Dear Class of _____

June 17, 2013

Dear Class of  _____,
On June 18, 2012, the Class of 2012 walked in the graduation ceremony at the University of Oregon with great pomp and circumstance. It was a (typical) cloudy/rainy day in Eugene. We were surrounded by our friends and family. We had our education behind us and the world in front of us. Today, you all joined the us, and the many before us, as alumni of the University of Oregon. Many congratulations are in order.

When I put on my cap and gown that day, I knew that I was not really graduating. I was going to finish school in December. Celebrating the fact that I was almost there seemed weird to me. It was important to me to go through the ceremony and have the experience, the pictures, the memories. However, as I saw the pictures and postings by the Class of 2013 on various social media sites from their graduation one year later, I couldn’t help to feel a bit of regret. I didn’t have time to really celebrate, as I was starting my job the next morning at 6am. I didn’t want to go take a picture in front of a cool University of Oregon sign because I wasn’t going anywhere. You can look back on my post from the week before my graduation ceremony. I didn’t appreciate the day. I didn’t soak it all in. It felt like a charade to me, and I shouldn’t have let it. Don’t get me wrong. I had a big smile on my face and I felt very accomplished. But when you start summer courses exactly one week after you “graduated,” it feels a bit strange. In retrospect, I should have soaked in the day a bit more. I should have thrown the idea that I wasn’t really done out the window and appreciated the day for what it meant.

I am writing you this (open) letter so you can take the time to reflect on everything today. I am writing this letter so that you, the Class of ____, can take the time to stop, look around, and soak in the accomplishment that you have achieved. The ceremony. The day. the caps. The gowns. The sound of your name being called as you walk across the stage and into the next phase of your life. Let it all soak in. Have fun. Celebrate. So what if you have a little extra time to go. It doesn’t matter if you are actually graduating today or in a few months. Today, you are graduating. That’s all that matters!

Congratulations to the Class of ____! This day belongs to you!

Alex Horwitch
University of Oregon
School of Journalism and Communication – Public Relations
Class of 2012


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!

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.

Stressed but Content

May 11, 2010

There are times in your life that you sit down at the end of the day, exhale and say, I NEED SOME SLEEP! That has been almost every day of the past week. With the pledge process winding down, On The Rocks’ 10th anniversary show coming up, recording the OTR album, and school all going on at the same time, when I finally get to put my head down on my pillow at night, it is one of the best rewards I can get at the end of a day.

Yet, this isn’t a post about stress. Look at the title! Stressed but CONTENT, content being the key to the phrase. Even with all these things going on right now, I have found an event, moment, thing, whatever that has helped me be able to take a breath at any point in the day and say, “Finally! Something is going the way I had really hoped it would go!” You could browse the history of this blog and find plenty of posts which say, “I hope this happens this way,” and “I hope this happens that way.” Yet when it was least expected, one moment helped change everything for the better….and if I dare say, for the best! Great things can happen, and do happen. Now just to wait for all this stress to end (next week I will be a semi-free man!) so I can spend my free time how I wish. However, even with all the stress, this new found revelation gives me something to stop in the middle of my day, stop for a moment, take a breath, and for the rest of the day feel like relaxed and happy!

UNRELATED: 2 episodes of LOST left. Still trying to figure out what I’ll do when that show is out of my life. Need to find a new drama to watch. Flash Forward? Fringe? Something LOSTish. Suggestions?

