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Update May 22, 2008

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Short:
I broke up with Megan, I got my Letter for my Letterman jacket, school is almost over, and seniors are all gone.

Long:
Me and Megan are not together anymore. Since after prom she has been acting weird towards me, and I didn’t know why, still up to this day. She just started to ignore me, and I was always the one who had to text her, or start a conversation. It was like she didn’t care about me. Well this monday she came up with this stupid-ass excuse about her working all summer, so she wouldn’t be able to hang out with me that much, so we decided to end it. I was going to end the relationship soon anyway because I was the one keeping it going. Our relationship was weird in the first place, we didn’t really see each other that much after school and it just wasn’t like a normal relationship, but then how normal can it be when you know that I am going home soon. Well, I kinda think that the only reason why she went out with me was that she needed a prom date, but then prom didn’t seem very significant when we first started seeing each other, and flirt with each other during the winter play. I really don’t know what her real reason was why she broke up, but now she won’t even talk to my sister Ashley, whom she tutored in Spanish at one time.

Another thing that happened was that I got my letter for participation in band. A letter is basicly a big N made in cool fabric that you put on your letterman jacket, and I am really excited that I got that letter, because I wasn’t really expecting it. Now my jacket is at the tailor so they can put it on!

Wednesday was a very sad day. We said goodbye to all the seniors, since they get out of school early, and it was kinda sad since a lot of my friends were seniors! The next time I will see them might not be until my going away party.

This was just a little update. Got my prom picture of me and Megan too, even though we are not together anymore, and she basicly treats me like I don’t exist.

Prom

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Prom May 14, 2008

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I know that this post is a little late, but I’ve had a lot going on which I will come back to. First I wanna talk about Prom. Prom was last saturday and it was probably the best night I’ve had in a long time. I was kinda nervous about it, since the last dance I had been to was Homecoming, but it was with another date than Megan. First we started off by eating at her house. We had Chicken Alfredo and it was really good. After the dinner, we got pictures taken. Megans mom is a photographer, so she has her little studio in the basement. I still haven’t got the pictures yet, but I ordered them on a cd. The dance itself was at the University of Akron, and it was only for Juniors and Seniors. We got there about 40 minutes after the doors had opened, so everyone was alteady on the dancefloor. We immediatly began dancing and the evening was overall a blast. Megans parents were chaperones, they were there to oversee that everything was going well, and of course her mom had her camera with her, so she took a lot of pictures of us. I cant wait to see them.

After prom we went to the schools After-prom, which also was at the University of Akron. It was held at the Student Recreation and Wellness center, so there was a lot of stuff to do. They had a pool, there were 5 different gyms, a rockclimping wall, and a lot of other stuff. The only bad thing about it was that we had to stay there until 3:30 in the morning. At about 3 o’clock everybody was really tired and nobody really wanted to do anything. Even when they were announcing who got the grand prizes, which were iPods, Free Cedar Point tickets, Rockband, people were so tired that they didn’t really care that they won.

So I came home at around 4 o’clock in the morning, and I was completely smashed the day after. Not very good when it was mothers day, and I basicly had breakfast at some old country restaurant. No it was not old fashioned breakfast, it was mashed potatoes and steak.

I am very liberal!! May 7, 2008

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Today we took a personality test in American Government. The test was called “How Liberal are you?”. You would answer yes or no on a lot of questions, and they would add up. The higher the score, the more liberal you are. I got a 47 out of 59, which was the second highest in my class. I would have gotten higher if I had understood a couple of the questions correctly, but people kinda laughed, since I have been known to express very socialistic views in class, like I have said that access to free healthcare should be a basic right, which my teacher Mrs. Vaill got really excited about that I said, because she also is very liberal. I like Mrs. Vaill. She is one of the good social studies teachers, even though a lot of people find her classes boring. Well at least I don’t have to copy 6 pages of tiny computer print into my notebook once every couple of months, like I do in my other Social Studies class taught by Mr. Weber.

