(last updated January 5th 1998)
[contents] Monday, August
nineteenth, nineteen ninety-six. This was probably the last day In Germany
this year. I got up at about seven o'clock, quickly took a shower, ate
my breakfast and put my baggage into our Volvo. Shortly after nine, my
parents drove me to the Frankfurt airport. My little sister Raïce
was at my grandparent's in Belgium, so it wasn't too hard for her saying
goodbye. After about a hundred and twenty-five miles, we finally arrived.
I checked-in my baggage and bought some gummy-bears, because they seemingly
didn't exist in the US. After some cups of coffee and a few words of farewell
there was the announcement for flight 402 Lufthansa
to Newark, New York. Actually, the airport is in New Jersey, but very close
to New York City. Before I got on the plane, I noticed some more exchange
students who also were with my organization, because they were wearing,
just like me, a T-shirt of the organization. Later, we sat together in
New York City
The flight was about eight hours long, so we arrived
at about ten p.m. Central European Time. But because of the time-difference
it was only four p.m. in New York. Now, we were standing there. In that
small airport. All alone. Sometime, after almost one hour of waiting, somebody
arrived with a nameplate labeled "PAX". Then we found out that this is
the American part of the exchange program. PAX stands for Program of Academic
eXchange. There were others who were not from the Deutsch Amerikanischen
Studien Gesellschaft, DASG, my German organization, but they were all with
PAX. Those two hundred exchange students were spread out into three or
four buses. I was going to South Dakota and I had met three girls who also
went there. During the forty-minutes
long trip through traffic jams to Park Central Hotel in Manhattan we talked
about a lot of things. From time to time,
we looked out the window to see the world-famous skyline of Manhattan.
Since Manhattan is an island, we drove through Lincoln-Tunnel. It is hard
to remember the rest, because the time difference makes really tired.
In the hotel, there was a meeting in the mezzanine where we got our
room-key-cards, an information binder, a red "PAX"-labeled T-shirt and
more of that stuff. My room was on the tenth floor, pretty close to the
elevator. We were four people in a room, so we disassembled the beds, so
everyone had his own mattress. At half past eight, we had to come together
in the lobby, to go have dinner altogether.
Now the whole troop went one street farther to the well
known Hard Rock Café New York.
Somehow, the food was awful, so we
decided to go back to the hotel, where there was supposed to be a party.
We went to the so-called ballroom, but it looked more like a gym. And that
party was everything else but a party, so we two left again. We talked
again and we just walked around. In Europe it now was four a.m., so it was
understandable that I was getting tired. At about one a.m. I decided
to go to bed.
When I woke up at seven, I hadn't slept very well. I went to the mezzanine,
where there was breakfast. But the only good thing was the coffee. I returned to my room to take a shower. Since
there were no towels, I used one of my T-shirts to get dry. Shortly before
nine I went to the Skyline Suite, where the Orientation meeting took place.
The two hundred students were divided into several groups. The meeting was over at eleven
in the Liberty Suite.
We had lunch in Motown Café. I didn't feel too well, so I didn't
eat very much. But now starts the New York Tour. It started at the not
too far Central Park. Down the Fifth Avenue to the south, short stop in
the Coca Cola store, Warner Brothers Store, Trump Tower with the high waterfalls,
and a short break at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I didn't go into the cathedral,
but instead I went to a photo store to buy a new film for my camera. And
it continued to Rockefeller Center. Short stop to take pictures and then
direction Empire State Building. At the New York Public Library, a huge
Library in center of Manhattan, I stopped to take a picture of
it, but the group hadn't stopped and was a hundred feet farther. This
was not so bad, because it was always straight ahead we had to go. But
suddenly, they were all gone. Luckily we had a map and I suggested to look
at it. We figured out that we were standing at thirty-third street, which
meant very close to the Empire State Building. But we couldn't see it.
We turned around and we discovered a big sign: "Empire State Building".
