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Geeze I am a really bad blogger

Although no one is exactly hanging on every word either   Working stinks during summer. It was nicer when I could hang at the beach all day and be a bum. This growing up is way over rated.   I do like my job though, the law is pretty cool even if I am just a flunky now I've been able to sit in on some cool meetings hearing about strategy and junk like that.   Been getting to hang with my buds from Loyola and work some with the young guys on the polo team. If teaching weren't such a sucky

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Unbelievable.... that's what it is....

I know the song is Unforgettable, but every time I think of where my life has been the last few years for some reason the song runs through my head.   I've finished my second year at Cal and I've got an internship with a law firm because I think law is probably what I want to do. I can't believe its been over two years since high school. It seems like time flies by. I'm still tight with a couple of guys from high school, including my "little brother" who isn't so little any more. He is more ad

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Back To Re Al A Tee

Love that song!   Okay, so Christmas was great and the day after I took off to CO with the grandparents and some of my cousins to go snowboarding. The coolest thing was there was hardly any natural snow the days before Christmas and then it starting dumping a ton.   We had sooooo much fun. All we did was board eat and sleep it seemed. I did get in a small time in the pool every day, but the pool is small at the grandparents place so I wound up going down to the city rec center that does have

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Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say

That is Merry Christmas to those of you who don't speak Hawaiian   Christmas Eve.... at the grandparents until it is time to go to Tim's cousins house for the annual CE gathering. All the "men", anyone over 8 basically will have on Hawaiian shirts, not just any Hawaiian shirt, but a special edition Reyn's Spooner Christmas Aloha Shirt. Then we all eat Mexican food and drink Mexican beer, well the men at least, the wimen folk drink Champagne or Chardonnay on a count of them being the fairer

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Heading Back To School....

.....but it was sure nice to be home for a few days with no books and no responsibility.   We lost to UCLA in overtime so the only chance we have at the NCAAs is if USC beats UCLA badly, we might get the at large bid since we only had one league loss, to USC in sudden death overtime and we beat UCLA 8-5 at UCLA in league, but it is still a long shot and won't happen at all if UCLA beats USC.   Anyway... enough of that. Had a great time being home, eating good home cooking again. Went to the

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Oh there's no place like home for the holidays....

Ok, so i know that is a Christmas song and brings up visions of cheery snow scenes and sleighs, but we don't get that in So Cal, we get a little rain and it gets chilly.... it was down to 48 this morning but 66 in the afternoon and the water is 60 but the waves were small as in non-existant but after being away for 3 plus months it felt good just to paddle out.   Only three freshman made the traveling team and two of them were foreigners with major international experience, so I still feel go

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Blog is working again

OK, I couldn't get my blog to work for a few days. I think my pop-up blocker was messing with it.   Anyways.   I said yes to Cal.   We maybe didn't win CIF in water polo, but we did in swimming, which isn't as cool, but I guess it has to do.   So now everything is done. No more high school sports. AP tests are done. I am out of here in a couple of weeks and I am not sure I really want to be. I really liked high school. I can't believe it is almost done. I swear I was a freshman with a bi

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Well the Worst is Over (I think)

I am in at Berkeley, in at USC, in at CSULB, in at Pomona-Pitzer, wait list at Princeton. The others I got into aren't really in consideration.   I thought the worst would be the wait, but now with choices I have to make a decision and that is going to be the worst. Good reasons to stay close to home, good reasons to go further away.   College seemed far away 6 months ago, now it seems scarily close.   Maybe I could flunk and be a senior again.

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Waiting Is Like The Worst

All the college apps are off and now it is like a waiting game and not a fun one. It is like sitting in the waiting room at the dentist's off, all the magazines are three months old and not that interesting. Swimming is the only thing keeping me sane right now and we are still a few weeks off from the official start date. Well, I guess going to basketball games is keeping me sane too. They are so much more fun than the football games cuz you are so close to the court. That is my social highlight

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Back To The Grind

Wow, been since before Christmas I've really been here, not much has happened and lots has happened.   Skiing was awesome, the whole family was there, great meals, great fun just great times overall.   Got back to school and it is weird, I know I have to go, but all the college apps are in, my last semester grades won't matter all that much, I'll already be in by then.   Swimming is back in full swing and I swear if it weren't where all my friends were I wouldn't be doing that either. I f

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OMG in CO!

Okay, so I thought we were leaving at 12 noon....NO we were arriving at 12 noon!   Matt dragged me out of bed at 6AM and told me we were leaving for the airport at 7:30. I was barely packed cuz I thought we had all morning. YIKES! NO! So I started throwing clothes into my suitcase and we had breakfast for the whole family here and while we are eating we were opening presents.   Kinda weird, but it is more cool watching my little cousins get their presents and being all stoked then it is to a

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Woot Woot Goin' Boardin'!

Tomorrow the whole clan flies out to CO to go skiing and snowboarding! Me, Tim, Matt, Tim's parents, Tim's sister and her family, 9 of us in their condo in Keystone. I am so pumped! its been snowing like the devil there, powder is going to be outrageous! We get to have a white Christmas too and that is way cool, the only white we get at the beach is sand and wave foam.   I am so glad to be done with finals too. I feel like the pressure is off finally. College apps are all done and off, classes

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Yippy Da#n Skippy!

