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Friday, August 15th, 2008
12:00 pm
Before I take off...

If you want some good wtf Japan, go into Youtube, type "Ebichu", and watch away.

I'm taking off for California tomorrow. I've said my goodbyes to my relatives and the few friends I have remaining here. It'll take 4 days. I'm happy and sad and scared and excited and anxious and nervous and all sorts of feelings.

It was a...time, Wayne. ~22 years. It's like a woolen sweater that never fit me properly but provided me with a small comfort that I've outgrown. I've grown past this stage, I'm ready and looking forward to moving on with my life to greater things and better places.

I'm ending this journal here. It's had a really good run; 6 years now I believe. Don't worry; I'll be starting a new one when I reach California. Most of you people will be on the friends list and I'll tell you the address ahead of time.

Hasta luego/ Ja ne!
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
11:22 pm
Up north in Glen Arbor right now with the family...Having lots of fun at my Aunt's huge house. Reading books from her library, playing board games with family members, and going to beaches. The usual stuff.

I can't really think of anything to write here that I haven't already written before. I really like it up here, even without the computer.
Friday, July 4th, 2008
11:55 am
Three things.
1.) The board game "Kill Doctor Lucky" is fucking AWESOME. Part long-time strategy, part luck. I wanted to get the cheap version at cheapass.com (it literally comes with just a board and some cards, they cut out the bullshit so they can cut the price to $7) but it seems that they discontinued the cheap version, ugh. I'm debating shelling out the $25 for the average board game, but I just might for this one.

2.) Miracle fruit is also fucking AWESOME. You can buy it online, $20 for around 20 tries. It's a fruit from Africa that's ground into a powder. After letting the powder dissolve on your tongue, everything tastes really sweet for a good half an hour. We were guzzling lemon juice the entire time with no problem. Would have tried it with more things but we didn't have anything else on us at the time except for fruit (it was just extra sweet) coffee, and Guiness (friends said that it tasted drastically different).

3.) Have to go to mom's/grandma's today for dinner. Egh. Not so fucking awesome.
Friday, June 27th, 2008
9:22 pm
I finally got my driver's license today. Just never really felt comfortable. Hell, I still don't feel comfortable but I had to get it. I'm glad my aunt gives me the forceful shove whether I want it or not. I aced the Y-parking and parallel parking no problem and even survived the road test despite having a major migrane (that I gave myself from stressing out so much) and the fact that during the highway part the truck in front of us dropped its couch right in front of my car.
The car is acting a little funky. I don't know how much I trust it. Strange errors on the computer...wtf is an ESD Regalt? Is that German?

Getting some good, strong storms lately. Fun to watch. I like the storms because when it's not storming it's all muggy and sticky.
Monday, June 23rd, 2008
12:21 am
I've outgrown Wayne. I can't believe how smotheringly small it feels. Back into the small, dirty house (granted, this is dirty as in cluttered rather than the grimey, smokey, trashy place of long ago). It just feels really foreign now. I'll miss some people, but not enough to keep me here, thank god.

I spent the last week hanging at the house, lounging around and packing. Starting to make a collage with all of my Japanese magazines that I used for my thesis. I always turn nocturnal when I have my way; for some reason I work best from 10:00 p.m- 4:00 a.m.

Through this I discovered that the music channels actually do play music videos, albeit usually at 3 a.m.

On Saturday my dad and Uncle Tim came to help get me moved home. I got to hear the usual crazy stories of their childhood, which seemed to be mostly composed of throwing rocks at cars or other neighborhood kids.

Just hanging out for now, I guess. Cleaning as usual. The temperature peeked at graduation last Sunday and it's been pretty mild since. My family met up with my aunt and cousin from Alabama. I forget how closed-minded people can be without opportunity. As much as I love them, they can still dumbfound me. I wish them the best, though. They seem happy for the most part.

