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Time:02:15 pm
Current Mood:thoughtfulthoughtful
So I finally got around to posting on LJ again. Soooo many things have happened since my last post. Classes are in full swing, as is Alabama football. The game last night was good (as is any that we win); but I was less impressed than I had hoped to be.

How about Hurricane Katrina? Really horrible destruction and devastation. I'm going to try to volunteer to help with the refugees at the Rec Center; and the church is doing some things that I can at least help with somewhat.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist died last night. Another chance for President Bush to move the Supreme Court even more to the right. I hope he doesn't screw things up. I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm conservative and I don't agree with many of Bush's critics. But when it comes to the environment, Bush has a HORRIBLE record. Most conservatives these days don't give a hoot about anthing to do with CONSERVATION (notice the same root word?), even though it makes political and moral sense. One court case interpreting the Endangered Species Act or the NEPA a little differently could spell disaster for what few pockets of biodiversity we have left. Okay, off my soap box now.

No classes Monday. My dad's side of the family is supposed to have a cook out on Smith Lake (Walker county), so I will head there tomorrow.

We're supposed to go to Half-mile Shoal on the Cahaba River this week or next to sample more for Heath's project. It should be pretty fun in the midst of classes and such.

I'm thinking about joining the Peace Corps after I graduate. Hmm.

Micah out.
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Current Music:Urethra Catfish - Elton John
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Time:07:38 pm
Current Mood:chipperchipper
Well, it has been a really long time since I last posted something. Just got back from evening worship. Afterwards, we had a fellowship meal and the youth and the college groups got together to sings some. It was fun.

This weekend I found out I was selected for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)scholarship that I applied for in May. It is $8000 for the academic year (which translates into $888.89 per month from September to May). Then next summer I will do an internship at a NOAA-approved facility and get like $750 a month. I may be able to do my internship with The Dr. D. Albrey Arrington, Ph.D. (former UA fish ecologist) in the Caribbean somewhere. I'm soo excited!!!

Classes start Wednesday with Organic Chemistry I (ugh) and Conservation Biology (yay!).

As part of the college group's Crazy Wild Week, we will have a devo tomorrow, softball/football extravaganza Tuesday, bowling Wed. after Bible study, "Mystery Night" Thursday, lock-in Friday and a Kick-Off Luau on Saturday. I will probably not go bowling on Wed. and I will miss mystery night to collect some frecklebelly madtoms on the Cahaba (if weather permits). Whew!

Julie and Brad are inspiring in their resolve and faith. They are going to give their best at beating her cancer. Please pray for them!

On a light note:

Heath: Micah, could you save me a poecilurum (PEE-SIL-UR-UM)?

Micah: I had a whole pylodictis (PILE-O-DICTUS) here, but carinatum (KAREN-ATE-UM) all.

Micah out.
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Subject:Ahhh
Time:07:17 pm
Current Mood:excitedexcited
Gatlinburg was pretty fun. Good to get away and spend time with my mom and Joseph. We made it back in time for me to get evening services at Northport. After this, I talked with Jessica about some things and I feel much better. A feel like a burden has been lifted, really. I'm glad we could talk about it and that I didn't just try to ignore the situation. After services a bunch of people from the college group went to McAlister's to eat. There were some nice girls from Boaz who came and Holly and her fiance were there too. Good to have some new faces. I'm looking forward to the coming semester, although I anticipate having to work very hard to make decent grades. I also really need to be preparing for the GRE!!

I had contacted a conservation group that fights to get imperiled species listed on the Endangered Species Act to see if they could help me get the fish I'm studying and wrote the paper on (the frecklebelly madtom) re-considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for protection. I got an email from the conservation director, and they are interested in moving forward with getting the species re-considered. He wants to talk with me about it! I feel sort of important. A little nervous, as you might imagine.

Almost through with one more section of lab work for my research. Then I will have some valuable data on reproductive development. Maybe I can get through tomorrow!!

Micah out.
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Time:02:22 pm
Current Mood:angryangry
You know how you sometimes wonder why you have to go through some things: Why am I being punished? Why am I being tortured like this? Maybe it makes you stronger, but what if it's too much to handle? Failure in relationships is nothing new to me. I can usually handle it, even if it takes awhile. But why must I be tortured - made to wallow in feelings of inadequacy and rage???? This is too much. I'm losing it. Is this on purpose to see how far I can be pushed? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Time:08:44 pm
Current Mood:confusedconfused
"Orgasmo Riffle" was almost as good as we had expected. We got a huge gar (scary fish with big teeth)(3.5 ft) and a big sucker but did not get any of the imperiled species that we had hoped to find. Thankfully, this was our last day of field work for awhile. I'm going to try to take it easy for the next couple of weeks until classes start. This weekend I'm supposed to go to Gatlinburg with my mom, Joseph and one of his friends. Recent events may have complicated things somewhat. Maybe it will be fun. I wasn't ready for this yet. I was planning on doing something with a friend from high school tomorrow, but he hasn't called. I may wait until friday to go home. I am going to kill myself. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!
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Current Music:Bernie and the Nets - Heath (parody of Elton John)
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Subject:Bummer
Time:04:50 pm
Current Mood:weirdweird
So we left early this morning to sample "Orgasmo Riffle" on the Cahaba. We rode down a small and treacherous (maybe I'm being too dramatic) dirt road for 15 minutes only to find that "Orgasmoriffle" was almost completely submerged. No sampling it today. What a bummer! So we met Paul Freeman (aquatic ecologist) from The Nature Conservancy on the way out and discussed things. We may go back Wednesday if it doesn't rain too much (unlikely). So, with not much to do for the rest of the day, Heath and I attempted to sort some fish samples (i.e. play around with dead fish and carcinogenic substances). Bernie has impeded this process by running errands when we need him to confirm our identifications.

