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What I do when I'm not student-ing

I'm an absolute culture/ media buff (or at least I try to be). I love learning about the culture, specifically the music, of past decades and eras.
My favorite time period, by far, is the fifties. The sixties seem to get most of the credit for changing America, but everything that happened in the sixties was a result of what first happened in the fifties. So, while The Baby Boomers are going gaga over the anniversary of Woodstock and all the other stuff they seem to love to take credit for, I'll be satisfied with the birth of rock n roll.

Music

I love the musicians of the fifties for their originality. Everything we listen to today can be directly connected to what they started nearly sixty years ago.

My favorite artists from the fifties include Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Muddy Waters, but I also like The Platters, John Lee Hooker, Jerry Lee Lewis and I know this seems out of place, but I love Frank Sinatra just because he makes my heart melt. There are many, many more names that I could list off, but I don't have the space and I'm sure you don't have the patience.

Me at my first Gator game on Saturday, September 5, 2009.

Football

This one's a given seeing as how my school has the best football team in the nation (Go us!). I love both professional and college ball, but I've only ever been to college games. The picture on the left was taken by my friend, Veronica Barrere, and is of me at the Gator's game (read: scrimmage) against Charleston Southern this September. The Gators routed the Buccaneers 62-3.

Books

I am a nerd. And like most nerds, I love books. Old books, new books, red books, blue books (Yes, that was a Dr. Suess reference). I love them all, ones that I've read and even ones that I haven't yet read.
But again, I know you don't have the patience or the desire to know every single book that I have ever read, so I won't bother to list them all off.

Some of the stand-outs, though, include Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess, every other book by Dr. Suess, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty, Jurassic Park and Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, LIfe of Pi by Yann Martel, anything by Alice Walker and anything by Stephen King.

That's more than I intended to write, so I'll stop now, for your sake.

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