicator on my arm, which would stay on the arm during the whole process of the surgery. After waiting a little while longer, another dentist came in, probably the surgeon, and put the I.V. on my arm. He did it like anyone probably do in a hospital, he put a big rubber band on my arm, so the vain would show itself. After that, I felt a pricking, which was the dentist preparing my arm for I.V.

Soon after that, I just relaxed and kept my eyes closed. But sooner than I thought, the surgery was completely finished. I only had wisdom teeth in the lower back area of my mouth, and they seemed easy to remove, so it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

My mouth is now still somewhat numb as I'm typing this entry, but I'm going to feel better very soon.

Your friend,
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
11:35 pm
Second Day of College.
Hello again, my friends. This is Ky-Guy again. I just had my second day of college, which is my first day for my other two classes.

Anyway, the first class I had today was an English composition class. The teacher seemed pretty nice and I'm having the class with two of my old school buddies. I came a minute or two late for the class today, but the teacher was quite lenient.

After that, I got to go home for a few hours and eat dinner before I had to go back and go to my second class: programming logic and design.

I got to the class and sat with another one of my old school buddies as well as the kind man I ate lunch with (as mentioned in the previous entry). All we really did was talk about the basics of programming, such as indenting the code and figuring out the problem.

Anyway, I think I'm going to have a good year.

See you,
Monday, August 28th, 2006
11:43 pm
First day of college.
Hello again, my friends. This is Ky-Guy again. I just had my first day of college, and it was pretty good.

I didn't have to go to my first class until 10:15 A.M., but I had to get to the college earlier so I could buy my Spanish books. Anyway, I got to class eventually and got to meet my accounting teacher, who said that this class will be fun. I met some people there, including a kind man who is probably in his late 40's and had a walker with him. I ate lunch with him after a little while and talked with him a bit as well.

Anyway, I had Spanish class after lunch, which I found pretty boring because it was all review for me (I took Spanish since 8th grade, but I was told that this class will accelerate). Anyway, the Spanish teacher was nice, and so were the students.

After that, I went home for a little while to eat some dinner before going back to the college (it's a community college that I live nearby) to have my first rehearsal with the college jazz band. I mostly did sight-reading though.

Anyway, I get to stay up late tonight because I don't have to go to my next class until 1:00 P.M.

An update will follow,
Friday, August 18th, 2006
8:23 pm
Hello readers! The_Ky-Guy here! I have a funny, but pretty bad tale to tell you all about. I had my first fender-bender today.

It all happened about a couple of hours ago when I was in a left turn lane. When I was approaching the intersection, a guy was came into the lane and turned left in front of us. Then we saw the light turn green, so we decided to continue onward to the intersection. Then all of a sudden, a white Chevy truck flew out of its turn and hit us on the side. My friend and I (I had a friend in the car with me) made it out alright though.

Anyway, we came to the guy, who seemed pretty nice about it. We both called our families, who came to us only moments later. Then the police officer came to us and looked at our license, registration and insurance, and just as I expected to hear from the officer, the whole accident wasn't my fault.

But I'm mostly over it now, but we still have to worry about getting my Subaru fixed.

Hope things go for the better,
Thursday, August 17th, 2006
11:15 pm
Heh! Tomato run...
Hello again, kids! It's Ky-Guy again, and I went on a little tomato run with my grandfather today.

Well, I'm not big into farming, but I'm felt adventurous today, plus I probably to keep my grandfather company.

Anyway, we drove for several hours down to a family farm of ours downstate, picked up 31 boxes of tomatoes, three boxes of peppers, and visited with some family members. After that, we drove off.

Anyway, we went to a mexican store n the way home. We got some burritos and some mexican Pepsi.

Ok! I know I made it too short and un-detailed, but I didn't want to give out names and not much went on.

Anyway, I'll see you later,

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
9:16 pm
Hello yet again!
Hello again, my friends! I decided to fill out my Live Journal more often now, so I can get a little more into Live Journal.

Anyway, I went to Mackinac Island today with my family.

At around 12:15 this afternoon, we arrived at the island. We walked around the island for a bit, enjoying the view and the stores along the way. We got some maps of the island after a little while to help us get around a little better.

Later on, we ate at this little restaurant called "The Gate House." It's this nice little place at the bottom of the Grand Hotel.

Later, we went for a little bike ride around the island. Did you know that it's only about 8 miles around the island? It was a fairly short ride, but my sister stopped my family along the way to take pictures of the island.

