Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Finally back at today

So I have finally caught up on everything. This weekend I am going to be going to visit my roomate in Fremont. That ought to be fun. In two weeks is the Manhattan Beach trip at Chelsea's grandparents house, which I'm very pleased to announce Kim is going to be able to accompany me to. Speaking of Kim things are going really well there. She is a lot of fun. It's most definitely a wonerful thing going on here. I've got to visit with her a family a little bit too, and I like them a lot too. So that's really good.

Work is going well too. I'm really enjoying it and I'm getting the hang of things quite nicely. I can answer questions with less and less help from Stephanie. Speaking of Stephanie, she is due in a little over a month now. It's probably not going to be too much longer til I spend all my time with just me in here. I've really enjoyed getting to know Stephanie though. It's fun because before she was always nice and everything but it was just kind of one those acquaintance kind of nice. Now her and brian seem more like friends. That's really cool. So yeah, I've just spent my entire day at work doing this update. You should all feel priviledged.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Part 2: Arrrr, avast ye scurvy scum...

So that I'm done talking about the costume man. Saturday was way cool. I ended up going as a monk, sort of. I had a brown poncho type thing with the sides sewn up and a black and gray bathrobe tie. It didn't look great, but it didn't look too terribly awful either. There were so many cool costumes there. I want to piece myself a buccaneer costume together. I have a good start already. I bought myself a rapier! It's so cool and it was only 28 dollars. I was way stoked. I've got a sword, I've got a sword. Ok I'm done now, but I'm way happy with it. At a later date I'll take a picture of it and show it off. Probably around the time that I finish the "about me" page. We ran into the costume man while we were there. He hugged me again, ugh. He also got to know my friend Brian Grist who did end up walking around with him the next day, but that is a story for him to tell.

We also had funnel cake and watched a jousting event. It was a very fun day. Then after that Kim, Dan Aidan, and Myself accompanied Mary back to her house where we went swimming, Mary made us dinner, and we watched Kate and Leopold. I thoroughly enjoyed that movie. Even if Dan's and my ice cream was eaten by the girls and we had to go to my place so that we could get the ice cream that I really was craving before we even went swimming. Ah well, what can you do? A very nice ending to a wonderful day.

Oh also on the note of the ren fair, I think that I'm going to be helping out giving demonstrations at another huge ren fair up north. That should be a lot of fun, I might even get paid to do that. We'll see, we definitely get free passes to the fair and free food as well as discounts at vendors. So that should be a really sweet deal. Yay.

Part 1: "The Costume Man"

So Saturday. We went to a renaissance fair. Very cool, which totally takes me back two days to start the story. So Kim had been invited to go to the ren fair with Nicole and Mary, though I didn't know that, and so I was wanting to go and I did get invited to go too, because I didn't know that Kim had already been invited I invted her too and decided that we needed to go to Second Time Around (a wonderful second hand store that was having a closing sale) to pick out costumes. So thursday we went to the store and we were trying to find costumes.

Then "the costume man" introduced himself. "Sir James" he said he was. Asked me if we were going to the ren fair and if we were looking for costumes. I said yes of course because that's what we were doing and so then he said that he was looking for someone to be his bodyguard at the fair and he would be able to provide a costume. He wouldn't give me his phone number but he told me to go over to his and try the costume on. Ok that was weird but he wasn't inviting the girls so everything was still kind of alright. So I agreed and I went to his house and tried on the costume. He was very strange he stood there and told me that I needed to take off my clothes so that I could get into the outfit that he had. So warily I took off my socks and shoes and slipped the shirt he offered (which really needed to be cleaned) on. Then he got me all dressed up in the costume, which was a full Scottish guard outfit. Very cool, but he was weird. He kept talking about lotion and how he gave massages and everything. Oh yeah, and he wanted me to go commando under the kilt of course, which is where the lotion came in, to keep from chaffing. I was extremely uncomfortable but only to the point of weirdness.

After trying the costume on I got his phone number and decided that I was going to leave. As I was leaving he gave me a hug! Ugh. It was very, very not comfortable. I didn't feel right at all, but I made it out the door with no further incident. Boy he was scary. So then the next day we went to the fair...

Pricked by the arrow...

After spending the previous nights of the week in several hour discussions and positvely enjoying myself. I asked Kim to accompany me to Avila Beach. After strolling along the pier, listening to the sounds of the moonlit ocean, and talking for several more hours, Kimberly Nicole van Kranenburg is my girlfriend. I was told by several people in the BU that it's not surprising in the least. Kim and I both agree that this is something that has unknowingly been brewing for a long while now.

Friday night we went to the movies with a friend of hers and the friend's boyfriend. It turns out the movie is Pirates of the Carribean, why does this all look so familiar...Kim was right it was worth seeing twice, but for her three times? Saturday was a really fun day, but that's for another entry so as to keep entries short. (I'm really trying here, there is just so much to relay though...)

Part 3: Fencing Fun-day

So, after I got back from the wedding (and by after I mean 15 mins after), I went to Santa Rosa park to help celebrate Bastille Day and to take part in a fencing fun day. That was really a lot of fun. It started out with a BBQ as is so common with every even that goes on in CA. Wonderfully done tri-tip and then the usual sides. After that, Coach Eric started to teach everyone some of his games. I really like playing his games. I might even some day figure how to juggle because of his wonderful hand-eye coordination games. After a few of those and some raffle drawings there was the tournament. Eric apparently came up with this idea for a fun derivation of modern bouting that he calls "Fencing in the Round." It's very neat. Instead of having a normal strip for fencing on, there is a huge square set in place. You can move anywhere inside this square and there are a few rules from normal fencing that have been eliminated because they don't make sense when you are moving around a square. I unfortunately didn't do very well because my first two bouts (it was double elimination) were against Mary and Nicole succesively, but it was fun otherwise. I got really tired, being out in the sun and everything and the whole weekend being what it was. I didn't get much sleep that weekend. I was up late thursday night talking to Kim, friday night I was up because my host was still up and it would have been rude of me to go to bed before him, and saturday I was up because we ended up watching movies and driving around. So I left the tournament before it was over. It will most definitely be something that I do again though. I had fun.

Later that night I got the urge to watch Pirates of the Carribean because I hadn't seen it yet and I had been told that it was really good. I called up a bunch of people but no one was around when I called. Well ok not everyone, I called and chatted with Jenn a little cuz I hadn't talked to her in awhile I don't want to ruin a friendship. It wasn't too weird or anyhting so that was good. So then I went online to see who was online. Lo and behold, Kim was online. So Kim and I went and watched Pirates of the Carribean, even though she had already seen it she said that it was good enough to watch again, and it was. Afterwards we went to Denny's and talked for several hours. Made for a very pleasant evening, if not a late one... So here ends the three part installment.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Part 1: Deja Vu

Well I shouldn't be surprised by now but it happened to me again. I am once again cast out of the blissful world of dating and bodily thrust into the lonely, bleak world of singledom. There were still cushions from the last time I fell, so it wasn't as hard a drop this time, but that doesn't mean that it was easy. On Tues night last week (over a month into the relationship, so I'm improving) Jenn told me that she had a nagging feeling that she was lying to herself. She didn't feel that she wanted me as her boyfriend. Well at least she was honest to herself. I couldn't ask much more than that because dishonesty would end me up like my first relationship. That doesn't stop it from hurting and making me even more wary and distrustful of the dating scene. Slowly. That's the key for the next attempt. Slowly... That's really all I have to say about that on to part 2.

Part 2: Blessed Matrimony

So because I was no longer using the weekend that Jennie and Matt were getting married as an excuse to go visit Jenn, it no longer made any sense for me to drive all the way over to Grass Valley. So I ended up hitching a ride with Mary. Unfortunately for me though, everyone I knew up there was part of the wedding party except me. So I felt like a real fifth wheel most of the weekend. It didn't help that I was getting shoved off from one person to another. First I was going to stay at Nicole's house but then she though it might be better if I stayed at Chris's house because the girls were going to out really late having their bachelorette party. So I asked Chris and he said that it would be perfectly fine for me to stay there. Then towards the end of the day he approaches me saying that he wanted to spend some time with his family since he just had a birthday and all. So I asked Eric if I could stay at his place and he had no problems so I stayed at Eric's place. Eric, however, was quite busy working on a project, so once again I was feeling very out of place and in the way. The next day was even worse for the fact that the entire wedding party was doing stuff and getting ready for things and I kept trying to help and getting told that it was taken care of so, I had to just wander around aimlessly. Then the actual wedding came, and that was wonderful but I'll talk more about that later. So then after the cereomony was an absolutely amazing Japanese Buffet. There was a Sushi bar that chefs were preparing the sushi before our very eyes, japanese dishes of every kind imaginable, and a string quartet playing in the background. Absolutely wonderful.

I had my fill of food and then came the cake cutting ceremony. Matt and Jennie were so cute, for the cake topper they had made and painted Warhammer figurines. One a warrior and one a female, bravely traveling down an unknown road side-by-side. It was way cool. Then the throwing of the bouqet, which Chelsea caught, followed closely by the throwing of the girter that was snatched mere centimeters from falling into my outstretched hand. Ah well. I didn't need it anyway.

So after that was done there was dancing. To a string quartet. I've never done that before. It was a little weird, but cool all the same. The first dance was a Tango by request. I asked Mary to dance and we danced Tango. Finally the song was over, I had dipped Mary, and I looked around. Mary, Nicole, Chris, and I were the only ones dancing with a huge crowd gathered in the background. I didn't realize we had been on stage. Then a few of the people walked off saying, "Well I'll leave the dancing to the professionals." Professionals. Yeah right. We danced a little more and it was fun then I was leaving. See Joe and Lisa had come up to the Wedding as well and they said that they could give me a ride back and get me back in time for the fencing tournament starting at noon the next day. (which I'll talk about in part 3). Anyway, we went to see my roomate in Fremont. We ended up watching the League of Extraordinary Gentleman, which I thought was very well done, and quite entertaining. Then we drove down to Lisa's. When we got to Lisa's she decided she wanted more time to be with her family so I then had to ask a huge favor of Mary, (thank-you, thank-you, thank-you) to come out of her way on the way down to pick me up. Then a huge mess started because the directions that I gave her were not quite right and she didn't get cell reception so I couldn't direct her and anyway she almost left without me. She ended up finding me walking on the side of the road with all my stuff. Oh the joy. Things worked out well though, and my escapade as a vagabond was over. I hate not having my own vehicle. Even for a short while. So anyway, now about the actual ceremony. I enjoyed that sooo much that I'm going to attempt one of my fictions about it. So here goes:

"The sun had just started reaching the angle that signaled an ending day, shining brightly behind the building that housed the beautiful wife-to-be. Matt stood at the alter, very conscious of every move he made and trying dearly to keep the smile plastered to his lips.

