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I realize I’ve still been really bad about posting on here, oops.  I’ll really try to be a bit better. I am envisioning however a change in the site in the (relatively) near-future to a format that I like better. Apologies if you’ve been checking back for updates only to be completely disappointed (haha kidding — I’m not really sure who reads this anyway).

This summer Matt and I went on a huge road trip across the country. In 3 weeks we covered more than 7,000 miles. This translates into lots of seat time. Lots.  Our poison of choice was a 1994 Volkswagen Golf.  I found the car on craigslist for a great price, and it was pretty much the exact car I had envisioned for such a trip. Complete with manual windows and locks and only 3 functioning doors, the car had it’s share of “character” — but I would have it no other way.

From haggling for $45 hotel rooms to coyotes and bison, a rodeo, and the loneliest highway in the world; our trip was fantastic. We saw America in a way many people don’t get to. The opportunity was amazing and I had a blast.

It’s hard to condense all that happened into a few paragraphs. I put together a ~15 minute video summing up our time: (!CHECK IT OUT!). It’s a combination of photos and video from the trip. It was all shot with the recent Canon T2i camera.  The video was shot in HD at 1080p. The lens of choice was a Canon 28-135, though a 50mm/1.8 was used at points. If you have any questions or are thinking of a similar trip, I’d love to help you out.

Since coming back, I’ve moved into an apartment and started a job. I’ll really try to be better about keeping this site somewhat up to date!

Slow blogger

I realize that I’ve been really slow about blogging lately, so I’ll try to give a quick update and then give some more detailed posts soon!  I’ve also given in to Twitter (@seancolyer ) if interested.

It’s my last semester and I’ve been really busy between finishing projects (and my thesis!), trying to enjoy Charlottesville before I leave, and trying to travel a bit and visit friends from other schools. I’ve taken a job in northern Virginia working with a small software consulting startup. The team seems like a really good group, and I’m excited about the opportunity.  I don’t start working until August, which leaves me some time to do some interesting stuff, notably an epic cross country road trip that I will discuss in future posts..

Foxfield. Those within the UVA community immediately have a preconceived notion of the word.  Foxfield Races are horse races that draw a huge portion of students together for a day of socializing. The event has become a signature of Greek organizations around grounds. The emphasis is on socializing more than horse racing, the running joke has become whether spectators even see horses (the course is large enough it’s possible and in fact often true). Presumably from the association with horse racing, Foxfield has also become well known for people wearing their southern Sunday bests; but this often just results in varying levels of seersucker and crazy pastel color combinations. I went for the first time this year, I figured I should partake in the UVA event once in my four years here.

Anticipation surrounding the races were significantly dampened with the prediction of thunderstorms all day. However, the rain held off for virtually the entire day, with the worst rain before most people even arrived.  Additionally, the weather provided a bit of an advantage over some other years where the temperatures often shoot quite high which combining with sun can be quite uncomfortable (I’m told). I had a good time, it was a unique experience and I happened to run into a surprising number of people I didn’t expect to see.

Keep your eyes peeled for new posts..