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fourth week of field

So this is my fourth week of field which is sort of hard to believe. As far as client appointments go I’m 0 – 4. Last week I has one appointment scheduled. She didn’t show up. Yesterday I had two scheduled and both canceled. Today I have two scheduled and one already no-showed. I guess this is just how it’s gonna be.

So what have I been doing with all of my time a field? Well mostly playing with my iPhone… Like, right now I’m listening to old TBTL episodes and touch typing this blog entry in the WordPress app on my 3GS. Until last Wednesday evening I had the ability to tether my iPhone to my laptop so I could surf the net. Unfortunately I blindly updated my firmware to 3.1 and lost not only my jailbreak but also my ability to tether. That was really stupid of me. Tethering is important because I don’t like to use the agency intranet connection to surf. I feel like someone is watching everything I look at. I don’t look at bad stuff, just blogs and such but still probably not the professional sort of material that the agency connection is intended for. Tethering gave me a seperate connection that I could use all day and remain anonymous in my surfing. Hopefully the dev team will release the 3.1 jailbreak soon so that I can install PDAnet and tether again. Or maybe AT&T will get off their asses and enable tethering and MMS like all of the other iPhone service providers in the rest of the world. Probably not…

School is going pretty well so far this semester. I’m really enjoying my group class, but there is a lot of reading for that class. I’ll probably do some of that today at field, actually. But overall I feel like I’m learning a lot from the class. Wodarski’s class is a joke.

So this current iPhone is my third. Let me explain. My first was a 3G that I bought February 2009. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I also dropped it repeatedly and it got all scratched up with some major dings on the corners. When the 3GS came out I told myself I didn’t need to upgrade…but I got tired of my beaten up iPhone and I decided to put it up for sale on Craigslist. I sold it the same day and used the money to offset the $400 price of the early upgrade to the 3GS. So that was lovely…a white 16GB iPhone 3GS. It is much snappier, very responsive and in general pretty awesome. I use the camera a lot since I always have it with me, and the extra megapixel, autofocus, and video features make a big difference. So I was very careful with my new 3GS and always kept it in a case. Then one day in late July I took it out of the case to clean it. To my horror I noticed several hairline cracks in the white casing on the back. I diligently waited till school started in August and made an appointment with the Apple Store in Knoxille. They replaced it on the spot after seeing the cracks. Sweet new, new iPhone. Then later that week I noticed a new problem: dust had somehow gotten under the screen. So I made another appointment. This time they replaced the screen assembly. So that’s where I stand now. My phone is still perfect, and I’m going to do everything in my power to keep it that way.


check out this video

There used to be an event every year on the Ocoee called the headhunt. A guy named Nate who worked at Sunburst threw skulls into the water while he did what is called striding. The skulls could be exchanged for a reward.

Head Hunt

top 10 albums of 2008…and honorable mentions

Hello!  So, once again it’s been a while.

The Hype machine is a great website to find new music. It is an mp3 aggregator…basically it follows a lot of music blogs, staying up to date with the lastet music. Anyhow, they are doing a best albums of 2008 by asking everyone to submit their own blog posts and then they are going to come up with a list based on everyone’s posts. So here is my list:

1. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular


I’m feeling rough, I’m feeling raw, I’m in the prime of my life.
Let’s make some music, make some money, find some models for wives.
I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin, and fuck with the stars.
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.

2. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

On the way to your brother’s house in the valley, dear,
By the river bridge a cradle floating beside me.
In the whitest water on the banks against the stone
You will lift his body from the shore and bring him home

3. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals

4. She & Him – She & Him: Volume I

Why don’t you sit right down and stay awhile?
We like the same things and I like your style
Its not a secret; why do you keep it
I’m just sitting on the shelf

5. Kings of Leon – Only By the Night

with the fire in my bones
and the sweet taste of kerosene
i get lost in the night so high don’t wanna come down
to face the loss of the good thing that i have found

6. Lil Wayne – The Carter III

Shorty want a thug
Bottles in the club
Shorty want to hump
You know I like to touch
Your lovely lady lumps

7. Kathleen Edwards – Asking for Flowers

You’re the buffet,I’m just the table.
I’m a Ford Temple,you’re a Maserati.
You’re The Great One, I’m Marty McSorley.
You’re the Concord, I’m economy.
I make the dough, but you get the glory.

