First Jail Experience

“Do you know anyone in jail?” the officer asked.  “Um…” I thought through everyone I went to public school with. One them had spent some time in jail, but I was pretty sure he’d been released. “No.” “Hold out your arms,” he instructed. He ran a metal-detection wand over my body, but it didn’t beep. I’d…

First Lottery Ticket

“You’ve never played the lottery, right?” “…right…” “Sometime during winter break, we need to have you buy a lottery ticket.” My dad is a smart guy, but sometimes he gets really adamant about certain strange ideas and I find myself wondering where on earth they’re coming from. My winter break, as you know, was mostly filled…

First Impression of My Best Friend

I met Heidi at summer camp at the University of Oregon in 2008, roughly 6 1/2 years ago. We’ve been good friends for years, despite us always living three hours apart. Sometimes we won’t talk for months, but we always pick back up where we left off, which is a sign of a true best…

First Show: How To Succeed

Even though I finally jumped in the gorges and went apple picking, I’m not done ticking items off the Ithaca bucket list. My college has a great theatre department, but I hadn’t been to a show yet. I was dying to go to The Crucible last year, but my friends at the time had no interest whatsoever…

Exercising My Right

Today is Election Day in the United States, and the first one where I’m actually eligible to vote. It’s a bit less exciting to turn 18 in a mid-term election year than in a presidential election year, but I’ve been waiting to exercise my right for a while now. I filled out my ballot the…

First Ithaca Traditions

As a freshman, I never participated in the various traditions that most students here accomplish in their first few months. Returning for my second year, I knew it was time to start crossing off items on the unspoken Ithaca bucket list. My first trip to the gorges was a battle: walking a mile or so to…

First Rickshaw Ride

We walked along a waterfront that we thought would never end. Even as we approached the next block we didn’t believe we’d ever reach our destination: HempFest in Seattle, WA. We weren’t even celebrating the legalization of marijuana in Washington. We simply were killing time and relishing the moment with Lauren’s friends from Germany. As more beads…