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It’s summer, so I must have hurt myself…again. But luck friends…this time, IT’S THE RIGHT KNEE!!!! Now, not sure what I did to it. I think it has something to do with softball and running, but not anything major. Just pain and swelling when I do to much. So, had a MRI this morning. Got all the pictures on a disk, and in my wholely untrained eye, I don’t see any ligament damage (good) and the menisci look intack (real good)…so maybe it’s just tendonitious (or something). So, rest and maybe not some much softball for a while.

In further summer news, I’ve moved into the new place…4001 Hyde Park, behind KFC. Not to shabby a place. Lots of room, but lacking in general closets…no where to put the vacuum. Also going to miss having a garage, but with the lease, all the utilities are included in the rent, so can’t bitch about the air being on all the time. Just need to up the thermostat a smige…but pretty good times. The girl is moving into the same neighborhood in August, and will start biking to the Lab when my knee situation gets clearer.

He’s something I don’t get….I read yesterday that some scientist out east thinks that if we want to completely run our cars on Ethanol (which would be good, cause Pop makes money that way), that we would need 97% of the fertile land to grow it all. So, corn’s bad (lies). Why is it that everyone is preaching something…but not everything? Sure, oil’s bad…and corn’s takes to much energy to make energy…and nuclear is the devil. Lies, I say. FDR had it right with the TVA. I think. But, we surely need to get more. I recalled the Australia is setting up a solar system in the Outback…but that’s completely unihabited land. But, something that may work in New Mexico. If anything, more ethanol, nuclear, solar, and wind are needed…and hydroelectric (why are there no hydroelectic plants on all the locks on the Mississippi?). And tax the hell out of the oil companies…6 billion per quater…robbery.

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Man, I hate lazy bastards that refuse to update…oops…that’s me. So, what in the hell have I been doing since the musical??? Well, I went to San Fran for a meeting, got rained on, told Jonny Damon that he threw like a girl (and he laughed at me for it…HA!!); spend lots of time in the lab/scoperoom/”office” doing sciency stuff; hung out a lot. So, it’s been a busy time. With moving again (yes, I’m moving again…deal) and softball (now I’m managing, and coaching, but not hitting to well), the time continues to slip away. Last week, I found out that finals are next week…didn’t know, and didn’t care when I did. I think the final remnets of my undergrad life have finally slipped away. I’ve lost the ability to stay up late (not that I had that anyway) and to party all night…crap.

More later…got to “interview” for a writing job for the musical next year.

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It’s time to praise the store…GOODWILL!!! So, yesterday was “Fire and Ice,” the annual dance for Newman Week. This years theme followed the mucial, being “Rock” oriented. So, it was semi-formal (most folk went this way) or dress as a rock star. So when trying to think of something for Kati to wear (a t-shirt idea failed), I found THE GREATEST BOOTS EVER. Black, pointed, with a chain on them. So, I turn her into Ann Wilson from Heart, circa 1985. Wasn’t as noticible as I wanted, nor did she get the compliments I’d hoped for, but I think she looked awesome, so poo on you. As for myself, I found (again at Goodwill) a blueish wool suit that sorta fit. Go to my place, a little measuring, Kati’s steady hand, and BAM!!! I’ve got short pants…and I’m Angus Young of AC/DC. So, get there and a few people realized what I was….the ones that mattered….sad that Rick wasn’t there. He would’ve loved it. Also, LaRue (went as Scott Wyland/Billy Idol cross) was again wearing the OFFICAL SKINNY BLACK TIE…so, I found one at GW (as the hip kids call it), so I’m giving him that t0night at Mass. In all, the dance was pretty cool….didn’t like the music all that much. Regardless if the DJ was free (a brother of a committee member), experience counts way more…ie: ROOMIE PRIME. Shell out two bills for that.

As for the Musical…it’s be nice not to have to deal with that now. But, Saturday was fantastic. Big crowd, laughed, danced….Kevin’s twin brother was there, and when the Apostles are trying to sneak on stage, Dana grabbed the twin, thinking he was Peter (Kevin’s character), but Wes throws down the great line, in the effect of “that’s not him, Peter had a beard” (the twin was clean shaven). I about wet myself…..while trying to sneak up there. Anyways, Sunday wasn’t as nice….I kept thinking about other stuff and blowing my lines. But, my benefactor was there and she dug it. Also, Sunday’s performance was taped, and we’re all getting DVD’s, so the parents can enjoy the revealy. So, you’d think that I’d have free time starting this last Tuesday, but then I moved back into working 10-11 hours a day. Kinda nice though, getting some data. The Boss thinks I can start a manuscript after the meeting in April, and maybe another one at the end of May. Further, going to push up the timetable on the third stage of my project to this summer, So I may defend earlier then expected. Or not…wishfull thinking now. But, I think I’ll get approval to work a side project that I’ve been thinking of, looking for changes in gene expression of my receptors after pathological states. If anything, it’s another technique for me to learn.

