That’s the end of that

Well, the summer is over. I’ve only got a few hours left before my first class, but I don’t want to think about that right now. Between seeing friends, going on vacation, and even to some degree working, this summer was great.

I wasn’t sure how I would like doing maintenance at work this summer, but it worked out well. I got to be on my own for the most part, until something happened. Unfortunately, there were days when it seemed like everything happened at once. We also had one promotional day at work. We had some NASCAR drivers sign autographs, the Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile was there, and so was Mr. Clean. I figured that it was only appropriate to get an autograph from Mr. Clean, since I was one of the “cleanup in aisle 1” guys at work. We were all joking at work that one of our other maintenance guys should have been Mr. Clean and signing autographs since he does such a great job at the store.

I went to several Sox games this summer, I’d say how many, but it’s too late for me to try and count that high. I went to many of them with some of my friends, mainly from Purdue. My current roommate drove up for a weekend to visit, and to watch his girlfriend play in a local softball tournament. He didn’t get to see much softball because the weather wasn’t cooperating, so we ended up doing other things instead. One of which was going to see “Anchor man.” The movie was funny, but stupid, if that makes any sense.

I managed to get enough time off of work to take a quick (read overnight) vacation to Wisconsin. We played golf up there. That was the first time in about 4 years that I had played 18 holes, and the first time I had actually played in about 2 years. I had developed a really bad slice in my golf shot that was keeping me from playing. I finally went to a pro for half an hour and he fixed it right up. Actually, it only took him about 5 minutes to get it fixed.

I went to Steak ‘n Shake at home for the second time ever this summer as well. I did that at about 1 am, with some of my friends from Purdue. They were in town for a wedding and stayed with me that night. The next day we went to Navy Pier, in Chicago. That was a lot of fun.

Moving back here was a little crazy. I moved most of my stuff in here a week before classes started. I stayed overnight then, and when got home the next day we immediately left for Michigan. I drove for a total of 6 hours that day, and ended up at Central Michigan University. It was a nice campus, but much smaller than Purdue’s. The next day we drove to Mackinaw City, about as far north as you can go in the lower peninsula of Michigan. We were there so we could visit Mackinac Island. That trip was nice, but it was raining on and off that day, which made it less enjoyable. Also, there are no motorized vehicles on the island, so everything is done with either horses or bicycles. Well, the horses leave the island with a distinct smell. For the last bit of our trip we stopped in Muskegon to go to Michigan’s Adventure, an amusement park. It was a small park, but they had some great coasters. One of which is the longest and tallest wooden coaster in the world (depending on who you ask). We drove back from Michigan; I spent a night at home, and made my final move to Purdue the Friday before classes started.

The drive here that day was not very pleasant, as it was raining for the entire drive, and day. But getting here and seeing friends that I hadn’t seen in a few months cleared that up right away. I’ve had time to play racquetball, although I was a little out of shape for that. Normally I can play for around 2 hours without a problem, but I had trouble making through about an hour of play.

Well, now I’m even closer to that first class. But I’ve got things to look forward to that will help me get through that. There’s always racquetball, steak ‘n shake, football games to look forward to, and I’ve got some new things to look forward to as well. Keep checking back here and I’ll let you know how things are going.

Posted on August 22, 2004 at 11:47 pm by Matt Walsh ยท Permalink
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