Nice work out, but no clothes pins

I have had two really good work outs today. The soccer was so much fun. It was incredibly foggy, so you could basically not see anything. Plus we weren’t so many either, but we still wanted to play two games with few players in each team instead of one game with many in each. So in our game we were four against four = run a lot. I ran and I ran and I ran the whole game, and had many duels with Hungarian Atilla and Swedish Sandra. I scored a lot. Was so exhausted after the game.

 

One guy brought a lot of cupcakes that we got after practice. It was very nice.

 

I’ve been to the gym after the soccer as usual, with Jocke and Andy. I had a great work out with a lot of sit-ups, leg press, weight lifts and other.

 

I’m proud of myself today =)

 

Earlier today I’ve been on the lookout for some clothes pins for a photo assignment. But we have none. The neighbor wasn’t home so I couldn’t ask him. Noone in the whole neighborhood seemed to have any. Didn’t want to buy at Ralphs, cause it seems unnecessary to buy a whole bag when I only need one. Started to text around to friends and Maria will bring one tomorrow. I have also bought a couple of rubber gloves for the same assignment.

 

Almost impossible to find


Kick-ass party and kick-ass movie

Except a sore throat it has been a good week so far. Got a lot of school work done, but fortunately it’s not that much to do nowadays.

 

Yesterday, Thursday, Lauren had her birthday. At first I thought we were going to do to a restaurant but we were at Cecily and Riley’s apartment. Lauren and Riley’s moms were there and they made a fantastic dinner with a linguini entrée and then steaks and Caesar salad. Cupcakes from Crashcakes for dessert. Plus a lot of drinks they made for us, and champagne, wine and a lot of other things. Very nice.

 

I had two presents for Lauren. First a birthday card I had made for her. In the graphic design class we had an assignment where we were to make a card and then I decided to make one for Lauren. I think it turned out very good.

Then other, real, gift was something she wanted from me. I will bring her to the schools photo studio next week and take model pictures of her there. Plus outside in the sunset. Think we will do that next week. I also made a certificate about this for here that she got yesterday.

 

We also played a lot with Photoboth, as you might have seen on Facebook.

 

Kinda normal picture of me, Cecily, Lauren and Vaios


Not so normal picture of Cecily, Vaios and me


The already (in)famous picture of me

 

Tonight I’ve been to the movies. Me, Jocke and Andy, plus a lot of other friends that were there, went to see the movie Kick-Ass. And it was a real kick-ass movie. It was so good!

 

 

It’s about a comic book geek who wonders why no one ever dress up as superheroes for real and go fight crimes in the street. Someone should do it. And that someone should be him. At first it’s not going to well. But after a heroic deed his actions are caught on tape and posted on YouTube and gains a lot of popularity. Then a lot of others starts to dress up as superheroes too and take the law in their own hands. And some of them have other goals on their agenda.

 

The movie was very good looking and had cool characters. The little girl was so badass, Nicolas Cage (who I usually don’t care that much for) was cool and the main girl was really hot (Lyndsy Fonseca, not the little girl). The music was wonderful. For the action scenes they used music from other movies, like 28 Days Later and the Clint Eastwood film For a Few Dollars.

 

It was a great mixture of comedy and action. It was more gory than I had imagined, but it worked out quite well.

 

I’m so pleased with this movie. Best movie I’ve seen this year (Avatar doesn’t count, since I saw that last year too).

 

Kick-Ass and Hit Girl ready for action


Stupid fucking volcano!

Stupid cloud

 

We have the past day knew that it might happen, but now we know for sure: My parents cannot come here. Because of the ash clouds from Eyjafjallajökullno planes can take off from either Copenhagen or London, and my parents were suppose to go via both of them.

 

Now they will try to reschedule their tickets. It might be so that they rebook them for mid or late May, and then they can be here for my graduation. Always something. But that depends on if they can reschedule and if the ash from the effing son-of-a-bitch-volcano stops.

 

Tomorrow I will go to the hotel and cancel it, plus the bus from LAX.

 

I hope it will be solved somehow, but they won’t be able to come here now at least

 

=(


Earth day and weird soccer referees

The soccer yesterday, Saturday, was very much fun. We played two games, won one and lost one. So we will play again on Saturday.

 

In the first game we had the worst referee ever. It all began with an offside goal. Our opponents scored a goal that was offside. The lineman was texting at that time, but waved the flag to call offside after our yells. But the main referee called goal. After a lot of discussions between the referees and our team captain he called off the goal. For a while. After half time he said that it counted as a goal. We argued some more and he removed it. After full time it was 1-1 and the referee gongratulated the other team for winning with 2-1 cause the goal was a goal. We protested even more and the referee decided to call it off and that there was to be a penalty shot to decide on who won. We won the penalty shot.

