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Lost in the Afterglow [Jan. 17th, 2012|08:44 pm]
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Wow. It's been a long time. A looooong time. I need to vent. I need to write! I just need this. I'm going to start writing again. Some posts will be locked and a little more private than others, but I just want to start sharing again. This is my 2012 resolution. Be true to myself.
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I miss... [Nov. 12th, 2009|11:41 pm]
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I miss the theatre. I love acting and lighting design. I'm so grateful I've had the opportunity to participate in Theatre at Tusculum's production of Beauty and the Beast. As life goes on, I find it's difficult to do more of the hobby-like stuff. Part of it is that I live 45 minutes away from work. That's a lot of time to be on the road every day. Also, I can easily work an hour or so longer than I should at work. I love my job, so I don't mind too much. Also, I'm no longer a "me", I'm a "we." I'm a married man! Once one factors all that stuff in, it leaves little time for other things. I suppose I'll have to work harder to make the time to do my own thing - and be productive!

I miss doing this. I miss blogging. I miss talking about what I dig, or what's going on in my life. I remember a time where I blogged all the time! Something I need to work on as well.

I miss my friends in Knoxville and in Johnson City. I miss Knoxville!! I hope to find work there soon. I love my job now, but a job in Knoxville, preferably in the media industry, would just rock.

Anywho, maybe I can get back in the groove of updating this more often...

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The times are a changin' [Dec. 7th, 2008|07:37 pm]
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I realize I promised you a huge update way back in September, but life has found away to interfere.

My internship ended in November - with no pick up as a full-time employee. The economy saw to it that I wasn't to continue working there as a full-fledged company man. I guess it was a bit ironic that the day I became satisfied with the job and optimistic with my future there that I found out that I had two months to find a new job.

The job market in Knoxville slowly dried up - leaving only retail jobs, technical jobs(mostly lab and power related), and that's about it. If it came down to it, I'd bite the bullet and work for some retail store. I'm afraid that with my newly minted Master's degree, that would only depress me. I realize that I'm not the only one with economical depression, but I always thought that getting my Master's degree would be a joyous occasion that would open up doors to all kinds of opportunities.

I interviewed with Northwestern Mutual. While I liked what I saw, calling my friends and neighbors and trying to sell life insurance for the rest of my life did not appeal. I know that at some point, after calling everyone, they would dread my call because they would be tired of hearing my sales pitch.

I also interviewed with 21st Mortgage. I did three interviews with them, including a lunch interview with one of their V.P.'s. After that interview, I received a phone call, with an offer of $12/hr. After the man offered me $12, he noticed a note to contact one of the higher ups, so he said he would call me back. The next thing I know I got a letter - saying they were going a different direction.

Very depressing.

Then I notice that Tusculum hadn't fulfilled my former boss's position. I was encouraged to do so, and interviewed this past Thursday. It was your typical academic interview. I enjoyed it. I did really well, even as some of the faculty asked some hardball questions.

The confounding thing is, there's a English Prof. position open. It's primary teaching load is Journalism. In retrospect, I really should have applied for it. I may have shot myself in the foot by telling some of the people I wasn't ready to teach because of my desire to get more freelance experience under my belt, and my desire to do more research. I know I could teach any Journalism class they throw at me. The position is also responsible for teaching composition classes and some mass media classes. The comp classes worry me, because I don't really remember any of my comp classes. But I guess I could wing them.

So I don't know. I'll know more stuff early this week. Salary, benefits, living arrangements - so many tough decisions. It makes me ill. The worst thing is, this entire weekend, I've been without MK. She's been off judging. I've only really talked to the cats about it - and Bretto on Friday. And Noah - can't forget Noah.

If someone had told me eight years ago that there's really no money in the media field, go be an accountant, or stay in business, I might've listened. It feels like my Master's in journalism is almost worthless. I could teach, but if I wanted to go to the secondary level, I could only do english. That's the only thing I almost have enough credit hours in to be certified.

I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up. The sad truth is, I'm grown up. I should know by now. I'm married. We want kids. I have no idea what to do to ensure we can do that.

So, who's going to bail me out?
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Thesis Update [Sep. 6th, 2008|10:16 pm]
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So my thesis - the great Roberts endeavor. I've been actively working on my thesis since January. Well, MK and I have. It's been a bitch of a thing to do like any project of this size and significance.

I'm proud of it so far. I was successful in defending it to my committee. They wanted some changes and additional material added to it - which I attempted. They still want more. So I'm still working on the text. One of my committee members thinks it should be double in size. The head of my committee told me to just do it and make him happy so I can get it done.

