Archive for July, 2004

It’s Disney!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

As most of you know, the company I am now employed by is The Walt Disney Company, and I must say it’s great here! I work in a nice office with cool people working on cool stuff. I’m very pleased with my cubical, which is of a nice large size. I have a Pentium 4 and a Macintosh G4 to play with and they are both sweet machines. We also get free soda from the break room! I can’t go into a lot of detail on the actual work I do here for corporate reasons, but let it be known that it’s really cool working here and I’m very happy with it.

I’m currently still trying to find an apartment, but I got a good lead on a place today during lunch. I’ll post pictures when I find a place. Driving up and back from Long Beach is going to kill me sooner or later, so I’m anxious to get some new digs closer to the office.

So much going on that I can’t think of what to write about. A lot of little stuff, I guess. It’s nice and warm here, which isn’t saying much because it’s nice and warm most places right now–it’s July. I’ll be sure to mention the warm weather again in January. =)

Take California

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

I am safely down in Long Beach, California now. I’m staying with Grandma and Grandpa Brunner for the next while until I can locate an apartment. It’s going to be one hell of a commute from Long Beach to North Hollywood, so I’m trying to find closer residence as soon as I can. I’m currently using the computer here which is on dial-up, so please don’t expect me to check e-mail as often as I usually do.

The drive down was nice, if long. Dad came with me and my car made the journey without incident. We stopped off in Berkeley for a night with Matt, which was nice. We hung out, ate food, and watched a movie before heading out again the next morning. Driving through the San Joaquin valley is the most boring drive on the west coast, but at least one can make good time through there. This would be a good time to point out that the drivers in California are nuts. A person could be driving at, say, 90 MPH and be passed on the right like he was standing still. I think I might grow to like it here. =)

Dad was nice enough to buy me a Thomas Guide (map) of Los Angeles and Orange Counties in the hope that I won’t become totally lost and end up in Chino or something. This afternoon we’re going to head out and try to find a good route to work tomorrow. I’ll post more about that tomorrow evening, I hope. Very exciting.

I miss everyone up there already and I hope to hear back from you all soon! I’ll post pictures as soon as I can.

Crazy Madness

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

Oy, it’s been hella busy this past week or so. I’ve been trying to see as many friends as I can in the limited time I have left in Eugene. This has left me little to no time to pack, so that’s what I’m doing tomorrow night after I hang with K & Em and then into Thursday. I have Thursday off and unscheduled, which is good because I leave Friday morning. Let’s give a quick rundown of the last week or so:

Last Tuesday hung out with Chappa. He’s about the same, in case anyone was curious. Wednesday I hung out with mom, Kim, Kelly, Tegan, and Megs for Kim’s birthday. Happy Birthday Kimi!!! We went to Shiki’s for Japanese food, which was very good and we even had a private dining room! Thursday I hung out with Megs and we watched some cartoons. Call it a moment of Zen in the chaos. Friday night Megs was at Lisa’s Batchelorette party, so I went and hung out with Marshal. I would have anyways, but it worked out well. Marshal and I had a fabulous time bar-hopping and hanging out back at his place with some of his roommates and friends. People were starting to do poi on the back porch when I left at 1 a.m.

Saturday night I hung out at a friend’s place all night with some folks. We played games and were generally sociable. Sunday was the usual dinner at dad’s which was nice. Angela dropped by for a bit and it was good to see her, too. Last night, Monday, Megs and I hung out with Peter, Duncan, Tammy, and Josh where we watched anime one last time at the ol’ Hacker House. I think Jubei Chan 2 is even goofier than the first iteration, which is saying something.

Tonight is Megs and my 2 year anniversary so we’re going to do something nice just the 2 of us. Tomorrow we’re hanging out with K and Em as I mentioned earlier, so that should be fun too. Thursday is packing and then I’m off! AHHH!!

I’m not sure what’s to become of the server during the move, so if my site is offline, that’s why. Check Kim’s page’s comments section for updates on what I’m doing if that is the case.

OK, gotta go. I’ll write more when I can!

Epic News – Moving Out of Oregon

Sunday, July 11th, 2004

I know I’ve already alerted a large percentage of the known readers of this site, but here’s the big news: I’ve been accepted at a new job down in southern California! I’ll be moving out of Eugene in about two weeks. All that stuff I’ve been hinting about in my writings here on the site for the past few months has been about this. I just found out that I got the job last Friday afternoon and after having talked to some people about it, I’ve determined that I can at least post that I have a job in California and that I will be moving in two weeks. I’ll post more about the job itself after I’m all situated there. I’ll have more information then anyways.

This doesn’t leave me a lot of time to see everyone I want to and get everything done that I need to, especially since I’m still working at my current job. I don’t want to leave them in a lurch, so I’m going to stick around for at least a little while to tie up some loose ends and make sure my tasks will be well taken care of after I’m gone.

So, the stuff I need to do in the next two weeks: pack my stuff up into boxes, get new tires for my car, see as many friends as I can, work. The move is going to be a two-phase thing in which I drive down with my car in two weeks with whatever I can put in it. Then, two weeks after that I’m flying back up here and renting a truck to haul the majority of my stuff down, hopefully to the cool apartment I will have found by then. I have to give 30 days notice at my current place, so this will work out all right. Still, it’s going to make for some busy days here and there. Dad’s going to be helping me out with the actual moving and driving.

So yeah, tell your friends Chris is finally leaving town. If you know more details, feel free to talk with others, I just didn’t want everything up on the web site quite yet. I’ll post again with more specifics when I can.

Lastly, I want to make sure everyone knows how much I’ll miss those of you in town. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person I know who’s never moved anywhere by themselves, so this is really a big deal to me. I’ve lived in Eugene for most of my life (since 1989), so it’s really all I know well. I’ll miss you all and I hope we call all stay in touch. My online contact info is in the Bio section of this page. My e-mail address is chris at chrisweb dot us. And yes, I spelled it out to avoid auto-spammers. Please change the at and the dot to the appropriate characters. You can even change “chris” to anything you want and it’ll still get to me. I get all mail that goes to But I digress.

I’ll miss you all so much! Please call or write or something as often as you can! I’m both excited and terrified of this entire adventure. I’ll certainly have more to write about in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!

Independance Day in Lincoln City

Monday, July 5th, 2004

Yesterday was the 4th of July, and in this country this means we celebrate our nation’s barbecues and gunpowder. Megs and I went up to Lincoln City to visit with her family and we had a blast up at the lake there. Her family had rented a speedboat and brought an inner tube from home, so after combining the two much madness ensued. I’m told there are some good pictures of me hanging on for dear life and having my arms pulled out of their sockets. I got a little sunburned, too. Megs got the prize for most impressive crash and burn on the tube, though. Totally flipped upside down and dropped.

After the tubing we went and got dinner at a really nice sea food restaurant on the beach. There wasn’t any room inside, so we were seated outside on the deck. It got to be a bit chilly, so the waiter was kind enough to bring us out a bunch of long-sleeved chef’s jackets. The food was quite good, and we agreed it was worth the wait and the chill.

We went back to the house by the lake after dinner and set off all sorts of Good fireworks from somewhere to the north. The entire lake seemed to be in the middle of a war. There were fireworks going up everywhere.

The drive back was kinda hazy from all the smoke, but we made it all right. I didn’t get home until 2 a.m., so I’m kinda tired today, but I’ll be all right. Still sore though. As I said at the time when the boat came back to pick me up after the last crash, it felt like I just had the lake give me the beating of my life. I’m paying for all the fun now, but it was worth it.