Then from the doors people began to appear. Two by two they walked, a groomsman elegantly escorting his chosen bridesmaid, as if he were escorting his own wife-to-be. The splendor of each bridesmaid was magnificent, but soon paled in comparison to the future wife. Jennie walked out, at first nothing but a shadow against a bright sun, but soon the trees blocked the light and an awed 'oh' rippled through the crowd. She looked absolutely breathless. A halo of greens sat on top of her head and around her hair, making the appearance of a legendary elf princess. Her white dress flowed behind her and the maroon bodice lay on her like a field of flowers on a beautiful mountain side.

While the strings played in the background the father escorted his daughter, who walked with such dignity and grace that she appeared to float across the ground. Looking at Matt, there could no longer be seen the nervousness or the self-consciousness that had been there moments before, but now stood a man who was looking at the rest of his life. He was looking at the rest of his life realizing with 100% certainty that no man was as lucky as he. Never once did his eyes fall away from the beauty that was his chosen one.

After what seemed mere seconds, and yet an eternity, Jennie was being kissed by her father and was given to Matt. The officiant, a boy of about the same age as myself, began to speak. He spoke of the love that was obviously between these two, saying that marriage was just an outward show of joining these two souls into one. No longer were they seperate individuals. Now each cared for the other as if they were caring for themself. It was obvious to all her were present that such a vow was not necessary for these two. Plainly in their eyes could be seen the unending devotion that was eternal love. These two were meant for each other and they both knew it. This ceremony was nothing more than a way of letting everyone else know it. A way of letting the world know it. Forever in my mind they are a symbol of hope, showing that my own desire is quite possible. I'm glad that I was able to view this ray of light, shining for all the world to see. I know that someday....I will make my own light!"

Well that's that take it as you will. I just felt that the ceremony was very special and needed more than just my usual blogging. There will be a part three, so keep in waiting.

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

4th of July

Someone near and dear to me told me that a good way to keep blog entries short is to blog more often. I'm going to try that.

Friday night, the 4th, I was supposed to have been camping at Montana de Oro. Unfortunately we were unable to get a camping spot. So plan B went into effect, thank you Mary. We came to my place around 6 (we being Brian Grist, Mary, and I). We BBQed food, Mary made excellent pasta and fruit salad. Then afterwards we hiked up Bishop's peak so that we could go watch fireworks. We made it to the top with plenty of time to spare. We watched the sunset followed by a beautiful fireworks display from Morro Bay, Cayucas, and Pismo. It was absolutely wonderful because there was a layer of fog and the fireworks just barely made it up above the fog, sometimes not at all. It was really a neat effect. Unfortunately the wind was not blowing right so that we could hear the boom, but it was still breathtaking. We also had quite a perch, barely all managed to get up on the rock, then we had to have help to get down. Getting down was quite entertaining. I've never hiked Bishop's in the dark before. Oh I also forgot to mention. In memory of the camping that was to have been, while we BBQed at my place we took forks, stuck marshmallows on them, and proceeded to roast marshmallows over the remaining coals from the BBQ. It was a most entertaining process.

On a sad note about the fun excursion, I managed to snag poison oak yet again. I didn't realize it til last night though. I think I have it all under control today. I have spent most of today nursing it and will continue to do so. Anyway, just thought I'd drop an entry. See ya.

Sunday, July 06, 2003

Part 3: Work

So I don't think that I ever mentioned. I didn't get the ASI job, but I did end up taking the Murray Station job. I started that 2 weeks ago. The day after I got back from Las Vegas. At least that's when I supposed to start. I didn't actually start until that Wed, but oh well. Then I took on a second position at Murray Station for a short while. I was working 9 hour days for awhile. I'm done with that until August sometime, in fact I think that it might even conflict with the trip that Chelsea had invited me to at Manhattan Beach. I'm going to be there for a few days at any rate, but I could really use the money. I brought in over 400 bucks for one week's work, that was very nice. I wish that I could find a second job that would allow me to do that every week all summer long. Oh well, we'll see.

I've been really enjoying work. Especially the office Assistant part. I get to sign all kinds of paperwork, make phone calls, talk to people as they come in, and I'm learning how to answer everyone's questions so that I'll be able to take over when Stephanie, the manager, takes off for her maternity leave. There will be at least 6 weeks where I'm going to be entirely on my own. It's kind of scary, but I think that I'll do alright. I mean I have my own desk, what more do I need to worry about? Hehe.

Well, that's all now really, I wrote three parts because I was told to write shorter entries. So a happy Independance Day to you all.

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Part 2: Roadtrip

So the weekend before last I took a little roadtrip. That also happened to be the same weekend that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out. So friday night I went to Borders with a bunch of friends to wait in line for a book, even though I had it ordered since like January. I just wanted to see all the crazed fans, because that's normally really fun. So it was fun and Lyle won the first four books in paperback while he was waiting in line to pay for the 5th book. That was cool.

So the next morning at 5:30 I left for Fremont, CA to visit my roomate's new place. I stayed there for a few hours and then continued on to Jenn's house. She showed me around her town and we went to dinner. After dinner we went back to her house and watch "When Harry Met Sally." That's a great movie. Plus I got to cuddle up to her like I love to do. So that was most, most excellent. The next morning I got up and was moral support for her while she packed (meaning I stood around and got in her way :) . Then I left and went to visit Patrick's house for a couple of hours. Then I drove the five hours back home. I took a different route that I have been meaning to take for awhile now, but never got around to it. The route was to continue on 41 when it turns and I normally go on 46. 41 is such a fun road!!!! There are hills that you can't see over and sharp turns and it's absolutely gorgeous. It looks like some kind of alien landscape with it's rolling hills and weird plants, but that also could have had to do with the fact that I was listening to an episode of SG-1 while I was driving. It was a particularly alien episode too...

Then I finally made it home in time to read a couple of hours of Harry Potter. The next morning I went back to work, but that is another entry...

Part 1: Vegas

So let's see, about three weeks ago now, I went to Las Vegas with my grandparents and had the time of my life. It was easily the best birthday I can remember. While we were in Vegas we stayed at the Stratosphere Hotel, which was really pretty nice. I managed to only gamble away 20 dollars the entire weekend and that was money given to me by my grandma specifically for gambling anyway. Besides gambling, I got to see some really cool shows. The first one was the world-famous Siegfried and Roy. That was pretty cool, but was I really stoked about seeing and really, really enjoyed was Cirque du Soleil. That show was absolutely amazing. Oh, did I mention that in both shows we were close enough to reach out and touch the stage? It's funny too because we got the tickets very last minute and we got some of the best seats in the house both times. It was very cool. We also went to the Hilton and saw The Star Trek Experience, which was way uber cool. They had this enourmous timeline that linked all the episodes of all the different star trek series together. My roomate informed that there were a ton of discrepancies, but I didn't notice and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the whole thing. It took about and hour and half or more, but it was well worth it. Then they had this similation ride that was really neat. It had an unexpected story line that was really cool and actors in full uniform and stuff. So it was way neat.


Tragedy struck. While we were driving back to the hotel my grandpa noticed a funny noise coming from his car. He thought it was the transmission fluid being low. So we parked in the parking spot and he left the engine running to check the fluid. Lo and behold what happens, but the motor dies. All on it's own and we can't get it to start. So they call a repairman out he looks at it and tells us that the alternator has died, and that the soonest a shop would be open to deal with it would be Monday. We all needed to be back by monday morning, so that was no good. We ended up having to rent a car one-way, leave the other car there, and then one of my grandparents friends drove the car back for them. It was because of this disaster that I never made it to the top of the tower at the Stratosphere. We had been planning to eat there before the car broke down and in order for us to wait for the repairman we had to skip that. We did however eat at this really good Italian restaraunt there called Fellini's Ristorante. It was most excellent. Well that's all for Vegas...

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

I'm 21

So I have the best friends ever. I had my 21st birthday last night. I remember just about all of it. Here is a list of what I drank last night.

2 glasses of Amaretto sour
1 glass of raspberry vodka with Kiwi Raspberry juice
1 can of margarita
2 glasses of bubbly
half a small bottle of good wine
1 glass of arbor mist strawberry white zinfandel
most of a 40 of the cheapest malt liquor you can find
1 smirnoff ice
1 pear cider or something like that, I didn't much look at the bottle

That's all I remember drinking and I think that's everything. After all that I was hungry so we walked to taco bell. That was good, I like Taco Bell. Anyway I only remember walking halfway back. Getting all the way home and into bed is a complete mystery to me. So far I haven't asked anyone what happened because they're not up yet, which reminds me. I want to thank everyone that came last night....

Jenn, Mary, Sandy, Charm, Lyle, Eric, Joe, Sean, Steve, Fred, Goat, Nicole, Chris, Chris, Steve, Travis, Shane, Nick, Patti, Kenny, Jonathan, Brion, Nicole, Randy, Ryan(sp?), Lisa, Brian, Davidyo, and Sam.

I think that was everyone that showed up. If I missed anybody I apologize. I also apologize to everyone that didn't hear about my party in time. I really didn't decide til about 2 yesterday that I was going to do something and it was hard to contact everyone when I was juggling a final and studying and getting things ready for the party.

