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I made my semesterly run up to campus today and into Brady Commons.  There are times that I miss the walking between classes and such (at Augie, campus wasn’t much bigger that walking from Brady to Jesse, so much better there)…not when it’s cold.  Then to hell with that.  Granted, in the winter I don’t see much of the sun, and in the summer time I miss out on great weather.  Perhaps in four years when I’m teaching and get a “summer break” again I start getting color back in the skin.  Mostly cancer, but some color.

Anyways, what’s the deal with getting dressed up for class.  Or, the lack of getting dressed.  Seeing 65% of the female students walking around in sweatpants and Uggs makes me cringe…not for the lack of options, but for the fact it’s rather silly looking.  Sure, the Aussie’s are glad we buy their silly boots, so they don’t have too, but really…with sweatpants?  Suck it up and put on jeans.

Finally, a word about this economy (well, maybe a few).  Yes, we’re in a recession, and yes, I don’t have to worry about it (cause folk always need power).  But in reading something from Bill O’Reily (yeah, sometimes he’s got a point that’s keeping), the populous really did itself in on this one. Sure, as the AP reported, the government may have let the banks run away with this. Still, there’s some personal responsibility to be had. You (in general) needed that new Blue-Ray, or that trip to Mexico…you had to have the five bedroom house when you’ve only got 2 kids. It’s really unfortunate that this kind of panic needs to occur before people wise up…so follow Bill’s advice…save. Maybe not to the extreme he’s talking about….it’s still important to spend money. And though it may seem classy to only go the local place, anywhere is fine. They still employ local folk, and more importantly, pay local taxes. So eat where ever. Just do it. But buy ethanol…cause Dad needs to retire soon.

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Much has occured since we last spoke.  I gotten a house, dog, PhD, and wife, in that order.  And, since my credit seems to have survived this wave of uncertainty and doom, I’m doing much better than that “FreeCreditReport.com” jackass.  So now I toil away in wedded bliss, into the holiday season.  Tomorrow I’m off to the frozen north to hit up my parents.  Last weekend was Indiana and Kati’s family.  As her Mom’s kin actually had multiple children, I’ve gotten myself a score or more of new cousins, of various ages (38ish down to 6ish). Because of this, I’ve been informed that Twilight is the single greatest movie of all time. WOW…I told her to check out Patton. Not that she would enjoy it, but I reckon it’s a better film. Yep, I’m a jerk….

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So, in a odd turn, our hero (me) decided that being just a boyfriend was not all that it was cracked up to be.   He demanded more.  So, I proposed to Kati…and, thank the maker, she said yes.  And, with the house buying done, I have offically become domestic.  Now, I don't have any grand or romantic story to tell.  This was one of those things that was expected, but not expected….but, also, we don't have the ring yet.  Going to use her grandmother's, which is still in Indiana.  So, currently using a place-holder ring, in the form of one of my Aunt's rings.  It works out ok. 

 

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So, yet again, I've lied…I didn't keep up with my writing.   One thing is that I can never seem to remember how to get the site that allows me to right.  But, I've told ROOMIE PRIME about it, so maybe I can get the old format back.  However, it's been a busy three months.  Working on this manuscript has been hell.  Wanted to get it done by Christmas, and the end of this month may be pushing it.  Luckly, I'm told that the second paper is easier than the first.  Also, had the big annual APS meeting in April, so that kept me busy trying to get everything set up for that.  

 Also, I've decided to keep a private journal as well.  Though I still don't write as often as I should, I think it's important to have.  One always here's on the History/Biography Channel about so and so writing in his private journal, which then gets used to describe them.  Well, since I'm going to be uber famous some day, I figured I needed to start writing.  Also, it's going to be easier to write that pivital autobiography with this.  

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Ok, so I haven't written since the summer….it happens.  Here's what I've been doing since then.  Research, the musical, football, baseball, softball, choir, Warcraft.  Perhaps not all in that order, but something like that.  Now, not knowing HOW to update has also been an issue, as ROOMIE PRIME kepts changing the format.  But, now I'll try and update more.

