Sunday, November 1, 2009

My First Halloween In England

So last night was Halloween here in Oxford and it reminded me a lot of how the holiday has changed in my life since I was little. I remember Halloween being my favorite holiday, as I would roam the buildings in New York loading up on candy and treats that my mother usually threw out the next morning. Halloween here in England used to be more of a performance than just handing out candy to little kids. People here used to have to all gather at a house and preform for people. Afterward they would get some kind of reward to show the appreciation of the people hosting the event. It was not until we Americans turned Halloween into a night of excess candy collection that the holiday deteriorated. However, being the American patriot I have become over here at times, I will say that I like our way better.
Celebrating the event, I went to a bop(that's the word for party here) on Saturday night to discover a few things. Firstly, as most of the music was American, I recognized it, but the specific songs that were being played amazed me. Now I like throwback backstreet boys and Britney Spears songs as much as the next person, but I really haven't heard much of that music since it was popular back in high school. I now know who in the world is keeping the record sales of those groups still alive.
As for the rest of the week, it was rather uneventful with classes and study time with the occasional basketball playing thrown in. I found myself wondering, especially this week, what my life would be like if I rewound the clock and was back in Louisville at this time a year ago. Basketball practice would be dominating my life, as I have absolutely no desire to go through the psychical aspect again what the guys on the team are going through right now. I am not exactly sure when games start this year exactly but they are probably soon. It will be a challenging year for the Cards with all that is currently surrounding the program, but I have no doubt that they will pull through. I am still trying to figure out exactly how I am going to catch a game this year, but hopefully I can make it back to Lville for one....Anyway, I hope everyone back home had a great Halloween and is doing well.


  1. hey will,
    gamws here have already started. well, there`s been one exhibition game against georgetown, and there`s one against bellermine this wednesday. ( we won against georgetown, obviously(= ) personally, it was really hard for me to be at that first game without you. you were my absolute favorite and it`s gonna take some getting used to.
    also, i thought of you thi weekend, cause i heard someone somewhere say "do they have halloween in england ?" and someone else said "no." and i was like "what ? no. yes they do. will scoot said so." haha.
    and i`m sorry this was really long.

  2. Wow! Your mother sounds kind of mean!! :)

  3. ... i heard you dressed up as something...?

  4. Wanted to let you know, UofL won their opening game tonight vs Arkansas by 30...they were on fire with threes, trying to live on with your legacy :) Hope things are going well in England!

  5. Let's be honest buddy. I know you love the Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys. We heard you singing it in your room freshmen year when Shawn wasn't in the room. Actually I think Shawn was in the room.

    Hope England is going well. I am in Washington right now but should be going to Monaco sometime during the summer. If you are still in Europe you should come down.



  6. Wow, very cool, Oxford! You're the man. I thought you'd like to know that I show your story often with others, how you gave up your scholarship for someone else on the team that needed it more. I don't think you told me, but I heard from someone about the kind act. Sure impressive and a great example:) Neat blog