Anyway I had a blast night. The best birthday that I can remember in years. Well mostly remember. That's all for now.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

6 six days left

That's all I have til I enter the world of "after 10 o'clock" establishments in SLO. Yay for my birthday! Tomorrow will be 2 weeks with Jenn and let me tell you, the more time I spend with this girl the better things are. It's all about the little things. We spend so much time talking. It's absolute bliss. Speaking of bliss, she passed her Red Band practical tonight at fencing. Mad props to her. I'm scared about taking my next fall, because it is based so much on reaction to things and my reaction time is very slow. Jenn tells me I'm going to pass no problem, but you know me always a skeptic.

So on Monday was my interview with ASI. I think that it went really well and they seemed to have a really flexible schedule, which will be good for going and visiting Jenn during the summer. Oh I didn't tell you, I had come up with a solution for my job dilema. I went ahead and told Murray Station that I was wanted to wait for this ASI job before I committed to their job. They told me that they couldn't wait so I in effect turned them down. This morning I get a call from them telling me that their third choice also turned them down and that they are willing to offer me 9 dollars an hour plus 100 dollars off rent per month while I'm working. That offer was too enticing to refuse, so this morning I went in and filled out the appropiate paperwork and will be starting on June 15. Cool.

This weekend, actually on friday, I will be leaving to drive home for the first time since Christmas. My little Sammot is graduating this Saturday. It still amazes me how uncontrollably fast this past year went. It doesn't seem like it's been six months since I've been home, but it's been more than that and it doesn't seem like I'm going to make it home much this summer either, having two jobs and all. Home/home just isn't a weekend drive away except for special occasions.

So in honor of my 21st birthday, my grandparents are going to be taking me to Las Vegas. I'll be leaving Thursday night to drive down to LA and then we'll all leave Friday to drive to Las Vegas. Las Vegas has always seemed so far away to me. Apparently it's less than five hours from my grandparents to Vegas. That's not bad at all. Well that's all for now, I'll let you know how graduation went, but this week I get to study for the 2 finals I have on Monday and the one I have on my birthday.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

t's a Beautiful Day

So I've been meaning to write this blog entry for awhile now. I have wonderful news. You remember that girl Jenn that I talked about? Well, as of Thursday May 22nd we are dating. I managed not to jinx it . Things have been absolutely wonderful. We meet for lunch and see each other at fencing and she is now incorporated into Ballroom and they all love her. Things are definintely looking great. Not only that she's a lot of fun to hang out with because she plays my games and enjoys my bad jokes. (well most of the time, some of them are really bad...)

On other news there is soooo much going on right now. Ballroom has a dance this Saturday and Fencing has a tournament. Sunday is our last lesson of the school year. I have a job interview on Monday to see if I get to work for ASI or not. On a concerning note, I have also been accepted at the position hear at Murray Station. I have to do one of three things now. I can take the Murray station job and not get the ASI job, take the Murray Station job and take the ASI job, or I can not take the Murray Station job and hope I get the ASI job. It's a tough choice. I'm going to talk to Stephanie tomorrow and see what she thinks about the possibility of my having the two jobs. I don't know how well that work, one thing for sure though is that my fall quarter will be 10 times worse than what I wanted it to be. Even if I didn't do band, which I probably won't be able to do because of work. That is such a tough choice. If I don't do band, I don't do KKPsi. I also will miss a whole lot of people. I've been missing them these last two quarters, especially this quarter, but it would be really bad if I didn't do band. So many decisions.

Speaking of decisions...

It's official that I am the president of Ballroom next year and I have sooo many ideas. I spent an hour and half today in the Epicenter reserving Chumash for various dates that were open next year. I dont' know if any of them will work, but we can always relinquish the reservation, but we can't reserve if someone else is. I also picked up the forms for adding our co-advisor Jack Girolo to the club role sheet. I've also been invited to Matt and Jennie's wedding. I have an invitation in the mail. That's really exciting, because everyone I knew had an invitation but me and they were all going. Jennie did realize this though and she sent me an invitation now that we've been hanging out more (they didn't really know me when they sent out invitations, which makes perfect sense not to send me one). At any rate I feel really special now. So I'm excited. Well there's plenty more to write about but I have had requests to keep it short. Hopefully more frequent posts will make that easier...

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Dissappearing Post

So it's been awhile since I posted, but it doesn't seem like it to me. I wrote out a big hugeo post on the 14th and swear up and down that I remember posting it. Obviously that's not what happened, but what can you do. Maybe I dreamed about it.

Anyway, let's go back. Ok Wildflower. Wildflower was awesome. It rained all friday night and most of Saturday, but it was still way awesome. I had a 4 am shift on Saturday so I decided that it would be easier to just stay up all night long. A girl by the name of Jennifer Grant or Jenn decided that was a good course of action too. Especially since it was raining and I haven't found a tent yet that doesn't let water inside. So we stayed up all night talking. The next day was a lot of work, I did however sleep for about an hour. Under my poncho. Without neck support. Look at the picture here. That was the only dry place that I could go and I was freezing my butt off. The entire weekend I just kept adding clothes out of my bag on top of the clothes that I was wearing so that I would be warmer. I ended up with like four layers which is a record high for me I think. Anyway, during wildflower we ended up making about 3,200 peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches. We also were in charge of dinner, which was hamburgers, but the people that supply the food messed up and somehow didn't get us our order. So we had about 800 drunk, stupid, hungry, and tired college students standing in a line for about an hour and half while we waited for the people to get us the food we needed to feed them. That was a disaster. Anyway we survived that. We then had some food of our own that was most excellent. Then after everyone was comfy and really full, and just about ready for bed (or at least sitting around doing nothing), we find out that we have to make about 250 more lunches. We all jumped to the task as fast as we could without moaning and pumped those babies out in 20 mins. Even though a fair number of us were pretty buzzed at that point. I was impressed. So that night I stayed up all night again, again with Jenn's company, but also this time with about 8 other people. We played a game of "I've never" and then changed it to "I have." I managed to score a lot of points the way you were supposed to go on both of those games. There are so few things that I haven't done and so many things that I have done that no one else has. There's another great picture of how we kept warm that night here. So then we packed up and went home that morning. Though I did get about another hour of sleep that day...on a picnic bench...but it was way cool because I got woke up to food lying on my chest. I was eating it before I was fully awake, that was way cool. Thank you Lyle. Then I went home and that was the end of Wildflower.

So the next weekend was a fencing tournament at UC Davis. That was easily the best tournament that I have been to yet. Oh did I mention that I got 2nd place? Not only did I get 2nd place but I almost had first and missed by 1 point in a beautiful bout. Even though I lost I didn't have any of the frustrations that I normally have after losing a bout. The ones about "I should have done this" or "I did this completely wrong" No, my mind was completely in focus for that tournament. Even when I made a stupid mistake I was able to let it go. I think that's why I got as far as I did. I was very calm and very relaxed through the whole thing. After losing at the end though I had soooo much pent up energy so I went and did a whole crapload of pushups really fast and then challenged the 280 pound 6'5'' (or something taller than me by alot) Trevor to a wrestling match. Most excellently fun, once again wrestled him til he shook my hand. Then I wrestled Will. By that time I was most certainly done burning energy. I forgot to mention. Before the tournament I was staying at Mary's house and before I went to sleep there we went to see X2 (that was the second time for me) I was soooo incredibly tired I couldn't believe it. I was falling asleep watching X2 a second time in a matter of days. So when we got back I just passed out on her floor, until I woke up the next morning at 7 to go to the tournament. I was also being given a hard time by Patrick and Chelsea for not having gone to stay at Patrick's house. I also had them riding with me along with Tracy. That was most excellent since before I was going to be driving up there all by my lonesome. So instead of going to Mary's on Saturday night I just went to Patrick's house, that way I could just take the people in my car and go. Patrick's mom was very gracious. Once again I have been overwhelmed by the hospitality that the families of my friends so willingly extend forward. I'm really looking forward to spending some time at Chelsea's grandparent's house this summer. That is going to be a blast. Oh, another thing I forgot to mention, I spent a large majority of the tournament day talking with Jenn. That was most excellent. In fact, I talked with her right up to the point that she left to go see a way cool "Who's line is it anyway?" show at Lake Tahoe. I'm so jealous, but that's a nice seguay into my next weekend.

So this past weekend was most excellent weekend as well. I would have to say near the best of the three. Sandy Jean Starr has been telling me since I met her that I need to go to LA with her and see Comedy Sportz. So we finally did. Comedy Sportz is a most excellent improv group. I had so much fun watching and my face was hurting from laughing so hard. I think the highlight was that they played this game they called "blind date." What this game entailed was taking two members of the audience getting some information from them about their hobbies and that kind of thing. So I was chosen as one of the audience members. After asking me a large number of questions they then asked the people that came with me "If they could describe me in one word what would it be?" Simultaneously three people said "Bad-Jokes" followed by an assent from a fourth. The guy who was playing me apparently has a reknowned talent for bad jokes. He did a marvelous job, the highlight being thus. He gets a phone call and answers with "Did you want to marry me?....Because you gave me a ring!!! Hahahahaha" Isn't that the greatest thing you've ever heard. Well ok maybe not the greatest but it's really funny. I'm going to be putting that as my voicemail message. Oh another thing I forgot to mention, they had this guy named "the voice" who told a "groan foul" joke. (ie. bad joke) The joke he told was not only really funny (in my opinion), but a joke that I had told on several occasions, only slightly modified. I was really pretty happy about that. Something else I didn't mention on about this trip, which is probably part of the reason it was so much fun. I didn't have to drive and Jenn came. We were in the backseat of the car for the entire trip down and back up just talking and laughing and having a grand old time. I can't remember talking with anyone that long, so many different times in such a short period of time. I'm thinking something is going on here, but I'm not going to jinx it just yet. By the way she is the one on my right in the "keeping warm" picture above.

So I got my Sammot's graduation announcement! In a matter of just 2 weeks I shall be going to see my little sister graduate. I feel so old. I'm so proud of her though, she has gone through a lot of hard times, but now...walking down that path she is starting on the journey of her choosing and doing it a beautiful and very grown-up young woman. She is going to bring happiness to a lot of people and be a good influence on countless others. I know that I've got a forever friend and the truest kind of family in her. My best wishes and I'll see you in three weeks!

