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A short weekend.. TIP Life #4

Yeah yeah it’s Monday.. deal with it.

But here is a special announcement that may make it worth it.

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Hello, and welcome to tip life. The series chronicling my adventures at Duke Tip summer studies this summer.

Previously on TIP Life..

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Jamie had class, learned about detective fiction, and the seeds for camp memes were planted in the ground. Now we find him waking up on Saturday morning..

I woke up on Saturday on time because we have a half day of class Saturday. To be honest I don’t remember much of that day of class but I’m pretty sure we watched CSI:LA. After lunch we went back to the dorms and hung out until…. *audible gasp* time for dinner. After dinner came….

The dance.

So many expectations… and all were disappointing. The first dance was in a convention hall on college campus with bad songs, no refreshments, and a NO PHONE policy. So yeah.

They played some decent songs at the end (namely American Pie) but other than that I just sat around for 2 hours.

Later we got to hang out for a pretty long time and play more Nintendo Switch, so the day left on a high note!

I fell asleep thinking about my victory over the haters with my sick dance moves….

But the REAL battle finally began on Sunday when we had TIP Sync, a Lip Sync completion. Our group was a cringe compilation of bad choreography and Hooked on A Feelin’. We all were kinda nervous for it but in the end nobody remembered our group’s because everyone else was really good.

I did make more friends as time progressed so there is a positive! Also on the weekends the dining hall had better food.

That concluded this short weekend TIP Life, but week two gets really good! So I’ll see you next Thursday for a mystery of a TIP Life.

So similarly to when I tripped and was late to breakfast:

For the record I vouched for us to Lip Sync Never Gonna Give You Up

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Amateur Detectives and Memes-TIP Life #3

Hey guys. It’s TIP life time!

Waaaaaaay late I know. I explained all my decisions in the last LAY, so check that out here.

But anyways, flashback to last time on TIP.

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Jamie woke up late, but still managed to get to breakfast. He then found his button up, went to class, and had a relatively uneventful evening. We now find him talking about the next day..

I woke up more or less on time Tuesday, and went to class. Most of the first day was meeting my classmates and generally being awkward. However the next 4 days (the week) generally has more material.

So without further ado..

Class in Week One

As remembered by Jamie Watson

First of all my teacher introduced the class and had us swear our allegiance to the detectives code the curly locks of Blueberry Pumpkinpatch (Benedict Cumberbatch). After all of us were sworn in on the sharpened nose of Benadryl Cukecumberman

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we were divided up into the great agencies of detective work. The CIA, MI-6, NSA, and of course the U.S Forestry service. And I bet you’ll never guess which one I got.

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We were the laughingstock of the groups just for our name, but I was actual okay with it because my great-grandfather was in the forestry. Shout out to you James Watson the First!

Anyways we played a really fun twist on 2 truths and a lie where you can interrogate the people. So if I said “I met the Rock,” you could ask “Where? How? When?”. This way it adds skill to the game. So after the entire class interrogated one person each group decided which one was the lie. If you were right your agency got a point, if you were wrong they didn’t.

I do not exaggerate when I say that my group was 8 points behind the agency in 3rd place by the end of it all. So now all the other groups have a legitimate way to laugh at us.

So agency points as I remembered:


Forestry: Last


But we learned about so many interesting things this week.

  • Edgar Allan Poe actually wrote the first amateur detective story and is considered the grandfather of amateur detective fiction
  • We examined different portrayals of Sherlock Holmes
  • We watched the Clue movie and examined that
  • We learned about New Historicism

The list goes on and on, but if you want to know more about anything just comment and I’ll answer.

The main project for this week was putting on our own play. We all worked together to write a murder mystery with audience interaction and a loose plot. I played Brad Whitford, the a friend of Sherlock Holmes that imposed on Watson’s position of best friend. Naturally Watson had to murder me after she murdered some other person for no reason. She then tried to murder ANOTHER of Sherlock’s friends but then she was stopped. I was being helpful and manning a concession stand at a soccer game when she shoved me in a freezer and I froze to death in 20 minutes. After that I was discovered by Emo Girl (her name in the script) and unceremoniously dragged out and never referenced again except for the conclusion. Guess I wasn’t actually that good a friend of Sherlock. However the line, “Why was he taking a nap in the freezer?’ became a meme for the entirety of camp. It’s even in our Term Book:

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And while reading Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ aloud one classmate read Orangutan

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But with emphasis on the ‘OTANG’. So she said Orang…….OTANG! And whenever we were reading and that word came up we would always say Orang…….OTANG. Ah, it was great.