So we were standing just in front of it! When we entered we immediately
found our leader who gave us our tickets. We had two hours time to go to
the observation deck, on the eighty-sixth floor, to look around there and
then come back down. That was actually not very much time because you lost
almost half an hour standing in line to use the elevator. At five we all
got into a bus for a small sightseeing tour. We drove through Chinatown,
the city of the Chinese, further through Little Italy, where the Northern-Italians
still live divided from the Southern-Italians, always further to South-Manhattan
to South Street Seaport, to a shopping-center called Pier Seventeen, right
at the harbor. After we arrived there at six thirty, we each got a ten
Dollar bill for our dinner. At a quarter to eight, we had to be at the
bus again. I thought ten Bucks
wouldn't be enough, but I ordered food for merely five Dollars and couldn't
eat more than half of it.
The bus left at eight o'clock sharp to the Sony IMAX Theatre. It was
getting dark already, so we could see the Broadway "by night". In this
street there are all the famous theatres and musicals like for example
Cats, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, and many more.
With the bus, we were driving north again. Just like everyone, I was taking pictures of everything you could see.
Scheduled arriving time was nine p.m., but since there was not much traffic
that day we already arrived at eight thirty.
In the movie theatre, we got a ticket and went up two escalators, where
everyone got a pair of 3D-glasses. We entered the hall and sat down right
in the center, just in front of the large screen. The name of the film
we were about to see was "Across the Sea of Time" and was about forty minutes
long. The story itself wasn't that good, but the 3D-effects are beyond
description. When it was over we all went outside back into the bus, back to Park Central Hotel.
Now we had to go directly to the Skyline Suite to get our travel information.
Afterwards, there was some more verbal information for the continuation of the journey.
Meanwhile it was already eleven o’clock at night so we all went to our rooms.
I fell asleep immediately with no ifs or buts, with my clothes on.
hours later, I woke up again. I packed and put my baggage into the floor.
At exactly three o’clock the wake-up call rang. Then I brought my suitcases
into the lobby.
We had to be ready at three thirty, but we arrived downstairs at ten
minutes to four. We drank some coffee and got on the bus. One hour later
we arrived at Newark Airport. It was getting bright again. Since we had
more than an hour left, we did it at ease. We stayed outside for a while,
then we went to the Check-in. We were all alone, so it went really quick.
Now we didn’t have our luggage any more and we went to the gate where the
plane was going to leave. At six, we were allowed to go on the plane. It was
a smaller one than the one we had before, but it was just a normal domestic
flight. After take-off I fell asleep again. When we got breakfast, I was not that hungry, because I had
drunk too much coffee. At eight thirty we landed in Minneapolis, which
meant we had changed the time zone again.
The airport of St.Paul was very long and luckily, there were those assembly-lines,
like flat escalators. On top of that we had to go to the other side of
the building. Arrived at gate fifteen E, we sat down until we could board.
This was our last plane, that is we didn’t have to change plane any more.
It was a small propeller aircraft. Only half of the seats were occupied,
so I could choose where to sit down. I sat down in the last row and I stretched
myself in the way that I occupied five seats.
Day 1 - Aberdeen
After a short stopover in Watertown, South Dakota, we
finally landed, as planned, at eleven o’clock in Aberdeen. It was more
than eighty degrees warm, there was a soft south wind and humidity was
high, but normal for the time of the year. It was just like standing in
the middle of a desert. People living here are proud when they have a tree
in their backyard. Everything is flat because of the presence of a glacier
long time ago, and as far as you can see there is no tree. All passengers
went into the airport building, where I instantly recognized my host-mother
and host-sister with a placard labeled "WIELKOMMEN LIEVEN". I never told
them they spelled it wrong.