 

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OK, so here’s something I haven’t complained about (no, seriously).  So, this past weekend, I headed up to Chi-town to pick up Kati and see the kin.  Well, tooth started hurting.  Ya see, I only have the two “wisdom” teeth on the top.  The one on the right has been fine, but the one on the left did grow out right….so it would hurt every now and then.  This past weekend…god did it hurt.  To the point that Monday, I was damn near in tears during dinner.  So, I says to myself….screw this noise, she’s coming out.  Now, one of the great aspects of grad school is the lack of dental insurance.  So, no matter what I do, I’m gonna be out a bit of Lettuce.  Nevertheless, I call up STERLING DENTAL CARE and see if they can do anything for me.  I think I called them cause of their neat commercial.  But, I went in thinking the Doc would take a look and tell me to come back….nope.  He takes a look, numbs me up, and tears’em out.  Both….so, now i’m sorta pain free (that whole there’s two holes in my mouth aside) and $553 poorer.  I can dig it…Can you?

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Final entry…made it home alive…but oh so tired. First, the good stuff. Sunday went to Mass at the Cathedral down town. Real pretty place…paintings of various Saints behind the alter, two organs, decent pews. The bishop didn’t preside (the rector did), and since it was the rector’s last mass, the homily was short. In all, a neat place. The neigherborhood was interesting. There was the Cathedral and Cathedral school, a HUGE Episcipal (sp?) church, and a massive synagoge with community center. With some nice apts. and houses…wouldn’t be a bad place to live. After mass and a baseball game, went out the Columbia River Gorge NSA. Oh, so pretty…mountains on both sides, great water falls (check out Multnomah Falls…if you can find parking, it’s something to see). Hit up a McMenamins Edgefied. McMenamins is a local brew pud, and the Edgefield site is a brewery, winery, movie theater, resturant, and hotel. Housed in a poor-farm (yep…if you were poor, out of a job, or just bored, you could go there and work and be hot), it’s a really neat place to go. I think there was two wedding receptions while we were there….

So, on to Monday….got out of the hotel at 11 (normal time), and got the car back…then had to sit…wasn’t much that we could do. Portland’s airport isn’t all that exciting (who’s is), so got some food and sat….then the long plane flight. I think I was lucky in that we had an open seat in our row, so I got to stretch out a bit. Of course, with the way of the airline industry, we flew to DALLAS(?!?!?), then to StL. And, we had to wait for an extra half hour for the shuttle to the parking lot cause the driver had her head up her ass. So we got home at 2 am…I hate people sometimes.

From this trip, I have decided that Portland International Airport has the nicest workers….I went through the “Air Puffing” detector at security, told the TSA person after I went through it that it was “damn weird” and she agreed with me instead of telling me to “move along” or shooting me. Also, I’ve found that 40% of the women in Portland are pregnant….seriously, they’re all nocked up. Also, getting stuck in traffic down there may be the most tree-filled area you’re going to…enjoy it

Fireworks yesterday were cool, but to low….add some more gun-powered, baby!!!

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Update 2…so the weather here isn’t what it’s suppose to be. Friday, for instance, the high was 90ish….the normal was 75. Yep…suck. But, Friday checked out Oregon St. University. Nice place…lots of engineering buildings. The campus is pretty, with really old trees everywhere. Dorms funny (to me), in that there’s no AC in all of them. But, when it rains nearly everyday from Oct. to April, I reckon that AC isn’t all that important. Corvallis is interesting in that no large chain stores are allowed in town. So you have to hit up the local mom and pop store to get anything. No Wal-mart, but no Target….how do they survive?? Also funny about the whole area is that it’s pretty much just like Iowa. Farms outside of town, train tracts in the middle. But, the mountains everywhere you look stops. Interesting views. Got dinner there at a Hawai’ian joint. CoMo could use one of those.

Saturday was pretty low-key, as the wedding (the purpose for coming out here) was that night. The wedding was outside in this pretty neat place….just exsists to have weddings, I think. Nice grass, lots of trees/shade…not to many bugs, the smell of horses. Intersting thing about the wedding was that how long it lasted. Sure, the cermony was short, but the reception was too…after the maditory dancing, there rest of the “open” dancing only lasted an hour. From what the bride told us, the whole thing was borderline nightmare. Tux’s either didn’t fit right or were dirty…flowers come up from Cali on Thursday…bride’s maid dresses were a bit off. but, it came out good, and folk next to this place had some fireworks going off, which made it pretty cool.

