thursday night lights

31 08 2006
  • classes
  • food
  • House
  • football
  • reading
  • meetings
  • senior project success




massive attack

30 08 2006

The temperature dropped significantly today. I was cold when I woke up.

Here’s what I did today, including minute and insignificant details. One of these is false. You figure out which one.

  • Ate breakfast in Hicks. I had oatmeal, an apple, a nectarine, and a glass of water.
  • Attended HVAC class. I was bored because we talked about mundane things that I already knew and I was even fed some misinformation.
  • Reviewed my resume with Career Services.
  • Sat through FEA. It wasn’t thrilling at all.
  • Met with a faculty member about Uganda. He was excited to see some of the things that I had done there.
  • Met with another faculty member about senior design. I think my project idea is going to be approved and we’ll be on the fast track to success.
  • Ate lunch in Hicks. It sucked.
  • Watched House. I know, I’m suffering from a massive attack of addiction. But I finished the first season.
  • Worked on my HVAC homework. It’s not due for seven more days.
  • Perused the information from the CSO.
  • Consulted some people in Uganda about an upcoming building project. I’m still not used to being seven hours behind Uganda. I mean, obviously most of my life has been spent seven hours behind Uganda, but I didn’t care until now.
  • Wondered where my textbooks were. They were cheap, but they’re taking forever.
  • Ate dinner at Hicks.
  • Did nothing.
  • Forgot to do some things.

Okay, I lied. I actually did all of these today. Everybody lies.





it is still raining

29 08 2006

I have now had all my classes.  It’s kind of nice to only have four of them.  I wonder what it would be like to be in grad school, maybe with just a class or two.  Of course, senior design is going to be a rather large academic burden, but if my project idea is approved and embraced by all, I think it should be a good kind of work.

I’ve already gone to several meetings and other such things this week.  So far none of my books have arrived, but I’m not too worried about that.  I did some reading from someone else’s textbook and will probably do that again.

Our room is practically in order now.  The boxes and other things have mysteriously disappeared into the hallway and aren’t clogging things up for now.  At least it is a temporary fix.

I keep watching House.  It’s very good, but I’m beginning to notice a lack in continuous storyline.





gold & delicious

28 08 2006

It is Day #1. The day when the syllabi make their way from the neat pile stacked in the front of the room to the hands of eager students who scour the pages for the topics that will engage their minds in learning. The day when professors tell their students to look on-line for the syllabus that they posted on the crappy website and details what chapters will not be read, the homework that will interrupt weekends and Monday Night Football, and the date of the final so the students can leave campus at the earliest possible moment.

It is Day #1. The day when students rush to the bookstore to buy the classic volumes that higher education students have devoured for centuries. The day when students find the ISBN of the books they need, look for them on half.com, and then trudge to the bookstore, pissed off that they have to pay full price for a new edition of the same book as last year’s students, with a different cover picture, and the chapters reordered with new numbers in the review problems.

It is Day #1. The day when students greet their friends in the crisp, fall air and laugh over delicious food. Who are we kidding? The humidity is at 95% and it’s a cafeteria!

All jesting aside, the first day of classes is behind me. My last first day of classes. I have four classes and one lab this semester. I am taking HVAC, Finite Element Analysis, Applied Fluid Mechanics, Capstone Design, and the lab.

Things that happened today (as of this moment in today):

  • I ate breakfast at Hicks and ran into GH’s little brother who transferred here.
  • I went to my two classes.
  • I bought a couple binders, paper, and two postcards to mail to Uganda.
  • I ate lunch at Hicks.
  • The internet came back on and I bought my last texbook online.
  • The internet went down and I walked to the post office, the bank, and the organic food store with KP and BS.
  • I bought some Ginger Gold apples at the fruit stand. They’re not as good as the Summer Rambo apples from the other night. The Ginger Gold is a cross between a Golden Delicious, an Albermarle Pippen, and an unidentified variety.
  • I watched the first two episodes of House.  It’s quite good.

Did you know that ISBN stands for “International Standard Book Number”. It is totally redundant of us to say ISBN number. It already has number in the actual acronym. No longer will I say “What is the ISBN number?” I will now say “What is the ISBN?”





welcome back

27 08 2006

Well, it is back to humidity, rain, and no internet. You’d think with all summer to prepare for our return that they would fix the network. But no, it’s the same.

It’s wonderful to think that this is going to be the last fall that I start school. Is it sad? No. Is it joyous? Not really. It’s just nice.

The right button on my mouse broke. You would think that you wouldn’t use it that often, but I really do. I just ordered a new mouse off of Amazon, but it won’t be here until at least Thursday. The ironic thing is, this mouse that just broke had a three year warranty. Three years ended about two weeks ago.

I have 8 AM classes every day of the week. It’s kind of depressing to finally be a senior and then be banished to the early mornings all over again. I think there is an evil man up in Rockwell Tower that is attempting to short change my college experience.

And now I’m borrowing a wireless mouse so that has saved the night.  Here’s the quick bulleted approach to today:

  • Cleaned up the room some
  • Went to Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church.  It was the friendliest church I have been to while at GCC.
  • Ate brunch at the renovated MAP Cafeteria.  JG did a great job with the lighting, but I’m still not sure it’s going to be a quick task to get rid of your tray.  Speaking of trays, it was so busy and crowded in there today that I wasn’t even able to get a tray.
  • Went to a pointless mandatory meeting about nothing.  I was handed a Crimson and told to read it.  They could have put it into my mailbox with a note and then I wouldn’t have had to take time out of my Sunday afternoon for a meeting.  It brought back memories of that “mandatory” meeting last spring that they said they were surprised to many people showed up for.
  • Had the first chapel staff meeting of the year and the first chapel event.
  • Ordered a mouse from Amazon.com.
  • Backed up my hard drive.

What can tomorrow bring?  Classes and Bon Appetit.  I can’t wait.





last time up these stairs

26 08 2006

I moved back to college for the last time tonight.  My room is still in a state of disorder with boxes and belongings piled high.  But even though it looks overwhelming, it’s the last time.  :-D

The heat and the humidity on the third floor are brutal.  In the winter, it’s so hot up here because of all the heat rising through the building and now in the summer it’s just as bad, but it is worse because opening the windows doesn’t help.  At least in the winter, the windows can be wide open.

It’s hard to believe that three years ago I was moving into the building down the hill and just starting out on this higher education deal.  Now I’m almost done.  It’s not even bittersweet, it’s awesome.





rambo meets italy

25 08 2006

I bought some Summer Rambo apples today.  I love the taste of fresh apples at the end of the summer.  I brought a bag of them from Washington County to the Italian dinner GT and family had for me tonight.

I did some burning this morning at the farm before I left and also tried to get the tractor going.  The clutch is still acting funny and I’m going to have to replace the wiring that is hooked to the sensor.








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