Monday, December 23, 2002
Monday, November 25, 2002
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Monday, November 18, 2002
Saturday, November 16, 2002
Friday, November 15, 2002
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Sunday, November 10, 2002
Saturday, November 09, 2002
Anyway, eventually I got Chad back, and then went and played a rousing game of Spades with James and two people whose names I could not bother to learn (I really need to work on that, for some reason when I hear someone introducing someone it just doesn't occur to me to listen to what they're saying). James and I lost, but only because the other team was able to "shoot the moon" (to borrow a term from Hearts, I don't know if that's what it is referred to in Spades). Spades is fun, I hadn't played it in some time. Playing a card game with teams raises interesting strategies I don't consider when playing poker. I must get a poker night going sometime (which of course here means, "get someone to start a poker night, since it wouldn't be much fun playing poker in my parent's kitchen"). Chad was supposedly going to have one, but seems to have forgotten about it, I'll have to remind him.
Friday, November 08, 2002
Thursday, November 07, 2002
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Monday, November 04, 2002
Sunday, November 03, 2002
Following the run (and a brief perusal of the booths...100% pure promegranate juice, not a good idea, apparently made for people who think cranberry juice is too indulgent), I proceded to A-1 Self-Storage. Today was the day I had to move upstairs. Fun times. Actually wasn't too bad at all. I managed to do almost all of it myself, in about an hour and a half. A brief interruption while I had to go find a dustpan, after finding a dead mouse (with a copious amount of his "business") which had obviously been there a LONG time. But with that unpleasantness behind me, I got the rest of my stuff upstairs, expect for a heavy endtable, a biggish-screen TV, and a couch. Then Cecily helped me get two of the three upstairs, and then we moved the couch to her house. It was actually a good thing, in a way. I save a month's rent, for one. And it gave me a chance to rearrange everything extensively. I had moved stuff around within my existing space, but by moving to a new unit, I was able to make much better use of my space. Even considering the missing couch, I was able to store the same amount of stuff in about half the space, with the things I am most likely to need readily available. Perhaps I'll move into a smaller unit, but I think the savings would have to be substantial before I'd do that again. So I ran, I moved, and I took a nice bath. And now I'm winding down for a nice Sunday evening of television (Futurama, Simpsons, Adult Swim).
Saturday, November 02, 2002
Craig's back from lunch, time to relinquish the computer and go back to The Reptile Room.
Friday, November 01, 2002
Thursday, October 31, 2002
Had swim last night, went okay, I hadn't been in a week (I skipped class on my birthday). First class since daylight savings ended, its rather cold out to be swimming at 6:00, but I'll manage. The pool closes at the end of November, so I figure I'll go ahead and tough out one more month, then I'll have to start swimming on my own. I signed up for the Walk for the Cure Sunday, that should be fun.
Went to the movies last night, saw In Praise of Love, left about an hour into it. Not necessarily that I didn't like it (though I didn't very much), just was too tired to survive the Ken's seats any longer.
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Monday, October 28, 2002
Friday, October 25, 2002
What an unpleasant day. I get out of econ early, decide to have a nice sit-down meal for a change, and as I sit down and begin to eat, the "breaking news" logo catches my eye. I wouldn't have moved to watch it had I not seen the Minnesota logo. Horrible news. 51 Senators, and its the only one with reelection in jeopardy who voted against invading Iraq alone, that's the one who dies? I guess it doesn't matter, the Democratic party proved itself useless yet again, and its just a question of when, now. But hey, maybe Wellstone could've voted against invading North Korea next year, or Afganistan when it spirals out of control thanks to the American-armed Taliban (oops). Gotta fight the Soviets, how many Americans did they kill? John Birch the only name that springs to mind, though there were probably more (spies mostly, and they get what they deserve). Okay, I'm ranting a bit, I'm just upset that the Democrats are going along with a plan to kill Americans and Iraqis with no explanation as to what will come once Saddam is dead. Iraq might get weapons of mass destruction some day...India HAS THEM NOW. Pakistan HAS THEM NOW. North Korea BUILDS THEM WITH OUR SUPPORT, because our intelligence community is too busy finding out which library books dark-skinned people check out. Israel HAS THEM NOW. South Africa HAD THEM, THEN DEMOLISHED THEIR PROGRAM, and no one in our intelligence community knew about it until many years later, only then because the post-apartheid government came clean. WE ACTUALLY USED THEM! And I'm only talking nuclear, you can do a hell of a lot of damage with a gun or a bomb or an airplane, paid for by our Saudi friends and our own tax dollars.
