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In the spring of 2008 I took a lifeguarding class in Indianapolis. The job that I took that summer, and later quit, required me to be CPR and Lifeguard certified. Despite my sizable and blatant shortcomings in the pool, after three weekends of class, I somehow persuaded the Red Cross to provide me with two business cards—each one respectively showing that I was capable of providing potentially lifesaving care, and the law requiring me to in some instances. Thank god I have never had to those skills. Now, I have a greater challenge ahead of me than trying to continuously swim 800 yards: reviving this blog that has lay dormant for over a year. Anyway, this is my first attempt in breathing some life into this thing, and like any doctor would say, there are no guarantees. Stay tuned. I hope none of my captive readers have held their breath…
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Since we last caught up, I have arrived back in America. Which has been great. I worked another summer as bionic blue day camp director, which was a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed my last year of school, which is probably partially to blame for not updating this thing. I graduated from college, which was kind of absurd (though probably not as absurd as my brother, Ross, making the commencement speaker rip a double shot of Jack Daniel’s the night before he gave his sea turtle speech, thanks for the memories, J.) Drove to Florida for spring break. I took a couple train rides last winter term as well.
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Now I am a week deep in graduate studies in Hanover, New Hampshire, aiming to successfully put off the real world for another year a half or two. Back to square one. For those of you who don’t have jobs yet, you are welcome to come join me out here for any indefinite amount of time. Consider this your open invitation to procrastinate collectively with me.

I am not living on campus, at least not until August. Right now I’m living about five miles away and across the Connecticut River in Vermont, in a friendly town called White River Junction. I am not going to tell you what my living arrangements consist of currently.
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All right, fine. I am living in the Hotel Coolidge, which is old and big, as well as old. A good friend, Wicks, visited this week, and he raised a first-rate question in asking when there was ever a demand for three hundred people to sleep comfortably in one building in downtown WRJ. Everyday I walk by the Calvin Coolidge room, which undoubtedly was once a most happening place, but I’m confident it has seen decisively better days. But in all honesty, it has been fine. Karen the maid runs a tight ship, and cleans my room twice a week. The people at the front desk have been more than accommodating and my fellow renters seem nice enough.

My program has been great, I am enrolled in two Cultural Studies courses and a Creative Writing class. My professors are engaging and sharp. My fellow students seem like interesting people and the surrounding area is gorgeous. I have been on a couple of hikes that past few days and have really enjoyed the landscape and scenery. I’m looking forward to hitting the slopes come winter.

Right now I have class only three days a week, so I have a lot of free time. I am poking around for a job to hopefully fill some of that time. Wicks suggested that I consider picking up tobacco use, which has great benefits in passing the time and in helping to meet new people. The problem with cigarettes is that they cost money, and unfortunately I am on kind of on a tight budget. That idea probably won’t happen, but Wicks’ head was undeniably in the right place. I’m hoping to try some other new things including enrolling in a hockey class come winter through the college’s P.E. department.

Anyhow, as you can tell, I don’t have a whole lot of anything interesting to say in this post. But hopefully, through this post, I will get motivated and start keeping this thing in a halfway respectable order. I am even going to ask my mom to send my camera to me, so hopefully I can get some more pictures up. (Mom can you send my camera? It is in the top left drawer of my desk, and if you could figure out how to get it to charge without using the European adapter, that would be great).

To all my friends who just graduated, congrats. I hope you keep me updated on everything.

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

Keith

Posted by kchapman88 15:40 Archived in USA Tagged educational

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