Talking to Tony right now. He seems to be doing alright. I miss him sometimes. He talks about the people, the desert, the bugs that are bigger than any that we'll ever see here, the cat he wants to bring home, and how he might extend his tour. He doesn't really need much; he can get any movies he wants bootleg and he's actually tired of eating and how they make fun of a guy over the radio when they're bored on missions because the guy was caught huffing canned air and masturbating. Yay America.

I also sent him this video that I liked. He likes it too so I'm glad. Glad that he's not gung-ho crazy about this war and the army in general. He still has a functioning brain.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, June 16th, 2008
12:40 am
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
11:12 pm
It's been hot as balls lately. There's no air conditioning in the house and my bedroom is on the top floor, so it's been pretty miserable at night. Luckily the weather lately has been typical of the Michigan pattern in that if it's terribly hot and muggy during the day, it'll storm during night.

Yup, just started storming, hopefully it'll cool the house off some. It stormed really well last night, lots of thunder and lightening and a tornado warning.

Classes have ended. One final and one paper to go. It's weird feeling. Feels like I just got here. But I guess that's how everything feels when you look back.

Oh, and for the hell of it-

Such are the rules.
1. I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll tell you which song or movie you remind me of.
3. I'll pick a kind of alcoholic beverage to share with you.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
(if possible. if not, I'll say something that only makes sense to me.)
5. I'll tell you my first memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something I've always wondered about you.
8. If you play, you MUST post this on your blog.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
10:59 am
A retarded paper writing machine.
Fuck Buddhism paper.

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

Last week of undergraduate college. I'm tired of papers. I write papers so poorly, I can't wait for that to end.
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
3:36 pm
Not much new going on. Three weeks left until graduation. I still miss my laptop and DS sometimes, but it's not too bad really.

Last last weekend Alaina came up here with my Aunt Joan to tour the school. She's just a sophomore so she's getting a jump start on touring the colleges. I think she would survive here, maybe even like it here. Her grades are good enough but she's seriously lacking on extra curriculars, she needs to kick it up if she wants this college to even consider her.

After the tour we went to my aunt's house up north. It's the best spot in the world, as I've already mentioned a billion times. It was cool and rainy for the most part, but we went to Leland to go rock hunting which was my main reason for even going, so I was happy. I got a handful of Leland Blues which isn't bad considering the water was ice cold and we couldn't stay for too long since Alaina complains so much and there were a lot of gnats.
We went to Empire for the annual asparagus festival. It was dinky, in a cute, small-town kind of way. Asparagus cake, bread, pizza, chowder, risotto, cookies, and so on. There was a gigantic pile of sidewalk chalk for kids to use freely so of course Alaina and I had to draw a little.

Last weekend Liz and I went home for the three day weekend. It was nice to be out of Kalamazoo for a while. Hung out with Dad and Alaina, saw Iron Man (again, because it is just that awesome) and went to the Polish Festival. Ate kielbalsa, goumpki, saurkraut, and pierogies and saw Alaina cheat at a carnie game to get a prize, woo.
My Aunt is giving me her '95 BMW as a graduation present. It's got a minor glitch or two in the computer but it's been through two of my cousins and is still going strong. Got to test it out over the weekend and I really like it. I knew that I loved it when we locked my ever-complaining sister (anything over 60 degrees is too hot for her) inside of it for 10 minutes on a hot day- yay child locks! The only downside is that it takes medium grade gas and that Daniel and I have to drive it across the country to get it to California. The car can make it, but gas is going to be a bitch to pay for. The car is worth at least $3.5k though, so it's way better than anything I could get with my own money.
Now I just have to pass my driver's test.
Because I'm a loser like that.
I think I can pass it, though. More confident now than I've ever been before.
Ugh. Nervous. About everything.

I'm going to end this journal soon. My sister likes to read it, I've remembered.
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
9:15 pm
w00t first severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch of the season!
Monday, April 21st, 2008
2:38 pm
It's really beautiful outside, I feel a hundred times better than I did last quarter. The weather is great and it's nice to open all of the windows, be cool but not cold, and feel the sun.