Outside, my host-mother Diane, her seventeen-year-old daughter Alisha
and I went to the car. From the pictures they had sent to me, I knew that
they had a white Van, but I couldn’t find it. Instead we went toward a
red Nissan, who belonged to the daughter. Later I learned that the Van
had a flat tire. The weather was hot and I was really tired but I was glad
that I finally arrived. We drove into the city of Aberdeen. It is really
different from what I was used to in Germany; the streets are all rectangular
and parallel to each other. We only had to turn once and then we kept driving
north. I knew what the number of the house was, but I was confused about
how numbers were given to the houses. Every third house, the number rose
about one hundred. Later, I knew that the first digits stand for the block
and the second digits are for the house itself. They had a little cute
house outside of the city. We stopped right next to their van, which was
standing in the driveway. After we entered the front door, we had to walk
through the living room. There was no door to the kitchen, it looked like
the house only has one room. But it seems that all American homes are like
that. My room was in the basement, just behind the nursery school. (My
host-mother had a nursery school.)
My first days in Aberdeen were not easy for me, although it was still
interesting. In this first week, they showed me the town and the school.
We went to Aberdeen Central
High School, where I got registered and got a locker. Later in that
week I met some of Alisha's friends who where really nice to me. The only
thing that was bugging me was the time difference, or jet lag, as they
call it. I got really tired in the afternoon, and then when it is time
to go to bed, I am wide-awake. Many people asked me a lot of questions
about how it is in Germany, where I live, what we do and so on. Once, we
were looking to the stars and I said "We have stars in Germany, too."
Day 6 - First Day in School
School starts in most of the States after Labor-Day,
but we started one week before Labor-Day, so my first day in school was
on Monday 26th, one week after I had arrived. I went to bed
at one a.m. and I got up at a quarter to seven. Alisha drove me to school
and at eight, I went to the counsellors' room where I met nine other foreign
exchange students, three female, six male. We got some information about
school, a guided tour through the building and so on. At ten thirty we
could finally go to our classes. I first had chemistry and then maths.
At half past eleven, school was over and Diane came to pick me up and we
went to McDonald's. Then we went
home to eat what we had bought there. Later in the afternoon, everyone
was gone, so I was alone. Since I got nothing to do, I lay down on the
couch and watched a movie.
Day 7 - The Fan
School was so far so good. Classes were eighty-five minutes
long and we had ten minutes time between the hours to change the room.
That year, on CHS there
were only four classes instead of usually seven or eight. Since I was an
exchange student, I had to take English and American Government. The other
two classes I had, I chose maths and chemistry. This was not a favorite
schedule of mine! Now I will briefly explain my "normal" day: I got up
at six thirty to take a shower and eat something. Because Alisha had to
go to flags, we arrived in school at seven thirty. Classes began at eight
twenty. I first had English Literature (no comment) and then american government,
which is a mandatory class that noone really likes. At noon, it is half
an hour for lunchtime. Since that time was not long enough, I usually ate
my pizza in "Super-Study". Most people called it "stupid-study" because
it was a useleess waste of time. After that I had chemistry, but I didn't
understand that teacher. Nobody did. During mathematics I was always tired
in the first few weeks because that was the time I was used to go to bed.
At three twenty, school was over. On tuesday night, I went to the movies
with Alisha's sister Christa. We watched a movie with Robert DeNiro, called
On wednesday noon, Diane and I ate pizza at Godfather's
Pizza. In the evening, I brought my film to the picture corner in Wal-Mart.
They had to be ready on friday but they weren't. I also bought some stuff
for school and a lot of candy to eat in between classes.
Day 9 - MD
[contents] (I don't write
her name, because I don't want her to get mad at me. If she explicitly
wants to be mentioned here, she should just tell me by sending an eMail.)
Thursday night, MD, one of Alisha's friends, came to visit her. I had met
her before and she was kinda funny. She had been Alisha's best friend since
kindergarten. We played with Scooby, Alisha's new puppy (Her old dog had
died a few weeks before.), until he fell asleep. Then, Alisha turned on
her black light. (I think it was BLUE, but that doesn't matter.) All three
of us were lying on her waterbed talking, and at eleven o'clock I fell
asleep. At least that's what they thought. I was just pretending that I
was asleep, to test their reaction. Alisha even pulled at my hair to test
if I am really asleep! Later, when MD went home, they "woke" me up.
