by Wade Fehrle
A Summer Event
Over the summer I did not do much of anything but sleep and watch TV. So the first week of summer I did not go to sleep until around three or four at night. I usually I did not wake up until around two thirty or three in the afternoon. That went on for a long time about a couple of months around two or three. I got addicted to staying up to watch some new TV shows that I found and some old shows that I used to watch. That is the main reason that I stayed up so late. The latest I was up was around four thirty to six fifteen because I could not go to sleep after my shows were over. I would usually have to fake being asleep around five to six thirty because that was usually about the time that my dad was up and getting ready to leave for work although sometimes he woke up earlier so that he could leave work sooner. Eventually I began going to sleep and waking up earlier at around eight thirty to none o'clock in the morning giving me just enough time to say goodbye to my mom when she left for work. After my mom leaves I usually get to watch two episodes of one of my favorite TV shows then I would have to find something else to watch. Unfortunately that did not happen too often sometimes I would only be able to see one episode of that show. I am surprised that I did not stay up until the sun fully came up like I did the previous two summers.
Washington County Fair
When I got home Tuesday I fell asleep on the couch around seven or seven thirty. But before I got home I had to go to Wal-Mart I ran in to an old friend who had graduated last year but I did not talk to her. I only walked past her and waved because she was working too much to talk. So I ended up not waking up until ten past one. Although I remember barely waking up just for a second and saw my sister getting ready for work or school I am not sure which one but I insinuated she was going to work. I also woke up a couple more times but I can not remember anything about waking up those times. After I woke around seven I looked for something on TV but there was nothing so I turned it to the best show that I could find and then I got on the internet. I did not do much on the internet I only updated some of the software and browsed until my mom got home than I had to get in the shower for school the next day. So today (Sept. 20th) was my first time going to the Washington County Fair which was during second period and I did not do much but sit and listen to people talk as I usually do and just walked around aimlessly. The second time I went was during fourth period and this time I did a little more walking around still aimlessly but it was just something to do to keep from being bored and to pass the time till it was time to back to school.
Best Weekend since School Started
My favorite weekend this school year so far was about three weeks ago. I my dad and Ed, my adopted grandfather, went to an auction up in Giddings. We were up there from around ten fifteen to somewhere around five thirty to six fifteen; I'm not really sure what time it was though. There was so much stuff there from old to new and from worthless to not so much. The best thing was that it was not very crowded and some of the stuff was interesting. They had a lot of four wheelers there I think there were about three Polaris, one Kawasaki, and there was another one there that I had never heard of before and it was also very hard to pronounce I think it was something like Bombardier or something very close to that spelling. The one thing that I did not like about them was that a piece of them were made out of worn down fiberglass and I ended up getting it in or on my hands which ever makes the most sense. When I came up to the first Polaris an older gentleman came up and started talking about how he has an electric four wheeler and how it always started without a hitch. The other thing that was fun was that in the back there was a pile of discarded and broken stuff and I went messing around there and I found some interesting LED lights, a broken fan, a broken lantern, a paper cropping board, and a tarp like type of blinds. I also saw a rabbit in the pile and of course it was alive but it was not the type of animal I thought I would have seen there.
