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Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Subject:Comerica Cityfest? Formerly Tastefet...
Time:8:24 am.
Again, it's not always terrible being in Detroit.

I finally get to stop putting off seeing SPOON live and fucking YO LA TENGO for free, AGAIN. AWESOME.
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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Subject:It's all pretty overwhelming
Time:1:45 am.
Mood: depressed.

I currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I'm taking classes at the University of Michigan and I'm subletting an apartment from Mike while he's off in Cambodia. I'm taking three classes that aren't nearly as difficult as I make them seem, they're just a ton of work.

The reason I'm taking these classes is because I want to go to grad school for English. I'd like to be a professor and continue reading and learning forever. I think the most exciting part of this endeavor would be challenging cool students the same way my cool professors challenged me. Except when they ask me for letters of recommendation, I'll actually write them.

I plan on applying in the Fall, if everything goes ok at Michigan.

I feel like most people know what's going on in my life because there isn't much going on. Once again, I'm stuck between places to live. I'm not going to be in Michigan as long as I expected to. Things changed in my situation, and I've decided I'm moving out to New England as soon as I find a job I can live off.

Who knows where all this is going. I guess life is actually starting after the honeymoon in Scotland. I miss Edinburgh a ton these days, I miss living in a good city, having a steady job, having anything to take my mind off some intense loneliness.

I'm still making some music, but I haven't had nearly as much time as I'd like to actually work on it. I have more ideas than ever I think, and I'm really eager to get them all out, but I don't know when I'll have time. I guess in New England, when I'll hopefully be living in a shack in the middle of nowhere, working a day job and working on lots of music at night.

I'd move to New York, but it really makes no sense for me financially since I have to save a bit of money and I'd like to be closer to Hanover than NYC. It'd be good to be with everyone down there, though.

I don't even know why I'm rambling. I'm just kind of worn out, that's all. 26 hours of driving in 4 days will do that to you. I'm still trying to find out what's most important to me, and I think that's the number one thing to figure out after graduating college. I mean, I think I have found what's most important to me, but the things that come after that priority are pretty essential. Hm.

It's been a year since graduation and things are really different, but totally the same at the same time. I don't know. Not really much to say, unless someone has any bright ideas about jobs I can have in New England.

good night,
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Friday, May 11th, 2007

Subject:well, this shatters my summer
Time:1:15 am.
I'm really glad I waited for it. Makes it all the better.

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Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Subject:Music, music, music...
Time:8:51 pm.
Disclaimer: Lots of sad bitching inside of this, but guys, I'm going crazy here, give me some slack.

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Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Subject:preaching to the choir or ?
Time:9:33 pm.
I've been talking it up since I started watching it this summer, but after finally getting my hands on Season 3, I can firmly say that The Wire is the finest television show I have ever seen. Absolutely unfucking believable. Each season is brilliant and almost twice as good as the one before it. My goal is that maybe by next Fall I can actually follow the final 5th season live!

Rob a bank, raid your library, watch it on demand, fuck, ORDER HBO, it's one of the finest achievements on any screen or stage you'll ever see.

Back to under my rock and trying to hunt down the 4th season,

p.s. - I'm so adament about how much I love this show I'm going to buy a t-shirt. I swear to God. It's their fault, they know their demographic. The shirt is ACTUALLY really awesome. Not as awesome as the show, but still, awesome enough to wear. And the only people who'll know it's a shirt for a tv show will be like "OH MAN YOU WATCH THE WIRE TOO!"
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Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Time:8:45 pm.
there's victory at sea.

and then there's the sun.
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Friday, December 29th, 2006

Time:8:02 pm.
obviously and lonely, a spider in the snow
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Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Subject:fuck it, fuck it all, let's start a band.
Time:8:32 pm.
- drink more
- sleep less

party down 2006, it's just me and you.

let's drink and forget 2006, it was a poor excuse of a year, a poor excuse for getting your life back together when we all should have been taking responsibility for what it was we really were doing: fucking up.

fuck 2006, it was a waste of a year.

But there were good parts, there was happiness, don't forget that. Remember that. I'll remember that, and I'll drink to those times and try to forget them as I'm freezing to death stumbling home.

