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(no subject) [Oct. 19th, 2006|12:43 pm]
awstaff0506
YAY - I submitted my reapplication to Jason yesterday! Hopefully I will get to be an RA with you all in the spring. I hope even more that I am on someone's residential hall staff. Woot Woot.

HUGS!

Joshua
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(no subject) [Sep. 22nd, 2006|11:18 pm]
awstaff0506
Hey Friends,

Check out these two sites if you have some time:

This is a link to a story about financing college that I am mentioned in a few times:
http://72.14.221.104/search?q=cache:MWUNXhtrDYwJ:www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/14/national/main2007667.shtml+joshua+chaisson&hl=bg&gl=bg&ct=clnk&cd=6&client=firefox-a

This one is a satirical short film by John Stewart about gays in the military. It's very funny.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0vuJRpZTNhQ


I should also let you know that I no longer have a spleen. CRAZY! It's been rough for me over here so far.

I miss you all!

Joshua
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I've Arrived! [Aug. 31st, 2006|10:29 am]
awstaff0506
Hello from Bulgaria!

First I would like to tell you all that I am sorry that I could not see you at the training in Portland that morning. I was unable to get ahold of Jason to see if it would be alright for me to stop by and say hello to everyone.

So my trip here was fine. I was very stressed the entire trip, however, the Lufthansa plane was great. They had really good service, they gave us both a dinner and a breakfast, etc. The Frankfurt airport was huge! I think it's the biggest that I have ever seen. Me and this woman I met got lost briefly looking for our gate but that was alright - I had 5 hours to find it. The woman had graduated from Cornell and had been living and working in Singapore for the past 5 years and was now moving to Moscow for a new assignment. She worked for Citibank. I found out, to my surprise that Moscow is one of the most expensive cities to live in throughout the world. She told me she had to pay $100 a month just for cable. I guess it's because the city is occupied with bussinessmen and women from around the world who are mostly into the oil business.

The trip from Sofia to Blagoevgrad was terrifying. This guy in a van which I think was built in 1983 picked us up. There were no seat belts, people drove CRAZY, there were no lanes and I pretty much thought I was going to die a few times. I recall screaming out loud once and getting a funny look.

Since I have been here I have been a little stressed. The people are very nice but incredibly ignorant. There are about 9 other US Citizens here as well from other colleges throughout the US. Surprisingly some of the US citizens are some of the biggest idiots/most ignorant people here. I found out during diversity training today that many Bulgarians really dislike Homosexuals, Catholics, Jews, and Gypsys. Very close minded. I spoke up a lot during the training and some fellow "Collegues" did not like what I had to say about judging inviduals once you got to know them rather than whole groups of people. Most of them seemed to hate entire groups of people because A) They had one or two bad experiences with a few individuals who were a part of those groups or B) It was just not normal and thus unacceptable to be a member of such groups. The RAs, however, loved me and thanked me multiple times in front of the group. One girl also approached me after and asked to hang out so we went to lunch. She was Jewish and spoke out a lot as well. I didn't tell them that I was homosexual but I did say that I belonged to one of the "Invisable Groups." So around dinner time a few nights ago I ran into some of the American guys and one of them says to me(as if it were going to impress me) "Oh I was just explaining to these guys(some Bulgarians) that their Gypsys are like our Mexicans." I was soooooooooooo fucking pissed. I tore into him after he left the group. He couldn't even grasp why I was upset. He blatently said "What, you actually like Mexicans even though they steal and cheat and are lazy." AHHHHHH Who says that shit?

Anyways I can't stand to hang out with many people as of yet. One American girl, Shala, is really great. She and I relate the most I think.

My roomate is Bulgarian and is very nice. His name is Anthoney. We get along great so far so that is a plus.

OK so I will write more soon. From what I know I will not be able to get online in my room for another 2 weeks. I am using the computer labs for now.

I miss you all so much. Please write when you have time to tell me about how things have been now that school is getting started again.

Hugs,

Joshua
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photo [Aug. 7th, 2006|04:41 pm]
awstaff0506
Photo in the large 'skirt like' sweat pants.
Gail
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FISH! Photo [Aug. 7th, 2006|04:36 pm]
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The photo wouldn't load before. Here it is.
Gail
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updating [Aug. 7th, 2006|04:13 pm]
awstaff0506
[Current Location |Anderson]
[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]
[music |construction right outside Anderson]

From Gail:

I haven't updated in so long so there is much to tell...I took a week long class called Global Perspective in Adult Education and it was awesome. What isn't so awesome is now the paper is almost due...yikes! Right after the class ended Jason and I headed out to Seattle, Washington for a vacation. We did the underground tour of the city (the city streets were raised up after Seattle had a fire that burned it all to the ground), of course the Space Needle, the Pike Place Market (Jason got a photo of one of the guys from the FISH! video), etc. We definitely think that the guy from the FISH! video saw us trying to get his picture about 5 times, he probably thought we were psycho stalkers (photo included!). He was the one seemed really stoned in the video... We then went to a bunch of sites at the Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge (it was beautiful), Lake Crescent, Maryman Falls, a coastal beach, a temperate rainforest, it was gorgeous. There was so much to see there but I won't bore you with all of that. It was the week in July that back in Maine it was 100 degrees, out there we were in the mountains so it was usually in the 60's sometimes the 50's. I expected it to be a bit warmer so I had to buy these sweat pants in one of the gift shops that were an adult XXL, and since they were all I had I wore them a lot. So in some photos I look like I'm wearing a long, gigantic skirt (there is one where I'm in the hollowed out of a tree, there was a fire in that forest)

I also finally finished watching the first season of Gray's Anatomy, I didn't realize it was only 9 episodes. When will they put out the 2nd season? I need to get caught up! Thank you Nichole for letting me borrow the season, I have it at my apartment.

But I am feeling nostalgic for the A&W staff, I definitely will miss everyone. I am excited for this year too, as much as there is to be done before everyone gets back, I'm looking forward to seeing the former A&W staff and the new one!


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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2006|07:49 am]
awstaff0506
Look at these crazies!!! AHHHHHHHHH

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back at USM [Jul. 13th, 2006|02:43 pm]
awstaff0506
[Current Location |res life picking up some hours]
[mood |giddygiddy]
[music |radio]

Hi!!!!!!!!
mwaahahahaha! i am back at usm for a few weeks as a orientation leader! sooo much fun let me tell you. lots of stuff went on in PA before i came back up so here is the rundown...guess who was in the hospital again...thats right me! i had to have surgery too. they put a filter in my chest to stop more clots from going to my lungs, bc guess what they found 2 more clots one in each lung! the week i was in the hospital is the week that all the flooding happened in PA, so it was a pretty surreal watching it all on TV. i was able to see alot of the damage afterwords. over 200,000 people had to be evacuated it was pretty crazy. so the hospital was not too fun but i am i glad that i had he surgery bc i am not going to have any moe blood clots (thats what they hope at least) i am actually one of the youngest people in the US to have this filter so i am pretty special. well we all know that i am special but this just means im super special. I just got up to USM on monday afternoon and have been doing training and seeing people too. I saw barbie on monday at applebees and we went to see the new pirates on tuesday with shannon. i just had lunch with erica and we are prob gonna have dinner tonight too! Its weird being back without everyone here! i miss everyone and hope i see you soon! Joshua im glad san diegos great and i did call you back too!
much love
Rach
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(no subject) [Jul. 9th, 2006|01:00 am]
awstaff0506
[mood |awake]

Hey guys! How is everyone? I have a pretty exciting story, so I thought I'd update everyone as to my recent events. So, last night after work I was at my friend Kevin's apartment from about 1am to 3am. When I went to leave, I noticed that my bike was no longer where I left it. Also, the day before that, Kevin had had his playstation and Jamie Ashworth's (he's living in the same apartment) dvd player stolen from their living room. After looking around a bit, it was obvious that my bike was missing, so Vanessa (who was hanging out with us) and I went looking for it. We found it in front of 7eleven with some kid riding on it. I confronted him and he gave it back, claiming that his friend had given it to him along with $15 dollars for taking it. He then gave me his last name (it later turned out that he lied about this) and his cell phone number (whether this was true, I don't know, but he did repeat it the same twice). He also gave us his friend's name and told us where he lived. We then left to head for the campus police station to report all this. Kevin however, was ahead of us, and had called the police, who, not five minutes after we had left the kids, drove up and confronted them. They then came and asked me for a statement. Needless to say it was a very long night. But I did get my bike back. Vanessa said that I should tell people that I tackled the kid to get my bike, because it sounds cooler. As of yet, we haven't heard from the cops and Kevin and Jamie's stuff is still missing. On a brighter note however, one of my co-workers at BK said that he liked me (not romantically or anything), which means that I am slowly fitting in and am not the new weird girl. And it means that I am doing my job well because the kid that said it is really efficient and hates people that slow things down. Soo basically life is pretty good right now. My summer course seems a bit boring, but such is life. So my low is that Kevin and Jamie's stuff is missing, and my high is that I tackled this thug and beat him down and got my bike back ;-). What's up with everyone else?
~Erica
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(no subject) [Jun. 30th, 2006|01:43 pm]
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Barbie I just want you to know that...






We hope that the rest of your week goes better!

Hugs and lots of love!

Joshua
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