Gone Till November?

Why does it seem that every other post on this blog is one of me saying, “HEY! I’m back dammit!” or “I promise I’m going to update more?”

Alas, I must do it again, loyal heapsters. It’s been a long few months. We’ve seen summer end, and the Florida version of “autumn” almost run its course! November is almost gone! But I have not forgotten The Heap! So here is my official (what seems to be) quarterly pledge to write more!

Anyway, as life updates go…

I went on a cruise to the Bahamas! It was for a friend’s bachelor party! As you can imagine, 14 dudes wreaked havoc.

Two weeks later, I finally made it back to Notre Dame for my first football game as an Alumnus! It was great to spend time with old friends and see how campus has changed! And as always, it’s always awesome to see the Dorwarts!

And lastly, at the end of October, my friend got married and I was in the wedding! Beautiful ceremony out at Fish Hawk Ranch, and an amazing time at the reception.

OH! I almost forgot about making it to Islands of Adventure for Flora’s Birthday Season Celebration and checking out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Let me just say that Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is worth ANY wait you might have to make… and PLEASE get a butterbeer! And some every flavor jelly beans from Honeydukes!

Other than that, It’s been the daily grind for me. I am happy that Thanksgiving is coming up! Hopefully a little bit of time to relax!

Hope this post finds everyone in happiness and success. Good luck to all of you with finals! And if I haven’t see you in a while, I hope to see you soon!

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The Trashman Chronicles: Back in Time for the End of the Year!

My goodness. Has it really been almost 4 months since I’ve last written? I guess it really hasn’t hit me until recently how much I’ve missed writing for my (hopefully still) loyal readers and well, really, for myself. Alas, there is no Phoenix euphemism for what has occurred this time. (I already used my allotment of those on this blog the last time there was a lengthy break!)

I know that many rumors have been started about The Heapmaster’s whereabouts, especially with the blog’s last twitter update being “The Heap Master is really, really drunk.” No, I am not dead, lost at sea, or buried beneath pile and piles of trash. I was these things at some point in the last few months, but no longer.

One of the worst feelings in the world I believe is watching as the life gets sucked out of you, and knowing there really isn’t much you can do about it. Sure, part of it is your own fault, but for the most part, you’re at the hands of the will of the World’s governing force. It’s almost been 6 months since my last life update, so I guess it’s appropriate that it comes at the end of a rather tumultuous year.

I last left you in July with news of Wedding Bells, luxury sedans, Golden Domes, and relative happiness. I did make it up to PV’s wedding in July, and it was so wonderful to see everyone together getting absolutely obliterated on the dance floor. Heck we even made it to The Backer! The morning after wasn’t so glorious (apologies to the janitorial staff of Carroll Hall), but it was great to walk campus and see everything again. It made it all seem less like a dream.

In August, I started The Heap’s Recycling Project, as I dieted until the end of October. Since I didn’t update, my progress wasn’t logged. But, I lost 30 lbs! I made it down to 240! These days I’m hovering around 245. I was forced to stop the project thanks to the development of a “cevacious cyst” on my back! So after finally getting that removed, I was forced on a month or so respite from doing the trash! So obviously, with that went the hardcore exercise routine. I am back to it, and all efforts will be renewed come 2010 due to a friends bachelor party cruise in September. 3o more lbs and I would be set!

November was an awful, awful month. And to be honest with you, I couldn’t give you specific reasons. Sure, there was the infamous rear ending and ticket fiasco. Almost $200 later after ticket and driving school costs, now I await the jacking up of my insurance rates in June. Work was a little rough as well. And well things were just not going in the direction I wanted them to go. What ever was left of my relationship crumbled away. It will take a little bit of time to heal.

Things started turning around Thanksgiving break after the High School crew came in to town. So as you can imagine, nights of unfettered debauchery ensued. It was fun to see everyone again and meet new people as we went out.

So here we are, at the end of the year. This year, more than any other in recent memory, really flew by fast. A lot has changed in the latter half, and I’m ok with that. I just know that I am back, not only here to my writing duties, but to my commitments as a friend, brother, son, and employee. I feel my spirit returning, after months of seeming like I was a zombie going through the motions. God sends blessings at the most unexpected times. This year seems to be ending on a good note, and I am excited for what 2010 will bring.

-The Heap Master

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