Walking Down College Ave. Lane…

So I’m sure you notice a new look to the ol’ blog. I figured I’d switch it up a bit and give y’all a different look. Hope you like it! I’m still working on that whole ‘nason.com’ site, but nothing’s finalized yet.

–Is it just me or can anyone get a reality show? I just saw an ad for the Gastineau Girls. Seriously, a show on the ex-wife and daughter of Jets All-Pro linebacker Mark Gastineau? Someone’s going to watch this? I’m sure it’s the same qualifications as being one of the witty social commentators on any VH1 show.

–It’s still amazing, yet not surprising, how much I miss having weekends off. The past two days were my first completely work-free weekend since mid-December and having zero commitments to anyone or anything is great, to say the least. Of course, the cold snap and snowstorm did pigeonhole my plans a bit but also simplified them. The goal: to stay warm and have a good couple days. It’s Sunday night, I got lots of sleep, the Patriots are onto the Super Bowl and mission accomplished: a good weekend.

I did get a bit nostalgic the other night though. I got an email from the Maine Campus, the college paper for the University of Maine where I used to write. The email was the usual: the online newsletter version of their printed paper. As I read through a few of the articles, a few things came to mind. One: there really isn’t much difference between the current writing style or when I was there, two: the subject matter is relatively the same. I guess college kids bitching about what’s wrong with the world and chiming in on political issues will always have its place. I did get a sobering smack though when I searched for my own name on the archive and it came up with nothing. Getting the second-largest amount of letters/e-mails in campus history for the memorable ‘Not so golden oldies’ column doesn’t get you into too many VIP rooms anymore.

I then reflected on some of the people I worked with and what a fun time that was; just a bunch of kids trying to run a financially-troubled newspaper three times a week while dealing with those classes they make you go to. So I wondered if I could find some of those old friends and see what they were up to. Unfortunately, either they’ve all disppeared off the face of the earth in a mass Maine Campus reunion abduction or they just aren’t in the public eye anymore. I found one person…that’s it. (However, it was interesting to find out that this person had finished second in a copy-editing competition and had an article written up about her. Hilarious!) Maybe some stones are better left unturned, I guess.

Interestingly enough, it raises the debates heard at parties and bars everywhere: if given the choice, would you go back to those college days and live it all again? Honestly, I don’t know. Just think: getting up for 9 am classes were considered stressful. Having funds run out on your MaineCard was considered stressful. Not getting sh*tfaced for the third night in a row was considered stressful. But is that worth trading for financial security, a career and whatever life brings after graduation? I think the answer is different for everyone depending on your college and post-college situations. For me, I’m not married (not even close), have launched a pretty successful career and have expanded my group of friends. Overall, things are pretty good. But would I go back? Honestly, I’m not sure but it would be damn tempting if I could get my other friends to go with me. Imagine a one-year ‘Back To School’ reunion with six or seven of your closest friends? Man, was that Rodney Dangerfield was a prophet back in the 80s or what?

–The Surreal Life is starting to climb the list of ‘must-see’ shows on my list. Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Real World and Arrested Development (brilliant) are right up there, but Chyna and Verne Troyer on the same show? Fantastico! I think last season with Dave Coulier (Full House), Flavor Flav and Brigette Neilsen was possibly one of the best comedy combos of all time, but I digress. By the way, I think all of us should yell our first and last names like Flav did at all times. How popular would I be if I yelled “Josh Naaaaa-son!” at random times when I had something to say. Finally, a reason to look forward to work!

–Speaking of work, with the impending Super Bowl in two weeks (ugh…two weeks of hype) between the Patriots and Eagles, our office is about to erupt. See, despite living in New Hampshire, our office has no less than four Philadelphia-area natives who are very vocal about their Eagles. Another five of us are diehard Pats fans with the rest a mix of Rams, Bills and Monopoly rooters whom we both shun and throw empty water jugs at. There will a lot of dirty tricks pulled in the next 14 days…I guarantee it. And of course, they’ll be all recounted here. It’s about to get Bubba Sparxxxx in here…ugly.

–As part of my weekend, I saw the famous documentary, “Super Size Me,” based on the filmmaker’s diet of strictly McDonald’s for three meals a day for 30 days. It’s shocking to say the least, but what’s also shocking is how bad our nation’s schools are turning their heads to this unhealty way of eating. I won’t get into too many details, but it’s quite the eye-opening experience and will make you look at all fast food a bit differently. And that, as I found out, is a very good thing.

So I’m sure you notice a new look to the ol’ blog. I figured I’d switch it up a bit and give y’all a different look. Hope you like it! I’m still working on that whole ‘nason.com’ site, but nothing’s finalized yet.

