Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ni Hao!

So I am using a proxy site because blogger is blocked, but I have to tell America how much I am loving China. The tour at the beginning was awesome. I went to Hong Kong, and Beijing and loved every single minute. It took a while to fall in love with the asian people, but they really are all so kind and loving and they yearn for affection. My 1,200 students love my personality and my blue eyes. They are willing to do anything for us. I have already had so many awesome experiences, I can only imagine what will happen within the next 3 and a half months. I am currently in the province of Hunan in a really rural city called Ningyuan. The city itself is little but bustling and full of life. Every night at the town square there is dancing and you know I try to go every night. The ladies love it and as soon as we get there, there is a giant swarm of people admiring our dance skillz. The people here haven't seen many foreigners so we are the talk of the town. Asians don't believe in being tactful so if they are shocked to see you, they will show it. Pointing, yelling, staring, and taking pictures is an every day occurance. The peace sign is a must. This past weekend I had the coolest experience. Grant, my American friend from Logan, woke up on Saturday and wanted to go to the outskirts of the city to take pictures and talk to the people. (He speaks Mandarin fluently basically) We weren't sure how we were going to get there, but we were going to do it. About thirty minutes after waking up, we get a call from our Liason telling us he wants to take us to his village to show us where he grew up. Turns out, he grew up in the countryside. We did as we were told and met him in front of our school's campus at 1:30. I charged my camera and filled two water bottles. (you cannot drink the water here unless it is bottled.) The drive was something I can not even put in to words. The views of the beautiful mountains just outside our city are of all shapes and sizes. They are covered in lush, green trees and plants with an array of colorful flowers. It seriously had me speechless. My Liason told us that in the mountains there are wild monkeys that are very easy to catch. He's going to take us monkey hunting next week. We soon arrive to his village and I was appalled at the living conditions. So they are all farmers. They grow their own food such as rice, vegetables, peanuts, chickens, pigs, cows, and lots of fruit depending on the season. As soon as we arrived, children ran out of their homes to see who was in an actual car. Our Liason then told us that they really have not seen white people ever. They were so scared of us and were terrified if we made eye contact. We began taking a walk around the village to check things out. The village has a community bathtub which is water drainage from a near-by lake. We then walked to the lake and I saw the most beautiful views I have ever seen. It was quite the trek up to the lake, but it was worth every calf-ache. When we arrived to the lake, we noticed quite a few men who were skinny dipping. They thought nothing of our appearance and continued doing their thing. I couldn't stop laughing. You know when Natalie Allen laughs and she can't stop laughing? Yeah, that was my life the entire time. We then walked the shoreline and I caught glimpses of snakes, fish, sheep, cows, pigs, dogs, and tons of chickens. We then stop at our Liason's family pig farm. We were looking at the coolest pigs and I pointed to the one that had the best personality. Little did I know, we would be eating that exact same pig for dinner. The children followed us the entire time and they eventually warmed up to us. They would grab on to your hand and drag you while they ran to the tallest rock for the best view of the village. This one 4 year old boy stole a piece of my heart that day. He was so young and innocent and his laugh brought a smile from ear to ear on anyone who could hear him. He wore grungy clothes but had the best character. He would play tag with me and I would sing him little songs and he would repeat them. When he grabbed my hand, I noticed that he only had 9 and a half fingers. One had recently been cut off from who knows what. The only thing that helped his severed finger, was a single strip of gauze that they would wash and reattach. The gauze was a yellow-brown color and I knew it probably had tons of infection, but I could not let go of his hand. He was the cutest thing and was so sad when we had to go inside and eat. We said goodbye to the children and then started dinner. This dinner was insane. FRESH rice, chicken, eggplant, peanuts, pork, eggs, and chicken feet galore. It was a sight I will never forget. The chinese people are all so giving and would do anything for a friend or foreigner. Dinner came to an end and I was so thankful to be coming back to my dingy apartment that I so often complain about. I haven't complained since and I am so glad that I live in America. I have never been much of a Patriot until now, but I really am falling in love with the Chinese people and their culture. I have to go to class, but I will do my best to keep you updated with my life. Gossip Girl is starting soon and I have to wait until December to watch any of the episodes. Talk to you soon. (hopefully)

saltlakelonelyboy

Saturday, August 14, 2010

It Hit Me . . .

