Archive for January, 2001

Cough, cough

Thursday, January 25th, 2001

COUGH, COUGH!  Ugh!  I’ve got a cold.  I’m sitting here in my room, coughing and updating my webpage.  Conan O’Brien is on in the background, and I think I’m gonna watch Ed and The West Wing in a few minutes.  I taped them earlier tonight.  My first class is at noon, so I can afford to stay up late.  Tomorrow I’ve gotta get my CIS assignment done and my math.  They’re both due on Friday.  Tuesday I’ve got my first Jazz listening report due, and Wednesday I’ve got my first midterm in math and psychology.  My first CIS midterm isn’t until the following Monday, the 5th.  Speaking of the 5th, that’s what KIM COMES HOME!!!  YEA!!!  Everyone who knows me knows that I’m very excited about this event.  I hope the trip goes well.  I don’t want to be at the airport all night.  I’m actually in the middle of writing Kim a letter right now.  An e- mail actually.  Probably the last one to Japan.  It’ll be good to have her back.  I’ve got to show her off to all my friends who haven’t met her yet.  I figure it’s the least I can do for them since I’ve been talking about Kim coming home, like, all the time these past couple weeks.  At any rate, it’s late, so that’s all for this entry.  As I said before, please write to let me know who’s reading this stuff.  I’m just curious.

It’s only money

Monday, January 22nd, 2001

So says my father anyways. He’s right, and all, but still, it is only money. Something I seem to be rapidly running out of. I’ve got four major expenses I’ve got to consider and very little income. My expenses are 1) school 2) car payments 3) insurance payments 4) pay back dad, and my only income is a 8 hr/wk job at $7.25/hr. Now, this doesn’t add up, when I owe $800/mo to the school this term. I owe the bank $103/MO for my car, I owe mom about the same for insurance. I also owe dad about $750 and I know he’d also like some kind of regular payments on that too. He’s also been kindly covering my costs for my cell phone and sometimes gas, but I’ve been trying to cut back on both of those. I’m very grateful to dad for this, and also to mom for covering my insurance thus far. Sigh I can’t ask them for more money because I’m already draining so much, so it’s up to me. I’ve decided to pursue a second job at the Knight Library as a faculty instructor in technology. It pays more than $8/hr and hopefully it will fit with my current schedule. I’ve got some gaps on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays when I can fit this in, I think. I dropped off the application today. If I can get this job and if it pays what I expect and I get the hours I want, then that should add another $340/MO to my current income of $230/MO bringing me up to $570/mo. That might be enough for something. I’ve got all my debts cleared up on my credit cards now, so there’s always that.  I’ve got about $2000 spending power there, so I do have some breathing room when the school gets ancy about money. I also hope to find a FULL-TIME job this summer, unlike last summer when I only got a part time one. I’ve filled out an application for Radio Shack again, and I plan on dropping it off next time I go out. I’ve listed that I can start the first Monday after school gets out for the summer. I’m also planning on applying to be an RA here on campus next year. That should offset my housing costs, which is most of my budget here at school. I think as an RA I’m still allowed to work an additional 10 hours, so I can probably keep one of my other jobs too.

I guess the bottom line is that I don’t like being so financially destitute, it doesn’t seem to be going away on it’s own, and by my calculations I’m going to be in big trouble if I don’t do something about this soon. So, I am.

News of Chris

Sunday, January 21st, 2001

I need to keep up with these news articles more often, or I’ll lose my readership!  We can’t have that, now can we?  I’m not going to do a day-by-day, blow-by-blow breakdown of my life, but I’ll try to sum up the last week or so.

