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Posted on 2006.04.23 at 13:46
Well, we only have about two weeks of class left, I still can't believe it. It seems like it was only a month ago when we were just getting here to start our college career, but now we're almost done with our first year. Yes, these next few weeks will be some of the most stressful of the year, but we have the whole summer to recover from it.

Luckily, I got to relax this weekend and go turkey hunting before these last two weeks begin. I went with a buddy of mine from home and his dad. We went to Jackson County, TN which is between Cookeville and Nashville. We left at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning. We got there right at daybreak and while we were walking to our stake out spots we heard two toms (the large male turkeys) up in the woods. So we staked out right below them in the tree line across the field, set up our decoys, and began to call them in. Not 45 minutes later one of the toms came flying down about 50 yards from us. I ended up shooting it and my friend shot a jake (the smaller male turkey) that flew away right as I shot the tom. It was awesome!

Posted on 2006.04.03 at 19:28
So far no progress on convicting the thieves and getting our stuff back. The cops in Oak Ridge, or at least the ones working on our case, are complete idiots. Once they found out who the three suspects were and where they lived the police wanted to interrogate them. They decided to interview one of them one day and the other two the next day. Does that make sense to anybody? By the time they got around to interviewing the other two I'm sure they'd all already talked to each other and got their stories straight. So now the suspects either have to confess, or the cops have to find some sort of evidence to prove it was them.

Other than that not a whole lot has been happening. I'm starting to get slammed with homework. It seems like one week you've got nothing to do and the next you don't have a minute to do anything but homework. Oh well, only about a month until summer break.

The NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game is on tonight. I'm actually not really looking forward to it. It's something to do tonight but I really don't like either of the teams. I guess I'm rooting for Florida because they're in the SEC.

I hope everyone has a great week!


Spring Break

Posted on 2006.03.27 at 18:31
For the most part, this spring break was pretty awesome. My family and I went to Mexico over break. We stayed in an all inclusive resort that was in a city called Playa del Carmen. It was absolutely beautiful, the water was crystal clear there was hardly a cloud in the sky all week(except for one night), and the resort was amazing as well.

The majority of the resort was opened, meaning it didn't have any walls. All the buildings had straw roofs and uncut tree logs holding them up. It made for an unbelievable atmosphere (For you Men's B-Ball fans: Bruce Pearl made an announcement before the games where he would say that)haha...wow, what was stupid. Basically, the resort was awesome.

Other than just hanging out on the beach and by the pool, we got to swim with dolphins and we visited the Mayan ruins. I think the dolphins are amazing in what they can learn. They seem like very intelligent creatures. As for the Mayan ruins....they were amazing, but we had to take a three in a half hour bus ride to get to them. At first I was pretty pissed because they told us it was only going to be an hour bus ride, but once I saw the ruins it made it worth the long drive.

We got back Saturday afternoon only to find out from my sister's friend, who was house sitting for us, that our house had gotten broken into that morning(None of us had our cell phones while we were in Mexico, so no one could reach us). We got back home to find the house absolutely trashed. Every single drawer in the entire house had been opened. They took our laptop, a few cameras, the video camera, my backpack, sister's cd player, her calculator, some of my collector knives, just to name a few things.

However, in some breaking news, I received a phone call from someone I played high school soccer with and he told me that he overheard a conversation while he was eating lunch in the cafeteria and they were talking about breaking into a house this weekend. Needless to say, I think we've found the criminals, apparently there's three of them, and I hope they're ready for a serious ass whoopin' becuase I'm pissed.

Other than that my spring break was great, and I hope everyone else's was too.

Posted on 2006.03.12 at 23:05
Well, only one week left until spring break, and I am stoked. The only problem is the one week of school thing. I've got two test and quiet a few assignments to turn in this week, so needless to say, this week isn't going to be easy.

But once the weeks over the family and I are heading to Mexico. I don't know exactly where in Mexico, but I'm sure it will be beautiful where ever we go. We are driving to Charlotte, NC on Friday and then we fly out early Saturday morning. I'm not a huge fan of airplanes, so I'm a little nervous about flying but hopefully it will be a smooth flight.

One other thing, I can't believe that the UT men's basketball team got a 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. I thought for sure we would be a 4 maybe a 5 seed so needless to say, I was a little surprised. Hopefully now we will be able to win a few games in the tournament because of our higher see.

I hope everyone had a good weekend!

Posted on 2006.03.02 at 23:58
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Well, I'm in a pretty stinkin' good mood right now, I just found out my math class is canceled for tomorrow. It's not that I don't like math, but tomorrow is friday and the less classes, the better.

I was pretty disappointed in both the men and women's basketball team this past week. The women have definitely been struggling the past few weeks, and with Alexis Hornbuckle out you can tell that they're going to struggle even more. And how about the men's game? Talk about an exciting game, but pretty disappointing. We couldn't stop Rondo or Morris to save our lives. No matter what we did Rondo would dribble right between us for an easy layup or Morris would slam in down our throats. Also, my girlfriend goes to Kentucky, so you can only imagine how much crap I got from her after the game. Yeah, it sucked. But, I guess I deserved it because I didn't exactly keep my mouth closed after we beat them earlier this season. Hopefully we can beat Vandy and go into the tournament with a little momentum.

I also found out from my dad that I'm getting a 95' 4Runner this weekend. We've been looking for one for about a year now and I think that this is the one we've been looking for. The problem has been finding one that's a 5-speed. It seemed like every time I found one that had a manual transmission it was leaking oil, rusting, or had 250,000 miles on it, but finally we found the "one" in Kentucky and we're going to get it this weekend. I am pretty stoked!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


The Weekend!