Let's see some other stuff that has been going on. We have started elections for Ballroom for next year's officer board. There was some issues flying around a while back spurred by some rumors that I wasn't wanted as president next year and that caused me a great deal of duress, because those same rumors also said that the club hadn't been doing a good job and shouldn't be running it next year. I took some very personal offense to this obviously, but the matter was cleared up and found to be misconstrued in a "game" of telephone. Right now next year's officer board stands as me, Sandy, Lyle, Brian, Patti, Kenny, and then we have one space to fill and there is a runoff between Julia and Nick to see who gets the publicist spot. We won't know for sure until after next thursday. In the meantime the club has been doing great. We regulary fill Oddfellows for the sunday lessons and pack as many people as we can into Architecture 225 for our thursday lessons. We have also had someone volunteer to be our sponsor for next year. He actually comes to the lessons, so that would be great if he takes on the responsibility.

Well I think that's all for now. I've made up for several of the days that I missed, though that's no excuse. I need to see about updating this a little more regularly. See ya.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Open House

So my roomate mentioned to me that it has been over 2 weeks since last I blogged. So let's see what I was talking about when I last blogged.

"Viewing of Harry Potter..." while that was long time ago
"Reading the Republic..." still doing that
"GPA raising..." doing good there

Wow I really wasn't very informative about anything was I? Well the reason that I hadn't been blogging was because of Cal Poly's Open House. On April 26th, last saturday, I helped set up the Cal Poly Ballroom's booth. I switched between that and the fencing booth all day. That was a really long day. I forgot, for Open House ballroom designed and had made t-shirts. Most excellent t-shirts they are too. Front
Only $12.00!!!

Let's see what else. In fencing we have stopped epee and are now switching to sabre. I was really starting to like epee too. Oh well, in another few weeks I'll be going back to foil. Speaking of foil, I'm going to a tournament the weekend of May 16. Speaking of weekends. This weekend I am leaving for what is called wildflower. Basically a bunch of Poly students are recruited to go help out at this huge triathalon event. The students work during the day and party during the night. We'll see hwo that goes, especially since it's supposed to be raining this weekend. Yippee! Did I mention that it's camping? The best weather to be outside in!

On another note there is now only 1 month and 9 days til I turn 21. Wow I'm old! (but I'll be able to drink)

I'm doing really well in all my classes and enjoying having some free time. With my free time I built myself a really cool work bench outside. I will have to get a picture of that up soon. We'll see if that happens or not. What gave me the urge for the table was that I want to build a model castle. I've already got all the paper designs laid out. I need to finish putting some rain cover on my work bench and then I'll be able to get started on that. I'll have my very own little work area. Cool!

Well that's all for now. I'll talk to you all later.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Harry Potter Rocks

We had a viewing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets last night. It was most excellent. I really like that movie. Even better is the fact that I rented it, so I now have the DVD til Wed and can watch all the extras that we didn't watch at the viewing. I ended up making Chocolate Chip Mint cookies for the event and I will say that they were the worst work I ever did. Everyone still liked them but I wasn't very satisfied with them. They came out really flat, were very unsightly to look at, and weren't as soft as I like my cookies. Oh well, I'll just have to figure out how to avoid the flatness. I think if maybe I put more flour in and didn't let the cookies airiate as much, they would turn out better. I also should put more chocolate chips in and use real butter instead of margarine. Oh well, maybe next time.

I had a most excellent conversation with Mary last night, errr, this morning. The content was a little unusal, but it was a real coversation and it seems it's been awhile since we've sat down and had one of those. Granted we were both sitting in front of computer screens typing, but you know what I mean. She's apparently made one of her goals this quarter to spend more time with her friends, so I'm hoping I'll be able to snag a bit of that time she's devoting, so that it won't be purely IM conversations. Not to put a hint or anything in my blog because I would never do that.

I have spent the majority of my waking hours today reading "The Republic" by Plato. I find it absolutely entralling, which is really convenient because it's the required reading for my philosophy class. I also was able to borrow Mary's Kant book, so that I can hopefully read more into the ideas that Professor Lynch briefly introduced to us from Kant. Maybe I have a possibility for a philosophy minor here. Nah, I doubt it. Too much writing.

Did I mention that it's official? I looked at my transcript today (ok ok, unofficial transcript, but that means it official honest) and my major is listed as Agricultural Business. They also managed to transfer the 8 units that I had acqured from Souther Oregon University. It raised my GPA like .15. Yay! I'm going to be seeing much more of this GPA raising if I have anything to say about too. Well I have a Business Law test followed by a "pop-quiz" in philosophy. Pop-quiz is in quotes there because he says with a degree of hinting and assuredness that he might feel inclined to give us one. Meaning expect one. I'm really glad I got this professor. See ya.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

I have escaped

I finally managed to rid myself of horrible thorn in my side called "Engineering." It unfortunately means that I'm now an Agribusiness major, but at least I won't get kicked out at the end of the quarter now. So I'm way stoked about that. Hopefully this will give me the time to get into the College of Business. On another note I got the philosophy class that I wanted with the really cool teacher. It's a lot of fun.

In fencing there has been a new development. The intermediate class is both learning epee and our coach is now the head coach Eric McDonald. This is all really cool. Although the first night that we did epee I was not happy about it at all. At least the fencing epee part. I am very much not finished with learning foil, which is why I didn't want to change weapons yet. To make it worse the first night I had a left-handed weapon that I was trying to use in my right hand. That was not fun. On the night of the next lesson though I had a whole heap more fun. I had a right-handed weapon and the drills were challenging. The entire night was really fun though because we spent a long time warming up and doing some strenght building exercises. Mary found out that we're learning epee, so is going to fence me this thursday, after my fourth lesson. That'll be cool cuz last time I worked with Mary on drills it was really helpful. She doesn't like foil though, so I haven't been able to work with her since. It should be good.

Friday night was Sun's 21st birthday. Sun is Goat's girlfriend. She has adopted me as her concubine.(there's a long story behind that) It was a lot of fun though, I normally just hear about Sun because I'm always so busy, but this time I actually go to hang out with her and the other friends that I normally just hear about. It was good.

Saturday Nicole IMs me asking if the BU was going to be doing anything that night. I said we should and eventually came up with the idea of dinner and a board game night at my house. this was about 3 o'clock. I spent the next 5 hours working on that dinner. People were supposed to show up at 7. At 7 I had 3 people there. It was that way for the next hour. Nicole actually had called and said that she had been kidnapped, which meant she was going to be late. Finally people started showing up. It seemed like everyone had eaten already though. Well not everyone, but I was way dissappointed in the fruits of my labor. 50 dollars and 5 hours I guess really built my expectations high. I really started to run low on energy after my hopes had been dashed. It was still fun though. In between doing dishes, cleaning up scraps, getting drinks, and storing food I was able to sit down and talk, which is my favorite thing in the world. I love just sitting down and loitering with a bunch of people that I'm good friends with.

After the shindig I took Eric Phillips home and we started talking on the ride over there. We ended up continuing the conversation once we got to his place for maybe 45 mins or something, in all honesty I have no idea how long we were sitting there talking, but a goodly amount of time at anyrate.

Tonight is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at Chris's house! (I decided not to host tonight for my roomates' sake.) That means that I ahve to make cookies though. I really have so little energy right now, but everyone expects it. So I have to, that means I need to go get butter now. So bye.

Saturday, April 05, 2003

I'm sick...

...but before I get to that I'll talk about the Mexican Cruise I went on. It was great to see my grandparents and everything and the ship had some cool shows and the like, but it number wasn't my scene at all and number two I didn't have anyone I knew my age there. I tried to meet people, I did, but the only venues they had for meeting people was out at the pool, where everyone was already in a large group and I was invader to that, or at the "club" that they had, which was bump and grind type dancing that I'm most certainly not comfortable with. So the majority of the cruise I spent being lonely because I'm too shy when I'm in an uncomfortable situation. I'm still glad that I went though, because it was good to see my grandparents, and I know what to expect from a cruise now. If I go on a cruise again, I will most certainly bring someone else with me. That will make things so much better.

Alright, the quarter has started now. Fencing has started.(Yay!!!) I sorta have classes. I got into my Macro class and I got the Business Law class. I also got the really basic computing class, but I'm going to be talking with the professor about challenging that class. I don't think that I'm going to be geting the philosophy class, which really sucks because the prof is absolutely awesome. He is easily the best lecturer that I've had in my entire life. He has so much energy, not to mention he's talking about something that I find interesting already. I really hope I get him but my odds are 2 out 15 that'll I'll get in. Hopefully I know by tomorrow or even as early as today, but we'll see. What this means though is that I need to find some other classes to take. Or at least one more, cuz with challenging one and not getting into one that drops me down to 8 units that taking (though technically I would be taking 11 when I passed the computer challenge test), but I want more than that for this quarter. I've dropped out of a lot of my clubs and will have time on my hands to do homework and I could use the GPA boost that actually working on my classes will give me.

Now to the part of me being sick. I am sick as a dog. I woke up thursday morning feeling really, really crappy. I did alright that day, I slept in, then I slept for another 5 hours, then I went to fencing and I felt absolutely awesome after fencing, but then friday rolled around. I have my four hour Macro class on friday, which I had to go to because I wasn't enrolled. So I went and then afterwards I played racquetball, then I went and put fliers out with Sandy, then I went to dinner, then I went dancing, then I went home finally. Let me tell you I felt so crappy by the time I finally got home. I had expended every bit of energy that I had on maintaining and almost pleasant exterior. I can hardly remember the car ride from Madonna to home (luckily Sandy was driving). I was soooo dead. I got 12 hours of sleep last night and I picked up some new medicine and I'm feeling much better now, but man oh man am I sick. When it gets to te poin that I can't push myself any farther that really bad. Well that's all I have now. I know it's rather short for how long it's been since I've posted but I'll try and post more often. See ya.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

San Francisco Rocks

Word of warning, this is going to be a looooong entry.