So, after all this grief do I still enjoy research. Yeah. Pretty much. It's interesting stuff.

Yet, I'm not sure where this will take me. At one time, my future was pretty clear. Now, it's just muddled - and confusing. I'm sure I belong in education. either at the college level or high school. How I'm gonna get there is the question.

I'm just looking for a sign from somebody or something.

So that's my thesis update.

Rock on,

B
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Where to begin? [Sep. 3rd, 2008|09:08 pm]
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So I owe you, fair reader, an update. I'll split this up into three updates:
1) Job
2) Thesis
3) Wedding / Married Life

So here we go...

I've been working for the electric manufacture for 15 months. I've produced a lot of videos for them. I've enjoyed my time there. I love the company. I enjoy the people I work with. But I'm still an intern. I've no idea if or when they will pick me up full time. This makes me sad and slightly less motivated at work.

That combined with other factors that I don't wish to publicly discuss here makes me all ready to move on. I've done some job searching here and there. But the Knoxville job market isn't that good at the moment.

But yeah, so that's the job situation...

Next update this weekend!

For now, courage!
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Major Updates Abound [Aug. 19th, 2008|10:12 pm]
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It's been toooo long since I've updated this thing. Life has a way of taking you by the balls and not letting go. Meaning: I've been so busy.

I got married.

Still not done with the thesis.

Still working at Eaton.

Went to Charleston and Savannah for the honeymoon.

Discovered new pop culture obsessions.

I'll update with some more depth this weekend...but for now...

DR. HORRIBLE!

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Eve of Proposal Defense...*gulp* [Apr. 8th, 2008|10:08 pm]
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So I defend my proposal tomorrow afternoon. It's starting to feel like I will be defending the way I've lived for the past 5 or 6 months. I've dreamed, breathed, and ate agenda setting theory. I've read tons of articles about the campaign. I've listened to tons of podcasts. This thesis has been my life for a while now. Even before I had a defined topic, my thesis has been at the forefront of my mind.

I think I'm on track to get this thing done. While I'll be paying for summer tuition (booo), I'll soon be a Master of Journalism - so to speak.

I've enjoyed conducting research. It's been an enlightening experience. I do think I can do it for a living, though teaching is my first love. Or desire might be the better term. I always enjoyed my interactions when I would train people on the board at TC, or show how to work a camera in the studio. I think at some level, be it at the higher education level, or high school, teaching was always a latent professional goal of mine. Thanks to teachers and professors like Mr. Baker and Wess, I've had some great inspiration and guidance.

But research is a new love in my life. Behind video production and teaching of course. I've discovered that I now look at the world through a new perspective. I make lists of potential research topics. From what's on tv at bars to comparisons of pop culture and history, I think I have an interesting future with research. Publishing is the next great frontier. That and doctoral studies.

Dr. Roberts has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
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Reason 131 Why I Love David Lynch... [Mar. 17th, 2008|07:40 pm]
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Things I plan on doing once my thesis is done... [Mar. 6th, 2008|05:46 pm]
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- Watch all the DVD's I haven't had the chance to.
- Hang out more with the bros.
- GOLF
- RUN
- FRISBEE GOLF
- Play some video games
- Drink
- Get my Apple Pro Certification (or look into it)
- Take some pics of Campus (TC and UTk)
- More as procrastination necessitates
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NIght Out in Ktown [Feb. 29th, 2008|01:00 am]
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I made a rare appearance out tonight. It was a special occasion - Rhi and Pooooteet were in town! MK wasn't able to join me, which was sad, but I had a great time. I met up at Barley's with Bretto and a few of his friends from work. We drank, shared stories (mostly strip club stories), and random star wars references. Rhi and Poteet soon joined us, and there was much rejoicing.

It was a fun night. I miss Rhi and Poteet tons. TONS. I hope to see them more as time allows.

In Thesis news -

I met with my committee head, and I'm this close to meeting with my comittee and "defending" my proposal. Sadly, I'm missing the May graduation, but I'm getting my Diploma in August. My thesis, entitled "Podcasting the Agenda: A comparison of Newspapers and Their Podcasts" is shaping up to be a pretty cool piece of research.

I'm proud of it. And the work that I (and MK) have put into it. Without MK, I would still be coding data. She's awesome like that.


In MK news.-

She's working as a counselor at a local middle school. She seems to enjoy it. ANNNNND she's got a job as long as she wants it, so I think we've settled here in Knoxville for a while.

