Now it’s weekend. Halloween weekend!

Time for Halloween. I’m stoked. Everybody talks about it all the time, even the teachers.

I will probably party tonight and Saturday. Tomorrow Friday I’m going with Lauren, Cecily and Vaios to Six Flags! It’s gonna be so much fun.

Ah, whattaheck, I will probably party when I get home from there tomorrow night, plus Sunday when the real Halloween is.

I’ll come back to you after the weekend. Then you will see photos from the weekend. Then, Tuesday, it’s the elections, so a lot about that too.

My endorsements in the two elections that is talked the most about:

Governor: Jerry Brown (D)

Prop 19: (legalizing marijuana) yes

It will be very interesting to see the outcome of those two elections. Plus the others as well. Since I have been working so close with the Board of Trustees election I will not say who I’m supporting there since it can hurt my reputation.

 

Take care, and see you after the weekend!

A totally amazing weekend in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

OMFG! How should I describe this? You cannot put it into words. I've had so incredibly fun and seen so much awesome things. Entertainment Metropolis Las Vegas and the great natural wonder of the Grand Canyon.

We were three people on the trip. I took a bus Friday and met up in Vegas with Chris and Lidia. They will be moving to Brazil on Wednesday before the wedding to fix a lot, and they wanted their last U.S. weekend in Vegas. After previous visits, they had had a free weekend at the Tropicana, which is located on the Strip, next to MGM Grand, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur.
We ate well, played, partied and tourists. Had a blast every day.

Las Vegas is in many ways as you had imagined. Magnificent, awesome, funny, crazy and just incredible. The city  is made for parties and games. It's what you do, and you're having fun. You also get free drinks at casinos when gambling.

Tropicana, our hotel

 

Paris Hotel



New York-New York


The Mirage



Saturday we had planned to start in one end of The Strip and check out one hotel at a time, have a drink, and then move on to the next one. We started at the Stratosphere, which is America's fifth tallest building

After the opposite huge (and strong) Daquiri we went up the tower. Once up there, they had a thrill-ride-launch ON TOP of the tower. The world's highest launch, 321 meters above sea level. Of course I went. I have never had problems with heights or tall buildings, but I must admit that here I was quite small on the earth. But a very good feeling.


Up there is the ride

 

Me, Chris and Lidia on the top of Stratosphere


We went on to the Sahara where they had one-dollar-gambling. One could thus play for ages and a lot without losing so much. And get free drinks in the meantime.

Our plan to visit all the hotels ended up with two. Then it was time to party. After the pre-party at the hotel we went to Studio 54 at MGM Grand. The club is built after the model in New York. It was really nice.

 

Party!

 

Party at Studio 54


On Sunday we had planned to drive to the Grand Canyon, but it was not a good idea we came up with, for many reasons. We checked out the other possibilities. We did a tour where you flew to the Grand Canyon, could walk around there, ride the bus in the area, eating food, and fly back. It was pretty expensive, but in retrospect I can say with 110% certainty that it was sooo worth it.

There are no words to describe how amazing the Grand Canyon was. Many of those I know who have been there say the same thing, to which I agree. In advance one was perhaps expecting something awesome natural phenomena, one goes there for a while and then go home. But once you are on the ground you lose your breath completely. It is so incredibly beautiful.


I had goosebumps when I went there. It is one of those ... I can’t find a good word. You have to experience it. Do it! All of you that someday go to America, go in the Grand Canyon and experience it for yourself. Photos do not give justice to what it was, and the prisoners especially the depth of how amazingly high ravine edges. Also, there is absolutely no security, so if you want to walk to the edge and fall off as you can.

 

View from the airplane


One of the places you could walk around


Woho!

 

Cactus

Help!


Chris 'n Lidia


Lovely view

 

Las Vegas by night on the way home

 



Summary: I've had a wonderful weekend. More photos available on Facebook.

I have bought a car!

I've named him Bruce


Now I’m a real American. I no longer need to rely on buses, to walk to get a ride. Cause I have now bought a car, so now I can go wherever I want!

I bought it from my friend Veronica who is leaving for Sweden this winter. She needed to get rid of it, and I wanted a car. Win-Win.

It’s pretty old, a 92, but it’s so cool. Looks good on the outside, and it’s cool on the inside. It is a Buick Le Sabre 1992.

Now I can go wherever I want to go. This afternoon I went out do drive for no other reason than the fact that I could. Cruised around the freeway and downtown. It was just so nice. And the gas is so cheap here compared to Sweden.

But the best thing: We can finally do some serious grocery shopping! Before, we could only buy as much as we were able to carry around in two bags, or use the bus and wait forever. Tonight we are gonna go to Ralphs and we will buy a lot of heavy stuff, like big juice containers, gallons of milk and just sooo much food.

 

The weather the last days have been so weird. Kinda all possible weathers there is, in the same day. Burning heat, cold winds, heavy rain, thunder, fog, overcast, the most beautiful sunsets in the world, really cold mornings.

