I can't find my glasses or my silverware. I've been cleaned out. Jake moved out and he took everything. Literally, he took everything. If it wasn't in my room, it wasn't safe. Oh well.
Today I woke up, got ready, packed the car full of boxes and stuff, and headed to a garage sale on the way to Rochester. It was nice. I bought a great TV stand for my living room. It even has a swivel top so I can move it one way if I want to watch TV in a different angle or something.
I dropped the rest of my stuff off at the apartment, and realized I forgot my cell phone. It would have come in handy since Laura and Luke were a little late coming. We were to meet at 9:45. So at 10:00, I went and picked up Cindy. Laura and Luke were waiting on the grass when I returned. I gave Luke the grand tour and we headed to our first garage sales. We shopped and shopped and shopped some more. The one we really liked had end tables (I needed), a coffee table (I needed) and a kitchen table and chairs (I needed). I told everyone that we'd return later and get these things.
We also stopped at others and I found a brand new set of silverware still in the box, a brand new tie/belt rack (still in the packaging) and other fun stuff. Out in the boonies, we also found a box of Margarita glasses (9 glasses for $5) and a set of bowls, 10 for $1. It was an awesome deal.
We dropped Luke off at work and ate lunch at Pelligrinos. I had a great Buffalo Chicken sub. We then headed to more garage sales in Chili, Irondequoit (which oddly enough we went a really long ways to get to something that was almost directly north of Chili in Greece) and then returned to one of the first ones to get those ends tables and such. We made several trips to deliver all the items we bought from this one sale that is only 1 block from my apartment. The closest sale was the best sale.
We hung out at the apartment for awhile, planned how we were going to set it up and then headed to Movies 10. We stopped at a pizza place and got a slice, then headed to see 50 First Dates. It was a really nice movie. We then went to Target and shopped for some shower curtains. I didn't like many of the ones they had, and the ones they did have were $20. Oi.
Luke picked Laura up at 9:40 and Cindy and I headed back to my place. Cindy gave me her shop vac, VCR from 1994, soap and a million other things. I gave her my VCR. Even trade, right? Cindy asked me to take her home, so I did and I came back to Brockport.
I don't want to live here anymore. I can't wait to move. Tomorrow I'm going to bring the birds to their new home and bring all the plants. I hardly have anything left. I wish my bed was already moved. I wouldn't come back anymore.
Saturday, May 29, 2004
I can't find my glasses or my silverware. I've been cleaned out. Jake moved out and he took everything. Literally, he took everything. If it wasn't in my room, it wasn't safe. Oh well.
Friday, May 28, 2004
I am very much looking forward to being completely moved. After work, I dropped off my parking permit for Park Lot and met up with Laura with Cindy at my new apartment. We hung out for awhile until the cable guy came around 5. He was a little late. But then we headed to Golden Port and ate great food. We dropped Laura off and Cindy and I went to town and shopped in between trying to watch a movie at Movies 10 twice. We never did. But we did get to see neat furniture in four different stores and we explored Michaels and a Kitchen store in Henrietta. I am going to love living so close to everything.
I dropped Cindy off and went back to Brockport. Jake, Rach, Kristen and Will were packing Jake's UHaul. Most everything is gone from the apartment. It's kinda sad and kidna happy. I'll feel completely normal and happy when I'm all moved into the new place and its set up. I packed a bunch more and am going to bed. I need to get up tomorrow, plan the route for the garage sales and then head to Rochester again. Only 2 more trips that way until I no longer have to drive to Brockport. Yay for me.
Posted by Luke at 11:38 PM
So this morning was fun. I went to the new place and dropped off a ton of stuff. I also got McDonald's sausage mcmuffin, here's how it went down:
Cashier in drivethru: Welcome to McDonalds, please wait. Okay, sorry for the wait, can I take your order.
Me: I'd like a sausage mcmuffin with two packets of ketchup.
Guy: Sir, we don't serve big macs for breakfast.
Me: I know, I'd like a sausage mcmuffun with two ketchups.
Guy: Is that all? That will be $1.08, please pull up.
Guy: You said you wanted jelly right?
Who eats jelly on their sausage?
(By the way, why did my spell checker just suggest 'sweatshops' instead of 'ketchups'?)
Anyway, my friend Kim just had her baby. I'm so happy for her, I can't wait to see pictures.
I got to work and immediately worked on the status report for Garry for the DARS stuff. I'm not sure why I needed to do it in such a formal way, but I did and it looked good. We had our usual Friday morning meeting and I went downstairs and finished some coding. I had my usual Friday meeting with LAS. Vicki wasn't around so I had to meet with her assistants. Whatever, I still get paid a load to work for them too.
Garry left at noon. I went to the gym late. I worked for a bit and hung out with the coworkers for a bit. It's relaxing without Supervisors. I always love these times. They said we can all go home at 3:30 today. Bah, I had already planned on it!
I'm off to the apartment with Cindy and maybe Laura to wait for the cable guy.
Posted by Luke at 3:06 PM
POSTED BY CINDY V:
Luke left work as soon as he finished. He had "something to do." "I have to pack" he says. "I'm moving into a new apartment in a different city" or something like that. In any manner, I suffer withdrawal symptoms.
Now for the Rochester-Brockport Crime Bulletin
Cindy Vaca, a student at the University of Rochester admittedly ate the loaves of bread belonging to Luke F, an employee and alumni of the same school. Vaca is under dorm-arrest pending trial.
Luke arrived at his apartment only to find his delicious loaves of bread completely douched. Gone. I apologized. For some reason I believed he had given them to me. I am in remorse. Luke, I totally douched your bread and I'm sorry. I'm a bread doucher. Oh, and there were FIVE loaves, and they were delicious. Oops.
