Snazzy Suits 2.0

Hello.

When I first started this blog, I wanted to see whether or not I could be able to handle the responsibility it takes to build and maintain a great website. I also wanted a public, personal place to develop my writing skills, as well as a number of odd ideas I’ve had. Since that time, I’ve made a number of mistakes that have prevented me from dedicating any time to achieving those goals. Unfortunate still, I’m not especially sure if I’m in a better position to dedicate time than I was when I made my first post two years ago. However, while I don’t know if I’m in a better position, I do know that I’m infinitely more willing to try.

Yes, it has been far too long since I’ve posted anything, and the unyielding force of time has made me forget how much (positive) anticipation I get from writing something for people to read. Reading over my first posts though, has made me reflect on how much I miss putting something out for public viewing. This is not to say that they were all good, however. The special “present” for my dad is sure to be one of my absolute favorite things I’ve written, while the second post has left me wondering how little sleep I had when I was writing it. And I definitely wouldn’t mind tightening things up or fixing some horribly egregious grammar errors. I guess those are just part of the risks you take…

Way back in my first post, I said that “the chief reason why I started this blog is because I love to write.” I hope I can prove that, and that it won’t be a complete disaster this time.

So, assuming all goes well, expect some things in at least the coming months.

Thanks to all those who’ve stopped by and to all those who will.

-Chris

Happy Anniversary of Julius Caesar’s Death!

Hello!

For those keeping track at home it’s been almost a year since I’ve last updated my “daily” blog. There are a lot of factors and a number of reasons why this is, chief among them being that I just wasn’t prepared to take on the challenge.

Well now that some time has passed I think that I am able to handle more – not “daily blog” more, but definitely more than what I’ve published. So anyone still willing to check me out can expect something substantial on a more frequent basis – my goal is at least a post every two weeks – and hopefully a greater variety of stuff. I’ve had ideas that I’ve wanted to explore since I began Snazzy Suits and with a little persistence on my end it looks like I can make that happen.

Thanks for taking the time to read. And check back often for new things that I find cool…

…like THIS for instance!

-Chris

P.S. Happy belated Pi Day!

EDIT: So apparently this didn’t post yesterday, my mistake. But since we’re here, Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Stranger Than Fiction: Getting to know you

As promised, here is my first column for my school’s newspaper, The FAMUAN:

Hello, welcome to the first of what I hope to be an ongoing column. I want our time together to be as personal as possible, so here are a few basic things to know about me and the future of the column.

Some of you might be wondering why I would choose “Stranger Than Fiction” as a title. For starters, I wanted the title to emphasize the complex, often-strange nature of the world. We attend such a unique school during a time of huge social and technological progression and hopefully the title reflects its varied, exciting character. Also, I am going to be writing about books fairly often, so I think it is a nice turn-of-phrase.

Speaking of books, I have a lot of “favorites” when it comes to books and various other media. Probably the best way to describe my tastes is “eclectic,” and I tend to consider a lot of examples. To give you an idea of what you’re working with; I can easily go about reading “A Farewell to Arms” after having just seen Back to the Future Part II, while simultaneously listening to Ben E. King’s Stand by Me and eating a genuine Philly Cheesesteak.

This most likely has to do a lot with my background as a military brat and having to move every few years. I spent my infancy living in Georgia and Texas before moving to North Carolina and then Virginia. Afterwards, my family set up shop in Minnesota before moving to Iowa, where I spent the majority of my childhood. We then moved back to Georgia before finally settling down near Washington D.C.

Besides writing, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and the occasional hike. However, being on a shoestring budget hasn’t really afforded me a lot of opportunity to indulge in them this year, so writing has been my “go-to” hobby.

As is the case with most writers, I hope to establish an intellectual discussion between everyone reading my work. A public forum is a precious thing and I want to make sure that I provide the best material possible.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email me and the rest of The FAMUAN staff. I like to think that we accept criticism well, and I promise I won’t bite.

Hopefully you’ll get something out of this. I want to offer something significant and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what I can do.

