End Of The World Playlist

December 21, 2012

According to some, scientifically proven by none, the end is here. 12/21/12. The “end” of the Mayan calendar. The end of days. Armageddon. And I can’t think of a better way to spend the apocalypse than by listening to some great music. So here you go. Your “End Of The World Playlist” by Alex.

  1. “Save The World” by Swedish House Mafia
  2. “Time Is Running Out” by Muse
  3. “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones
  4. “Straight To Hell” by The Clash
  5. “99 Luftballons” by Nena
  6. “Waiting On The World To Change” by John Mayer
  7. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John
  8. “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
  9. “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC
  10. “The Funeral” by Band of Horses
  11. “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden
  12. “The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning” by Smashing Pumpkins
  13. “Goodbye Blue Sky” by Pink Floyd
  14. “Death And All Of His Friends” by Coldplay
  15. “When The World Is Running Down You Make The Best Of What’s Still Around” by The Police
  16. “1999” by Prince
  17. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith
  18. “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.
  19. “I Will Survive” by Cake

Enjoy your end of days everyone! Lenny Bruce is not afraid! Save us Bruce Willis!

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Something New

December 19, 2012

I start this post by saying, I don’t know what to say. Just giving you all that fair warning. It’s OK if you decide to stop reading this now. But we’ll see how this goes…

On to the next, I guess.

When there is something you want, something you are really hoping for, hearing that you didn’t get it can let you down a bit. That’s natural. But you get over it and you move on. There is a Yiddish word, bashert, which means “destiny.” It insinuates that something is meant to be. Preordained. Almost like a Jewish version of “Que sera, sera.” So maybe this is part of that “divine plan.”

We’ll see what’s next, but right now, this sucks.

In my fraternity, we would have the pledges conduct Brother Interviews to have them get to know the Brotherhood better. Questions ranged from the general (Name, Age, Major, Hometown) to the funny/obscure, like “What would you dip yourself in” (Not the Mill Race) or “What’s your favorite type of hole” (doughnut). All of it is meant to break any tensions of talking to older members. Get everyone introduced. Give everyone a quick laugh and make sure everyone feels comfortable around each other, while giving the new guys some advice at the same time. But there was always one question that would make me smile a bit.

“What is your favorite part of Eugene?”

I’ve heard a multitude of answers for this question. The Ducks, clean air, trees, girls. To each his own. But my answer was always simple. The people. The people are nice. The people are interesting (to say the least). The people make your experience better (or worse). The people are what makes going to the Duck games fun. The people are why you go to the same bar almost every night. The people are the ones that leave their door unlocked for you so you can hang out and act like idiots together. The people are the ones who make your college experience that much better. The people make Eugene and the U of O what they are.

So as I prepare to move on and start the next chapter in my life, what am I going to miss the most? I’ll miss my favorite part of Eugene.


A Golden Age for the Ducks

December 14, 2012

When I got the the University of Oregon in the Fall of 2008, the Ducks had a good athletic program. Nothing too special, but good. What unfolded in my time at the U of O was something truly remarkable. To say that I was there for all of it is really an astounding to me and something that I will cherish forever. I know I am probably missing a few things on this list, but this is a brief summary of the past 5 years of Oregon Athletics. Impressive to say the least.

(If you notice something that I am missing, please tell me and I will add it to the list!)

2008-2009:

  • Football – Holiday Bowl (win vs Oklahoma St)
  • Men’s Cross Country – National Champions
  • Men’s Indoor Track and Field- National Champions
  • Baseball team reinstated
  • PK Park opens

2009-2010:

  • Football- Rose Bowl (loss vs Ohio St)
  • Women’s Indoor Track and Field- National Champions

2010-2011:

  • Football- National Championship (loss vs Auburn)
  • Matthew Knight Arena opens
  • Men’s Basketball- CBI Champions
  • Women’s Indoor Track and Field- National Champions
  • Acrobatics and Tumbling- National Champions

2011-2012:

  • Football- Rose Bowl (win vs Wisconsin)
  • Men’s Basketball- NIT Quarterfinals
  • Baseball- College World Series Super Regionals
  • Softball- Women’s College World Series
  • Acrobatics and Tumbling- National Champions
  • Women’s Indoor Track and Field- National Champions
  • Men’s Golf- Championship Match Participants

2012-2013 (so far):

  • Football- Fiesta Bowl (win vs Kansas State)
  • Football- #2 in final BCS Ranking of the seasons
  • Men’s Basketball- Sweet 16 appearance (loss vs Louisville)
  • Women’s Cross Country- National Champions
  • Women’s Indoor Track and Field – National Champions (4th Consecutive Title)
  • Women’s Volleyball- National Championship (loss vs Texas)
  • New Papé Field opens
  • Casanova Center expansion
  • Baseball – National Seed, CWS Regional Host
  • Softball – National Seed, CWS Regional Host
  • Acrobatics and Tumbling – National Champions (3rd Consecutive Title)
  • Men’s Golf – 2 stokes short of Championship match
  • Women’s Golf – Championship match
  • Women’s T&F – National Women’s Division 1 Program of the Year
  • Host of NCAA T&F Championship
  • 36 T&F All-Americans
  • Four Sport Athlete Liz Brenner nominated for SI Athlete Of The Year

Amazing. Go Ducks.

(EDITED 6/18/13)