A Day in the Life

Every day a different life,

A different job, a different strife.

With every day that I get old,

A new piece of me retold.

Location: River Grove, Illinois, United States

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Today, a Mayor

Yeah, that's right. I'm the mayor now. My roommate got Sim City 4 and it looked so cool I picked up my own copy. So don't excpect many posts for the next few weeks. Interesting things don't really happen when one sits inside and plays computer games.

Actually... I did run into Alison, a girl from Fenwick, today. She walked in front of me in Foellinger (750 person lecture), which was quite random.

At this point I'd like to aknowledge the fact that this entry really isn't going anywhere.

Jeez, I really need to get a life.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Today, a Culinary Engineer

For all those asking themselves the obvious question:
Yes, I am trying to bring it back. The blog, that is. It's actually nice being able to vent my frustrations somewhere other than towards my family, or Annie.

I did make the best salad for lunch today, however. Expect that from now on I use the term "salad" loosely. I started with a can of tuna, then added oil and red wine vinegar to make it ala Italy. Had I any onions, those would have gone in as well, but alas. I did have spinach, which seemed like the next best thing.

You have to realize at this point what was going through my head. I was basically looking for the best combination of textures. The spinach, being frozen in our superfridge, added a nice crunch to it and cooled the entire dish a few degrees. I also saw apples in the fridge, which has a great complementing texture to tuna, but I really didn't have the balls to use them. : \

Calarabi would actually be very good, if any of you actually know what that is. So here's the final draft for what I think would actually be a very good dish.

One can of tuna, drained.
Oil and red wine vinegar to one's desire.
A handful of fresh spinach leaves, chopped.
Either onions OR calarabi, diced.
(both would make the crunchiness overwhelming to the rest of the dish)

If anyone has any opinions or suggestions I'd love to hear them. Bon Voyage!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Today, Screwed

Although I realize that this is my first post in almost a year, and that I officially quit, I feel this story to be one of the utmost hilarity. Actually, it's not as much hilarious as it is sad.

It started about 2 years ago when I got a pamphlet from the university outlining my required courses for the next four years. It basically stated that I would need to take an average of 16 credits per semester to graduate in 4 years and that I would be currently (3rd semester) enrolled in ECE 210 (that's engineering).

As it turns out, I got an email from a professor over summer saying I couldn't take that class because I didn't have one of the prerequisites, which was Math 385 (Differential Equations). Ok, fine, I figured, I'll just switch my engineering class with that one.

But wait! I cannot! Going back in time again... (Please try to follow along.)

At the end of last semester I realized that I needed to hand this sheet to my advisor outlining my classes for the next one. I went to his office maybe 10 times before I got an email stating that he had retired. Alright, alright, there are 2 weeks left, I'll be fine. The jackass went on vacation for a week...

When he finally got back I tried to set up a meeting with him, but with finals and all that hecticity it was too late, the semester was over. Then, they had the audacity to put a hold on all my classes which could not be removed until I had him sign the paper. Even then, it would not be removed until August 31st.

So I was sitting here the other day trying to figure out what to do. I thought that I'd take 385 instead. I finally got a meeting with this guy. Of course it's on the opposite end of campus. Of course he's 30 minutes late. OF COURSE he sits on the phone for 15 minutes before talking to me. AND OF COURSE HE TELLS ME THE SCHEDULE I FIGURED OUT WAS FINE!!!

Math 242 (Calculus 3)
Math 385 (Differential Equations)
CS 225 (Data Structures)
SOC 100 (Intro to Sociology)

Well, I went to each class on the first day, and the guys told me that 242 was a prerequisite of 385. I went back to my room and sure enough, that asshole lied to me. It turns out that the basic order of classes I needed to take goes as such.

Math 220
Math 230
Math 242
Math 385
ECE 210

The course guideline they gave me said I should be taking ECE 210 third semester...

So now, I sit here, as frustrated as ever. I found out that I can take 385 and 210 concurrently, so I'll do that next semester. As for my classes now, I've only got 11 credit hours... I need to take another class. I could either take Physics or another Math. In fact, I think Math 213 is a prerequisite of CS 225...

The advising department has given me the screwing of a lifetime. If they are trying to prove that they own my ass as long as I attend this school, then they win. I give up. I don't need advice though. I just need to see ONE GOD-D@%#ED FLOWCHART THAT IS ACTUALLY TRUE!!!

I hate everyone.