 

This game was against Englishmen that taunted us Swedes for not being in the world cup. So much better that we won then. The second game was against Brazilians and we should probably be happy that we only lost by 1-0.

 

Team ring before the game

 

In the evening we were just at home doing a barbeque and had a little party. Some people came from Elise and Buena Vista.

 

Today we went to In-N-Out Burger. Very nice and cheap. To bad that all the nice food places is so far away.

 

After that I went to Ralphs to go grocery shopping and then Lauren called me and asked if I wanted to go with her to a Earth Day fair. I came along and we walked around there ans looked at all the tents and stuff and food places, animals and music stages. We found six dollar on the ground and for that we bought funnel cake. Kinda waffle thing that’s deep fried. Also with strawberries and whipped cream. Nom nom nom.

 

Not my picture, but this is how it looks.

 

It was a very  cool fair to celebrate earth, and it was full with old hippies everywhere. Cool.

 

Then we went to a park nearby where they have a pond that’s full with turtles. We sat and looked at fishes, turtles, ducks and geese andand sat and talked and had a great time. Also planned a little for her birthday next week.

 

Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera to the fair, which would have been cool.


Soccer tournament!

Tomorrow Saturday we will participate in the international soccer tournament at City College. It will be awesome! We had practice today, and it was both very much fun and very tough. We have a team with both Swedes and Americans. Our first game we will play against some Mexicans from La Mesa. Hopefully this wont be our last game. Everybody in Santa Barbara has to come watch and cheer for us! Our first game starts at noon.

 

We got very clear instructions that tonight we are not allowed to drink, stay up late, have sex or do anything else that’s fun. No college life, that is. So we had a bbq tonight. We will do the same tomorrow. After the soccer we will have a bbq at our place and then we will drink beer! Then I’m going out to the bars in the night.

 

Congratulations grandma! She turns 80 Saturday the 17th. I will call and congratulate her tomorrow morning.

 

Many good ice hockey games tonight. But I’m still pissed that Rangers is not in the playoff.

 

Stupid Iceland, can you do anything right? Weird language, you don’t know how to handle your economy, and now this ash cloud shit.

Now when my parents are to come visit a volcano explodes and puts all of Europe under a cover of ash and all flights are canceled. If you haven’t fixed this before Tuesday I will be so mad.

 

Will be back in the weekend to tell you how the soccer turned out. C ya!


A lot to do + glow party

Today my latest text in The Channels was published. It is a cd review of Amy Macdonald’s latest album.

 

http://media.www.thechannelsonline.com/media/storage/paper669/news/2010/04/14/Entertainment/Cd.Review.a.Curious.Thing.By.Amy.Macdonald-3903867.shtml

 

Last week I also made a cd review. It was very nice to only have that to do during the spring break, and this weekend when I was in LA. Here is last week’s which I forgot to post here.

 

http://www.thechannelsonline.com/news/2010/04/07/Entertainment/Cd.Review.battle.Of.The.SexeS.By.Ludacris-3901385.shtml

 

Otherwise I have a lot to do this week. Have been sitting all day studying and done this and next week’s homework for Graphic design and digital imaging.

 

Have a big and important article to write this week too for next week’s paper.  A green workshop is to be held at CC and a big scientist and author is coming for a book signing and speech. I will write a preview on the event, and next week probably also an article about the event itself.

 

Me in my nice neon painting along with Maria and Camille, plus some randow dude I don't know who it is

 

Monday I went to Sharkeez for a glow party. After soccer I went straight to Maria’s place where I took a shower and prepartied with Maria and Camille. Then we went to Sharkeez. Everybody wore white and there we got glow sticks and neon paint. They had black lights and everybody glowed a lot. It was very fin and after that there was an afterparty here at Victoria.

 

I also have a lot to do this week because next week my parents are coming. I have to organize the activities for them while they are here, and also take care of a lot of the practical stuff.


A really fun journalism weekend in LA

Out walking in LA


View from my hotel room by night. The blue in the center is Staples Center, home for the LA Kings and LA Lakers.


Paige and Cecily in a tree where they couldn't be, jsut to then tell the guard IN SWEDISH that they didn't understand what he was saying.


Me, Paige and Maria on a shopping spree in Fashion District, along with Andrea who is behind the camera.

 

Journalist convention in LA all weekend, so incredible fun. It has been a lot of speakers, competitions and city tours. About 700 students from about 60 schools and school newspapers went to Downtown LA these days.

And we really lived as much downtown you can get. 7:e and Figeroa. If you think on how LA looks, with a cluster of skyscrapers in the center, we live right there among them. Close to Staples center and US Bank Tower.

 

Except the competitions we could do basically whatever we wanted to do. There were so many workshops and speakers to go to and chose between. I went to one with a photographer from LA Times that was very interesting, and one with the editor of Vogue Magazine, who was surprisingly bad.