Ok so the screensavers was absolutely awesome. Sean and I didn't get to do the intro to the show, which was disappointing, but we know why. There was this little like 8 year old, who had been taking acting schools and could memorize the lines and everything really well so they picked him to do it by himself. That's why we decided to go see another showing. Especially since there was almost no one at this showing. Meghan was out on leave, Martin was down at Daytona Beach for spring break, and Leo was out with his mom or something like that. We did get to sit down and talk with Pat though. He was really cool. He gave a signed picture of himself and Martin, and sean and I won a bouncy ball and a CD respectively. The guest coordinator guy, Angelo, ended up kicking us out before we had finished talking with Pat, but oh well. So then Sean drove us down to Charm's house and we go there and had a wonderful dinner.

Now for the San Francisco day...

So Sandy and I talked to Charm the night before we were going to go to San Francisco and Charm told us that she hated the city and really didn't feel like going, so we told her that we would go and have fun that and she stay and do the same. So we woke up at 7:20 in the morning, had Charm drive us out to the CalTran train station. It only took us an hour by train to get all the way up into the City. We had sat down the night before with a map to figure out what it was we wanted to do when we got there and on the list was Chinatown. That was close so that's where we started at. What a mistake that turned out to be. It started off kind of creepy, because there was this guy that followed us into the store and he was really talking legibly at all about anything, but we think he was asking for money. The store owner chased him out and we waited around to let him go so that we could go down the street that he was on. He finally looked like he had left so we went out and on up to another store. We were standing outside the store looking at some stuff but then I saw out of the corner of my eye the man coming towards us. I said casually to Sandy, "Let's go inside," but she didn't catch on. Luckily, he got way laid with something for a bit and didn't come right over. I went back and got Sandy, but that time he had come over and was following us into the store. Once again, the store owner came to our rescue, but this time the guy got ticked and started yelling and pushing her and the owner from across the street came and helped, but the man was still yelling. So the police were called and Sandy I looked around in the store fairly thoroughly. Now for the real reason that going to China town was such a mistake. The stores were so awesome! They had all kinds of swords and knives, this silk outfits that were just gorgeous, and display stuff up the wazoo. We spent about 2 and half hours just going through this types of stores. It was so much fun.

After shopping we decided it was lunch time so we went to a place there in China town. The place was called Chan's and we had orange chicken and shredded chicken, with pan fried noodles. I didn't know what pan fried noodles were when i got them but they sounded good. And the noodles were, the chicken was really bad and so was the vegetable that was in there, but oh well. After that we went and walked over to the bus intent on getting to Ghiradelli square. Sandy I loved the skyline!! Oh my gosh! When we first go there I was just staring up at the buildings. I still can't get over it, I know maybe someday I would get tired of looking at the buildings, but it would take awhile. I loved all those big buildings and they were so gorgeous! Anyway, we made it to the bus, which we bought a day pass for that allowed us access to everything that involved public transportation there, the trolley, the bus, and the cable cars. That was cool.

So now we went to Ghiradelli square and the first thing that we see is an amazing view of the Bay with a huge three masted sailing ship sticking up and creating a most spectacular view. That's when we decided we should get some batteries for Sandy's camera. Upon putting new batteries in, it decided not to work. So no pictures for the trip but oh well. We have memories (that's why this entry is so detailed). So we went into the chocolate shop on a mission for Mary's chocolate covered caramels that are so good. We found something that looked close, but it didn't really look like them. So I called Mary (who was in REI, great store as well) and asked her what the name was for sure, and they didn't quite match, but they were the only thing that were even close in the whole of the stores so I got some anyway. I'll give Mary hers and we'll see if that's the right stuff. I also got myself some more chocolate chips for cookies that are, oh-so-good. When I got up to the counter to pay they had, in a wonderful display case, some of the most beautiful looking chocolate covered strawberries that I've ever seen. I just had to get one. I about died with just one bite, oh my gosh. There have only been a very few things that ranked up as high as this strawberry. It was a small taste of heaven. Anyway, after that, I had been reccomended by a trustworthy source to try some of the ice cream. So Sandy and I split a hot fudge sunday. The fudge was expectedly amazing.

We finally made it out of Ghiradelli square. We took the bus over to this thing called the Palace of Fine Arts and Explorartorium, which is the money making front for this breathtaking re-creation of greek architecture that is a tribute to Man's artistry and skill. Built shortly after the commpletion of the Panama Canal as a tribute to both the canal's completetion and the rebuidling of San Francisco itself. The building had a short life of 30 years or during which time it had changed hands between the city and the army becase of WWII. Eventually the building was completely excavated and rebuilt, this time to last a lot longer. I was just awe struck by this structure and now have an even stronger desire to go and spend a month or more in Europe. This trip has proven to me how much more I need to travel, just for the sake of traveling. After gawking at the building for a goodly amount of time we went inside the exploratorium, which is your typical hands-on learning museum. It was a lot of fun, we didn't get all the way through the thing before it closed and we spent a good 2 hours in there. After it closed we went and gawked some more at the building and went to the lakeside. We saw some ducks and Sandy started trying to communicated, I shortly joined in and we stood there for probably 20 mins making different noises across the water. We managed to call the Seagulls, ducks, loons and a swan over to our part of the lake. The swan even came out of the water to meet us. We backed up so that it didn't steal our chocolate, but we thanked it for its gesture. After that we walked back to the bus singing on the street and then continued singing on the bus. We entertained some little kids with our singing for awhile, then we busted into Weird Al. Good times. ;)

The bus dropped us off back over by Ghiradelli square, I was tempted to go back in and get some more chocolate, but then I didn't. We walked over to where the cable car starts. We road it to the end, which was over in Union Square. After getting off there, we found a Jazz steak house advertising "Live Music Every night!" We couldn't resist, but that place was too expensive so we went to the one across the street. A very nice band, the service sucked and some of the food was really, really good (like the cheese tortillini I got and the pasta penne that Sandy got) but the othe food wasn't so good (namely the bread, and the spinach, artichoke, ricotta cheese ravioli I got, it sounded good...). We thoroughly enjoyed the music though. Then we took the trolley back to the other end with intent on going to fisherman's wharf, because I thought it was alive at night. Well it was dead. So we got back on a bus and were going to go home, but when we got to the train station realized that we had missed the train by like 10 mins and would have to wait 2 hours for the next one. But we made it home and passed out on the couch shortly thereafter. Yay for an absolutely awesome day!!! I want more days like this. Well that's all for now. Byee.

Saturday, March 22, 2003

I'm a bad boy scout

But it was so much fun!!! I went and hiked Bishop's peak today. It was much of a challenge and I was getting antsy, but I stayed on the trail all the way up to where the rock climbers are. After that though I saw a hillside that was just too tempting. I went off the trail. I'm a bad boy scout. Oh well! So I made my way to the peak the way it was meant to be done. Guessing your way around and bouldering from rock to rock. It took me a little longer to get to the top then it would have, but overall it still only took me an hour. I then spent about 30 mins at the top bouldering. I love bouldering!! The views were really pretty nice too, I've seen better, but it was still very nice. Especially with the extent of the views I've had recently.

After bouldering for awhile I saw a girl running down the path. I think to myself, "Boy that looks like fun!" I spent the next 20 mins running back down the path. I was almost disappointed to get to my car. I think however that my thighs are going to be telling me about their disappointment tomorrow. Overall the trip just brushed my reckless itch and has made it itch even more. I'm going to have fun this break, but it's kind of sad that I have already filled it up, because if not I could go exploring in yosemite. That would be cool. Oh well, I have tues and thurs off next quarter (besides fencing and aikido). I think I could take 2 hours every so often and go hike bishop's. That would be a nice place to do homework... See ya later!

First day of freedom!!

My first day of freedom was not spent at all like I had anticipated. It started off great, friday night I went over to Lisa's house for a litte gathering, after of course watching the most unfulfilling season finale to SG-1. Upon returning went over to Sandy and Charm's house to watch "The Emperor's New Groove" again. Whilst I was leaving I came up with what seemed like a good idea. So that idea is why I woke up at 9:30am after being up til 3am the night before. We went out to breakfast at IHOP and it was most excellent. Always good fun to hang out with them.

My plans for the day from there were going to be to go on "Walkabout." Unfortunately that did not happen, I did however learn some of the intricacies of recompiling my Linux kernel. I then watched some TV (Waterworld, shortly followed by the highly dissappointing and complete utter waste of time, Riverworld) and now feel very restless. I think tomorrow will be a either a walkabout day or a go see parts of the town I haven't seen. I'm so antsy! This is why I always do so much. I've only had one day of freedom and look what I'm doing with myself. I know there's a bazillion things that I need/want to do.

It's amazing to me how many people have left already. There are so many people that are so anxious to get back home. I still have a slight longing for that desire. To have my home be a place that I want to be in. I don't know that it will ever happen. At least not the place that is still home in my mind. I have my dreams of a happy home in the future though. So many dreams... The other part of having time on my hands is that I'm also left alone with my thoughts. I wonder how much control my mind actually has on me. I do things sometimes that I still wonder why I did them. How do I make my internal resolutions, a reality? So far, I've sucked it up at every turn. I always turn out alright granted, but it would be nice to have that self-control and self-inspired determination.