Lastly, a sad moment. Patrick Colleran, a post-doc who worked in the building, died last week in a car accident…..sad. Also, it’s sad as the police report said Patrick may not have been wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected from his truck. I think I’m going to be more conscious about wearing my seatbelt from now on.

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One down, three to go. The show went pretty good….no real glaring errors, save for Wes nearly tripping at the beginning of a song (in which he had the first line). Songs went ok. As for me, I didn’t hose to many things…crowd laughed when they should have, and I didn’t frack my lines noticably. I do hear the same thing from people. When I’m doing my solo, people think I’m going to die. You see, when I get stressed, or move at all, I tend to sweat…….A LOT. In that people can see the beads forming on my face and stuff flying off my arms. Not to worry, as there’s plenty of water holding all this fat together. And with all the adrenaline I’m secreting (or epinephrine, if you’re not English), that fat’s getting burned anyway. Now only two left, and my nights return.

Also, for people that were there. Kati showed up (and is coming to the other two…I think she’s stalking me). Sarah, one of my students from Elements came, which was cool. Also, the Chair of Biomedical Sciences (Vet. Physiology folk) was there as well……didn’t expect that. And the rest of the usual folk. I wish that Mom and Pop would be able to make it down, but they have Chirstmas Party IV to go to (Fagen is getting utterly out of hand…they’ve got offices everywhere…but going to these things is the luxery of being a VP).

Right…so what in the hell was I going to say….mmm……so, need new roommates soon. Girls are heading out, and I don’t want to move (I like the garage). Uh…damn…I’m actually writing, and now I don’t know what to say….frack me. Bah, I’m going to bed…

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So, you may have noticed that I haven’t written anything in, well…yeah. So, I’m in this musical at Church. Singing, dancing, acting, comedy, tragety, all that fun stuff. It’s pretty much all I’ve been doing. So, if you’re not doing anything Thursday, Saturday, or Monday night, come out and take a peak. It’s free, and donations will be taken for New Orleans hurricane relief.

Also, been spending a lot of time with the girl….odd. Two posts ago, I say I’m bummed, then I get a girlfriend. I think I’m going to start complaining about my research to see if gets better

In that area…research isn’t too bad. Things are looking up, and the boss is fairly pleased. Going to spend the next two months getting my poster up to speed. If the control data does what we want, then happy times in San Fran.

So, I swear I’m going to update more. I think….

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Again, the day for the turning of the calender is here. I think back to this same time last year. Much has changed since then. And I can only think that the next year will be better. The science is really coming along. I passed my comprehensive exam, the second part. Have to finish the rewrite next month, but that shouldn’t be to bad. Have another abstract deadline, but I think I can get something done with that next week. So, things are looking good. At least, at work. I don’t recall if I said earlier, but I’m in the hallway now, with T, so I don’t have near the privacy that I did. And I miss my door too.

Christmas was utterly relaxing. Slept too much, ate too much, won $7 at the casino. Good times. The offical niece talks up a storm, repeating everything you say. Good thing happening next month is the final elder cousin is getting married, so the whole clan will be there….YEAH!!!

Things with the girl are, well, not really going anywhere as she still not here. Spending new years out west in the hinterland. But patience shall save us all….or something like that.

New Year’s at the House of JERK (their name, not mine)….if I didn’t live so damn far away….

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The winter blues…don’t really have them (gottcha with that title). But I tell ya, I’ve been busy. Wednesday, had my seminar for the department. Friday my dissertation proposal was do. The seminar was suppose to be 45 minutes, covering the inital stages of my research. Well, I went 47, and remember most of what I wanted to say. I don’t think I wowed anyone, but enough to please the right people…I hope. As for the proposal, I think that will please the committee as well. I may have been a bit weak on the hypotheses, but I believe that the rationale was sound. I get to defend it on Wednesday and there’s a faculty meeting afterwards, so it should only last a few hours.

One downside to me working so much….if it wasn’t for Thanksgiving, I think I’d put in 60-70 hours a week for six week, was that I really haven’t gotten to do a whole much. Hung out with Dana Sedai tonight for the first time in ages….saw “the lion, the witch, the wardrobe, and the kitchen sink”. Dug it…dug it hard. Any movie that features a harpy is awesome in my book. I need to go read all the books, though….can’t figure why an interdimensional portale would be in the back of an oak closet.

However, in reply to my last work, where I bemoaned my lack of companionship, I actually got off my duff and did something about it. For descreetness (is this speled rite???), I won’t reveal her name….only refer to her as “the girl”…something may be there, but it’s early. I’ll see what happens into the new year. ROOMIE PRIME is still going strong, and ROOMIE ALPHA has a feller in her sights (she’s with RIGHT NOW!!!). ROOMIE OMEGA may be in dire straights with her feller…but time will tell. All may be well in the HOUSE OF AWESOME…for once. If we all survive the New Year, it may call for one hum-dinger of a Valentine’s Day.

