Archive for June, 2003

In the rain

Monday, June 30th, 2003

Well, unlike Eugene from what I hear, it’s raining here in Dublin. Quite a lot, actually. You’d all be proud. I feel quite at home, but like home I don’t have an umbrella. So, anyways I’m sitting in a little Internet Call Shop across the street from our hostel and I must say that I like this place a whole lot more than I like the last place I stopped to use the net. Still, I’m getting weired out that this computer also has Counter-Strike on it! I’ve determined that this game is a staple of all of the United Kingdon and I must say I’m all for it. I might actually play it this time, cuz when I left the hostel everyone else was still asleep. I’m glad they were, actually, cuz they really need it. I think I’ve been getting the most sleep of everyone largely because I’m usually the first asleep. If college taught me anything, it’s that sleep is very valuable and it should be found whenever possible. I’ll go check on them in a little bit. =)

I keep seeing boats drive by out the window. They’ve got these amphibious tour vehicles around here and by the number of them, I’d say they’re kinda popular. They look really weird, though.

Had dinner last night at a traditional-type Irish resturaunt where I had steak and potatoes. Good stuff. After dinner we just sorta walked around the neat parts of downtown Dublin ’til we all got so tired we had to return home. So, no pubs for last night (they were all jam packed full anyways), but perhaps this evening. We were all really tired after a full day of travel. Remember, we woke up in Liverpool yesterday!

Anyways, today I believe we’re going to see Trinity College where they have some really old texts. I mean, really old! I’ll try to take pictures if they’ll allow it. I’m not sure I remember what else we’re doing today, but we’re spending another night in Dublin before we head out to some-place-I-forgot-already. I’m sure it’ll be splendid. =)

Cheers, all!

In Ireland

Sunday, June 29th, 2003

Well, here we are in Ireland now. It’s going well, and we’re staying at a hostle in Dublin for the next couple of days. The ferry ride over was relaxing and it allowed me time to finish the latest Harry Potter book. I’ll withold comment on the book itself to avoid spoilers, but if you want to know my feelings or thoughts on the book, just ask.

We’re going to be in Ireland for the next week or so, and I think after we leave Dublin we’re going to be keeping to the smaller-ish towns. Oh, and we’re keeping the car. Turns out that Avis closes early on Saturday and isn’t even open on Sunday in Liverpool, so we couldn’t leave it there. We couldn’t drop it off in Ireland, so we had no choice but to keep it. It’s all right, though. Mom’s getting used to driving around here, so it’s not as bad as all that.

I was so tired last night that I went to sleep arond 20:30! That’s really early for me! The effect of this is that I got up at 05:30 this morning, which was cool cuz I got time to take a shower and try out my newly-activated phone (thanks Megs!) I can now receive phone calls here on my usual cell phone number, but don’t call me unless it’s really important, cuz it costs $1.29/minute! At least it works now, though. Oh, and it seems I can still send text messages, which I enjoy.

Just got done with the tour of Doublin Castle, which was really neat and I learned a bit of Irish history from our cool tour guide, who had a really cute Irish accent! Splendid! I got some pictures of the castle from the outside.

I’d like to take this time to mention that this computer I’m using sucks. It’s the worst one in the place by a longshot. The desk is small and poorly lit, the keyboard is old, and the monitor is terribly washed out. All the other workstations have nice hallogen lights above them, a bigger desk, and nice new flat pannel displays. Oh well, this was the only one available, and it also has Counter-Strike on it. I mention this only because the last lab I was in in Bath also had this installed. I haven’t played it or anything, but I could, and that’s really weird cuz it seems that this game is standard-issue out here. I don’t really have a problem with that, but the pattern is eerie.

That’s it for now. Cheers and later, all!

Leaving Bath

Saturday, June 28th, 2003

Well, our time in Bath has been grand, but it’s time to move on. We’re leaving in just a few minutes to go to the coutryside and end up in Liverpool, I think. Yesterday afternoon we checked out the Roman baths, now underground, which was very, very cool. They’re still remarkably functional considering it’s been almost 2000 years since they were built. We also checked out Stonehenge at dusk, and what a henge it was! As Kelly put it, no one’s built a henge quite like it sense. I took pictures.

Today we’re going out to somewhere to see some stuff. I’ll take pictures and note the actual names of the places we’re going later. Tomorrow morning (ass-early!) we’re catching a ferry to Ireland, and on that ferry I plan on sleeping. Sleep has been hard to find around here, as we’re out late and up early. Oh well, I’ll sleep when I get back cuz I’m still UNEMPLOYED!!! girr… oh well, I’ll worry about that when I get back.

Anyways, we gotta get going. Cheers, all!

Ah ha! Here we are!

Friday, June 27th, 2003

Ta da! My first real message posted from England! I posted a comment on my last post yesterday because the kiosk at the airport wouldn’t let me into my password-protected section of my site where I post my news from. Anyways, here we go!

I’m in Bath right now, which is according to our tourguide, the birthplace of modern tourism. It’s called Bath because of the natural hotsprings, which were used by the Romans back in their day. The old Roman baths were rediscovered back in *mumble-mumble* so all of the medival buildings that had been (pronounced “been”) built on top of them were immediatly destroyed to get at the even more anciet stuff beneath it. Anyways, there are still lots of old cool buildings including Bath Abby which was completed shortly after King Henry VIII decided to oust all the Catholics. Oh well. Still a cool-looking cathedral. I’ll post pics when I get back to the states if I’m not able to here.

Oh my God, I just discovered that this computer has Counter-Strike on it! How cool is that? This computer even has headphones and a mic! I gotta play some of the European-oriented maps from here sometime. =) At 1.00? per 20 minutes however, that gets expensive. Still, it’s tempting… I’ve already been on this thing for 15 minutes.

So this evening we’re going to check out Stone Henge, one of the biggest henges in the world! How cool is that? I’ll take pictures.

Until my next post, Cheers!

Going to Europe

Monday, June 23rd, 2003

So yeah, in case you haven’t heard, I’m going to Europe with mom, Matt and Kim from Wednesday June 25th until July 13th. Here’s our tenative itinerary in case you’re interested. I plan to post here as often as I can from the road, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to put up any pictures until I get back. I will be taking a lot and maybe even some digital video. Not sure if I’ll be able to upload much of that, though.

May the Pants Be With You

Sunday, June 22nd, 2003

OK, I don’t usually copy and paste stuff here, but this was too damn funny to pass up. Enjoy.

25 Lines From Star Wars That Can Be Improved if you substitute the word “Pants”

  1. A tremor in the pants. The last time I felt this was in the presence of my old master.
  2. You are unwise to lower your pants.
  3. We’ve got to be able to get some reading on those pants, up or down.
  4. She must have hidden the plans in her pants. Send a detachment down to retrieve them. See to it personally Commander.
  5. These pants may not look like much, kid, but they’ve got it where it counts.
  6. I find your lack of pants disturbing.
  7. These pants contain the ultimate power in the Universe. I suggest we use it.
  8. Han will have those pants down. We’ve got to give him more time!
  9. General Veers, prepare your pants for a surface assault.
  10. I used to bulls-eye womp-rats in my pants back home.
  11. TK-421. . . Why aren’t you in your pants?
  12. Lock the door. And hope they don’t have pants.
  13. Governor Tarkin. I recognized your foul pants when I was brought on board.
  14. You look strong enough to pull the pants off of a Gundark.
  15. Luke. . . Help me take…these pants off.
  16. Great, Chewie, great. Always thinking with your pants.
  17. That blast came from those pants. That thing’s operational!
  18. Don’t worry. Chewie and I have gotten into a lot of pants more heavily guarded than this.
  19. Maybe you’d like it back in your pants, your highness.
  20. Your pants betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for your sister!
  21. Jabba doesn’t have time for smugglers who drop their pants at the first sign of an Imperial Cruiser.
  22. Yeah, well short pants is better than no pants at all, Chewie.
  23. Attention. This is Lando Calrissean. The Empire has taken control of my pants, I advise everyone to leave before more troops arrive.
  24. I cannot teach him. The boy has no pants.
  25. You came in those pants? You’re braver than I thought.

Naked Man

Thursday, June 19th, 2003

No, I’m not talking about myself this time. Get this, I was out walkin’ with Megs last night down by the river, when we spotted this naked man running around doing semi-obscene things to telephone poles out by the Ferry Street Bridge for the shock and awe of the passing traffic. We were far enough away he didn’t see us, so needless to say we went the other direction to a nearby bar where we borrowed a phone book to lookup the number for the Eugene Police Department. We let them know what was up and went on with our walk. For future information, EPD’s non-emergency number is 682-5111, just in case you wanted to know. Just thought this was a strange story, so I just had to share it with you.

In other news, life at home is going well. It’s still kinda crowded in the bedroom here with two people, but we get by. Almost got everything up and running now. The only thing that’s left is to get the cable hooked up in here. I can’t believe I’ll be in Europe this time next week. Oy.

Forums down

Tuesday, June 17th, 2003

Yeah, the forums are down. I think you’ll all survive, but I’ll try to get something working as soon as I can. Possibly this weekend when I’m on a faster net connection I’ll be able to work something out. The comments still work, though.

Home again

Sunday, June 15th, 2003

Well, once again I’m out of my home in Carson Hall, but this time for good. Kinda sad, but this is the next thing, I guess. I already wrote a long-winded sappy entry (see the one previous to this one), so I’m not gonna indulge in that now. I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m home now and the best way to reach me is to either call the house line (mom’s #) or my cell. I won’t post those numbers here, of course, but feel free to ask and I’ll let you know. Naturally I’ll be checking the site here for messages and all that, and I’ll likely be online at various times as well if you wanna IM me.

Graduation was very nice yesterday, but I’ll hold off on my details until after this weekend is entirely over. There’s more to come, so I’d as soon as write it all up at once. I’ll post pictures too.

Fresh rain

Friday, June 13th, 2003

You know, I really, really savor the smell of new rain in the city. That smell that comes from the first few drops on the pavement just takes me back and clears my head. If I just close my eyes and breathe in really deep through my nose, it’s all I can sense and it’s really great. Reminds me of recess in 2nd grade out in the playground on a cloudy day.

So I went for a walk ’round campus at 4:00am, which was a few minutes ago. I was cleaning my room and packing up stuff to move when I had to take something down to the office. While I was down there, I decided to go outside and walk around the building to see who was still up by seeing whose lights were still on. Since I was already outside I decided to walk up to Deady Hall to see if the doors were unlocked so I could drop off my take-home math final and not have to worry about it tomorrow. So I went for a walk around campus at 4am. I walked around Carson Hall as planned then I walked right up the middle of 13th Street towards Deady. This is not something a person can generally do during the day due to traffic and whatnot, so I took advantage of the opportunity. I paused for a few minutes when I reached the corner of 13th and University Ave. I consider this to be the center of campus (it’s certainly the busiest spot at lunchtime), so I took a moment to breathe in the air since it was sprinkling slightly. I looked around slowly after I opened my eyes and remembered all the memories that came to me as I turned around in a circle, seeing all the nearby buildings and recalling what was off in a given direction. It was nice.

I walked up the street a short while later and it turns out that, like most academic buildings at 4am, Deady was locked. I wasn’t really expecting it to be open that late, but it was a good excuse for late-night walk around campus. I headed back home.

Today was pretty good. I spent most of the day around Carson Hall checking out the residents that were leaving before Friday. I went to the library for work for an hour or so cuz they needed me for a bit, but I came back here shortly cuz I was needed here more. Megs came by for a quick bite at Common Grounds, and it was good to see her. I was taking a nap when she got here, so I got a double-mocha to wake up at the caf?. After walking her home I came back once again to Carson for more work here. I got my math final done earlier tonight, so that’s a load off. Oh, and get this, while I was packing I FOUND MY DIGITAL CAMERA!!! I’m soooo happy!!! I really thought it was gone and I totally wasn’t expecting to find it. Made my week. =)

Oh, and lastly in case you didn’t already know, I’m graduating this Saturday at 10:00am in the Deschutes courtyard. All of my regular readers are welcome to attend, of course! If you don’t know where the Deschutes courtyard is, it’s right across 13th Street from Carson Hall. I’d like to see lots of friendly faces there, but if you can’t attend that’s cool. Just tell me you love me! 😉 Oh, and speaking of which, some have asked so here’s a list of cool things I’d love to get as a graduatation present: digital video camera, new laptop, new motherboard for the computer (I’ve got a specific one in mind), pay off car bills (I’ve got lots!) Thanks y’all! This has got to be one of my wildly erratic posts yet. Go from all thoughtfully…uh, thoughtful, to.. well, this. Yeah. I move home in a few days, so I’m not sure how much I’ll update, but I’ll probably keep up with my usual post without much of a problem. A special hello/good-bye to my wonderful residents! I love you all! Thanks for the great year!