Super Bowl Commercials

February 7, 2010

Here is a play by play account of the Super Bowl Commercials:
– Bud Light House. Funny. Beer commercials always are.
– Tim Tebow tackles woman. And has horrible form. And will suck in the NFL. And is a crybaby.
– Super Bowl/Boost Mobile Shuffle. Hurricane or Ditka. The Hurricane is Hurricane Ditka. Ditka! Good one.
– Doritos shock collar. Classic!
– Robin Hood…Gladiator with bows.
– Doritos little kid commercial. Brilliant!!!!
– Bud Light asteroid. The guy from LOST was in it! Can I consider that a clue?
– NCSI….dumb.
– Simpsons and Coke! Made me smile! Simpsons comeback 2010? I think so!
– Go Daddy massage. I don’t wanna see more now, because it’s stupid!
– Doritos funeral. IT’S A MIRACLE!
– Bud Light auto tune. T-PAIN!!!!! WIN!
– violin beaver. Odd. OSU sucks.
– Wolfman. Not interested.
– Bridgestone. Trying to bank on Hangover success. Fail.
– Sketchers sucks.
– I’m pretty sure this commercial ran last year with a different name. But they said knowledge.
– Budweiser broken bridge. Whatever.
– Shutter Island. Gonna be good.
– Mark Sanchez likes woman who watch football. And shaved. That about all I got out of that one.
– I bet Conan’s party is better than Leno, Letterman and Oprah’s.
– Dockers. I wear no pants. ok.
– Hyundai Brett Favre. Glad he can make fun of himself. But seriously. Go home.
– Bud Light and LOST. Winning combo!
– Dove. Did not expect that one. “This commercial got really lame really fast.” -Master Anderson.
– NFL Draft commercial. Confused me. I thought my phone was ringing. Stop using my ringtone NFL!
– Unexpected Dodger Charger ad. I like/
– Flower commercial. DUMB!!!!!!!!
– CSI in space. There’s 3 of us on the ship. One is dead and I didn’t do it. I wonder who did.
– Alice In Wonderland. AWESOME!!!!!
– Dr Pepper and Kiss….same commercial as always.
– TruTV. Polomalu sees his shadow. WIN!
– Harry Potter Land looks fun!
– FloTV. Interesting idea.
– Intel. Robots don’t have emotions… not even Jeffrey
– FloTV and The Who. Good commercial.
– LOCAL COMMERCIAL: Monkey got banana!!!!!
– Prince of Persia with Jake Gylenhhall? Interesting.
– Megan Fox in a bathtub. Dumb commercial, good idea.
– VW. Blue one. Red One. Stevie Wonder making a blind joke. Nice.
– Michelob Ultra. Lance Armstrong supports cancer research and getting drunk. Vacation!
– Bridgestone. I don’t get it.
– KGB. “Bring it on fat man!” Who needs KGB when you know a Japanese double major.
– Coke in Africa. Theme for commercials 2010: No pants?
– eTrade babies. Talking babies always funny. Please bring them back every year!!!
– Census 2010. Funny people. Poorly written.
– Google. Why does Google need to advertise? Good commercial. All the girls in the room “aww’d.”
– KIA. “I wanna hang out with these guys.” -Roitman. “Whhhaaatttt!?”-Ostrow. It was all a dream.
– Round Up can afford to do a Super Bowl ad?
– Budweiser Select 55. Simple. Gets point across.
– Seriously. NFL commercials. Stop using my ringtone. It’s trippin me out.
– The Masters? Really?
– Jack in the Box. I’ve seen better. TO NEW THINGS…like 2011 commercial being better for Jack in the Box.
– LOCAL COMMERCIAL: Mattress Mania. What the hell!?
– Vizio. Made me interested.
– Pop Secret AND Emerald Nuts? AWESOME!!!!
– Dante’s Inferno THE VIDEO GAME!? Intriguing.
– Budweiser Clydesdale’s return to the Super Bowl. With the Rudy music. Always a winner.
– Honda. Kelpto, buff, animated squirrels. Don’t know what it has to do with Honda, but fun.
– Denny’s. Screaming chickens are hilarious. Especially screaming chickens in space.
– CBS has some strange commercials promoting their own programming.
– Audi. The green police. I like the cover of Dream Police.
– Taco Bell. Charles Barkley rapping with Lamar? THAT’s entertainment!
– Doritos at the gym. Dorito WARRIOR! Doesn’t matter how funny it was, still shocked about the pick-6.
– Bud Light book club? Probably funny, but couldn’t hear it. NO TALKING DURING ADS PEOPLE!!!
– eTrade babies. “Oh he’s eating lobsta’ too!” Always funny. I’ll say it again; more talking babies!
– Sketchers already ran this ad! Make it stop.
– Dennys. MORE SCREAMING CHICKENS!!!! The simple things in life.
– CBS ads make me not want to watch CBS.
– eTrade talking baby on a plane. One more for the road!
– Intel. Evolution of computers? Pretty lame commercial.
– Sun Life Financial. Not good commercial. Not good grammar.
– WalMart. This is why these commercials were after the game ended.
– Hyundai. Why am I still watching.
– The Crazies. Thats sounds like a good idea…..not. Trophy ceremony then I’m done with this.
Congratulations to the city of New Orleans and the Saints. This was as exciting as a College Bowl game. Fun game to watch! Couldn’t happen to a better guy. Go Drew Brees! WHO DAT!!!!!

A Quick Reflection

January 6, 2010

As I was at dinner this evening with Sam and Drew (Papa’s Soul Food!), I came to a sudden realization. I could not be happier with my decision to come to the U of O. Eugene is such a unique place; the people, the restaurants, the businesses, everything. The weather sucks at times, but it’s nice to get something different than the same 70+ degree weather I’ve had for the rest of my life. The atmosphere, the trees, the setting, completely different than Calabasas…in a great way! The education I’m getting is quality. The friends I’m making are awesome. My fraternity is great. My a’cappella group is great. My football team is great! My basketball team is getting better, as is the baseball team.

I have now lived 19 years. I now have 19 years of knowledge built up in my mind. I made a decision 2 years ago to come to Oregon. At the time I chose, in part, because it was different than Los Angeles (unlike Arizona, which is very much like LA). I said that I was going to be living in LA post-college, so I might as well live somewhere different for 4 years. My decision to come to Eugene was the perfect decision I could ever make. THAT is my 20th birthday gift to myself. *Pat on back* Well done. Good choice!

With 40 minutes left in my teenaged life, I also can’t believe that my adult life is truly about to start. I have learned a lot in my 19 years, and am ready to learn more. 20 years is a milestone. As I am sitting in Bronstein’s room, he is humming “New Slang” by The Shins. I have always thought that was a good reflection song. It’s fitting that as I sit here, about to become “an adult” that that is the song that should come up. I’m ready to start this next part of my life, and accept all the challenges with ease and an open-mind. Here’s to the next chapter…

Gift Report

December 25, 2009

160GB iPod, Inglorious Basterds, Funny People, Fred Claus, Star Trek Blu-Ray, The Hangover, (500) Days of Summer, SASQUATCH: Based On A True Story (on VHS!), LOST Season 5, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA10 , among others…

Good Christmas.
If you couldn’t tell I’m trying to keep up with the blog more often recently.