Monthly Archives: July 2005

I’ve got the tons of people blues…

It kinda stinks when you're on vacation but can't relax. I really enjoyed the first few days up here when it was quiet and people were few and far between, but now that I'm dodging 19 other people and being woken up by kid voices at 7:30am, I'm finding it much harder to take it easy. I've been taking some long walks to try to find some peace and quiet, and it's helping. The weather has been almost perfect the whole time, which makes going out for a walk quite easy. Last night I walked all the way down to the Black Mallard River, probably a good mile down the beach. I was skipping stones for most of the way, and now my arm feels like it's hanging by a thread. I guess that's what I get for not warming up! I'll take a sore arm though, it just feels good to get outside. I definitely need to get my ass out of the house more when I get back home.

This coming week is going to be a pain. Not only do I have to go back to work, but I get to move as well. I'll probably have to take a day or two off to move the big stuff, but it shouldn't be that bad really.

Let the carnage begin!

Alex and I made our journey up north tuesday night. We left shortly after 5pm and made it up here a little before 11pm. My mom said that there was a lot of construction on US-23 and I-75, so we thought it would be better to dodge that particular stretch of road altogether and head up US-127 via Lansing. It made the trip about an hour longer, but since there’s hardly any traffic on that route, it wasn’t bad at all. David and Marty had a nice chicken dish waiting for us when we got here, and it was very good. Marty crashed out relatively early, but Alex, David, and I stayed up for a while talking about various things.

The next day we woke up gingerly. I emerged around 10:30, and Alex was in bed until around noon. We spent a few hours lounging down by the lake. I decided that it would be fun to dig up moderate sized rocks from the lake and move them in close to shore to make a pile next to the large rock that’s already sitting on our beach. I just have to say it…. yah, rocks are heavy. I probably moved a good 800-1,000 pounds worth of rocks. Beth and Dawson arrived while we were out in the lake. Dawson immediately threw on his suit and helped me find every rock in the bay and told me to move them. I was rather tired by that point, and wasn’t really having it. I was less than intelligent and forgot to wear sunscreen, so I got a decent sunburn. That’s ok though, at least its coloring right? Anything that helps to counteract my car-drivers tan is a good thing. Jim and Judy arrived later in the night.

I awoke early thursday morning (around 7:30) to the sounds of Dawson shouting… it was something about going swimming if I remember correctly. Beth was up as well, and she wasn’t having it. I wasn’t having it either, so I did my best to fall back asleep. David and Marty had already cooked and finished breakfast when I woke up the next time. Dawson was eager to go out swimming once everyone woke up, but the rest of us were just eager to lay around. So, we compromised. We took out the raft things that my mom sent up and tied them to anchors, and then laid out on them for a while. Even Beth got in on the action. She mentioned that it was the first time she’d been out in the lake in almost 15 years. A good number of people showed up thursday. Bill, Inger, and their troop showed up around 8:00 or 8:30, Stacey and Jay showed up around 10:30, and Steve and Brandy showed up sometime after midnight. My sense of time was rather skewed by then, so I’m not quite sure when they showed up.

This morning was rather miserable for sleeping. There are 6 kids up here now, and with the various other early-rising types, sleeping in has become a chore. I guess I should expect that though. There are 20 people up here now along with two dogs, so commotion is a given. The quiet part of the journey is now over. I’m just glad I got a few days of peace and quiet.

I’ve been taking quite a few pictures of this and that, so when I get back on a decent connection, I’ll post them.

Attack of the Ground-Based Sloth

Yesterday I made my first foray into the world of rock climbing. I went with Megan and her friend Anthony to Planet Rock down in Ann Arbor. I wasn’t expecting too much out of myself, and I guess that’s what I got! Before I could do anything I had to learn some of the basic stuff like how to tie myself onto the rope for climbing and how to belay for others that are climbing. I guess I passed, because I now have a nice card in my wallet that says I’m cool to be a top-rope belayer. Awesome.

After my lesson, we started climbing. Anthony is an old pro and Megan is getting there, but I was kind of leary. My first climb was on the equivalent of the bunny hill on a ski slope. Just a nice straight face with no routes to travel but the ones I picked. I made it to the top on the first try. Well, Almost to the top. I think I could have got one hand hold higher, but that was good enough for me on my first try. The second was equally successful up a similar face, only this one was longer. My third climb wasn’t so good. I tried to climb a route, one of the easier ones in the place, but my hands/forearms weren’t really having it. They got tired of anchoring me to the wall, and at that point, this sloth was back to its perch on the ground. I had a good time though, and I would definitely do it again. It would probably be good to strengthen my grip and shed a few pounds before I do it again, so I actually get my money’s worth. Megan has pictures on her camera, so when she posts them or sends them to me, I’ll put up photographic evidence that this Sloth actually can leave the ground under his own power.

