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Free Lunch #66 (RIP the Jedi Order)

Hello there you smouldering shakesnacks. Today is Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Free Lunch. If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just type for five minutes about whatever I fancy and post it on my blog. I’m going to stop including the ‘Starting at’ part, because it’s pretty pointless.

I was considering not doing a Free Lunch today because of how much schoolwork I need to do tonight, but I decided I could just write this on the bus. I’ve got an essay due for ELA tomorrow, and my math teacher just sprung the EoC (End of Course test) on the class, so I need to study for that. It’s kind of ridiculous that she only gave us two day’s notice on it though. Other than that, I need to practice Trumpet for my band concert that’s in two weeks. I’ve got most of the songs down, I just need to work on keeping my tone quality good when playing for a long time.

I’m going to try to make the Smiles and Tears into a jazz cover, but I don’t think I’m good enough at composing for that yet.

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of the post!

Baiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

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Free Lunch #65

Hello there you cardboard cats. I wish I could give you a good reason for why I haven’t been posting, but all I can tell you is that I was burned out and lacked the motivation. I’m posting now because a song reminded me of sitting on the bus, listening to piano music and writing Free Lunch. So that’s what I’m doing now. If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just type for five minutes about whatever I feel like writing about.

Starting at 4:52.

I’d like to start off by apologizing for not posting all the neat stuff we had planned for this year or posting at all. However, in the mean time a lot has happened. I’ve gotten noticeably better at all of my instruments except Piano, which is difficult to find the time to practice for. Tomorrow I have a Trumpet audition that determines my placement at my high school next year. I’m hoping for Wind Ensemble, but that’s kind of a long shot. The piece I’m playing is pretty difficult, but I’ve got all my scales down. I’m really hoping the sightreading parts aren’t too trying.

I’ve been playing a lot of Super Smash Bros recently on my 2DS with my friends. I’m about second best in the group, and I’m maining Sonic and Toon Link. I’m also a bit into Earthbound, and I’m learning Smiles and Tears on the Guitar.

That’s all the writing I have time for, so thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post! And thanks to Victoria and mr. bubbles for continuing to post in my absence. And thanks to you readers for sticking around!

Baiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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Free Lunch #64

Hello there you emo omelets! Today is Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Free Lunch! If you don’t know what a Free Lunch is, I basically just type for five minutes on either my laptop or phone. I have plenty to talk about today, so I should be able to actually type the whole time. I’m starting at 8:20.

I started off today with a tour of my soon-to-be high school, Hume Fogg Academy! The impression it left on me was that high school is going to be really fun. A lot of the teachers were talking about how difficult the increased workload would be, but I think I’m going to be fine in that corner. We peeped in on the Band class during one of their rehearsals, and they sound awesome! It’s kind of inspired me to try to become amazing at Trumpet over the summer, which was already on my ‘maybe’ list of summer activities.

Fast forward a few hours, and I’m in Physical Science watching the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll put a link to the liftoff here. I got to watch the rocket launch on a live stream, and it was super cool. My teacher was jumping up and down in excitement when it made it into the air. It was pretty great, maybe I can be an Astronaut Trumpet player?

At the end of the school day, we had a Pep Rally. Most of my friends and I got to play in the Pep Band for it. It was pretty exhilarating to play in front of almost 500 people.

I’m all out of time for today, thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post! I hope all of you are having a great day, and if you aren’t, you can still change that now!

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Free Lunch #63 (7×9 edition!)

Hello there you computational contact forms. Today is Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Free Lunch. If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just get on either my laptop or phone and try to write legibly for five minutes without stopping. I’m writing on my phone today, so this will probably be on the shorter side.

Starting at 9:19.

A lot has happened since last Free Lunch, but luckily, you have me to catch you up on my recent life! I have my confirmational job interview on Friday at 6:30, and I will most likely get the job (unless for some reason I don’t pass the drug test, which is impossible). If I do, I will be making from anywhere between $2,500 to $6,500 a year, not counting taxes or Social Security. That’s still a lot of money! I think I’m going to save about half of my monthly paycheck, and spend the half on stuff like musical instruments and video games. I’m really excited to be starting my first job!