Okay, I did not mean for this to be a rant, I meant to just say I'm sad. But there it is. I suppose someone will come up to the plate. When the obituaries mention Ted Kennedy as Wellstone's closest ally in the Senate, that really makes me sad. But I'm sure something better will come around sometime. Now I have to go try to study Latin, that'll be a hoot.
The senator said his position against the congressional resolution on Iraq might prove unpopular with voters, but he said he had to vote his conscience.
"I love being here and I love the chance at being a senator, but it's not worth it to me," Wellstone said of the prospect of supporting the resolution.
Thursday, October 24, 2002
Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Turns out I had nothing to worry about. Bowling for Columbine, Moore's greatest achievement in any medium, is a well-reasoned, impassioned examination of our violent culture and its possible roots. Columbine, September 11th, a school shooting in Moore's hometown of Flint, and more are all presented with a humanity (and a lack of exploitation) that only a master documentarian could manage. He doesn't pretend to have all the answers; though the media is a popular target (especially "Cops"), I think if you asked Moore what exactly is to blame for the overwealming amount of violence in our nation, he'd say he doesn't know. But he does know that we need to acknowledge that we have a major problem, and that marching to the site of the latest massacre to shout with a smirk, "My cold dead hands!" solves nothing (the most amazing aspect of the film is that it actually made me hate Charlton Heston more than before). I'm glad the film is doing so well, it deserves to be seen; I understand that Roger and Me is required viewing in many French schools, perhaps Bowling for Columbine will make its way to our schools. I'm sure it would do more good than more metal detectors or drug-sniffing dogs.
I also went to Dave & Busters today, before the movie (avoided the violent games for fear of guilt during the film, though it turns out the Canucks like violent games, too). I've always felt them a bit expensive, but its really not that bad a deal. The food is expensive, but the drinks on happy hour are a damn good deal, and I had a coupon, get $40 in credits for $20. And seeing as I'm a bit of a master of the one sliding game they have (I can get 3 7s almost every time, if I wanted to), and the prizes for the tickets are pretty nice (I actually got my PS2 there), its not a bad deal, especially if you can get a coupon, which seem to come out fairly regularly if you're on their mailing list. Anyway, I think I used to tell people, "That D&B, it looks fun, but its so damn expensive!" So I figured I should say I was wrong...it might cost a fair amount of money just for an evening out, but overall, especially if you hit them during happy hour, its a pretty good value for the money. Of course, I did get humiliated on one of the two pinball machines (if they had more pinball, and real pinball, not that 3-D nonsense, then it would rock), but I did give some stranger a whopping on the Tennis game. Fun times...another day not spent studying...
Monday, October 21, 2002
Watched My Neighbor Totoro today (rather than attending my Latin class), rather enjoyed it, though its probably my least favorite of the Miyazaki films I've seen. The Totoro closing theme is catchy, though. Its also nice to see children in one of his films that grows up with real childhood trauma (an ailing mother), rather than working in a bathhouse for ghosts or exploring their budding witching skills (though since I liked both Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service, maybe he's better off sticking to these allegorical examples of growing up). Totoro's cute (he's become Studio Ghibli's mascot), though I found the cat/bus a little disturbing. I think my final verdict on this film isn't that its inferior to Miyazaki's other work, just that its more thoroughly aimed at children, and while an adult audience can appreciate the craftsmanship, its harder to relate to then some of his other films.