Tonight as I said farewell to two of my best friends, it hit me. I am leaving for Ningyuan, China in 54 hours. Of course it isn't a farewell, it is simply a see you later type thing. But still, it's sad. A lot can happen in four months. With the way things are in Utah, half the people I know will either be engaged, or pregnant! Besides the point, my heart is full. Bittersweet. As I closed a chapter in my life today of working my last day at Urban Blues, sweet nostalgia filled my heart as I locked the back door of this place of business. The company has been good to me no matter how often I complain about being cold due to my boss's menopause. I got the job when I came back from living in San Francisco last summer. I am all about adventure. I guess you can say, I hate sitting still. It has always been one thing after another with me. Ever since my parent's divorce six years ago, I have been running. Running from emotions that would sooner or later catch up to me. Running with anger, knowing that my life would never be the same. Running with a positive attitude hoping life would somehow turn out perfect in the end. But I only realized, it's not perfect. That in the little flaws there is something beautiful. Something that you cannot explain. There is something in that flat tire when you are in a hurry that makes you realize how funny life can be sometimes. I can no longer run from my life.

People have asked my why I chose to go to China to teach English and I never really had a strong answer. I kind of meandered my thoughts and told them I did it because I wanted to. This is the truth. I do want to do this with every fiber in my being. But why China? I have never been absolutely fond of Asians. Today I came to my conclusion. All of my best friends have left me to serve their church in a two-year mission. I never ruled that option out, but life has never been easy for me. I never plan out my future. I just take it one step at a time. The thought of a mission kind of freaked me out. So I found China Horizons and it felt right. My own mission. Serving the people in China for four months while receiving nothing in return. But will I receive nothing? Of course I will purchase hundreds of little souvenirs along the way that are super cheap and may not last too long, but is that it? I have a belief that I will grow beyond my years and become a man. I need to grow up. I may not always want to, but I need to. I need to find my calling in life. My niche. I am sure that four months living in a foreign country will help me guide a path in what I want to do with my life. The people in China are waiting for me, and I am waiting for them. You may think that four months, isn't that long, but I think it is just long enough. I am hoping that while in China I will learn to love myself. I hope to love everything about me. For when I love myself, I then can love another. I am not a firm believer in love. I may think it is wildy fanciful and often unrealistic. But that is the joy of life. Finding things out for your self. Maybe getting hurt in the end, but atleast you can learn something and take it with you in other relationships.

As you can see, I have a lot going on in my head while I sit on my bed and stare at my black suitcase half filled with random belongings. Tomorrow, I don't have to wake up at 7 am to go to work. I am no longer employed for the rest of the year. See you in January people. You will hopefully be hearing from me soon. On the other side of the world. Sorry for the random thoughts that are scattered about but these are my thoughts as I think them. No proof-reading necessary. Until next time . . .

SALT LAKE LONELY BOY

Thursday, August 5, 2010

One California Day

I'm home. I didn't ever want to return home. I love everything about California. Always have. I know someday, I will be out there permanently. I went on this vacation with my beautiful mom and sassy sister. It was a real treat. If I wasn't leaving for China in 11 days, I would have done a lot more shopping. It was a relaxing trip with lots of lounging around the beach, eating at delicious diners, and taking a lot of pictures. I love my family.
I don't think I can really pull off hats, but I had to buy this one because I loved it soo much.
love
Next year, me and a couple of buddies are moving down here for the summer and working at the Pier. Helping Newports Finest.
Stopped in St. George to see a close family friend, Madison.
Little friend in the Tide pools.
While eating my Balboa Bar, I saw this poster with the autographs of the whole OC cast. I was a little starstruck just from their signatures. Summer Roberts is ma gurl.
Stopped at Diagon Alley. only kidding. This is a perfume shop. I love HP.
Longboarded every where.
Seaweed Jump-rope
When I am wealthy and have a family, I will knock on this beach house door and say, "I would like to buy this house. Name the price. Any price."
I am still finding sand all over.
Home
R.I.P. Marissa Cooper.
Balboa.