I've had an opportunity to apply for a job in Pittsburgh with Eaton, but I declined to apply because of my thesis and delay in graduation, but I think I should have done it. I think I could have used it to leverage a full time position with Eaton as opposed to my current situation as an Intern. I like my job, and I want to hang around this office for a while, but I really don't want to stay on as an Intern with a Master's Degree. We'll see, I guess.

I'm thinking about taking some Eaton University classes and get some basic grounding (no pun intended) in electrical engineering in order to better do my job. With no background in industrial electrical products or basic electrical knowledge, it's hard to develop scripts that deal directly with those products....


We'll see though....

But first - My thesis.
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Homecoming part Deux - Awards, Football, Saki, and a drunk Mortician [Feb. 26th, 2008|10:02 pm]
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Saturday

So after the first night of Homecoming goodness, I woke up early to head to dear old Tusculum for a great honor. I was chosen to give an award to Wess duBrisk. Wess was my undergraduate advisor and media professor. But he was also a great friend and mentor to whom I will forever look up to. I nominated him for the "Living Faculty Award," and really no one deserved it more than Wess. Wess had no idea that he was getting the award - he thought his wife, Marilyn was getting an award. So the surprise was a great treat for me. I almost had tears when I was describing his career at Tusculum, his 20+ years of service to the school and its students, and his character.

Click here to read the speach I gave for Wess.Collapse )


After that, Rhi and I made our way to the football field to meet up with Ryan, Bro Slocum, Erin, Barbie and her kids, and Noah. Barbie's children are the coolest ever. They are such calm and chill children. Taiyou, her son, is the ring bearer in our wedding. I'm hoping his cool will rub off on my acting-up prone niece...

The football game was alright. It was hot, and the TC Pioneers were doing a pretty decent job. We soon retreated to one of the arch ways under the press box to chill in the shade and catch up. At one point, I picked up Taiyou and walked over to the rail to watch the game. I tried to explain the game to him, but I'm not sure I did that well of a job, but he was interested in the game itself.

Between Greeneville and Knoxville, things are fuzzy...but once we got to Knoxville, things got interesting! I met up with MK and we went to meet the rest of the gang at a Japanese place. Someone had the great idea to order a round or two of Saki. Now, Saki is usually server warm and is somewhat tasteless (to me anyways..) It's almost like vodka - and will make you fall on your ass, much like vodka can do. Justin was probably the most inebriated out of all of us. At least, if he wasn't at that point, he was later.

We made our way back to Bro Slocum's place where many drinks were consumed, much fun was made at Jeffers expense, and strange cinematic treasures were unearthed from both Zach's school work and YouTube.

The best part of homecoming every year is just that - coming home. Many of us lived and worked at Tusculum for four years (some of us longer). And when homecoming comes around, if luck has it, we get to come back and relive the good ol' days. When we drank to the wee hours, we got in trouble for stupid shit, we bonded, and we learned something. I hope that for many years to come, we will be able to make the trek to Greeneville and for a moment - be those stupid college students again.
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hehehe [Feb. 12th, 2008|11:52 pm]
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Cloverfield and the Government Giant Pissed-off Monster Protocol [Jan. 20th, 2008|11:20 pm]
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Just got in from seeing "Cloverfield." I'll say that it lived up to its hype. For me at least. Think of it as a "Blair Witch" meets "Godzilla" kind of movie. The plot is spliced together from a camcorder that was initially used to document a going away party for one of the main characters.

I won't give anything away, other than things go from cool to holy crap pretty fast.

The movie made me wonder, does the US Government have a set of protocols to deal with a giant monster? I mean, there's giant squids out there in the ocean deep, right? What would happen if one of those things went ape shit on a peer or decided to evolve (cause all giant monsters choose to do so) and take on Manhattan? Or DC?

Strange thoughts, I know. But seriously, do they?
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Life is a highway, I'm going to ride it - even though it prevents me from posting in my lj. [Jan. 13th, 2008|09:59 pm]
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Greetings all.

I know I owe you a part 2 to Homecoming 2007. I know I owe you stories promised to you in December. BUT, life as a tendency to keep you busy. Indeed, my life as picked up speed the last few months. MK and I are getting ready to get married, so that keeps us (well, more her) busy. I'm starting my thesis research, hoping to have it done in time for May graduation. Work is going really well. I'm producing some pretty decent video content. I need more technical training on the software side, some sound and lighting training as well.