I love you


p.s. - to sean adams, I offer my middle finger.
p.p.s. - don stewart gets a gold star, because what the fuck else does he deserve
p.p.p.s. - everyone else go to hell.
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Monday, December 18th, 2006

Time:3:11 pm.
Nothing punches you in the stomach quite like the Atlantic Ocean.


p.s. - everyone who's written will get an email this week. promise!
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Monday, December 11th, 2006

Subject:when in Rome, don't be a bitch.
Time:8:24 pm.
Mood: jealous of the United States.

listen to big star with sunglasses on



thanks for everything,
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Friday, November 24th, 2006

Time:6:36 pm.
I am so fucking angry I am on a fucking rampage right now I will kill you if you so much as fucking say anything I swear to God I could destroy cities right now.
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Monday, November 13th, 2006

Time:6:49 pm.
Mood: tired.
1. Guys, I'm trying really hard to write to people but it's really difficult because I only use unfiltered internet like once every other day because it costs money and because I'm lazy. You think you love the internet until it BECOMES A PLACE YOU HAVE TO GO. An absolute nightmare, really.

2. Life here is pretty good, not going to lie. I freak out once about every 3 days, but it's ok because the highs are so high.

3. Work is pretty fun sometimes, as Alain noted, we work in the Edinburgh City Council Tax office. The people are great and it is reminiscent at times of The Office. Co-workers are super nice and a great resource for information. All of us temps have become friends and it's nice.

4. This weekend I'm going to Oslo, Norway and will probably visit a Viking Ship Museum. Seriously. How does my life turn out like this? I don't know. Pictures will follow in like two years, I'm sure.

5. I'm reading books. I've read quite a bit since I got here, stuff I've actually forgotten by now. Someone please buy me this book for x-mas:


It's like 3 bucks used!I read the title story in an anthology and it blew me away.

6. Mailing address:

18/2 Pilrig St.

7. Music...um...good music I've liked lately: Menomena - Wet and Rusting EP (yay yay Dartmouth...), Tapes 'n Tapes, the Wrens (duh), Holopaw's first album, Idaho - the Lone Gunman, Yo La Tengo (duh...but Story of Yo La Tengo = song of the year, thus far, shit haunts my dreams), and a bunch of other stuff.

The new Shins is ok on first few listens...Sleeping Lessons is really an amazing song, just as good or better than anything else they've done. Nothing else has really made a huge impression...second half seems really boring.

8. Prison Break is a really great show. Great and bad, bad and great.

9. Scotland's good, but it's just another thing in my life right now which I feel is dangerously dangling from a few things, but that's ok, because they're good. I'm ready to start making music again, so if you dudes want to get in a band with me, let's talk about it. I'm due home or where I'm moving sometime in late March...just tossing out some ideas for where I might end up...Burlington,VT, Ann Arbor,MI, are current ideas, but I don't know, give me ideas.

10. OK! I'm out.

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Friday, November 10th, 2006

Subject:is this living?
Time:8:41 pm.
- everything is good here, please come home (with me)
- a young man finding himself, human dignity, the weight of love, and a polar bear in anarctica
- "you got nice, I got bored"
- I don't have a guitar here, but I'm writing an album. you can imagine how interesting it sounds. it sounds pretty messy in my head.
- final fantasy 6 is actually a pretty amazing game.
- that's just how men mark time
- prison break!
- no sex/no sleep in houston
- I always lied when I said long walks were better than barren parking lots.
- Still think about baseball.
- whyyyy/into why not
- we have clout with doubt
- skylights and fireworks
- yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, why into why not?
- let's never waste breath saying it
- whyyyyyyyyyyyy into why not?
- french army sweater
- we have clout with doubt
- happy anniversary, jill

the bottom line:

so what else you got?

- cecil in scotland
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Friday, October 13th, 2006

Subject:weirdest feeling in the world.
Time:11:29 am.
I was listening to "North to Nothing" and decided I'd rather hear "Sara Soda."


I will always feel this song is so miserable but at the same time so me. I can't stand it, but I can't stop listening to it. It's just desperate, like we all knew a fucking train wreck was coming.

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Time:1:00 am.
Mood: nervous.
repeat repeat repeat each each each word word word I I I write write write three three three times times times a a a  day day day

- ectasy ectasy ectasy when when when the the the city city city burned burned burned down down down

p.s. - it took 3 whole years she said, but i burned you down.
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Subject:stay if if if you want want to.
Time:12:47 am.
I was born a leader among men, and, one of these days, I will save you all.

