Thursday, April 30, 2009

Old Man: Thrift Store Shopping, Pt. 3

I'm pretty deep in exams right now, so this won't be a great post, but I just wanted to share a great definition of thrifting that I came across a while ago, but hadn't appreciated until now.

From The Curriculum blog post "Cuff Links" by Sartre

"The Puritan value-consciousness also explains the curious practice of “thrifting,” that is to say wearing someone else’s tax deductions."

Classic.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Young Man: Hiking

Here are the promised pictures my hike today. It was over 80 degrees, and much too hot for pants (something I learned after the hike). I went for about 4 or 5 miles, and was much more wiped out than last week.







Boots post-hike.


Post-hike treat. Sorry for the unbuttoned shirt.


After a shower I put on some more temperature-appropriate clothes.


The old standbyes, Top-Siders. I'll do a post about them later.

Conor

Clemson University: A Pictoral Series

This is going to be the first in hopefully many of a series I plan to do over the summer. I'll be taking pictures of different areas of Clemson University (where I currently attend). This time it was the Bowman Field/Tillman Hall/Carillion Garden area. The pictures are small sized on the blog, but if you click on them they should be bigger and better quality.


This shows Tillman Hall, which was the first building of Clemson University (then Clemson College) back when it was only a cadet school. To the right is Bowman Field, to the left is Carillion Garden. I have many classes in Tillman Hall, since it is the home of the Education department.


This is Bowman Field. Tillman is on the left out of the picture. Come noon or one o'clock this field will be full of students playing ultimate frisbee, football, baseball, volleyball, and maybe even foam sword fighting (I've seen it many times).


This is the Clemson Cadet overlooking Bowman Field, from the Military Plaza. This is in commemoration of Clemson's ROTC history.


This is the entrance to the Carillion Garden. The majority of the garden is past the bell, but there was some sort of function going on and I didn't want to disturb it. Way in the background you can see the white building, which is the library, where I have been spending most of my free time this past two weeks.


This is the side of the bell. It is commemorating the members of the class of '39 who died in WWII. The list goes on for quite a bit after the cutoff.


This is me in the Military Plaza (Cadet to the right out of picture). Very casual, but I'll be going hiking later this afternoon. Shirt is thrifted (one of the softest and thinest shirts I own), pants are Carharrt (for hiking), and boots are Chippewa. Sunglasses are Ray-ban (promised picture of the sunglasses many weeks late). Samamidon is on the iPod.

I'll be taking pictures of the hike along the way (if I remember the camera) and I'll put them up here either later tonight or tommorow.

Conor

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Young Man: New Music

Lots of music I just bought last night. I've been listening to three cd's since 8 this morning.

Samamidon But The Chicken Proved Falshearted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_CoYyxxV24

Bowerbirds Hymn for a Dark Horse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxudKL1IB6U

David Thomas Broughton The Complete Guide To Insufficiency

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGW6zF9V4Vg

Enjoy,

Conor

Monday, April 20, 2009

Young Man: School

I have to say, I love school. The reason I haven't posted in over a week is school. I start every semester with the same nervous, excited feeling I had in preschool. I wonder what my teachers will be like, even if I've had them for previous semesters. I wonder how I'll fit in with my classmates. That part is lessening, since my courses are getting more major-specific and there are only 10-15 people in my major and at my grade level. Next semester I will be with those same people for the whole year. Thankfully I don't hate any of them...yet. (A side note, of the 15 students, I am one of two males. If I were a smarter man/single, I would have planned it that way. A tip for high school boys eager for female companionship: go into English teaching).

I hope I still keep this feeling even into teaching. It seems to me that sort of feeling would be the only way a person could stay sane while trying to get 150-200 annoying, hormonal kids to appreciate their native tongue.

The fact that by the end of the semester I can't wait to get out has little to no bearing on this post, since by the end of the summer I can't wait to get back in.

Maybe I should go for that MFA after all....

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Old Man: Easter

Here's what I wore to church this morning. No picture of me actually wearing the stuff though.



Brook Brothers (for TCC) 3 roll 2 sack blazer
Gitman Bros OCBD
Vintage Briar tie

Somehow the wife and I got stuck in the nursery this week. I'm not sure the one-year old boys were impressed with my outfit.


Conor

Friday, April 10, 2009

Philosophical Friday

This post's alternate title is: "Why Blogging is Bad For Me"

Why is blogging bad for me? Because I'm an English major. And a majority of my time is spent writing essays and posts. In other words, I do a lot of formal writing. This requires drafts, re-drafts, and a ton of proofreading. Blogging requires none of these. And when I blog I do none of them. So sometimes I look at past posts and be appalled by how bad they are, both grammatically and aesthetically. I started blogging at the beginning of this semester, before I had to write a lot for school. And so now I've got a lot of formal writing and it seems like I've forgotten how to proofread or read my own writing critically.

So as I've seen it, I have two options.

One: stop blogging. It will happen sooner or later. I'd rather keep it going until it runs out naturally.

Two: start proofreading my blog posts. Not going to ever happen (self-effacing humor is great).

So I guess it doesn't matter. I'll just have to work on proofreading for my formal writing.

Conor

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Young Man: New Boots

Sorry for keeping you waiting for a post. I've got two and a half essays down, two and a half to go.

On a happier note, my boots came yesterday afternoon. My first impression on opening them was: "These are some big @#*&@#! boots!" 12 EE, and taller than I thought. I'm sure glad I didn't go with the 8" boots. I wore them around town and the apartment last night. They already look better than they did new. I can't wait to give these some tough love. Here are some pictures.





Compared to my 12D hiking boots.



Yes, that is selvedge denim. That's a post for another time. And a hairy dog's behind. Also another post.



The tags that came on the boots. American made baby.

I'm very glad with them. Worth the wait.

Conor

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Old Man: Thanks for your help

Yesterday afternoon (between signing up for classes and completing one of the aforementioned essays) I ordered the Chippewa Sorrel boots. They still haven't shipped yet, so I don't think they'll get here until late next week, but I'll throw a picture up here when they do come in.

Thanks again for your help in deciding.

Conor