Monday, July 26, 2004

My Friends Rock

In case I haven't mentioned that before...

This weekend was great :-)

I think last night was a complex mathematical proof by party-interaction that I have the best friends(and Mommy) in the whole world. After a raucous game of frisbee, we headed up to my Uncle's house for my going away party. This party had been planned for a month or so, and my Mom had been working since Saturday night to prepare a feast for all my friends. Of course everyone loved the meal, and by dessert were completely stuffed :-) We watched the classic home video of me when I was five years old, which has some hilariously embarressing scenes!

My friends are great because when I look at them all enjoying each other around the table, I see a little of myself in each of them, and I think: these friends, together, show how I am and how I ought to be. It was perfect.

My Granny gave me a gift: a leather carrying case for a notebook computer. This was a perfect and coincidental complement to the envelope Alexei handed me. It was a check for a new computer, a notebook. I was so shocked, and I was crying and so happy. All my friends had pitched in enough for me not to have to worry about getting something that I really wanted.

I am confident of my path now.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

How To Fit Two Car-Loads Into One Car

Since I'm moving to Illinois in less than a month, I'm thinking about how I can move my belongings. On June 30th I made a decision to get rid of all my furniture and move back to Columbia to my friend's house. I have accomplished this feat, and happily I'm now able to move all my stuff in about an hour. I know this because I moved again on July 15th. But this still takes up about two car loads. I'm very good at throwing things away(that is, I'm an anti-pack rat). But still it's difficult to reduce everything you own to fit into a little 1997 Toyota Corolla.

One thing I can do is to not use any sort of container for my clothes. Since clothes are rather amorphous, they are very efficient to put right on top of things. Of course I have a very large duffel bag and a hamper to take so I'll fill those as much as I can. But I imagine I can also leave some of my clothes such as suits which I tend not to wear. I can leave my collection of Nolan Ryan cards/memorabelia(takes up a whole box). I can probably get rid of some junk. You may not realize it, but if you have never moved for real, you might think I have a lot of stuff. But if you've never moved, you could probably fill about 8 cars with your stuff(talking to younger people here). When I moved out of my house, I filled 9 trashbags with clothes I didn't want anymore! You can multiply this by 2 if you're a female. :-P

Also, here's a picture of a kitty.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Lineage 2

Recently my friends have gotten me addicted to an MMORPG called Lineage 2. It's one of those monster mashing games with pretty nice graphics and such. It uses the UT2K4(Unreal Tournament 2004) graphics engine. You basically have Middle Earthish character classes, fighter or mage, and you do quests, get items, make friends, etc...

And no I'm not paying for it...yet ::twitch::

But it costs $15/month and my friend Alexei has an account on which I have my character stored. So yes I'm mooching as usual. It also keeps me from overdoing it on the play time. But hey, I'm going to grad school soon so I won't have any money at all in any case.

My character is called AngelGuardian and he's a mage elf. I enjoy joining monster hunting parties to act as the healer. Anyway, happy gaming!