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103/103: I write you visions of my summer, it was the best I ever had

Well this is it. Number 103. I did it! I finished this project and not one single day did I feel it was a pain in the ass. I had fun with it and because I didn't put strict limits on it. So what if I sometimes waited a week to upload the past 7 days and sometimes it was taken past midnight. The main point was that I took a photo that somehow represented my day for every single day this summer minus one day that I spent traveling 12 hours straight and a day that I didn't have my camera on me (except I actually did, on Chelsea's camera but I never go the picture). Technically today is my last day of summer because the first day of classes were cancelled due to the hurricane. There was no hurricane today, in fact I went to the pool with Amanda and Margaux today it was so nice, but because of this weekend people weren't able to move in until today so being a commuter, it was an extra day of summer for me. But I decided to end it on the day it was supposed to, yesterday. This project was more to make a documentation of my summer, which by the way was THE BEST SUMMER EVER, rather than become a better photographer and take world class photos. I had fun with it, I really did. Every day I looked forward to taking a photo in a different location. I'd think to myself "yes I can add another town to my locations in my 103 and a new friend and story!" I will never forget this summer because from the start I knew it would be perfect, and it was. Definitely the best of my life, and even though tomorrow I start my junior year of college (kind of scary), I am making a promise to continue to stay happy with my life and keep busy as much as I did this summer whether it's school work, activities on campus, work or all of the above. This year I am happy. And just a little recap of this summer....

 

 

36 cities

4 states

2 countries

4 neighborhoods in NYC

 

I saw quite a lot of wonderful live music.

I made some amazing new friends.

Saw some old friends.

Met a friend I already knew.

Ended some friendships for the better.

Realized I'm okay with other friendships.

Faced my fears.

Drove many, many miles (3,000+ only counting the second half of the summer).

Went swimming in 2 lakes, the Long Island Sound, and a pool.

 

 

Here in this diary,

I write you visions of my summer.

It was the best I ever had.

There were choruses and sing-alongs,

and that unspoken feeling

of knowing that right now is all that matters.

All the nights we stayed up talking

listening to 80's songs;

and quoting lines from all those movies that we love.

It still brings a smile to my face.

I guess when it comes down to it...

 

Being grown up isn't half as fun as growing up:

These are the best days of our lives.

The only thing that matters

is just following your heart

and eventually you'll finally get it right.

 

Breaking into hotel swimming pools,

and wreaking havoc on our world.

Hanging out at truck stops just to pass the time.

The black top's singing me to sleep.

Lighting fireworks in parking lots,

illuminate the blackest nights.

Cherry cokes under this moonlit summer sky.

2015 Riverside, it's time to say, "goodbye."

Get on the bus, it's time to go.

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Taken on August 28, 2011