Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Time-out for a Spangling

Anyone who has ever ventured around BYU's campus around 7:30am or 5:30pm knows that their journey will be halted by the sound of a horn, and then a drum roll, followed by the Star-Spangled Banner. It's not that big of a deal to stop, because it only takes a minute and you can catch your breath if you just climbed a set of stairs; but sometimes it's raining, or it's frigid, or you're tired, or in a hurry. I've been hit by the morning Anthem about four times in the last two weeks, which hasn't been too bad (unless you count the time when they played it late and, as a result, I was late for class), but I still remember calling Johnny a couple of weeks ago at 5:29pm. Right after he answered, the music started and I found myself caught in a conundrum. I hustled past all of the stationary patriots like a pinball dodging pegs. There were varying sentiments emanating from the eyes of bystanders as I passed them and exchanged glances. One set of eyes said, "How dare you!" Another said, "Man, I wish I could do that," and yet another said, "Dude, why did we all of a sudden just stop?"

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pumpkin Pie

Last Sunday I ate dinner with Abigail, Andrew, and Catherine before going to the CES Fireside to hear Bishop Burton. As time crept closer to six o'clock, I informed everyone that I needed to go to the fireside. Abigail insisted that I take a piece of pumpkin pie with me. I gladly accepted, but was strapped for time, so I deserted the band with dessert in hand and went merrily on my way. I had to get my notebook from Abigail's car, so I headed down the outside stairs to the parking lot, taking bites intermittently as I walked. The rain had really been coming down earlier that day and it was drizzling outside when I left Andrew's apartment. As I approached Abigail's car I took another bite of the pie and simultaneously slipped on a patch of black ice and creamed myself in the face with the pie. The pie then bobbled in my hands and landed filling-side down on my jacket and marked its territory a couple of times before splattering on the ground. I started laughing really hard and wished that someone else had seen it. I had to call Abigail and explain the situation to her so that she would know that the pie fell of its own accord and that I didn't throw the pie to the ground out of distaste for the taste. So, I guess the real takeaway here is that "pie cometh before the fall."

Monday, November 3, 2008

Staying Ahead of the Carve

My roommate came into my room earlier this week and told me that there was a female John McCain supporter that was taken from her bedroom at night by two female Obama supporters and the Obama supporters beat her up and carved a giant "B" into her right cheek. John McCain supposedly wrote the beaten woman a letter and thanked her for her unwavering support; however, it was soon discovered by the media that she had made the story up and had carved the "B" into her face by herself. How did the media know? The "B" on her face was backwards–she had done it in the mirror. My reponse to my roommmate? "She sounds like one backwards B!"

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Winter Internship in Chicago

At the beginning of October I had the opportunity to fly out to Chicago and interview with five accounting firms. I flew out on a Tuesday and had activities and interviews throughout the week with KPMG, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and Grant Thornton. It was pretty hectic schedule for the week and I missed a lot of school, but it was a really unique experience; and, luckily, I was able to stay on top of my schoolwork.

One of the hotels I stayed in was a couple of blocks away from Navy Pier, so I headed down there on Friday evening to enjoy the festivities down there. They had a fireworks show later that night, which was pretty sweet.

I was interviewing to get an internship for next semester. I'm really excited because I'll be there during the busy season, so I'll get a lot of experience. I felt really good about how the interviews went, and since then, I've received job offers from a few of the firms. Now I just have to study out the firms a little more and pray about it. I don't really think there's a wrong choice, though. They're all really good firms.