Site Updates

I’ve been fiddling with making this whole blog system work. I’ve got the basics of it down right now. I can pull the entries out of the database and put them in here in a rough format and i can put them in on a private page that only i have access to. So things are going well. If you’re looking at the page anytime soon after i posted this message, you’ll see the sad state that this site is in. It’s more of a template really. I need to do some color coding and some random formatting, but i think that in general, I should be able to make some really nice improvements around here.

You should be able to search through all of the text i have here sometime in the near future and find places where i mention names or other things and then pull up those posts, and i should have some kind of page system instead of just throwing all the results on one page.. i should also be able to put all of these posts into categories by the month.. i’m sure that i can do that in a certain type of search with sql and date checking.. but the question is.. is that something you’re going to want?? Who knows.. all i know is that i no longer have to manage a bunch of flat files. My content is separate from the presentation.. and for me.. that is heaven.

Until then.. i have a LOT of work to do here at RIT. Things are strained around here at best. There is so much going on all at once. This quarter is hammering me to pieces. I just hope i make it out alive.

I should be doing work right now, so i’m going to get on that.

Until Next Time…..

Linux

This week i got to do what i’ve dreamed about doing for months, even years. I axed my entire windows XP partition of my hard drive and installed gentoo linux. I’m running it right now with fluxbox as my window manager. it looks very nice, and it’s functional. I’m debating the switch to some type of desktop environment, but i can probably accomplish everything i need to with fluxbox. as long as i can get kbounce installed for Jen we’ll be good to go. One minor problem is that she won’t have any idea how to use my computer from now on, but maybe that’ll keep me out of trouble. ya heard?

So i’ve been setting up programs on my computer to my heart’s content, and it’s been taking up a good bit of my time. this is bad. i already have less time than i need as it is. but it’s very nice to relax and take a break from the rest of life for a while.

RIT is starting to drag me down. there is a lot of work here, and it seems like it wont ever stop. i’m hoping to have some easier quarters coming up so i can get in all of the important activities that i’m missing out on now.. like eating.. and sleeping 😉 it’s week 7 now and before i know it this quarter will be over. i need to pick some more classes to take before i graduate.

I really can’t think of anything else to say, i just figured that it was about time i posted to this thing again, arent you glad you read this? go back to doing something more important now.

Back To School

So, all of my belongings got moved to RIT without any problems. My room here is a little on the small and brown side. a bit too much wood paneling and wood colored decor than is absolutely necessary.. ya know. other than that, everything seems fine at the house so far.

After moving my things in, i proceeded to spend the weekend in albany with jen at a wedding, we had a pretty good time, i enjoyed being around jen’s family. They seem so fun and loving, and fun loving. It’s very different from what i’m used to. Open bar was amazing. The corona was great. The hotel wasn’t all that spectacular, but all the people there made up for it. the only thing i could have asked for was that it was a little warmer outside.

probably the most “interesting” part of the weekend was the people in the surrounding areas. everyone seemed to be a little on the crazy side, it was like visiting some kind of mental ward, or very backwards place. not the kind of place where you want to spend time with all the locals.

Jen drove home from albany, and then i drove myself back to RIT from her house. It was a crazy night because i was so tired, my brain was completely dead for a day. It’s not right to spend that much time in a car.

And NOW to the BEST part of the post. I think you’ll like this 😉

Last weekend jen and i spent the weekend in Niagara Falls. I completely surprised her and whisked her away for what i planned to be the best weekend of her life. i think i did a pretty good job of it

To start it all off i surprised her with cookies and gummy bears. what girl doesnt love those two things? then i bought her a scratch off ticket and she actually won 5 bucks. way to start out the weekend 😉

I told her to bring some fancy clothes and pack for spending the night somewhere. We went up to the marriot and when we checked in jen’s draw dropped. the receptionist at the desk confirmed my reservation for a king size jacuzzi suite with a view of the falls. and then they valet parked my car. i dont know if jen was as impressed with the valet parking as i was, but hey.. ya know.. she loved the fact that this hotel kicked ass.