The first evening there was an Hawaii party. I might have to mention that this was an all non-alcoholic weekend. Therefore it was even more funny to see the karaoke, Macarena, musical chairs and stuff like that. Are they really doing this sober? Or, am I really doing this sober? Cause off course I was there too. Me, Cecily, Paige, Maria and Andrea owned the dance floor until they closed at 1 am. Then we went out to the city to buy soda and candy, singing and dancing in the store and the afterpartied in their room. All  completely sober.

 

Friday was the time for my competition, feature writing. Me and Andrea was representing SBCC so we cooperated a bit. Before the competition we had no idea what it was to be about. It showed that we were to go to the Grammy museum. We went there and had 3 hours to come up with something to write. Go!

 

60 people at the same place, writing about the same thing, then it’s not so easy to come up with something unique. I walked around looking for something to write about and interviewed some people. Pretty soon I came up with my subject: generations meet each others musical interests. Grown ups can learn about hiphop and Beyonce and kids can learn about Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and other people “that lived a long, long time ago”. That last part was an actual quote from a kid I interviewed. Very funny.

 

After the three hours we went to one of the convention rooms at the hotel to write it down. Both me and Andrea were very satisfied with our articles.

 

In the evening The Channels treated us to dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. The best pizza here is, and we could have whatever we wanted. Nom nom nom.

 

After that there was a go throw of sent in-competitors and awards to them. Me and Paige got bored and went down to the hotels outdoor Jacuzzi instead.  Very nice. We stayed there til they closed and we tried to hide from the guard under the water but we didn’t succeed :P

 

 

Saturday most of us were done with our competitions (except Cecily and some others) so it was packed with speakers to chose from. We didn’t want it so me, Paige, Maria and Andrea went out on a tour of the city instead. We had a real good time and walked around in the Financial, Jewelry and Fashion districts and had lunch at a really cozy French restaurant.

 

In the evening, after some more tours around skyscrapers and Swedish lessons to Paige and Cecily, there was a banquette and award ceremony. I didn’t win. But a couple of others from SBCC did, among them for best sports photo. Maria got an honorable mention for her feature photo. Very nice.

 

The bus trip home was so much fun and we had singalong all the way back to Santa Barbara.

 

Today the cheer team had their final gettogether at the coaches house. She had invited me to come along since I’ve been with them during the season, and that was real nice. We ate a lot of good food, watched photos and videos from competitions and had a good time. I gave the girls cd’s with my photos from the competitions.

 

Now it’s raining and I’m in bed eating banana chips, drinking ice tea and listening to Amy Macdonald’s latest album to write a review of it. In LA there was nice weather all the time, but despite today’s rain it has been a great, fun and cool weekend. I like it so much here!


It's hot, and I'm going to LA over the weekend

It has been a great first school week after spring break. The weather is really good right now. Today me and Jocke was out filming in a park. It is his school project and I’m one of the actors. I wore jeans, shirt and jacket, and it was really warm and sweaty.

 

I will be gone for a couple of days now, so I won’t write anything on the blog or facebook in a couple of days. I’m going to a journalist conference in Los Angeles. Will probably be a lot of fun. It will be a lot of different journalism competitions and interesting speakers. We will be ther from Thursday morning till late Saturday night.

 

So we’ll here after the weekend.


Happy Easter!

Easter food!

 

Today its Easter Day. I don’t care at all about Easter. It’s a holiday with good food and you’re free. But, it’s always nice with pleasant Easter dinners. And that was just what happened yesterday.

 

The girls at Elise House had cooked a lot of Swedish Easter food with everything that belongs. Meatballs, eggs, salmon, sausages, herring and a whole lot more. Plus desert. They had cooked a lot and there were very many people coming. Us guys from Victoria and Delavina brought the drinks.

 

We had so much fun and  had different drinking games with the nametags and then we played charades. It has been so long since I did that the last time and it was so much fun. Everybody really went for it a 100 % and put up a good show. We went on for maybe two hours and every time there were even crazier notes and even crazier performances. Insanely much fun.

 

Then it was water war indoors, dance ring, kings cup, beer pong and much more. A very nice evening.

 

Friday the girls from Elise came to us to play “dunk-hide-and-go-seek”. At first it was just me, Ludde and Nimas girlfriend Aleksandra (who’s visiting) sitting playing guitar and singing. But if the proposal of that game come up you can’t say no.

 

Today me and Padde in Sweden was suppose to play Age of Empires over the Internet. At first it went well but then the game froze the whole time halfway in to the game.

 

Today me, Jocke and Andy went to the gym, and it was very nice to finish the weekend by pumping out the last of energy and then have a sauna on top of that.

 

So it has been a very good Easter weekend and an amazing Spring break. I’m so incredible happy about this week. Thank you everyone that was involved!