On a different subject, I’ll be heading up north soon, most likely tomorrow. I’ll know for sure once Alex gets back to me. I probably won’t post again until I get back, but knowing me I’ll be writing stuff while I’m up there and posting backdated stuff when I get back. See everybody in a week!

Ur != Your

Steven is my hero!

person: Suddenly my Server Stop Working ? What Is The Proplem
steven: We have terminated the account. Please let me know if you have any further concerns regarding this matter.
person: Why Do U Terminated My Server ?
steven: Because we do not allow "Ur" fraudulent orders on our network.

Foiled again…

My luck proves once again that even the best laid plans can be foiled by something quite simple and unexpected. Megan asked me the other day if wanted to try rock climbing this weekend, and I rather excited for the chance. I knew that I would at least injure myself mildly during the climbing, perhaps a pulled muscle or a heart attack… who knows. But, as a twist of Kate, er, fate would have it, I was taken out of commission before I even had the opportunity.

I went out with Kate and one of her co-workers on friday night to a Lugnuts game. It was a pretty good game, but Kate made us leave in the 9th inning a of 4-4 tie. We were rather annoyed. We then had the privilege of standing in line at Rick’s for around an hour before we were lucky enough to get in. I have to say it… I f’ing hate Ricks. It’s a meathouse, no two ways about it. The only reason people go there is to find someone to take home that night. And it’s smelly, and dark, and strikingly similar to a herd of cattle, both in density and intelligence, during peak times. We hung out there for a while, then I got bored and decided to head back to my car so I could head home. My car was parked at Kate’s, which is a good 2 miles from Ricks, so I settled in for the long walk. Well, about three hundred yards from Ricks I found a bad piece of sidewalk and rolled my ankle. It wasn’t bad enough to keep me from walking, and the alcohol helped dull the pain, but when I woke up the next morning I realized there was no way I was going to be scaling any vertical escarpments, artificial or otherwise. Megan was understanding and gave me a raincheck. I’m still looking forward to it, but it’ll probably have to wait since I’ll be busy with moving and vacations over the next few weekends. I suppose a midweek jaunt isn’t out of the question, but my ankle will have to mend itself before that happens. [Edit: I’m not pissed at Kate… just annoyed with the situation. I seemed a tad harsh in the post, heh…]

Speaking of moving… I’ll be moving in with Megan sometime within the next few weeks, most likely next weekend. I’m actually quite excited about it. We have a lot of common interests, but enough different ones so that I’ll be exposed to some new things that I wouldn’t normally have tried… like rock climbing! Plus she’ll be the first non-work person I’ve lived with since I’ve moved up to Lansing, so I’ll finally have a decent chance to meet some new people. I’m excited!

I started cleaning and packing this weekend so I could move more effectively. I tend to be a pack rat, so there’s a lot of stuff that’s accumulated in my room over the past year or so. I spent the better part of today throwing stuff out. I threw out about two garbage bags worth of stuff and about 80 pounds worth of old magazines that I’ve been carting around for no good reason. I’m shooting for a quick, light move this time. Quick and light is relative, but I’m still shooting for it.

Last, but not least, I’ve got another couple of guitar clips that I’ve recorded during the past week. The first was recorded on Greg’s new acoustic-electric, even though you can’t really tell. It might be the pickup or the way I had the equalizer settings tuned, but it didn’t sound too acoustic to me… hehe. The second was recorded on the Bolt, complete with brand new strings, so it sounded really good. I don’t know if my playing was as good, but you be the judge…

[Insert Expletives Here]

It's just past 8:00am, it's a national holiday, I don't have to work, and I've been up for over a half hour now. What the hell is wrong with me?!?!?! I don't think my body likes me anymore.

Sweet Sweet Vacation

At last, after many weeks of working many hours of unpaid overtime and tons of hair-pulling, my project launched. It launched on monday, and hasn't receieved a huge amount of attention yet, but it's an unadvertised product, so we don't expect it to generate a huge buzz right off the bat. So far the feedback has been positive though, which is good.

I'm also quite happy that I'm able to take a nice 4 day weekend. I worked all of last weekend, so I was able to take friday off, which was good because it turned out that I had a lot of errands to take care of. I waited a good hour at the secretary of state's office to get my registration renewed. That's always a fun time. I also got my hair cut, did some laundry, and took care of a few other things. I was excited though, I got to see Chris and Lana for the first time since they've been back in the US from their extended stay in Japan. We didn't get to catch up as much as I would have liked, but it was good to see them nonetheless.

Today we had a party to celebrate my Grandma Neir's 90th birthday. There was a whole ton of people there, and it was a great time. I guess my sister and I were antisocial for a while because we were off by ourselves talking about the drama in our lives. I don't get to talk to her much these days, which kinda sucks. Between my dad and I many pictures were taken, and once I take the time to upload the 100MB or so of picture data, they'll be in the gallery. [Edit: Both my pictures and my dad's pictures are up now.]

Oh, yeah, I guess I turn 26 today (the 3rd). Another year gone…. nothing's really changed. :-\