The biggest thing to happen was my trip to Sunriver last weekend.  That was a lotta fun, and it turned out that I didn’t need to bring mom’s van.  We fit everyone into the two 15-passenger state vans we had rented.  Getting there was at least 0.46 the fun!  It may have been half the fun, but putting those goddamn chains on going over the pass was a major pain in the ass.  It’s my belief that those were not the best chains they could have gotten for those vans.  No matter how many times we adjusted and tightened them, they kept going “thaWACK-thaWACK-thaWACK!” whenever we went above snail-pace.  That was irritating to say the least.  Believe me, as soon as we got down to the other side of the pass and out of the ice, we took them off.  It was all I could do to keep from chucking them over the cliff we were parked by.  Luckily, we didn’t need them for the trip home.

Sunriver was great, though.  We basically hung out all weekend playing games and watchin’ movies.  Some of us went skiing, but not me.  Skiing costs money, you see…  At any rate, I think we all had a good time and we’re already planning a trip for next term.  I think it’s the coast this time.  I’m lookin’ forward to it!  Perhaps I can get in on the planning on this one.  I try to be as involved as possible.  Oh!  And BTW everyone, I’m the new Complex Government President!  I beat out the incumbent President and Vice-president who were both running against me for the position.  SO THERE!  =P  No!  Just kidding, of course.  They’re both cool guys.  I just went to more meetings. =]  I’ve got good support in my cabinet, so I think we can get some good stuff done.  We’ve got a lot of good programs in the works, so we’ll definitely keep busy.

Not too much goin’ on this week out of the ordinary.  Just taking care of business as usual, I guess.  Been thinkin’ about the future and stuff.  Everything from what I want to do next year in regard to living situation and work to what I want to do with my life after college.  It’s only going to get more intense as we get closer to the end of school.  I’m only a sophomore for God’s sake!  In the more immediate, I’ve been thinking that more drastic action will be necessary to improve my financial situation.  I’ve gotta get a better job with higher wages and more hours for this summer.  I may need to get a better-paying just for the school year as well.  Oy!  Busy, busy, busy!  I’m thinkin’ of trying Radio Shack again.  I picked up another application this afternoon.  I’ll see how that goes.  Might be fun.  I haven’t done retail yet.

Anyways, I’m going to keep this shorter.  More next time, people!  Ciao!

Oh man!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2001

What’s been happening with me? I’ve been busy with lots of things; some major events have passed since my last big news item, namely New Year’s Day and Christmas. I know, I did write one news item on the 3rd of January, but that hardly counts–it’s so short!  No commentary on either holiday. I’ll do that now beginning with a quick rundown of the events of my life starting where the Dec 21st item leaves off. It’ll be a bit sketchy, since it’s been a couple weeks now, but I’ll try to remember accurately.

After I got back from Portland, I started working at the Eugene Airport. I worked some odd hours, including some shifts ending at 2am and some shifts starting at 4:45am. Not back-to-back, thank God. That would not be good. It felt like I worked a lot, but when I finally got paid, it wasn’t. I needed to get more hours of work in during this break. I’m thinking I’m going to try to find a better paying job or at least one with more hours for this summer. I doubt I’ll get a chance to work much off campus during the school year, and Spring Break is only a week long, so there’s really no time to work then either. Oh well. As dad would say, “It’s only money!” So it is, so it is….

Aside from work, I also slept a lot. I was rarely up before noon, and I caught a lotta crap from people about this. All I can say is “Ahhhh! Electric blankets are so warm!” So there! =P

Christmas was very nice. I got some nice things including a black leather jacket, a nice new watch, an electronic organizer, a CD case, new speakers for my car, and Final Fantasy IX for the Playstation. Speaking of Final Fantasy, I beat Final Fantasy VIII a little over a week ago. Not that I’m remembering the day or anything… OK, it was on January 2nd close to midnight. =D Very cool ending sequence. Christy and Matt were there to witness it. I’ve begun my new task of defeating Final Fantasy IX now. Not so “final”, are they?