Carnival Fish, mood, Nightwish, and more… May 7, 2008

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The last couple of weeks have been very strange. First, I have been pretty homesick and really moody, thinking of my mom, just remembering her, and of course I got a little sad. I didn’t feel like I had anybody to talk to here, even though I think everyone would be more than willing to talk, they just all have a lot going on. That day last week, I think it was last wednesday, I was really feeling miserable. Everyone in the house could feel it, even though I didn’t say anything about it. Well I ended up calling my dad half crying at 9:00 PM Ohio Time, which was about 3 o’clock back in Denmark, so I kinda woke him up by that phonecall. We had a long talk, almost 2 hours long. The worst thing was that Vibeke was in the house, so luckily I didn’t wake her up. Vibeke (or Vivika as my american family says) is my dad’s new girlfriend. I haven’t talked to her, but she seems really nice by the way my dad has talked about her. I had the feeling she might be there, but I wasn’t sure, but luckily I didn’t wake her up, only my dad. I felt a little bad that I called him that early, though, but I just needed to talk to somebody who knew what I was talking about. We talked about everything under the sun, and it felt really good to talk to him. Another thing was that he told me that Nightwish is playing at this years Skanderborg Festival! He asked if Nightwish still was my favorite band, and he told me he would buy tickets for the festival. The festival is in August, and I can’t wait to see them. They were playing in Cleveland in October, but I didn’t get to see them, so this time I hopefully will be able to see them.

This weekend was also Cherry Blossom Festival in Barberton. There was carnival rides, food stands and most funniest of them all, a booth where you could win real live Goldfish. All you had to do was throwing in pingpong balls into jars filled with water. It is not as easy as it looks, but I managed to get 4 balls out of 30 into the jars, so I got 4 fish. Now they are in a little fish tank my family had in their house. It’s in my room right now. The sad thing was that one the fish died, so now I only have 3 fish left. I got told that Carnival fish never last really long, so I should be lucky if they last more than a week! I got them saturday, and it is wednesday right now, so they’ve lasted about 4 days now. Hopefully they will last a little longer than just a week. They are quite facinating aminals, those goldfish. They are looking at me everytime I am in the room, and they actually have more personality than most people think. They are kinda fun to just look at too. They will come up and look at you, then go on with their business, then look at you some more. Sometimes you are wondering who is the pet here!

A last thing. There is only 3 days till prom!! I am getting my tuxedo tomorrow, and everything is ready for the big day saturday!

Me artistic? April 29, 2008

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I have this painting I painted in art class at school, and I wanna show you. First, let me tell about the assignment. We had to either paint something we had lost and never found, something we lost and had found, or something we will never lose. This is what came out of it.

Art Class PaintingClick on it to make it even larger

So let me explain a little bit. It took me about 3-4 weeks to paint it, where I had 5 days a week, 40 minutes a day. I chose the assignemt, what I will never lose, and I decided to paint something about identity and culture, since I am a foreign exchange student and I will never lose my identity. I decided to make the Danish flag with a little american flag inside of it (it even has 50 stars) to show how I always will have a little American culture inside of me, plus I have included something from the Danish and the American culture. I brought the Statue of Liberty with the American, although I decided to change the American Independence date to the Danish Independence date (or Liberation date). I included the Little Mermaid and Holger Danske from the Danish culture. A funny thing is the bridge. If an American look at this picture, they would say the bridge would look like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I originally intended to be the Great Belt Bridge since that is a huge achievement in Danish history and it was during my lifetime. In the end, I put a Danish farm on the picture to symbolize Denmark as an original farming nation.

I am very proud of this painting and I could probably work on it forever since I can find a lot of errors, but my teacher liked it. He gave me an A+ on it, or 392 out of 400. Not that many people got that in my class, only 2-3 others. So what do you think?

Two months with the girlfriend April 27, 2008

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So yesterday was actually our two month day, but since she was busy and I was kinda busy too, we decided to go on a date today (sunday) instead of yesterday. I had told her friday night that I wanted to take her to the mall, rather have her drive us, since I can’t drive a car :S. She said she had to go to her grandma’s house saturday night, so we decided to do it sunday, so we would have more time. I was pretty excited, since I had already planned out where in the mall we were going. She picked me up around 1 o’clock, and we drove to the mall, where we found this italian restaurant where we had lunch. The food was really good, real italian, even with french fries that had parmasan spread over them. Not as bad as it sounds.

I paid for the food, and we went into the mall. The restaurant was built in the same building as the mall itself, except that it had a separate entrance, and you couldn’t just walk through to get into the mall. There I kinda lead the way. We were looking at some shops until we came to our destination, the Build-A-Bear Workshop. I had planned this out for a couple of days now, that I would take her to that workshop, and we would make a bear for her. She didn’t expect that, and she was very happy when she found out what was going on. She really loved it. We ended up making a monkey with a graduation dress on it, since she is graduating this year. It was really fun making the bear, and I could tell she was really enjoying it. After she made her monkey, we just walked around the mall, holding hands and looked at the different shops, until we ended up at Starbucks Coffee shop, where we had something to drink. We stayed there a little while just talking and having fun. After that, she took me home. She just kinda parked in the driveway and we said goodbye, but when I came inside, my mom wanted to see the bear we made. She already knew that we were going there, of course, so I called Megan and she turned around and came back and showed her the monkey, and we all talked for a little while.