Day 10 - Minneapolis
On Friday, we went to Minneapolis, to visit some relatives.
After a six-hundred mile ride we arrived there at two o'clock in the morning.
On that Saturday, we went to the Mall of America, the largest shopping
center in the world. We stayed there the whole day until half past nine.
The day after, we went on a picnic in some sort of a park with the whole
family, we were about twenty people. In the evening we returned home and
watched some videos. At midnight, everyone went to bed. On Labor Day, we
went shopping again. This time, we went to a "smaller" mall, Maplewood
Mall in Maplewood. We had lunch in there. This time I bought some more
stuff then before. I never liked shopping before, but I have learned to
Day 17 - MD again...
On Friday, MD came to me to get some lessons for her
algebra-class. We just made her homework and talked about other stuff.
Later we decided to watch a movie. We chose the Lion King and put it into
the VCR. We put the dog Ribsy outside, since he was making weird noises
(he's an old dog). MD and I lay on the couch, watching the movie. After
twenty minutes, she fell asleep right next to me. When the movie was over,
I turned off the TV and tried to sleep also. I carefully took her hand,
but I dunno if she noticed that. Shortly after I had fallen asleep, Alisha
came home and she woke us up both. Meanwhile, it was almost two o'clock
in the morning. They talked a little and then MD returned home. Later,
I asked Alisha if she thinks that she likes me. She answered "Ribsy? Oh
yes." - "Ribsy is not a she, but a he" I answered, "I asked
for she!" - "Oh, MD? I think she likes you...Do you like her?" Alisha
said. Hesitant I answered "Yes...". - "That's good" is all that she answered.
I think if she wouldn't have liked me, she wouldn't have slept on the couch
next to me.
Day 24 - Friday the 13th
Like every day, I had school until three twenty. I went
home to do my homework and do nothing. We had pizza at Pizza
Hut for dinner, and at night, I watched TV until three a.m. They were
showing all the movies called "Friday the 13th".
Day 25 - Birthday Party
On this Saturday, I slept until two thirty in the afternoon.
I took a shower, ate something, watched some TV and did my homework. That
all was easy since there was nobody at home. Alisha came back from work
at six. I don't know when Diane came home. At night we all were invited
for a birthday party at the "Refuge". MD's mother got fifty years old the
day before. It was just us five. Alisha and MD had had a fight the day
before, and they didn't talk to each other the whole evening. I even had
to sit between them. After we had finished, we drove to the Millstone.
Well, actually we did not. We went to some party near MD's house...heh....On
Tuesday or Wednesday during that week, Diane left us. She had to go to
Sioux Falls and then to Topeka, where her husband Ross had been. On Sunday
22nd , there was a meeting for all the PAX students where we
got information about the trip to California. I met some students I had met before and it
was really weird to talk german again. Every night, I had called MD, but
she either was not there or she was too busy because of her work. On that
evening, I wanted to go to the movies with her. It was merely eight o'clock
when I called her. I asked her if she wanted to go to the movie theatre,
but she said she was tired cause it was late. After I said "Come on...!"
she said that she would ask her mother. After a short while she came back
and told me that her mother wouldn't allow it.
Monday the 23rd was Come-as-you-are-day. Many students
were in school in their pajamas. Just like I had been doing all the time,
I came to school on my Inline Skates. And when I arrived at school, I noticed
that I had forgotten my shoes. So I had to walk around without shoes the
whole day. After school I went to the weight room and at four o'clock,
I returned home. In the evening we went to the homecoming coronation. Tuesday
was Hippie-Day. There were not many "hippies". After school, I went to
the weight room again and Diane picked me up after that. At seven we went
to the pep rally. On wednesday I had to have a speech in English class.
