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Moving, School, and Rock 'n' Roll [Sep. 9th, 2008|02:31 pm]
[Current Location |Bernhard Center]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Stroke 9 - Kick Some Ass]

So we're finally moved into our new house. By "moved in" I mean that all of our stuff is there although not necessarily unpacked but it's coming along.

Classes have started at Western and we're now into week 2. Overall I'm quite pleased with my classes. The current lineup is: World History Since 1500, Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Human Anatomy. My Abnormal Psych along with my Human Anatomy Lab is being taught by Grad students. This isn't uncommon I know, but this is their first time teaching for both of them and let's just say they don't quite have the knack of it yet, but I'm sure they'll get better.

I finally got the pre-amp for my turntable and now I can actually listen to vinyl at a normal volume. I'm not an audiophile and I certainly love my iPod and the CD for that matter, but there is something to be said for listening to a vintage LP.

Current vinyl collection:

The Who - Who's Next
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Boston - Boston
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
Cheap Trick - At Budokan
ZZ Top - Eliminator
Van Halen - 1984
Duran Duran - Rio
Bad Company - Straight Shooter
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Bachman-Turner Overdrive II
REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity
Huey Lewis & The News - Sports
KC & the Sunshine Band - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
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2007 Year in Review [Dec. 23rd, 2007|04:01 pm]
Stolen from Nat...

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before? Moved to Kalamazoo.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Not exactly, and yes I probably will.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not that was very close.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Nope.

5. What countries did you visit? Just Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? A hopeless romantic ;)

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? April 16th - My Birthday

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I finally got some guts.

9. What was your biggest failure? It didn't work out too well.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Illness.

11. What was the best thing you bought? iPod Video.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Not sure.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? George W. Bush

14. Where did most of your money go? Rent & Tuition.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? I had an awesome trip to the casino. =)

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Rancid - Fall Back Down

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. Happier or Sadder? I'd say slightly happier.

ii. Thinner or Fatter than last year? Slightly thinner?

iii. Richer or Poorer? Definitely poorer.

18: What do you wish you'd done more of? Traveling.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Worrying.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? w/ family.

22. Did you fall in love in 2007? I'm not sure...

23. How many one-night stands? 0

24. What was your favorite TV program? Lost

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Not that I can think of.

26. What was the best book you read? Not sure.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Roxy Music?

28. What did you want and get? A house.

29. What did you want and not get? Well you can't have everything.

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Superbad

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Partied with friends, 24.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Win the lottery?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006? Return to jeans.

34. What kept you sane? My friends.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Not sure.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Healthcare

37. Who did you miss? Not sure.

38. Who was the best new person you met? Too many.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007? Don't write yourself off yet.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

"And I'm leaning on this broken fence,
Between Past and Present tense.
And I'm losing all these stupid games,
That I swore I'd never play,
But it almost feels okay." - Aside by The Weakerthans
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Back to the LJ [Oct. 17th, 2007|12:25 pm]
[Current Location |Work]
[music |Bruce Springsteen - Radio Nowhere]

So it’s obvious that I’ve let my LJ fall somewhat by the wayside. I’ve had a lot to write about but for some reason I just haven’t felt the urge to write it all down. Honestly I wish there some way I could integrate my Facebook (since I’m on there quite a bit) and my Livejournal, but for now that doesn’t seem possible.

Anyway, I figured I would start off my latest round of entries with a Helena style rant, so here goes…

Slow Drivers

Now that I’ve moved to Kalamazoo and am still working in Hastings, I’ve got about an hour drive each morning. I have to be to work at 8 a.m., and to accomplish this, I force myself awake at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. Now anyone who knows me can tell you that I am not a morning person by any means. This means that I give myself enough time to get ready and make it to work on time with maybe no more than 5 or 10 minutes to spare. Really, barring any sort of catastrophe, this should be plenty of leeway. It seems, however, that I always underestimate my arch nemesis: the Slow Driver.

The slow driver comes in many forms but more often than not it consists of one of two groups: the elderly, or the disabled. These people seem to have lost all sense of time and urgency. With nowhere to be at any particular time, these people seem to wander aimlessly down the road in their large automobiles, driving at least 10 to 15 miles per hour under the posted speed limit. Nothing is more frustrating than being stuck behind one of these individuals. Couple this with the knowledge that their completely unnecessary and false sense of “caution” or “prudence” is making you late for work.

Some people are quick to label those like myself, who believe traveling 5 mph above the speed limit is perfectly acceptable and in fact courteous, as being reckless and dangerous. Well I say that when you drive under the speed limit, when conditions do not warrant it, then you are a road hazard, and in fact put the rest of us in jeopardy. Cars begin to line up, and we are forced to attempt what could sometimes be risky passing maneuvers.

