Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Seriously, just watching that video makes my heart start beating faster. I have always been scared of the ocean, and through the years I have come up with a few theories for why it is that I am so scared of it. Here is my attempt to rationalize this fear:
Reason #1: The sheer enormity of the ocean. It always blows my mind when I think about how much land there is on earth. A 3 day road trip might cover half of our country. I can't even imagine how much land there is, and guess what? There is 3 times more water than land on Earth. The oceans are HUGE! Just the thought of floating in the middle of something that huge creeps me out.
Reason #2: Not being able to see what is around you. And just think, everything around you is actually underneath you, making you pretty vulnerable. The size of the things swimming around in the ocean are huge and you can't even see them coming!
Reason #3: In the ocean, every human is just completely out of their element. The analogy that I always give to friends who try to ease my fears about the ocean is this. A person floating in the middle of the ocean is just like a fish laying in the middle of a huge desert. Anything in that desert that was in it's element that wanted to eat the fish would do so easily. Same goes for the person in the middle of the water. All it takes is for something that lives in the ocean to want to eat you and then, see ya.
I find myself always defending and trying to rationalize this fear to my friends. It makes for some pretty funny conversations even though I couldn't be more serious. Anyways, very random thought but just wanted to get it up here. Everyone has at least one fear like this, post a comment and say what your biggest fear is...it'll spark some good conversation.
Also, my friends who are running the New York City Half-Marathon appreciate all the donations that they have been getting. They are now up to $3,793!
Until next time...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
LATE ADDITION* I just saw this video on one of the funny blogs I check everyday and had to put it up here. I have never seen anything like this, pretty funny...hope you like it...
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Steve definitely passed his character and demeanor onto his son, as I can easily say that Nick is the most heartfelt and genuinely kind individual that I have ever met. I first met Nick at Colby basketball camp the summer before our freshman year at Colby. We were both counselors and as his huge 6'7'' frame came toward me I was a little intimidated, but that didn't last very long as I soon came to realize that he didn't have a mean bone in his body. Nick was also my roommate sophomore year and then again senior year and we became very close friends. When I started thinking more about the unexpected news, the more I came to realize that my heart had no need to drop. Of course it is very hard to hear news like that, but Steve and the rest of the Planeta's have a sense of optimism that cannot be matched.
I am no doctor, but I feel sure in saying that with a positive attitude and a good deal of support from family and friends, cancer can be beaten. I have spoken with Nick on a few occasions since hearing the news and he has told me that Steve is in very high spirits and that "most of the time he is around his father, he can't even tell that the man is sick." Steve Planeta is a fighter, there is no doubt about that...just look at the picture above and tell me that that powerful, "I mean business" mustache combined with his history of martial arts training does not easily qualify him as such.
Along with his own personal high spirits and will to fight, I know that Steve has countless people supporting him. It has been a beautiful thing over the past week to see my team members band together and offer their support and prayers to the Planeta family. In my four years at Colby, I certainly felt as though Colby Men's Basketball was a family within the larger Colby community, but being an alumni of the basketball family has really given me a new perspective on just how special of a group these young men are. It really and truly is like another family that you can always depend and rely upon through thick and thin, no matter what.
And of course the Planeta's themselves. Nick's mom, Kathy, is a truly special woman as well. Their unbelievable kindness must have been one of the things that brought Kathy and Steve together, because just being in the presence of the Planeta's puts people at ease and you can't help but to think to yourself "man, what if everyone was as nice as them" when you walk away from an encounter with them. I have only met Nick's sister, Kasey, a few times but something tells me that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Steve has all the tools he needs to put up a strong fight and beat his cancer, but most importantly he has the love and admiration of countless people that will help him through this trying time.
Nick started a blog in order to make it easier for people to stay up-to-date with Steve's progress, whether you have met him or not, definitely check out this blog and you will undoubtedly began to know him through his son's words: http://www.steveplaneta.blogspot.com.
To Steve and the rest of the Planeta family, speaking on behalf of the Colby Men's Basketball family, our thoughts and prayers will most certainly be with you and most importantly, so will our unrelenting and optimistic faith in you. God Bless and we love you.
Until next time...
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tomorrow, I am heading to Gilette Stadium to watch the Gold Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Haiti. I have never been to a professional soccer game before so I am really excited and the fact that I am going with a bunch of high school friends of mine makes it even better.
I am off to start working on my first law school assignment that I received in the mail yesterday, I can't believe I am going to be starting so soon. I am very nervous about starting but a good kind of nervous, let's call it nervous excitement. I will be sure to take some pictures at the game tomorrow and share them on here when I get the chance.
Until next time...
Monday, July 6, 2009
And 'Sheed's alma-mater: The University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
Friday, July 3, 2009
In other news, I have recently become addicted to the TV show, Lost. I have heard a lot of great reviews of the show from friends and since being stuck inside, have watched my share of movies so I figured this would be a welcomed change of pace. After watching the first episode, I was hooked. I really like the way there are multiple flashbacks and flash-forwards in the show which not only keep me engaged and interested in the unfolding, mysterious plot, but also each flashback tends to shed light on the personal history of a single character, what their life was like before the plane crash and what kind of personal baggage they have brought with them to the island. I am 5 episodes into the First Season and cannot wait to continue watching. If you have never seen this show, check it out on the next rainy day (probably later tonight...I'm not kidding, more thunderstorms in the forecast). You can watch full episodes for FREE, at: http://abc.go.com/, just click on "Free Episodes" and then "Lost," you can even watch them in HD!
Now, I have to post this video that I saw on another blog, that seriously had me laughing for quite some time. Watching this video once simply does not do it justice, you should watch it a few times to really appreciate how funny this man is and the hilarity of the dance moves that this guy is not only trying to pull off but successfully pulls off as he goes forward at a church service to give his offering.
My favorite parts of this video are his entrance to the front of the congregation, which is just simply magical. Also, starting at 0:09 seconds (you will definitely be able to pick out the part I am referring to) and then his extended exit back to the end of the line which starts at 0:44 seconds (when he finally deposits his offertory envelope) and continues until the end of the video. Black churches seem to always be the target of social mockery because of the preaching voices of their ministers and the verbal interaction that the congregation has with God as they participate in their service, but seriously what church would you rather go to? I'm not making any sweeping religious statements here at all, but I think most of us would rather go to a church that provided some kind of entertainment rather than just sitting the pews with our hands folded politely in our laps. This is what being happy to be alive is all about! Anyways, I just really enjoyed that video and thought I'd share it with you all.
Off to the great outdoors for me, but I hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend and the weather can hold up for tomorrow, our great country's birthday. And before I go, another one of my good friends just started up his own blog recently so check it out: http://princeofnpt.blogspot.com! Adam and I played basketball at Colby together for the last 3 years and we played against each other in high school as well. He is a very talented basketball player and also a very bright individual.
Until next time...