Posted: 2004-09-12 11:56:00
It’s been months, years, maybe even decades since i’ve posted in this thing. But now it is time I return. So bring out the fatted calf, and shun those of you who have been here all along.
This school year is going to rock my socks off, no doubt about it. First off, I’m living with the three coolest guys on campus. Steve Lang, Doug Small, and Mike Yonk are awesome. I couldn’t ask for better room mates, really. For instance, I got this wicked head cold the other day, and Steve made me some tea, Doug took my plate from the table at dinner (we’ll talk about dinners in a second) and Yonk kicked my ass in Madden 2005 (jerk). We’ve got ourselves a pretty ritzy place to live this year, a school owned townhouse. It’s huge!!! Two showers, full kitchen, living room, and four bedrooms each the size of a single dorm room. So far the best part is actually not relying on the campus cafeteria food. We go grocery shopping and really cook!! We’ve made chicken with rice and peas, various pastas, I whipped up a chilimac with really no clue what i was doing and it was delicious. It’s so fun each little piece of independence that you get.
As for classes, my MWF start off at 8:30 with a little Data Structures & Algorithms. Now if that isn’t a computer science class, then i don’t know what is. I get to wander back up to the apartment and eat lunch with Steve, and then the two of us make our way down to Old Main at 11:30 for a little Comparative Politics. Let me tell you right now, that class is going to suck ass. Why? Because I don’t care enough about any of that stuff to really find it interesting. It’s funny because Doug is a polisci major and very animate about his political views. From there its the short walk to Sorenson where my brain is squished and squashed in Psych 100. Good old intro level psychology, lots of timid freshman guys, lots of ridiculously cute freshman girls. T TH is a different story. I have one class...volleyball, and it’s not till 1:30 in the afternoon. So that rocks, plus so far the class has been a blast, and turns out im not too bad at volleyball (once again, lots of cute girls...there are 3 guys, 17 girls in that class...yowza!)
So the school year has gotten off to quite a good start. One small problem (i say small, but if you know me, you know it’s a lie) is that I can’t get my PS2 hooked up to the internet. This spells death for me. I’ve already sent out a direct, firm, but polite email to the head of out ITS department here. Hopefully I’ll get some answers, or heads are gonna roll.
Well, thats it for now, see some of you around campus, others while im home, and the rest of you in my dreams... yup.
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Posted: 2004-08-12 10:20:00
don't get me wrong, i can't wait to be done with work tomorrow, but im gonna miss these bagles. they are so freakin good. speaking of delicous, i went out to dinner with the fam last night in celebration of my sis getting for licsense...i know, crazy. we ate at 1776 in crystal lake where i had some strange fish called opaka. but here is the best part: one of their specials was a platter of Quial, Ostrich, and ANTELOPE!!!!! i wanted to get it, but it was a $35 meal, which i didn't feel like inflicting on my dad's wallet. but man, to have eaten antelope would have been great.
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Posted: 2004-08-09 15:06:00
wow, been a while since i've updated. Partially because i was in germany for 11 days, and the two days surrounding that were a blurr of jet lag. but also cos i've been really lazy. I've fallen behind on a lot of stuff, paying for school, paying for car, paying for phone...really just fallen behind on bills. but it's ok, i caught up. To start, Germany was amazing. Castles and beer. so much history. they seem to have this way of taking old structures and incorporating them into the modern world. whereas we take the old, knock it down and build a mini mall. they preserve, we destroy. I like germans, didn't meet an unfriendly person, and i speak minimal german now. just the basics, and some random words like Ausfahrt and Einfahrt, they mean Exit and Enter...but only while driving. if you're walking, it's Ausgard and Eingard...or something. And Zimmer Frei means they have rooms available. but thats irrelavant. We spent the first Five days with isaka (a foreign exchange student who stayed with us for my junior year in highschool)'s family in Apensen, a small town outside of Hamburg. something else about germany, there are no suburbs. its farmland with little farm towns all the way up to big cities, then BAM CITY CITY CITY CITY!!!! kinda cool. (i had been trying to change my password at work, but now im locked out of my computer, so i better not close this window) anyway, we bid farewell do the Hoerner family and drove 9.5 hours to Heidleburg. cool little place, stayed for 2 days. then drove to Salzburg, technically Austria, but pretty much still Germany. then we drove to Munich. my dad and i went bar hopping there, wow. so many little places...so much beer, so many double shots of bailey's on ice. fun times. Munich is an amazing city, chicago sucks nuts compaired to it. it's busy, but organized with clean and easy public transportation and its beautiful. i don't know why, but everyone else in the world calls Germany Duetchland, and they call Munich Munchen. why did we change it? cos we suck. the vast majority of germany, probably 95% is anti bush, and 90% is pro Kerry. right on
Davenport lost its show last weekend, but we have on on the 14th and it is CONFIRMED!!! August 14th at 6PM (maybe 7, be there early) at the WARP skate park in Woodstock, IL. be there or be punched!! call me if you ahve any questions, i want fans!
