Archive for October, 2003

More Kim Pics Posted!

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Wow! I haven’t used that headline since Kim was in Japan, so it’s been a while…

But yes! We here at ChrisWeb have come up with more FABULOUS pics of Kimi, taken by our star photographer, Chris. Just click this link to get right to them, or you can find a more permanent link in the pics section of this site. What are these pictures about, may you ask? Well, prepare to be SHOCKED and–dare I say it?–AWED at what you are about to see. Kim’s hair is shorter than it’s been in at least seven years, although I think that even then it wasn’t this short! She looks like an actual woman or something now. Go figure.

So yeah, back to Chris. We at ChrisWeb have learned a few new tips for apartment living that we thought we might pass on to you, the reader so sit back and relax as we present:

Chris’ Guide to Better Bacheloring (part 1)

  1. For tips on better chicken cooking, see the column entitled Chicken!!!
  2. A loaf of white bread will not keep indefinately. Two weeks is really pushing it.
  3. Milk keeps even less well.
  4. Milk will seperate into two nasty substances if left to its own devices long enough.
  5. Dishes are best done soon after they are used, as they will smell bad after a few days.
  6. Old dishes and old milk when left on the counter while at work will smell REALLY REALLY bad at the end of only one day.
  7. Old milk, when poured into a sink full of dirty dishes does not ALL make it down the drain. We here at ChrisWeb think it’s the lumps.

So the moral of the story is to never trust the bakery or the dairy of your local grocery store. The products of these two entities will turn on you the first chance they get and make your apartment all smelly and gross.

No one home

Sunday, October 26th, 2003

Well, looks like readership here has dropped of substatially lately for no reason. At least, there’s not many comments anymore. I’ll be sad.

In other news, I’m at work again on a Sunday, and that’s just no good. Working on weekends I have to get up two hours earlier than I do during the week. That’s the worst part.

I was totally going to write about something today, but I forgot what it was. I’ll just start talking and y’all can follow along until it makes sense. The wait may be long.

I finally got my dresser for my bedroom and I think it looks really sharp (author’s note: I just remembered what I was going to write about, but I’ll get to it in a bit) if I do say so myself. Much thanks to Molly for helping me move it and to Molly’s dad, Rick, for the loan of his Toyota truck. Anyways, I was finally able to move my clothes out of cardboard boxes and into furniture, which finally makes my bedroom look like a bedroom. On the dresser sits my little TV, which is why I remembered what I was going to write about…

In a previous column, I wrote that Comcast was dumb because they were going to charge me $21.95 to activate the other cable jack in my apartment. You’d think that when a home orders cable, they’re not going to have to mention each jack by name to insure that they all get turned on. Anyways, I outwitted Comcast in the end, so here’s the story. See, the cable in my neighborhood is underground so it comes up to these little junction boxes on the outside of each building. Normally these boxes are locked with some kinda security screw, but the one on my building was old, bent, and missing the screw. Needless to say, it swung right up when I lifted the lid. Inside, I could see my cable plugged into a junction box. My cable was labeled with my apartment number, as was the one attached to it with a twist-tie. However, only one of them was plugged into the box. Normally, each port on the box is closed off with a screw-on thingy that takes a special tool to undo to prevent people from stealing cable, I guess. However, there were a lotta loose ends of cables in there (apparently only a couple of us in the building had cable) and some of these loose ends were hooked up to splitteres. So, to make a long story short (too late!), I swiped one of the unused splitters, split off my own cable from my port on the box, and hooked up the other cable labeled with my apartment number. Sure enough, I now have cable in my bedroom. Yay! Oh, and of course I did this all last night UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS!!! CABLE NINJA! Wacha!


Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

Dude! I totally just cooked an entire chicken in my kitchen! This is a new thing for me. Here’s some tips for the future. Tip number one: Thaw! Thaw! Thaw! Do not, repeat not, try to thaw it very fast and then cook it. Did you know that the butcher puts the organs and stuff BACK INTO the chickn before he freezes it? Why would a person do this? I mean, the organs are taken out for a reason, I thought. Anyways, they’re REALLY hard to get out when when they’re all FROZEN IN PLACE!!! WAY more work than I wanted, and TOTALLY gross! Yucky yucky! So yeah, thaw it out for a day, or a week or something beforehand next time. A sink full of hot water is not enough. Tip number the second: Get an actual glass baking dish. A caserole dish will work, but it’s hard to get at the chicken to baste it in a relatively small caserole dish. This brings me to TIP THE THIRD: Get a baster! And a brush thing. It’s really hard to baste a chicken in a small caserole dish with a spoon. And the last tip: Learn to carve a chicken. It’s harder than it looks, I tell you this.

I should have taken a picture, but after two hours of this, I was really hungry. I’ve got a baggie in the frige, but that’s not so photogenic.

Conflicted Over Comcast

Monday, October 20th, 2003

I’m conflicted. I just called up Comcast to get some answers, and I got two, which is good cuz I had two questions. First was if they can get the jack in my bedroom active and they said sure! I just had to pay $21.95 and make an appointment for someone to come out. Yeah right! Screw dat noise! I’m annoyed that it wasn’t made active when the guy came out the first time. My other question was about billing, cuz I got my bill the other day and it was for more than I was expecting. It was supposed to not have some setup fees, but it did, so I asked what the deal was. Turns out they just hadn’t put a credit on there for one of the setup fees I got waived. Good deal. My last question (I came up with another one mid-call) was where their call center is. Turns out it’s in Beaverton! Yay! A local call center! Totally NOT in India! Working in a call center myself, this is important. Nothing against the people in India, but that’s where this business has been shifting as of late, and I don’t wanna move there. Still, Comcast wouldn’t hook up my bedroom jack so… yeah. Conflicted.

