Ode to Wijan

Just to clarify, I’m not entirely sure what an ode is, but if it’s an entire blog post devoted to wishing my cool friend Wijan a happy 20th birthday, then it is definitely an ode. Yes, he is three years older than me. My best friend is three years younger than me so get over it. I have friends of many ages.
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I met Wijan the summer of my freshman year at youth group. He was the drummer in the youth group band which I began singing in sometime in 2009. We didn’t talk much until later, but I do remember the first thing I ever said to him… “Can you hear me now?” That sounds really random, even for me but I promise there’s an explanation. Abby (my cousin-in-law), who was also singing in the band at the time, was trying to talk to Wijan whilst he was in the drum cage with his electronic ear muff things on. That was not going so well so I spoke the previously mentioned phrase.
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Sometime in 2010 Wijan started giving me and my brothers music lessons and I found out he has a younger brother. I believe there are about six years between them? So yeah. (Wijan is an awesome guitar/drum teacher, by the way. You should take lessons from him. He’s cool.) I ended up stopping taking lessons after about a year because of starting public school.
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To be honest, There were several times I might have quit last year if it weren’t for Wijan and a few others. Usually Wijan was the first one to find out about my crappy days because I was able to text him and vent on the bus ride home. That’s a true friend right there, someone who will let you throw yourself a little pity party and after reading a three page text say, “Well you could always quit” and make you think about why you shouldn’t. When I turned in two drug dealers at school, and was kinda freaked out, the first person I texted was Wijan. The first thing he said was something along the lines of “are you ok? Did they make them leave school? You need to tell your parents.”
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So Wijan, when I say “Happy Birthday”, I don’t mean “have a happy birthday.” What I really mean is…

“Have a super awesome and totally blessed birthday!!!

 And thanks for being my friend. 🙂

 

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Shaving Grace

Found this joke and found it punny…

A fellow got up one morning and decided he no longer was going to shave himself, he was instead going to the barber for his morning shave. 

The town barber also happened to be the local pastor in town. When the guy walked into the barber shop the barber/pastor was not there, he was out on a pastoral call but his wife Grace was in the shop. 

The man said to Grace, “I want a shave.” Grace told him to climb up in the chair and she gave him a shave. When Grace was finished he asked her how much for the shave and Grace said, “Twenty dollars.” 

“Twenty dollars, that seems a little steep,” the guy replied. 

Grace said: “That’s my charge.” 

So the guy gave her $20 bill and went on his way. The next morning when he got up he went to the mirror and looked and his face was as smooth as when he was shaved the day before. He checked the following the day, same thing, a week went by, two weeks and his face stayed as smooth as a baby’s face. 

Finally after the third week he stopped back in the barber shop and Grace happened to be there. The guy said to her: “Grace, I can’t believe I still don’t need another shave. You did some kind of magnificent job.” 

And Grace replied, “Well, you have been shaved by Grace and once shaved always shaved!”

The Top Ten Things That Ticked Me Off Tonight

1. I did not get to play glow in the dark capture the flag. Which is basically the highlight of the back to school “stay-up-late-and-get-slap-happy” event.

2. My dad called me and left two voicemails like ten minutes apart. (have I mentioned that I HATE voicemails?) The first one was to tell me that he was leaving to come get me, and the second one was to tell me that he was on his way, therefore wasting my precious tracfone minutes to tell me stuff I already assumed was happening. (I did not listen to find out what the voicemails were about until after number 3)

3. After noticing I had two new voicemails, I checked the parking lot, assuming that he had called to inform me that he had arrived. He wasn’t there. I tried calling him back and he did not answer. At this point, the CTF game had started. It was about 11:50. I was to be picked up at midnight. So I decided to just wait as I would have needed to change clothes for CTF anyways.

4. I decide to go outside to wait for him, and sit on a rock. I am then joined by the idiot who broke my heart (I was 14 and naive. He was nice to me. Until he found out I wasn’t allowed to date. He feels important when he has a gf.) and his girlfriend. I expect he’ll be breaking up with her in a week or so. His girlfriends never last long. I can only assume (Since I was there first and he had plenty of other places to go) he was either trying to make me jealous, or just show off in general.

5. My dad showed up 15 minutes late, so I actually could have played CTF some if I’d have known.

6. My guy friend who’s parents are über strict and don’t let him friend girls on Facebook and stuff is moving away and I didn’t get a picture with him.

7. My friend who I asked (several weeks ago) if she’d be willing to do my senior pictures this year asked me, “So, are you a senior this year?” Yeah. Thanks.

8. I had to microwave my pizza and it got mushy.

9. Previously mentioned idiot and girlfriend sat with me and my friends (including the guy with the straight jacket parents) therefore wasting 30 precious minutes of my time with them.

10. My crush was not there. I wasn’t really expecting him to be but I was hoping.

Honorable Mentions:
11. They kept playing a really creepy/weird and utterly pointless music video.
12. I got hit in the back of the head with a volley ball.