Monday we were supposed to play soccer but we weren’t sure we could because of the thunder. We stared, and when the warm up was over we heard a big BANG! The whole world was lightened up and then it went completely dark. The lightning had struck somewhere and all the lights in the stadium was out. And this is the big ass kinda of stadium lights. Completely black, couldn’t see anything. It was really cool.

But when I think about our bad weather, it’s nice to look at other people’s misery. Here is a weather map I found on a Swedish online newspaper. You don’t need to know what it all says, but the main thing is: SNOW STORM TO HIT SWEDEN

 


After this, our weather no longer feels that bad

 

Friday I’m off to Las Vegas! Don’t think I will hear from you before that. At least not here. So until after the weekend, hope you all will have a good time. I know I will. And I can already now say that some of the things that happens in Vegas will also stay there. The rest will end up on Facebook.

Lovely weekend in Fullerton


Top row: Kyle, Erik, Jessica, Paige, Therese, Anna, Michael, Dan
Middle row: David, Briitta, Johan, Cody, James, Brendan, Joel
Front row: Connor, Palmer, Patricia, Anders



This semester's JACC conference was much smaller than the previous one, since it’s only for So-Cal. But we’ve had a very nice weekend and had fun pretty much all the time. And we’d come much closer in the group too.

We stayed at a Marriott hotel right by the campus to CSUF, California State University Fullerton, where the competitions and all arrangements took place. Nice hotel, really good breakfast and service.

Many interesting lectures, workshops and speakers. Everything from photojournalism, Facebook, job applications, editing and filming.

The competitions were okay, but maybe not that funny. The sport reporters had to cover an archery PRACTICE (!) and the feature photographers wandered around the campus to find something fun.

 

Saturday morning there was a speak that was the ground for many competitions, news writing, news photo, opinion writing and editorial cartoon. The speaker was a guy from Malaysia who now is Editor-in-Chief at the CSUF daily newspaper. He talked about that and what changes he had done since he took office. Not that interesting, but I think I got a pretty good article.

 

We ate a lot this weekend. Friday night we went to a Mexican restaurants all of us, except those who were covering the sport story. Big hotel breakfast Saturday morning, then hamburgers, cookies and chips (American lunch) in the day and the again going to a restaurant in the afternoon. Plus coffee and candy all the time.

 

Friday night we all went to squeeze us all into the Jacuzzi at the hotels patio. We had ”fest i bübble-puulen” (~party in the hot tub) as we taught the Americans to say. Then everybody came to our hotel room and we played cards, had pillow fights and watched funny things on TV (cause just like in the spring the conference were completely non-alcoholic).

 

Card game at our room

 

The award ceremony went pretty good for The Channels. I disn’t win anything, but among others James, Cody, Dan, Brendan and Kyle did.

 

On the way home there was a sing-along in the bus all the way back to Santa Barbara. Queen, The Lion King, Beatles, Turtles, Michael Jackson, Tenacious D and much, much more. A fun ending to a fun weekend.

 

 

Our hotel


Swedish girls at a Mexican restaurant: Anna, Therese and Briitta


Jessica and Paige during the gambling night


Dan, Brendan and Connor on the way towards food


Brendan, minister for silly walks

Midterms and my knee hurts

Monday we had a little party here (unexpected, right?). Just me, Lauren, Ola and Louise. We sat at home and talked about Sweden, listned to Swedish rap, looked at funny clips on YouTube and then we went to Sharkeez. It was nice.

 

It’s the midterm period now and I’m so glad I don’t have as much to do as many others. I had one midterm in Mass communication today. It was tricky questions, but my gut feeling tells me I did oaky. Have another one in Digital Darkroom that is due this week. I will do it tomorrow. It’s online, so hopefully it will be all right.

 

Here is the latest one of the articles written by election reporter Johan: it’s about the current president of the Board of Trustees who’s hoping to be re-elected. Here you can read about him.

http://www.thechannelsonline.com/news/candidiate-profile-joe-dobbs-1.1688631

You might also find it interesting to browse the rest of the online paper, cause there’s a bunch of interesting articles, like a dead man found in the park by the baseball field and the school’s president trying to explain why they hired a PR consultant for 24 grand while the rest of the school is trying to save money.

 

Tonight’s soccer didn’t go that well. In our game we were only four-by-four, so there was so much running, and then you make an extra effort in the close-on battles so you don’t need to run that much. Then it’s easy to run in to each other, and that’s what happened tonight. Run in to another guy, and after that my knee hurt like hell and I had to abort the game. I tried to play in the end, but I couldn’t run so I had to be on the defense/goalie (we don’t play with a goalie, but come on, I was hurt! ) I managed to save FIVE man-on-man attempts by doing really cool ice hockey goalie-saves.

 

This is how I imagine I looked

 

The knee has swollen up tonight. I will just rest and hope that it will be better tomorrow.

 

This weekend I’m going away. In April we went to a journalism conference in LA, and now it’s time for the fall edition. It is only regional for So-Cal, so it won’t be as big as the one in the spring, but it will be a lot of fun anyway. So you won’t hear anything from me until Sunday at least.