April 15, 1995 – Saturday – 1:20 a.m.

It’s been a long day!  To me it is still Friday, so I will refer to it as such.

I went out to eat with Dan, Charlie, and Jaime today.  We ate at The Parson’s Table in Historical Jonesboro, Tennessee.  Dan works there and had a $50 gift certificate to help cover the cost for all of us, but it was still an expensive lunch.  Amazing meal though.  The restaurant is beautiful.  It’s in this old church.

After lunch we went out to Dan’s place.  Dan is 25-years-old.  He is from Oregon and currently attending Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City.  He arrived here about two weeks before I did.  He stays at a house with four other guys who attend Emmanuel.  He lives out in the country in Eastern Tennessee.  It was so beautiful out there today.  The three of them talked summer business for the youth group.  I went for a walk while they did that for their back yard is a huge mountain.

I found a trail and followed it a little ways.  The trees are beginning to bloom.  It was so beautiful.

Dan’s hobby is photography.  He’s very good at it.  I saw several of his photo albums.  I realized that there is so much I don’t know and so much I haven’t seen.  When he came to school here, he drove all the way from Oregon to Eastern Tennessee.

Do you realize how much of America that is?  I’ve seen so little of America.

Dan went to work and on the way back home we stopped at Milligan College to simply look at it.  It was a beautiful school.  I saw a student walking on the sidewalk by himself.  I realized that he had loved somebody in his past.  And at the same time he was walking, there was a girl on that campus thinking of another guy on that campus.  Somebody is falling in love with someone else on that campus right now.

Every student has their own story to tell.

When Charlie and I got back to Lees-McRae we had a water gun fight.  We both soaked each other.  We went to see Tommy Boy later on.  It was funny, but Act Ventura and Billy Madison were funnier.

Charlie really is just a big baby.  Tonight he did everything just to get his way.  It hurts a lot.  He puts me down and doesn’t even know he is doing it.  He thinks that Performing Arts is a waste of my college life.  He just doesn’t see me.

I complement him all the time, about how good of a preacher he is and about how I value you him as my brother in Christ.  But he just tosses me around.  And I let him.

Perhaps he will see me one day.

The guy who lives across the hall from me is named Mike.  Tonight, around midnight he and I went to see the Brown Mountain Lights.  It is supposedly an unexplainable natural phenomenon.  During the day you see nothing, but when you look towards that ridge at night you see what looks like a flashing city, but it is only trees.  Some say they are UFOs, others say they are the spirits of dead Indians.

There are so many mysteries on this earth that cannot be explained.

And truthfully…I think Emily and I are one of them.

I love you Emily.