CinnyDearest: it's over! i'm breaking up with you
luke awol: food divorce
CinnyDearest: it's not you. it's me
luke awol: from your food husband
CinnyDearest: i'm divorcing you
CinnyDearest: me and my fat
luke awol: shut up! (that lawyer looks great on you)
I love my job. I get paid to do mostly nothing. My only beef is that I am not allowed to do that "nothing" in my room. I am forced to do my nothings in a mechanic's workshop, sitting in a hard chair, wearing clothing. (And you know how I hate to wear clothing.) The real physical labor of the day never begins before 8:30am. However, my boss (a.k.a. my favorite redneck) insists I show up to "work" at 7am so we can have an early start to our group nap and crossword puzzle. I compromise and show up at 7:30am. I guess if Tom fires me, he can stare at Dave Wingrove's legs and Jamil's chest all day.
I guess I shouldn't complain about my job. My job description is "assisting" my boss, Tom. I do, technically, assist him with the crossword puzzle and, occasionally, the jumble.
Inspired by the lovely phone conversation Ben and I had last night, I wrote him a letter to accompany the stack of photographs I'm sending to him in Massachusetts. I made myself a Shirley Temple with the grenadine he gave me and I consumed a Hershey's Cookies & Cream Bar. Feeling rather complacent, I reminded myself to appreciate the small things in life.
Speaking of small things, someone got rid of a perfectly good baby and tossed it in a dumpster in Irondequoit. I can only imagine how horrified Laura must feel right now. She lives at the apartment complex where the infant was found. She likes babies a lot and doesn't like it when someone tosses them in dumpsters.
In my two-person computer class, I came across a picture of my friend David in my online photo album. He ran the Los Angeles Marathon this year and I was very proud of him.
David running the LA Marathon
David and I met each other in debate camp in 1995. (He's the debate nerd; I'm just a debate loser.) My best friend Kim - who also attended the camp - coincidentally transferred to his high school shortly after the camp ended. They had a two-year relationship, and naturally, David and I became friends.
In Los Angeles, I was addicted to his company and we socialized almost everyday. No film went unwatched. No late night diner went unpatroned. I have always been able to rely on David to listen to my crap. "In due time" he responds. Which actually means "stop complaining, you whiny twit." But I appreciate the sympathy. David saves me when I don't have money, or a ride, or company. He always has good advice when it comes to school, job, and life. He loves eating foods from all over the world and never ever complains about driving long distances. A part of me wishes that my situation doesn't work out and I would be forced to return to LA so I can live with my friend again. David Tom - my consolation prize.
IN DUE TIME, everyday, all of my heroes will have their tributary paragraphs as this online log is a record of my day, and my days are not possible without all the people who save me without expectations or reservations.
Posted by Luke at 1:07 AM
Thursday, May 27, 2004
So I was told today that yesterday's blog entry was boring. I'll try to spruce it up a little bit. We haven't been doing anything exciting these last couple days because I'm in the process of moving.
Anyway, Laura visited me at work today. We're planning to go garage sale hopping on Saturday. Sunday we might go to Lollipop Farm again. Cindy also visited me at work, she brought me packing tape and shampoo for my gym trips.
When I got out of work, I went right to my new apartment and walked around a little bit. It felt really good to be close to everything, close to work, close to Cindy and Laura, close to Rochester, close. I talked for awhile with my neighbor, he's a physic professor at UR part time. He said he's the poorest professor I'll ever meet. He looked ragged. Poor guy. But at least now I know I can enter my apartment through the parking lot door and that I have a little patio if I want to sit outside. It's pretty cool.
I dropped off a couple things in the trunk to make room for my packing. I went home and ate some leftovers. I couldn't find my bread from last night, so I asked Cindy if she'd seen it. She took it and ate it today. I think I made her feel bad, but that wasn't my intention. I was just looking forward to some bread! We had something like 6 6" french bread rolls left.
Jake got home and we played Champions of Norath for 10 minutes and then he left. He came back with Rachael and Kristen, they ordered pizza and I started packing. They asked if I wanted some so I paid $5 and ate a couple slices. Jake later told me I ate more pizza than I paid for and made me once again feel like an idiot. I asked him why he complains about everything. I'd give him more money if he needed it. But I did just host a picnic for all my friends, including him. You'd think he'd forgive a buck or two.
Enough complaining. So I packed for the rest of the night, loaded my car up to the brink and am headed to bed. I watched 5 hours of TV that I've taped over the past 9 days. It looks like I'm only got 14 hours to go. Tomorrow I need to go to the apartment after work to wait for the cable guy around 3:30. Garry is letting me out early.
Posted by Luke at 11:40 PM
I'm extremely lethargic today. I really haven't even stood up since I came into work today. Kinda nice not to have to see anyone this morning. I watched the season finale of Enterprise last night before bed. Pretty good, pretty weird. I have a bunch of errands to run today, including returning a library book and mailing my license address change form. I can't remember my license plate number and I forgot to look on the way in. Arg.
I'm headed to the gym in a couple minutes with Anesa and Susan. I think I'm going to go right home after work to start packing. I have a load of stuff to pack. The previous tenant of my current apartment is finally dropping off the keys today, so I'll be able to drop stuff off tomorrow.
There isn't anything interesting in the news today. This week is dragging on.
Posted by Luke at 11:45 AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
I get paid 25 dollars an hour. Actually, I get paid around 6 dollars an hour for eight hours of work, but I only work two hours a day but still get paid for 8 anyway. I feel my absimal productivity is justified by my meager wages. I wake up around 7:20am to make it to work by 7:30am, just in time for our group morning nap and crossword puzzle. I gathered much summer booty with my new coworker, Jamill, while we inspected (inspected = rummage & pilfered) Crosby.
Because Luke and I don't see each other enough, we celebrated the last week in his present apartment with a party of cold cuts and cheese. SURPRISE, LAURA!
Two days ago I burned my thigh on the lamp Benny gave me. Thanks, Benny. Hijo de puta. My burn has changed many colors: beginning with a burning red, then a blister white, finally a blushing blue. Never experiencing a burn before, I asked if this would be the final and permanent color. Laura explained that it would actually remain white and it would spread to the rest of my body. I now fear I will soon lose my ability to dance to the beat and maintain a culture.
Laura: Yes, but at least you'll get to sit at the lunch counter.
