It's the playoffs for the superbowl so college students will not be seen walking the streets during this time. I tried watching a game but I fell asleep, there was just so much time where nothing was happening.
Although one thing that caught my attention was a packers player called BJ Raji - he is an incredible 24 stone (153kg). One wonders how he can even move, let alone play in the NFL.
The pot fixation in boulder is astounding, I was walking down the street the other day when a car pulled up and a guy yelled "you know where I can get some greens?" I find it ridiculous that lots of people in my dorm complain that they're going to get cancer from the (trace amounts of) asbestos in the walls...but don't seem to acknowledge how unhealthy cigarettes and pot are!
We got 2 for 1 ice creams at coldstone as usual, and was subjected to some American rap music which made me want to leap out of the car into the path of the nearest truck. The lyrical content of American songs is really shocking, I am really embarrassed listening to it and it amazes me how anyone can listen to it seriously. It's like porn for the blind.
The dorm organised a night in with a Nintendo Wii and takeaway pizza. This was a good night where I picked up a Mario kart wheel for the first time since those epic races in Lancaster. Michael Schumacher's comeback from F1 retirement might have been successful if he'd taken some pointers from me. Although destroying everyone at Mario kart wasn't altogether a rewarding experience - I think I may have lost some street cred to be honest.
The dorm organised a poker night, I've tried to like poker, but I just don't enjoy it at all, it's 95% luck with 5% skill, such an infuriating game.
A pretty boring night where we all we did was play water pong in the dorms. Water pong is terrible, its boring, takes ages and only when alcohol is involved is it fun.
Also today's dilbert was reminiscent of the sort of security measures I had to go through at US border patrol. http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2011-01-28/
A rather lazy day with a bit of work and Halo. In the evening me and a friend went to a restaurant called Red Robin and it was VERY American; colourful and loud with huge portion sizes etc. The service was strange in the sort of overly-friendly and annoying way, I think every member of staff in the place bar the washer upper must have asked if our meal was ok. "You don't seem to have vomited after eating our food sir, this is both a surprise and an honour, we'll give the chef a bonus"
There is a very cold weather front heading through the US at the moment, it was -170C today at midday and is supposed to get colder tomorrow. There's been lots of snow and I've realised how good boulder is at clearing streets and stuff, it puts the UK to shame.
I woke up this morning feeling a little cold, I checked the temperature on my ipod and it read -220C - at 9 30am! Imagine how cold it was later that night. Going to lectures requires ski jackets, face warmers, gloves, 2 pairs of socks and even in the northern jackets I'm still cold. I have never experienced cold like this, it's like being in the arctic circle.
It continues to be cold, I've been having cold and altitude-induced nose bleeds which have been a right pain. The worst one was today when I sat down in the dining hall to have dinner with a friend, I blew my nose which resulted in a colossal nose bleed that went on for 5-10 minutes. It was very very embarrassing and I apologised later for putting her off her dinner.
Today was the biggest game of the year, England v Wales in the 6 nations and I didn't get to watch it because there is no way of watching it in the US (websites are blocked) and I had an exam at the time so I couldn't listen on the radio. So to all the smug English people who have been taking the piss, I'm not really retaliating because I have no idea how the game went.
A great day snowboarding, the conditions were perfect after a load of fresh snow the night before. Traffic was terrible on the way home though, it amazes me how many people that live and ski here cannot drive in the snow, we must have seen 8 to 10 flipped over cars on the side of the road. I hate them all, you turned my 1h 30min journey into a 4 hour journey.
It snowed in boulder overnight (5-6 inches) and I had to put walking boots on to get breakfast, the snowy trek certainly works up an appetite. Today is the superbowl and despite my hatred of American football I will inevitably end up watching it with some friends to absorb the 'cultural phenomenon'. After all, it may give me something to write about in my next blog.
Thanks for reading.
Oh and the weird dreams have continued, with many of them becoming very violent, I need to pick up Freud's dream interpretation book again and interpret some of them. The dreams are far too bizarre and funny to describe now, but here are some of the resulting waking texts:
Dynasty Warriors in colorado
14 year old mugging