Spent the weekend visiting my parents in Denver. Amber was in Cincinnati visiting her sister so it was just me and my mom and dad. It was good to spend some time with them and we had a lot of fun.
This picture is me and my dad outside the Molly Brown House in Denver. We did a tour of it and it was really interesting. "The unsinkable Molly Brown" All I knew about her was from the portrayal of her in Titanic (you know, the blockbuster smash starring Leo and Kate), well anyway her life story is pretty interesting and the wall paper in the house was off the hook!
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 11:04 AM
Well, I'm sure it seems as though I've abandoned this blog since we moved to Ventura so probably no one checks it anyone (I mean, the 3 people that used to probably don't anymore ;) Anyway, if you happen to read this I just wanted to say check this out. Amber recently began contributing to a really cool NYC fashion blog/website called Refinery29. Her first piece went up on the site today, it is in the pipeline section of the site. Pretty rad!
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 9:31 AM
I am so sick of studying. It feels so strange to be spending time studying flashcards about temperature inversion and mitochondria when I already feel so disconnected from college. Like a time warp to 3 years ago or something. Anyway, I'm done with biology as of yesterday, and that is a relief. Today I will take my 3 remaining finals and then that is that. haha this semester was so ridiculous because I never really got invested into my classes because of course I was spending all my time working on my BFA exhibit and working on my portfolio and interviewing for jobs and doing freelance work... somehow memorizing the layers of the atmosphere didn't seem as important. I'll be honest though, I do really enjoy learning this kind of stuff. I just wish I had the time for it. As I'm cramming for these finals I sort of wish I would've taken these classes earlier when I'd had more time to invest in them. Especially this global climate class. I have been so lost in there most of the semester, which is unfortunate because it is all super interesting. But now it is just sort of a hoop I have to get through. Okay well anyway, back to the flashcards.
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 9:28 AM
Last night was the opening reception for Everyeveryday. Thank you to everyone who came! The response was incredible and I was so excited to see everyone becoming so engaged in the exhibit. I am excited for the exhibit to continue to evolve as people's stories get added to the gallery.
Also, Field Study (the collaborative show that Keenan and I put together) opened last night too and we were really pumped with people's interest in the eclectic visuals. Below are a few photos from last night.
PS A shout out and thank you to Quinn for his great submissions including that sweet little self-portrait of his face at 6am.
PPS My friend Ashton Rodgers took better photos of the show before the opening and I will post those soon.
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 7:32 PM
If you like movies that A) are awesome B) are intense C) are about corrupt cops D) are also about a good cop that tries to stand up to the corrupt cops, and E) have Denzel Washington in them, then you will LOVE training day. I just watched it for the first time and it was insane. If you haven't seen it yet you might as well just go ahead and buy it here.
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 12:04 AM
A call for entries!
Or something like that... Okay everybody, I am creating a zine called EveryEveryDay and it is sort of an experiment in breaking personal and social norms and challenging our routines and daily habits. Each issue will feature two different "assignments" and the content of the zine will be stories from people who completed the assignment. Hopefully the stories will be interesting or insightful or funny, because hopefully the experiences will be interesting or insightful or funny (or maybe awkward, embarrassing, or weird). Anyway, it is good to shake up your routine every now and again, right guys!? Do something different and see what comes of it. You will either learn something new or realize that there is nothing left in life for you to learn.. and either way you win! So anyway, do yourself a favor and try this little experiment!
Below is a little flier I threw together with the first two assignments. If you want to participate then please pick one of the assignments below and send me the story by Sunday September 7th!
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 5:45 PM
I am writing a term paper for my Modern Political Thought class right now. It is about Rousseau's depiction of man in the state of nature and how it compares/contrasts with Hobbes and Locke. It is due at 5 today and I've got a good little ways to go. So why am I blogging right now? Good question....
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 12:45 PM
What can I say, I love strategy games. Is it geeky? Maybe. Does that stop me from playing them and subsequently spending hours reading game reviews online? No way!
Yesterday we introduced Dave and Kelly to Carcassonne. Love that game.
Also, Spencer Romney came over and brought a few games that I hadn't heard of. We played No Thanks for the first time... but not the last. It is a simple yet strategic game. A good balance of strategy, chance, and arithmetic. The only thing it's missing is meeples.
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 10:49 AM
I am so pumped about being married to the coolest girl I've ever known! I was just thinking today about how lucky I am to be in love and how fun it is to be best friends with Amber. I was going through some stuff and came across some old paraphernalia from when we first started dating. If you aren't already so over this mushy blog entry then look below and behold some of our earliest mementos:
I think this is the first [love?] letter I ever wrote to Amber... well, the envelope anyway
And this is (not the first but one of the first) letters she wrote to me (check out that sweet hand-drawn digital-looking type! And thats when I knew...)And these are the tickets from when we went to see a really ridiculous musical at the Hale theatre in Orem. It was sort of an early birthday date for Amber's birthday, because she left for Quatemala the next day (or was it the day after that...)