It had to be a persuasive speech with any topic you wanted. So my topic
was "Save the forests - eat more beavers!". I was not afraid of talking
to people, but when I was standing in front of my class, I really got nervous.
I repeated parts of my text and I forgot a big section of it. In addition,
I was just stuttering. In American Government we had a substitute teacher
who let us out twenty minutes before class was over. By the way, that day
was favorite-teacher-day. Since I had no favorite teacher yet, I put my
StarTrek uniform on. Thursday was spirit-day, blue and yellow, but when
I got up that morning, I had forgotten about it. At nine p.m. I went to
the movies with Alisha and some friends of her. We watched "First Wives
Club" and after, we drove a little through town. At one o'clock in the
morning, I called my father in Germany to ask if I might go on that trip
to California. Okay, go ahead, he said. Then I went to bed. Friday was
skip-day, so we didn't go to school. I stayed in my bed until noon. I had
a really strange dream that night. I got a phone call in my dream, Alisha
picked it up and gave it to me. "It's for you" she said. And the guy on
the phone told me: "It's over with MD, forget it, leave her alone,..."
and so on. Those are the exact words. At seven that night, Diane, MD's
mother and I went to the homecoming game, we sat down and watched the game.
Later, Alisha and MD joined us. It was really cold and I hold MD in my
arm. Pretty soon she left, and then Alisha followed her asking me if I
wanted to come along. Of course I agreed. I tried to sit next to MD, but
she didn't really respond to me. She even walked away to sit with her friends.
Then they all suddenly walked away to the "bathroom". When they came back,
MD didn't sit down next to me, she didn't even look at me! Instead one
her friends came to me. She said she wanted to talk to me - about MD. I
immediately knew what was going on. She told me that MD had told her to
tell it to me because MD didn't know how to tell me. "She wants to be your
friend, but not more, you know...". She asked me if I'm okay and she tried
to calm me down. But it didn't work. I took my full automatic machine gun
and blew up everyone in the stadium...no that's not true...just kidding.
But I was mad at that moment! The worst thing off all was that I didn't
know who to be mad at. [...] Later that night, after the game, we went
home to take a shower. Some of Alisha's friends came to go to the dance
at the school's arena. We got there at eleven thirty. First I still felt
mad or bad or sad but later on I danced a little but I still dinna enjoy
it. At midnight, we drove to the Millstone, a restaurant, to have a cup
of hot chocolate.
Day 39 - Christa
This was a real movie-day. It started at one o'clock
in the morning. I first watched the StarTrek episode I had taped the night
before. Then I watched the movie "Speed". After that, I watched "Twelve
Monkeys" and "Copycat". At five a.m. Alisha's sister Christa had arrived.
She fell asleep in her room on the floor. At seven thirty, she woke up
again. I had just eaten a pizza, because I was hungry. At nine the movie
was over, so I went to bed. I didn't take my cloths off, I just fell down
into my bed and fell asleep. I woke up at sixteen hundred hours and completed
my diary. At night I went to the movies with Christa watch the movie "Maximum
I woke up at ten, had some fried eggs for breakfast and
did nothing until five, nothing means: listening to the music, watching
TV, doing homework, etc. I also went to Northern
State University with Diane to play some pool billiard. Then I ate
some pizza leftovers from the day before. We had dinner at Millstone and
I went to bed at ten.
As usual, I got up at seven. Then I went to school, where
I tried not to encounter MD because I still felt bad. After school I went
to the weight room until four thirty-five, then Alisha came to pick me
up. I watched TV, we had dinner, and then I watched StarTrek: Deep Space
Nine, the episode in which Odo became Human. I fell asleep at nine thirty.
First of October. Last night I couldn't sleep, so I was
thinking about MD. I thought I should write her a letter or something,
then I decided to make it into a poem. (I won't print it here, unless she
allows me to do it.) I wrote the poem on a neat sheet of paper. I went
upstairs to take an envelope and some tape. The new puppy Scooby had pooped
on the floor (Where else!?) and I wanted to tell it to Diane, but she was
asleep on the couch. I watched into Alisha's room because the light was
on, but she was asleep too. I put the poem into the envelope and took the
tape. It was eleven thirty already. seven and a half hours later, Diane
woke me up. When we arrived at school, I went to MD's locker immediately.