In other news, the band got a name change! Cubix Rubes, your boring reign is over, pave the way for Coocoloris! I got Coocoloris as a reCAPTCHA the other day, and I wrote it down because I thought it was a good name for something. You can check out our Soundcloud page here! Thanks in advance for checking out my music!

I’m out of time for today, so thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post!

Have a good day/night/life!

Baiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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Free Lunch #62

Hello there you chilling cartridges! If you don’t know what a Free Lunch is, I just get on either my laptop or phone and type for five minutes without stopping. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, and regardless of how much has happened since then, in usual fashion I’m still probably run out of things to say.

Starting at 7:45.

Today I had my first job interview, and I think I have a good chance of getting the job. I’m trying out for the supermarket that my step-dad works for, so unless I royally screw up on the first day, I’ll probably be able to adapt and integrate it into my lifestyle. I’ll be working on Bagging, so I need to practice my social skills a bit before I start, as I am expected to interact with every customer near me.

In musical news, I really haven’t done much composing recently. I’m learning Great Fairy Fountain on Guitar, and practicing Megalovania for Trumpet (as usual), but I seem to have left the Piano behind. I’m going to try to start playing it again every day, because the reason I’m not playing as much is less of me not wanting to, and more of me forgetting about it. I’ve screwed around with some lyrics as well, but I haven’t really found anything that strikes a chord with me (PUN INTENDED) recently. Wouldn’t it be a disappointing career if I released one emo song and then never wrote again? I think it would be, so I’m making an effort to try and write something every day, even if it’s short or bad. If I don’t practice writing, I’ll never improve.

I’m out of time for today, so thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post! I’m going to attempt posting regularly again, I’m really sorry about Throwback Week not happening on time. Consider it rescheduled, for a surprise date!

Baiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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2017 Snippets and Highlights!

Hello there you lit lights! Today i’m going to be giving you a bit of a year-in-review type post, just showing some highlights from 2017 on the blog. I know this isn’t really an announcementMost of them aren’t even really highlights, just fun snippets from the past for us to look back on.

January:

The most popular post in January was Staruday by Maz.

Victoria made her debut on the blog in her first ever post.

We hit 300 followers the day before the new year.

Jamie announced The Nerd and His Brother!

And I finally beat Sans.

February:

The most popular post in February was Hello There You Contest by Riley.

Jordan joined the blog with a first post hacked by Victoria!

Victoria opened up with a song from her past.

We learned about Ribbon Worms with Maz.

Jamie gives you the chance to win a free iPhone 7 as your boy Top5INSANE!

I leak the identity of the 13th Doctor.

March:

The most popular post in March was bedhead by Victoria.

NOSEGAY.

Victoria puts out the first chapter of her book.

I start playing the piano and see Twenty One Pilots in concert.

Rileys Backpack won two awards at the 2016-2017 Camster Origami Blogger Awards.

April:

The most popular post in April was Victoria’s Panic! At The Disco concert review.

Jordan debuts Cat’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

I actually got a few people with my annual ” I’m leaving” April Fools joke.

Jamie and Victoria release their co-written book!

May:

The most popular post in May was THE TRUTH…(and actual information) by Jamie.

Victoria brings the age-old question back up for examination. Is the Earth flat?

I start up Somewhere Else.

Jamie puts out his best post.

Jordan does a cover of Up On Melancholy Hill.

You get to learn about auras with Maz!

June:

Jordan puts out the most popular post of all time.

A Rileys Backpack collage is made by Jordan for hitting 400 followers!

ducks.

Victoria encounters more than her daily dosage of flags in pride fest.

Jamie shares a picture from his childhood. Twice.

July:

The most popular post of the month was a part of my views experiment.

Jordan builds a dock!

We learn how to make our own LAYs with Jamie!

I wrote a post that didn’t stand out to the scores of other posts.

August:

The most popular post of the month was a part of my views experiment.

Thanks to you guys, our domain is saved!

