November 2006

Day Off

Dad dropped me off at Tulane a bit early this afternoon so I had time to get some lunch before my afternoon class. Without that much time to spare or an adventurous mood, I just ate at the bubble. While I was there I spoke to Bianca on the phone. She was in town for the holiday and we arranged to meet downtown this afternoon. During today’s architecture class, we watched the rest of “The End of Suburbia.” I was disappointed he didn’t ask the class what we thought of the film as it deprived me the opportunity to state I thought the documentary was a poorly headlined, fear-mongering piece of shit. Class was dismissed early at about 1:20. I just missed a shuttle downtown and the next one didn’t come until an hour later. I eventually met up with Bianca at Wendy’s shortly before three. She wanted to go to a gem and lapidary shop in the quarter so we walked there. I’ve been to the place with her on several occasions. I’ve never bought anything there myself before today. I got my first bit of Christmas shopping done. After browsing around in there for what seemed like an hour, we wandered over to the French Market. I very seldom find myself in the quarter during the day so I haven’t been to the Market is quite some time. At the moment I can’t think of ever visiting there while actually living here. After leaving the French Market we went to Caf Du Monde for a short while to sit down and spoil our dinner. After leaving there, Bianca wanted to go back to the gem shop and we did. I can’t say I was thrilled by the idea. After another 20 minutes in there, Bianca bought $1.64 worth of rocks. After leaving there again we walked to Canal Place. I wanted to see how the mall was coming along and perhaps say hi to Christy if she was working at the theater this evening. We walked through the mall a short while. We went though Saks, which must have reopened rather recently. After leaving the mall we walked back towards Jackson Square to Muriel’s where we had dinner this evening. This was my first time at this particular restaurant. We arrived at about six, it was rather quiet there this evening. I had the Dijon mustard crusted salmon, which was pretty good. As I suspected however, I wasn’t overwhelmingly fond of fish with a cream sauce. Bianca had a pork dish, which was considerably more intimidating than my choice. After dinner we caught a cab home. I wanted to stay out later and hear some music but Bianca needed to be home early. When I arrived home, Aunt Lauren and Arien were there. They were in town for the holiday and staying with us a couple days. Later that evening, I watched Truman.

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Weekend + Monday

The week thus far has had an unproductive feel to it with Thanksgiving this week. There hasn’t been much going on at the office this week, especially since it will be closed Thursday and Friday. Attendance was dismal in both my classes held early this week. This past Saturday was pretty uneventful with the exception of a certain college football game. Dad didn’t go to the Tulane game this week nor did I. They did win against Central Florida though, 10-9. I watched the Michigan State/Ohio State game on TV this afternoon. Beyond the fact that it’s a huge rivalry, my brother goes to Michigan so it was worth watching. Ohio State won, barely. Dad, Andrew and I went to the Saints game this afternoon versus the Cincinnati Bengals. It was not a particularly enjoyable game. Even though the Saints didn’t play too badly, they were killed by three turnovers and lost in spite of over 500 passing yards by Drew Brees, a new record. I worked a couple hours on Monday before going to History of Radio class this evening. Monday night’s session covered public radio, which the professor is intimately acquainted with. We also discussed the paper we’d be writing. Dad picked me up downtown that night.

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Just Another Catch-Up Post

As it’s been quite some time since I posted here daily, I should probably think about altering the name of this log. I originally figured I’d have more to talk about being back in school, but college is back to being routine and I seldom find it worth posting about. I see I haven’t posted much of anything this month, leaving about two weeks to cover. Life has pretty much been par for the course lately with few exceptions. There was the election last Tuesday which was a big deal. I voted but it looks like Congressman Jefferson is going to be reelected anyway. On the national level, I don’t mind saying I was disappointed with the outcome. I was downright bummed Tuesday night. It didn’t take long to feel better because it’s “show me something” time for the democrats and I doubt they’ll deliver. I think a lot of liberals were elected on the premise that they’d get us out of Iraq and that sure as hell ain’t happening any time soon. I’ve been going to work regularly with perhaps two exceptions since the last post. I worked at the west bank several days the past days. Patient flow has been light lately which hasn’t left me with all that much transcription to do. My classes are going fine. Last Tuesday’s was a ‘case study’ of the horrendous Portland Public Service Building. Last Thursday’s class was cancelled which sucked because I was on campus early so I basically blew a whole day just to be at Tulane for my evening class. This Tuesday’s class featured a video of the Millau Viaduct, a strikingly impressive bridge in France. In today’s class, the professor showed a documentary called The End of Suburbia. I didn’t find the much of the movie reflected the title however. I t was pretty much an hour of fear-mongering about the end of oil. After no class the Monday before last, the class gave presentations in ‘History of Radio.’ I spoke about the fairness doctrine, a dead FCC regulation. I think I did ok on it, I was expecting to fall apart mid way through because I didn’t have as a firm a grasp on the material as I would have liked. I finished watching Cowboy Bebop this week, which was a shame as it’s such a great show. I lauded it in a bit more detail in a previous post. I’m gonna wait a while before seeing the movie though. As I have been spending a lot of time watching this show I haven’t seen many movies in the last couple weeks. I ordered a number of computer parts this week in an effort to quiet down my desktop PC. I ordered an Antec P180 case, a new 500 watt Seasonic power supply, a new chipset heatsink and new Yate Loon fans. When I have all this stuff in hand I’ll have a few hours of ‘fun’ rebuilding my computer. I really do enjoy such work, although it often is a pain in the ass. As it’s an expensive hobby, I don’t do it often.

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900th Post – Week of October 30

I worked every day except Wednesday this week. Although I probably wouldn’t have worked that day anyway, I stayed home to wait for a FedEx shipment. I had a couple of tests for classes this week. The History of Radio class mid term was this Monday. I finished first, likely because my essay questions were sparse compared to my classmates. After the Ogden field trip, we had a take-home test in architecture, which I suppose was the mid term. It was the second test this semester. There were two ‘case studys’ in classes this week. Professor Barron spent an entire class on a building: Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier on Tuesday and the Town Hall at Saynatsalo by Alvar Aalto on Thursday. Both structures are interesting, although Villa Savoye is particularly fascinating as it looks like a post-modern home even though it’s 80 years old. This Thursday’s TV class was about television networks. I worked on Friday afternoon and was home in the evening. I didn’t watch many movies this week, as most of the time I reserve for that was spent watching Cowboy Bebop. I did see March of the Penguins, which was surprisingly fascinating, both by the subject matter and the fact that the filmmakers spent a year in Antarctica to shoot it.

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