Has anyone seen that SNL sketch with Dana Carvey impersonating Tom Brokaw? "Gerald Ford dead today at the senseless age of 83." "Gerald Ford dead today after being mauled by a lion in a convenient store...senselessly." "Stunning news from Yorbalinda today, as Richard Nixon's corpse climbed out of its grave and strangled Gerald Ford to death." This just came to my mind when I heard the headline: "Peter Jennings dead today at age 67." Not funny, I know. But the SNL sketch is. On a related note, I might also have lung cancer after the formalin (carcinogenic substance used to preserve fish) container spilled in the Suburban on the way back from the Cahaba, searing our throats with its fumes. Mmmmm. Formalin. (Cough. Cough.).

Micah out.
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Subject:Zzzzz
Time:02:30 pm
Current Mood:groggygroggy
Well, since my last post we went to the Cahaba again (Friday) with no exciting finds. Monday we are sampling what some have dubbed the "Orgasmo Riffle" or "Orgasmoriffle," I'm not sure. It has so been named because of its attractiveness as riffle habitat and its extensive breadth. People from The Nature Conservancy and The Cahaba River Society will be joining us, forcing Bernie to take time out of our research efforts for a dog and pony show, as he says. Part of it, I guess, and should be fun.

Worship was good today. Emotional again. Heather put on Christ in baptism and Wendell Winkler gave a heartfelt prayer on behalf of Brad (the preacher)'s wife. Not too many dry eyes in the assembly, I think. She has had brain cancer and the doctor indicated some areas of concern recently.

After lunch I read some of Harry Potter (the latest installment) and drifted off to sleep. Now I'm a little groggy.

Life is...okay. I'm still having some trouble moving on, but I think I'm getting there. I'm trying to be as vague as possible. See, this is why this has never worked well for me. I can't REALLY express myself here because (at least it feels like) everyone and their mother (well, maybe not their mother) is reading this. Grrr.
Micah out.
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Subject:Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
Time:08:44 am
Current Mood:contentcontent
Wow, I can honestly say I don't think I've ever been more physically exhausted in my life. Tuesday we left at 7:00 a.m. (meaning I got up at 5:45) for the Cahaba River for Heath's research project on the effects of dam removal on fishes of the river. We didn't get back until 8:00 (that's 13 hours!) and, so, I missed the Life and Teachings of Christ class (grr.). Then yesterday we left about 8:45 to do about half the amount of work we did Tuesday and got back aroud 5:30. I can barely move my arm, I did so many...seine hauls. Overall, though, it was pretty fun. Great scenery. Canoeing on the Cahaba River (which is gorgeous). And seeing some pretty cool fish (some imperiled species). We're doing it again Friday and probably Monday of next week (we're off today b/c Bernie has his 15-year wedding anniversary). I guess I'll head in to the lab for a little "research" today. I just remembered (i.e. was reminded by Erin) last night that Eric and Dana's wedding is Saturday afternoon. I guess I'll be going to that. No plans for Friday or Saturday night yet, though. Erin is really hurting right now and I feel bad for her (I know how she's feeling). Well, I've wasted too much time on this thing. Off to the shower!

-Micah
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Subject:Weekend
Time:11:50 am
Current Mood:sleepysleepy
We got back from Atlanta around 11:00 last night. It was pretty fun overall. We only rode 4 rides, but they were pretty good. With Jessica's broken ankle, we were able to get in "the fastlane" on the rides. But we waited like 2 hours for Superman (due to rain?) which we gave up on to eat lunch. I felt sorry for Jessica having to be wheeled around in a wheelchair all day, but maybe it wasn't too bad for her. I didn't get enough sleep last night and I'm a little sore. Think I'll take a nap soon, but I've got to wash some clothes.

We are supposed to go the Cahaba every day next week starting Monday. Should be...exhausting.

Worship was great again this morning. I had trouble singing due to my screaming at Six Flags, but...

-Micah
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Subject:Field Trip!
Time:11:37 am
Current Mood:chipperchipper
The summer is (unfortunately) drawing to an end; but that doesn't mean a lull in activity. Last night a bunch of us went to Jessica's house after Bible study to watch the third Harry Potter movie. From what I could gather it was pretty good, but it was hard to follow along with all the activity and talking.
My poster is already printed off for Friday; Heath is trying to get his done today (the day before the presentation). Does anyone see a pattern here? Anyway, this evening we're going to the Cahaba to get some of my fish. They are nocturnal, so we'll wait 'til dusk and catch a bunch. We get to take the boat! It should be fun. Then Friday night Erin, Amanda and I are leaving late for Atlanta and Six Flags on Saturday. I'm not sure if I want to go really; but I don't want to just donate $60 to Jon. Maybe it will be fun. I lightened my course load for the Fall semester to 14 hours. There was a humanities class that I had scheduled that sounded terrible upon further examination. I tried to find another similar course, but had no luck. So, fourteen hours, but with organic chem. it may still not be enough.
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