Difference between My Best Friend and Me
Since I do not really have a "best" friend I shall tell you about the differences between me and any of my friends. My few friends are more talkative and social while I am shy and quiet. They are usually more athletic and physically fit compared to me. They play sports and have after school activities and they also hang out with each other outside of school. While I do not like sports I usually do not do anything after school and I do not hang out with friends after school either. Since I live far away them and have no way to go where they are so I usually never see them outside of school. When I do see them it is usually by running into them in stores or restaurants. While thinking of this topic I remember when I was in preschool I was friendly with others but I did not consider them actual friends but I saw them rather as acquaintances. As far as I know when I got my first friend it was as far as I know in second grade. I think we are sort of similar but I found that we were different in more ways than by what we had in common. He was more social more religious and had more friends than I did at least at that time in my life he did but now I think we are about even in the friend department. Now that I think about it I guess I consider my babysitters daughter to be my best friend even though we are still different from one another. She is slightly more social and I consider her to be more athletic than me. we also like some of the same things but she does not seem to know or seem to know much about comic books like I do I am not even sure she even likes comic books
A Typical School Day
On a typical school day I am usually woken up around five fifty to eat breakfast usually cereal; then I brush my teeth, get dressed, and brush my hair. We give the dog a treat when we are on the way out to start on our way to school and we usually get in the truck at around six forty five. We get to the school at about seven thirty two but I do not go in until around seven thirty five because it takes me about a minute and a half to walk to the end of the hall near the cafeteria. Then I stand in the hall for a minute or so then I walk to the other end of the hallway near the gyms and wait there till the bell rings to go to class. It takes me about two and a half minutes to get to class and I am usually the first one there. So I suffer through Government then head on to Construction Tech. which I have been going to all through out high school it is also my favorite class. I do all that every day then depending on the day I go to either Digital Engineering or Pre Calculus. during either Digital Engineering or Pre Calculus I go to B lunch and I usually get a burger and a milk or I get two milks and a bag of Lays potato chips depending on if they have burgers that day or not and I mostly sit by myself. After that I either go to my other Engineering class or Building Trades. I always have to suffer through Building Trades which consists of nothing but freshmen. Then I come to this period and when it is over I go to the front and stand up there until around three twenty three. Then I go to the cafeteria where I stay until I get picked up at around six thirty to seven depending mostly on who is picking me up that day. Note: due to the second semester schedule change most of this is no longer true.
Homecoming or Halloween
I did not go to homecoming and I can not even remember what I did that day. I will tell you though that the only time I went to a school dance was in eight grade. The only real reason that I went to that dance was because that was the last year to hang out with my friends before I came here to Brenham High School and met new friends. My freshman year was the first time I have ever moved to a new school. The night of Halloween I did not do anything except do some of my leftover homework and watch TV. So when I got home I helped my mom take out the trash, while listening to music which had me doing everything one handed, for the most part anyway. After that I started on my homework while watching a new TV show "Arrow" for the first time. After Arrow was over "Supernatural" came on; by the by I have watched Supernatural since it started about eight seasons ago. Supernatural was sort of a Halloween type thing to watch so I did not exactly ignore the fact that it was Halloween. In the middle of supernatural I was eating a peanut butter and mayonnaise with banana sandwich concurrently while eating a grilled cheese and drinking a Dr. Pepper. one of the best things about that episode of supernatural was that they were talking to a Vampire about a nest of vampires that used to pillage boats in the 1900's for blood and someone made a joke calling the vampires "Vampirates" and I thought that was one of the funniest moments in that episode.
My Favorite Class
I have had several favorite classes over the course of my high school years so I think I will tell you about my favorite classes from each school year. In my freshman year I believe that my favorite class that year was Construction because there were only about five people in that class, not including me, and they turned out to be some really good friends. But since then I have never had any of them in another class and he was not even my favorite people but I still consider him a friend. Although one of them I worked the blood drive with this year and last. I liked that class because it was the first time I had built anything that was real and useful. In my sophomore year my favorite class was Chemistry because that was the second time I had Dr. Pietro as my science teacher and because it was one of the most interesting and entertaining classes I had. Last year my favorite class was both Construction and Physics because in physics there were only about six people in there and I liked construction again because there were only three people in that class one of them being a pretty awesome guy. This year my favorite class is this one because I know almost everybody in here and because it does not last very long. also another one of my favorite classes was Rod Viebig's Health class because he was cool, we mostly took notes, and he was real laid back yet still good at helping us learn. I think I had his class during my sophomore year but I am not sure.
On Wednesday of Thanksgiving break I got to sleep till two in the afternoon and did not have anything to do. On Thursday I had to get up so we could get everything ready to go somewhere past Giddings to go to a Thanksgiving dinner (or lunch whatever you want to call it) with some of our extended family. As always we showed up a little late so it was only about two and a half hours before everyone started to leave and we were the very last ones to leave. We were supposed to leave at around ten thirty to go to the dinner/lunch but we left around eleven thirty and that ending up making my mom upset and as always it was my dads fault that we were late. On Friday I found a new pretty good show to watch which was called "Fringe" and although it is on its last season on FOX I watched most of the first season on the Science channel which it just recently started to be a part of their program that weekend. I watched that show up until Saturday and I missed about eight episodes in between the first and second set of ten episodes. Some people would have problems about the errors you receive from missing that many episodes in that complicated of a show but I think I am pretty much up to speed in what happened in the episodes that I missed. the next day I woke up at about eight twenty feeling bad with stomach pain and nausea but I eventually went back to sleep and did not wake up until around two in the afternoon and I was home alone for a few hours.