8. Colin Meloy – Sings Live!

An ankle, an earlobe, an elbow bone
It’s weird how it wonderful grows
And it was only me and you
That made this three come out of two
My darling, what wonder have we wrought here?
It’s weird and it’s wonderful, dear

9. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

In the afternoon
You’re out on the stone and grass
And I’m sleeping on the balcony
After class

10. Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs

Cath, it seems that you live in someone else’s dream
In a hand-me-down wedding dress
Where the things that could have been are oppressed
But you said your vows, and you closed the door
On so many men who would have loved you more

Honorable Mentions:

Mates of State – Re-arrange Us

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles

John Legend – Evolver

Copeland – You Are My Sunshine

Dear and the Headlights – Drunk Like Bible Times

Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Rain

The Weepies – Hideaway

The Duke Spirit – Neptune

Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2CD deluxe edition re-release)

Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward

The Evangelicals – The Evening Descends

Santogold – Santogold

So, what’s your top 10 of 2008?

so, i'm in class

I listened to most of the new Cold War Kids album on the way to knoxville today.  It’s ok, the production quality is pretty similar to last album.  It’s missing some of the grit and unpolished goodness of the last album, though.  I can’t say I will be listening to much of this new album again, but I do really like the song “Something is not Right with Me” which was recently featured on an episode of Entourage.  This song represents more of the same raucous energy and raw goodness that I loved so much when I saw them play in a warehouse in Fresno in 2005.

Here’s a download link for “Something is not Right with Me”

so…been a while…

Yo, how’s it going?

I haven’t posted since April…

I thought blogging would be a good thing for me that month, I suppose.  Then I got sidetracked.

I have a twitter, now.  so, that’s fun.

I have started school at UTK in the college of social work and that is going really well.  Our classes are pretty small and I am around the same 15-20 students for all of them, that’s pretty cool.  We are a very diverse group, with very different perspectives and opinions.  Our discussions can be really interesting.  I’ve definitely been pushed and prodded, and I’m growing.  I just hope I’m not secularized in such a way that I can’t see things clearly in a Christian perspective.  It’s hard sometimes to put on my social worker hat, with its very tolerant viewpoint and ethical requirements, and manage to have a Christian ethic and viewpoint at the same time.

So, for the past few months I have been listening to NPR podcasts like “This American Life” and “Planet Money,” which are excellent, and very interesting and informative, to keep my sanity on the two or three trips to Knoxville and back each week.  The downside is that I haven’t been listening to enough good music.  So last week I got a bunch of  new music, but haven’t had enough time to really soak it in so I will just let you know what I am listening to:

Copeland – You Are My Sunshine ***I haven’t listened to this yet, just got it tonight…definitely will check it out tomorrow on the way to knoxville

Dear and the Headlights – Drunk Like Bible Times

Girl Talk – Feed the Animals and Unstoppable ***going to see Girl Talk next month at this show

Kings of Leon – Only by the Night

Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue

Ben Folds – Way to Normal

Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Rain

Cold War Kids – Loyalty to Loyalty

Feist – Open Season (this is a remix album…Postal Service Remix of Mushaboom is excellent)

Uffie – not sure the album title, but First Love is the song I have been listening to…oddly enough it reminds me a lot of lil’ wayne…I wouldn’t doubt it if Uffie is channeling some weezy baby in this track

John Legend; Andre 3000 – Green Light Remix …good song to run to (as if I’ve had time to do that in the past 6 months…)


forget about your house of cards…

Here’s radiohead on conan singing “house of cards”

I should be doing paperwork…

i want you to show me how mad is your love…

This my first post, and let me take this opportunity to introduce you to one of my favorite songs. I had a good weekend. How about you? Mondays, meh!

I’ll be back with much more sooner than later.

– Aaron

Click the link below to download the song…

Let’s make love and listen to death from above