Down to my last two finals.... I am so ready for Christmas. I had Latin final and Calc final in the same day today. Can brains really turn to mush and hurt at the same time? I think a vein behind my eye is throbbing. Thank the Lord for swimming. When I get in the pool I can just disconnect my mind and ponder the latest turns in Mark Arbours stories.   These are like my two last real finals coming up. I mean I have to take finals in the Spring, but by then I'll be into the college of my choice

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Awesome Experience!

So last night Tim, Matt and me went to the Disney Concert Hall and we got to do a sing-along for The Messiah. They had the soloists on stage, but the chorus was everybody in the audience. Some people brought their own scores from home, but Tim bought the score for all of us there and says if we go again next year (and I hope we do!) we can bring back the ones we bought this year.   It is just such an awesome work of music, I guess I never really knew before. There are parts of it you know, but

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Thanksgiving is Over, Here Comes Christmas!

Thanksgiving was great, lots of food and family and friends. Black Friday was killer, we didn't really buy a lot we just watched the frenzy. Saturday we went to the USC Notre Dame game but left when it started raining hard because we were soaked and freezing and it was ugly, ugly football. If there was a giant cat there, it would have just buried the game with its back paws.   So now it is Christmas and Christmas time used to be my favorite time, just my mom and me, then she got married and it

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Sigh. And Thus It Ends

So you ever have your worst nightmare come true. Okay, so maybe it wasn't my worst nightmare, I wasn't having sex with William Shatner, but pretty close.   My worst nightmare was that we would play this team again, the one in the semi-finals and we'd get hosed by the officials because they are from their county, not ours.   Water polo is a pretty physical game and by the time you get to the semi-finals in our division you get teams that are pretty evenly matched and we are. Last time we play

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A Perfect Weekend

So Saturday morning Matt, Tim and I flew up to San Francisco and took BART into the City. We got off at Powell and walked like two blocks to our hotel, the weather was just perfect! We were able to check in even though it was still pretty early in the day. We walked back to BART and headed over to Berkeley. There is nothing like Berkeley on a game day. I have a blast when I go to USC games with my grandparents, but it isn't like Berkeley. At Berkeley the whole town is into it. Everyplace you loo

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Life is Better

We went to the service for Brett. It was a beautiful service, full military honors. Lots of family and friends rallying around Brett's wife and daughter.   SATs are done and I felt pretty ready for them.   We won again in water polo so we are on to the semi finals now. Been a dream season so far and depending on who we play next week, we could be in the finals for the first time in a long time.   Surf is up, even if the water is cold.   Tommorrow morning at the butt crack of dawn we are

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Another Funeral

Why do I only post when the bad sh!t happens? I dunno. I guess 'cuz it is one of those things Matt & Tim can't help me with since they are trying to cope with it themselves. One of Tim's wrestlers, a guy he coached four years, was killed by an IED in Afghanistan last week. The guy just had his first baby three weeks ago, a little girl. He hadn't even seen her yet and he was due to come home on leave for Thanksgiving.   I am coming around to the philosophy of the Airborne...... "kill 'em al

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Wow Been A While!

So school.... water polo.... water polo..... school..... community service...... college apps...... SATs....... ACTs..... more water polo..... more school..... even more community service...... BLEH!   Good season. We lost the other day, but they are the team ranked just above us. We only lost by one at their pool (a very long bus ride away) and we won't see them until the semi-finals and that will be a neutral pool and different refs so I think we can beat them.   School is good, but I a

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Bleh, Dogs Days

Blistering hot and we start school next week. At least I am in the water a lot. We started polo again and I think it keeps me sane. It is cool to see the freshman coming in, I swear I was a freshman like two months ago, not three years ago. I got a little brother and that is cool, he seems nice and doesn't live too far so I guess I'll give him rides to school tell him to avoid Mr. Pedoarias and Fr. Felice and don't walk through Sr. Square unless you want to wind up in a trash can.   Last year

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Back From The Funeral

So the funeral was Saturday and Tim's been quite all weekend. I think it was good for him, but there is still a lot on his mind. We all stayed at his parents house Saturday night and I think he was slightly wierded out by that too. I slept in his old room and he and Matt were in his sister's old bedroom. About the only time he seemed to loosen up all weekend was when we stumbled into the US Open of surfing on the way back from the service, Tim likes driving along the coast because he says it cle

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There Is An Old Song

It is "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and I don't know how. Tim's been really sad the last week. I'll look over at him when he is watching TV or reading his newpaper and I see tears in his eyes. He tries to be strong and never let me know he is human and doesn't have emotions, he tries to be this big, masculine rock, but I know he is hurting now. We are going to a funeral tomorrow and I hope this puts it to an end for him, but I don't think so. I think he will be thinking about stuff for a whi

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What I know

I guess what I know isn't much really, but Tim, who I live with keeps trying to teach me.   One thing he has taught me is that no one else views things the same exact way you do so people will react differently to the same thing.   Like my friend Dave, if there is something bugging him about you or if you have done something that bugs him he wants to talk about it right then, right there even if you don't. And I don't a lot. I like living in my own little world and don't feel like talking ab

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