Our room was beautiful and you could see the falls from the window. when you opened the window you could hear the falls roaring outside, just immense torrents of water rushing by and pounding into the water below. The cloud of mist was huge and you could smell the water from our room. The whole weekend was spent in or aroudn water. we had a huge jacuzzi tub in our room that also had a view of the falls. The bed in the room was amazing, i’ve never seen so many huge and comfortable feather pillows in one place before. It was like sleeping on clouds.

For dinner that night i surprised jen again by taking her up to the Skylon tower to eat in the revolving dining room. We ordered our drinks and watched the falls rotate by us from 500 feet up in the air. Dinner was amazing. It was some of the best prime rib and lobster and shrimp that i’ve ever had. I was going to order a bottle of wine, but decided against it, just because i didn’t want to get it and then decide i didn’t like it.

After dinner jen was very sleepy, and we decided to just lay down for a little rest. I surprised jen with a little something i picked up for her at the jewelers. Just a small diamond solitaire, but i thought it was gorgeous, and wanted her to have a reminder of just how much i care about her. she loved the ring, and cried for just a little bit. the whole weekend i wanted nothing more than to make her happy, and right there i knew i had done what i wanted

The next morning we got up and went for a swim in the pool, relaxed in the whirlpool, and has a little bit of time to relax in the steam room (which wasnt as steamy as i imagined it). After we got sick of the chlorine we went upstairs… cleaned up.. and jen told me that “we got our perfect back”. I won’t forget that. I’ve been looking for perfect for quite a while now. i didn’t think we were ever going to find it again. i’m so glad that we did.

For lunch we went to the rainforest cafe, and looked around the falls. After all the strenuous walking we stopped for a while and enjoyed a beer at “Beer Garden”. the funny thing about that is that the beer garden is a pizza place too, so you can order your pizza.. your soda.. and your beer.. all at the same little stand.. now this is a GOOD idea.. america should have this.

All in all, we had a great time and there is so much to do in niagara falls that we still haven’t done. We plan on going to the butterly thing sometime, but i think that we got most of the must do things done. The fancy hotel, the fancy dinner. It was a perfect minivacation.

I can’t wait to see what the weekends to come hold for us.

Waiting

It seems like this week is taking forever. It’s only three days of work for me, and i’m on number two today. Hopefully the weather will hold out for me. I need sunshine. I dont even need sunshine, I just need it to not rain tonight. Nothing sucks more than moving electronic equipment in the back of a pickup truck in the rain. It’s getting down to crunch time. I have tonight and tomorrow night to move my things.

Last night consisted of chinese food leftover and computer repair. Nothing goes with General Tso like Fdisk. 😛 Tried to get a hold of chuck. Nothing came of that. Apparently when you mvoe to a place with no electricty and no phone, you’re kind of cut off from the world. I guess i kind of knew that. It just makes it hard to do business when you have no way to get ahold of your business partner.

I’m waiting to go back to rochester. I think it’s what I need right about now. I can’t stand being home any longer. It’s not like it’s even so bad here, just that i remember that i used to have fun in rochester. a long time ago anyway. It should be fun this time around. I dont know if i’ll have to do the full year. In fact.. i dont think i can do the whole year of class. I’ll have to get a winter quarter co-op. How or where, i have no idea. but i need one more co-op.. and i want to graduate in may. Whether or not i actually graduate in may is a subject for debate. It wouldnt be so bad to stick around, since mark and heather are in 5 year programs anyway. They’ll be around next year whether i’m there or not. I could probably take some kind of summer classes and then graduate in the fall. It’s all the same to me, as long as i get my degree. If i would have not squandered last summer at motorola and would have gotten a paying co-op instead, i think i would have been miles ahead of things. i would be able to take 3 quarters of class, and not worry about a co-op. Well.. that summer wasnt completely unproductive. I learned a lot of things. and met jen along the way. I wouldnt take that back for anything, but boy would it be nice to graduate on time. Thats another thing that we’re just waiting to see.