For 2007, it was a great year for me. Despite all the drama going on (I should write a post about it next, it'll take a few to do it justice) and the overcast that caused, there was a lot of great things that happened. I got engaged. I got a decent internship. I kicked ass in grad school. And I got reconnected with some good friends. Always a plus. Oh! MK got a job doing her school counselor thing.

So 2008! What should I expect? What are my goals? Well, other than getting married, I really want to graduate in May. If I don't , it won't be a big deal, but still...I want to get out on time. I want to convert my internship into a full fledged job. That plus I want/need to get some freelance assignments. I used to be pretty decent at writing. Features, film reviews, stuff like that. I need to convert that very dusty/rusty talent and my Master's degree and put it to use.

Two things happened today that has caused me to have baby fever, and enhance MK's already heated baby fever - Barbie's daughters birthday party (her first birthday!) and Juno. May, Barbie's baby, and her son Taiyo are two of the cutest kids ever. So seeing them and how much they've grown and the way she interacts with them just really make me want to have kids (or well, father kids. I can't "have" the kids.)

Juno is a great film. I won't get into the plot elements here, but the lead character's story arc in the film really, I guess, touched me. But yeah, it's a great movie.

2008 should be an interesting year. Crazy, and interesting.

So, I know I say this every time I post...look froward to more posting here! I can always use it as an excuse to procrastinate on my thesis, or take my attention away from political communication.

Cheers,
B
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Homecoming 2007....Not yet! [Dec. 2nd, 2007|10:14 pm]
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I'm so far behind here. I need to finish up the post on Homecoming...but I'll do that after this week. This week is the last week of classes for me. I'm a paper, 2 presentations, and a thesis away from my Masters Degree. How cool is that?

I'm thinking that we'll stick around Knoxville after MK and I get our degrees. MK has a good chance to getting a job around here. I'm doing well at Eaton I think. I could stick around there for another year or so. I really need to get some freelancing gigs. I need to write some more. I used to be pretty good at it. I'm rusty now-a-days. Just research and presentations have been the fruits of my recent writing labor.

My blog has suffered the most as well. I have a ton to write about, but the grad school takes it all up. That and work.

I do enjoy it though. I guess that's important, right? Life is more than money, it's enjoying it. Family, friends, all that goes into that enjoying bit. Life, for me, has been pretty cool...I'm very thankful for all the blessings I've had the last year or so. Great friends, awesome family, and one special person I'm happy (and lucky) to call my fiancée. Good stuff.

So in december, expect a bit more here.

I have a few stories to tell.
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Homecoming 2007 - Tusculum Tradition Requires More Booze! [Oct. 10th, 2007|10:27 pm]
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Tusculum College Homecoming was this past weekend. It was one hell of a great time! Homecoming at Tusculum took on a new meaning for me this year. For 2007's activities, I actually came home - back to Greeneville and my alma mater. Old friends reunited for two days and nights of laughs, drinking, football, and more chimps on commando action than you can wave a stick at.

I was very excited about this year for many reasons, but the main reason was Wess duBrisk. I nominated him for the National Living Faculty award, and was asked to present the award to him. This, for me, was a major honor. This man inspired me to be what I am today, and what I am striving to become. The man deserved the award and recognition for what he has done for Tusculum. The award was to be given on Saturday morning. So the plan was to take Friday off from work, go tour the campus and visit with friends, then meet up the boys. I was really looking forward to seeing Munson, as he only gets out to this side of the country once a year.

The weekend got an unofficial start at Bretto's. Munson and Bretto invited me over to watch television and chill out. We watched "Entourage." I hadn't seen it which is a sin, I discovered. It's a great show! Go watch it now - but finish this first.

Friday
I packed some clothes and left Knoxville. Bound for Greeneville, I called Marilyn to ask about lunch. I discovered that the Arts gang were having lunch on the lawn with the students, staff, and faculty. While I was excited about seeing my friends, I wasn't excited about eating Tusculum food. Surprise there, eh? After navigating Knoxville traffic, the interstate, and the damned crazy Greeneville drivers, I arrived on campus having just missed the karaoke. Apparently I missed Dr. Weisz singing the "Hokey Pokey", which made me sad. I'm sure that was a fun sight. I scarfed down some decent Bar-B-Q and talked to Marilyn and some other staff about the missing music and drama program at Tusculum. Then I joined Paige and Shanna at the other end of the table. We talked about old memories about Tusculum staff both present and past, and also discussed people with missing limbs. The topics of conversations at lunch with the arts group never disappoints.

