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Classes, Running, Reading, and a Possible Change

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2011 at 2:25 am

Well hello everyone!
After a one week hiatus with the long weekend seeming to fly by last weekend I am back to update you about my life!

Now 3 weeks into the quarter things continue to go well! History of Mathematics continues to drive us through the Babylonians and Egyptians, moving into the Greeks and the ways of their society. Physics has its first test tomorrow and I feel that it will go well! Lab continues to be long and boring and having nothing to do with what I am learning in class… But such is the way that our labs are run here at Eastern. Intro to Religion can now be stated as a walk through of how today’s modern religions (Christianity, Judaism, etc.) got to where they were from the point of one Robert Wright in his book The Evolution of God. It starts walking through animism and moves up through monotheism giving Wright’s views of how societies beliefs in God changed as the societies themselves grew.

Running and Bloomsday Preconditioning (my last class) continue to go well. I went out the past two weekends getting in 15 and 13.5 mile runs in. I also added 50 minutes at the gym after this past Saturday’s run. With the introduction of these long runs I am preparing myself for the two marathons (at least the two on the calendar so far) that I will be running this year. Couer D’Alene and San Francisco in May and July respectively. Other races that I am looking forward to running in the coming months are the St. Paddy’s 5 Miler on March 13th in Spokane which will be run alongside Michael Thompson (accompanying me to San Fran) so that we can qualify for Bloomsday Second Seeding. Bloomsday being another race that is coming up in the next few months on May 1st.

As far as reading goes, I have had very little time to do a lot of reading. The Evolution of God takes up much of my reading time. I also am reading Marathon by Hal Higdon on my Kindle. Which is a pretty good book about a fictitious (Chicago) marathon and a love story that takes place around the marathon between the race director and a new to town reporter. I also recently bought Hal Higdon’s Marathon training book which I plan to do a bit of reading of it when I can!

Another point of interest that you will all be interested in is a possible change of majors for me. Nothing has been totally confirmed yet. I recently spent an hour talking to my undergrad adviser Kathy Cook (She says Hello Wendy!) about what I may be able to go into instead of the math that has been giving me some troubles over the past couple of years. I have not done any more talking to any other advisers so as of now I am still a math major, look for that to possibly change in the next few weeks.

That is all for this week (or two weeks) so I hope that this finds you well! Let me know how things are going with you!


National Championship!

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm

What a Friday! What a first week!
You might be wondering why I may have started with a “Wow” and a mention of Friday. Well in the world of sports it was a very big day yesterday for Eastern Washington University Football! EWU was down in Frisco, Texas this past week to play in the Football Championship Series National Championship against the University of Delaware Blue Hens. I went up to the Pub (one of the campus dining halls) to watch the game on the big screen there. Near the end of the 3rd Quarter the Eagles trailed by 19 points, without having any themselves all game. It was a moot atmosphere, until the last few minutes of the quarter. We then ran rampant through the 4th quarter to have 20 unanswered points to finish the game, with a very excited EWU campus and town of Cheney as the Eagles won the National Championship! The first in school history. It is a great day to be an Eagle!
Anyways, now I am watching the Seahawks as they have now taken the lead in their game, and for all of the Washington Teams that have recently played in big games, we have done well in the eyes of the cynics out there! The first week of classes was this past week, and it was quite a week! I am taking a good set of classes, challenging classes that willl be a lot of fun! Physics, I have both a new lecture instructor, and lab instructor. Both sections went well this past week. History of Mathematics meeting twice a week was also good, I am also at this time in the midst of reading the first chapter of my textbook. Introduction to Religion is also going to be an interesting class, there is not much to say yet as it also is just a two day a week class, so I will get into more of the details for my classes at a later date. My final class is Bloomday Preconditioning which will always go well unless I end up injured. I did however run my time trial 56 seconds faster than a year ago. So that seems like a good thing to me!
Other than that life is going well, my job continues to be good and at times boring.
I will leave you all now to the rest of your days!

New Year the First in a While

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2011 at 1:07 am

Well hello all!
Wow! It has been such a long time since you have heard from me!
The last time my email popped up into your inbox it was before Thanksgiving and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was 4 days away from being released into theaters, and I had a few races on the horizon for running. Now I sit here in the New Year owing you all an explanation for the absence of my emails!

Back in November, just after you had just read my last email, Eastern Washington University decided to do something kind of funny. They switched email providers mid quarter. This did not affect my inbox and outbox emails, stuff that I had sent or received or continued to receive. It did however manage to take hold of my contacts and delete you all from my lists and address book! So I have spent the past few months trying to add you all to this new system and get you organized into lists so as to send this to you! So I apologize for the absence and hopefully I will not go through that long of an absence again (except for summer).

Now onto the stuff that I left you hanging with! Harry Potter was a phenomenal movie, I have seen it… well a number of times now and will not be seeing it again until it comes out on DVD in March! I also got the chance to experience the Harry Potter Exhibition in Seattle and the Pacific Science Center over break with Kaylee and Debbie! And it was amazing!

I have had 3 races since my last email. I ran the Spokane and Seattle Jingle Bells and also the Seattle Half Marathon. All three went well! In Spokane, if you remember I was trying to qualify for Bloomsday Second Seeding. Which I did not qualify for on a very very cold Spokane morning. The Seattle Half Marathon was next on my agenda and I ran it with my friend Duard King. We both finished in around 1:45 so not too bad overall! Seattle Jingle Bell brought a couple of headaches with packet pickup overall, but ended up being a very fun day! Even if the weather was pure rain and continued it’s four year streak of bad weather! As for future runs, I am not registered to run another race until May when I run Bloomsday on the 1st of the month. I will however run a 5 mile race in March to qualify for Bloomsday Second Seeding. I am now officially signed up for two marathons this year, the Coure D’Alene Marathon on May 29th and the San Francisco Marathon on July 31st. Taking two more state off the list!

Seattle Jingle Bell was my first weekend back from school for three full weeks! I got to visit a lot of friends, and also see most of my family in the area! Christmas was a lot of fun and I spent it in many places, Dad’s, Mom’s, the Clark’s and my grandma’s! I continued this past week with my typical job of house sitting and then spent some time with Brian and Becky (and the rest of the Nobach/Clark Clan) at their place down in Seattle on New Year’s Day.

Flying in today from Seattle, I now sit in my apartment and settled in for a new quarter to begin. This quarter I am taking my Bloomsday Class at 7 am Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I will have Introduction to Religion, History of Mathematics, and Physics 2 filling in the rest of my credits!

So I hope that this finds you well and not having missed them too much! I hope you continue to follow me through this journey!
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