New Year’s Eve was cool; I hosted an 18-hour party at my house. Christy and Molly did most of the planning and gathering of people, so kudos to them. We had 16 people at one time, but a few left during the night. I slept under the pool table. That was difficult, at least until people stopped playing pool. Then I slept fine, or at least as fine as one can on the floor under a gaming table. For activities, we played pool, we had food, we listened to tunes, we played video games like Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition (AKA “Bubble Crack”) and Final Fantasy VIII, we went in the hot tub, we watched the ball drop, made a lot of noise, we set of fireworks illegally imported from Washington last 4th, and we stayed up really late. It was fun times.

New Year’s Day, after everyone left at noon, mom, Matt and I went to see Remember the Titans at the cheap theater. Good movie! I recommend it. After the movie I bought Final Fantasy IX, BTW. Are we sensing a theme here? =D

All right, skipping a bit, I’ve relocated myself back into Carson Hall here on campus. I moved some of my stuff in a day early (don’t tell anyone!) and then I moved myself on Sunday the 7th. It’s been great seeing everyone again and readapting to the lifestyle I enjoy here. And of course, it’s GREAT to have my network speeds back again! That modem was killing me! Oy!

Classes are good, and I’ve had all of them except one discussion class, which it turns out I will not have until a WEEK from Monday, because Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there’s no school. Ah well. My classes are good, as I said, and it looks like I’ll do all right this term. CIS 314 looks like it may be tricky, but at least I’m interested in the subject: architectures and hardware stuff. MATH 252: Calculus II shouldn’t be difficult because I already know how to do this stuff from AP Calculus in high school. PSY202 looks like it shouldn’t be hard because our prof is seeming to be a slacker. Again “Ah well.” MUJ350: Jazz History should be cool. I’ve got a groovy teacher, and I like music. I’ll be listening to a lot of it, it seems. Nice! Oh, and my schedule has been updated and posted here now.

Lastly, I’ve got a bit of a dilemma on hand. It seems that UO Housing is hiring new RAs right now to fill some vacancies. I’ve been trying to be an RA since this time last year, so my immediate response was to try for it, but I’ve got some doubts. Sure, I’d love the job, and I could really use the financial benefits (no housing payments!), but it can be quite a time-commitment, and more-importantly, I’d have to move out of Carson away from my room and my friends there. I plan to talk to Katie Bryant, assistant director of residence life, about it tomorrow when I’ll actually have time. Wednesdays are busy for me.

OK, that covers the past up to the present (I’m at work right now!), so lets briefly discuss the future, for those of you who are still with me. Tonight, I get to see Christy, so that’s cool. Not sure what we’ll do, but it’ll probably involve Final Fantasy somehow.. BWAA HAA HAA HAAA!!! =P Tomorrow I get to SLEEP! I don’t have class until NOON and it’s my only one! Nice! Friday, I’m taking Christy out to dinner at Mazzi’s Italian Restaurant, so that should be really nice too. Saturday, a whole lot of us from the halls are going to Sunriver for two nights! That’ll be really cool! We’re going to hang out, make some mayhem, and try to keep a low profile. The place we’re getting only sleeps 12, but we’re bringing “less than 30” last I heard. It’s gonna be great! I’m driving mom’s van, so therefore mom’ll be driving my car this weekend. Watch out for the blue Daytona, Eugene!

OK, now that this is probably longer than the rest of the news combined, I think I’m gonna stop. If you’ve read this far, good work! You’re far more patient than I am! I doubt I’ll even read all the way down this far proofreading this thing before I post it. That is, if I proofread it at all.. =D That reminds me, please e-mail me with an errors you may see here so that I may correct them. Thanks! Also, I’d be interested to see who reads this, so if you could please e-mail me with who you are, that’d be great, even if you don’t see any typos. 😉

Car pics online!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2001

CAR PICS ONLINE! You’ve heard so much about it here, and now there are pictures to prove it! I’ve made a monumental achievement and made my scanner work with Windows2000, so I scanned in 13 pictures of my car for your enjoyment.

There’s other news in my life, but it’s late and I’m tired, so I’ll write it later. Just wanted to make this one announcement first.