Thanks, Laura. Thank you for taking pictures of my burn while I contorted myself into pornographic positions.
Jake asked if I enjoyed anal sex. I gave him my answer and explained why. That's all you need to know. This exciting and informative conversation was followed by Jake shoving a cob of corn into Laura's underwear. Not new to me, Laura was shocked, however.
Laura: Living with Jake is like having corn up the ass.
Hey Laura, it's got to get there somehow.
Posted by Luke at 11:13 PM
So last night Jake and I played Champions of Norath until 12:30 in the morning. When I woke up, he wasn't awake yet. I cooked breakfast and watched TV like I usually do and I finally got up to wake him up. He freaked, got up, washed his face and left. He said I should have woken him up 30 minutes earlier.
I got to work and go to work on DARS and MVS stuff. Real boring to everyone else. But I asked Emily, Katie, Janina and Susan about what I should do for our dinner. They all had a wide range of suggestions, from casserole to Dinosaur BBQ to cold cuts. I decided on cold cuts. So I made a grocery list and made plans for after work.
I really don't know how the day went so fast, but it did. Emily and I went to the gym at noon. Not anything exciting, but while I was changing, a guy sat right next to me and started talking to me. He's like "isn't it always the way that when two guys are in a locker room, they'll always be right next to each other?" Umm.. buddy, you came after me.
But going to the gym 10 minutes of noon sure does give you breathing room when you're showering. No big rush to make it back by 1.
Cindy called and I had a long conversation with her about some people she's talked to in the past couple of days. Then my sister called and talked to me about harassing voice mails. Then I talked to my mother. Then I talked to like 10 companies about address changes and such. Yeah, I got a lot of work done. It's a slow week, so kill me! :)
I also got my car insurance reduced since I won't be using my car to drive to work anymore. I'm canceling my parking Monday. They're crediting me $15 for parking and GEICO is crediting me $50 for walking to work from now on.
Cindy and I headed to Wegmans and I bought a ton of food for the picnic. Ranging from cold cuts to vegetables to chips and dip. I also bought sweet corn. We went to the apartment around 6:05 and our guests were going to start arriving at 7. We hurriedly cooked, making macaroni salad, spreading out the cold cuts, cutting the bread, preparing the beans and divvying up the ice. It was quite a spread. Laura, Luke and Jake all arrived around the same time. Kristen also came home (after being away for a long long time).
We all laughed, talked, joked and whatever for several hours. Cindy showed off her burn mark, Luke talked on his cell phone for two hours, Laura was funny as always and I just quietly worked on my computer. We had a great time.
Jake & Cindy
Laura & Luke
Jake was in the bathroom for most of the time. Well, he just corrected me, he was only in the bathroom for 25 minutes. However, when he got out and we were packing things up, he tried to stick a corn cob down everyone's pants. Laura said, "I don't think I've ever had corn down there!"
They all left around 10, after Fantasia won the American Idol competition. By the way, the other night when I said the Hawaiian girl, I meant the girl that auditioned in Hawaii. Sorry to those I confused.
We're just sitting in the living room discussing everything and anything. I think Kristen is happy my friends are gone. We were talking about how Jake always wants his way when he wants it but doesn't respond when others ask things of him. For example, I asked him if he wanted to play video games. He said no. However, he's asked me to play video games the last 3 days. I asked him if he'd skip an autocross for Rachael and he replied: I wouldn't skip the autocross even if Rachael was in the hospital.
Wow, you picked a winner Rach! (By the way, thanks for checking out my blog.)
We'll see what tomorrow brings. I need to start packing.
Posted by Luke at 10:18 PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
I went to the gym. Bah, gym. However, since I went to lunch, I missed my usual gym lunch time. So after 45 minutes at the gym, Cindy and I hung out at her place for awhile. It started raining. She finished cleaning and we went back to Burton. We watched American Idol for awhile.. ugh.. that 2nd girl was gawd-awful. I hope the first Hawaiian girl wins. I agreed with Simon tonight. I don't even watch this show and I have an opinion.
I collected a bunch of boxes from Cindy for my move this weekend (I have to pack Wednesday or Thursday) and headed home. I started a load of laundry, started planning the dinner party with Jake, Laura, Luke, Cindy and I and chatted with Jake some. He talked and talked and talked.. blah blah blah (I told him I'd write this). He really didn't have anything interesting to say.
We talked about Rachael, his new place (He's living a full hour plus away from his job. Rach is 5 minutes walking from her job) and a variety of other topics. He just got back from a run and was soaking wet and tired. He laid on the floor and put his legs up and started wriggling in pain. Very weird. We talked about the blog and how we now have a loyal fan base (hi Laura, hi Emily, hi the 35 other people that read this every day).
He did say something moderately funny (I miss Cindy and our funny quotes):
Jake: I don't want to get out of these wet clothes... they're so cold.
Luke: Uhhh.. that would be a perfect reason to get out of them.
Jake: Not when I stand like this.... (see picture below)
We're going to play some video games now. My laundry is done. Talk to you tomorrow.
Posted by Luke at 9:39 PM
This has been an uneventful day so far. Today was a long day, it was slow and it was painful. Well, not so much painful as boring.
My mother came to town and we went to Peligrinos for lunch. We both got chili. Now you know where I get it from, right? We talked about a wide range of topics, plus the great dinner we had with Cindy the other night. Plus, she showed me the article in the paper about how she saved that dog.
"Now remember, it's a small dog." you read my mom saying. She instructed him on doing the heimlich.
"Is he okay? I think he's okay, he's biting us now." the guy onthe other line responds.
I had fun with mom, for sure. She went and donated blood.
Later, I did take a moment to find a great deal on a cell phone on ebay. It comes with a bunch of cool stuff AND the cable to hook my laptop up to it to use as a modem. That's great, seeing how I can connect to the net now with my new knowledge.
It's a Motorola. And if I don't like it, I can turn around and sell it or give it as a gift to someone. Cindy and I are off to her room, apparently, ResLife yelled at her for not cleaning it. So we'll go clean, then we'll hang, then I'm going home for one night this week and just veg.
