Great American Summer

For how boring my weekdays this summer (working, taking classes, living alone), my weekends have been that eventful. I’ve been in 4 different rivers, and every time it’s a new experience.

The first one was the Osage River to my friend Koehly’s cabin. We tried to get down there as much as we could before it flooded. The Osage City bar might have been one of my favorite times ever. The 70+ year olds (3/4 of the population there) loved when we did karaoke to “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”

The next week I went with 3 friends and 20 people I didn’t know down to Steelville and floated the Meremac. We ran into a float of a Mizzou fraternity and I knew a couple of guys so I hopped on their boats and lost my train. Finished and eventually found them, however, so it all worked out. Oh, and getting offered meth from a river rat at 10 am makes me proud to be a Missourian. We declined. Don’t worry.

Last weekend, I went to Fayetteville, AK to visit my buddy Danny who’s doing an internship there. All day Saturday we went to this river close by. I drove through the water and the rocks to get to the place with the rope swing and the great beach area. We threw the frisbee and football around with about 10 of his friends. Some random dog came and we couldn’t get him to leave, so that was fun. My america bandana that said “Get ‘er done” on it was the icing on the cake. We met another river rat that may or may not be living in a cave we found that was fully furnished.

The bandana made another appearance this weekend as Pi Kapp had our annual float trip. We weren’t sure which place we reserved, so we showed up to 2 different camp sites before finding the right one and barely making it in time before we dropped in. But once I got on the water, it’s all good. Met some more river rats that hopped on our boat. No illegal drugs wer offered to us this time.

I wish I could make it a 5th river appearance this next weekend, but I have to work. So any time you get the opportunity to head to the great outdoors, please do. Nothing is more serene and relaxing. These are some of the best memories I’m going to have of my friends when we all go our separate ways here in the next year or so.

I’m going to try to just do a little “What’s New?” column at the end of every post just to keep people up to date with where I am and what’s going on that is too boring for a whole post. Here it is:

-Got into Accounting School, staying at Mizzou for 2.5 more years making my grand total 5.5. (Accounting is a 5 year masters program). I don’t mind 3 more football seasons.

-Moved bank branches where I’m working from the University Hospital up north to Smiley Lane. Working Saturdays now. Not the best, but easier to get more hours. I’m enjoying the new branch quite a bit.

-Finished a wheat beer brew batch. It’s really really good. Like better than Blue Moon and Boulevard, but only when u put an orange in it. My friend Blake is going to start brewing because he liked it so much. Doing a crisp pilsner next.

-Getting into country music for the first time in my life after the Darius Rucker concert.

So there you have it. Like it or not, this is what I Think I Think.