I opened it pretty quick (I knew the code) and put the envelope inside
with a piece of tape. Then I went to my locker. School was like the day
before. I got home at five, first I watched TV, then we watched the movie
"Twister" And we had dinner. Delicious chicken breast. Hmmm. Then I went
to the mall with Diane to buy some postcards and a birthday card for my
grandpa. We got home at nine.
Day 46 - The Neighbors
Saturday, at seven thirty, my parents had called me,
so I woke up very early. I fell asleep again until Diane woke me up at
eleven. We went to the parade of the Northern
State University's "Wolves" homecoming. All the schoolbands of an area
of about 100 miles came here. When Aberdeen Central's Flags came, I stood
on a traffic-control-system-box (I dunno what it was) to be able to take
better pictures. When the parade was over, Diane and I went to "Thatzza
Pizza" which was on the other side of the street. We had a pizza and afterwards,
we went to the game at the NSU's stadium, the same as the week before.
After the game we went to Wal-Mart
to have my pictures developed. I also bought a pound of Skittles.
When we returned home, Diane went to sleep. At five I went outside to read
the Book StarTrek-The Final Frontier. I fed the dogs because they seemed
to be hungry. At six twelve p.m. I talked to Nikki, our neighbor who was
cleaning up the backyard. I continued reading my book and at seven thirteen
I went to the neighbors again. I told them that everyone at home was asleep
and they invited me to have dinner with them. I left a note in the kitchen
and went over to them. We decided to go to Wendy's
for dinner. Nicole was driving (Nikki) to the drive-through and ordered
some chicken burgers and a cheeseburger for me. I asked her if I should
pay for my burger, but she said that it was fine. All right. We returned
to her home, ate our burgers and played some games. At half past nine,
her sister Kelly called from the Movie theatre, so Nikki had to pick her
up. Kelly was there with her friend Alicia. We all went home and played
games until eleven thirty, then we watched TV. Then Kelly's parents went
to bed. After Nicole had gone to bed also, I returned home. When I came
home at midnight, Alisha, who just woke up, told me that Diane left at
nine thirty. She made herself a TV-dinner and we watched Dangerous Minds
until two o'clock.
Day 47 - The Glimmerman
Diane woke me up at eleven to ask if I wanted to go to
church with them, and I said no, but I wanted to go out for lunch with
them afterwards. At twelve they came back to pick me up to lunch. We went
to BB's at the Holiday Inn. Then
we went to the mall because Alisha needed a haircut. I went to Musicland
to buy a CD. Alisha was looking for a top and since I knew that was gonna
take a long time, I went to the movie theatre, watch the movie The Glimmerman.
I liked that one a lot. I was supposed to meet Diane and Alisha in front
of the theatre, but I was too early,so I went to look for them and I immediately
found'em. Then we returned home.
Day 48 - Community Service
This was the first monday in October, and everyone at
Central had to participate
in what was called "Community Service". My group had to go to the Elk's
Club, clean it up a little. I got there at a quarter past eight and at
half past eight, we got some donuts. Then the work started: Hanging up
lamps, cleaning windows, a short break to warm up (it was cold outside),
cleaning windows again, vacuum the basement and play pool billiard. It
was over at eleven. Amber gave me a ride home.
I watched TV and had lunch. Then I did my homework until three twenty.
