Wow, it’s been too long. Hey Gees. I’ve been crazy busy here in Boston working at a summer program called Exploration. I’m an RA for 18 8th graders, I’m IT assistant, and I teach a DJ course and one in Ultimate Frisbee. The entire staff is made up of crazy 21-ish year olds, and I’ve made a lot of great friends so far. This place seems to attract very interesting people. A lot of the kids are nuts, but that makes the whole thing very entertaining. We have several check-ins each day, and we have to sit on our hall and waste time waiting for the Residential Directors to come check everyone in, so I have the kids tell fun stories from activities they did that day. One of my kids always has tons of awful stories that don’t go anywhere and when I told him this he goes, “Come on Peet, that was a great story! It had plot, characters, conflict… man, it even had adjectives!”
So that’s the kind of stuff I’ve been living with. Some of the boys are painfully immature, while some already think that they’re waaay too cool for anything. I really wish I could have myself as an 8th grader as one of my campers… I’d love to see how I fit in to all this. Was I totally dorky? A player? Too cool for school? I dunno what I’d give to know.
Since Explo is pretty much 24.7, we don’t have much contact with the outside world and it can get pretty tough. Molly, like the awesome girlfriend that she is, has been sending me lots of letters and pictures and simple reminders of how much she misses me. We talk online a fair amount, and not seeing her for this long really sucks, but we’re both doing our own thing and soon enough I’ll be back in Denver.
Several people have asked what was going on with the person who was posting as “Sandman” in my shoutbox. Here’s the quick story. I occasionally get anonymous haters that post in there, and they’re very easy to ignore. Since “Sandman” wouldn’t stop posting completely infantile crap in my shoutbox, I had a feeling that the attempted insults might be personal – so I did some research. I ran an IP geo locator on the shoutbox entry they left and discovered their longitude and latitude – the messages were coming from Evergreen, CO. Two of the kids in my last band, To The Rescue, live there. I didn’t immediately suspect either one because I didn’t think I was on bad terms with either of them, and Evergreen is a big town… it could be a coincidence. I tested the waters by mentioning Evergreen in the shoutbox so they knew I was onto them, and “Sandman” basically told me that they lived in Evergreen. So I had that as a clue. I then checked the guestbook, where “Sandman” foolishly left even more personal information – I checked the log and found out the type of computer and browser they were using. A Mac. I know Jonny B doesn’t use a Mac, nor do I think he would ever post any of that ridiculous crap in my shoutbox. He is a friend and has no reason to do anything like that. So, someone using a Mac in Evergreen. I couldn’t point any fingers yet, because I didn’t have any proof as to who it was. Then, “Sandman” threw me a break and basically told me it was he(Pat) who was posting the messages, since he thought I knew who it was because I mentioned Evergreen. He accidentally gave himself away. It may have something to do with him having a crush on my girlfriend, or resentment about band stuff that he wasn’t really even involved in… whatever. I really couldn’t care less.
I should have some pictures for all you Gees out there soon. Sorry I’ve been so busy. Rock onward.
Listening to: Kyle Riabko – What Did I Get Myself Into