Monday, June 30, 2008

I'm Back

I didn't realize how horrible my posts looked until I saw them now. That trip was actually quite boring. I basically followed my mom around town while my dad was doing his work thing. I now have to spend the next few weeks getting all my stuff together. I should be back permanently sometime in mid-July. I originally had an exact date but I think that fell by the wayside.

Sitting on the plane ride home, I diligently tried to extract info from my dad regarding this surprise in the middle of July. I hounded him so much about it he actually tuned me out with my own i-pod. I guess that means he's not budging.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

hanging around

blogger doesnt let you do much with a cell phone but it does at least enable me to post to it. my mom and I are just hanging around. we went to the briarwood and then visited our old neighbors. my dad's still in lansing. tomorrow i'll just be hanging around doing nothing which stinks. none of my old friends are around this weekend except for anthony. I hung out with him last night.

Friday, June 27, 2008

posting from phone

i'm postting from my dad's phone. i'm sitting in the plane waiting to takeoff. the flight is delayed. i'm bored.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Correction

I posted false info below. I will be back Friday not tomorrow. I thought tomorrow was Friday. And we wil not be accompanying my dad to Lansing. My mom and I will be staying in Ann Arbor.

Pleasant Surprise

I'll be in Michigan starting tomorrow night through Monday morning. My dad has to inspect a job site somewhere in Lansing so my mom and I are coming along. I'd really like to bring my bike with me but that's not gonna happen. I checked the forecast for this weekend and it looks like it might rain the whole time I'm there. Go figure.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Internet Problems

I haven't had internet access all day and it's still running like garbage. Our IP said that something fried the cable modem. Hmmmmm. It wasn't me I swear.

I went out riding for about two and a half hours today. I got home just in time as it started to pour as I was heading down the hill leading to my house. I'm really feeling well. It's been awhile.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

GIGANTIC NEWS!

The people that were here last weekend to look at the house apparently were quite impressed with it...aside from my messy room. They were so impressed they made an offer that my parents accepted. The house is sold! I have been warned that it may be a fast move so I was basically told to get my things in order.

That's not the only gigantic news. I have an exact date for my return. July 18th. I believe it's a Friday. I have already begun to make plans for that weekend.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Freedom

School is done. I get a nice break until September. I did really well on all my tests:

Earth Science - 91

History - 87

English - 94

Math - 86

For doing so well in school this year, considering the circumstances, my Dad said he has something planned for the middle of July for me. I can't imagine what it can be but I'm assuming it's something in Michigan. I may need to break out those stellar investigation skills of mine.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sigh of Relief

That's it! No more tests! I let out this huge exhale at the conclusion of today's math final. Tomorrow we get our test results for all of them. I really feel like I did really well on all of them. I'm just glad it's over.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My Brain Is Fried!

Earth Science, English, and History are all finished. Now comes the biggie. Math! This is the final I've been dreading. I shouldn't be worried because I've done pretty well this year in math, but it's been lingering in my head. I'm only going to be in school from 9:30 to 1:00 tomorrow and then for two hours on Friday and that's it! I want my results so badly it's killing me.

Monday, June 16, 2008

1 Down - 3 To Go

I took my first final today. 3 hours was the time limit to complete it. My confidence from yesterday leaked over into today and I feel like I did well. Gotta hit the books for tomorrow's Earth Science test.

My brain this morning was on Chien Ming Wang's foot injury from yesterday. The Yankees are in deep trouble with the leagues most winningest pitcher since 2006 out for six weeks.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Question

A question was asked today at dinner by a relative who will remain nameless.

The question was: Will Jeff return to racing this year or will he wait until next cycling season and start from scratch.

The answer is: I don't know. I have been on an accelerated healing schedule and have been out on my bike three times since the surgery. All three times I have felt fantastic, aside from some pedal stroke issues. I guess my return to racing is dependant on where I will be living in the next couple of months. Obviously next year I will be racing in Michigan, but I would like to gain some more experience this year. A good question, one that I have asked myself for a month now.

The Final Week

Well it's finally here. The final week of school and a week of brutal test-taking. I studied my rear end off and feel really good about myself. I let off some steam yesterday with Dan, Chris, Chris' friend Kyle, and this nice kid Jacob. We went to Kyle's house where he has a very nice pool and held a water volleyball tournament. I was relegated to the deeper side of the net due to my height advantage. That still didn't keep me from spiking balls over the net. Here's a big surprise, Dan hurt someone with the ball. He smacked Jacob in the face with it. It's amazing, someone is always inflicted with bodily harm when Dan is involved in a sport. I guess we're alike in some respect. I always end up taking the brunt of jokes, and he's always the one that initates them. Jacob's OK, he just had a slight headache for an hour or so.