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So Dana Sedai is upset…again. Not that I blame her. Check out her new post. You’ll get the drift, but to add, yes, I think something’s not right. But I’m gonna wait and see with this one before I say anymore. Anyways, Science is going pretty good. Starting to get some good data, got an abstract published, working on a proposal, starting to work up a seminar, and outlining a grant. You could say that I’ve kept busy. And will be until, oh, next semester starts. But I tell you, Jan. 15th, academics getting smoother…

Of course, that’s when said play begins. So this year, the church folk are doing one called “UPON THIS ROCK!”, which is an abridged form of Acts of the Apostles. I get to play one of the main Apostles, Justus, and Stephen, and maybe more. So, I get martyred. Yea. Ok, now I’m gonna say something about the play. I wonder about some of the casting. Granted, of the 700-odd people that regularly attend church, there’s about 30-40 that do a lot of the stuff. And of that, about 30 tried out. So, everyone who tried out knew each other. But in looking at the cast list, you just gotta wonder at the choices. Like when the BEST singer gets a bit part. But, this girl can act (like Ed Nortonish, or Alex Guiness….can create any role). Also (as I always play the Devil’s Advocate), I didn’t sit in on the cast decisions, so (I HOPE) there are probably good reasons for doing what they did. But, I got a decent role, and I’ll get to ham it up a bit….and i’m one of the writers, so I can maybe influence my parts some more.

I can’t remember if I said earlier, but my younger brother got seperated from his wife. Damn I’m pissed. I’m not the greatest Catholic, not by far. And there’s a lot of stuff that the Church stands for that I don’t…but in all, it’s not so bad. One of the things I really believe in is upholding the marriage. Not who can get married, but staying married. I don’t know…

Also (and this is really, really just me complaining), I need to find someone in this town. Hell, ROOMIE PRIME found a girl that is a complete dork like him….hell, she can beat him at X-Box. ROOMIE ALPHA seems to have her eye on someone, and ROOMIE OMEGA ain’t hurting either. And, they’re all gone this weekend, so I’m sitting home cleaning…..just like at RJ’s (man, this is really pathetic…I sound like a 12 year old girl with a skinned knee). Perhaps I should get off my duff and ask someone…but what if they say no???? I CAN’T TAKE THAT KIND OF PRESSURE!!!! BAAAAHHHH!!!

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Ok, so this may not be funny….more really odd. So, this past weekend was HOMECOMING…and after a great football game and a decent nap, I went downtown to meet some of the med school folk. Jon Haffner, MD, calls me up and directs me to Quinton’s…which was the only about a 20 minutes wait to get it (and Shiloh’s was maddness). Luckly, we moved to Teller’s, where there was not wait and it wasn’t 100 degrees. Having a good time when a group of girls walk in. I would describe these females as “artsy” folk…some by there dress, but more that you wouldn’t expect to see them at quater draw night at Harpo’s. Anyways (the description is bad), after looking in there direction, cause they’re women, one of them, a wee indian type, comes up to me and asks…more threatens “are you stareing at something????” I answer with a meger “no,” cause I have no clue what the hell is going on. Sure, I was sizing them up, but I wasn’t taking measurements or anything. The girls move to a back corner, and after a bit, I think I figured out why I was accused. Among the women is a 40 year old dude that is not doing a good job of hiding the change in apperance. I figure that’s what’s going down, that little miss inquisitor is “protecting” her friend from the evil frat boy looking dude (me). After confering with Morgan, who knows these folk, I was absolved of all wrong doing….Finally, I was innocent…for once. That doesn’t happen to often.

Also, an elderly women, who I believe was the mother of one of the bartenders, collapsed. Some say it was a heart attack, while Dr. Jon says it was a “vaso-vagal” thingy….I say it was “orthostatic hypostensive episode.” What I do know is that EMS was there in about 3 minutes…now that’s good response time. But, I think that I may have to drink more at Teller’s. This type of stuff doesn’t happen to me at other bars (well, I dance with random chicks at the Vu, but that happens to everyone…)

Also, I’m on facebook…..woooooo

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So many things to say, so little drive to do it. I think that if I were to just sit at the computer in my room more often, I would write more often. But yesterday was the first time I turned it on in a long time. Now since its on, I’ll write out what’s going down.

Went on “AWAKENINGS” a few weekends ago…I don’t normally go on retreats…ok, ever. but I had a lot of fun on this one. I did meet more people, and become a bit closer to those I did know. And, for a while, I became a bit more pius in my thinking….which lasted about a week. Still there, but not so much as before…

Which is do (due??) to science. Actually going to get a few abstracts done for this meeting, maybe get one done up for something at the med school next month….will really get the department folk of my ass. That and my proposal is starting to come together….I think….but, that’s November.

Otherwise, things have been pretty lame. I need to find someone, or get them back….I don’t know. I’m beginning to hear things about me, that maybe it’s starting to be time for me to move on……….there’s nothing that I hate more then being where I’m not wanted. Only with the research, I’m here for at least another calender year. Maybe I’ll just stop talking….unlikely, but worth a shot.

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