Saturday, August 26, 2006

Life, in a Nut Shell

I started classes again this past week.  So far, so good.  The only problem is that I have classes all day long, so I have to do thirty-six hour ups twice a week.  It's not too bad, but it's not fun either.  I'm taking Introduction to Criminal Justice, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Classical Thought of India, China, and the West.  I'm also taking a First Aid class, but it's just to boost my GPA.  I could teach that class.

One of my best friends from high school is in the Criminal Justice class with me.  She just transfered from a two year school.  We've been having lunch together every day after class.  UAB started has a new cafeteria and diner set-up, which is nice, but costs an arm and a leg.  Every one, whether they buy a meal plan or not, has to pay two hundred and twenty five bucks for it.  It's okay, I guess.  I'll just make sure I eat a lot of cheese burgers before the semester is over.

I've got time to nap between a couple of my classes, which is a life saver.  I've tried the library, but I like just parking in the parking deck and sleeping in my car.  It's still hot, so I turn on the air conditioner.  It eats gas, but not enough to bother me.

My new apartment is nice, now that everything is good and settled.  My girlfriend is flying down today from Philadelphia to stay with me for a week.  That will be nice.  This distance shit has been getting on my nerves.  I'm off tonight, so we should have a good time her first day here. 

Friday nights I've turned into a bit of a bar fly.  I go to this sports bar called Home Field that's not too far away.  I know the bartender, and I've got some friends who are their pretty often.  John is usually there.  It's nice.  Pool tables, decent prices, nice scenery.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Robert's Picks and the Wizard's Tenth Rule

I am currently reading Lullaby Town by Robert Crais (good), The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (fantastic), Phantom by Terry Goodkind (fucking amazing, all his books should be required reading), and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (classic, as always)

On DVD I recently watch V for Vendetta (excellent)

Hadn't done this in a while and thought I'd give a little update.  I've done more reading than anything else this weekend.  I'm a bit bleary eyed and in need of sleep.  I think I'll go do that now.

But first....

Wizard's Tenth Rule:  Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

What You Have To Believe to Be a Republican

I could care less how you vote.  That's your business.  But this is funny...

THINGS YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE A REPUBLICAN TODAY...
Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary.
Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's
daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him,
and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.
Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade
with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest
national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-
national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without
regulation.
The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in
speeches, while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then
demand their cooperation and money.
Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing
health care to all Americans is socialism. HMOs and insurance
companies have the best interests of the public at heart.
Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but
creationism should be taught in schools.
A president lying about an extra-marital affair is an impeachable
offense, but a president lying to enlist support for a war in which
thousands die is solid defense policy.
Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution,
which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but
George Bush's driving record is none of our business.
Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a
Conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers
for your recovery.
What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but
what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.
If you don't send it to at least 10 other people, we're likely to be
stuck with more Republicans in '06 and '08.
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Things Change, Things Stay The Same

I'm finally settled into my new apartment.  It's a nice place.  I've actually got plenty of space for all of my stuff.  I put all of my bookcases in my bedroom around my bed.  I've got my desk in my living room.  I put up my poster sized maps from The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion on the walls.  I like maps, and always have.  I've also got a map of Birmingham too because that just comes in handy. 

Starting this coming Friday I will now have Friday and Saturday night off from work, which is sweet.  It's going to be nice to go out and do something on a Friday or Saturday night.  I'll actually have a real weekend.  I'm really looking forward to that.

The girlfriend is flying in the end of this month to visit for a week.  I'm looking forward to that.  I'm honestly getting sick of having a girlfriend but never seeing her.  I need someone here and now, without worrying about guilt.  I don't want someone on the side, I just want someone who I can see regularly, someone who is only a phone call and a few minutes drive away.  You can't sustain a relationship over the phone.  I don't know what my other options are, but this sucks.

I want what I want and not just what I can get.  Selfish of me, huh?  Well, we've all got to be selfish now and then.  I'm patient, thankfully.  I'd have went insane by now if I wasn't patient. 

I have to work eight days straight in order to make sure I get my new off days without getting stiffed on my paycheck.  It sucks, but it could be worse.  I'll come out on top with eight to ten hours of overtime.  That'll be nice, since I need it.  Work is still all the same bullshit, but some things are starting to look up.  I'm still looking for a better job, but I'm not desperate for one anymore. 

There is so much I want to do, and no time to do it.  School starts soon, and I'll be back at it taking a full load.  That is going to be hard, but it must be done if I'm ever going to get where I want to be.  I like school though, so I am looking forward to it.