After that, we went to get some ice cream and fudge. My sister got mint chocolate chip fudge, my parents got dark cherry fudge, and I got peanut butter fudge.

We then went to a little store and got some shirts. Mine is grey and says "Mackinac Island" in blue, college style letters.

At about 4:30 PM, we finally left the island. I had a great time on the island, but it's good to get off after a few hours.

Anyway, I know my sentences are a little short, so I guess I need to type in a little more detail next time. What do you think?

See you later,
Monday, August 7th, 2006
6:30 pm
Hello again!
Hello my friends! I have been gone for two weeks, so I haven't been on Live Journal at all until today.

But I have to tell you all that I have been in Spain and I didn't get home until Sunday.

Anyway, I'll give you a somewhat short synopsis on it.

I left on July 25, flew to Detroit, then to Houston (to pick up my grandmother and her friend, who came with me on the trip), then to Paris, and then finally, to Madrid. But I got sick on some flights, so I might need to use more Dramamine next time.

Anyway, we checked in a little hotel called the "Hotel Plaza Mayor," which was in the the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.

The first couple of days, we visited some art Museums that displayed pictures that were painted by Goya, El Greco and of course, Pablo Picasso. We also got to see a neat light show a couple of times in the Plaza Mayor as well.

The following Friday, we went to Segovia to pick up my sister (Before I continue, I need to tell you that she was studying in Segovia for six weeks prior to my visit.) We got to see the aqueducts, which were built by the Romans a long time ago. After that, we visited the Cathedral in Segovia as well as the famous Alcázar, which was rumored to be what the castle in Disneyland was based off of. We also got to visit her kind host family. The host mom even gave me coffee.

We went back later that day and went back to the Hotel. The next day, we visited one more art museum, which featured some surrealism paintings, such as Picasso's "Guernica," which was based off of a bombing of an innocent Basque town during the Spanish Civil War. We also got to visit the Palacio Real de Madrid.

The following day, we went to Toledo, which was known for its swords. We went to mass in the Cathedral there as well as visiting it. We visited many shops where I saw swords (I bought two mini collector's swords), silver and Marzipan.

The next two days, we visited Sevilla, where we checked in a little, music-themed hotel called "Hotel Amadeus." There, we got to visit the Cathedral in Sevilla as well as its Alcázar, which had a lot of Arabic influence on it. What was weird about that particular visit though was that I saw a peacock, which seemed to be trapped on top of one of the walls.

Did I mention that we also got to see some Flamenco dancing? The foot-moves were wonderful, and the guitar music sounding great with them.

After that, we went from Sevilla to Granada for the following two days. There, we visited the Alhambra through both days as well as the Moroccan Quarters of town. We also got to walk alongside part of the town wall.

On our last day in Spain, (When I mean "our," I meant that for me and my sister, since my grandmother and her friend will be in Spain for a few more days.) my sister, my grandmother, her friend and I went back to Madrid, and checked in the Hotel Plaza Mayor for one more night. I even decided to buy us all churros as a treat.

Anyway, my sister and I left Spain on August 5, and spent the next several hours flying home.

So now, I'm home typing this to you, but I had to admit that it was a great trip.

Anyway, now I have to close this little entry.

Hasta luego,

Sunday, June 11th, 2006
9:42 pm
Graduation (Part 2)
Hello again,

Shortly after writing the previous entry, I went to the Senior Party at my high school. There was a casino (with play money), sumo suits, an inflatable obstacle course, track bikes (bikes that go in a loop-de-loop), and other things.

At the casino, I played Black Jack, Texas Hold 'Em, Dirty Queens, Wheel Games, and dice games. I spent most of my gambling time on Beat The Dealer; it is a dice game where the dealer rolls two dice and adds up the sums. You then had to get a higher sum than the dealer, because the dealer would take ties as well as losses. The dealers switched after a period of time, but the second let me win double if I either got boxcars (double 6) or if she got snake-eyes (double 1).

I also spent a lot of time doing the other activities as well. I beat a friend of mine on the track bikes (23-20). I went through the obstacle course a few times, did a bungee relay, played with the sumo suits, climbed the rock wall and played a putting game where you had to putt the ball up the ramp into a hole.

Anyway, you got tickets when you did an activity or turned in the tokens you got from the casino. You would use those tickets for a raffle by writing your number on the back of the tickets (I forgot to mention that when you bought tickets to the party, you were assigned a number, which would be used in the raffle). Around 4 A.M. (the party lasted from 10 P.M.-5 A.M.), they did the raffle. Although I won nothing, I still got a door prize; a neat luggage set (everyone also got a door prize; they could either choose a backpack, a laundry basket or a luggage set). I didn't leave until after 5 A.M. though.