I once was told by someone that I "have everything together." When that was mentioned to me I was taken aback, I don't feel like I have anything together. Especially when I see so many people around me that do have it together, my roomate, Mary, Sandy, Pam, the list goes on. There's something holding me back. Some ominous presence that I have to climb over anytime I try and change this downfall of mine. For short periods of time (a few weeks) I can muster the energy everytime to struggle over, but then I just lose all my energy and don't have the gumption to do it anymore. I guess that is one of the struggles I must overcome or figure out how to make work for me. Good night all.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Almost two in one day

So today, after the final, turned out to be a really good day. After lazing about for awhile (I deserved it!!), I went and played racquetball with Patrick. Most exhilirating. I was more than ready to keep going after we had been at it for an hour or so, but he was going to eat dinner with Chelsea, so I thought that took precedence, but she owes me!!! After that I got back and talked online for awhile, and saw the update that we have gone to war. I had a really good discussion with Kim about the wartime situation. After that I went to Madonna Inn and danced the night away. I'll tell you though, I've been dancing for over a year now and tonight was the most uncoordinated and klutzy night I have ever had. It all started when I was dancing Waltz with Mary, and I was trying something that had worked in the past, but then I messed up and I didn't have my toe raised so I kicked her toe. And it really hurt her, she needed ice and everything. She of course made me feel horrible about it (which was happening without her help, but that's ok, it was expected from the foul-up I made), but it was mostly in jest. So the last dance comes up and it's a Waltz (Mary has since recovered by this time) and I'm looking at Mary, who has the "do you wanna dance" look (this is of course after she has turned me away for someone else 4 seperate times) and I'm saying "no, no, no" and she says "wanna dance?" "ok." We go through the whole dance, it looks pretty decent, I got some moves in there. It was working out gorgeously and my toes pointed like I was marching! We get to the end of the song and we are standing side by side with a nice looking finish, so I didn't think that my customary dip was going to be in good form. Next thing I know Mary is rolling in for the dip and I just barely missed getting into position in time, but I didn't. I fall over the top of her and she goes to the floor, cracking up with laughter, tears showing in her eyes because it was so funny. It was very humerous. Mary forgave me for the last dip though, because it was so incredibly funny, but I was feeling very incompetent at this point. In between my Waltzes with Mary I had managed to step on several people (not while dancing though), tripped over some people, and managed to steal someone's seat by accident. Overall it was a whole lot of fun and I really, really had a blast, but I can't believe how utterly incompetent I was. Oh well. That's all for now, it took me way to long to write all this because I started talking to my roomate and now I'm tired. So I think that I'm going to go to bed. Good night.

Sunday, March 16, 2003

Dune Rules

So tonight the BU had a "Dune" party. We watched "Dune 2000" (yes all 4.5 hours), then followed that by the first installment of Sci-fi's "Children of Dune." Great fun! It turned out like last night where we all just kind of hung out afterwards talking and such. That's what I really love doing, it's so much fun. It seems unfortunate to me that there always has to be another reason for people together and hang out like that. Oh well, I guess I'm just the only one that thinks that way. I have a final on Tues morning so I'm going to be studying most of tomorrow, at least until the second part of "Children of Dune" airs at 9 pm.

Oh, oh. For the party I made cookies. They were so good! Unfortunately they weren't good enough to impress the selective eaters. Oh well, I guess you can't please everybody (I really wanted too though...). I think that's all I have for now. I have other thoughts, but they aren't forming intelligibly so I'll wait to write those down some other time.

Friday, March 07, 2003

Band Dance

Tonight was so much fun!!! I love band dances. Wait, back up a little bit. I turned in the project. Yay!!!! Ok, now back to the dance. So I went with Claire and we went to the Thai Palace. (We were going to go to this new Italian place called "Novo," but they had like a 45 min wait and since they're new I couldn't find a phone number anywhere to make reservations). We then got to the dance, a little too early. We were only 15 mins late so there was hardly anyone there yet, but that's alright we hung out and talked with people and then started the dancing. So that was cool. Oh anothe funny thing. The theme of the dance was "Gimme Some Lovin." In honor of that theme a large majority of the balloons were blown up condoms, made for a rather unpleasant texture on your hands when you popped one...don't pop one. Let's see, I think that's all I wanted to say. Claire was an awesome accompaniment, she looked gorgeous and she was able to dance with me to ballroom dance type songs. So it was a lot of fun. That made it even more fun than last year, because last year I took someone that I really didn't want to go with but was doing several other guys, whom she wanted to go with and they didn't want to go with, a favor. Reminder to self, I need to get a new pair of cheap dress shoes. My feet are killing me from dancing in the same ones I have had since 6th grade. (sad isn't it?) Well I think that's all for tonight. I'll let you knwo about the Ballroom dance tomorrow.

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Almost there...

Well tomorrow is friday. I worked on my project for a good little chunk today. Now hopefully I can finish it and get it turned in by four tomorrow. I think I can do it, but I'm going to be getting up around 9 just in case. That gives me 7 hours or so of work time.

Fencing downright sucked tonight. They were having a tournament so that the people that didn't go to one were able to compete and so I had to sit there the entire time judging. I didn't get to fence at all. I didn't know it was going to be like that. I only stayed cuz they needed me to judge. I much rather have actually gone to one of the ballroom lessons. I haven't had a ballroom lesson in forever and it's showing. I'm getting to the point of being boring to dance with at Madonna cuz I repeat the same things all the time. Ugh.

On another note, I have a working version of Red Hat 8.0. It's working fairly well thus far. I have NTFS read support, but I can't get my wireless to work. So we'll see, when I have time I can work on that.

I'm feeling like being creative tonight. I wouldn't reccomend reading it though. It's rather uninteresting.

The Shattered Glass

To hold sand is an impossible thing, but to watch how elegantly and fluidly the grains fall between your fingers is something to marvel at. When you first pick it up you see a small mound that slowly has crevices form in it, uniform rifts in the once flawless mountain. Yet they add another degree of beauty, until the rift becomes too great and a side of the landscape slides chaotically down. Even through the chaos the uniformity can be seen, until at last a flat surface rests in your hands. No more drifting away, but settling into serenity.

I am the sand, but who is holding me? My lofty desires are that of the small mound that is being eaten away. Sometimes purposefully, with grace and ease, and sometimes a choatic uproar shaking and changing my very foundation. Someday the flat surface will come, I will no longer have the unattainable aspirations and dreams that cause the slides. Content at where I am the hand will drop me. Nothing more than pieces, the makings of shattered glass.

Monday, March 03, 2003

I did it!!!

One major road block to living til this friday has been accomplished. I completely the homework assignments that are due tomorrow morning...errrr...this morning at 7. All done and accounted for, yay. Let's see this past weekend, the only thing exciting was the fencing tournament, the rest of the time was spent either at boring meetings or working on this homework. So the fencing tournament, I really sucked it up in the pools. I didn't wake up early enough before the tournament to have breakfast and I didn't go to bed early so I had some coffee. BIG MISTAKE. Caffiene is not a substance that is conducive to fencing. I couldn't concentrate long enough on the bout to do well and ended up being seated 11th of 16. After the pools were over I ran around the building like 7-9 times and did various other exercises to make me tired. Then, before my bout I met my opponent. A girl by the name of Sara who has fenced for the last 3 years. She obviously knew a lot more than I did, but when I fenced her in the DE I did extremely well. My mind was clear and things were happening the way I wanted to. I came back from a 13-9 deficit to a 14-14 match and just barely lost the last point by not using Parry 9 enough.

On other news, I've been working with the Japanese students a lot. My schedule has been very similar to the one I posted in my journal entry "What a looooooong day." The only difference being that there is like 6 hours of homework stuffed in there too. On friday I have to turn in my huge project for financial accounting. The professor seems to think that I'll be able to get a good grade still. She said that she'll just weight the final heavier. Yay! Well that is it, I'm going to be waking up in 3 hours and I'm spent. At least tomorrow I can come after class and crash. And believe me I'm going to. Oh, I forgot to mention, I got free Tahoe Joe's today because I was with the Japanese Students. Yay me!!

Friday, February 28, 2003

IT is cool

I went on another field trip with the Japanese students again today. We went to Sonic Solutions software company. Very cool, though the entire presentation was given in Japanese so I kind of "got the gist" of what was going on. I also had some time today after Sonic Solutions to go walk around with the students at some outlet malls in Pismo. I ddint' even know the things were there. They had a Clair's and I got earrings again. Yay!! Now I have two more that I can lose. That wasn't the part that was cool though. It was more that I got a chance to talk with the students a little more and it seemed that we were able to bridge the language barrier quite a bit today. After the gathering party I invited a couple back to my house, but only Yuji-san decided to come. We played a Japanese game called Guilty Gear X. It was fun. I found out today that I am passed the deadline for the International Exchange program, so I will not be going to Japan all of next year. I might be able to find some kind of program though that will allow me to do it for a quarter. Richard Leroy is going to help me with that.

On an entirely different note, now that I have been released from the bonds of secrecy, I am so incredibly envious of Mary. She gets to go to Hawaii, live in Virginia for an entire year (next year), and she has been backpacking (among other very, very cool things) in New Zealand. Congratulations to Mary though because the Hawaii and Virginia things were highly competitive architecture events that she was selected for. Doesn't stop me from being jealous, but she deserves many props. And now, good night all.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

What a looooooong day

6am woke up
6:45 went to class
9:00 got out of class
9:30 went to office hour
10:00 went to Japanese Students' class
12:00 went to class
1:00 went to Dr. Rubba's office hour and waited 30 mins
1:30 met Dr. Asai for Japanese Students' field trip
2:00 went home for 20 mins
3:00 After eating a hurried Carl's lunch met Dr. Asai for field trip
5:00 finished field trip, killed time with students til farmer's market
7:30 left for home to get fencing gear and leave for fencing
8:00 got to fencing
11:00 left fencing exhausted came home and talked to Pam
12:00 or so, I plan to be sleeping

Fencing was fun as always tonight. I got a fencing sweatshirt and two more t-shirts. I'm apparently going to be approached about being an officer in the fencing club. I've also been approached about being president of both Ballroom dance club as you know and now of CP Mustang Band. On top of this I found out that there is most probably not going to be a quarter abroad program for next year to Japan. So I am going to look in to the year long study, which I think would be way cooler, maybe a little more work, but way cooler. I don't think that they will accept me though. I am not exactly the model student right now. Though I did talk with my professor today and I think that I will be able to pull of a good grade in her class. It means however that I have to get all the homework that I have missed done and turned into her by next tues. Then I will also be doing somekind of paper for her on top of taking/studying for the final. So we'll see how good of a grade. I know that I did really poorly on the midterm that I took, so we'll see. Hopefully it will be high enough to get me into Business finally. We'll see. Wish me luck! Now Adieu, adieu (I'm probably going to get yelled at by my roomate for spelling that wrong. Oh well, I can just change it again ;)

Wednesday, February 26, 2003


It's exciting, tonight I ordered a bunch of fencing gear. I will be recieving a bag, a pair of shoes, and a jacket. Speaking of equipment, I'm also kind of nervous becaues this weekend's tournament is electric. That means that I will not be using the weapon that I have been using since I started. Shalanar (that's a name I just made up, to make this more dramatic) and I have formed a bond. We're like one. It's almost like she guides my hand. Ok not really, but I do know that other weapons feel funny. I don't want to get a weapon of my own yet, because I'm not sure what my weapon of choice is going to be. So I'm just going to wait.