Posted by Luke at 6:42 PM
So Jake said he wouldn't be staying with me this summer after all, after he told me he would and I signed the lease. That's really a shame, I only took this place because he said he'd be staying a couple nights a week.
Cindy burned herself really badly last night. I haven't seen it yet, but it apparently started blistering almost immediately and she's peeling. I gave her the advice I have, I hope she's okay.
Mom is coming to town today to give blood. I'm going to try to meet her for lunch. We'll see if Garry lets me take a longer lunch. He shouldn't mind, but you never know.
Not really looking forward to today, it's gonna be a long one.
Posted by Luke at 7:58 AM
Because we don't spend enough time together, Luke and I went to historic Irondequoit looking for dirt. I mean, soil. We went to the Irondequoit Bureau of Tourism looking for suggestions to absorb the culture and rapidly we were on our way to the Walmart. I went to McDonald's and took my food to the Taco Bell next door where Luke was eating burritos for the sixteenth day in a row. It's the American Way.
A gardener I am not. I don't know if I killed Benny's cilantro plant, but I certainly had no idea how to save it. My new hobby - aside from praying for miracles and sleeping on bare mattresses - will now be cultivating my baby chili pepper and basil plants. This summer I will try to keep my touch of death away from plants, and keep it safely to thoughts of babies and my dreams of happiness.
Me: Magic 8 Ball, will I see Luke again tomorrow?
Magic 8 Ball: Outcome Certain. Luke is the only one around who tolerates your sh*t. The man should be cannonized.
Posted by Luke at 12:06 AM
Monday, May 24, 2004
Work was long, slow and kinda nice. Cindy visited me for awhile. We talked about plants, Jamil the ex-ICLCer turned summer mechanic, and plants and perhaps watching a movie tonight. I suggested "Super Size Me", a documentary about a guy who ate only McDonald's for a month.
I was looking to getting my Earthlink Cable internet disconnected but they asked if they could give me a free month instead. Whatever, at least I'll have an easy transition from the old apartment to the new. I can keep the cable modem while I move and give it back before they give me a new one on the new account. Hopefully I can get the $30/month deal again at the new place.
Cindy and I left Rochester for Irondequoit in search of planting material. Laura suggested we check out a couple small green hatcheries in the areas. But she was eating dinner, so we decided to waste time at Walmart, our Rochester getaway. However, after getting slightly misdirected off of 104, I found my way to Taco Bell. But we didn't go to just Taco Bell, the McDonald's was right next door. So Cindy got McD and I got tacobell and we ate like kings. However, it was really slow, the ice machine was haunted and they gave me the two largest bean burritos I have ever seen. These things put Ragin' Burrito to shame.
We went to Walmart and found soil, seeds, cat toys (for my new kitten next week) and bikes. I'm still not sure which bike to buy, we'll see. Mom has offered $100 toward a bike, so I need to pick one soon. I ain't walking to work. Well, I might. I do need to workout more. Doesn't Cindy look good on this bike?
Gas was only $2.07 at the SuperKiss, so I filled up. We then found our way back to 104 and stopped at Laura and Luke's place. We stayed a long time, watched TV, played on the computers, talked, drank all their water and soda. I told Luke about the Verizon Wireless Quick2Connect service, qnc, that is included with all Verizon phone plans. It lets you connect your laptop to the internet through the cell phone for free any time anywhere while in their digital network. We worked for 2 hours to get it working. We couldn't get it to work. It would connect, but our username/password was wrong.
I gave up, we left, I dropped Cindy off, and returned home. Luke called and told me he finally got it to work, the username and password were both qnc. Argh! The one combo we didn't try. Alas, now I can spread the news.
Off to bed, while Jake is cheating his way to the top of Champions of Norath without me. I invited him to a small picnic I want to hold Thursday or Wednesday at our apartment, but he didn't think he could make the time to spend dinner with his friends. Hopefully Laura and Cindy are interested, otherwise I'll be eating along come the picnic!
Directions: Place rocks or broken clay pieces in bottom of pot. Cover with soil.
Cindy: So what should I put in the bottom of the flower pot instead of that?
Luke: Perhaps pieces of your broken heart?
Cindy: Or my hopes and dreams?
Posted by Luke at 11:27 PM
I discovered why the vapid sitcom Full House ran for 8 years while I was staying at Luke's House Saturday Night. While everyone was sleeping, I was in the living room looking for comfort from cable television. I watched Full House and loved every minute of it because IT REQUIRES NO THINKING! Two married couples and a single bachelor choosing to live together in one Bay area house with five children makes perfect sense at five in the morning.
Breakfast at Brockport Diner. Kittens at Lollypop Farm. (Cats are the Devil's spawn). And because we feel we don't eat enough, and because Luke feels like he doesn't feed me enough, and because we don't eat there enough, Luke took me to Golden Port. When I die, I want to be wrapped in rice paper nestled in a bed of rice noodles, my head resting on a pile of fresh basil leaves.
Later that night, I was pelted by bricks of loneliness. Sean Martell took me to the Elmwood Inn where we drank a pitcher of Yeung Ling (highly recommended), took a kamikaze shot with a tequila sunrise chaser. In our drunkeness, we flung plastic darts at a wall that seemed to be made of teflon. Or maybe we just suck at darts. Oh, and vodka. We had more vodka. Why does drinking alcohol at two in the morning seem like such a great idea when work begins at 7am?
Thanks Luke. Thanks Sean. You two are much better than Nick at Nite.
Posted by Luke at 8:16 PM
Not to get too geeky, but during a break from programming, I started looking for a cable to hook my cell phone up to my laptop. Wow, they're like $69 for a small little cable. On ebay, they're a little cheaper, around $40. I'm not that anxious to connect my laptop up to my 15 cents/min cell phone, but it would also allow me to backup my contacts on my cell and install new ringtones.
However, while searching ways to connect a laptop to a cell phone I came across a guy who lives out of his RV and decided to build his own rudimentary connection system.
