Ashley McDonald

An SF State Student Attempting to Blog

Texts From Last Night.com

As I still have not established a theme for my blog, I have been surfing the web for something interesting. Today, for the first time ever, I came across Textsfromlastnight.com. I searched my home area code, 925, and laughed for about thirty minutes. For this posting I would like to pull out a couple of my favorites.

–> (925): Woman walking into toby keith concert: 8 months pregnant, black eye, shirt on that has a picture of a boot and the words “we’ll put a boot up your ass” with an american flag printed over–the sleeves were ripped off and she had a camo cowboy hat. Greatest thing I’ve ever seen.

This is a favorite of mine because I remember when this concert happened. The Sleeptrain Pavilion, formerly the Concord Pavilion, is in a part of Concord, CA that is right on the cusp of urban-suburban and rural-suburban. This of course means that based on the type of concert, it brings out a certain demographic. The woman described in this text is one that most likely comes from Clayton, the neighboring rural-ish area next to the Pavilion. I am pretty sure that I have seen about 5 other women matching this description in a local “saloon” when I don’t have enough money to go to the Walnut Creek bars.

–>(925): im in an endless cycle of being too hung over to eat all day…then getting too drunk because i didnt eat anything. where is my life going?

My second favorite of the day is this text. I love it because I am pretty sure I know who sent it. I love it when people stumble over little nuances in their life and confess through texting. This should be the logo tee-shirt for many of the people I graduated with. I have noticed that the class of 2006 has had quite a few problems with motivation. Many of us didn’t want to go to school or went to school and have since dropped out. Others moved out of their parent’s house and went crazy on their substance-use freedom. I felt like this for a little while a couple years ago. It’s hard to break a cycle when you have no idea what to break it with.

Although I initially laughed at this website and its content, it is a good reflection of the commonalities that we experience not only by area code, but by being a part of the constantly texting community. Although I am not proud of many of the texts I have sent or received, we are all tied together through the hot messes that we can be.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | 2 Comments

Power to the Peaceful 2009

On Saturday Sept. 12, I attended/ documented through photos the Power to the Peaceful festival in Golden Gate Park. Starting with two hours of group yoga from 9-11 and ending with host and founder Michael Franti performing with his band Spearhead, the concert was a blast. Guests included the Dalai Lama’s representative, Alanis Morissette and The Honey Brothers. The festival was largely focused on anti-war campaigning and spiritual awareness. There were approximately 65,000 people in attendance and police said that they encountered no problems.

Attendees practicing group yoga to start of the day

Festival attendees practicing yoga to start off the day. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

A woman practices group yoga positions

A woman practices group yoga positions. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

Adrian Grenier plays guitar with his bang The Honey Brothers

Adrian Grenier plays guitar with his band, The Honey Brothers. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

A scraper bike decked out with Arizona Tea cans sits next to the Bike for Life booth

A scraper bike decked out with Arizona Tea cans sits next to the Bike for Life booth. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

'Nuff Said

'Nuff Said. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

The Dalai Lama's representative

The Dalai Lama's representative sings a prayer. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

Alanis Morissette begins her set

Alanis Morissette begins her set. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

Michael Franti, founder and host of the Power to the Peaceful Festival performs with his band Spearhead

Michael Franti, founder and host of the Power to the Peaceful Festival performs with his band Spearhead. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

There were approximately 65,000 people in attendance that occupied all of Speedway Meadows

There were approximately 65,000 people in attendance that occupied all of Speedway Meadows. Photo By: Ashley McDonald

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | 3 Comments

Is going green costing too much green?

ASHLEY

Arizona Solar Panels

As I was browsing the environment section on NYTimes.com, I came across a story about taking solar and going large scale. The story is about the transition to solar power. Changes can happen on a small scale, like an entire neighborhood or city solar panel addition or a large scale by building an addition that could power many cities. This would be a great investment, however, it is one that will take at least 14 years to pay off.

After reading this article, I started thinking, what is the long term cost of “green” investments? The article argues that we have been here for 200 hundred years, a 14 year payoff is not that long in comparison. I have to agree.

We have had a hand in much, if not most of the damage that has happened to our planet. If we have to dedicate some time and money to make some changes for the better, then that is what we need to do.

Companies are trying to cut the cost of “going green” so that it will be more accessible and less intimidating. As long as companies and advocates continue to make green options available and affordable, I think we will start to see successes in reversing and preventing some of the damage we have done in the past 200 hundred years.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | Leave a comment

Sharon Lim: SF State student making a move

Sharon Lim, 22, a Journalism major at SF State, is making the move from South City to Hayes Valley tonight, allowing her to be closer to school and the city. Lim will be changing not only her location but also her way of getting to school.

“I usually have to drive [to school],” Lim says. “Now I can just take MUNI.”

Not only will the move save her from buying gas and spending time in traffic on her commute, it will bring her closer to the restaurants and hot spots of San Francisco.

“Living in Hayes Valley will make it easier to explore San Francisco,” Lim says as she compares her new location to her old home in South City.

For Lim being closer to the city means being able to try more new restaurants, one of her favorite things to do.

Senior Ball 2004

Senior Ball 2004

For more about Sharon, click here.

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | Leave a comment