Observant readers might be keen to point out that there are similarities between this and my first post on Snazzy Suits. That would be because I used it as the basis. Fortunately, I don’t think it counts as plagiarism seeing as I wrote it.

Let me know what you think. And as always, thanks for stopping by!

 

-Chris

 

*I know I said that these would be available every Wednesday, but there was some mis-communication on my part and it had to be pushed back to a later edition of the paper. During that time I edited to make it as personable as possible. Anyway, I’m sorry for the delay.

** Also, have a great weekend!

New News!

Okay, so another week where I try to justify why I missed my already sketchy deadlines. Well, this time I think it’s a little more legitimate.

As is usually the case, school work has been eating into my time, but that’s nothing new. What’s really been an obstacle for me was making sure that I divide my time and priorities evenly. As such, I’ve taken it upon myself to make a weird semi-convoluted schedule for myself. Hopefully this means more posts per week, but I can’t make any promises, sorry.

What I CAN promise, however, is at least one new article every Wednesday during April. The reason? I’ve just been made a columnist for my school’s newspaper, The FAMUAN. I’m extremely excited, but also anxious about the consistent deadline (if you couldn’t tell already, I’m kind of a slow writer). No worries, though, I’m confident that I can put out a good job. So look forward to a new column here: Snazzy Suits’ “Stranger Than Fiction.”

Until then, have a great weekend everyone!

-Chris

Critical Hit!

Hi Everybody!

As some may have noticed – what with my lack of regular updates per week – keeping up with a blog is proving to be more challenging than I anticipated. However, I knew from the start that this would be different for me and I intend to do my best. I promise to make an effort to update more frequently with some new ideas for posts, features, and maybe even videos! So if you want to see me embarrass myself, stay tuned.

In the mean time, that still leaves Snazzy Suits without a significant, satisfying post. Not to worry though, I have that covered. Below, you will find an opinions article I did for my school’s newspaper The FAMUAN, courtesy of Florida A&M University’s newspaper staff. It’s been my experience that people sometimes relieve stress or anger by tearing into something, be it physically or mentally. As a sign of goodwill, feel free to rip this article a new one with absolute fervor. Edit, lambaste, throw fire at it, anything you want.

The experience of living on a campus as a freshman is similar to the experience of an average childhood in that each provides important development, but would probably not want to be fully relived by anyone. Surprisingly, the reasons why one would not want to relive either experience are also similar: there is an implied lack of freedom as well as an overall restriction on one’s life.

For a number of freshmen, the prime example for this implied lack of freedom is the rule which, in effect, denies freshmen use of their own vehicle on campus. The merits of this rule can be debated, but there is no doubt that its existence can feel very discouraging for freshmen, as owning a car has been a sign of maturation and freedom for teenagers since the 1950’s.

It should be said that not having a car is just a feature in the underlying “problem” of staying on campus as a freshman: the relative limitations of engaging in one’s personal lifestyle choices.

This problem can find its way in something as simple as food choice. Out of monetary and scheduling convenience, a freshman might have to go to the same nearby places for food he or she might not necessarily want.

Where the conflict might be most common however, is the living circumstances in dorm rooms. It goes without saying that the communal nature of dorm rooms is expected to be different from how most students have lived up until that point, but the disturbances placed on many residents (whether by staff or other residents) can be disheartening.

For instance, in Sampson Hall many are often vocal about mandatory meetings and the $25 dollar charge for a misplaced key card. Residents are likewise vocal about the occasional late-night fire alarm prank as well as the need to wipe toilet seats of urine.

As an out-of-state, full-time student, it is for the best to stay on campus during the sophomore year, but given enough funds it is easy to see living in an apartment instead.

However, this is not to say that staying on campus freshman year is detrimental.

The likelihood of having one’s desires and lifestyle completely accommodated is slim, and it is good to have that lesson reinforced. Additionally, the living situation of dorms provides a chance for residents to meet potential friends who might not have otherwise interacted.

As was mentioned before, living on campus freshman year is an important development similar to childhood. And like childhood, there comes a point where one accepts that development and begins to establish who he or she wants to become.

If you see anything wrong, or want to chime in with your opinion, post it loudly in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!

-Chris