Let's see also tonight, I made a dumb move, but a fun one all the same. Charm and Sandy came over and we watched the movie "Keeping the Faith." Very good movie, at first I was very upset at Ben Stiller's character, but I guess the end resolved that. I also didn't care for the main girl either. Something about her personality bugged me, but that changed in the end too. A bit of a long movie, but a lot happens and there is a lot of change so that's to be expected. Now the reason it was a dumb move was because it is now 2:45am and I have class at 8. Oh well. That's all I think for tonight/this morning.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

What a weekend

So as I said, I left for Modesto this weekend. State days was a blast. I got there friday night around 11 or so and we were watching movies on a wall with a projector and really big speakers. That was way cool, then once the movie "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" was over they put on on "Galaxy Quest" (I love that movie) and we had games going on. During the night I managed to float from a chess game, Uno game, volleyball, and blackjack game before the movie got over. By that time they decided that the lights should go out. I was running (much as I am now) on adrenaline and constant activity. I wasn't able to sleep the entire ride over so I was running on that very little sleep til about 3AM when the lights went off and Gauk told us all a story. The next day, which started at 6:30, we played a lot of games outside. I had way too much energy so I was running around a lot and grappling with people and playing a lot of ultimate frisbee. That was way fun. Then we finally went to dinner at Hometown Buffet (Why is it that everytime I go out of town to where there are really cool restaraunts I got to the ones that we have in SLO?). After hometown we spent probably 30 mins deciding how people went home, and of course there was a big drama about it but that got resolved finally. Then after getting that decided we went to Paul's house to celebrate his birthday with his mom. His mom is awesome!!! She put me up for the night and then woke me up this morning with a cup of coffee. She's so nice.

Finally we made it back to SLO (Paul, Gary and I) about 1:30, which was 30 mins late to drumline rehearsal. I ran out of rehearsal right out 4 so that I could go see the "Vagina Monologues." They almost didn't let me in but I knew the guy (sorta, I saw him at the interclub council meeting and he knew me cuz I got elected) so he let me in to go sit with the BU. I really wasn't in any shape whatsoever to be seeing that show.
1. I was tired beyond belief
2. I'm very tender right now
3. I was tired beyond belief
But I saw it anyway, and I let it get to me. The message that I got from the show was that females should never need a man, that females can only be made happy by themselves, and that guys are shit. That was the overall message that I recieved and seeing how one of my primary goals in life is to feel like I'm needed by a female counterpart and that I want to make that counterpart the happiest person in the world, the message of the show really got to me. It took a good 30 mins for the pain in the pit of my stomache to go away and to not feel like I was going to just burst into tears. Luckily I was out with the awesome BU people and we went out to dinner. So that made it better, but unfortunately I was a real downer to them. Oh well, I explained why and I'm over it now. So it' s all good. Well I really shouldn't have been up writing this because I'm exhausted, but I wanted to not put it off.

Oh wait i forgot to mention.

After drumline I went to my car to plug in my phone that had died over the weekend and use the car battery to make a call and when I got out I left my keys in the ignition with the battery on and locke the door. So they were in there until David drove me back with the spare at about 7. Also tonight my big bro gave me my nickname M.I.L.F.
Mackerfella (apparently I mack? yeah right)
Ignoramous (Corey's doing, it's supposed to be mispelled)
Long (hehe, Myles Long)
Few of my(myles's) jokes are funny (FOMJAF!!!)

Ok that is it. I'm outta here.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

What a day

So I did finally finish that huge-o project this morning. About 6 this morning. then I woke up at 7:30 in time to print it off and decided that I could sleep five more minutes, which then turned into like 2 hours and I missed the class completely so I couldn't turn it in. That gave me enough time to come back grab paper, a pencil, and a calculator and go take a calc midterm. Why is it that no matter how many related rates problems I do I still don't get them? Gah!!!! Oh well I got the other questions perfect, I think I'll get a B at least. About 4 o'clock today, I'll be leaving for Modesto for a Kappa Kappa Psi California chapter's state days. That should be fun and even better is I dont' have to drive. I'm going to be riding with Stephanie, but I think that I'm going to pass out for the entire trip. I'm exhausted, and sick. Well that's all for now, you should check out the horses. They're tight.

It's finally happened

I decided finally that I truly am sick. Gah, I dont' like being sick. This morning I was planning on going to my early class but when I woke up I felt like such crap that I continued sleeping. I figured I would wake up before my 12 o'clock class. Wrong again. I didn't wake up til 1:30 and I still felt like crap, but I had to force myself to get up. There were things that I needed to get done. Homework and such. So I had my meeting at 2, finished with that and saw Diana for like 2 mins at the Career Symposium that happened today. Then I helped out at the fencing fund raiser and killed my back some more. Feeling that right now, that's for sure. I need some serious TLC. So lets see, after that I got some dinner at Presto Pasta (I love that place!!! Thanks Mary ). After which I was so worn out I could hardly stand up. So I laid down and took a 30 min nap before fencing. I couldn't hardly keep my eyes open and it was painful to move, but I went to fencing. We started off with the lunge game and the progressed to tribal warfare. In tribal warfare I was the first one to fence in the one on one bout that would win for my team if I touched. I was going against Eric Phillips who is a saberist. The bout was a foil match so the on target is a little different the sabre. I took advantage of that and scored the touch. (What Mary will tell you is that I went below the belt to score a touch. Which is 100% completely true, but it sounds like I was fighting dirty, which I kinda was, but it was smart dirty or something. Yeah, anyway) I was so stoked about scoring that touch because the entire club was watching, all eyes focused on the bout and I didn't want to get schooled, but Eric has been fencing for the last 2 and half years so I thought it was pretty inevitable. I won, I won, I won!!!! hehe. Ok enough of that. The downside of the evening is that I have a huge project due tomorrow that is very time consuming and I dont' think that I gave myself enough time, but we'll see. Adieu.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

So much fun

Fencing was a blast tonight. I had so much fun. I think the tournament pushed me over to the 100% sold to fencing side. Tonight, Mary was our female instructor. She worked with me because I was the odd man out (I saw that it was probably going to work that way and was hoping I wouldn't get gypped). So she did exactly what it is I like to do when learning. We were working on drills and she would break the drill with a different move, then tell me what I should have done. Then she made her own things for me to work above what the drill was doing. Such as footwork, how I lunge, and how I extend. It was so helpful, that might have something to do with the fact that she thinks simliarly to the way I do. After the drills were over she whooped me 5-0 in like 30 seconds, but it was fun all the same. After that I fenced Nicole and got my butt whooped. It was interesting to see such a distinct style difference between the two top eppeists.(I dont' know if they are actually the top, but I know they're the top women so that's all that matter to me). After Nicole I fenced with Ward, got my butt whooped, and then got a Ward informational session. So much stuff to work on, I love it. Then to top the already awesome night off, I got to wrestle with Trevor. Trevor is a huge man, weighing about 80 pounds more than me. I didn't have to worry about hurting him so it was great fun. I held my own pretty well too, at least I like to think so and it ended on a mutual stop. So I was happy til I found out I lost my earring back, again. I hope I don't lose this earring, I dont' have anymore and would have to go buy another one.

Hmmm, mostly productive day today, went to Math and turned in the homework then spent an hour killing time on campus so that I could get paperwork signed. Filled out a whole bunch of paperwork, but I think that the CPBDC will get money. Agenda items all filled out. Sandy and I put up a bunch of fliers on campus for the Rhumba workshop. We need to soon get Waltz fliers up too. At least by Tues next week, preferrably sooner. Well I'm really tired, I think there was something else that I wanted to type about, but I can't remember. Maybe it's that Mary and I are talking a lot more and it doesn't hurt when I talk to her anymore. Yeah that was probably it, I can full heartedly accept the just friendship and it's a wonderful freedom. Good night all.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Oh on another griping note

I dont' think that mail comes tomorrow and the office wont' be open anyway. So the check that has been in the mail since about Tues or Wed will get here the earliest of Tues, which is when I'm supposed to register at 7am. So I can't pay my tuition and my really good priority gets wasted. GAAHHHHHH!!!!!! Ok to bed for real this time.

Tournament in Review

Well I broke my streak. It's been two days now (because it's after midnight) that I haven't written in my blog. Am I back up to my old habits? We'll see...but as for the tournament...

IT WAS SO AWESOME!!! I enjoyed it so much. So the way it starts out is they put me in a pool of 5 other fencers and I got to fence each one of them. The first two bouts I had we had these really nice people that were really crappy at directing. So I was ready to cry after losing my second bout. It's really difficult to know something and have to swallow that whole to accept what someone else says. GRRRRRR! But then someone smiled on me and a new director was sent to us. Very professional, very good. My next 3 matches, even though I lost one, were complete bliss. My score for pools was 2-3 (is that right order? What I mean is I won 3 and lost 2). After pools comes direct elimination. That is just as it sounds, you lose once you're out. I won my first one 10 to 3. Easy bout. It was the next one that really irked me. Though I hadn't been dominating the match, I had been in control. The score got up to 9-7 me. The bout goes to 10. I scored a touch, the judges didn't see it that way. I couldn't get another one in. She won. GWAHHHHAHARR!!!!! (yell of agony). I talked to her after the match and she said that I had very definitely landed that touch. Grrr, again. But oh well. I ended up placing 10 out of 25, so not bad after 6 weeks. Especially since the people I had been fencing had all fencing for the last 5 months or so. Yay me. I also made some new friends. God bless road trips, which I must give a shout out that Chelsea's mom rocks. Same with Patrick's parents.