Take your phone off the hook (The phone that's only plugged into your modem) and grab a cellular headset. Take the part you press into your ear and tapes the earpice to the mouthpiece of the phone, then take the microphone part of the cellular hands free and tape that part to the hearing [speaker] part of the phone.This guy is fascinating! He actually hooked up a handset to his computer, taped the earpiece of a headset of a cell phone to the phone and got his computer to connect. His only downside: when his wife vacuums, the phone picks it up and disconnects. I'd try it, but I think I'd rather buy the cord than waste money on a project. There's cheap Luke poking his ugly head out again.
Then dial your local access number [The one you call when your own your home computer]
Try to hold the earpiece of the handsfree up to your ear. As soon as you hear that terrible screetching noise click DIAL CELLULAR, the laptop will then wait 2 seconds and send out the calling tone that the internet service provider is waiting for.
Before you know it it says connected and you will be happy as can be.
Posted by Luke at 3:56 PM
I really need to master this whole getting up in the morning thing. I woke up this morning 20 minutes late, so I was rushed out the door without lunch (I grabbed a couple cereal bars Cindy gave me last week).
I've been changing my address for different things in my life to the new apartment, bank, credit cards, paypal, etc when I came across a promotion for a VISA World Shopping Tour in Milan, Paris, London, Buenos Aires or Tokyo. All I have to do is use my VISA debit card... a lot. It's worth $150,000 and includes accommodations for four people, so I could take three friends.
I'm trying to think who I would take. I would of course take Laura and Cindy. But who to take as the 3rd? I could take Jake, but I don't know how much fun he'd be on the trip. There are a couple other people I could take, but I just don't know. This is a hard decision. I'll have to think about it more.
Maybe Laura and Cindy and I could just go and we could spend the extra money they'd give us for not taking a 3rd person?
How nice it would be to travel the world and be free.
Posted by Luke at 11:15 AM
Sunday, May 23, 2004
So I had a great Sunday afterall. Lollypop Farm was terrific. I met a bunch of kittens, one of which I hope to adopt next week. I've got a bit of work before I can do that, but that's not too bad. We also walked around and met some horses, including one that was extremely thin and sick. Cindy liked that one a lot and would adopt it for sure if she could. However, her dorm room is a bit small.
After explaining the finer points of egg differences and pot belly pig intelligence, we moved on to Golden Port. We had a great meal, including some samples of some "extra" food that Wayne had in the back. We went back to Cindy's room and moved some more of her stuff. I swear, for someone that has so little, she has a ton of stuff. And its heavy! After moving it up 16 floors in Burton, I returned home to an anxiously waiting Jake.
After cleaning my room, eating a little dinner and running a couple errands, we went outside and took some pictures of his tires (he needed them to get feedback from car people on the internet).
It started to rain and a thunder and lightning storm hit quickly. Meanwhile, we started playing Champions of Norath, a game that is taking us forever to finish. It's like a 100 hour game and we're only on hour 12. However, I got some laundry done. I finally found my cell phone, it was hidden in the recliner.
Amazing how fun my life was this weekend, huh?
Posted by Luke at 11:18 PM
After a great breakfast with Jake, shopping at the video game store, then the dollar general, then the used cd's store, Cindy and I are sitting in CLARC. We're headed to Lollypop Farm to see their selected, since I will be adopting a cat next week sometime. Although I doubt I'll adopt one there, I'm keeping my options open. The animal shelter where my mother lives usually has kittens. Wish us luck.
Posted by Luke at 1:17 PM
So, after a loud and stormy night, we got up and sat in the living room. Cindy had just gone to bed around 6 so Jake and I woke her up by talking and watching the weather channel. I'm surfing the web when I get breaking news.
CNN.com - Bush falls on bike ride - May 22, 2004
Yes, thank you CNN, I needed to rush to the website to see this. We're gonna go to breakfast, but it depends on if Cindy is awake enough.
Posted by Luke at 10:10 AM
Empty dormitories lead to uninhibited showering practices. The early morning began well. My fears of showering alone were quelled by one Mr. ChrisSinclair. It was expectedly platonic. Without physical contact, we held a watery 40-minute conversation on a variety of topics, including prefered showering methods, his internship in Texas, and manipulative marketing practices of the hygiene product industry.
ChrisSinclair believes there are too many chemicals in body soap, so he vowed when he invents a new body soap, there would only be two ingredients: water, and soap. Soap to make the water soapy, and water to make the soap "liquidy." It's a good thing you have a 4.0 in mechanical engineering, because I doubt your success in the emulsifying agents industry. On a sentimenal note, I'm watching The Best of Christopher Walken on SNL. ChrisSinclair and I love him and I wish I could be with ChrisSinclair right now. I missed you even before you left my door.
I hope you're sitting down, because you're not going to believe this: Luke and I went out today. Yes, I know. We saw Shrek 2 in Brockport in a theatre full of children. At the first high-pitched scream, I wanted to shove my hand inside my womanly cavity and rip out my uterus.
While I'm in the habit of shocking all of you, Luke and I went to Taco Bell again. Third day in a row. We should get frequent-visitor cards, or a free burrito, or a roll of toilet paper or something. I'll talk to a manager about that tomorrow...when we go again.
Luke: it's going to be so busy at work next week.
Me: Why? What's going on?
Luke: My boss gave me, like, five things to do.
Me: Wow, so now you'll have, like, five things to do.
Luke is the only person in the world who doesn't think I'm an asshole.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring. Oh, hey, more Luke! The days have just become fodder for my blog. My life is blog fodder. Blog Fodder. hee hee. Say it out loud. It's so funny. I mean it. Do it now. Blog Fodder. hee hee.
Posted by Luke at 12:28 AM
Saturday, May 22, 2004
So Cindy and I went to see Shrek 2 at the Strand in Brockport. This was after I drove to Rochester and waited outside the dorm forever for someone to let me know. I don't know Cindy's new number yet (well, now I do).
