Archive for August, 2002

Gotta write

Thursday, August 29th, 2002

Don’t really have a whole lot to say this time, but I feel that after 11 comments on my last post, I’d better post something more. Even though most of the comments on my last post weren’t about my last post, that is.

I’ve not been up to too much. Been doin’ some work here and there for the tail end of Conference Services season, but that’s about up. I think I’ve got a way to go to the football game this weekend, so I’ll keep you posted about that. Lookin’ forward to goin’ to games this year; I never thought I’d grow to like football, but there you have it. I dunno, I’ve even played a football PlayStation game recently, and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t just a little bit fun! How ’bout that? Anyways, for the record GO DUCKS! Not Beavers, Bears, or Whomp-Rats (whatever the mascot at Ithaca is, who cares?), but the DUCKS! Traitors who left Eugene!!! Of course you know, this means war! >:-)

Tonight was Jen’s going away party and Megs and I had a good time there. We went over there after watching a couple Sopranos episodes, and it was good to see a bunch of friends we don’t see as often as we’d like. Played part of a [drinking] game, but that got paused when the cops came and told us to be quieter. I didn’t even see ’em, but someone said they came to the door because someone called in. Nothing big happened due to that, but Jen got a warning. Oooo! Scary! 😉 It brought back memories of the RA duty rounds. All I had to drink that night was a Mike’s, a wine cooler, and a beer, for the record (mom and dad!) No one got sick and a good time was had by all present. Yay!

Molly drove by this evening with her shiny new driver license (and yes, on the card it says “Driver License” not “Driver’s License”) and she drove me to a Chinese restaurant with crummy service where we both had good food for dinner. It was good to see her and we had a nice chat about college, cars, and other nifty stuff. As Annie would say in a hilarious valley girl accent, “Good times!”

In conclusion, once again for an entry in which I didn’t think I’d write much, I wrote a lot. Oh, and I think I’ll stop doing the “Chris out.” thing. I don’t know why I started doing that. When it’s over, you’ll know it cuz you’ll see the end of the last paragraph with some links to post and/or read comments below it. I’ll give you some credit to your intelligence. 😉 Love ya all!

Lucky bastard

Tuesday, August 27th, 2002

I am such a lucky dude. Get this, while I was in Cali last weekend, someone stole my bike from its lockup outside of Carson Hall! However, this person is a total moron because he/she kept it around and I found it locked up outside of the EMU, not 100 yards from where I had it locked up myself! I contacted the Department of Public Safety, and after proving that it was indeed my bike, they cut it loose and I have my bike back! I just wish I could see the look on that moron’s face when he/she discovers that I stole it back. I am such a lucky bastard.

In other news, Matthew is safely deposited in his ass-expensive apartment down in Berkeley, California. It’s not a bad place and he seems to be well settled there. I see he’s already got his computer set up and all that, since he posted on the previous rant before the rest of us even got back to Eugene. Other than being down in Berkeley and sleeping on the floor at Matthew’s place, there’s really not much to talk about since I spent most of the trip in the van. And speaking of mom’s car…

Mom got a new car! She up and bought a really cool silver-blue 2000 Honda Civic EX sedan 5-speed! She let me drive it this evening and it’s really nice! Totally cool. Oh and incidentally, if you’re in the market for a 1998 green Ford Windstar GL, drop a line. I’ll post some pics of mom’s new car soon. Chris out.

I was gonna say something…

Wednesday, August 21st, 2002

I was gonna say something, but I forgot what it was. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I’ve said that exact phrase out loud many times before. Looks stupid in print, but perhaps that’s just my perception.

In some news, gladstone is down for at least another day or so, so for those of you looking for Kimi’s web site, IT’S DOWN!!! HA HA HA!! The folks at the Computing Center say that gladstone (and darkwing, for those who care) will be back up Thursday or perhaps even Friday. This means that I cannot receive email at my primary account, but my old EFN account should still work. I’ll take down the .forward there so I can still get email. It’s for those who don’t know.

Since Kimi’s down and out, I’ll pimp someone else’s web site for a change: MOLLY’S!!! I read a few of her rants (it’s not really a site, just a journal), but I laughed out loud reading them. I especially loved her description of THIS site in her pilot entry. And her review of Veggie Tales. Check it out.