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Posted: 2004-07-21 08:53:00
does anyone actually wanna know what's going on with me? probably not. and i don't say this in a 'pity me' sort of way, its just rather matter-of-factual that no one has any real interestin what i do. its more of a ' i need something to read online' kind of thing. but none the less, its been a while since i've updated, and for those of you who read it, for whatever reason, this one is for you.
Last friday i managed to pry myself away from video games, and go see Anchorman with a bunch of people. Damn will farrel is hilarious. but i'll be honest, it wasn't as good as old school. AM (anchorman from now on) had some really funny stuff. stuff so funny that when corey asked me if i was ok, i barely managed to squeak "no..." it is impossible not to laugh at that man. and they managed to incorporate every main character from old school, so that was kinda cool. i'd see it again...probably again after that as well. plus the anchorwoman (whoever she was) was quite attractive, and there was an animated scene where it was something like "look, its the most beautiful rainbow ever" "do me on it!" doesn't get much better than that folks, it just doesnt.
saturday i sat in the back room of jeff's house all day gaming and chilling. we took a break around 6:30 to go to the china house and jewel. man, general tsao's chicken is delicious...i wish i hadn't left my leftovers in jeff's fridge. oh well, over all, i think we gamed for about 15 hours on saturday...damn.
sunday was...well, rather uneventful. infact...i don't even remember what i did. i don't think i did anything. not that big of a deal, everyone needs a good day off now and again.
work has been rather interesting as of late. I was asssigned to a prject that at first really scared me. It was a lot of programming in the Visual Basic language, which, though as its name implies, is a very basic language, i had never used it before. I felt sort of over whelmed and pout stuff off by just hanging out on forums and stuff all day. but then thursday and friday of last week, my boss didn't come in...so i had no oen to help me...so i just sat infront of the computer and coded. i didn't really know what i was donig, but it slowly started to make sense (unlike staring at a page written in latin, with computer code, if you know whats up, you can decipher most stuff) low and behold, i got it to work. on monday, i showed my boss what i had done and he was quite impressed, said he didn't think i'd have that done till at least later this week. after that, i even got more of it donw, infact im almost done with the project. i think i pretty much guaranteed myself a job next summer with my performance there. the boss's boss even dropped by and was impressed. i'd go into detail about exactly what it is i did, but this is long enough already. the gist of it is, i told the computer to communicate with a couple external device to simulate a battery chrager being plugged and unplugged from a phone, and to simulate battery drain. nwo these things can be done all by a computer with no human interaction required (which is the goal of everything i've been doing this summer, its called automation...but like i said, im not gonna get into it...more than this...crap, i got into it)
anyway, its getting to the point where im looking forward to getting back to school again. starting to miss people from there. haven't really seen much of anyone from school. i leave for Germany next monday, that should be amazing. i'll be gone till Aug 6th, theni only have a week left of my internship...then lots of time before school starts, crazy augie doesn't start back up until Sept 7th!! i know, crazy! i might have to go a bit earlier than move in date to train for my job in the tech building. though im thinking about getting a job elsewhere off campus. as nerdy as it sounds, i'd love to work at Game stop, or electronics boutique. make fun as you will, but i am a nerd at heart.
hope everyone's summer is going well, warped tour is the saturday, i am going just to see Coheed & Cambria, (though im sure i'll see others) and Davenport (my band) has their first show on August 7th at the WARP skate park in woodstock. love it if anyone could make it out there, should be a big crowd anyway cos we're playing with some relatively well known bands.
well, i think i've gone on long enough. peace and good will toward (wo)men.
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Posted: 2004-07-16 10:00:00
i have some good news and some bad news. the bad news is that the trusty Nissan Altima we had all come to love has past away. with its punk rock stickers and funky smell, it was a good car. it drove us to steak and shake and to ross's, and it drove all the way to fucking toronto. but alas, it is gone. the good news is that i picked up a hot new, younger chick with a tighter body who is much better in bed. a 2000 subaru legacy. i'll take you for a spin some time if you like! im alone at work today, gonna play foosball with mike in a bit, probably head home shortly after lunch. seeing anchorman tonight, im gonna wear two pairs of underwear so i don't pee through my pants. oooo and i have a hot date saturday morning...ok ok, so its more of a hanging out eating brunchfest, but it makes me happy just the sam. haven't seen them in a while. back to my delicious bagel.
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Posted: 2004-07-14 13:46:00
Congress is about to vote on amending the U.S. Constitution to deny marriage equality to same-sex couples.
Never before has our Constitution been amended to take away anyone's rights. Yet our Senators will vote on this amendment in the next 48 hours.
It's urgent that we speak up now. This hateful divisiveness has no place in America. Please join me in saying so, at:
Equality in marriage is the civil rights issue of our generation. We can't let anyone, or any group, be singled out for discrimination based on who they are or who they love.
help the cause!!!
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