My parents have not left the house for New Years since I was born and for the past eight or nine years we have had parties at our house that have been slowly gaining attendance from family and friends. The past two or three years it has slowly lost attendance until this year when we decided not to have a party. So this year was the first time in about eighteen years that my parents have left the house for New Years and went to a party that my uncle was catering for someone. That party turned out to be a waste of time since everybody was either just standing and talking or sitting down and talking and that party supposedly started around five thirty so everybody was already done partying by the time we got there around nine forty five to ten o'clock. We only stayed there for an hour or so before we left and my aunt and uncle left right after us like within minutes of us leaving. Christmas day was a lot smaller than previous years which were not that big themselves. This year everyone only got three or four presents and there was no stocking like there had been previously. Not to mention my twenty or twenty one year old sister was being rude to everyone which irritated my parents and me as well. By the way the catering company my uncle has is a very small one called The Blue Mule Cooking Team. Also the Cooking Team part is only really for when they are entered into the Houston Rodeo's BBQ cook off about a week or so before the rodeo starts.
What I Dislike about Myself
What I dislike the most about myself is that I can not see at a distance without my glasses. I wish I had better eye sight like my mom has which is about 20/20. I also would like to change myself so that I am more social but not social enough to annoy others or get me in trouble. I would also like to be more physically fit and in better shape but to do that I need to find the will to do something about it. I also do not like that I am not confident in myself to do what others do or what others expect me to do. Such as how I am not comfortable enough to drive and how I am not confident enough speak in front of or around people. I also do not like when people talk to me that I just say nothing, hi, or what ever relates to what a person asks about. I slightly do not like how I do not speak my mind about things or people. How I don’t say no to people when they ask me to do something or give/ them something without feeling guilty or pressured into doing so. I also do not like how I do not say something about what others are asking or talking about when they need/want to know. Lastly I do not like how I have trouble finding words to say during conversations or certain topics.
What I Like about Myself
I like that I am tall because I can reach things most other people can not. I also like that I am tall because everyone has a reason to talk to me even it if is only once. I like that I am quiet because it allows me to be liked by most people especially my teachers. I also like that for me it seems to be very easy to make friends without having to try. I also like that I have not currently made any enemies that I know of. I also like that I make pretty good grades and I also like that I tend to know things that most people do not, at least in my own opinion I do which I am not sure is true or not. I also like that I have not changed myself to fit in better with people because either they like me the way I am or they don't.
How I See Myself 10 Years from Now
I honestly have not thought much or really any about how I see my life after high school. My mom on the other hand has planned for me to go to Blinn two days a week next year such as Tuesday and Thursday. She has also encouraged/told me to invent something so that I can become wealthy and take care of her which I have actually been thinking about. I find it hard to invent something because there is not much to choose from or that is needed and easy to create. I am hoping for a job that I like or at least that I can perform and tolerate. The only job areas I have thought about are something to do with reptiles, construction, or working as a mechanic with my dad. I have recently day dreamed about designing buildings and what not because I know a little about designing a blue print to scale either by hand or computer but I find it would be easier to use a computer with such a task. But since I am shy and do not really like meeting new people makes it seem much harder for me to do. Also since I do not nor want to drive makes it seems even harder for me to be accomplished in that area of expertise. I do not even like talking on the phone and I find that it would also be difficult to start or find a job to do without meeting someone in person. anyway I have never wanted to get married or having kids because I do not even like kids so I don’t plan on doing that at all let alone in ten years. Since I always want to be around my mom that makes me think that I will never move really far away from home.