After lunch, I walked through the library. I miss that place.It's always quiet and cool and dark. See, at TC, hardly any students use the actual library. Sad eh? I went downstairs to talk to Theresa, my ex-boss. Tusculum has experienced a massive restructioning of staff, and T has been a victim of that. Previously she had massive responsibility, dealing with a budget of almost half a million dollars. Now, she just trains faculty. That's it. Very sad. It was good to see her though. She was always a maternal figure while I worked for her.

After my visit with her, I walked over to Niswonger Commons to see my station. Yes, I still consider that television station mine. Barth and I had a great discussion about curriculum changes, the journalism program (or lack thereof), and future faculty opportunities that I may or may not have at TC. I'm not sure if I would like to go back and teach there, but then again, I wouldn't have to worry about research for a bit and could work on the teaching aspect of being a professor...

I left campus and met up with Rhi and the boys at Jeffers' house. The boys were tired from playing golf that day, so Rhi and I went to Monterry's for some Mexican food. I miss that place with a passion! Rhi and I had some bonding to do (not that kind...dirty), and returned to the house. Our plan was to go to Fatz and see Coach, drink, then whatever.

At Fatz, I drank. I drank too much. Two Jack and Cokes and a Voda Tonic. I don't recommend this. It seems, and I really shouldn't be surprised, that when I drink, I say crap. Embarrassing crap. So after that vodka tonic, I cut myself off. Munson, Slocum, Bretto, Rhi, and later Noah migrated to the real hot spot of Greeneville - Applebee's. There I just had beer. I learned my lesson earlier. There we saw a few of TC 's alums like Matt Ball. He's still Ball. I don't think he'll ever change, and if he did - he wouldn't be Ball. Jeffers met up with us there, and later Coach. Noah told his classic story of Vegas - which I should add should be filmed and shown to anyone who will ever consider going to Vegas.

As the Bee's thinned out, we decided to chill at Jeffers hosue. The logical thing to do, of course, with tons of alcohol in our systems, the one girl (Rhi), and nothing on cable was to watch Cinemax. If you have ever watched Cinemax at 2 in the morning, then you know what was on. We discovered that the star of this back alley L.A. thriller (I think it was a thriller. With all the bounceing, it was hard to concentrate on the plot.) was the star of another movie of similar caliber on the other Cinemax channel. Luckily, both movies had the same plot (bounce bounce, threesome, talk, blow), so we didn't lose too much of the plot.

Around 3, I decided it was time to crash, so I drove home and hit the bed.

To be continued!
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Where has the summer gone? [Aug. 14th, 2007|06:09 pm]
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Jebus, I haven't posted in forever!

This summer has proven both an exciting one, and an eventful one.

I've been working for Eaton for the summer. If you're not familiar with it, google it. It's a pretty cool company. My internship was all about the sweet media stuff I love to do. My main project was to develop a podcast for internal sales use. We're still trying to get it off the ground. It has been a rough run of it to get it going. While I've tried to be proactive with it, I've also waited for the direction and guidance of my supervisor. In the three months I've worked for him, I still can't read him. I'm not sure if he's liking me or not, but he's decided to keep me on for a while longer. He's not like Baboon though, so that's good...

I got engaged.


That's right, Billy J Roberts is engaged. If you look at the earliest posts on my lj, you'll read the musings of a young man who was worried that he'd never find anyone. Well...here I am - engaged.

I initially told my parents first about my intention to ask MK to marry me. I wanted to get thier blessing because, well, I guess I needed approval. If that makes sense...

With their enthuastic approval, I went to Gate City to talk to MK's dad. I didn't plan on what I was going to say before I set off for his house. I wasn't nervous either...until I hit the bottom of the hill and the butterflies began to flutter.

I was coming up on a day that MK and her mom were out of town, so I'm sure it struck her dad as weird that I was coming up there on my own. When I arrived, he offered me a beer (MK's Dad always keeps various beers for me to try). After he got us beers, I sat down with him. I noticed that he was a bit serious, which is unlike him.

"So what's up?" he says.
"Well, *sigh*, I really don't have anything planned to say, but...
MK and I have been together for about a year I love your daughter very much. And I want to ask for your blessing to ask her to marry me."
Without hesitation, he said,
"Sure, I give you my blessing!"

Come to find out a few weeks later that he thought I had found something on the net about him (long story that you can ask me about when you see me). So he thought that I had found something bad.