We went to the Strand in Brockport and watched Shrek 2. It was pretty good, except the ending sucked. Probably because the film caught fire and burned and they had to take 25 minutes to play the last 5 minutes of the movie. Half the theatre got up and left.
We went to Mark's Pizzaria and ate a slice of pizza. Seeing how I'm cheap, we went to Walmart to buy bottles of soda. We also got taco bell. We returned to the apartment and watched TV with Jake. Then Jurrasic Park came on and we're watching that. Jake offered ice cream and other stuff (well, we asked for it) so we're just hanging out.
Apparently there is a severe lightning storm with tornados going on. They won't stop telling us on the TV. Cindy is singing and plucking, it's real nice. Jake asked Cindy to cuddle, Cindy asked Jake to shower.
Posted by Luke at 8:38 PM
Woke up, my room-mates stuff was mostly gone... its really weird to see everything gone or going. At least I'm still all here.. for at least a couple more days.
Watched TV for awhile and now I'm off to go furniture shopping for the new apartment. I got a really nice shelf from Crosby that somebody left behind. It's great quality. Now to find some other nice stuff. I haven't planned what the new place will look like, but I definately want it to look more home-like than dorm-like.
So I'm off. I'm picking Cindy up around 4:30 to come back to Brockport to watch Shrek 2. That should be fun. Maybe we'll do Taco Bell again.
Posted by Luke at 3:39 PM
I only associate with people who can make lactose udderly fascinating. Get it? Shut up. (That shirt looks great on you.) Evidently, the angry, "punky" Canadian, Avril Lavigne, has attributed her embittered and hateful lyrics to her consumption of too many carbohydrates. (I attribute her bad lyrics to lack of insight, life experience, and oh, talent. But what do I know? I'm not a music snob.) Miss Lavigne has found peace in her new organic, low-carb diet. We can only look forward to a lighter, more effervescent, brand of dribble - as opposed to her customary morose, yet pointless, dribble.
Back to the lactose. Available for your misguided consumption, American Dairy Farmers introduce Low-Carb Milk! Now you can enjoy your milk with slightly less guilt. However, Luke astutely pointed out that the carbohydrates in milk come from lactose, and lactose-free milk has been available for quite some time.
Luke: People can just drink lactose-free milk!
Cindy: Or don't drink milk at all, like me. But I don't drink it because I can't afford it.
Luke: And some people don't drink milk because it leads to more risky behavior.
Thank you, Luke, for making fun of my weakness, poverty, and penchant for dairy.
Today, both Luke and ChrisSinclair helped me move from the basement of Crosby to Burton 3, which is actually Burton 4, but seems like 5. Whatever. The point is that we all went to eat and I didn't pay BECAUSE I'M A BIG FUCKING LOSER WHO HASN'T PAID FOR A MEAL IN THREE YEARS! The shame goes away after the first year - it really does. I almost wear it like a badge. My new room is great. It's four flights up, very very hot with one window, and much much smaller than my old room. Yep, I got it made. I stood up from kissing my rats and banged my head on the ceiling. Now I know what Luke feels like.
LukeyLuke and I mosied on over to the Mecca of Rochester (Walmart) to pick up my pictures of Benny. Three roles of film dedicated to someone who never cared about me. Hey, I look great. Sheila looks great and Luke looks great which is the most important thing. Remember kids, personalities fade but good looks are forever.
We jet to Luke Osborne's house where Laura and I make fun of Luke Fischer's extremely bad memory. His feelings were hurt, but I doubt that he even remembers any of it by now. Not that we cared. hee hee. In the car, we decided that Laura likes to boil babies in a tub and make them into soap.
I am currently blogging at ChrisSinclair's apartment. ChrisSinclair (one word) - he's more hair than funny. He's the only person in the world who doesn't laugh at Luke's jokes. He lacks the gene which enables people to appreciate the absurd.
Luke, when are we going to start losing weight again? Damn you and your job! Your employment status is making me fat!
Sheila: What business does a hispanic girl have going tanning? Why does Cindy go tanning???
Luke: To make her teeth look whiter.
Luke: Thanks for making me laugh before bed.
Me: Thanks for making me fat.
Good night, Luke. May you have sweet nerdy dreams about your creepy caucasian aliens. Zzzzzz
Posted by Luke at 12:27 AM
Friday, May 21, 2004
It seems like I never go home after work anymore.. not that that's bad. I went to Emily's apartment to see if her old computer was good enough to buy for my sister for college, who is attending this fall. It's pretty good, except the hard drive I brought to put into the machine needed to be formatted, and it took 10 minutes to get to 1%. So I moved it to the external case and tried again and it was 10 minutes and it hit 1%. Poor Emily had to sit through all my jokes.
After Emily, I headed back to campus to help Cindy move to Burton. Chris Sinclair was already helping her move and they moved more than half the stuff already. So I helped move a couple things and Cindy got zapped by the tv when she was unhooking it. Then we went out to dinner at Taco Bell. We've eaten there like 4 times this week. I think I'm done with tacos for awhile.
I don't think Chris Sinclair liked my jokes too much, he didn't seem to laugh much. He dropped us off at campus and Cindy and I moved more stuff and set her room a little. Laura and Luke called and we made plans to visit them. We went to WalMart to finally pick up the pictures and the guy behind the counter had no idea what was going on. He was from another department, so every answer to our question was "Yeah, sure. I think. Yeah." I think we could have asked him anything and we would have gotten the same answer.
The cashier we checked out with was amazed that I was happy.
Cashier 'Harlet': Well, you're in a good mood tonight!
Luke: I'm always in a good mood.
Cindy: He's got this metobolic disorder that keeps him happy all the time.
We looked through all the pictures and a couple of them were pretty good! I'll post one later. We headed up North to Laura and Luke's and hung out with them for awhile. We of course stayed too late. I'm actually still here. Haha.
"Gah! You can't quote anyone right. This is our world (she gestures in a circular motion in the air)... and this is YOUR world (motions in another spot in the air)!" - Cindy, explaining how I can't quote anyone right.
