“Due to severely inclement weather that is anticipated for later tonight and tomorrow, TCNJ will be closed on Wednesday, February 10, 2010.
All campus events scheduled for that date are canceled or postponed.”
I only got to miss one class, but it was still a great day. I sat around inside, looked out the window, made some noodles and cookies, watched TV, and went outside for a little while to take photos while Christie, Jerico, and Zoë sculpted a snow dong:
They should have canceled school again for tomorrow, but someone made the bad decision to open at 12:30, just in time for my Biology exam…
Yaki Udon (Japanese stir-fried noodles) with vegetable and egg, topped with “chicken-less nuggets” (not as lame as they sound, I assure you) and sri racha sauce.
I went camping in Absecon NJ a couple weekends ago with Christie, Polly, Devon, Evan and D. Finally got the film developed. Check it out.
The other day I found a mysterious roll of exposed film in my desk drawer, so I had it developed and was pleased to discover photos from a show I went to last winter. It was cold and foggy and the show was pretty much outside (it was in a barn), but it was a good time nonetheless, and some of the photos I took came out really well. There were a bunch of people taking pictures there so I tried to time my exposures to catch flashes from other cameras, which resulted in some pretty interesting double images.
On April 4th Christie and I took a bus to Washington D.C. for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Matsuri. Despite wind strong enough to blow over a porta-potty, and a less-than-awesome parade, we had a great time. There was a street festival with several blocks full of wonderful Japanese things, martial arts demonstrations, and musical performances from a traditional koto ensemble to kumi daiko to j-pop, and (though we had some trouble finding them), hundreds of cherry trees in full bloom.
These images were recently exhibited at the TCNJ Photo Minor Exhibition. They are from a series I did on strip malls in Ewing, New Jersey for my Photo I class a semester ago. Despite the sagging economy and the fact that many existing strip malls sit nearly empty, new ones are continually being put up, filled with stores and, after a few years, more or less abandoned. I’d always felt that strip malls were kind of sad, a product of the unnatural separation of residential and commercial space characteristic of the suburban landscape I’d grown up in. Through the images I hoped to use this feeling of emptiness to comment on what I take to be a curious economic practice, responsible at least in part for the wasteful lifestyle necessary to survive in suburbia. Each of the images is scanned from a gelatin-silver print made from a photograph taken with a Holga on Kodak Tmax 400 film.
This summer has been different so far:
I graduated from high school. Its pretty nice to be given $50 checks for doing absolutely nothing all year, but I dont think it’s sunken in yet. I still kinda expect to go back to Ewing next year. I think i’m really gonna miss high school. Of course i’ll still talk to a lot of my friends, but there are some people that I havent hung out with as much over the years, that I will definitely miss. I hope I get a chance to see some of these people before they all move away.
That said, I am excited for TCNJ. I had orientation on monday, where I picked the following classes: Psychology 101, Spanish 103, Astronomy 161, and “The Movie That Changed Your Life.” I’ll be free almost every night after about 3, except for a Spanish conversation hour on wednsdays at 5. College should be fun, as long as I dont slack off, and as long as my roommate isnt a tool.
Christie is in Florida, Darin and Polly are in Cambodia, and I’m going to Minnesota with my fam on saturday. I’m excited for the trip, but not so excited to be gone for two weeks. Its gonna suck being away for that long. Maybe I’ll be able to stop at the shows in Ohio.
When I get back, I want to go to Sicksflagz, and the beach, and Philly, and other cool places. Who’s down?