Posted on 2006.02.20 at 21:48
This weekend was a blast! Yes, it did go by rather quickly, but it was still a lot of fun. On friday I went to a concert with my Dad. It was the great guitarist(maybe the best in the world), Tommy Emmanuel. He is phenomenal. It really is amazing what he can do with the guitar.

On saturday, I did nothing. I sat in my room worked on some homework and watched the olympics. It was pretty awesome. On sunday, I got up at about 11 and went back home with a bunch of my friends to watch the Daytona 500 on the big screen. The race was pretty amazing except for the fact that Jeff Gordon didn't win.

I hope everyone's weekend went as well or better!

Posted on 2006.02.03 at 14:11
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Current Music: Eric Clapton
The weekend is finally here! It's seems like this week has lasted for forever, but know we get to look forward to the UT game and the Super Bowl. It's going to be awesome! I think I'm going to pull for the Seahawks, but I really don't care who wins, I'm still dissapointed in the Titan's season. Oh well.

Believe it or not, but I am really enjoying reading Mentally Incontinent. It's one of the only books that has literally made me laugh outloud while reading it. It's defintely a little absurd in some cases but hysterical at the same time. I agree with the class though that the "Midgets, Firearms, and Underage Drinking!" chapter, by Matt Galloway, was a little out of place. It really wasn't funny at all. Other than that I find this book very entertaining.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! And if you get a chance watch the Super Bowl.

Posted on 2006.01.26 at 16:24
You guys probably already know by now from my other entries that I like the outdoors. The cool thing is I'm not the only one in my family who loves the outdoors. In fact pretty much everyone but one of my sisters loves being outside. For this reason my family is currently looking for some property to buy out in the country.

Oak Ridge,where I live, is about 25 min. from campus
so we are surrounded by some beautiful mountains. The only problem with Oak Ridge is that it's pretty suburbanized so there's no place where you can really buy a lot of acreage. Also, you're not allowed to discharge a firearm within the city limits, which means no hunting. So we're looking in some surrounding counties (Roane, Anderson, Loudon) for some property.

I've spent hours looking on the computer and through classified ads in the newspaper for any property that sounds appealing. I've gone with my dad to look at three or four different pieces of land I found in Roane county, but no luck yet.

So the search continues, but hopefully we will find that perfect piece of land somewhere that we can all enjoy. I really don't know why I just told you guys all that, I guess just to let you know a little bit that's going on in my life right now. I'll see you guys tomorrow.


Winter Break

Posted on 2006.01.19 at 22:22
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Jamie Cullum, Matt Wertz
My winter break was amazing! That last week of finals was probably one of the most stressful weeks of my life. People have told me that finals are pretty terrible, but I still wasn't expecting it. Needless to say, it was a huge relief after my last final, and now I had pretty much a whole month to do whatever I wanted.

Once I got home, well....I did absolutely nothing. And that "nothingness" was awesome! So the "nothingness" went on for another day or two until I realized that I hadn't even started my Christmas shopping. I didn't start to panic yet, but I knew I was cutting it really close. I went shopping twice before I even came home with a single present. To make a long story short it was Christmas Eve and I had only bought two of seven presents I needed to get. It was one of the more stressful Christmas Eves I've ever had, but I ended up getting the other five.It might not sound like it was a very good break so far, but trust me it gets better.

One thing that definitely made it better was that I got to go deer hunting. I didn't shoot anything, but I love getting up early and being up in the tree stand before sunrise. It's very peaceful being out in the middle of the woods and not having any worries, except for when your butt falls asleep after a few hours and you have to figure out how to re-situate yourself without making a lot of noise.

I also played a little paintball over break. We had about 8 people playing out at one of my friend's farm. Paintball is a sport that really gets your adrenaline going. It hurts pretty bad when you get hit, but you really don't notice it until a few minutes after you've been hit because your adrenaline is going so fast. That's about all I did over break worth mentioning, but I hope everyone else had a great break too!



Posted on 2006.01.16 at 21:55
Well, my name is Max Lawson, and I was born in Cincinnati, OH. I lived in Cincinnati for about a year and then moved to Nashville, TN because of a job offer my dad received. We lived in Nashville for 3 years and from there we moved to Oak Ridge, TN because of another job offer my dad received. We've lived in Oak Ridge ever since. I've been fortunate to have been raised in a christian family with some great parents who would do absolutely anything for me. I have three sisters, three dogs, two cats, and a couple of turtles. I love pretty much every sport but I've played soccer ever since I was five, so I guess you could say I have a passion for soccer. Cars are also a huge part of my life. My dad is what a lot of people call a "car nut," he has a passion for cars that I can't even begin to explain. He can tell you anything and everything about any car. His passion for cars has definitely rubbed off on me. I love cars and I especially love racing and hopefully someday I will get to race. You can't be a car nut without owning a few yourself. I don't own any but one of the ones my dad owns I get to drive. It's a yellow 1969 RS/SS Camaro. I've still got a lot of work to do on it before it's perfect, but it's pretty sweet. Other than cars, I really just enjoy being outside, especially in the woods. I hunt about as much as I can, and I'm starting to get into hiking. As for school right now, college has been a pretty tough for me, but as each week goes bye I'm starting to enjoy it more and more. Well, that's about it for me but, I guess I'll be writing something next week.