I guess my dad and step-mom are gonna come out with me to rochester. they’re talking like they’re gonna be making the trip. I’ll be amazed if they do. The only other time they went out there was when i moved in my freshman year. I did it all myself at the beginning of last year. That was a fun time. Nothing like unloading your own truck. Oh, and i moved back home all by myself too. You can tell how loved I am. I guess i dont really make myself accessible though, by telling my family things like “when i’m going to school”, “When i’m coming home”, and “Where i sleep every night i’m not at home over the summer”, but i’d like to think that if they asked, i would tell them. oh well. enough for today.. maybe more tomorrow

Two Days Left

Just a few more days of work left, and then i’m DONE with prestolite. Big happenings this weekend. I’m heading out to Albany with jen and her family for a wedding. One of her cousins is getting married. It should prove to be an interesting time. I’ve never been to albany before, i’m hoping that it doesnt dissappoint, and that they hav a decent pool and hot tub at the hotel we’re staying at.

So, my last post got cut off kind of short. I got called away with some important task at work. They come up with them all the time. My last post was about the 1 year anniversary. It went over pretty well. I had a good time with it.

I’ve got some busy weekends coming up. On top of all of these busy things, I have to get myself moved back to school with minimal amounts of help and start new classes, learn new things, spend more money, and take a pay cut of about 4 dollars an hour.. and lose about 20 hours a week. watch out folks, this could be bloody.

I’m looking forward to living with my friends in the blue house, and at the same time dreading what will become of jen and i. I dont think we’ll see each other so much this coming year. I dont know how that will work for us. I’m thinking that everything will be just fine. But, i tihnk too much as it is. I guess i should just knock it off with the thinking bullshit. I’m done for today.

I’m hoping to do some kind of MAJOR site overhaul soon. i’m thinking of doing a database based blog system… and all that good garbage… along with massively updated pictures sections (can you say digital camera?). Time will tell. Time is on my side for now.

Working Again

So, it’s been a while since i’ve updated. OK. A VERY long while. Thats nothing out of the ordinary, nothing you didn’t expect. So what’s new with me?

I got a job at prestolite for the summer, I’m working in the IT/MIS department here. It’s a nice job, and it pays pretty well, better than what i’m used to, but that really isn’t informative now is it? The past few days i’ve been filing and upgrading software on various machines. It’s been a good time all in all. I have to get up ass early, but it was worse last summer, so i can’t complain about that either.

I got a cell phone not too long ago, it’s been good to have. I like being able to call people whenever i fell like it, and having people able to get a hold of me, because i’m always on the go. I’m always driving somewhere, or staying somewhere else, life is nuts. I’m a litle tired right now. The other day I put together a computer desk and set up a computer with Chuck at my aunts house, then we showed them how to use it, in a very primitive sense of the word ‘use’ anyway. Its crazy working two jobs. I get out of work here at 4:30, then i do more computer stuff with chuck and try to make some extra money. Hopefully all this work will pay off in the end with a nice cash reward :-P.

Working first shift when you’r GF works second is a real pain in the ass. The solution to this problem is to stay up late, and not get much sleep. At least that way i get to see jen. Things are so different when we dont spend all of our time together. It definitely makes the both of us miss each other a LOT.

I just have 2 more hours before I get out of work here today. The first part of the day went by pretty fast, because i had things to do, but i have a feeling that the second half of the day will slow down a little bit. I really have almost nothing to do right now. Thats not really a good thing. I’m starting to get really comfortable and really sleepy sitting in this computer chair. That could be a problem. My boss is gonna walk through the door and find me asleep and drooling on the keyboard.

I’m not even kidding, i need some stimulous to kep myself awake …. Someone just called. About some computer type business type stuff :-P. so now i’m awake.. and have work to do.. I’m outta here.