And so it is...

>> Sunday, September 28, 2008

Clemson continues to underachieve under Bowden

"Clemson, when ranked, has lost to an unranked team at home seven times now since 2000. All under Bowden."

Yeah... I'm pretty sure I was there for most of those games. 

I can understand that teams lose games all the time... and upsets happen all the time... but when you consistently win games on a "whim" basis, something is up. We win games because our talent is good enough that we're bound to win games... and then we lose a lot of games bc our talent sits on the field driving the same play and getting shut down bc of our predictability. Add into that our tendency to waste precious seconds looking confused and our coach's inability to rally the guys in crunch times...

Clemson lost the Maryland game because we made mistakes and we were outcoached. You can have the best talent in the world and still lose games when unfortunate penalties ransack the pride of your team. Clemson rallies when doing well... and falls apart otherwise. That's where coaching comes in to get the team over the hump. 

When will we ever get over the hump?


collection of comments post the Maryland disaster

>> Saturday, September 27, 2008

These comments somewhat sum up my thoughts...

CLEMSON, S.C. -- It's official. Clemson has laid two eggs this season, losing 20-17 to Maryland on Saturday. At home. And, yes, Clemson fans are booing.
Maryland's defense was the difference in the second half, finally shutting down Clemson's playmakers. This marks the second time in the Terps' past two trips to Death Valley they have come away with a win. Neither team looked all that impressive, and both made costly mistakes, but Maryland somehow got this win.
The Clemson fans are booing as they file out. More later ... heading down to the locker rooms now.


See ya Tommy

Kstallion006  --> this is sad

Maryland fan here....... I guess I'll have to take the win and move on. Clemson fans, I"m sorry for you. But just remember, when Bowden gets fired, someone will come in who can actually coach all of your talent & you'll probably go to a national championship game.


Somebody just needs to tell Clemson that the game is 4 qtrs long!!!


It is time for Bowden to go.


The way we played, we didn't deserve to win anyway. blah.


Wants a new coach

And finally from Kristin.. who was at the game:

"Don't even get me started- I have never seen people get so mad at bowden!"


>> Monday, September 22, 2008

Had to change the profile pic bc Peter told me that he can in fact see "the twins". There needs to be none of that! 


blogs are for venting

>> Friday, September 19, 2008

Let me just say.. I signed in to update my blog and the first thing I see on dashboard is my profile picture completely zoomed in on my chest!

Peter just told me that he only sees the full picture... so I guess that means only I have to be subjugated to staring at my chest when I sign in.. so that's good :). But I still don't like it.. I can't figure out for the life of me how to change the settings without changing the entire picture. Oh well.

Recap on the week:

I killed myself to finish a 12 page paper on international trade issues and three weeks worth of data gathering at work... but I have seemed to survive. I think the paper turned out fine and the presentation was easy, my work presentation was long and mentally draining (sitting in a conference room with 5 of my coworkers going through 2 different 20 page documents of graphs and figures!) but I got through that ok as well. Starting last Friday I morphed into crunch mode... which is weird since crunch mode is usually only a couple of days. It's a little longer in grad school. Saturday I actually woke up at 7 in the morning to dig into the second half of my research (that I didn't finish Friday night) so that I would have all of it finished before I would meet my project partner at 12:00. Lots of notes and 5 sources later I headed to the coffee shop to see Emily. I didn't feel great about what I had found but I figured I would need to just suck it up and deal with it. We sat at the coffee shop from 12 until 7 that night... rehashing all of our findings and realizing that international trade is (obviously) a very complicated subject. The rest of the week I worked and went to class and worked on the dang paper every other free minute I had. I figured out that I had not exceeded one 5 hour night of sleep since last Thursday, and between Tuesday and Wednesday night I only got 6 hours combined... yikes! Needless to say I haven't seen my roommate more than 20 minutes here or there since about 2 weeks ago. I'm beginning to wonder if she thinks I've found a second home.. haha.

We finally pulled all of it together around 2 in the morning Wednesday night.. and I felt good about it and definitely ready to turn the page on the project while Emily was still freaking out. She's an undergrad senior that's trying to move into the grad program at VT and I guess the combination of the application process and the fact that she still thinks about grades (she's an undergad) made her a little more sensitive to the whole thing than I was.

