Archive for December, 2005

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What I Have Learned This Past Year

December 31, 2005

About a week before Hurricane Katrina, I was helping my best friend get married. It was a beautiful week in Utah. I learned how quickly life passes. It seems like yesterday, I was in grade school, when I mistakenly took Brian’s coat. I would have never imagined back then, that I would be his best man. I had two other weddings I attended during the summer – I learned how to celebrate.

This past year I ran for two positions of student government. I lost an executive senator position on my birthday and won the vice president position a month later. I learned how to appreciate good music and good food. I started this year with a drink in my hand and watching A.C. Newman sing the latest hits off his CD. I would learn to appreciate good movies and literature. I learned that Tully’s girl makes the best mochas in my neighborhood and that when she writes hearts on my coffee cup that DOES NOT mean she wants to date me. I made some new friends this year and said goodbye to my dog Beulah.

Nationally, I learned that Bush does not care about Black People. We heard that “Brownie you’re doing a heck of a job.” And we saw the destruction of a major US city because of bad planning and a poor reaction by the national government. However, we saw a nation respond admirably and every state in the union took in Katrina evacuees.

This past year something rare happened – in the month of February, Seattle saw 22 straight days of sunshine. This past year, I played Frisbee in the park, barbequed during sunset, changed a flat, had some amazing dinners, built a bonfire, emceed an event, spoke to three governors, gave a best man’s toast, fell in love with sushi and bought a “new” car. As I finish my degree at the Evans School, I understand the importance of financial contributions to non-profits and I hope you donate anything you can to your favorite non-profits.

 Camera photo of the Neptune Theater Marquee in Seattle, WA on December 20, 2005. Peter Jacksons King Kong, I wish I knew how to quit you. Photo by Nick Peyton.

I am sorry to those I have not spoken to some of you in a long time. I think of all of you often and how you have shaped my life somehow for the better. If you want to read more musings from me or if you want to see photos from Brian’s wedding, please go to my website: http://www.geocities.com/nickoroni. Remember to live life to the fullest, dream, wonder and explore because, you never know. To everyone, happy new year!

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Untitled – December 23, 2005

December 23, 2005
Photo of my dog Beulah on December 25, 2002. Photo by Nick Peyton.

Photo of my dog Beulah on December 25, 2002. Photo by Nick Peyton.

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Untitled – December 21, 2005

December 21, 2005

I am finished. This was a rough quarter. I took 13 graduate level credits. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I would be on campus from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Now I start an even more painful quarter. I will be driving from Seattle to Olympia about two to four times a week for work.

Since being done with the quarter things have eased up quite a bit. I have been working on Brian and Traci’s wedding video. I have been shopping at all the great Seattle stores. I have been working out and watching movies. Speaking of movies, I have seen some great ones these past few weeks. First I saw Syriana – great movie. The movie was confusing as hell but I did a little research on the movie afterward and I got it all straighten out. Read the synopsis first if you are going to see it. I also saw Brokeback Mountain. That was the best movie I have seen in 2005. It is the cowboy movie. You heard it here first but Brokeback Mountain will win best picture. Finally, I saw King Kong. My advice on that one is, skip it. Wait for video. It was an hour too long, too many special effects and they added in dinosaurs for no apparent reason. My friends brought their eleven-year-old son and he slept through the last hour and he was hopped up on candy. He should have made it through the movie.

Seattle has been beautiful lately – until today. The sunrises and sunsets have been great. The Cascades and the Olympics have looked like a painting in the horizon. And Mount Rainier has simply been majestic. But today it rained. Hopefully, it will not be too terrible when I drive home this weekend.

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Untitled – December 10, 2005

December 10, 2005

March 2004. That was my last long term relationship. Now that 2006 is quickly approaching, I am getting a little worried. There is this girl that I really like but I don’t know if she likes me. I had a great conversation with her. I was funny. She was funny. But I don’t know.

The holidays are pretty rough on those who are single. So many parties to attend. The worst part is when you have to respond whether or not you will bring guests. Evite is even more depressing. Not only do one has to respond if they are bringing guests but everyone else knows that you are not bringing anyone. People tell me that I am young and I need not worry yet. But it seems like all the good people are taken. Maybe by the time I am 30 the first round of divorces will be over for my generation and I can marry a girl from a failed marriage.