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 1:13 PM
Amber's birthday was back in June and provided the perfect excuse to buy this Jack Lalanne Power Juicer which, thanks to Sarah and Marcus' recommendation, had been looming in our wishlist for some time. To say the least, we are pumped to have this new appliance in our kitchen and more than happy with the results. I feel so invigorated and strengthened after a fresh glass of orange carrot juice that I swear I could pull a cruise ship with my teeth.
Amber and Koseli are obviously excited about the upcoming batch of orange peach:
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 7:01 PM
on pioneer day we floated the river again, this time accompanied by keenan and koseli. it was so fun. we got out at vivian park and had a nice little picnic complete with veggie sandwiches (with a subtle hint of banana flavor), honey roasted cashews, and the entertainment of a 90 year old woman disguised as a 10 year old girl on a bike...it was wild. it felt so summertime and i loved the whole day. after the picnic we went to a matinee of The Dark Knight, which was amazing. not only that, i'd forgotten how NICE the real movie theater is. comfortable chairs. good sound. movies without scratches. up-to-date previews. it was great.
here are some pics from the river.
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 12:56 PM
On saturday Amber and I floated down the provo river with Ashley (Amber's sister). It was super fun. and also freezing. I want to start floating the provo river every day. for a month. or a year. or for a week. Pictured above is the sweetest innertube that you can buy in Utah. I bought it at Smith's for just $7.50. that's right only $7.50 at Smith's. I am so pumped about it.
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 2:56 PM
I miss playing the drums. I haven't been in a band for a while because I have been so busy with school and design and everything and sometimes I really really miss playing music. Tyler and I almost started a band last year when we got back from New York. We practiced just like twice and I can honestly say that it would've been awesome. The stuff we were writing was really raw and we were both so pumped about it, but unfortunately we got too sidetracked and nothing ever came of it. And now Tyler is back in NYC and I am still here in Provo. Anyway, I was thinking the other day of all the bands I've been in from way back when I first started playing the drums in middle school. So I made a list. Some of the bands were more serious than others, of course, but all of these either played shows or at least wrote some songs with the intent of playing shows. Also, some of them I might not have been a "real" band member but maybe just practiced with them and played one or two shows. Anyway, my music career is as follows:
The Flaming Cycles
The National Nix
Dead End Drivers
Big G and the Blue Streak
The Definition of Lettuce
The Farewell Bikeride
Pluto Was a Planet
T.V.P. (Totally Vicious Punks)
The Plan B
Bureau of Information
The Handcart Company
The Pop Music Experiment
There might have been some others that were sort of started but never named and never played any shows. I sort of miss all of them in their own way. Playing music is so fun and especially playing shows is really fulfilling. Shoot, I feel so anxious now to start playing again... oh time, how intrusive you are...
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 3:50 PM
Amber and I have been in England since Tuesday and it is amazing. We have seen so much already, and are looking forward to all the other places we will be traveling over the next couple of weeks. Here are two pictures from our trip to Oxford yesterday. The first one is called "Amber muses over the thought of a game of Cricket in the green fields behind Christ's Church in the cool breeze of sweet ol' Oxford" and the second is called "Hot Fuzz"
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 3:56 AM
My first car that I bought with my own money was a Plymouth Neon. I bought it when I moved back to Provo in 2005. It has been a great car. I even got broadsided last year by a seriously crazy old Mongolian man who ran a stop sign (and then later went crazy in court trying to deny what happened and accuse me of speeding around from behind him in order to intentionally cause the accident and therefore sabotage his driving record and inflate his car insurance... two hours later Amber and I were escorted out of the courtroom by a Provo police officer for fear of a possible post-trial violent attack by said Mongolian.) Through it all the Neon kept chugging along. But alas all things change with time. Today my Neon was towed away and out of my arms once and for all...
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 1:10 PM
Well, this morning marked the end of design classes for the byu graphic design bfa class of 08. And what better way to go out than listening to Adrian tell us long and illustrious stories of Australian rain forests and Aboriginal funeral dances? After class the thirteen of us went up to Gallery 303 and did a photoshoot with our current exhibit, photos by Ashton Rodgers. (If you haven't seen the exhibit, and you get a chance, you should check it out this week, because I think it comes down on Friday or Saturday. Gallery 303 of the HFAC, BYU)
It is sort of a strange feeling to be finishing the design program. I still have a lot of projects to finish over the coming months, before I graduate in December, so I'm not totally finished. But from here on out it will be more self-directed and individual, with no group classes and critiques. I am excited but also feel a bit sad to be leaving the past 2 years behind...
Posted by JON TROUTMAN'O'MAN at 3:24 PM