Everyone liked our presentation and it was honestly one of the easier ones I've had. I've been MUCH more unprepared for grad school presentations... which is something you generally get used to (and probably more realistic in the real world anyway). You DEFINITELY don't worry about grades.. you do the best you can and that's all you can do. I take that back, I worried about grades last year in my methods class... but that class was crazy. We were all walking on egg shells the entire semester.

After the presentation I hurried over to my office to throw together a power point presentation with the 50 graphs I made the day before. It was the second day I had skipped lunch entirely.. but I knew I would be down to the minute to pull this one off. I had exactly 2 and 1/2 hours until I met with my office to present my work. Sure enough, in usual Tia fashion, I handed them the stapled print outs still warm. Good thing we have one of those fancy high powered printers! I would have been completely screwed had I try to accomplish that in the lab.

Granted, had my research partner not spazzed out about the paper (and thus if we didn't have to rewrite it like 10 times), I think my week would have been a little less chaotic. Although, I'm starting to realize that adding a real job into this grad school thing is going to make my life much more hectic. I just have to keep telling myself: "debt free, debt free, debt free" haha

Anyway, the week ended with a really fun night out in Blacksburg (last night)... in which I actually stayed out until the bars closed! Haven't done that in forever, let me tell you. I felt really old the whole night.. but I still had a blast. A bartender called me darling and I just thought that was funny enough to text Peter to share the good news.

I don't know if it was the sleep deprivation.. or the alcohol.. or both... but I definitely had a close call to losing my phone because I dropped it while leaning against this car (I fell asleep for a second.. true story). I think I vaguely remembered something like that last night before I went to sleep but I didn't have the strength to walk outside in the dark to try to find it (looking back... probably a wise decision). I retraced my steps this morning and sure enough.. 5 blocks from the house where I was staying at... I found my phone on the ground next to the car that I recognized because I had left a huge smudge on the window!! Gross! I'm sure some random VT student is loving that right now.

That was the extent of my crazy night- almost losing my phone (seems to be pretty normal when you hit 25). Funny thing is.. I wasn't terribly worried about someone stealing my phone because it's such a piece of crap! I had some assurance that if I went back to the bars that we were at I could probably find it.. or someone may try to get it back to me. Overall, I think I've learned to become much more selective in my stressing. Can't stress about everything... gotta pick and choose.

So, overall, I'm doing ok. I like Blacksburg so far and I will have an opportunity to actually go outside this weekend so that should give me some new juice to get through next week. The kids in my program want to make this Thursday night out a weekly tradition, but I'm starting to think that may not be realistic for someone like me. I think at least watching the bluegrass band from 8-10 at the bar we started out at sounds reasonable.

Oh, and one last thing... go tigers/hokies/bills/eagles/cougars! I'm going to start spreading my allegiances so at least some of my teams will win :)


oh football

>> Thursday, September 11, 2008

10 Most Obnoxious Fan Bases

Clemson #6
Do you get the feeling that Clemson fans feel they belong in the SEC and tend to over-compensate for it? They call their stadium Death Valley and chant "Tiger bait" at visiting teams, but honestly, what have they done in the last 10 years? A golf championship in 2003? ("Spin that wedge! Sink that putt!") These SEC-wannabe fans are downright delusional. - Lisa Horne

Considering Nortre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, LSU, USC (the real USC), Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and Florida were the other teams mentioned, I am not terribly upset that Clemson did end up in the top 10. At least we matter enough to be considered.. but then again I'm not to too thrilled with all of the commentary we have been receiving. I'm starting to feel a little embarrassed for being a college football fan. Rivalries are fun... head to head match ups between state rivals are even better... but when people start to show their true colors (such as in the comments of this article) it makes me not want to associate with the competitive sports world anymore.

Who knows... maybe it's just the nature of the internet these days that causes people to say whatever they want without any real fear retribution or punishment. But it's scary that they couldn't have said it without some (if not all) truth lying behind their statements.

And does sexism really still exist to this level? I know people joke around about women not knowing a lot about football.. but to deliberately comment on the incompetence of a female journalists??

