Tuesday, January 30, 2007

This Day in History

I found this article at www.history.com/tdih.do

1922 : Theater collapses in Washington, D.C.

Accumulated snowfall from a blizzard collapses the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, D.C., on this day in 1922.
The blizzard formed in the Carolinas on January 26 and moved into the Washington area the following day. For two days, snow blanketed the nation’s capital, resulting in accumulations of more than two feet. The large amount of snow crippled transportation in Washington and shut down the government.
By Saturday night, things were beginning to return to normal, and some 300 people attended a movie at Knickerbocker Theatre, at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road. In the middle of the film, the accumulated snow on the theater’s roof collapsed the building and tons of steel and concrete fell down on top of the theatergoers. One hundred and eight people were killed, including five in a single family. Another 133 were hospitalized. Rescuers worked through the night to pull out the injured from beneath the rubble.
President Warren Harding issued his personal condolences to the families of the victims, which included a former congressman. A subsequent investigation by Army engineers blamed poor construction materials for the collapse.

Monday, January 29, 2007

What do you plan to do with the rest of your life when you don't have some kind of "dream" of what you want to be?

It's kind of devastating to realize you don't have a Dream.

Friday, January 26, 2007

O Valencia!
by The Decemberists

You belong to the gang
And you say you can't break away
But I'm here with my hands on my heart

Our families can't agree
I'm your brother's sworn enemy
But I'll shout out my love to the stars

So wait for the stone on your window, your window
Wait by the car and we'll go, we'll go

When first we laid eyes
I swore to no compromise
'Til I felt my caress on your skin

Well, how soon we were betrayed
Your sister gave us away
And your father came all unhinged

So wait for the stone by your window, your window
Wait by the car and we'll go, we'll go

O Valencia!
With your blood still warm on the ground
Valencia!
And I swear to the stars
I'll burn this whole city down

All I heard was a shout
Of your brother calling me out
And you ran like a fool to my side

Well the shot, it hit hard
And your frame went limp in my arms
And an oath of love was your dying cry

So wait for the stone on your window, your window
Wait by the car and we'll go, we'll go

O Valencia!
With your blood still warm on the ground
Valencia
And I'll burn this whole city down
Valencia
With your blood gettin' cold on the ground
Valencia
And I swear to the stars
I'll burn this whole city down

Thursday, January 18, 2007

My first day of my new Bible class was today and that's one of the few classes that make me realize I'm at a Christian school. Other teachers will mention Christianity or have a prayer before a class starts, but it's never as proudly publicized as in my Bible classes. It's not a bad thing, it's just that it feels like I'm at class on a Sunday morning which has always been my least favorite part of church. I would love to study the Bible without bias--as if it were another classic book from history. I already know the stories and I hear every Sunday how they apply to our lives, but I want to read them as if they were fiction. Is that weird? I just have a feeling they would stick with me more if I looked at them in a different way. I can tell you all about Emma, but the book of Acts is lost on me.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I'm back in the dorms and everything's the same. But I can't help but feel everything's different. And it's not just the fact that my roommate is stuck in Missouri until Wednesday. It's this feeling that we're not just beginning anymore. I mean, we are still the youngest, but we've been here before. We know where the buildings are. We know the rules. It's starting to sink in that there's no turning back. We've started this crazy process of college and we're in it now for as long as we can stand it.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Here are some pictures of Ava with family. Mom took the ones of just Ava for her blog so I'm left without close-ups.


Saturday, January 06, 2007

Remember when there were no reality shows on television?

I can't.