Topic 2: Greyhouse

Topic 2: Take a picture of something you see on a regular basis, and write about it…

I live a dual life, kinda. I live in The Region. That is where I go to school, and live during the week. However, come the weekend, I travel the 70+ miles to my second home, West Lafayette/Lafayette, IN. It’s a strange lifestyle. I don’t have a permanent residence down there and it has forced me into a nomadic lifestyle. I have just about everything I need within my bags and go from place to place.

Some would ask why I do this. Seems expensive and quite a hassle. To an extent this is true, but the pros far outweigh the cons. All my friends (like the one’s who are doing this very blog project with me) are located in Lafayette. My girlfriend is there. My improv group is there. The entirety of my social life is in Lafayette. Strange as it might be, this is how it is.

Having no place to call my own is kind of difficult. Especially when you have a lot of work to be done for school (engineering is quite a lot of work) and said improv group. That is where Greyhouse enters the mix.

Greyhouse is a local coffee shop located in the Chauncey Village area of West Lafayette. It’s hard to express how much of a sanctuary it has been for me. I have previously written about my troubles with school and to be perfectly honest, the redemption portion of that is mainly situated at Greyhouse. In the process of getting myself back on track I needed a place to focus. A place with great atmosphere and great coffee. Greyhouse has and does fulfill those requirements and then some. It always has diligent students, hard at work (I count myself among these), as well as people milling around just hanging out and having a good time. This combination just puts me into the zone.

I have spent countless hours and drank countless gallons of coffee at Greyhouse and I attribute a lot of my success to Greyhouse for providing me a place to focus and get work done. I am actually writing this entry from a leather chair in Greyhouse after putting in a good 3-4 hours of work. This place is my home and I would have a hard time without it.

If you ever find yourself in West Lafayette, pay yourself a visit to Greyhouse. It is amazing.

*Since I brought up what has made me successful  I want to give a special thanks to all my friends. Among them I want to single out Tim and Mary Franklin. I have stayed a their house countless times and I would not be able to have this portion of my life without them. Thank you guys, truly.

Some photos!

These are pictures taken over the last couple of months. The first parts are from Marshall/Battle Creek, Michigan. The Fightin’ Creeks! The last ones are from when Ad Liberation performed at the University of Illinois. I want to start posting more now that I have the backend stuff all snapped up. Here is to that.

Pitchas!

I took some pictures that I never uploaded anywhere. It is like a small window in my life. A microcosm of myself (ch’yeah right).

Photo Feb 04 8 21 47 PM

Photo Jan 21 7 12 34 PM

Games Galore! (Munchkin [which I won] and Risk 2210 A.D)

Photo Feb 04 4 36 17 PM

This season’s Pocky. SALTY! Despite how gross that sounds, it was actually pretty good. I love the salts with the sweets. Pineapple pizza, anyone?

Photo Feb 05 10 33 18 AM

I found my bike twin outside Einstein Bagels in West Lafayette. Same exact frame and drop handlebars and red wrap! We are basically best friends.

Photo Jan 28 11 39 41 PM

Boars head in Sargent Preston’s, downtown Lafayette.

Photo Feb 11 8 54 33 PM

Big ol’ Corona at Harry’s Chocolate Shop, West Lafayette. That was the start of a very interesting night.

Photo Feb 10 3 12 57 PM

Photo Feb 10 3 47 43 PM

Photo Feb 10 3 13 14 PM

Photo Feb 10 3 47 49 PM

In an effort to minimize I got rid of all my Xbox/Xbox 360 Game cases and filed the inserts and manuals into binders. So much less space. Yes, that is the same kangaroo from Pulp Fiction that Bruce Willis has his watch on.

Photo Feb 15 3 06 27 PM

Engineering is pretty great and math.

Photo Feb 16 1 04 48 AM

New desk situation! Mounted my monitor and put my laptop on a shelf. Look at all my real estate!

Photo Feb 17 7 22 33 PM

These are Mary’s Party Sox. They are sox, but used for partying.

Photo Feb 18 11 03 14 PM

Will is so rad that he drinks his yogurt from a tube.

Photo Feb 19 12 05 27 PM

Photo Feb 19 12 05 19 PM

I can’t imagine anything but massive amounts of rape happening on that bed located in that bathroom in Lilly Hall.

Photo Feb 19 12 09 16 PM

Remember that rad guy, Will? This was proof he was a scientist. Is this his lab? Who knows the real answer?