Benny's Adventures

Salem and the Livin’ is Easy

Well it’s not technically easy but I wanted to make a reference to one of my favorite songs, Summertime.

I’ve been in Salem a few days now and life’s been interesting.

The first thing that hit me is how beautiful the surroundings are. Salem is in the Roanoke Valley (if my understanding of the geography is correct) and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The mountains are actually prettier in person. I’ve taken a drive down parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as looked around here and there and I can verify this. I love the scenery.

I’ve yet to interact with the people much. So far those I’ve had to talk to have been nice. I need to get around to creating a social network here for me but that’ll happen in time. In the mean time I’ve been enjoying time to myself and the adventure of creating life in an empty apartment.

Currently I’ve been able to set up what will become my engineering/game room (what I consider the most important room). I have furniture coming in Thursday so then my bedroom and living room will be set. The kitchen is the kitchen… I’ll have to learn to use it more before I can do anything with it, really.

I am excited. I am anxious. I’m a little scared. Let’s see where all this takes me!

29 May 2011 Posted by | Life | , , | 1 Comment

Wow! Really Awesome Magnet Machine

Just watch and you’ll see what I mean.

Source (found using StumbleUpon)

19 May 2011 Posted by | Engineering, Science | , , | Leave a comment

The Limbo Between School and the Job

I’ve been done with school for a little over 2 weeks now and life has been interesting. I have a job with a great starting salary and benefits though the trade-off is that I start really early (on June 6). I passed all my classes and am simply awaiting graduation ceremonies to begin.

My parents and little brother will be up here. Also, my two uncles and their families will be here from India and Australia. That’s really exciting!

The other prevailing feeling is a sense of lethargy. It’s finally hitting me that I’m done and when I take a moment to ruminate on the results I feel burned out. I want to continue working with what I’ve learned to develop solutions for the world but I don’t have the energy. I want to take these last few days I have with my fellow seniors to make sure I spend time with them but I don’t have the capacity to be social. I’m not even doing something I enjoy like playing video games because I just don’t have the desire to play, and when I force myself it’s not fun.

This is compounded by the fact that moving is difficult. I just want everything to be done with so that I can move on with life and my ambitions but the move is proving to be extremely complicated. As it stands I’m supposed to put all my things into storage, go down to Florida for 2 weeks, then move all the way back up to Salem, VA via car. That just sounds excruciatingly exhausting but it’s also the only way to spend time with family. At the same time I have restrictions from the apartment renting process and a wedding that is making planning anything solid nearly impossible.

Today I will take steps to tackle this mountain in front of me one step at a time. I refuse to let this stop me. I refuse to be weak. I will get everything I need to do done and I will recover and achieve greatness in life. I will also post more now that the hiatus has been broken.

12 May 2011 Posted by | Engineering, Life | , , , | Leave a comment


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