This was a really good date, and it was our first real date, too. We’ve spend time together, and she’s been over here a couple of times, but this was a real date, and we need to do this more often. Just need to find a new idea of what to do. Maybe we could go to the movies or something…

Visit from America April 23, 2008

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One of my friends have long talked about going to Denmark to visit me, when I am home, and she is now allowed to go, she just need to save the $1200 it cost for a plane ticket to Denmark, but if she can afford it, it could be so sweet. I would show her alot of stuff! I would take her to Copenhagen, so she can ride the Metro, and visit Tivoli, see the Little Mermaid, just show her the odd stuff in Copenhagen, where normal tourists don’t get to go. Show her Jagtvej 69 (or what’s left of it), Christania, and just get lost in Copenhagen. I am so excited to show her Denmark. It would be cool too if we could take her to Skagen, so she can see what I call the “love-wagons”, the small beach houses right on the beach itself. I would also introduce her to my friends, and show her how the danish people have fun!

Prom is freakin’ expensive April 15, 2008

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Since Prom is only 25 days away, I have started to look for Tuxedos. I already have a suit, but a Tuxedo is different, and I kinda want a different style than the jacket I already have. I have started looking around, and I discovered today that just renting a Tuxedo including shoes can cost up to $125, or about 590 DKK, JUST FOR RENTING!! A cheap tuxedo can cost from $250-$300. I didn’t really expect that. I knew the ticket for prom is already $45 (About 220 DKK), plus you need tickets for afterprom, flowers for your girl, and much more. So prom can easily go up to be $200-$225 before you know it. That’s an expensive affair! But on the other hand it is definately worth it, and I am really looking forward to it. May 10th is the day!

Spring Break April 13, 2008

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It has been a long time since I’ve written on this blog. I just didn’t feel like it and there weren’t any news to post.

This week was spring break, so I was off school. Most of the break I just went to bed late and woke up in the afternoon. But this Tuesday I went to Washington DC with my family. We left thursday afternoon, probably around 5 pm, and headed for the first hotel, which was in Pennsylvania. The drive from here to Washington is about 6 hours, so we booked this hotel, so we could swim there because they had an indoor pool. On the way there our car broke down at a rest stop! Apparently the part that makes the electricity to charge the Karen freezingbattery had a bad connection, and the battery was going flat. We charged the battery from the other car (we had two cars, one for Russ, Karen, Grandma, Whitney and me, and one for Shane, Marci and the twins), and we were on the edge of going home. We were actually on the highway heading home, when we tried stopping it, and see if it could start again, and it would! So we went back to the highway and headed down to the hotel, which was about 2 hours away from us. It was also 2 hours away from DC, so we would try and get the car fixed the next day. We arrived at the hotel at around 11:30 pm, so we didn’t get to go swimming that day as planned. Also I had to sleep on the floor, since they could only get a room with two double beds, and no extra bed. It was not very fun to sleep on the floor since I was lying near the outer wall, and it was really cold. Also Russ was snoring like crazy so I only got like 2 hours of sleep that night. I even recorded him snoring.Breakfast at Denny\'s

The next morning we went down to the pool to get a morning swim before we went on the road again. The pool was warm and it was really fun to swim again. After swimming we went and had breakfast at Denny’s which serves real american breakfast. Good breakfast too. Then we went driving. We hit DC at about 1:30 that afternoon. The traffic is really bad in Washington and there is absolutely no parking, plus when we arrived they apparently had some Cherry Blossom festival going on, so we didn’t get to see that much. Although we took a tour of the Arlington cemetary, which is the National cemetary for military veterans. It is very big, and

Small part of Arlington Cemetary

has graves from all the way back to the civil war. It took us a couple of hours to go through that, and everyone was kinda tired. It got a lot worse though, because we were trying to find parking around some of the memorials. The roads in DC are also really bad too. If you take a wrong turn, or get into the wrong lane, you have to drive for miles before you can turn around and get on right track. It is terrible! I really wanted to see the Lincoln Memorial, so it ended with them dropping me off to see it. Shane and Marci managed to park somewhere nearby because they had a handicap sticker on their car, because thLincoln Memorialat car was actually Russ’s mothers car. Well I got to see the memorial, but I was in such a hurry that I kinda didn’t get to enjoy it really. It was a shame actually. We headed back for the hotel so we could have time to go swimming there too. At least I had my own bed at that hotel.