Such a crazy, wonderful and fun spring break

Me, Jocke, Andy, Anna, David, Fredrik, and below us there is Matilda and Ludde


Seriously. I have lived for 25 years. Why have I never been to Spring Break in Cancun before!?!?


Do not know exactly where to start. It has happened so much, we have had so much fun and it's been a fantastic holiday. Can already now say that I won’t write everything here.


We were 10 who went in a group from Santa Barbara on Thursday, and down there we met up with two and so we was 12. Plus a few other Swedes from SB and 70 Norwegians who also lives in Santa Barbara.


The hotel was all inclusive so therefore we had free access to food and how much alcohol we wanted. The food was very good, with 11 restaurants serving everything from burgers and tacos to sushi, Italian, seafood buffet with white wine. We ate in the same place every night buffet. Very good. We didn’t eat so much in the day. But, it's fruit in some drinks ...


Alcohol was as I said no stopping on. When the drink was empty you just got another one. Unfortunately, you could only get one at a time. Extremely tough ... It was also no pure alcohol, like shots. But if you wanted to have stronger drink you just said "more alcohol."


But since it was free you could take the opportunity to test a lot of different stuff. Was it disgusting, it was just pouring it out, and take another. And the variation was probably a good thing, with beer, gin & tonic, Bob Marley, wine, "give Me Something blue," Long Island Ice Tea. These in particular was very funny. Usually they contain four white spirits, cola and fruit juice. Here come more alcohol-thing good in hand. Instead, now it was vodka, gin, rum, tequila and two drops of cola. Screw juice completely.


There were nine bars at the hotel, plus the restaurants that also served. They had bars on the beach and even in the pool. The swimming pool was 400 meters long and meandered along the entire area. Didn’t swim to much there. It was more fun in the sea. First, it was equally hot, and so was the lovely blue waters and great fun waves. Why take the pool when you can throw in an azure Caribbean Sea ...


On the beach we spent a lot of time. Is therefore very sun burnd now. But heck, it's Spring Break.


On the beach there was a scene where a DJ played music during the day. In addition, it was a lot of competitions on the stage. Many were sexual, many containing alcohol, many contained both. It was great fun to watch and everyone was able to be in it and you did not know in advance what the competition would be. I was in two. Unfortunately, it proved to be the two most boring races.


The first was a wheelbarrow race. The guy keeps the girl in her feet and she goes on hands. I found a girl to compete with and then we were mated together with a few others so it was four man team. Unfortunately, they were so damn bad that before they reached the halfway point had the other teams have already competed finished.


In the other competition I didn’t do anything. Four guys came up on stage and it would be a banana-eating-race blindfolded. But the fun with this contest was that it was just one guy who was blindfolded. Then he started putting in the bananas on his own and everyone laughed at him. He got hold of so in four rounds, with more bananas each time until the end when they removed the blindfold and all laughed.


Other races where I would rather have been with, for example lap dance-competition, girl-drink-beer-between-legs-on-guy contest.


Examples of the competitions on the beach:

 

Girls, there was plenty of anyway. And as you know what girls usually do on Spring Break, yep, it was like that all the time.



In the evenings, we were mostly at the hotel. To go out on the town cost money, but the hotel was free. And there were many bars and a club also.


But one night we went out on the club, Coco Bongo. And, oh my god it was goddammit the hottest and coolest club I have ever seen. It was as big as a arena, and people were on the floor. But there were people above doing air acrobats and had shows with different themes, like Spider-Man, The Matrix and The Mask. In between with that it was performing on stage and big screens with imitations of  artists like Madonna, Queen, Guns'n'Roses, Rolling Stones and so much more. So much  fun. Here are movies that someone else has taken that I found on YouTube. But I was there in the midst of it!


Spider Man's fight against the Green Goblin in Coco Bongo. Somewhere down there I am!




It  was also fun to hang with neighbors by. We were from the Big 3; NY, Cali, and Chi-town. Cool. Above us lived there also a few girls from Detroit who came the last days. Most, however, we were with all the Swedes and Norwegians.


As you can understand it has been so crazy, fun and wonderful. And most of what happened, I have not told here. What was it I wrote in advance in the blog? That I wanted to get a tan, swim, drink, party, eat, meet girls, go bananas and just have the time of my life.. Something like that huh? Check!


Images are more on facebook, and even more in my computer. Many things that has never is to be shown to the public.


So once again, to sum it up:


Spring break, woohoo!

I took many sunset pictures as this was the view from my hotel room

In the background: Maggie and Anna. At the farm, and Ludde Andy who sits around Captain Jack Sparrow (Jocke)


One of the beach bars


Corona girls dancing on stage


If a Corona girls offering tattoos you have to say yes


With Britney and Britney from Detroit


Swedes are waiting for the bus: Jocke, Ludde, Maggie, Franco, Anna, Dennis, Therese and Emma


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