Last night Megs and I went out to The Wild Duck for dinner and we both had good food and a nice time. It was our one month-iversay, so I figured it was high time that we actually went out and did something about it. =) And yes, consider this the first official post about this new development in my life. Most of my readers know about this already, but for the rest of you… surprise! All is well, however, and we’re having fun just chillin’ and stuff.

Work is going well; things have slowed down quite a bit here in the Conference Services sector. We’re nearing the end of summer school and the “conference season”, yet nearing the new fall term. It’s about as dead as it gets here on campus, so that just means that it can only get more lively. I don’t really like being here with hardly any other students–it’s creepin’ me out! I can’t believe that we don’t start classes until September 30th this year! That’s almost freakin’ October! Wow, man, wow. RA fall training begins the 14th, so as per last year, I’ll be away during most of that, but I’ll try to post something here once in a while.

I’m taking two more trips this summer before I get back into the swing of things on campus for the fall. One is this weekend when I’m going down to Berkeley with my little brother, Matthew, and company to see him off to his new apartment for the school year. It’s so sad when they grow up! *sniff* My other trip I’m still trying to clear at work, but that’s gonna be for Dylan’s birthday which is in a couple of weeks. We’re goin’ camping, baby! Yeah! I haven’t been camping in a while, so this should be a lotta fun. A bunch of current/past staff members and friends are going, so it’s gonna be crazy! I wonder if Karen’s found a place yet… I just gotta switch duty with someone and I’m good to go. I still got people to call on that one, so I’m optimistic.

Well, this one has gotten quite long. I’m pretty sure “gotten” isn’t a word, but I needed something sufficiently large to describe this, since it seems I feel the need to make up for not only myself, but for Kimi’s quantity of words as well. Hope it was a good read, and look for Kimi’s site to be back by late Thursday or Friday. Chris out.


Saturday, August 17th, 2002

Someone at IP address has been harrassing my web site recently. Anyone out there feel like they have the l33t skillz to harrass them? Have fun!

Kleen Kar

Saturday, August 17th, 2002

As the headline alludes to in a misspelled manner, I finally got around to washing my car this afternoon. It was so bloody hot out that I had to keep rinsing off each panel as I washed it otherwise the soapy water would dry too quickly. Still, happiness is a clean car, amongst other things.

Something worth noting is that I have a new ChrisCam shot up, so enjoy. This one is totally un-Photoshop’ed, so anything you cannot cope with is your own reality and therefore not my problem. No new survey. Any ideas? Something funny? Useful? Weird? Who cares?

I hung out with Megs this evening watching Friday Night Stand-Up on Comedy Central, so you’d think I’d be funnier after three and a half hours of comedy. BUT NO! I am totally un-funny tonight, and the best thing I can come up with to do is go fetch my laundry from downstairs. Some other stuff happened today, but I always give the DL on my day-to-day stuff, so I don’t feel like doin’ that. Just take it that today was a pretty good day and leave it be. I need more sleep. Gonna get clothes from the basement, put ’em away, read for a while, and then sleep. Should hopefully be sleeping by 4am. I really need to work on that… Chris out.

Back in the saddle

Friday, August 16th, 2002

I don’t know why I used a cowboy metaphore there, but it’s what came to me. Perhaps I feel the need to be out on a range somewhere roping some hoofed mammals. Perhaps I need more sleep. At any rate, I’m back in Eugene and all’s going pretty well. I’ve got a conference in right now, so that’s keeping me busy. I had to get up before 9:00 today (!!!) if that’s any indication. For me, that’s early. Anyways, they leave on Sunday, so that’s also good.

Still a month and a half until classes resume, so that means you get to hear more of my ramblings about oh-so-very little. Anna came down to visit yesterday, so Megs and I hung out with her for a while yesterday evening. We saw Monsters Inc. at the cheap theater and then we watched TV over at Megs’. Sounds like a boring evening, but it’s really quite relaxing. I was up late last night reading some more in the novel I’ve got, but it’s so not my fault! Anyone who’s read Robert Jordan knows that the last part of the book especially hard to put down. Almost done with book five. Only four more to go after that, and then I can finally hang around Carl without pulling my hair out. Not matter how many times I explicitly ask him to say NOTHING about the books (he’s read them all), he STILL manages to let little things out that I have not read. Or, sometimese worse, he’s say things like “Oh! You don’t know about HIM yet… interesting….” THAT REALLY BUGS ME!!! girr… Since he doesn’t seem like letting up anytime soon, my only other option is to simply read as fast as possible. Oh, and in case you don’t know yet, I’m reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Read them if you haven’t already. The first book starts off kinda slow, but hang in there! It’s totally worth it! Chris out.

“And we had *waffles*!”

Tuesday, August 13th, 2002

Well, I’m off at the coast right now. It’s been really relaxing out here, but I’m coming back home soon. Dad’s let me have the use of his laptop, but since I’m dialing into the UofO long-distance, I’m going to keep this short. Luckily, we’ve just been hanging out and relaxing out here so there’s not too much to write about.

On the first day, we just hung out here at the house and walked around down on the beach. We played Clue and watched some TV; I stayed up late reading my book. The next day we explored Yahats a bit, had a nice dinner, played Monopoly (I won, big time), watched some episodes of The Sopranos on DVD; I stayed up late reading my book. Today we had waffles! Yay! We also hung out, played some games (Matt beat me in chess), flew some kites, had another nice dinner, watched Shrek, I called Megs, we watched some more Sopranos; I’m going to try to not stay up too late reading. Tomorrow we’re going to go into Newport to hang out for a bit. I’ll be returning after dinner.

Well, that’s enough and we’ve eaten all the corn dogs. =( Kimi’s telling me what to write now. Hence the jibberish. I can’t spell, but that’s close enough. La la la. Kimi thinks she is not a raving fool. She says I’m jealous because the fish only eat me. I think I should go now… Chris out.

Vacation time

Saturday, August 10th, 2002

I’ve read a lot of books and stories in my life, and often there are times when the lines seem kind of cliché. Well, I’ve recently experienced what it feels like to have something so wonderful and unexpected happen, and to start grinning like an idiot and not be able to stop. It’s quite a wonderful thing, I must say.

My vacation time officially begins on Saturday the 10th of August and runs for five days, so I suppose I’m on vacation now. I’ll be back in a few days, however. If I can find an Internet terminal where I’m at on vacation (it’s a secret–you tell the office where I am and I’ll hunt you down!), then I can update here some more, but don’t be surprised if you don’t see any activity here until I get back. If the site goes down with some kind of database error (e.g. “Unable to connect to server!” or something like that) don’t worry ’bout it. It should come back on its own without me sometime during the day/night. If something major happens… well, you survived most of your lives without my silly web site, so I’m sure you’ll manage. Send a postcard to each other or something. =)

I’ve just spent the past few hours watching the “Great Teacher Onizuka” drama (not the anime), which has been highly entertaining. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s from Japan. That’s really ’bout all I know. Oh, and good luck trying to find it–as far as I know, it’s not on DVD and the VHS is out of print. The only alternative is MPEGs of fansubs acquired over the Internet. It works.

Lastly, new survey up. What can I say, we aim to please. Well, time for sleep! Gotta drive tomorrow! Chris out.

We aim to please

Wednesday, August 7th, 2002

Well, do to a random request from Mike Post, I’ve added a full-text search feature to news section of this site. You can search either the news rants themselves or the comment’s y’all post. The search engine searches both headlines and message bodies for the news and names, emails, and message bodies for the comments. It’s pretty crude still, so consider it in alpha release only. The search results page only shows a list of links to the respective pages containing the data requested, but it doesn’t really narrow it down to a specific article yet. Still it’s something.

In other news, staff meeting was short today. Yay! I’ve done very little productive and it’s great. Chris out!

Well, well, well…

Tuesday, August 6th, 2002

It seems that Kimi’s page has more and more posts lately, although it seems that most of them are from Mike Post. I might point out, however, that while she may have more on her most-recent post, I have many more posts on which to post. Much less down time between news updates from me. So there!

Not much else goin’ on these days. I hung out with Molly for a bit last night and that was good to catch up a bit. I just discovered that tonight is Jacques’ Eagle Court of Honor, so I’m going to try to drop by that if I can. After that, I dunno what’s goin’ on. Did I mention that I heartily enjoy the summer time? Did I also mention that I have no reason to hate the French? (That’s an inside joke for those who read Kimi’s page and its comments.)

I’m tryin’ to teach myself a bit of Windows C++ over the month of August, however I seem to be lacking a good Windows C++ compiler. I’ll figure out something, I guess. In the meantime, I suppose I’ll have to cope with merely messin’ with PHP some more here on the ol’ site.

Don’t have much else to say at the moment. Chris out.