There were SEVERAL comments like these-

This is the funniest thing I`ve seen. No one should take this seriously because Lisa Horne wrote all of these. A

Basically, almost all of the commentators proved how obnoxious of sports fans they actually are. For that reason, I'm a little sad that Clemson did make the list.. since I would like to believe that though our fans are very passionate, they are also kind. But then there are plenty of those that bring down our public image. It's amazing how many of these people usually have not even ever attended the universities that they are so obnoxious about. In that way, yes, I can see how football is kind of barbarian and seems to draw out the extreme machoism and (unfounded) arrogance in its followers. But there is a whole other level of football that is still worthwhile.. and I like to think it lies in the higher level of community involvement and cohesion that it achieves.

So.. I'm not going to let a couple bad fans ruin my appreciation of the game.. but I have taken a hard look recently at the credibility of all of this "football hype". As long as Clemson's performance doesn't alter my overall wellbeing, I think it's fine for me to follow my team passionately and personally. I don't however, want to ever let obsession with my team actually cause me to hate other people for their own allegiances. I may make fun of a lot of other teams (usually it's out of jealousy), but overall I love the sport.. and I love meeting other people who do too. We should focus on that commonality.. and stray away from all the dirty name calling. It really gets us no where in the end.


my thoughts on reading... especially this week

>> Monday, September 8, 2008

From Brian Regan's recent stand up (the epitome of hyperbole):

I hate when a sentence drags on because my brain can’t handle a long sentence. ‘The corporation had originally decided that a restructuring of its charter should be preceded by preliminary'… what in the hell is going on??!… Ok, here we go, alright, ‘the corporation’… ok the corporation- put smoke stacks on that… ‘had originally’.. ok this thing had before.. going to move that to the past and that’s a time line… smoke stacks.. they’re not even here yet. That’s a commin’. ‘The corporation had originally decided’… “hey we better” (I put little people in the window, making decisions).. “hey we better”... That’s how I read in the library “hey smoke stacks hey” … they’re like what are you doing… shh I’m trying to read!


Thoughts on Blacksburg

>> Friday, September 5, 2008

Around 5:30 tonight, I was pleased to find out during my jog around campus that I had managed to join a 5K race! It really didn't begin to occur to me until the 2nd random jogger I passed said "good job, keep it up!". I must say... if it weren't for the comment by the random lady standing on the side of the road with an official looking tshirt, I would have probably thought this is just normal Blacksburg etiquette! 

I don't think there could be a much more pleasant surprise than to find yourself joining a foot race. God must have known that I would need the encouragement given my almost 2 week absence of any kind of exercise. I decided to keep running past my normal turn around point. Almost in the same moment, a flood of runners came out of nowhere. By this point I had people on all sides of me, with several of the faster runners passing me in the opposite direction. They were smiling and very enthusiastic to spur me on... I realized later that I was at the tail end of the race, so I can see why they felt it was important to feed me with hope.

Amazingly, I passed a couple of the runners. I had no idea where the race began, but figured that it had to have been much closer to the duck pond (where I had recently passed) than to where I started downtown. I had already run about 15 minutes, and realized that I would then be just beginning my 5k race. I had a quick thought about whether or not this was a crazy idea, given that I am terribly out of shape... then thought... what the hell. I kept running passed the equine center and passed the pasture of horses and foals that I admire every morning on my commute into class. This must be some sort of breeding farm, since there are just as many foals as adult horses. They are absolutely beautiful. Since I can remember I have had a fascination with horses.. and I figured that I would sort of outgrow that feeling with maturity. I'm starting to think the opposite may even be true. 

I ran past the green houses, down a dirt path until I finally found myself back on a wide sidewalk. I realized then that I was on the huckleberry trail, and quickly scolded myself for not taking the time to explore it justly. It was beautiful.

After passing about 20 or 30 runners, I became comfortable with cheering them on as well. I laughed to myself throughout the run.. sometimes out loud... and thoroughly enjoyed feeling a part of something again. I have been lonely this month.. and with it I have felt a flood of emotions. All of the sudden, I had friends... and we were all united in a desire to finish the race. 

Once I made it back to the duck pond and within eyesight of the finish line, I realized that I would need to run another 15 minutes back to my car. Worse, I would have to give up the gig that I am not an actual race member and go it alone. I decided to embrace the nearing crowd of people with a smile and simply kept running. I remember verbally thanking a couple of them for all of their kind words. The rest of the run was hard, but I was determined to not stop. I only get a runner's high every now and then, but when I do there is little stopping me.