Today, it the cathedral downtown for mass…really pretty. And then off to see some of the nature before flying out tomorrow afternoon….which is really exciting, cause we get to go to Dallas, then StL…getting all the airports in.

Some interesting things about Oregon…one, you can’t pump your own gas here….if you do, the store and person that should have pumped it get fined….good idea or dumb as hell??? Also, the only fireworks that are legal here are those that don’t fly into the air. So, of course, the local news did a story about all the cool things you buy in Washington that you can blow up (Portland, if you didn’t know, is on the south side of the Columbia River…the north side is Washington state). And, there was a cop on it saying that you can buy it, and you’ll get fine $500 for it.

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Update 1…so far, I’ve survived. Wednesday was spent mostly in the stratosphere. Cramped planes, as usual. Kati’s bag that she had in DC managed to stay in Charlotte instead of coming to StL, so started the trip as a bummer. But, once we got to San Fran, things did change. Was supposed to fly Alaska Air north from San Fran to Portland, but they wanted people to fly to Seattle first, then to Portland on a commuter plane. So, took that…got a voucher for a round trip ticket anywhere Alaska flies. So, Chicago to Anchorage, I’m thinking…that should make up for the trip. Also, on the way from Seattle to Portland, I got a great look at the mountains…Hood, Ranier, and St. Helens. Man, that one was impressive. When they talk about it blowing its top….wow. Also, the northern face is still a wasteland….about a mile of nothing. The clifface north of that is all chewed up. Of all the power that man believes that he’s got. Then you see the power of God/Mother Nature…..they’ll get you anytime. Onward….got into Portland at 8pm here….get a Malibu (wicked cool) and off to the hotel…for a bit, as we had to run and get replacements for Kati’s stuff. And that’s where we saw the really cool shit….Target with TWO FLOORS!!! And the best things…they had an escilator…FOR THE CARTS!!! Wicked awesome (n’stuff). Then food and sleep.

Thursday morning was calm…answered bunch of email, then did a bit of work on the grant, and sitting around. Managed to have internet in the room (when they said we wouldn’t) so good there. Went to a mall west of here, and went to pottery barn for the first time (yeah, well, it was exciting for me). Also had chow at “The Cheesecake Factory”…good food, good cheesecake. Met two of Kati’s friends from OSU, which was good. And managed to eat myself stupid…stupid cheesecake.

Today we’re off to Corvallis to see OSU, then I’m working a bit more on the grant. And Germany and Argentina are in penalty kicks…

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I have freckles….that pretty much it for the title.

So, been working on a grant here…and for some reason (which I can’t figure), I’m actually looking forward to finding and reading various papers that are needed (or not) for this grant. Does this mean that i’m actually pressing forward with my graduate education??!?!? Perhaps, but the end is in sight. I’m looking to graduate either in May or in August, depending on what grants we do/don’t get.

So, last Friday, I went and saw that there musical “Godspell”…of all the glorious words in the English language that I could use to describe it, I think I would go with…….Kooky. I’ve never seen it before, and really didn’t know much about it going in…only that it was the “70’s styling” whatever that happened to be. Anyways, it was done by one of the community theater groups and it wasn’t to bad. Jesus and Judus were played by rather good characters, but some of the esemble was weak. Also, the mics that where used were pretty much junk. I could either here the people that had good pipes or not here them at all. One girl’s mic kept failing, so her song would go in and out like a bad drive-thru speaker. But, take away the hippie clothes and werid set, and you’ve got a great way to teach the parables to kids. So, good in my book…7/10

Also, much to many’s dismay, I’ve started playing world of warcraft….or warcrack, as Dana Sedai likes to call it. Well, crack be damn, cause I’m not addicted. I seem to manage not playing every day (ROOMIE PRIME can have difficulty with that) and I’m doing pretty good in the game itself. But, it’s still cheaper to play that then go to the bars.

Going the Pacific Northwest for the first time wednesday…I’ll give a report this weekend.

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