The next day we got up, and Whitney and Ashley went more swimming. I didn’t want to go though, I was tired and didn’t feel like going swimming that early in the morning. We went back to Washington again to see some more memorials. First we went to the Iwo Jima memorial, which is the one where all the soldiers are holding up the american flag. Christ it was big! We could sit in one of the hands. It Iwo Jima Memorialwas of course a pain too to get there, and we too several wrong turns to get there. We could see it all the time though, we just didn’t know how to get there. After that we decided to park the car some remote location which was intended for festival parking. We could then catch a free shuttle which would bring us into the memorial areas. We saw the Jefferson Memorial which was huge, but not as pretty as the Lincoln memorial. We then walked around the lake, the memorial was located by and found some benches to sit down at since Grandma was tired. After a little while I decided to go see the White House, which was about 1.5 km away. Since Whitney and Shane had goneFamily on some paddleboats, and Marci, Ashley and Russ decided to go back for the cars, and Grandma was too tired to walk all that way, it was only me and Aimee who went to go there. We cut across a lot of great lawns, and we reached the Washington Memorial, which was directly between where we were sitting and the White House. We finally reached the House and we took some pictures of it. The original plan was for us to get picked up near the White House, but since Russ was tired, and they weren’t back yet Whit Housefrom getting the cars, we were told to walk all the way back. So lets just say I got my daily exercise that day. It was getting late too, and we had to drive all the way home that night, so we headed out of the city at about 6 o’clock. We found some buffet restaurant to eat at, so we headed home late than we expected. At around 1 o’clock in the morning Russ kept falling asleep at the wheel, so we stopped at a truck stop so he could sleep. Unfortunately I had to get out to get something to drink, and when I got back, Russ had put his seat down, so I couldn’t sit there, and I wouldn’t wake him up, so I just stayed in the building of that rest stop. I drank some coffee from Starbucks, and spent a couple of dollars on some prize games, until I could see that Russ had scooted his seat up. Apparently he couldn’t really sleep, so we onl stayed at the truck stop for 1 and a half hour. We arrived home at around 4 o’clock in the morning.

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Denmark? March 26, 2008

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I have done a lot of thinking lately. I know, it is not very healthy to think too much, but I do it anyway. What would happen if I stayed here?

It is just a thought I have been playing with in my mind. What if I chose to become an American citizen and settle down here. I mean, I am almost 17 years old, and time is soon to choose what I wanna do with my life. I’ve got a great girlfriend here, and everytime she is in my arms I would never want to leave, but at some point I have to let go of her. I don’t want that to happen. I could stay here and become a Senior at Norton High School and then finally experience the marching season in Band and maybe try out for Baseball, and I could get to graduate. And best of all, I could stay with Meg, or could I? She has to go to Kent State University, and she already got a room in a dorm, so I would only be able to see her on the weekends. Would I be able to live with that?

Another thing is, I already have a home back in little Denmark. That home has changed too, although. My dad’s got a girlfriend, and the group never really see each other anymore since Felix and Lullu broke up. Even my cat has changed, since it is limping on one foot. You kinda forget when you are away for so long that life doesn’t stand still, no matter how much you want it to. I come home to a changed life. I have to start a whole new education, make new friends, and start over again. I already did this twice, first when I came to Revere, and then when I moved to Norton. I had one advantage, though. I was foreign, I had no reputation, nothing to live up to, and I swear I act a whole lot different over here than what I did at home. I have grown alot during this stay.

But do I really want to stay in USA? There’s things here that bothers me, for example the Bush administration, the way Americans sue each other, some of their cultural stuff, but since I’ve been away from danish culture so long, I’ve kinda forgotten the bad things in my culture. There is bad thing everywhere in this world, even in little Denmark, even though I can’t remember any right now.

This post didn’t answer any of my questions and for now I will leave them unanswered, but the time comes when I have to choose one of the two paths I can walk down, each path containing great joy and great pain. No matter which one I choose, it will bring sorrow and pain, because I have to leave one group of loved ones behind. The question is, which one do I leave behind…..?