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Ringing in the new year

January 6, 2012   

Hey everyone, and welcome to my first post of the new year. 2012 has been nondescript to this point, marked by little else besides annoyingly cold weather and laying in bed. This is sure to change in the coming weeks though, as I finish preparations for the coming semester in Washington and head out to the nation's capital.

But first, a brief recap of my New Year's, with a few details strategically left out. Pressed for something to do on December 31, I was given the opportunity to meet up with some Hamilton friends at an incredible beach house on Long Beach Island, right on the shore. It took some thinking, but eventually I realized the choice was pretty easy, given that this presented a last chance to see a lot of friends from school before a long break away from the Hill. One of my suitemates from this past semester, Duncan, trekked down all the way from Maine and picked me up, and off we went to the beach. Granted, we wouldn't be able to catch any rays on the beach but it definitely provided a memorable setting to ring in the new year. The group of 20 or so was made up mostly of members of both soccer teams from school, with a handful of others thrown in, and it didn't take long to realize I made the right choice to come down to the beach. 

Since then, I've resumed my usual agenda of aggressively doing almost nothing valuable with my time. The most useful thing I've done really is to pore over a number of books about D.C. that I got for Christmas, which has only made me more excited for the semester. Maybe the most helpful book was one on countless things to do in the city "for free or dirt cheap." Like any typical broke college student would, I really appreciated this one, and look forward to checking out the spots they mentioned.

Like I said, I've been tying up some loose ends before I leave for the semester, including contacting the folks at National Strategies for some final details about my internship, buying books, and fixing up my bike to be able to use it around the city.

And with that I'm done for now, keep working on those resolutions, everyone.