After that, we talked about marriage and his thoughts on our (MK and Me) situation and our schooling. I think we even touched on Fred Thompson running for president. He's a big Republican - I'm a Democrat (or a closet republican if you ask MK).

So, after another debacle involving the diamond (MK's diamond was her grandmothers, I had to ask her dad for it), I left him and hung out with Noah before he left for Cali.

Once back in Knoxville, I found a great jewelry place, and picked out MK's ring.

During this time, MK and I would argue (totally playing) about when/if I was going to propose to her. Of course, I played the "I'm not ready" card. This would annoy her, but entertain me to no end.

I picked up her ring the week before we were going to go on vacation. The entire week, I kept her ring in my book bag, which went with me to work every day. I was so afraid that she would find it, and almost did the night before we left.

The next day, we went to Folly Beach, SC. Once we got there and got settled, I took her out on the beach for a walk while we waited for her parents to come back from the grocery store.

That's where I proposed to her. To be honest, I don't remember what exactly I said, I was nervous...
But I did get down on one knee, right there in the sand. She had no clue.

That moment ranks up there as one of the best moments in my life.

The only other major event of the summer was the last Harry Potter Book coming out. I won't spoil anything here, but I was satisfied with the ending...

So where, has the summer gone? Next week, I start back to class. And soon, I start to work on my thesis.

So that's it for now I guess.

I'll try to keep this damned thing updated...we'll see how it goes!

Cheers
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I know, I know...too long! [Jun. 4th, 2007|10:32 pm]
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Hey gang!

I'm so sorry I haven't posted since April. How crazy is that? It may be the longest I've gone without posting ever! Very sad. I promise to do better.

May saw a few major happenings in the life of B.J.

First, I finished my first year of grad school. I did alright, I guess. I could have done better, but then again, I could have done worse...
I'm enjoying it though. I love the people I'm meeting, and I really do enjoy the subject matter for the most part. I never thought I'd dig the theory as much as I do. Scary.

Second, I got an internship with a MAJOR electronics company doing various media projects. The big one is a video podcast. We're working out the details, and when it's up, I'll post a link.
I've been doing it for a few weeks now, mostly establishing copyright guidelines, logo use guidelines, and other video stuff. I think I'll enjoy it...

So that's about it. Nothing uber major... I miss you LJer's tons! Leave me some comments and tell me what's going on with you!

Much love!
b
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Pop Culture, News, and other things happening in the world of BJ R. [Apr. 24th, 2007|10:34 am]
A Name By Any Other Would Just Be Uncivilized.
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Long time, no post of substance! Graduate school has been an awesome fun ride that has kicked my ass! I've written a ton of papers, book reviews, and public opinion analysis. I've read a ton of interesting books and research. And I've been hammering out a thesis topic. Busy busy!
I have a great job at UT. I'm in the Information Technology Engineering Services as a student worker. I do the same kind of work I did at Tusculum, but I have none of the responsibility, and I really enjoy it. The guys I'm working with are awesome, and I'm learning a lot from them, which is always a plus.
MK and I are still going strong. We haven't killed each other yet. Earlier in the year, she bought a Wii, so we've been kicking each other's ass at Tennis. She's a bigger video game dork than I am. It's fun. Her program is going really well. She enjoys her work, especially when she's in the field.
We're both obsessed with a couple of shows. Lost is our Wednesday ritual. It's a really great, well written show. The mythology it's developed is deep and mysterious and can be frustrating at times, but I'm confident it'll be a big payoff when the series wraps in the next year or two.
Heroes is our Monday ritual. It's a freshmen series this year, and I think really surprised everyone because of it's success. It returned last night from a seven-week hiatus.
I'm watching the first season of Twin Peaks when I can. So far it's interesting. I'm a closet David Lynch fan. I'm also watching the Riches. It's another show both MK and I watch. It stars Eddie Izzard as a modern day gypsy, or "traveler" as the show calls them, and his family who take over a dead family's life. It's interesting, and well acted. Check it out if you get a chance. It's on FX Monday's at 10 pm.
It's been some very dark times in America, eh? I won't elaborate on the recent tragedies, because there have been so many who have explained the events much better than I ever could. This is a blog by an Instructional Technologist at VT.
My thoughts and prayers are with the VT community.

I suppose that's it for the update. I'm sure there's something academic that needs my attention...finals are fun!
Cheers
B
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Giggle [Apr. 2nd, 2007|09:14 pm]
A Name By Any Other Would Just Be Uncivilized.
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