Monthly Archives: January 2011




So, this weekend was yet another amazingly fun weekends, focused on partying and snowboarding.  I’ll admit that I’m a bit worried about how many days I’ve spent on the mountains, mostly from a “damn this is expensive” point of view, but I’m figuring that as long as I keep it low and chill, everything’ll be alright.


Anyways, Friday night was the start of the weekend, obviously, and it started off with a very relaxed dinner, followed into a huge house party on Mission Hill.  The party was a fundraiser for… something… A trip that my friend Emalee is going on, I think.  Whatever the reason, it was a huge house party on Mission Hill, which means that it was a small apartment packed with a huge number of people listening to music, dancing, playing beer pong, or just generally looking for something to drink or someone to hook up with.  Something I’ve misses from sophomore and middler year.  I went with a fairly big group, and we all had a blast and rocked out like the stars that we are.  We ended up leaving around 02:00, bringing a girl named Katie with us.  Her and I had met during the party and found out that she lives right next to my buddy Dave, who was with us.  Katie and I walked around NEU for a while, then rocked out for another two hours or so after running into Dave and Cosimo, ‘till I finally headed home for a few short hours of sleep before Saturday really started.


Saturday Morning was my second snowboarding day of the season, and it started perfectly early.  I met up with Maddie around 10:15, and we drove out to Blue Hills so I could practice riding and she could get back into skiing.  We grabbed some Dunkin on the way, chowed down, and hit the slopes by 11:30.  The day was really solid; warm enough that I only needed one jacket layer, but cool enough that I wasn’t sweating too much after each run.  We got seven or eight runs in, interspersed with a few water and rest breaks where we hung out with the EMS adventure-school booth that was set up for the day.  I was able to get down most of the runs without too many falls, and Maddie ended the day by rocking one of Blue Hill’s black-diamonds.  Not bad for my second and her first 🙂 We did have to leave a bit earlier than planned though, since Maddie got called into work early; It was good timing though, because I was starting to get what I’ve started calling a “Riders crick” in my neck, from staring over my shoulder so much.


The rest of Saturday was a whole lot of rest and relaxation for me; Kittie came over later in the evening, and we cooked dinner and watched a movie.  Dinner was a really solid “Dessert first” meal with homemade Chocolate Mousse, Rice, and Sweet potatoes, and afterwards I finally got to see Requiem for a Dream.  For anyone that hasn’t seen Requiem yet… Don’t.  Unless you really like watching a movie for the sake of great directing, Requiem will just depress you; after watching it all I wanted to do was curl up into a little ball and cry about how shitty life can be.  Yeah, it was that depressing.


But Sunday did finally roll around, and my movie-induced-depression was burnt away by the promise of more riding.  Mike ended up having to go into work, so instead of doing a few early turns at Wachusett I took a lazy morning with a good lunch, and headed out to Blue Hills again.  It may be a small mountain, but it’s a great value and I really enjoy practicing on their easy slopes.  The weather was pure winter; bitingly-cold, windy, and clear skies.  The wind actually got bad enough that it brought me to a complete stop on one flat-ish section, but after the first two runs I got used to crouching way down to sneak past the wind.  I ended up getting in another great set of runs; maybe ten or twelve (even after my first set of rented boots broke) and finally went home around 05:00.


Sunday night we had a sweet potluck over at Dave and Cosimo’s place at NEU.  Mike drove over after work, and Katie and her roommate Taylor came over to chill and eat, so we had an amazingly fun time cracking jokes and telling random crazy stories.  I cooked Pineapple chicken for everyone, and Dave cooked up a German dessert that I still can’t pronounce right, much less spell.  We ended the night by watching stupid videos on Youtube (mostly old beer commercials), and everyone headed out to catch some early Z’s for the coming week.


A super solid weekend definitely, and I’m thinking that this new love affair with Snowboarding is going to make this winter significantly more exciting than I expected 🙂


Story of the weekend, Jan 15th – Jan 17th


I started it off with Friday Night, which I spent…. I actually don’t remember.  I think I just vegged and played some guitar, maybe messing around with SolidWorks or video games… Likely watched some Generation Kill with my roommates too, not sure though.


