Thursday, September 25, 2008

Homecoming 08'

It's been a busy week and I finished the last of my first 3 exams yesterday. I think they went good but we'll see when I get the tests back.

Here's a few pictures of last week's Homecoming game along with one of a recent Pug pile. The Griz came from behind and pulled off an exciting victory over UC-Davis. Hopefully they can keep things rolling this week when they host Central Washington.

Sorry for the quick update but I'll return sometime next week.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lungs gone wild

Wow it's been a little while since I've posted but man school's been keeping me occupied. More on that latter but first some other news of what's been going on as of late.

I've been having a bit of a breathing issue and hopefully it's coming under control. A few weeks ago I ended up in the E.R. with breathing difficulties. My breathing was causing some high pressure issues with my vent and after a steroid treatment I was sent home. The issue got better but I continued to have flare ups. We visited with the RT and after consultation it was decided that my lungs were having compliance issues. This made me chuckle but then I had ask what the heck does non-compliant lungs mean. It basically means that my lungs have lost some of their elasticity. They aren't sure why this happened but at least it doesn't sound too serious. My pulmonologist added a new breathing treatment and we're starting to see some improvement. Hopefully things will keep getting better.

This past Tuesday night I went to the university to hear the riveting story of Hiroshima bombing survivor Shigeko Sasamori. She was 13 on the fateful morning of August 6th, 1945 when the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Her story was one of the most powerful that I've ever heard. How she survived is a true miracle and hearing something this makes you realize the pure evil that man can cause. The debate over the decision to drop the bomb will continue to rage on but when will mankind realize how pointless war is. Ms. Sasamori's story is a cautionary one in this age of continuing atomic expansion. You can click here to check out the story of Ms. Sasamori's visit to UM.

School has been good but this semester is my busiest yet. Math has been a drag but I keep telling myself that it will all be over soon :-) We have our first exam on Wednesday and it doesn't sound like it will be too bad. Montana history has been good and the lectures have been pretty interesting. I'm almost finished with the first book for this class and that makes me pretty happy. We have our first exam for this class on Wednesday too. It will be a two question essay and I'm feeling pretty good about it. Lastly, my ethics class has been pretty tough and it takes effort on my part to stay on task with the reading. The professor is awesome and it's the highlight of my day to attend his lectures. They are certainly never dull! We have our first exam on Monday and I'll be spending the weekend getting ready for it.

It's homecoming week on campus and we were fortunate enough to snag 3 tickets for this Saturday's game. The stadium had renovations over the summer and they now have room for over 25,000 rowdy fans. I'm looking forward to my first homecoming game and it should prove to be a memorable experience.

My folks are making a fall visit to Missoula next and I'm so excited. It will be great to hang out for a few days and we will be taking in a Griz game while they are here. Will be a nice break from the craziness of school.

Take care for now and if you missed the start SNL last Saturday, I've included it for your comedic pleasure.


Monday, September 08, 2008

Golden nugget

I had to take a small break from studying to share this recent golden nugget from the Daily Show. I just love when the conservatives get caught in their words :-) Oh what a tangled web we weave!

Enjoy and I’ll be back this weekend with an update.


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A great start...

The last unofficial weekend of summer has come and gone.  As luck would have it the weather was cool, cloudy and rainy.  It's not the first cruddy Labor Day I've been through and it gave me a opportunity to do some studying.  The rain has been great and it should help bring an  early end to the 2008 fire season.

School got underway last Monday and I had a good starting week.  The classes will be a little more challenging than last year but I feel prepared for that.  My first class of the morning is contemporary math and it doesn't seem that bad.  It's geared towards majors where math is a basic requirement and it deals with current issues in mathematics.  The first few chapters are timely as they deal with elections and the various types of voting systems.  I'm so happy this is my final math class and I plan to celebrate when this one is over :-)

The second class I have is Montana History.  It's a big lecture class and it looks to be quite interesting.  I'm a history buff and it will be great to learn more about Montana.  We have 4 books to read this semester and each book is tied to a specific period in Montana history.  The first book is quite good and the other 3 sound like they won't be too bad.  

The last on campus class I have is Great Traditions (Ethics).  This will be my most challenging class I have and it requires a great deal of complex reading.  It's centered around the classic works of Aristotle, Kant, Mills and Nietzsche.  We have a great professor and he makes the lectures very enjoyable which definitely is a plus.  I hope I won't be gaining a bunch of gray hair with this class.  The first exam will be a pretty good indicator.

It's nice to have only two days of school this week.  Gives me a chance to get ahead in the game.  Friday I'm helping out the College Dems with voter registration and that should be fun.  Hopefully many students will get involved and exercise their right to vote.  The future of our country is at stake and we face severe consequences if we don't change where things are headed.

That's it for my first update of September.  I'm hoping to check out Hemp Fest this weekend and if I go I'll take my camera along.