–Is it just me or can anyone get a reality show? I just saw an ad for the Gastineau Girls. Seriously, a show on the ex-wife and daughter of Jets All-Pro linebacker Mark Gastineau? Someone’s going to watch this? I’m sure it’s the same qualifications as being one of the witty social commentators on any VH1 show.

–It’s still amazing, yet not surprising, how much I miss having weekends off. The past two days were my first completely work-free weekend since mid-December and having zero commitments to anyone or anything is great, to say the least. Of course, the cold snap and snowstorm did pigeonhole my plans a bit but also simplified them. The goal: to stay warm and have a good couple days. It’s Sunday night, I got lots of sleep, the Patriots are onto the Super Bowl and mission accomplished: a good weekend.

I did get a bit nostalgic the other night though. I got an email from the Maine Campus, the college paper for the University of Maine where I used to write. The email was the usual: the online newsletter version of their printed paper. As I read through a few of the articles, a few things came to mind. One: there really isn’t much difference between the current writing style or when I was there, two: the subject matter is relatively the same. I guess college kids bitching about what’s wrong with the world and chiming in on political issues will always have its place. I did get a sobering smack though when I searched for my own name on the archive and it came up with nothing. Getting the second-largest amount of letters/e-mails in campus history for the memorable ‘Not so golden oldies’ column doesn’t get you into too many VIP rooms anymore.

I then reflected on some of the people I worked with and what a fun time that was; just a bunch of kids trying to run a financially-troubled newspaper three times a week while dealing with those classes they make you go to. So I wondered if I could find some of those old friends and see what they were up to. Unfortunately, either they’ve all disppeared off the face of the earth in a mass Maine Campus reunion abduction or they just aren’t in the public eye anymore. I found one person…that’s it. (However, it was interesting to find out that this person had finished second in a copy-editing competition and had an article written up about her. Hilarious!) Maybe some stones are better left unturned, I guess.

Interestingly enough, it raises the debates heard at parties and bars everywhere: if given the choice, would you go back to those college days and live it all again? Honestly, I don’t know. Just think: getting up for 9 am classes were considered stressful. Having funds run out on your MaineCard was considered stressful. Not getting sh*tfaced for the third night in a row was considered stressful. But is that worth trading for financial security, a career and whatever life brings after graduation? I think the answer is different for everyone depending on your college and post-college situations. For me, I’m not married (not even close), have launched a pretty successful career and have expanded my group of friends. Overall, things are pretty good. But would I go back? Honestly, I’m not sure but it would be damn tempting if I could get my other friends to go with me. Imagine a one-year ‘Back To School’ reunion with six or seven of your closest friends? Man, was that Rodney Dangerfield was a prophet back in the 80s or what?

–The Surreal Life is starting to climb the list of ‘must-see’ shows on my list. Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Real World and Arrested Development (brilliant) are right up there, but Chyna and Verne Troyer on the same show? Fantastico! I think last season with Dave Coulier (Full House), Flavor Flav and Brigette Neilsen was possibly one of the best comedy combos of all time, but I digress. By the way, I think all of us should yell our first and last names like Flav did at all times. How popular would I be if I yelled “Josh Naaaaa-son!” at random times when I had something to say. Finally, a reason to look forward to work!

–Speaking of work, with the impending Super Bowl in two weeks (ugh…two weeks of hype) between the Patriots and Eagles, our office is about to erupt. See, despite living in New Hampshire, our office has no less than four Philadelphia-area natives who are very vocal about their Eagles. Another five of us are diehard Pats fans with the rest a mix of Rams, Bills and Monopoly rooters whom we both shun and throw empty water jugs at. There will a lot of dirty tricks pulled in the next 14 days…I guarantee it. And of course, they’ll be all recounted here. It’s about to get Bubba Sparxxxx in here…ugly.

–As part of my weekend, I saw the famous documentary, “Super Size Me,” based on the filmmaker’s diet of strictly McDonald’s for three meals a day for 30 days. It’s shocking to say the least, but what’s also shocking is how bad our nation’s schools are turning their heads to this unhealty way of eating. I won’t get into too many details, but it’s quite the eye-opening experience and will make you look at all fast food a bit differently. And that, as I found out, is a very good thing.

My computer’s acting up a bit, so I guess we’ll call it good there.

excelsior!

-nason

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2 thoughts on “Walking Down College Ave. Lane…

  1. Nason, as much as I like reading your column, I think that publishing it twice in one post is a bit excessive…

    And, a first here, in a rare fit of brilliance, it would be hilarious if you (or anyone – or everyone – for that matter) also ran around shouting your full name every once in a while…Jason Raaath-bun…

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