See you soon, Newport Beach. I will miss you.

Salt Lake Lonely Boy.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Newport Living


work off:check

iPod charged:check

bags packed:check

Nalgene and Swedish Fish in front seat:check

longboard:check

sunblock:check

digital and polaroid camera:check

coffee:check

nothing but swimsuits:check

I am gonna be gone for a cuppladays. I am off to Newport to chill with Seth Cohan, Summer Roberts, and Julie Cooper-Nichol. Don't be jealous. Why all of you guys are working, I'll be watching the U.S. Open for Surfing up at Huntington Beach.

god speed

SLLB

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Isn't It Crazy?

Isn't it crazy how funny life can be? How one moment you can be so upset by a certain something or someone and then the next you can totally be distracted by that thought and all the world is solid bliss.

People are funny.


I have learned a few things lately that will definitely help me when I leave this country for four and a half months.

1. Trust no one, but yourself.

2. Not everybody will love you.

3. No matter where you go, you cannot run from certain emotions.

4. Music is always the best form of therapy.

5. Don't ever feel sorry for yourself. Pick your self up by the boots and keep trudging along.

6. People worry too much about being beautiful in life and they shouldn't because life in itself is beautiful.

7. Girl's tend to play too many mind games so I need to find myself a woman.

8. You can't please everybody no matter how hard you try.

9. Don't be too nice, because people will take advantage of you.

10. Try everything once. Then you can say if you really do or do not like it.


In case you can't tell, I have been thinking a lot lately about life, friends, family, school, and work. This whole living-in-China thing is really starting to sink in. (22 days until I am gone) I have to think about which school I am going to in the Spring right now. So I will either be an Aggie, or a Ute. I have a feeling everything will fall in to place as life goes on.

Chow Lo Mein

SLLB

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Summer Highlite

Where to begin? . . .

I work with a few illegals who will remain anonymous due to legal issues. They are hilarious and don't speak a word of English. I took four years of it at Wasatch Junior and Skyline High and have picked up quite a bit because that is the only way to communicate with my co-workers. I wouldn't say I know a lot, but I can somewhat communicate with them.

Since they always listen to the Mexican Polka, I always ask them when they were going to take me dancing. (I didn't think they actually would . . ) Let's just say they took me way too soon.

So . . Rosa . . yes, Rosa . . called me and started speaking in Spanish at one million words per minute saying that her friends were going to go clubbing and that she wanted me to come. I felt bad so I agreed. I told her that I am not 21 yet and that I don't think I could go to many places. She said it was all good and to meet her downtown. As we get downtown, I realize that you must be 21 to go! I was freaking out, but Rosa and her friend weren't. We go up to the bouncer while Rosa winks and does her thang(yes. thang) and he asks for our id's. My heart races. My throat tightens. I wouldn't last a day in jail. (can you tell I'm an over-analyzer?) He looks at the id, looks at my baby face, down at the id, and hands it back to me and smiles. How in the hell did I just get in to a club?! The shock didn't wear off until we were leaving. Let's just say that Mexican's can dance for hours no matter how sweaty they become. It was fun. I kind of felt like it was a bad scene of Jersey Shore, but it was all good. I had fun. I wish I brought my camera, but I was scared for many reasons to bring it.

My hips don't lie.

Love you long time.

S.L.L.B.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Blogger Neglected. My Apologies

Sorry Cyber-World.