What Really Bothers Me
What really bothers me is whenever I am trying to take a picture of something and that something moves or I move unintentionally and I end up blurring the photo. I also do not like the way my sister acts and does. I do not like the way she is always thinking about herself and that she never keeps promises and never pays back debts whether you loan her money or you do something for her. I also do not like the way she treats our parents or other family members like the way she fights with them over nothing and disrespects them all the time especially behind their backs. One of the main things that I do not like is how people walk through the hallways. such as those who stop just to mess with people, those who walk real slow, those who stop and go a lot and also those who hold hands while walking which makes them walk real slow just to keep up with each other. I do not like pep rallies because I do not care to have school spirit and because they are a waste of time and are also really boring. What also really bothers me about my parents, mostly my dad, is how they seem to always be angry over little and unimportant things for no reason. Like how my dad gets angry just because he has to wash dishes or take out the trash. Sometimes when he does not ask me to and gets mad because I don’t know to take it out. And if he were to tell me I would do it and sometimes he does not even have to tell me. I also hate how he has very little patience when something is not done in a certain amount of time like when he asked me to get him a beer and it hadn’t even been five minutes when he angrily went and got it for himself. I hate that when I am playing a game and it doesn’t even show or hint at how I am supposed to move on to the next part or if I am trying to get past a part and I keep failing because the game cheats which also makes me irritated how it makes be want to break something.
on the days leading up to spring break were pretty good and easy, but not exactly the whole week before , the last two days before were really the best ones during that week. I don’t really remember what I did over the first weekend of spring break but I am pretty sure that I went with my parents to the rodeo. But Monday through Thursday I stayed home and did nothing although it might have been through Wednesday. What I mostly did at home was sleep till around ten, noon, or around two thirty to three in the afternoon. I also tried to remove a "Trojan Horse" off of my laptop but I was never able to remove it even with four different antivirus applications and that really frustrates me a lot. Other than that I watched some TV online and in person. So on Friday of spring break I went with my mom to the rodeo and my dad eventually got there also it was also the first time that I walked by myself around Reliant Center. I was by myself because my mom was riding in the Grand Entry that starts each rodeo then she had to go to a sort of party type thing for a fellow committee member. it was his last year volunteering and his name was Pat Walker and I don’t even know why he quit but I assume it was only his last year as a chairman of a committee and maybe he will still be volunteering but as I said I don’t know for sure.
Advice for Incoming Freshmen
The first thing I suggest is that they don’t be stupid and mess around. Then I would suggest they do their work and do it right. they should show up everyday and not do anything that could get them in trouble such as getting into fights, not wearing their ID's, and not to stand in the hallway in the way of others. Because the thing I hate most about people is that they stand in the middle of the hallway in the way of others. Anyway do your work do it right and ask for help if needed. Do not be proud to do your work by yourself or you will probably not do very well. I will not go into specifics but don’t be like me. do not talk in class especially when the teacher is talking or if you have already been told to be quiet and also do not talk during movies because that is very annoying. Don’t cheat but if you do cheat don’t be careless about it and get yourself caught. Do not have your phone out because you don’t need it and nobody even wants to talk to you in the first place. I suggest getting less enjoyable classes first so that during your senior year you can take more enjoyable classes that you will enjoy more to make your senior year the best of all. Also try and get Viebig as your Health teacher and bring your own kind of food because the food here is terrible.
What I would have Changed about High School
The first thing that I would have changed would be to keep the same schedule for all four years of high school, because just when you were getting used to a schedule they would go and change it the next year. I would liked to have at least one or two extra days off of school instead of having about two full months without a day off like October and April. I would liked to have added those extra days because going to school for over a month without a day or two off makes it seems like school goes on forever. I would not have changed much about what I did during high school because for me it worked out pretty good. But I know that I would have changed my inability to drive because that made it difficult on my parents trying to get off work and wasting gas trying to pick me up as soon as possible. I would also have liked to be more outgoing, so as to know what I wanted to study and to help me take more entertaining classes to maybe help me figure out what I wanted to do after I got out of school. And now that I am going to graduate from school and I still do not know what I want to do after, makes it feel like there is no reason to anything because for eighteen years high school was my life and now I don’t know what there is to look forward to in the next stage of life. I am lost...