Bottom line, if you want to drive slow, fine. But don’t make the rest of us pay for your inability to correct judge speed and time. Move out of the way! Even a school bus will pull over to the side of the road to let cars by after making a stop because they know they’re slow (and they probably should be). I mean, come on!

Ok, rant over. =)
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LOL! [Dec. 23rd, 2005|11:03 am]
This is even funnier than the xbox... =)
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My new bed... [Dec. 21st, 2005|01:14 am]
This seems strangely familiar...Collapse )
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I so wish I had thought of this... [Dec. 18th, 2005|10:58 pm]
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Flaming Lips - She Don't Use Jelly]

This video is hilarious...
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Vancouver, I am coming... [Dec. 16th, 2005|12:10 am]
[mood |dorky]
[music |Comedy Central - Showbiz Show]

Well only 1,518 days left (that's just over 4 years) until the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. So I guess it's high time that I get started on my training. First I need to decide what event(s) I wish to compete in. I'm thinkin' Alpine Downhill. Probably best just to focus on the one event so that I can hone my skills better. What's that you say? Impossible you say? Shamrock Shakes are better than Eggnog Shakes you say? Well my friends, you are mistaken! I encourage all of you to join me on the road to Vancouver. Training will commence in January at the Bittersweet Ski Resort in Otsego, MI. Ski days will be on Tuesdays (lift tickets are 2 for 1) so I'm going to need at least one partner on this one. Ok good meeting everyone, I'll see you on the slopes! =)
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(no subject) [Dec. 15th, 2005|04:44 am]
I love this square! =)
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"Those are good burgers, Walter." [Dec. 12th, 2005|12:38 am]
[mood |mellowmellow]
[music |Adult Swim - Sealab 2021]

So what's new? Well let's see... Last night Pheen and I went out to L.A. with one of his sort of friend Angie (the girl he has been training to replace him at work) and her friends for one of her friend's birthday. First Angie, Pheen and I went to this crazy little eatery in West Hollywood called Nova Express. It was pretty sweet, the whole place was illuminated with black lights and each crazy shaped table had it's own lava lamp. In the back there was a giant plush Cthulhu. So after that we met up with Angie's friends and went to this club, Zanzibar, in Santa Monica. The club was ok, a little small inside though. I somehow paid $12 for a Long Island Ice Tea that I'm convinced had no liquor in it whatsoever. That pissed me off a little, especially because the bartender acted all bitchy when I ordered it. God forbid she has to know how to mix a drink. Hehe anyway...all in all it was fun night and I got to meet some cool people.

Tonight Pheen and I went to see The Chronicles of Narnia (for free of course, since I managed to snag a few passes before leaving =) ). I suggested that we eat at In and Out Burger, for the first time, before the movie. I got a double-double combo, animal style, with fries well-done, and let me just say it was freaking awesome. It was so good, the burger was great, the fries were great, and the whole thing was around $5. I have found a new love in In and Out Burger.

After our kickass meal, we saw Narnia and I must say I did enjoy it. Of course we cracked some jokes during it, as usual =), but I would say that it was definitely entertaining.

It was a pretty good weekend to breakup my shear boredom that I was experiencing. Today (Monday) marks 15 days left for me in California. It's weird, it's actually starting to seem real. I've still got packing to do and a few more things to square away. Most of my stuff that I won't be bringing home with me I will be donating to the Salvation Army, so I'm also waiting on them to come pick up my stuff. Does anybody remember seeing the video of the American withdrawal from Saigon at the end of Vietnam? Where the communists were rolling into the city and people were lining up on that staircase on top of the U.S. Embassy to get on the helicopters and basically only with them whatever they could carry. Ok hehe maybe that's a little crazy, but it's kind of how I feel. Obviously it's nowhere near that extreme of course but you know... =)

P.S. - Did anyone catch Aqua Teen tonight? What the hell was up with the Boost Mobile crap? I mean I get it, they were trying to make fun of the fact that Boost Mobile is their sponsor but it wasn't really funny. The entire episode was about Boost Mobile. I don't know, it just seemed kind of lame and unfunny...
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Glory daze... [Dec. 9th, 2005|11:30 pm]
[mood |boredbored]
[music |Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane]

My life has slowed to a crawl...Being unemployed, while extremely non-stressful, is however extremely boring. I pretty much did nothing today. I did book both of my hotel rooms for my trip. Also today was the last day to have your financial aid info to KCC before they would remove you from your classes, and as far as I can tell I'm still registered, so must be they finally got everything from me that they needed. After reading some reviews at http://www.ratemyprofessor.com, I'm a little worried about my Astronomy class but hopefully it will go well. I also checked out http://www.ratemyteachers.com/schools/michigan/hastings/hastings_high_school, great stuff! I would encourage anyone who went to Hastings to check it out and even leave some reviews. =) Boring entry eh?
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