there is a pressing need in the back of my mind to put things in writing, because otherwise all these memories will fade into nothing but a vague feeling, a single photograph, or nothing at all. so lucky you, my online journal, you get a brief reprieve from utter neglect.
school is over, basically. a few last personal projects, the actual graduation ceremony, and that will be that. i'll spare any unnecessary verbiage and just put it how i really feel: yikes!
so lately it's been lots of holding on to friends who i may end up living down the street from in a new city, or may end up never seeing again. stuff like:
-a night in the park in mt. vernon with laura, sue, gant and taryn, amid others, just sort of laughing and making merry like the bums and vagrants that we surely seemed like.
-showcase, which was a weird blend of formalism and just a hint of everyone in the department sort of chilling out for half a second to cooperate, if just barely. there is always in-fighting but i don't think anyone wasn't able to, at least a little bit, stand there and think, hey, we did it. we looked pretty pro. i'm proud of all of us.
-post-showcase trip to the tavern for all two minutes, only to find it insanely crowded, and be called 'toilet-face' by trudi. then moving to dougherty's with manderson and little t, and how good it was to relax after hours of stress and work, and to watch evan launch into some other evan-world.
-our last big party at the apartment on saturday, and how it started slow but kind of nice just the same, riffing and joking with ray, christian, evan, gant, and taryn, and then laura and the girls showed, and more, then more, and eventually it was a blur of awesome people talking, laughing, playing guitar hero, dancing, and other good times. sad to see the night ever end!
-ikea with christian, ostensibly to buy frames, but even more to get delicious lingonberry drink. teaming up our anger against the super-slow computer lady, and then randomly seeing adam and mike sitting in the parking lot, listening to npr. what the heck, guys?
-classic 7-11 with laura. did you know they make a full throttle slurpee now?
-all the cool kids hanging their show on tuesday. lunch with gant, and then discussion of how awesome little caeser's used to be leading to a trip to towson area with manderson and little t. discovering little ceaser's has no seating, and the surreal experience of eating pizza while sitting on a bench in the baseball field of a poly-technical institution. and then, the quest for ice cream.
-gant convincing me, taryn, and evan to go to holy frijoles with him. the tasty food, the wrinkly seat, the open windows, and evan running after the car while we deserted him and gant.
-all of the above with me and laura, and later geoff and uncle gary too, watching 'beyond the valley of the dolls' and the more or less nonstop roll of laughter it provides, even if taryn did have a nightmare later.
i count on there being more to come. i demand it.