Posted by Luke at 11:26 PM
So this afternoon I'm working on a todo listing that my boss gave me and one of the items was to get the backup server working on everyone's desktops. It's not hard, it was just time consuming. Well, I went to do it on Lynda's computer and since I know what I'm doing, I do it really fast. So before she knew anything, I was done and said this is what you do and this is where you go.
I confused her and she wanted it back the way it was. I explained I can't do that since Garry told me to do it this way. I then explained to her that shared files go on the H drive and personal files go on the F drive. She didn't want the whole staff seeing the files she shares with Lori and wanted me to change it back the way it was.
I told her I can't change it back, because "back" wasn't the way she's thinking. The files she though were private before weren't private. They were public on everyone's computers. So she got frustrated and said she wanted the shared files she put up put into her private folder. So I showed her and she moved them.
I told Garry that I was all set and she moved the files to her private area. He didn't like that. He looked at me and said "Move them back." in a very angry tone. Ugh. If she doesn't want files out in public, why can't she keep them private? Whatever, so I went back to Lynda and said "You're not gonna like this... I need to move them back to the shared folder." So after making her mad and making Garry mad, I went back to my office. Ugh, why do they put me in the middle of their rivalry? What did I ever do to them? :)
Posted by Luke at 4:23 PM
Susan and I ordered Chines instead of ordering from that high priced pizza place everyone else ordered from. Haha.. our food came at 12:15 after we ordered at 11:45. Their food came at 1:20 when they ordered at 10:00. Susan and I just ate and relaxed out in the lounge in Lattimore.
Tonight I'm looking at Emily's old computer then helping Cindy move to Burton. Ugh, 3rd floor! Maybe we'll go see Kill Bill 1.
Posted by Luke at 12:59 PM
Thursday, May 20, 2004
My boss, let me out a little early so I could go pick up my Aunt Deb from the airport. Cindy came with me and we headed to Waterloo. Deb was of course very funny. My sister called and asked if we wanted to go to dinner with her, my mother and Deb. Cindy saw some cows and wanted one for a pet.
So we drove for an hour and stopped at Taco Bell to see my Aunt Mary Joan and my grandmother. We chatted for awhile and then headed to Connie's diner for dinner. We ate for awhile, I had a turkey club and Cindy had a tuna melt. We told a lot of jokes and laughed a lot. Cindy and I headed back to Rochester in a lightning storm. I dropped her off and headed back to Brockport.
Now I'm just sitting in the living room with Jake, Kristen, Rachael and their friend. I said hi to Jake and he of course told me to shut up. Ahh.. this is the life.
(Describing the aliens in the tv show)
"Well, they were tall... played by women and very white." - Luke
"Oh god, those scary caucasian aliens!" - Cindy
"Well, you have a small tank." - Aunt Deb
"Excuse me??" - Luke
"We didn't want to bring it up Luke, but it had to happen." - Deb
Posted by Luke at 9:19 PM
I met Luke's mother, grandmother, and aunts today. Imagine Luke in a dress four times. Yes. They are all tall and hilarious. Hey, guess what? Luke fed me today! Such a nice surprise.
On a depressing note, I attending my Intro to Computer class pretending that I had the money to pay for it. We shall soon see.
I'm going to stare at my ceiling now, and will it to fall on me.
Posted by Luke at 9:03 PM
I just got back from the Atlanta Bread Company with Katie and Emily. I've never been there but it was a fantastic place to eat. Very clear and very nice food presentation. A little on the expensive side, though. But the conversation is always the high point when eating with Emily. :)
Katie told us a new pick up line she heard about at the bar she works at:
A guy walks up to a girl at the bar.
Guy: My watch tells me things.
Girl: Oh really?
Guy: Yeah, it's telling me that you're not wearing any underwear.
Girl: Whatever, I am too wearing underwear.
Guy: (Shakes wrist, listens to watch.) Oh, that's right, it's an hour ahead.
I read an interesting article on male eating disorders, something that's always on my mind. Obsessive exercise, low eating, bulemia, all important things to keep in perspective when trying to lose weight.
Researchers at the University of Central Florida released a study this month saying men who watched TV commercials of muscular actors felt unhappy about their own physiques. This "culture of muscularity" can be linked to eating disorders or steroid abuse, the researchers said.
Dr. Theodore Weltzin of Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, said one study showed 70 percent of high school males dieting.
It's amazing how hard it is to skirt the line of dieting and eating disorder.
Posted by Luke at 1:18 PM
Getting ready this morning reminded me of a funny story I didn't share from yesterday. I really should be leaving now to get to work on time, but whatever. Yesterday I woke up really late since I was out really late with Cindy. So I set my alarm to be about 10 minutes before I needed to leave. But guess who was running really late that day? Yep, Jake. He decided he was going to use the bathroom and then shower in the last 10 minutes of my morning, which he knows is when I shave and brush my teeth. So as soon as he was in the shower, I knocked and went in. Every time I used the hot water he would sqeel. It was pretty funny. Hot water on... Cue Jake. Hot water on... Cue Jake. Haha, serves him right to take my bathroom time.
Posted by Luke at 8:09 AM
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
So Cindy and I did our yearly Summer scavenge. We've done it every Summer since my Sophomore year Summer. We got a couple grocery bags and went from dorm to dorm in the quad and found food in kitchens and in lounges that people just left behind. Cindy had already looked through several buildings since she's working in the quad as a mechanic this Summer, but there was plenty of stuff left for the both of us. Gilbert and Hoeing were the big stashes, the others not so much.
I came home with 3 bags of food and a three tier shelf table. It's a nice end table and should fit into the new apartment nicely. Now just to find matching furniture, right?
We then promptly went out to taco bell. Cindy had a craving as she put it. Had a couple bean burritos. Went to walmart to pick up the film, but it won't be ready until Friday. I guess we'll go back Friday.
Hey, I heard on the radio that Darien Lake is having Mardi Gras weekend a week from this weekend. Should be fun, we should go.
Posted by Luke at 9:08 PM
So Cindy came by and needed to print some stuff out. She's trying to take a summer class and the applications and beurocracy is burdening. We just walked to the Finacial Aid office and that dude that was so rude to me when I took summer course was there to help.