I didn't go to bed until about 5:30 A.M.

I woke up the following afternoon at about 12:30. I had about 2 hours to prepare for my open house.

At around 2 P.M., it started. A lot of my friends, family members and teachers came to it. My independent studies Visual Basic Teacher and my Saxophone lessons teacher even came. I played croquet against some of my cousins and a few band buddies of mine. One of my cousins won, but I finished second. I also played Bocce Ball against another friend of mine.

Should I mention that my sister created a shrine of me? We took all of my pictures, my band and academic letters, my diploma, and my collection of hats on display for all to see.

After that, I opened up all of my cards and presents.

Anyway, it's over now and I'm just typing this Livejournal entry. I had a pretty good weekend. But now, it's time to close this entry with a farewell, but I will update again on a later date.

See you later,

Saturday, June 10th, 2006
8:15 pm
Graduation! (Part 1)
Hello my friends,

I just graduated today! I'm so excited to finally be out of high school. It all started when I woke up at 7:10 A.M. and got ready. After getting ready, I threw on my gown and went to the Interlochen Arts Academy to the graduation ceremony. After sitting a few hours and getting my diploma, I took some pictures with my friends and family. After that, my family and I went to Culver's to eat lunch.

Later, I went to a friend's house for his graduation party. We played "Super Smash Bros. Melee," and shot each other with Nerf guns. After that, I went to another friend's house briefly to congratulate her.

Right now, I'm just typing away. I will update with part 2 tomorrow.


Sunday, May 28th, 2006
1:41 am
Hehe! Prom Night!
Yeah! It was prom night, and I went stag most of the time. (For those who don't know, "going stag" is going to prom without a date.) Although, a girl from my Spanish class invited me to dance with her, but I lost her after a while, and I didn't find her again until nearly the end of the dance.

Anyway, I was pretty wild, and damn proud of it too. The DJs played two Michael Jackson songs; "Billie Jean," and "Thriller." I moon-walked during those two songs.

I also submitted two songs as well; Daft Punk's "One More Time," and Casada's "Every time we touch."

Despite losing my Spanish buddy, I had a pretty good time.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
10:26 pm
Today was my birthday.
Hello again kids! I just wanted to tell you that today was my birthday.

Yeah! I had a pretty good day too. Many of my friends at school wished me a Happy Birthday as well. One of the guys even got me a Fanta too.

Anyway, after school, I went home and later had a good lasagna dinner with the family. I got some pretty good stuff too: "Geist" and "Odama" for the Gamecube, Praful's "One Day Deep" CD, and some gift cards. We also had cake and ice cream.

Later on, I had to play at a Jazz concert too. I played three solos though, and amongst the songs I had a solo in was Duke Ellington's "Caravan."

Anyway, I had a pretty good day.

Good night!

Saturday, May 6th, 2006
12:19 am
Band Festival
Yeah! I was gone all night to a Band Festival in Manistee and I didn't get back home until after 12:00 Midnight.

But, I had fun anyway. I rode the bus there. We waited several hours because we didn't get to play until pretty late. (Our playing time was 9:25 PM.) We went through our songs pretty time, but I had a hell of a time on sight reading, because I missed the key signature changes on both songs.

Nonetheless however, we got all "1"s for our score. (All "1"s is really good.)

Should I be more specific next time?

Thursday, May 4th, 2006
5:42 pm
Hello children!

I have got a new rim for my car. (In case you didn't read my last update, I bent a rim as well as popped a tire.) Anyway, nothing much.

Oh, and I will also be gone all day for a Band Festival tomorrow.

See you on Saturday...

Friday, April 28th, 2006
4:53 pm
Crazy past couple of days...
Yeah! It has been a crazy past couple of days.

On Tuesday, my internet went down. I wasn't able to get on-line for a few days, so I wasn't able to get to Live Journal, Gaia Online or MSN Messenger.

Yesterday, I popped a tire and bent a rim on the way to school. Later that day, I had to pull out the spare tire and replace with one of my teachers. We took it to an auto-clinic to have it looked at, and I have to keep the spare on until Monday. I was going to talk about it yesterday, but unfortunately, I couldn't.

But today, I got my internet back. It appeared that I had a problem with my previous modem and needed to get a new one. So, now I have a new modem.

Anyway, I will be getting my new tire and rim on Monday.

He he! I was crazy talking about two different things at once, wasn't it?

See you later.

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