I passed the crowd of students downtown and weaved in and out of various dogs, kids and old people. I decided to stick to the periphery but still had a hard time not running into random slow walkers. The school is having its first big pep rally in front of the library to celebrate the game tomorrow, and celebrate they did. From what I witnessed, there was a rock climbing wall, a mechanical bull, a dj and dance team, the hokie bird, clowns and various other organizations representing tables. I must say I was impressed. 

Finally, after picking up some speed, I found myself back at my car downtown. I opened the door first thing to check the clock since I was more than curious about how long I had been running. To my surprise, it was only 45 minutes. I quickly figured that I either overestimated how long it took me to get to the race portion of my run, or I missed some loop along the way. Either way, I quickly decided I was ok with my run time and decided to be proud of myself for running more than three miles after not exercising in so long. I am hopeful now to take advantage of some time to run in the middle of the day while the weather is nice... 

So... Blacksburg has been fun. I went to a cookout last night that someone in my program hosted. I finally met most of the second years. I feel good about these people.. we spent the night drinking beer and eating hotdogs (surprisingly they are not all vegetarians!) and finally finished with foosball (which my partner and I dominated in) and the redskins game. Seemed like a completely normal night... I even think I may have made some good friends. 

But for now... there is still some loneliness. My gut says this will pass... maybe even soon... but my heart is still heavy. However, I appreciate these times. Life seems very real right now. Transitions are inevitable... and that's why we have blogs. :)


Absolutely Depressing!

>> Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I'm ashamed to be a football fan right now. I, along with many others, sadly saw this coming. I hate predicting every time Clemson will choke (which is every time the nation hypes us up). Can you even imagine our team on a national championship stage? That's a laugh...

Not that we don't have the talant.. we do. But then again we've always had the talent. Please just remove the spotlight and we'll do well. Damn you, Heather Dinich! I blame all of this on you.. what do you know about Clemson football? Why fuel our self-destructive fire? Stop telling us we're going to win so that we can win already! Geez.

Here's what thinks about us and our pathetic conference:

(oh yeah, let me add... all three ACC schools that I have attended so far have lost... not a good track record)

7. ACC: What a nightmare! If it wasn't for Wake Forest, things would really be bleak here. The Demon Deacons opened Thursday night and just carved up Baylor, showing that the ACC probably has at least one Top 25 team. And, since there wasn't much else to pick from, Duke blew out a good FCS team in James Madison, and Georgia Tech looked surprisingly crisp in coach Paul Johnson's debut with the big shift in offensive style. It also contained Jacksonville State's Ryan Perrilloux. Of course, Tech is supposed to beat up on the FCS schools.

The bad news: Where to begin? Preseason favorite Clemson was embarrassed by Alabama, which is supposedly only the third-best team in its division. The Tigers looked completely flat and played with absolutely no passion on the prime-time stage. They could run the table after this and no one will care because they'd only be beating The Citadel and other suspect ACC squads. Virginia Tech lost a lead when it was upset by ECU, and the Hokies have a QB mess on their hands. NC State's offense looked dreadful when it was blanked on national TV by South Carolina.

Virginia got destroyed by USC at home, Maryland struggled mightily with Delaware and UNC almost got knocked off by McNeese State. Oh, and there was that botched parachutist thing, when the game ball was delivered to the wrong ACC stadium. Luckily for them, another bad ACC football team was just a few miles away. Unless Miami pulls off a shocker in Gainesville this weekend, it's hard to see the ACC's jumping up much higher next week.


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Tia Nicole Photography has launched this summer after many practice photo sessions and the encouragement of some dear friends and family ("Life Through Tia's Lens" was a recommendation of my good friend, Kristin, who has been an avid supporter the whole way through!). This blog has documented the process from the beginning and also dates back to some older rantings during grad school and football seasons. Feel free to get to know me and my work. I like to focus primarily on natural shots, true emotions and beautiful landscapes. I also absolutely adore kids and pets so you will find a good bit of my work in these areas. Feel free to contact me anytime! I love blog comments!

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