Happy Father's Day

Friday, June 13, 2008

I'm Ready..But Slightly Depressed

I did really well on my practice exams. I got a 92 on the Earth Science and an 89 on the math. These grades helped me get through the day as this was the last full day of school. I will not be returning. The thought of it makes me upset. It's not as bad as last year when I had to say goodbye to everyone in Michigan. But nonetheless it was upsetting. I have made some good friends here and hopefully I will keep those friendships for a long time. Man go grab a tissue, I'm acting weird.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Footnotes

Two things:

1) I've had two people tell me that they've been sending e-mails to dganger10@gmail.com. That is incorrect. My correct e-mail is dganger10@yahoo.com. I don't know where people are finding the gmail one.

2) Tired of hearing my friends asking me when I had brown hair and a ponytail, I have edited the cyclist at the top of the page to reflect blonde hair minus the ponytail. I somehow shoehorned a picture of my bike in there too. Now the torment can cease.

Practice Exams

Today I took two practice exams meant to prepare me for Monday. I get the results of them tomorrow. I feel I did well on them. The math one naturally gave me the biggest trouble.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Time For a Change

I'm getting tired of the way my blog looks again. It still looks too generic. I need to add more pictures or something. I'm also trying to phase out my nickname as not many people call me doppleganger anymore. Being that it's not a common word in people's vocabulary, many don't know what it means anyway.

Getting Ready For Exams

I've spent my entire downtime studying for next weeks finals. There's no room for error on my part because I won't be here anymore to take the test over if I don't do well.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Finals

Final Exams start next Monday. I have already started cramming for them. Two of my teachers are giving practice exams to prepare us for what lurks next week. I can't wait till school is over. I have so much I want to do. Most of the things involve me being back in Michigan so I'm at the mercy of my dad's job. Speaking of which, it would appear my return is slated for early July. That gives me time to get reacquainted and acquainted with friends old and new. Gotta run.

Sweltering Heat

Days like today remind me of winter in that the temperature outside is so unbearable that you're stuck indoors. It seriously felt like 120 degrees outside. As soon as you walk outside you can literally feel the water in your body evaporate.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Saturday Summary

The ride was an interesting one yesterday. We found this hill that has two sets of sharp inclines and vary sharp banks. We all came out of the final turn just fine except one person. Sorry Dan. He has now officially experienced what all cyclists can face. I must say he crashed very gracefully. LOL. Chris and Kyle were in the front while I stayed in the back behind Dan. I saw he was not keeping his body in line with the center of gravity and he just spilled over to the right as he exited the turn. It happened in slow motion. Very similar to when I fell in gym class. I can laugh about it now. He's fine, he just scraped up his arm pretty nicely and ripped his shirt. As for myself, I am starting to feel much stronger. I still have a long way to go though.

We capped off the day by going to see Prince Caspian. Yes, we actually all agreed on it. It was good, but I liked the first movie better. Hollywood tends to deviate from the original books too much.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Going Out For More

Today and tomorrow are going to be close to 90. Chris, Dan, and Kyle are coming over at 11 for a late breakfast and then we're going out riding. Dan has slowly started to enjoy cycling and has requested to come with us. He may eventually want to try out racing too. We will cap off the day with a movie tonight. The only thing really out in the theaters to see is Prince Caspian. I'm not sure if we'll all agree on that so we may just rent a movie.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Back in the Saddle

I went for my first ride today in over 3 weeks. It felt good to be out on the pavement again. I didn't want to push myself too far so I only rode for about 30 minutes. Afraid that something bad might happen, I brought my friend Chris with me. I was just being over-protective of myself and nothing bad happened.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Very Very Good News

I started physical therapy yesterday and it was the first time in over two weeks I lifted my arm. Imagine trying to lift your arm with 500 lbs of weight holding it down. That's how it felt. It didn't hurt though. I spent an hour and 1/2 doing these shoulder exercises that are meant to build up strength and help heal. I no longer have to wear the sling or any other annoying device that locks my arm against my body.

Here's the good news. I went to the doctor today for a checkup and he was impresed by how much flexibility I have. He told me that I can start riding my bike again when I feel stronger in the shoulder. Yup, I just did backflips on the front lawn. I feel strong I feel strong. The only thing I can't do is lift heavy objects or raise my arm above my head. Unfortunately, to my dismay, it was pouring here today so I couldn't go out and ride. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out what I'll be doing after school tomorrow.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Finals

Are you kidding?! Finals are coming up in two weeks? I have to take a standardized New York State test in three subjects: Math, Earth Science, and History. I believe it's called the Regents exams. Not too sure about that though. Even though it's given by NYS, if you fail you don't pass. This is why I strongly dislike standardized tests. I better hi the books now and make sure I do well. Anyway, the school year officialy ends for me on June 20. I'm psyched.