But the true meme for our class is one blissfully useful word: ameliorate. A word that every student in my class knew backwards, forwards, and on their knuckles since the first week.

Allow me to explain. You see our Instructor Trent used a wonderful vocabulary that borrowed works from various generations and talked in a manner not unlike I imagine Plato did.

But one word he said a couple of times was ameliorate, and our class clung to it like and Orang….OTANG clings to a branch.

So yeah, amelioration was in the air that first week.

And next TIP Life I will have some amelioration photos for you all to see.

Outside of class, I made more friends in my RC group and we tried to do a movie night. However they couldn’t figure the sound system out so we just listened to the ‘acoustic edition’ of Big Hero 6.

That is all I remember for now, but next week on TIP Life we explore the weekend including a Lip-Sync battle, a prolonged dance, and a messy room.

Until then I just wanted to say:

TIP of the hat to you if you read this post!


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A Night to Remember-TIP LIFE Episode 1

Hello world! Did you miss me? I’m guessing not since I had a scheduled post like 2 days ago, but the real posts will be flooding in once more. 

I would like to welcome you to TIP Life, the post series that explores my adventures in the second happiest place on earth (yes I said it).

I just flew back from North Carolina and boy are my arms tired! Okay, just read the post.

The TIP program I went to was a 3 week Summer Studies course where you pick a class, go to JUST THAT CLASS for 3 weeks, and learn about all the interesting stuff that that class entails. Also you do fun evening activities, events, and basically live at college. My college was Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

When we got to the campus, I felt energized, happy, excited, and terrified. We unpacked my clothes and toiletries, said awkward hellos to my RC group mates (RC stands for residential counselor, not Riley Chapman) and then my family left. This was a 3 week program so I was sad to say goodbye for so long, but as soon as they left I practically forgot they existed until I called them the next night.

But my room. OH, my room. I had been told that the accomodations at WFU were nice, but they were still wonderful. Huge rooms with only one roommate, two closets , two chests of drawers, a sink, and a fine bathroom that connects to suite-mates. roommates and suite-mates are a variable which I will not get into here, but they were fine and it was nice to have some reliability to wake me up when I inevitably slept in.

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Now you may be thinking Jamie, your camera must be amazing. What is it? Were can I buy it? Do you have a referral link in the description? If so what percent do you get? How long is the link valid? What if they sell out and restock? Will the link be busted?

Well to all of those questions, the answer is:

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I apologize in advance for this series’ lack of pictures. I had been advised to take pictures and I took some, just not a lot that pertain to specific things. So stock photos of Wake will have to do for most of this series. But I know everyone reading only reads for my cunning pros and my witty political satire so I won’t sweat it. *sarcasm*


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My Dorm Building: Luter Hall


But I made some friends, subsequently found out they wouldn’t be in my RC group, and drifted away to read, watch YouTube, and play Nintendo Switch (because of course someone brought a Nintendo Switch) until dinner time. At which time we went to dinner. A twist ending if there ever was one.

After dinner we went to an orientation and then went back to Luter. At which point I realized I left my button up at the dining hall. This is the first entry into the Jamie Loses Everything List, which will be updated frequently as the series continues.

We got back to Luter, hung out, and were generally having a swell time. Until.. IMG_1389.JPG

Yes, less than 24 hours in to camp and the fire alarm went off. Stranded outside with just my phone and no headphones (practically dying), I learned just how the fire trucks were summoned to my residence.

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or to be more specific this

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Basically a kid put Ramen noodles in the microwave (foreshadowed in paragraph 3) and put a towel over the top of the container. Maybe he didn’t see the ‘paper’ when he read the instructions saying to put a ‘paper towel’ on the cup of noodles.  Maybe he thought that if a paper towel got the job done well, a REAL towel would get it done fantastically.  Or maybe he simply wanted to mix it up a little bit. Whatever the case the towel started smoking and the fire alarms were triggered.Image result for triggered

Hours at Camp: 8 1/2

Fire Trucks: 2

Later I went to sleep listening to my sleep playlist, to which I will be adding one song each TIP LIFE episode.

Sleeping Wide Awake 

Song 1: Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin

And on that note TIP LIFE Episode One comes to a conclusion. If you read this whole post, tell me what your favorite type of noodles are in the comments!

That concludes this, and as I wept into my pillow when I learned the fate of that Ramen: