Archive for July, 2003

My life of nothingedness

Thursday, July 31st, 2003

Quick news: I still have no job, my car is not quite a briquette yet, and I’m still sleeping past noon.

So, if you’re ready for some more tedium, there you’re at the right web site! I’ve applied for a job at Symantec now, so if anyone there happens across this site: HIRE ME! I ROCK SO VERY HARD! How’s that for a sale of one’s self? ^_^

In other news, dad and Estelle have moved into their new house which is, although technically in Springfield, still a very nice place. Matt, Megan, Jacques and I all helped with the move at various stages. I hate moving. A lot. Still, I’d really enjoy moving into an apartment soon, cuz that’d mean I’d have a job and that’d be worth celebrating! *wears small pointy hat*

How pointy? Just use your imagination. I like points.

So yeah, the big things for me today were putting mom’s new computer together, going on errands with dad, and organizing my mp3s. Oh, the joy of summer. At least this place (mom’s) and dad’s are both air conditioned with a heat pump. That makes life oh-so-much-more bareable these past few days as it’s been up too 100 degrees outside!!! THAT’S INSANE! Crazy even! I mean, really, really HOT for Eugene! I’d be using a lot more swear words in there as adjectives for emphasis if my parents and/or GRANDPARENTS didn’t read this page often, but you get the idea. It’s really FUCKING hot out! 😛

Oh yeah. I’m so going to hell. It must be late. *checks clock* Yup. It’s late.

Lessee… Oh yeah. Saw Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers AGAIN with Megs the other day. That makes FIVE times for me now! At least it’s in the cheap theater now, and like all movie theaters, IT’S AIR CONDITIONED!!! Seriously though, the movie is just that good. I hear it has Orlando Bloom in it or something. 😉

I mentioned my car not being a Kingsford charcoal product at the moment, which is good, cuz there are days when I think that’s all that will be left of the thing. I’ve been having such bad luck with the car lately: head gasket, shift cables, clutch, brakes, master cylinder (for brakes), and shocks. The clutch worked out in the end and didn’t cost me anything. It seems some oil got into it, but it’s worked out now. The brakes and head gasket are old news and I got them done back in May. The master cylinder is the latest development, and it gets fixed tomorrow for (hopefully) less than $150. I hope that’s all that’s wrong. There’s definately something wrong with the brakes though. The shocks are more interesting, as being the thrifty one these days (being unemployed does that to a man), I’ve decided to simply order the parts and do it myself. What does Chris know of cars? Little to nothing! Will that stop him? NEVER! Dad and I have a weekend project. =) I’ll let you know how that turns out as well.

That’s enough for now. When something of actual substance occurs in my life, I’ll try to use a really big font or something so you know.

It’s me time

Saturday, July 26th, 2003

Well, time for more from me.

I like the way that sentence sounds. It has a nice rhythm to it.

Anyway, as you may guess, I’ve been kinda bored. I still don’t have a job, so I’ve been passing the time between depressing interludes of looking for work with a variety of activities. First, let’s discuss the work hunt.

I’ve applied at more jobs than I can count. Some are what I’d call a “career in my field” and others are called “Oh-for-the-love-of-monkies-I-just-need-some-sweet-sweet-cash jobs”. My latest tries have been an online application to Radio Shack and a paper app to Bi-Mart. I also applied my online Microsoft resum? towards another opening there. Dad tells me that Microsoft is going to hire 5000 more people. Made the papers in Seattle. We’ll see what happens with that. There seems to be a definate lack of entry-level positions in my field. Job hunting sucks a lot.

You know what else sucks? Cars. Cars suck a lot. With thousands of moving parts, miles of wiring, and at least half a dozen different fluid systems, this is just begging for trouble. So yes, my car has had yet another incident. Long and short of it is that for a paltry $525 I can now shift gears again. w00t. Dad and I are working on a solution to all of this that will be mutually beneficial to all parties. I’ll keep you posted.

But wait! It’s not all bad. I hope you’re not depressed or anything… Oh? You are? For me? How wonderful! I love you *this* much! Feel my pain.

As I was saying, it’s all right, really. I’ve been having fun hanging out with Megs a lot now that I’m back from England. We’ve seen a few movies: The League of Extrodinary Gentlemen, Jonny English, and Pirates of the Carribean. I enjoyed all of these, but Pirates is my favorite. It was so very unexpectedly GOOD! Pirate movies are just oh so cool! Go see it as soon as you can. GO! RIGHT NOW! After you finish this, anyways. I’m not sure how long it’ll be–as you can tell, I’m rambling quite a bit tonight–but it can’t be as bad as all that, now can it? You made it this far, after all.

There’s this classic computer game from a few years ago called “Half Life”, and I’ve been playing it a bit over the past week. At any rate, I finally beat it today for the first time ever. Not that it’s particularly hard, but I just never got around to putting in the time until this week. All-in-all, I’d say it sucked up maybe 8 hours of my life all told, but it’s very good. If you enjoy a good 1st person shooter with a story and goals to attend to, this is a game you must play. I can’t wait for the highly-anticipated sequel, “Half Life 2”, which comes out this fall. =)

Speaking of video games, I’ve been playing a lot of Dance Dance Revolution lately as well. I blame my brother, Matthew. He’s been playing it almost daily with Jacques and/or Molly. I’m definately improving at this physically demanding game, but not to the level of the others. I want to be good enough to do some flashy moves to impress my peers. At least, my peers who are easily impressed with silly moves on an equally silly video game.

Tomorrow I’m helping dad and Estelle move into their new house they bought out in deep Springfield. I guess I should go to bed then since I gotta get up ’round 10:00 to get on that. Too bad I’m wired (obviously!) I’ll do what I can, I suppose.

Hope this has been informative/entertaining/confusing/sexually-charged/thrilling/hopeful/depressing/weird. I hope that long “word” will fit all right in a web browser window without screwing up my page design. Cheers.

Back in the USA

Monday, July 14th, 2003

Well, as the headline suggests, I have returned safely to the States, and I’m currently in my bedroom at my mom’s house typing on my own computer with my cat very insistantly sitting in my lap. Not much to say, really. The trip was fine, and seemed shorter than it was. Sunday was a really long day, and I mean that literally since I got an extra 8 hours tacked onto it. I was up until about 22:00 PDT last night, but I crashed out hard at that point cus it was 06:00 GMT for me, and I’d been up for 24-hours traveling at that point. Anyways, I tried to sleep in, I really did, but at 08:00 PDT I just couldn’t sleep any longer. I suppose 10 hours is good enough, really. =)

Anyways, moral of the story is that I’m home and all is well. Consider me bored, unemployed and available for doing stuff now. =)

London. Last day. Leaving soon.

Friday, July 11th, 2003

So yeah, what happened to me today? We went to the British Library and the British Museum and Oh My God, are they impressive. It’s like, and over here’s the original MAGNA CARTA! Over here is the original hand-written manuscript of “Alice’s Adventures Underground” (later named “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” when it was actually published,) owned by Alice Liddel and given to her by Charles Dodgeson (AKA Lewis Carrol) two years before the book was published in its final form. What else? Oh yeah, there was an original King James Bible, Leonardo’s DiVinci’s notebook, original hand-written lyrics to various Beatles songs, the original score to Handel’s Messiah, James Cook’s logbook from his trip aroud the world, etc., etc. And this was just the Treasures Room at the Library! The museum waws amazing! EVERYTHING was old, impressive, and of course, totally priceless. They had THE Rosetta Stone, the actual mummy of Cleopatra, original sculptures from ancient Greece and Rome, and the list goes on and on. I took about 40 pictures, so I’ll go over them again later. Amazing stuff. I often had a feeling at other museums of “This is neat stuff, but I’ve never heard of it, and I’m never going to see anything REALLY cool here. The REAL stuff’s at other museums.” Well, THIS is that other museum! Really amazing stuff. The museum was confusing to get around, however. Get this, the floors on the lifts in the front of the museum go: 0, 1, 2, 6. And the ground floor is 2. AND, the lifts in the back go: -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, with ground at 0! I think 5 and 6 might be the same floor, but I’m not sure I got all the numbers right on the second list there. I know there was a -1, 0, 1 and a 3 and a 5 in there. At any rate, it was right messed up! Also, at about 17:00 they started closing down various parts of the museum, even though the place is technically open until 20:30. And of course they’re the parts I hadn’t done yet! The only parts that were left open I did first! Girr… stupid museum.

So yeah, the plan for tomorrow is to take the tour bus around and see: The Tower of London, the Globe Theatre, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. We’re also probably going to take a 1-hour cruise on the River Thames. Busy day. We leave the house at 08:15 or so. Ugh. I’m gonna be so freakin’ tired all day long! Fah! Oh well. Last day. Better make the most of it. The next day we fly home, leaving Heathrow International Airport at 09:10. ugh. Also early. ‘specially since we gotta be at the airport at ass-early o’clock. Oh well. I’ll find a comfy seat and curl up for a nap, but wait! There are no comfy seats at Heathrow!!! Ahhh!!!! “Life’s gonna suck when you grow up, when you grow up, when you grow up…” 😉 (It’s from a song, if you don’t get it.)

Well, I think that’s enough from me. FOR THE LAST TIME!! Bwaaa haa haa haa haaaa! I’ll see y’all when I get back! So, for the last time signing out from England: Cheers!

From Cambridge to London

Thursday, July 10th, 2003

We’re in Cambridge for the time being, but in a few minutes we leave for London, which is the final stop on our trip. We’re ditching the car and taking the Tube everywhere. Should be fun. I’ll post more when we get there. Gotta go! Cheers!

Old York

Wednesday, July 9th, 2003

Well, here we are in Jolly Olde Yorke. Actually it’s York, but they actually do have a habbit of putting extra e’s on things here. Very cool, medival-like town. The Minster here is totally cool. THIS is what a cathedral should look like! It’s totally gothic and very ornate and pointy. I took lots of pictures.

Tonight we stay outside of Cambridge somewhere, tomorrow we tour said Cambridge, and then end up in London where we finally ditch our French-made, American-hating, backwards little car. And I was just starting to like it… Anyways, London should rock oh-so-much, so I’m looking foward to that.

For those who asked (lauren!), I’m sorry, but I wasn’t able to bring back a Scotsman for you. I did mention it at the time, “Hm, lauren would like one of those…”, but then a member of my family would have to give up their plane ticket and that could get messy. Anyways, the thought was there, so cheers–I tried.

In other news, as much fun as I’ve been having, I miss all those we left back in Eugene, so I look forward to seeing everyone again and boring everyone with my photos and video. I’ll be getting back late Sunday, the 13th, in case anyone wants to know.

Cheers!

Edinburgh

Monday, July 7th, 2003

So now we’re in Scotland. Edinburgh, to be exact. It’s a lovely city, I just wish it wasn’t raining quite so much at the moment. Reminds me of home, at least. Too bad it’s in the upper-80’s and sunny back home. Oh well.

Before I get into Scotland, I should say that Belfast was fascinating yesterday. We did a bus tour and I learned a lot about the recent troubles between the Catholic and Protestant groups there, aka the Nationalists and the Loyalists. A lot of the history I’ve been getting on this trip has taken places hundreds of years ago, but this tour was much more “Last year”, or even “Yesterday”. Definately kept my attention.

Anyways, the trip from Belfast to Edinburgh was uneventful. Found the ferry, found Edinburgh, and remarkably, we found our B&B by sheer luck. I don’t know how we always manage to find someplace useful before we manage to find a useful map. It’s like finding the dungeon item in Zelda before you get the map and compass. (I’m not sure you can still get the dungeon item before the map and compass in the more recent Zelda games, but you used to be able to in the older ones.)

I’m currently in a little computer shop which happens to have Internet access. Our B&B actually has DSL, but it’s turned off from 22:00 to noon the following day, so that makes it hard for me, as those are some of the more available hours on this trip. Oh well, this place has an aquarium with fish. They’re pretty.

Today we do the Royal Mile, which is the strip from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace and all the stuff in between. Lots of neat stuff to see, so I’ll take pictures. I can’t do video due to the rain, but this should be all right.

Well, I’d better get going. The wash cycle should be about done now, but mom might wonder where Kim and I are if we’re not there put clothes in the dryer. Mom and Matt went off driving around when Kim and I went off in search of Internet. Gotta have priorities, ya know? 😉

Cheers.

Belfast

Saturday, July 5th, 2003

Well, we’re in Belfast now and I’ve got a little more than 4 minutes at this terminal to write this message. Mom, Matt, and Kim are all patiently waiting for me to finish so we can get dinner, and this terminal is timed, so here I go.

The last couple of days have been fun, if Internet-less. We went out to Aran Islands to the island of Inis Mor where we spent the night at a Hostel with a lot of other (noisy) people. It was a lotta fun, and it felt a lot like the first week in the dorms; everyone’s moving in and no one knows each other yet, but there’s an adventurous mood that keeps it fun. The food was good, and the mini-bus tour of the island was cool and fun. Our driver was a bit of a character, but he knew a lot about the island and we got to see some nifty ruins of stuff. I took video and pictures, so y’all can see it when I get back.

In other news, we’re now in Belfast as I mentioned, which is in Northern Ireland, as opposed to the Republic of Ireland (different country, you see.) We haven’t told anyone we’re Catholic yet, but I’m sure they won’t hassel us too much. 😉 I’ve never been to Sunday mass with the possibility of action against us before.

Seriously, we’ll be fine, but as I have 15 seconds left, I gotta go! Cheers!

Galway

Thursday, July 3rd, 2003

Well, now I’m in Galway, which is considerably bigger than Dingle. Not quite as big as Dublin or Belfast, it’s still pretty big. One doesn’t visit Galway for the sights, so much as the city and the people. It’s a nifty place and they have street performers and cool malls for shopping. I got a few things for those back home, so I’ve got my little bag here with me in the caf? and it’s pink. Not my fault, that’s just the color it comes in at the store I bought stuff at.

The drive here was all that and stuff. Not much to say about that. I’m getting better at driving over here, as I got another go at it. I’ll say this much–it’s harder than it looks! It’s not just a matter of which side to be on; that’s easy. It’s remembering what lane to be in, who has the right of way, and most importantly where you are in relation to the rest of the car! Back home the rest of the car was to my right and now it’s to my left. This seems trivial, but it’s really not. Especially when the roads are all really narrow and everyone else drives twice as fast as I do. These roads were not meant to hold a semi, a tour bus, and backpackers on bikes, all trying to pass a tractor as the same time. Not as much fun as it sounds. Oh, and our car is a Renault Megane, which is a new car made by the Renault corporation from France, and like the French, our car is backwards, excentric, and hates Americans. Still, it’s cute (like Megan), and I’ve got pictures!

Well, that’s all for now. I might try to squeeze in a game of Counter-Strike real quick here before I go. Cheers!

In Dingle

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003

OK, real fast now. I’ve only got a few minutes here before the NEW AND IMPROVED Dingle Internet caf? closes. So just so you know, Kelly, the caf? is much better now. The computers are fairly new (running Windows XP) and the connection is as fast as I need–I don’t see much lag. So HA!

Anyways, as you may have guessed, we left Cashel (see my comment on the previous column) and are now in Dingle. w00t. Dingle is a nice quaint little town with a LOT of B&B’s. I mean, A LOT! There’s literally an entire block of them right up the street from here! And that’s just a sample. I think B&B’s (bed and breakfasts, for those not in the know) are the primary source of income for this town. Anyways, we went out and saw some really old stuff and I took pictures. Oh, and yesterday on Cashel we went and saw Hore Abbey (yes, it really is that fun to say!) and the Rock of Cashel, which is actually the ruins of a castle on a big hill. Really neat. I took video and pictures at those.

Tomorrow we’re going up to Galway, which is all nifty and such. It’s a much bigger city than Cashel and Dingle, so that means more than one Internet caf? and chances are they’re open later than this one! Yay! I can’t go that long without Internet, you see.

Anyways, we’re all doing well, and if anyone wants a souvenier, leave a comment and be specific! I’ll do what I can, but remember I’m an unemployed former student on a budget. =)

Gotta go! Love ya all, especially a special someone. 😉 Cheers!