Enough about Comcast! They bring me channels and Intenet, so it’s all a win for all of us here at ChrisWeb, where our motto is “We strive for mediocrity, and we nearly make it.” That reminds me, I gotta put up the rest of the pics from the UK. And write a forum. The ChrisWeb staff works a full day at the office, so we don’t always have time for web maintenance here.

In other news, the 30th of this month is Megan’s birthday, so everyone give her lots of good things and warm words, for she is just that cool.

More UK pics

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

I’ve put up the next set of pics from the UK. Check ’em out!

Oh, and if you like weird, funny essays on monkies, than this is for you. I got this in email from a coworker.

Bonus issue!

Monday, October 13th, 2003

Hey hey! Check it out, I’ve posted two ChrisCam shots recently! The one the link takes you to is the most recent, but there’s another in the archive from a couple days ago. Sorry I didn’t mention it sooner.

In other news I got a new desk! It’s actually dad’s old desk, but it’s huge, oak, and very sturdy. I love it. Definately the nicest and most-expensive furniture in my apartment. It fits nicely in the coner of my living room on the wall shared by the kitchen. It’s not in the ChrisCam shot because the camera is on my computer facing outwards and my computer is on the desk. But if I look particularly satisfied with myself in the picture, that’s why.

I’ve gotta go do the dishes now. Later!

PS: Here’s a sneak peek at the latest pics I’ve sent up to the site. It’s part one of three of our UK trip.

Slightly longer?

Saturday, October 11th, 2003

Well, the Internet was everything I remembered it to be and more! I spent a good deal of yesterday playing around with the new connection, and it was so freakin’ fast! I downloaded Counter-Strike 1.6 at 211.5 Kb/sec!! That’s faster than I’ve been getting at the dorms for the past few years. I love it! Oh, and case anyone out there plays CS, I’m Mr. Person on a Counter-Strike server called Putting The Damage On. Check it out if you’re into that kinda stuff.

And it’s alreay been brought to my attention that some of you would be interested in a new web forum to play with. Let’s use this news thead to leave some comments on what you’d like it to be. Specifically, what kind of interface you’d like, what kind of features, etc. I’ll post replies in the comments. If I hear nothing, that’s exactly what it’ll be like. 😉

I’ll also see if I can’t get some pictures of my apartment and some other stuff up here sometime. Word is born.

I’m back, baby

Friday, October 10th, 2003

I just got Comcast cable hooked up, so I’m back in the saddle! I’ll finally be able to get back to updating my web site, playing games, and just hanging out online a lot. =)

Good times. I’m gonna go play around for a while. Later!

Oy and stuff

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

A lot’s been happening lately, so let’s get started.

First off, I’ve moved. I now live in a 1-bedroom apartment in the west end of town. It’s very nice, although I don’t quite have it entirely furnished yet. I still need a bed, a dresser, a dinette set, and a desk for the computer. My poor card table can barely hold up the computer right now, but it’s managing. Dad’s giving me his old desk, but it’s huge and made of oak, so if anyone out there has a way of helping me move it from East Springfield to West Eugene, that’d be wonderful. I have a tiny car, so I’d need a truck of some kind. Speaking of cars, that brings me to my next subject…

I went to start my car last night after work and the ignition didn’t work. Totally broken. Bah! I managed to push-start it with the help of a coworker and got it to the dealership for repairs. I had to leave it at the overnight drop off and take the bus home, but that was all right–it wasn’t raining that hard at the time. Anyways, it’s fixed now so all is better. Now if only I can get the other half dozen things wrong with it taken care of for cheap, I’d be in a much better spot.

So yeah, y’all gotta drop by and see my place sometime. Just give a call beforehand so I can be sure to be there and straighten up a bit. And no, of course I’m not putting my phone number and/or address up here! Very few people have my address so far, so don’t feel bad if you don’t yet; I’ll tell you when you call. If you don’t have my phone number, then ask someone else who might. If you don’t know anyone like that, why are you reading this page? =)

Nothing to Frantic Real Fast

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Well, here I am, all set to write another update for this thing. I’m going to update more frequently and not slack off like I have been for most of September. If you haven’t read September yet, I added a couple more entries in the last couple days of the month, so you may have missed them.

So yeah, all good to go, but NOTHING’S HAPPENING! I couldn’t think of a thing to write about. It’s not that I don’t do anything, I just don’t do anything interesting. Since I last posted, I’ve gone to work and hung out at home. Oh, the thrills. I did manage to find out when moving day is going to be, however. Looks like I’ll be able to start moving Friday afternoon/evening and I’m going over there to do paperwork, fees, and stuff tomorrow during my lunch break tomorrow. Maybe I’ll even get keys! *actuall thrills*

That’s the biggest thing that’s been going on for me, and I’m kinda concerned that I don’t know what I’m doing: I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to move on Friday; I don’t know how longs it’s going to take to pack; I don’t know what I’m going to need to pack; I don’t know how I’m going to coordinate the people who said they’d help me move. That last one’s tricky because I don’t know if I’m doing the bulk of my moving on Friday or on Saturday. I’m thinking Friday is going to be just me and what fits in my car using whoever else is around–most-likely Megs *grin*–and Saturday is going to be for moving larger things possibly requiring a truck of some sort. I’m probably going to buy a bed and/or a futon on Saturday, and I bet they’re big, so if anyone has a truck or something, that’d be splendid. =)

Gotta go! Shift’s over! 😉