The little kids next door have been playing the "Made you look!" game with each other. For the past half hour.
I don't think I'll have the patience to be a mom.
Saturday, April 19th, 2008
12:22 am
I think I need to permanently sever all contact with my mother.
Thursday, April 17th, 2008
3:16 pm
I bought my cap and gown today.
Friday, March 14th, 2008
1:21 am
Holy hell.
I've been so busy this quarter. This has been the most mentally draining quarter of my whole career at Kalamazoo, hands down. That's even compared to last quarter when I was writing my thesis. I think it's due to the horrible, cold Michigan winters, having one of my housemates permanently go off the deep end, having 2 classes that are far from my personal favorite topics, and worrying about what to do after graduation.

Kind of sad when you look forward to the weekend before finals because it means that you have just a buttload of studying as opposed to a buttload of homework.

It's 1:30 a.m. I just got back from programming for 8 hours straight. I hear people partying outside. I'm jealous of their free time. They must be Western kids.
I finished my last programming project. It took all of today. It's going to be presented tomorrow. It's not that I purposely put it off, but I had my final paper to write for my senior seminar and I had a huge project for chemistry and I chose to get those out of the way first. My senior seminar had our last class in the President's house (our seminar teacher is the college's president's husband). It's such a beautiful house! I really liked my teacher, I think I am going to go to graduate school for applied linguistics.

It's above freezing here, finally. You can smell the dirt, and the melting snow, and the grass. I slipped on the slick, mushy, half-dead grass on the way home a little bit ago. Bleh.

Want to see my last programming project?


It looks simple, yes. But the class isn't focused on the presentation of the video, but rather the programming we created to run the video. Here's a link to the programming that I had to write up to make the dinky video.


Never taking another programming class again.

Gotta study for finals. Then I get a busy spring break. Then one more quarter here. Always so busy.
Sunday, March 9th, 2008
12:32 am
The whole idea is outdated. Especially during tenth week.
I fucking hate daylights savings time, it always comes when I need that hour of time the most. XO
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
11:36 pm
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
7:34 pm
I work hard in college in real life so that I can come home and play The Sims 2 and make my sim go to college. Her college life and mine seem pretty similar- school, homework, eat, sleep. But she freestyle raps for money in the park, so that alone makes her life more interesting than mine.

I bought Team Fortress 2. I'm mildly disappointed with it. For it being 4+ years in the making, I was really underwhelmed. Like I told Dan, while Team Fortress Classic is fruit punch: Fun, for everyone, and you can partake as much as you want Team Fortress 2 is more like red wine in that it's not for everyone, more "sophisticated", and you can only take so much at once. Still not sure if it's worth getting into.

I was sitting on the couch today thinking "God, I'm a 21 year old loser with no concrete plans after graduation and instead of worrying about everything 24/7 I'm sitting here watching Spongebob Squarepants..." but then my dad did a little dance to the song and I felt a little better.
Sunday, December 16th, 2007
9:36 am
Now we can call it winter.
The snow began to fall around 6 pm or so yesterday, and hasn't stopped since then. We even got some thundersnow, which surprised me since I can't remember ever hearing it here before; I only remembered hearing thunder when the news talked about it this morning. Anyways, we got about a good 6 inches so far, and everybody's outside with their snowblowers.

Hard to see the depth, but here are a few pictures for the non-snow getters.Collapse )
2:33 am
I had to pull my white hair. :(
I wonder if it will grow back white again. I showed it to dad, and he just laughed a lot. Either I'm going to go grey early like his side of the family, or I'm not going to go grey for a loooong time like my mom's side. Would actually prefer to be like my mom's side of the family in this case, but I'm not going to fight it either way.

We're supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow tonight.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
11:47 pm
A milestone!
I have my first visible white hair!

It's an eyebrow hair. Odd.
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