I've been a little busy. I'll be telling you what I have been up to once I get some time to upload some pictures and scan a few polaroids.

I HAVE SOME NEWS!!!!

I found out what city I am going to be living in for 4 months! (drum roll please)

Ningyuan, China

I am sooooo friggen excited! It is just North of Hong Kong which is on the southern end of China. Want to see some pictures? ok!

Beautiful!

So green!

So the population is a little over 2 million people and it is super close to a lot of fun area's! I really cannot wait! I wish I was leaving tomorrow. Now I have to figure out what I am going to pack! I leave August 15th! Let's live it up before I leave, eh?

Salt Lake Lonely Boy

Friday, June 11, 2010

And I Was Like . . . .

Baby, Baby, Baby Nooooo

So this week, I have been told that I look like Justin Bieber.

or Justin Bieber's older brother.

or what Justin Bieber will look like in five years.

I have heard this from about 69 people.

ok . . about ten. but ten in one week! WTF! I don't see it and was kind of offended the first time my boss told me of this doppleganger.

I know I look a little young, but THAT young?

I don't think so.

Salt Lake Lonely Boy

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Love is Blooming

It's that time of year . . .

Wedding Season

yeah . . tell me about it. As I watch the smiling faces, and diamond rings cover my fridge with that glossy embossed photo paper, the more I watch The O.C. and realize how pitiful life can be.

I recently went to one of my friend's receptions in Pepperwood that was simply beautiful. Very classy. Let's just say the bride's mom might be related to Jackie O, Oprah, or Michelle Obama. That kind of classy. I took a hot date, and got all styled up for my fourth reception in four weeks. (One a week isn't too bad I suppose.)

So any-who, as I leave, there was a basket filled with tissue paper in the shape of a flower that had some goodies inside. Me being a fat ass, I grab three or four of course. As I get in my car with my beautiful date, I open up this ball of tissue to discover these little black particles in the shape of rocks about the size of Willy Wonka's NERDS. I didn't know what they were so I shoved them all in my mouth. There was no taste, so I went on to the next bag . . . . still nothing. Then the next bag . . . nothing. I realize that maybe I should read what they say on them.

"Thanks for coming to our wedding and watching our love Bloom."

uhhh . . . I have no clue what they are. So when I get home, I show my mom the bag and she says, "Oh my gosh! How cute! They wrapped up wild flower seeds in this beautiful tissue paper! That is such a cute idea."

Well there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. I am going to be sprouting wild flowers out of my nose, ears, and mouth in only a matter of weeks.

All those little seeds need is sunshine and Salt Lake is not getting much of that as of lately.

SL Lonely Boy

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

So today . . . I watched the season finale of Gossip Girl.

Let's just say I was pretty emotional. I don't want to ruin it for anybody, but I have to wait 4 friggen months to find out if one of my favorite characters is still alive.

It's pretty sad how a television show can affect someone's mood.

JUDGE ME

Oh and I found out that I will be in China when Harry Potter 7 Part One comes out. I will go to the midnight showing (if they have one) by myself if I must.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Do You Remember?


Do you guys remember that one time when I woke up 30 minutes late and was almost late to work?

Do you remember when I was in such a hurry I accidentally put my sisters contacts (which are -4.75 prescription) in my eyes instead of mine and everyone thought I had pink eye because my eyes were bright red for hours?

Or that one time when I get to work and my boss gives me a billion tasks to do in a five hour shift?

Or that other time when I had to stay an hour later because an old lady couldn't decide on what jeans fit her wrinkly thighs the best?

Or what about that time when I decided to walk to my dog and a bird just happened to shit on my arm?

Or maybe you'll remember that time one of my best friends flirted all night with a girl I've been digging for months?

Oh and what about the time my mom decided to do a load of laundry for me and stained a whole load with rust?

