Woke up late – went to a short opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, then dropped the brother off at the Airport. Next, my dad and I exchanged my V60i phone for the T720, got the wireless internet working – only at 8kbps, however – and then returned home to have dinner with Scott and family, then to talk about the roadtrip. It pretty quickly turned into essentially 5 on 1, with his mom alone. We kept it civil, and I didn’t talk much, not completely unrelated occurences.
It looks like we’ll be leaving Monday morning, and Florida is out. :-/
Turkey day has come and gone. Got up at 8:20, did breakfast, then went down to Newport High for the annual Turkey Bowl. Returned home, cleaned my room, watched Cowboys loose to the Dolphins, then made mashed potatoes and had an incredible dinner dozed, and chatted. Fun day.
Yesterday, Amy wasn’t feeling well, so I ended up leading the girls to Larry’s house where they got to do drilling, riveting, bandsawing, chopsawing, and soldering. It went well.
Dialup speeds suck.
The neighbors seem to have changed their wiresless configuration somehow; the result is that I am stuck with dialup speeds at my place of residence until I move to the UW probally. Still, any sort of access is better than none at all, and I can always go the Creighton’s or Amy’s or the office when I need speed.
Today, I woke up, went to the school where I met Amy and we got materials for tomorrow’s power tools workshop, then we looked for the place that a friend of mine works for (unsuccessfully), then we went to her house and wrote grants, revamped the TRC forums, and a multitude of other things. We spent a total of 13 hours straight together. Craziness!
Had a good couple of chats with Kat at Tulane. She’s fun.
Woke up mid morning, had breakfast, went to office where I discovered I don’t know how to reset the counter on Xerox’s J7 cartridge. Its the current $400 question. Next, I ordered and picked up Domino’s Pizza, went to the school, met with Amy, Deborah Bach and a photographer (I don’t remember her name, I think it starts with a J though) from the PI. We talked, she interviewed for an hour and a half, many pictures were taken, and tomorrow we should see a good article about the TRC. After this, I got a case for my phone and a case for my camera, then went home, started dinner, chatted, ate dinner, and now I’m getting ready for sleep. Not too exciting, but I did get some useful things done.
One thing that Polaris did for me was keep me on a healty earlier schedule. Sure I was late a lot, but never by more than 30 miuntes and usally just a few. Now I stay up consistently past 1 and don’t wake up until around noon. Not the best lifestyle.
Today, I went to church, then to the Sonics game at the Key Arena with the McIvor’s (I took Kellie’s spot due to her working at Starbucks). The game was fairly lackluster – it was 36-24 at the half. The Washington Wizards came back and led late in the game, but the Sonics got their act together and made the last 17 seconds pretty long and exciting – and in the end a win is a win.
The cell phones started working today at various times. I like mine. The coverage is pretty good – inside the house is spotty, but seems to work in my room. I dropped one call on Forest drive so far, but otherwise its been pretty crystal clear. Can’t wait to get the data adapter and ditch this modem (I’m on the modem right now; wireless internet isn’t cooperating right now.)
UW def. WSU – Not entirely happy about that, even though I am usally a Husky fan – I wanted another PAC-10 team in the BCS.
USC def. UCLA – A good result
Oklahoma Rolls – For some reasons I don’t have a problem with this like I do with Miami when they’re #1
Utah def. BYU – 3-0 score. How ridiculous is that? Coach Crowton sure took a nice franchise and ran it into the ground pretty well after a strong first year. This game breaks a 28-year home non-shutout streak.
Slept in Way late – 1:00. Flew plane, broke it again. Went shopping for cell phones – after hours, and a trip to Costco, ended up getting Cingular family plan with four phones from this dude (hopefully Ben doesn’t read my blog often, its a surprise for him) with a national plan. Cingular has good national coverage (though not the best), good rates (though not the best), rollover (the best), and we are told, the best coverage in Washington, although we will find out how true that is tomorrow when the phones come online. I’m getting a data cable so I can use my phone as a modem, using just plan minutes (I’ll use the night and weekends for this) to update this blog while I’m on the road.
So I’m set for my road trip. And Florida had better be on the itenerary.
Friday was last day of work at two jobs. At Polaris, I arrived significantly early for the first time ever, walking in at 6:45. Maura, my replacement (I’m sorry for her already), was late for the first time in a long time. The result was that I had a chance to eat an eggs benedict graciously made by our morning sous chef, Jennifer. Maura arrived, and I began showing her what I did – the whole morning routine, the things Michael tends to look for, my general philosophy about how to please boss and coworkers, and so on. The day was pretty busy during lunch, but with Maura and Patrick (hosting, but also a part time SA) there, I got to slack off pretty well. After a good family meal, Joey made me a burger to cap the day off. I then went to the office and then home, then to blockbuster from 5-9. I was on till the entire time, so it went quickly. During my 15 minute break, I went to Target, browsed, and found that Linkin Park had released another album, Live in Texas. I then went home and revelled in the feeling of freedom while contemplating the feeling of insecurity that comes with being unemployeed, while watching the DVD of Linkin Park live in Texas (quite good), and working on replacing the wing on my plane.