On to today, or yesterday as the case seems to be. Today was somewhat advernturous, but highly unproductive as far as academics are concerned. I woke up pretty late. I got up and ate some breakfast, took a shower, and sat down at my computer to do some work. Then I get an IM and to go over to Sandy's and I went over there and we all talked for awhile, then I decided we should go see Daredevil because I had a free ticket (it wasn't just for X-men 2). So we got a few other ballroom-underground people to go. We also went to dinner at Golden China Buffet. That was way good. Then we came back and I went home to another IM from Mary. She asked if I wanted to accompany her to get fish food and then maybe do some ice cream afterwards. I said sure. So she came and picked me up and it was good. We talked a whole lot and we go ice cream, which is a funny story. See she was asking me what kind I wanted, I told her something fruity and she said she had chocolate chip mint at home. I told her that worked and so she was looking at a strawberry ice cream saying it looked good and reached and grabbed the ice cream right next to it. I didn't see what that was until we got home. IT WAS ALMOND MOCHA FUDGE!!!! I was way excited, I hadn't had that in so long and I told her I wanted that instead of CCM. Oh it was so goooooood. Anyway, we watched Disney's Tarzan and talked a lot to each other and it was good. I really wish that things had worked out different between us because she is really so wonderful but I'm going to take her friendship. She was really awesome to me at the tournament because I was feeling so low and I got sick (I was cold, I only get cold if I'm sick) so I'm going to take all that she'll give. On the car ride back to my place she asks me these following questions:

If you could date any Disney character, who?
If you could be any Disney Hero, who?
If you could be any Disney Villian, who?
If you could be any Disney supporting character, who?

She's so great. Errrrrrrrrr. Anyway my answers in order were, Belle, Aladdin or Hercules, probably Hades, and I couldn't think of who, maybe timon. Give me your answers. After that, it was really odd. It was like she really didn't want me to go or to leave, but she wasn't making any moves to tell me that. There was one of those pauses where it was really a good exit, and so I said I should let her go sleep and I went back to Sandy's because I said I would watch Emperor's New Groove with them (yes that's 3 movies in one day). By the time I got there it was about 11:45. I don't think we actually started before midnight, but oh well. So I ended up being very comfortable during the movie. I had one girl on either arm and was all wrapped up in a blanket and had a pillow for my head. It was quite comfy. The movie was good too. I hadn't seen it all the way through before that.

After the movie I came back home to my internet being turned off due to my roomate becoming paranoid about security again. He turned on WEP and windows software is apparently really stupid when it comes to WEP so at 2:30 in the morning when I wanted to be typing in this instead of at 3:30 right now. I was trying to get my internet working again, with Sean's help. Anyway it is working now and all is good. I am now going to sleep because I have drumline at 10am. Good night.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

We're famous

Apparently on the crime round up section of the Mustang Daily (though they dont' have that section on the online version, grrrr), the theft of our sandwhich board was recorded. On a hopeful note, it was recorded that the board had been recovered, I however did not recieve a call from them, so I will give them a ring tomorrow to see if the rumor is true.

So I splurged today. I was sold by the tempting tactics of corporate bunch. I am a consumer whore. So here what I got. I bought 3 DVD's. Now in purchasing both "Bourne Identity" and "Blue Crush" I am now able to get 2 DVD's for only $2.96. Yay!!! The third DVD is X-Men 1.5 which comes with a free movie ticket for X-Men 2. Yay!!! Total spent now 60 dollars for 3 DVD's. Total cost after recieved benefits, 60 dollars for 5 DVD's and an 8 dollar movie. Still somewhat pricey, but a good deal if I've ever seen one.

Though I rarely get time to talk to anyone online, I do keep tabs on the people and I have noticed lately that there has been no Pam. It's quite disconcerting to look down and see no Pam. I dont' know why, but she is just always there and now she's not. Very disconcerting.

On another note, I got a message from Sammot today. I love Sammot. She is going to be with me for the rest of my life and me for hers. I can say a lot mroe on that, but I rather just tell her. So yeah, I got a message from her. Tomorrow is the Phoenix Pirates District Swim meet. Everyone keep good positve vibes flowing for the team. I'm a legacy and still a feel a strong attachment to the team. So everyone wish them luck!!!!

Today was another productive day. I spent probably an hour in the Epicenter getting paperwork and filling paperwork out and tomorrow I get to go and get paperwork signed by our sponsor. I have about 5 pages that I need her to sign. I've also called the the teachers for lessons next quarter, left a message with Bill Loper about Oddfellows, sent out the calendar for everyone's approval, helped to get a price approved for the dance on March 8th, and I washed my clothes with the exception of my socks a few white shirts. I did however wash my fencing jacket, I'm hoping and praying it gets dry before tomorrow.

Which is a perfect segue to my next topic. Tomorrow at about 5:30 I leave for the first fencing tournament that I will compete in. It's at UC Berkeley and has a section just for beginners or people with under a year of experience. I'm way excited. If I make it into the top 8 I get to fence electric. Woohoo!! I've never done that before. Though my hopes of getting that are very minimal because of the simple fact that most of the intermediate class, whom I will be fencing, can whoop on me pretty well. So we'll see how it goes. Adrenaline is a beautiful thing and has helped me out well in the past.

And looking at the time, a Happy S.A.D. to you all. That's Singles Awareness Day. The one time of year where everyone in the country makes it more and more acutely obvious to you that you are single. Luckily, I will be driving in a car talking computer talk with Patrick in the evening time and will keep myself busy in the day with the fencing fundraiser. My mom sent a heart of "Mon Cheri" chocolates for me to give to our Landlady.(She is so cool, she knows our apartment on sight, if not by name, and she has parrots, which today I learned are of the breed African Grey. Supposedly one of the smartest breeds out there. Anyway back to my story) So I have taken this heart and in fact in a couple of minutes will be placing a note on it saying Happy Valentine's day from Apartment 80, and then setting it out on her porch. That way I dont' feel awkward giving her a valentines gift and my mom's goal is still accomplished. Yay!!! Well that's all now. Good morning.
Posted by cthrax at February 14, 2003 12:50 AM

Hey there cutie! Sorry I haven't been 'online' (a.k.a. leaving my screen name signed on for you to leave messages to, though I never receive them and ALSO, sir, I never receive e-mails from such man who is disconcerted about how I am never online, pssh!) but my computer got stolen by Russian pirates and I got it back today, luckily unharmed but in need of a little repair.

Argh :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

No listening for you...

So I told this guy earlier in the day jokingly "No more talking for you." Later in the day we're sitting in the car and I'm in the front seat, he says "Myles, open your door." Unfortunately, everyone but me had seen the biker coming down the side of the street next to the car. With my normal luck, I managed to open the door just in time to hit the biker and potentially cause serious harm, but also with the other side of my luck there was nothing more than a few scratches on the bike, a few chips in the paint of bubble, and some mental anguish. It was really like something you see in Jack Ass or something like that. I couldn't believe I did it. Everything was alright though, and is actually in another week or so going to be a rather humerous story. Right now, I can't believe it happened though. Ah well, no harm no foul.

Today was a really long, but rather productive day. I left the house at 1 (after having been back for a few hours from class) and then didn't get home til about 12:30. The ballroom officer meeting was slightly productive today. It was more productive after the meeting, but oh well. It looks like I'll have a finalized schedule for next quarter by friday. That would be way cool, because then I could tell Bill Loper when we need Oddfellows.

Also today I went to a meeting in place of Stephanie. The "Interclub Council." It just so happens that the meeting was really very useful. It also just so happens that it was election night for officers. You're now reading the blog of the new Vice-Chairman of the Interclub Council. Yay me. Or not. Luckily the club only meets once a month.

Tonight we had a ton of guys show up to Madonna. In fact, we had Dan show up for the first time since like spring last school year. He also brought a long a few friends of his. One of which was very gung ho about helping the ballroom club and figuring out marketing campaigns. Way cool!!! We can always use help. I'm kind of iffy about it, but I think that I want to run for president for the next term. I also want to nominate Sandy as my VP. She's a great publicist, but she is too hands on to be limited by publicizing. I'm hoping that I'll be able to count on the new Sean guy (Dan's friend) as an officer for next term and put him in as publicist. My first impression of him is very business-like and professional, also seems like he is a man of action. Action is always good to have on an officer board. So we'll see how that goes.

After Madonna a bunch of us, including Chris and Jeff, went to Hudson's and we had a very motivating talk about changes that could/should occur in the club. I think that it is mostly these ideas that have made me want to run for president of the club. I want to see these things through, and know that I would really enjoy it. I think that my involvements with other clubs is going to be going down dramatically next school year. So taking on the (added?) responsibility of president will be something that I can handle. Well that's all for tonight.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Reconnaissance Mission

Sometime during winter break some people thought that it would be funny to go and steal a bunch of sandwhich boards from Dexter lawn. One of those sandwhich boards belonged to the Cal Poly Ballroom Dance club, and it just so happens that the people living next door to the culprits are brothers in the Iota Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, to which I belong. I was finally given information on Sunday about the whereabout of the aforementioned sandwhich board and tonight half the club went to retrieve it. We get to the place and a girl answers the door. I let her know that I'm from the CPBDC and she noticeably flinches when I say that. We then ask if she knows anything about it, with a huge hesitancy in her voice she says that she didn't live there. We are then informed that all the true residents of the household are sleeping. Even though all the lights are on and we have seen people moving. So tomorrow morning I'm going to be giving the CPPD a call and seeing where I stand on this situation. Especially since I have three eyewitnesses to vouch for the fact the sandwhich board was there. We'll see what happens.

After our reconnaissance mission we stopped by Mary's lab to visit her and then went to Sandy's for cookies. Mary ended up joining us about the time that the cookies were done and then Patti came over with her roomate and some other guy, that was quite drunk, though surprisingly funny. I feel good today. I think tomorrow is going to be a much more productive day. We'll see.