Well maybe you don't remember because that all happened today . . . .

pictures via

Monday, April 26, 2010

Summer 2010 Plans/Goals


~Be on "The Price Is Right"
~Go to the Ellen Degeneris or Jay Leno show.
~Longboard Lombardt Street in San Francisco.
~Go to the pool at least twice a week.
~Go camping at least once a month.
~Work 40 - 60 hours a week unless on vacation.
~Sell My car and purchase a new longboard.
~Save $$$ for China.
~At least one kiss in the rain.
~Find my glasses or purchase a new pair. (accio glasses . . .)
~Salt Flats Photoshoot.
~Sing and play my guitar for Rachel Kime.
~Wakeboard at least twice a month.
~Job shadow Dr. Owens, or Dr. Jackson.
~Volunteer at either the M.D. camp or a local hospital.
~Play at a park.
~Visit my friends in West Yellowstone and Newport Beach.
~Concerts, Concerts, Concerts.
~Run the Ragnar Relay from Logan to Park City.
~Party hardy and live life as a 20 year old.

Salt Lake Lonely Boy

picture via

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dreaming With A Broken Heart

DREAMS

We ALL have them.
I'm not talking about the dreams we have when we rest our almond shaped eyes. I am talking about dreams of life, love, and prosperity. Everyone has their own dreams.
I have always dreamt big. Really big. Maybe even too big (is that possible?)

I want my life to be full of achievements.
Dreams differ from person to person. Some dreams may be easier to achieve than others, but they are still dreams nonetheless. I often have dreams that are bigger than life itself. Will I achieve them? I sure hope so

But when? I have found myself saying, "Yeah . . . that would be way fun to move somewhere and make something of myself . . . ." But what exactly is stopping me? Yeah . . sure . . . money can put a little damper on things. . but I need to start working on achieving my dreams rather than sitting here talking/blogging about them. I need to do them before its too late because they always say that life flies by and to enjoy it while your young.

Dream BIG

Nothing's stopping you.

S.L.L.B.

picture via


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Relationships Are For People Who Are Waiting For Something Better To Come Along

Sundays. I'm in a love/hate relationship with them these days. Living in Utah definitely has it's ups and downs. One of those downs being the majority of the city is closed on Sunday. oh well

So after my five mile hike up beautiful Millcreek Canyon with my friend Kristen, I decided to finish the night watching one of my favorite movies, Hitch.


Some of my favorite quotes come from that movie even though many of them are ridiculously cheesy.

Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.

Any guy can sweep any girl off her feet, he just needs the right broom.

Because that's what people do. They leap, and hope to God they can fly, because otherwise you just drop like a rock, wondering the whole way down, why in the hell did I jump? But here I am, Sarah, falling, and the only one that makes me feel like I can fly... is you.

Serena van der Woodsen . . I know you're out there. I'm looking for you.

Lonely Boy

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

N.C.M.O.

Now taking applications for N.C.M.O.'s

Call/Text/E-Mail/BBM/Write me if you're interested.

Now don't you all go crazy. This is for a limited time only.

Unfamiliar with the term N.C.M.O.?? Talk to your local cougar(as in BYU cougar, not sexy old ladies) and they shall keep you informed.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Molcasalsa

It was about 11:30 at night when my mother realized she needed to pay my sisters boyfriend for a new Wii remote and all she had was a hundred dollar bill. She had no clue where to go so I told her to treat me to a California Burrito at Molcasalsa because my man Hector would have change. So we go over there all chipper and order my delicious meal in the drive-thru. My dear friend Kara was with us as we chatted away in the Trailblazer. As the window is down, my mother is sliding her Benjamin back and forth in the window slot and all of the sudden it DISAPPEARS. She opens the door thinking the wind had taken it through the air, but nope. It was no where to be seen. Of course Kara and I were laughing thinking my mother was about to rage in to an array of curse words but she too giggled. As she rolled up her window, the sound of paper sliding against the windows had us completely silent. The bill slid in her car door where the window rolls down. I am still laughing about it. Now when she sells her car, she can say it's worth at least a hundred dollars, right?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gone Reading

Sorry if I haven't been texting/calling you back, I've just been sucked in to a book. Not just any book. A book that has me believing I am in a circus during the Depression era. {amazing}

Read it. I just hope they make the movie as good as the book. Like with good music, actors, and circus people.