Finally, here's an artice from the UCSD Guardian about the Chancellor's Challenge. Weird that Jenn Brown is so evasive with her time...I should run against her next year, make this a major issue. You can now see the results on-line as well, I came in 334th. They also are reporting my time as 25:40, and who am I to argue?
He didn't mention the major scandal in the literature department, however. Unfortunate a very well-thought-of faculty member (I've met him but never had a class taught by him) would fall under such negative scrutiny, but lying about degrees, even if you were hired for your abilities and not your education, strikes me as a major transgression. Strange this seems to come up so often lately, in universities. I would think fabricating a college degree would be harder to do. Maybe I should give more credence to those e-mails offering me an instant college degree.
Sunday, October 20, 2002
I had a coupon book to drop off for my old roommate (I get a discount on them...see, free movies...$20 off coupon books...the perks of my current and previous job are about the same), so I swung by their on the way home. Just ran in, ran out. She's an odd one. I always feel a little better about myself when I compare myself to her, though I image she also relies on me to boost her self-esteem. But hey, she had some shirtless fellow on her couch...I haven't had a nice young lady to make out with on my parents' couch in some time...but I digress. At least I don't think she met this one on the internet. That's one thing Cecily and I have in common, we both dated men on the internet (though I called myself "Diane"). Ah, fun times.
My father spoke to me briefly this evening, always nice how he can take about 20 seconds out of his day to put me in a psychopathic mood. Bastard.
Speaking of hi-larious, I thought it odd I found Lewis Black's bit about candy corn would make me laugh so hard, especially seeing as I'd heard it before. It reminded me of how hard I laughed when I saw Paula Poundstone recently, when she talked about the slogan on the side of the bag of raisin bread: "Twice the raisins required by law." I like to think myself a sophisticated sort, yet its candy corn, raisin bread, and Fresno which really gets me in the gut.
See Paula Poundstone if you can, incidentally. I've seen her twice in person, both post-arrest. The first time was her second performance as a parolee, and she had a lot of directed rage and dealt in-depth with her legal issues, in a very funny manner. The second time I heard her, the first hour or so was just whining, not much different from the first performance, but she was trying a little too hard to push herself into the role of victim. Not to the point that you wanted to turn on her, but it didn't lead to much laughter. But once she got into a more normal comedian routine, with occasional references to parole officers and alcoholism, of course, she is really hilarious, and a dynamo. She "joked" about her obsessive-compulsive tendencies leading her to never shut up, so she's found the perfect job, and its really true. They practically had to pull her from the stage. Over two and a half hours of just her. Hard worker.
Saturday, October 19, 2002
Friday, October 18, 2002
I was sad to notice when I was looking for a link, that I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone it, People Like Me is out of print. That is a hilarious book, that was turned into an almost-as-hilarious movie, Stuart Saves His Family. Its a shame it never found its audience, being labled a SNL product, up there with the Coneheads and Night at the Roxberry guys. The book and movie both have a lot of humanity in them, worth a look-see.
Thursday, October 17, 2002
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Oh, and my Latin exam went very well, I think.
So I was ten minutes late to my first class, so I just didn't go, I'm in the computer lab instead. Have to go to Econ in a bit, then study Latin until my exam at 3. Fun times.
But yes, I did take Tanner for a walk for the first time in like two weeks. We went about a mile up Cowles Mountain and back down. I think Tanner could've gone the distance, but it was getting dark and since he's not in the best shape, I didn't want to overdo it. I don't really like Cowles Mountain, its too crowded. I'll have to try one of the alternate routes up next time. Tanner doesn't share the trail very well, and all the joggers are a wee bit annoying, though I imagine they think the same of me.
Tuesday, October 15, 2002
Monday, October 14, 2002
So I'm gradually shedding my heretofore-consistent panda-bear shape. So far I'm enjoying the journey. And if I'm not absolutely ripped in a month or two, I'll realize I've wasted my time and give heavy drinking another go.
I reek...I should really go bathe...