Saturday I wanted to get up early to get some shopping and maybe even skiing in, but instead I decided that sleeping was clearly more exciting, and spent a really relaxing morning just sort of vegging around the house: got the room cleaned up, worked out a bit, and generally just had a good time relaxing.  My biggest accomplishment was getting everything organized for Saturday night, which was an old friend’s birthday party in Providence.


Alex was one of my friends back in High school who I had drifted apart from, mostly due to geographic distances.  But Saturday was his birthday party at Dave & Busters in Providence, and I figured it’d been way too long since I’d rocked out with him.  So I got a crew together consisting of Dave, Big T, Daniel, and Myself, called to make sure Ashley was heading out too, filled the car up with gas, and headed down to RI.


The party itself was pretty solid, especially since it was my first time at a Dave & Busters.  Thanks to Dave and I there will be no more Terminator Movies ever; we CLEANED HOUSE at the Terminator arcade game, busting through every level thanks to having nearly-infinite game points to spend on new lives 🙂  But win we did, leaving Skynet a smoking crater.  After that all of us wandered around the arcade, won a few games, ate some pretty solid dessert and caught up with all my old friends, hearing stories from Alex’s younger brother (who I spent most of high school hanging out with) about the kids we used to know, and how less successful than us they were.  Always nice to get an unexpected ego boost out of a night.  We ended the evening at around 1:30 with the drive back to Boston, and I finally got to bed around 03:30 after dropping everyone off.


Sunday was a super-slow day, mostly due to going to sleep at 03:30 that morning.  I did, however, finally get out to see Black Swan, which was an amazing (albeit creepy) movie.  I honestly felt drunk after seeing it; partially because of the crazy camerawork, and partially because I still hadn’t eaten by 9:00 when it let out.  So, I promptly went to the Public House to grab dinner and drinks with a friend named Maddie, while her and I schemed about taking long trips around Asia and Australia.  And Ohh how we schemed… we got some very legit plans down, and actually had a really good conversation about the reasons behind wanting to travel.  Lots of Zen discussions were had to go with the good beer and amazing Mac & Cheese.  After dinner I dropped Maddie off at her place, hung out and relaxed with Kittie for a bit (I haven’t seen her in ages, so we had lots of chill times with lots of fun), and crashed for the night.


Since Monday was a holiday, I had promised myself that I’d make the most of it, and not just lay in bed like I did all Sunday.  So, after waking up, showering, and making myself some breakfast, I headed out to the Blue Hills to try snowboarding again, for the first time since the day I first learned three years ago.  I rented a board at the mountain and went straight for the bunny slope, planning on spending the whole day simply remembering how to stand up.  Happily though, I only spend around 45min remembering how to plow and the basics of turning before I decided that I needed a slightly bigger canvas to practice on.  You know, more time to actually carve and less time trying to get back up the mountain. So I headed to the big-boy chairlifts and tried a few runs on the easiest (and longest) run that Blue Hills has; a green called “Sonya”.  I had a blast, and after five or so runs I was making it down with only a few falls, having a blast the whole time.  I headed home around 5:30, looking forward to a full dinner, some guitar playing, and maybe a round or two of StarCraft with my Dad.  A very good day, and a very good cap to an amazing weekend.


A quick text message conversation


Ben – Hey man, any thoughts on a cool place to hit tonight that’s covered by that coupon book of yours?  Also… any chicks for your classes wanna join us?


Dave – Haha, Didn’t have class yet today and didn’t looks at the book but have it with me to look at later


Ben – Nice, Also, I am jealous.  I want to not have to do stuff till later… works busy again finally, but still dull


Dave – Haha build a box fort!


Ben – … Holy shit I actually have two metric fucktons of boxes that I don’t know what to do with… think that may be a fire hazard though…


Dave – Ridiculousness.  Metric fuckton, as opposed to a standard fuckton?  Which is bigger? Ha


Ben – Metric, clearly.  A metric fuckton is equal to 2000 fuckilograms, whereas a standard fuckton is only 2205 fuckpounds, and there ~ 2 fuckpounds per fuckilogram


Dave – Haha, way to brighten my day after spending the last 1hr 40min talking about functional imaging.


Ben – I do what I can man, I do what I can 🙂 I’m thinking I want to save this conversation though, its kinda insane…