I’m Home and the Party’s Already Going!

Cue up the AC/DC, boys and girls!  I’m back!

So it’s been a few months.  First off, I’m glad to see you’re all doing well but let’s be real, I’m just glad you’re all back to shower me with views and accolades about letters in patterns that I put on the interwebz because it makes me feel good and I love attention (and SLIGHT sarcasm… but I mean… attention’s kinda my thing too).

So I’m back.  And it’s good to be home.  So that’s where I’m gonna make a segue…

It's a pun... and I've been watching a LOT of Arrested Development recently.

It’s a pun… and I’ve been watching a LOT of Arrested Development recently.

(GET IT? GET IT?!?!  I’ve been watching a LOT of Arrested Development… sorry for the pun)

The past few months have been pretty awesome as I’ve started to explore a ton of things about life, writing, nerding, soccer, and myself and a through-line that began to emerge is this idea of “Home.”  Now this is not to say that Home is not where my family is (because it is) but I’ve come to realize (or I’ve maybe just DISCOVERED) that my Home encompasses a whole lot more than where Mom and Dave live.

The concept has begun to feel like a living, breathing entity more than a simple building.  It’s taken on the form of a worn in spot on the left hand cushion of my best friend’s sofa, the chat window on Facebook belonging to my other best friend that is filled nearly daily with some of the best conversations I’ve ever had, any place my brother is, and any place there is soccer.  It doesn’t stop there as all things living will eventually grow and expand and change.

Probably one of the coolest gifs on the web

Probably one of the coolest gifs on the web

I make no secret some of the stuff I’ve wrestled with over the past few months, specifically a feeling of “displacement” as well as a struggle with defining myself to a set term or word to explain something.  So, like all writers and creators who come up against a brick wall, I started to find ways around it and explore “the scenic route.”  For the first time in a loooooooong time, the long way around felt like it was the RIGHT way.

I’ve developed some of the best friendships I have had in my life (even though sometimes, there can be patches of turbulence) and even learned to be a bit more patient – instead of worrying, finding things that matter me to put my attention and effort into.  And, of course, I’ve found the one community that has truly felt like a community or a home for strange, weird, slightly-off-kilter, me.

I'm an odd one, I know... I still find this HILARIOUS.

I’m an odd one, I know… I still find this HILARIOUS.

The most recent thing I’ve been involved in has been the formation of a brand new chapter of the American Outlaws (USA Men’s National Team [Soccer] Supporters) – this time, in Iowa City.  In the space of two games (and a span of barely more than a week), I’ve been blessed to meet scores of new people and be in two different bars in Iowa City where the world basically stopped when the US scored.  Everybody is different and everybody comes to the community from different histories, pasts, and backgrounds and the most amazing thing about it is that our uniqueness feeds our camaraderie and our camaraderie makes us Family.  Just like how I have discovered that my idea of Home is more than just a building, Soccer in America is more than just the game (and more than “just soccer”).  It’s a common bond, a Crest to wear over your heart, a flag to fly high, a bar stool to stand on and sing, and the people you meet who love it as much as you.

… This is where I’m supposed to put the Chapter Picture of all of us, right?  So about that… we all forgot (for the second game in a row) to take one so NEXT Tuesday, I’ll be either putting up a new post or just editing this one with the picture we’ll get there… sorry about that one.

Through the turbulence, the fun, the not so fun, and the everything in between of the past few months, I’ve found myself in a place where the things I once had concrete ideas of are being entirely redefined and I think that’s something to take away from the whole of Life for everyone.  Nothing is ever as simple as we try and make it and the moment we open ourselves and our minds up to that fact, we begin to find the truly special things that we will carry on for years to come.

To the soon-to-be Founding Members of the American Outlaws: Iowa City Chapter, I am Proud to be counted among you.  To all Outlaws, Emerald City Supporters, Green Brigade members, and soccer fans/players/coaches in general, I thank you.  I wrote in a post for a friend’s blog about how I feel I’ve finally come Home.  Thank you all for letting me walk into my Home to find a party already going!

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Bouncing With Excitement About School (It’ll make sense…)

…AND…. The school year is almost upon us.  The book store is filled with people buying books and essentials, Twitter is blowing up about people missing Summit, and the brochachos have returned in full force for Rush Week.  A frenetic buzz has returned to Iowa City and has been building with energy for the past few days.  As much as I enjoy Iowa City during the summer (and let me tell you, I LOVE Iowa City in the summer), I am ready to kick back into classes.  The whole “stretching of the academic muscle” thing is actually fairly irresistable.  Hell, I have even decided that I want to find someone to dress up as Ruby Rhod and give me an introduction a la “Ruby’s Rap” from The Fifth Element for at least one of my classes.

I love this movie.

Of course another big part of classes starting is that football is also starting.  The beautiful thing about Windows 7 and being allowed to have a computer in class is that I can practice my multitasking!  Split screen windows allow for Microsoft Word to be open and easily accessed for taking notes (which, if you don’t believe me, I take really good notes when I have a computer with me AS WELL AS keep up with class and contribute to the discussion) at the same time that Chrome is up with ESPN, Facebook, Twitter, NFL.com, and several other websites.  Yes, I go SLIGHTLY crazy during football season.  If it has to do with the Hawkeyes or the Chargers, I’m all about it and sometimes that means that I flip on the audio recorder and use that to record lecture while I read an article (and then transcribe the lecture later).  Basically, the correct fall combination of life experiences for me is class, football, burgers, bbq sauce, and the occasional beer and all of that  is so close now!  Seriously, I could just jump up and down repeatedly with excitement… I’ll let Katy Perry demonstrate:

Nope, Still gay.... but those are fun, Katy.

The other thing about school starting is that both College Freshman and Annoying Facebook Girl memes are infinitely more relevant.  That is a very, VERY good thing, especially for me.

Pretty much says it all...

And after that clusterfuck of cross dressing sci fi characters, bouncing Katy Perry, and College Freshman memes, you have my latest post.