Jamie gives you his Fav Fiv-Marvel Movies.

Jordan puts her self-portrait on the blog.

You get advice from Victoria on how to cure a terrible disease.

September:

The most popular post of the month was Jamie’s pun-a-palooza!

Jordan is back and thiccer than ever.

Heartstrings comes out on Soundcloud.

Jamie longs for the good old days.

October:

The most popular post of the month was Free Lunch #48.

Jamie talks about dissecting the Last Jedi trailer.

Jordan asks for feedback on her tunes.

The most searched term on search engines was “is bigfoot riley”.

November:

The most popular post of the month was my net neutrality Free Lunch.

Jamie puts out a spoiler-free review of Thor Ragnarok.

You get to listen to all the new hip music with Jordan’s november playlist!

My Twerp Book Review goes out.

December: 

The most popular post of the month was Jordan’s artists to listen to.

The author of Twerp left a comment on my review!

The 5 Days of Announcements ran from December 27th to 31st.

Jamie found a used toothbrush under his Christmas tree.

Victoria talked about 2017 as a year.

I debuted a new series, What’s Cooking.

We hit 500 followers!

We added the almighty apostrophe!!!!

Th-th-th-th-th-that’s all folks!

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post.

I hope you enjoyed it, I spent a couple hours working on it. Here’s to a Happy New Year!

Baiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

 

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“5 Days of Announcements” Day 3 – 2017 Highlights!

On the last day of the year, I’ll put out this post that I’ve worked on for a couple hours! Here’s a sneak peek!

March:

The most popular post in March was bedhead by Victoria.

NOSEGAY.

Victoria puts out the first chapter of her book.

I start playing the piano and see Twenty One Pilots in concert.

Rileys Backpack won two awards at the 2016-2017 Camster Origami Blogger Awards.

That’s all the preview you get for now…

Here’s a gif so that this post doesn’t get immediately ignored by everyone on Twitter!

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post, and get ready for tomorrow, it’s an explosive announcement!

Baiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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“5 Days of Announcements” Day 2 – Throwback Week

Hello there you imaginary friends. I’m here today for Day 2 of the 5 Days of Announcements”!

Throwback week is going to take place January 14th to 21st, and will basically be a giant celebration of our time on Rileys Backpack. Expect the start of vlogs, revived old series, and appearances from guest authors!

You should be ready to see some new issues of Food World, a new chapter of my sci-fi novel Explosive Hotdogs (yes that’s right, this is from 2013), and Total Drama: Rileys Backpack Style Season 3!

An example of Free Lunch. Pretty bad. But the new ones will be good!

If you have any suggestions for revived series, make sure to leave them in the comments below! Wow! This post is exciting! Almost every sentence ended with an exclamation mark!

Thanks for reading!

Baiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

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Free Lunch #61 (Nintendo Switch Edition!)

Hello there you congratulatory glass shards. Today is Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Free Lunch! If you don’t know what Free Lunch is, I just get on either my laptop or phone and try to type for five minutes without stopping. I’m on my laptop today so the post will be slightly longer than usual. I’m a tad late, but that’s only because I’ve been playing video games all day!

Starting at 9:44.

As you may have deduced already, I got a Nintendo Switch yesterday! I had previously received Mario Kart and Super Mario Odyssey (thanks again!), so I was able to get a headstart on collecting all the Power Moons. At the time of writing, I have about 70 collected in my co-op game with Saoirse, and Brendan has about 40. I’m going to try and get every Power Moon and make it to the Darker Side of the Moon in Super Mario Odyssey. I ordered the new Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild on Amazon, and it should arrive from December 28th to January 3rd. I head back to school on the 3rd, so I’m really hoping that it gets here sooner rather than later so I can have some time to really check out the game. I think I’ve really gotten some inspiration from all these great video game songs, so be on the lookout for a new song in the near future!

I also got this really cool light-up potion from my uncle on Christmas Eve!

I’m out of time, so thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post!

Baiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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Merry Christmas 2017!

Or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, just Happy Holidays.