- Joseph in Huntsville, AL
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Subject:...elephant stone
Time:12:41 am.
Mood: insane.
It seems like there's a hole in my dreams...

There definitely is.

-john squire
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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Subject:4 out of 5 Pilots called this the best post of the year...
Time:11:19 am.
This might seem a bit dramatic, but seriously guys, our generation, we couldn't even imagine a day where this was possible:


The first time since 1994 and we're RANKED IN THE STATE TOP 25!

Even more appropriate, the best ESPN Sportsnation Poll ever:

Good thing no states pussed out.

later bros, still in Scotland,
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Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Subject:parting shots
Time:12:12 am.
Mood: calm.
I'm leaving the country.

New address:

Andrew Sandoval
60 High Street
Scotland EH1 1TB

This will work all the time I'm in country, but I'll stop checking it once I get my real address in a few weeks.

You guys can always reach me on email at andrew.sandoval.06@gmail.com which I will be checking frequently.

My cell phone will be deactivated as of Thursday.

RIP 586-530-3027

Fuck Cingular, it is the worst cell phone service in the world.

It's been real.

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Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Subject:A Summer in Six Minutes
Time:10:46 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
I haven't updated in a long time, most people probably don't know what's really going with me, so I thought I'd let you in on a few things I've been thinking, while enlightening you all as to my current plans for life.


I leave for Scotland in a little under 2 weeks. I'll be participating in a work exchange program for students and recent graduates, working back in my beloved Edinburgh which you might recall I fondly painted pictures of for 4 months in this very journal 2 years ago. I'll be travelling and living with Alain to the best of my knowledge. I'm not sure whether I will be staying for my entire 6 months of work eligibility, but I'm sure I'll know soon after I arrive and get a job squared away.

Why you ask?

Well, really, why not is a more pertinent question. Contrary to popular belief, especially that of my family, ahem, these plans were set into motion a week or so before graduation and not a last second idea brought on by the last few months activities. I decided I'm simply not ready to enter the working world. And why should I be? 21 years old and armed with a degree about as useful to me as toilet paper and tons of crucial questions concerning my life priorities? I'll take a few months on the sidelines to sort all that out. Also, I don't call mean to call my Dartmouth degree worthless, it's that damn "economics major" part of it that keeps me up at night.

Currently, I'm interested in pursuing grad school, hopefully one day getting a doctorate in English and teaching at any random shitty university that'll take me. Ditto that "random shitty university that'll take me" for where I'll be studying, too. I really don't care, I just want to study and do something I love.

I also need to figure out what I'm going to do about this whole music thing. Self-doubt abound and questions surrounding why I'm really doing what I'm doing musically anyways. Scotland will give me time to ask myself some hard questions, and really consider my own work. I might also leave my guitar at home, opting instead to focus on my writing which has really suffered as of late and well, as of ever. I've never really liked anything I've said in songs more than a passing line or two, and I find myself becoming more and more dissatisfied as time goes on. So it's time to take a stand against it and focus on something I can be and have occasionally been strong at (writing/melody) instead of fooling around and starting at my weakness (guitar).

I'm afraid I'm going to end up one of the countless kids with all these ideas and songs who never sits down and records that album. If everyone else has a book in them, I guess I have an album, but I haven't found a way to push it out of my head yet. I think I need to go it alone on it, but I'm scared. I need to go it alone and fail to know what's what. For once in my life, I need to stick my fucking neck out and just go for it.

There's lots to ponder in Scotland, and when I'm not thinking about all this, I'll be reading more than ever, watching tons of films back at my old haunt, seeing Europe, drinking lots of cheap wine (which Alain tells me is much better than our cheap wine) and scotch, writing letters, and spending quality time with fantastic people. Basically, trying to stay sane. That's more than half the battle nowadays, but I think in my uncompromising idealism, I'm already much closer than most people ever get in their lives. I just need to work this all out for myself.

I mean, I guess I should feel comforted to have something actually in stone for this fall, the beginning of life after school. It is nice. After Scotland? That's when things get REALLY interesting. I think I'm already excited about that though. It's good, it keeps me on my toes.

I'm kind of exhausted from writing all this out, but I wanted to talk about a few of my favorite things from this summer. I guess I'll do that tomorrow.

- alasdair maclean
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