He's so apathetic and demeaning. You tell him you need one thing and he'll tell you that you need something else. You tell him you want one thing and he'll hand you forms without seeing if you've filled them out. I don't like him, but they keep him because they have high turnover there.
So I wonder what tonight will bring, I don't have any plans. All I know is it's 5:00 and I'm done for the day!
Posted by Luke at 4:53 PM
So I'm sitting here in my office trying to work on some Cobol issues and I'm thinking to myself, I think I'd rather me home right now. I got back from working out at the gym during my lunch hour. Very busy today at the gym, it was luck that I got on a machine at all. I think I'm gonna head to my mother's place this weekend to hang out. Not sure yet. I need to start packing soon for my move next week. Oye.
Cindy: How did you get those bruises?
Luke: I had an opinion?
Posted by Luke at 2:26 PM
After work Yakiv and I went to the landlord's office and I signed the lease. I hadn't intended to actually sign a lease, but he said if I didn't, he was planning to raise the rent $20 and also start showing the apartment to interested parties.
Well, I don't really want people in my apartment when I'm not there, and I really don't want strangers there when I am home! But anyway, so I signed it for 12 months. At least this way, it'll be over in May next year, in case I get a chance in job or something. We'll see.
I went back to UR to try to comfort Cindy, but instead we went and ate at a Japanese hibachi restaurant. Woah, it was a lot of food. I ordered the tofu dinner and Cindy ordered the steak dinner. I chuckled when the cook asked how I wanted my steak done. Apparently, I'm not the de facto tofu eater.
We left there and headed to Walmart to drop off finished rolls of film for Cindy. I checked the movie times and we chose to go see Kill Bill 1. I haven't seen it yet. So we walked around the store looking at stuff for a little bit to waste some time when we realized the movie started 45 minutes ago. So we chose Troy, the new movie with Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom.
We bought some candy (heath bites) and headed to Regal in Henrietta. Cindy was cold so I gave her my only sweatshirt in the car, an ugly red Nebraska thing. I wore a leather coat my Aunt gave me and stuffed the candy and soda into the coat. We looked like hicks walking into the theater.
We got into the theater and to our surprise, Raqella was there with her friend. It brightened Cindy up and we sat with them. Cindy proclaimed I was funny to sit with in the movie theater and to our delight, we found out all four of us like to talk during the movies. It seems we no longer watch slides before a movie, but full fledge commercials. So after 25 minutes of commercials and another 10 minutes of movie previews, the movie started.
It was pretty good. I like most movies, so when I say its good, people like Jake may hate it. Whatever. There were lots of battles, lots of blood, lots of fighting. It was great and Brad Pitt did a good job in his role as Achillies. So after 3 HOURS of watching nonstop action, I dropped Cindy off and went home to bed.
Cindy: Do you have side impact air bags?
Me: No, I only have underneath and in-back air bags. So if we get hit by a rocket from behind, we'll be okay.
Posted by Luke at 12:32 AM
Monday, May 17, 2004
Sunday, May 16, 2004
After the ceremony I was feeling kinda like crap cause I wasn't invited to Jake's graduation celebration, but whatever. Laura and Luke throw a much better dinner party and they had tacos! So I headed there and hung out. Laura and Luke seem to always do the right things at the right time.
Laughing, crying, Simpsons. A good night at the Osborne/Cowan's shack. :)
"One of my co-workers drinks your tea." Me
"Salada?" Other Luke
"That'salata Salada." Laura
Posted by Luke at 9:30 PM
Ahh! I woke up an hour late. I volunteered to Usher at the University Commencement ceremony and completely forgot to set the alarm. I rushed to UR to find that even though I was late, I could still help out. Laurel put me in the handicapped section to help people in wheelchairs. When I arrived, there were already 10 people standing around doing nothing.
It was one stinking cold morning. I wore my new shirt and tie from yesterday and my new boots (I find that they are one size too small and now I can't return them.. ugh, oh well). I sat through the hour long ceremony. The CEO of Warner Brothers gave the commencement address, apparently he's also part of the board of trustees. He was talking about all the WB's movies, shows, etc, etc and then got political. While I agreed with him on almost every issue, it really wasn't the best time to be giving this speech. It didn't relate to the graduates at all. I'm glad my graduation was a bit better, even if they did ask us for money during the ceremony!
I went to the free brunch they offered and then went to Susan's ASL ceremony. Very interesting and light hearted. A bit less mellow than the Computer Science ceremony I had during my graduation. :) I then went and found Sheila and her family and hung around them until the ceremony for Psych in Strong. Very logn ceremony.. so many people in that department. But it was nice and it was for Sheila. Except her father now thinks I'm her boyfriend. He asked me about a ring? Oh boy. The Psych reception was in a really small enclosed area and I had to fight for a cookie. Not my idea of a celebration, but whatever!
Posted by Luke at 5:35 PM
Posted by Luke at 5:34 PM
Saturday, May 15, 2004
I went shopping with Laura today. We met up around 1:00 at Old Navy. I bought a couple Luke-esque tshirts for the summer. We headed to marketplace and I bought a couple pairs of shoes (sandals and boots). I also bought 2 new dress shirt/tie combos at JCPenny. They're pretty nice, I look forward to wearing them next week at work.
Laura and I went and picked up Luke at CompUSA (I love that store...). While I was there, I picked up Krispy Kream donuts for a graduation present to Jake and Kristen. I felt bad I couldn't give any to Laura and Luke. I suppose I could have gotten a couple extra. :) We headed to park lot, dropped off two cars (Luke's and mine) and headed to the Lilac festival. It was freakin cold, but we managed to buy a candle and Luke bought a bird house gourd.
We ate Nick Tahou's garbage plates (a must at the Lilac festival) and then headed back to our cars. I went looking for Cindy and Sheila, but they were both out to dinner. So I headed back to the apartment and hung out for the rest of the night.
Posted by Luke at 11:27 PM