My name is Michael

I've totaled 3 cars so far

Haermm.

It’s been a good month so far. Here’s why:

Running.

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I’m actually running. (!) Barker fact #1: I ran track back in high school. Then stopped. And now I’m starting again. I’m pretty horrible right now, but one thing I’m trying to remember this year is to be positive. Taking small steps and such. So here are some goals for this year:

  • Break 22 minutes in a 5k. I’m doing 30 minutes now, so it’s quite an improvement I’m looking at. But I can do it.
  • Break 5 minutes in a mile. (Aka 4:59). My PR back in high school was 5:36 My best time so far this year is 8:01. I kind of cringed when I read that.
  • Run 4 times a week. Pretty self explanatory.
  • Finish a marathon. STG marathon is in October. Eventually I want to finish  the STG Ironman, but HAERMM that’s a ways off.

Pretty cool, huh? I want to start hitting the gym too, but I’m still working on where I’d go for that.

School.

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I’m only doing art classes this semester, which is awesome. I’ve learned a lot about Illustrator in particular so far this year, which was one of my main goals.

  • Digital Imaging. Learning Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. I was most excited for this one.
  • History of Graphic Design. This one is awesome too.
  • Drawing I. I absolutely suck at drawing, and just happen to sit next to the best artist in class.
  • Intro to Photography. 

I I like all of them. I think it’ll be a great semester.

Misc, haermm.

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http://www.last.fm/user/barkerbear. I like to track things. I started tracking music again. So.. this is for the past week. My inner-hipster has kept me from Nirvana until now, but I found out I like them a lot.  I could say this is all good music and you should check it out, but I wont. Oops.

I still make art. This is stuff from last month for my 2D Design Capstone:

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Yeah, there’s a typo in the second to last image, big whoop, wanna fight about it? Anyway that was a fun project to work on. It gave me an idea for a short story I’m really interested in working on. I have an idea for a future/dystopian story, as well as ideas for a sort of science fiction story, and another one that has to do with what happens when people die. I think one day I’ll end up using all of these ideas in art for class, so it’s good to know I have some creative juices flowing.

Other stuff:

  • Employee reviews at work. Mine went well, I think they like me here. And I LOVE my job.
  • I want a Niners/Ravens Super Bowl, with the Niners winning.
  • I got to see Mom and Emily a lot more recently.
  • My brother lives in San Diego now, and I’m pretty sure the whole family is jelly of him.
  • I might buy a 3DS tonight.
  • I’ve only shared a link to here on a movie forum I go to, not FB. Haermm.
  • Sometimes I daydream about moving north and going to the U, and sometimes I daydream about moving back to St. George and going to Dixie. The main thing keeping me in Cedar City is my job. Not because I need it, but because I honestly love it.
  • I wear Crew socks now.
  • Olive is such a joy to be around. I’ll never miss an opportunity to gush about her.
  • I’m thinking vaguely of growing my hair out. (Pt. 7)
  • My roommate David moved out. He lives in Vegas now. I’ll probably be in an SUU dorm this time next year.
  • I still watch wrestling. Yes, I know it’s predetermined. My top 5, dawg: Dolph Ziggler, CM Punk, R-Truth, Brodus Clay, Justin Gabriel.
  • Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04zdLRu7qnA
  • That reminds me, I want to go to another wrestling show. There’s meant to be one in Vegas in June.
  • I owe my mom a trip to San Diego this fall for a Chargers game.
  • I hate Alex Spanos for rehiring Norval.
  • There’s Barker talk about a group of us going to SoCal around Spring break.
  • I’m in love with Eleanor Friedberger.

Anyway haermm. Bye.

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WordPress! 2011!

So. It’s almost 2012 and I’m well on my way to being 21. Let that sink in for a bit.

Good. Now, it’s really shocking for me to type that, because honestly high school seems like yesterday, and it’s really weird to me to know that a lot of the people from my class are already married and some have kids. Me? I’m still a freshman in college, wheras they’re juniors and some have already graduated also. I’m a little behind, right? I really feel motivated to catch up.I kind of feel like documenting some of the stuff I do in a blog, so here it is. I may or may not link to this very often, so if you’re reading this.. congrats, you caught me linking.

2012 starts in just over two days. Spring semester starts in just under two weeks. Maybe this post I’ll do a short rant on 2011, then move into some of my resolutions and stuffs.

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I’m watching Office Space right now. It’s my favorite movie of all-time. This time last year, I was probably asleep. I worked the graveyard shift at a few McDonaldses in St. George for the better part of the last 3 years. I didn’t graduate with my high school class because I’m a lazy procrastinator. Suffice to say, I was in a rough state of mind a year ago.

Sometime in Feburary, my sister Clare referred me to a graphic design job in Cedar City. It was a great opportunity, and I grabbed it. It’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. It was a chance for a fresh start. I taught myself Photoshop when I was an 8th grader, way back in 2005. Suddenly, I had a job as a real graphic designer, thanks to a skill I had taught myself. I was pretty proud of that.

Cedar City is an amazing place, though it’s small. I’ve learned a lot at my job, and it’s been a huge blessing in my life. (There’s that word – blessing. I’ll get to that in a minute.) I don’t use the word “hero” very often, but my sister Clare is one of the greatest heroes in American history. I don’t know where I’d be right now without her help, honestly. Still wasting my life in a fast food job, no doubt.

