To prepare for my trip to Amsterdam and London this week, I have purchased the following items. My goal is to minimize luggage. This will help make travel easier between each place that I sleep.
I will also be taking a variation of my standard safety kit.
What the Day After Thanksgiving Means to Me
By Nick Gray
The Day After Thanksgiving is as special to me as Thanksgiving. In as much as I enjoy the company of my family, I certainly appreciate the thrill of nationalized shopping.
The Day After Thanksgiving is a time to meet friends and catch-up with neighbors. We bump into each other near the PlayStation 3 console demo at Target. And we talk about textile imports (and your new job!) at Pier 1.
I like the Day After Thanksgiving because it is very normal to wake up early. Entire families enjoy breakfast at four o'clock a.m. before braving the dark highways towards their local mall.
One often-overlooked aspect of the Day After Thanksgiving is the 18-hour window of time before morning. Like Christmas Eve, the Night Before the Day After Thanksgiving holds anticipation. But, more so than on Christmas Eve, the Night Before the Day After Thanksgiving is filled with pages and pages of study. At no other time do the print advertisements of major retail companies receive such attention.
In conclusion, I like the Day After Thanksgiving very much. It is a good time to meet friends, wake up early, and study consumer marketing.
My 25th birthday is on December the 8th, so I treated myself to this quick trip.
In London, I will be hosted by my friend Mark Ellison. He has just finished his Master's degree. Supposedly, Mark even speaks some Arabic now!
I have never been to London. I will make a few visits to our customers in the United Kingdom. I also want to go up north to lunch with Peter Cooper.
Otherwise, my schedule is open. Do you have any friends or organizations in Amsterdam or London that I should meet? I am also looking for a friendly place to sleep for one night in London.
Random facts from a sales consultant we met with last week:
My dad told me that I am fat. "Your face is getting puffy. You need to stop trying so hard to gain weight."
Little does he know that I have a hot new diet. I am no longer drinking three cans of Boost per day. Instead, I make whey protein milk shakes.
Sometimes I add a secret ingredient to my whey protein shakes - steel cut oats. I microwave 80 grams of oats with 8 ounces of water. Then I put the oats in a blender with 24 grams of whey protein and 8 ounces of skim milk. Combined, it is about five hundred calories and forty grams of protein. And very little fat.
I have also started to take creatine. Twice per day, I consume 3 grams of Creatine Ethyl Ester Malate and 2 grams of Glutamine AKG. These cell volumizing agents are conveniently packaged by BSN in their CellMass product.
Today I weighed in at 177.5lbs. In thirty days, I will update you on my progress.
Update - This post probably sounds pretty obsessive. It kind of is. I am really spending a lot of time and effort to get bigger and see how much I can change my body in good health. But I am also obsessed with measurements, thus the focus that this post has on numbers.
My best friend Zach Klein came to visit me this weekend. Zach and I were roommates in college together; now he lives in Manhattan. For a summary of our events on Friday, click here to read Zach's blog entry.
On Saturday, we went to visit our friends in Athens, Georgia. Jakob Morris's band Ham1 was opening for the Finnish performer Mattoid. Jakob invited the Mattoid band to crash at his place after the concert. The after-party was an absolute riot. Zach, Jake, Everett and I had so much fun together again. I laughed so hard that I was either crying or dancing in place for a majority of the night.
For all my talk about hard work and focus, it sure felt great to let loose on Saturday night. This Thanksgiving, I will be thankful for quality time with my friends.