(thanks kristen for lending me the book)

I need another book when I am done with this one. Suggestions?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Yesterday When We Were Young

CHANGE

The only constant in this crazy world.

It often can leave me speechless how quickly and abrupt things can change.

Moods

Emotions

Fashion

Music

Friends

I suppose I don't despise change or I'd still be that squirrelly little child with braces underneath those chunky cheeks, but whenever I stop to think about it, I am always left a little weary. Like I said, change can be a good thing, but it doesn't make it any easier. Much has changed for me since high school. I have some new awesome friends, which also means I only talk to a select few from Skyline. I work at a pretty cool place(not Einstein's)I am kind of figuring out what I am doing in school. My family has the most stability since my parent's divorce five years ago. As of lately, I have been indescribably happy.

The change that makes me bothersome is the change that has happened around me amongst some of my friends. Some are making choices in their lives that will forever change them. I am talking about the not-so-good choices. I guess all I can do is love them unconditionally and be there for them in times of need. Only recently have I realized how amazing my friends are. I have truly amazing people who inspire me to become the best Ryan Snow I can be. They support me no matter the mood I am in and what I desire for my future. They laugh at my non-comical jokes. They bring me ice cream when I'm having a down day. They take me out when I want to stay at home and read. I guess what I am trying to say is that my heart is full. I wish I could go around and thank every individual who has impacted me in some way, but I don't exactly know where I would stop.

THANK YOU

for supporting me through change.

p.s. How awesome would it be to live in Seattle?

advice please

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Woops . . .

So . . .

I got a girl pregnant . . .

APRIL FOOLS!

rofl

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Confession


So lately I have been bathing in new music and discovered that I take most lyrics to heart. They speak to my soul and I find that I connect myself with most songs. Is that a bad thing?

pictures via flickr

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Emporer's New Groove


Do you see these beautiful girls? Yeah. They are my friends. I have two friends in Peru. I am that cool. The other night, I had the opportunity to skype with them. I took a few pictures on my computer but I cannot find them at the moment and I have been looking for a good thirty minutes. My apologies Natalie and Talia. Ok so their names are Natalie and Talia. They are my friends. Even though I am secretly in love with Talia. It's not so much a secret anymore. 24 days until they come home. Talia will be going to Ogden and Natalie will be going to the sunny state of Arizona. I can not wait to be reunited with them. They are all laughs. If you don't know who they are, get on that. They are amazing people to have in your life and amazing friends. The friends that you will have for years and years. See you in a while girls. Talia. I am single.

pictures via Natalie's blog.(i don't know how to do a friggen link)


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Never-Ending Lists

twenty five things that make me smile a little bit . . .


1. Getting warm from the steam of the dishwasher.


2. A new pair of jeans.


3. Fortune Cookies.


4. Seeing Shape-Up's on campus.


5. Getting commission off a $500 sale.


6. Adding music to my iPod.


7. Finishing the whole burrito at Cafe Rio.


8. Making new friends.


9. Watching Polaroids develop before your eyes.


10. "Extra Shot Mondays" and sometimes Tuesdays.


11. Paying it Forward.


12. Hanging with my cousins.


13. Freckles.


14. Beating Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart.


15. Going out to breakfast with friends.


16. Crossing things off a "To-Do" list.


17. Working hard for a good grade.


18. Getting a girl's number.


19. Banana Cream Pie and Samoa Cookies.


20. Rearranging my furniture.


21. Whitening my teeth.


22. Having sore muscles after working out.


23. Finishing off a gallon of milk.


24. Treating Little Rojita to a nice car wash.


25. Watching flowers bloom in the Spring.

pictures via flickr