1. i felt that the volcanoes were a lot more interesting than the earthquakes. although both involve tectonic plates. and i had to watch some really cool videos about historical earthquakes like in San Francisco and Anchorage.
2. There was only a couple times when the 75% thing really backfired on me. but i can't decide if it was because the class required more than 75% or that i was so disinterested that i actually gave less than 75%. The two classes i remember distinctly was 9th grade Civics class and 11th grade Government. using my "just lazily shuffling along" method, i just barely scraped together a B in both classes.
3. i went to Botany for the first time last night and it's not nearly as bad as i expected. in fact, it honestly looks like there's not really much out of class work to be done. the whole grade rests on four tests. And my professor is funny. He's this very short, very small Spanish guy (i'm pretty sure Spanish and not Mexican). Very, very thick accent, but he speaks English pretty well. And he is...well..for lack of a better term he's kinda *sassy.* That's how i'd try to describe what kind of funny he is. And he gives notes in the same way that i actually think about notes--lists and outlines. But i'm still not jazzed at all about lab projects/experiments. But if it's just plants, how hard can it be?
4. And notice, Jesus was SINGLE too. He was homeless. He was single. He basically depended on the kindness of strangers (though he was skilled in a trade). During His earthly ministry, it appears that He actually frightened away more followers than He kept. Just think, then, if you put all these descriptions onto a resume but left the name off and tried your best not to give away who it really was, how many churches today do you think would want to hire Him? If the answer is almost none, maybe that ought to alarm and alert us to something being wrong.
5. i actually found all three GoldenAxe's online and had them DL'ed on our old computer. Devon and i played them a bunch. Some kid in Norman is fixing our old comp right now though. i always wanted to be the little Dward guy with the axe. Except in the 3rd GoldenAxe, you can't be him anymore. That sucked. But it was a really awesome game. it's one of the fewer games that i could just play over and over again and it was still entertaining each time.
6. Devon turned FOUR today! i can't believe it. i have a FOUR year old son. It honestly sounds in my head like i can't possibly be that old or have been married/a father for that long.
7. Thus far, you're the only one to mention the lists. but i'm guessing that is moreso because no one is willing to read my butt-long post. But i think i'll go ahead and do a list anyway. i just wish that people would interact with the lists. Ya know, "yes, i think this is really cool." "No, i'm not that crazy about this." "Ya know what i'd like to see a picture of on the next really cool list..."
8. There are actually several Starbucks in the OKC area. i can think of three or four right off the top of my head, and i'm sure there's more i don't know about. Not nearly as many as Phoenix. But definitely there's enough around. There's even one inside the Albertson's grocery store in Norman that Carla and i went to the other night!
i wouldn't dare want to feel guilty of stealing you away from friends and family, but you know darn well you'd be 110% welcome to come hang out with us as much as you like. i know we'll be here for at least the next 3 years. And it might possibly be four if Carla takes a little longer doing nursing school. In that event, i told her i'd decide to double major. We really don't know what it'll be like when she has to start going to nursing school full time. but we're committed to crossing that bridge when we get to it.
But yeah, you've seen our town. Plenty of cheap places to live here. And a surprising amount of things to do for what most non-OK natives consider to be a "hick-town." A strong art community you could get involved in. Carla and i were just thinking the other day how we totally forgot to take you to Paseo--it's the arts district in OKC. just a whole block of galleries and trendy/beat-nic sort of stuff. (While you're there, you just have to be sure not to broadcast too loudly that you're straight and a Christian.)
And also, plenty of ultra cheap places to go to college in OKC. OU is one of (if not the) cheapest tuitioned major universities in the country. And besides, if you're poor (say, raking in $1600 gross or less a month), you'll get so many grants from your FAFSA that you could go for free. This semester, i honestly could've paid my full tuition just through grants, but i decided to accept the stafford loans as well just to have the extra money to pay off my account left over from summer. But hey, OU's not the only school in town either.
But regardless of all that, i do hope you'll come see us again in the next couple of years. Devon still talks about you all the time.