Anyway, Cedar. I actually went to an adult high school here. (I know, I know.) I worked my hands to the bone earning a science credit to finish on time. (I started sometime in mid-April, and the deadline was early in May) I’m now an official high school graduate of Iron County Adult High – it’s not quite Snow Canyon high, but I’ll take it. Around this time I also applied and made it into SUU. Insane.

Clare and Cody had Olive Campbell on May 1st. This was a huge day; while we were waiting for Olive to be born, news broke about Osama bin Laden’s death. Also there was a wrestling PPV, but that’s beside the point. Olive has been an amazing blessing for everyone in my family, and it’s great to see how Clare and Cody have become great parents. Olive is the happiest baby I’ve ever encountered.

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I also went to Disneyland around this time with one of my best friends, David Harris, and our friend Danielle. It was a blast.

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Around June they confirmed I was going to be going to SUU for sure. This was huge for me – as you know by now, a few months before I had been a high school dropout working night shifts at McDonalds. The score now: I’m a graphic designer working on my Graphic Design degree at a university. Not a bad few months, in my opinion.

I celebrated by going to a wrestling show in Vegas: Monday Night RAW. That’s another thing you might now know about me – I’m a huge wrestling fan. Something I really need to mention here, is the show we went to was actually pretty historic. My favorite wrestler is CM Punk, and he gave what’s called a worked shoot that night. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OS9wZGb_3g

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Now, a shoot is basically going “off script”. (Yes, I know  wrestling is pre-determined) He acknowledges a lot of the inner-workings of the business, and since then, the company has radically changed. They say it’s one of the biggest things to happen in pro wrestling in over ten years. And I was there. 🙂

I went with a person I’m not friends with anymore, and she has a lot of the good pictures we took. 😐 Anyway, that was the highlight of my summer.

The lowlight was probably wrecking my car. See, the family went out to Blanding, Utah to bless Olive in Cody’s home ward. On the way home, around Monticello, I tried to pass a semi and found out I didn’t have enough room in the oncoming lane. I tried to get out of the way by driving all the way to the other shoulder, but spun out on the gravel about 360 degrees and ended up back in traffic. I eventually hit a truck headon.. the highway patrolman was saying it was really lucky the way I hit. If I had spun just a bit more, the truck would have hit my drivers side door full force.

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So, bad summer. The insurance money actually helped even out a few bills I was working on, so maybe it was another blessing. I ended up with my brother’s car, and since he was leaving for the Navy at the time, it was actually good timing.

I started at SUU in August, and it was tough adjusting to college life, with classes and such. I didn’t have a perfect semester, but it ended up alright. Sometime in August I had to go back to Monticello for court for a violation I had during the accident, and it was seriously awesome to spend a few days with my mom. We had a great talk and it was a great bonding experience. It might have been my favorite part of the year.

Around this time, we also found out our dog Puppy had run away from our dad’s house. They haven’t found him yet, 4 months later, so draw your own conclusions. We also had to put down our other dog Sassy around June. I miss them both.

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Sass.

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Puppy.

In November, I went to Chicago to see my brother finish his Naval Training. It was my first time in a plane and my first time past New Mexico. (!) Such an amazing trip.

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We happened to pass by Allstate Arena in Chicago, which is where CM Punk won his WWE title at Money in the Bank. Because I was there when he did his shoot, I thought it was awesome and ironic that I’d end up in the place where he won the title. No one else in the car cared, but Kellie pretended for me haha. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Krex6TppV8

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It’s been pretty quiet since then. I did something cool for my art capstone, and now I’m sitting here, thinking about how I can make next year even more awesome than this year was. It’s a flash presentation I made about a fictional dystopian country. I did some cool retro-art for it, and tied it all together in a slick way. I’m really proud of it, especially since I had no prior knowledge of flash before I started at Learnkey.

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More randumb stuff I feel like sharing:

I found a few awesome bands this year. (I don’t only listen to The Beatles anymore!)

If you get a chance, listen to the Knife. They’re a swedish electronic brother/sister duo. Some of my favorite songs of theirs are Heartbeats, Like a Pen, Rock Classics, We Share Our Mother’s Health, and One Hit. Also, there’s the Deadly Syndrome. They’re more my usual style, sort of an indie-rock sound. Listen to Animals Wearing Clothes, Heart, and I Hope I Become a Ghost. All of their songs are awesome. Every one. (Note on this: This was my “Chicago soundtrack”.)

Also less notable, but still cool: The Kinks (I listened to them every day on the way to and from work in Cedar when I was still living in St. George), Best Coast, Mystery Jets, Edward Sharpe, Portishead, Kay Kay and his Weathered Undeground, Eleanor Friedberger, and some Thom Yorke stuff.

I got to play with Olive, Clare, and Audrey (Cody’s mom) for a few hours yesterday.

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It’s gonna sound corny, but it really hit me: “This is awesome.” Family is important. I want to be like Cody and Clare when I grow up. So I made a little resolution then and there:

I’ve been inactive in the church basically since 2009. I want to start going back. Every week. There are also other things I want to work on, like working out (Yeah, I’m a stick.), getting awesome grades, and other things. But that’s a main one, and I think a great thing to look forward to.

I started writing this at the start of Office Space. That movie’s over now. I need to wrap up. Basically, it’s been an amazing year for me, I’ve improved my life in leaps and bounds, and I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for me.

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