Then I went to the weight room until five o'clock. I returned home on my
inline Skates. I watched TV until we went for dinner at Scotty's. At night
we went to Wal-Mart because Alisha
wanted to buy a Santa Clause hat for her puppy Scooby. We returned home
Day 49 - Second Poem
That morning, My best friend from Germany called me at
six thirty. We talked a little about school and other stuff. At seven,
it was still dark outside, but I went to school anyway, again on my inline
skates. In the first ten-minutes break I went to MD's spanish class. I
walked over to her desk and asked her if she had already been thinking
about my letter. "I'm too busy..." she says. I answered: "There was a question,
remember, the last line...or do you want me to write another poem?" Since
she was just smiling, I said to her that I would make another poem for
her. After that I had to hurry because I was late for Government class.
I had lunch outside, superstudy wasn't as boring as it used to be because
we had to fill out some sheet for the yearbook. In my third hour, Ihad
open campus, so I went into the library to make that poem. Iwas having
difficulties with it so I did it together with the librarians Mrs. Evens
and Mrs. Johnson. I wrote the poem on the computer, print it out and put
it in an envelope. On the outside, I wrote her name. After that, I went
to the principal's office to have her name read out through the intercom
during the break. Now, I went to Mr Coyle's class to do my assignment.
When the bell rang, I looked into the hallway and I saw "her" walking towards
the restrooms. When she came back I saw her smiling at me. I was confused
so I ask her: "Why are you laughing?" - "I don't.", is her answer. I try
it again: "I mean, why are you smiling?" - "Yes..." Is all she answers.
I say "Why?" to her, but she returns into her class whitout giving an answer.
I really got nervous at that point! I too returned into my class to talk
to my math teacher until I heard through the intercom, like it is every
ten-minute-break: "Messages at the principal's office for...". Many names
came in this, and "her" name was in between them. In math, we had a quiz
(a quiz, not a test!) and at three o'clock we had to go to a college information
meeting in the arena. But since that was no use to me, I was free. I walked
to the principle's office to see if the envelope was still there. It was
gone. So I guess she had read it. Or at least took it and threw it into
the garbage can. Then I went to my locker to put my stuff away and walked
to the arena. I heard somebody playing the drums in the orchestra room,
so I went inside. I first listened to him and then I played myself. At
three twenty, I went to the bean-bag room at the counselor's office. There
was a meeting for the exchange students together with the Wings. It was
boring. At four o'clock I went to the weight room to lift some iron. At
five, I returned home on my skates. There was nobody, so I watched some
TV until six, when my PAX community coordinator came to ask me some questions
about the exchange program. At seven, Diane, Alisha and Scooby came home
from taking pictures. When they got hungry, we ordered a pizza and for
dinner we all ate some pizza. At night I talked to Alisha about MD until
I fell asleep. I ate some more pizza and took a shower. I went to bed at
Day 50 - I am Sick
Wednesday, October ninth 1996. At seven twenty-five,
Diane woke me up to ask me how I am, because the day before I hadn't been
well either. I really felt worse this morning so I quickly decided not
to go to school today. I slept until noon, ate some soup and watched TV.
At half past three Alisha came home. She only went school at ten. At six
thirty-five I watched America's Funniest Home Videos. After dinner I listened
to the radio KQAA, Cool Ninety-Five.
Day 51 - Ross is back
Today was the day I first met my host-family dad, Ross. After school, the
whole family came to pick me up. Ross was driving. I quickly saw that he's
a nice guy. We drove to Wal Mart to get my medicine (remember: I was sick)
and then we went to the Millstone to have dinner. Just like Ross, I ordered
a chief salad, Alisha ordered some chicken and Diane the salad bar. We talked
about many things, and we had a lot of fun. I started liking Ross. We had
kind of the same sense of humor. Diane said "I am Diane" and he answered
"I am hungry"... Afterwards, we went home again. I did some homework and
talked with my family.
Day 52 - Brookings
Day 53 - Party at Scott's
Day 54 - A packet for me
Day 55 - Native American Day
Day 56 - Gummybears
Day 57 - Speech
Day 58 - Terrordrome in weightroom
Day 59 - Paul Laroche
Day 60 - Brookings with two grandmas
(To be continued)
Greetings to some special friends
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