05/2003

Friday, May 23, 2003

May 3, 2003

I got home around noon today unscathed. The trip home was uneventful -- I even let Booty out of her crate for the last six hours. Unlike my old cat, she just wandered around the car for a bit and then fell asleep on top of the crate. While in the crate, she would whine piteously until she got exhausted and passed out with her mouth open, only to start up again twenty minutes later.

I haven't unpacked anything incidental because I'm hoping to move into a real place within the next two weeks. Keeping things in boxes will hopefully induce me to search more quickly.

Tonight, I learned the chords C, F, G7, a, d, and E7, using my mom's old guitar. I have a negative balance in my "ease of transition" account, and my left fingers dampen too many strings more often than not, but it's a start!

May 4, 2003

Driving on the Beltway is like throwing yourself into a controlled chaos where every driver believes that he or she is the sole reason behind the invention of the road. Unlike Tallahassee, drivers in Virginia are bad in predictable ways -- you can see the cut-offs and sharp lane changes miles away if you know what to look for. Floridans just don't know what they're doing, often using their turn signals to keep the beat with the radio.

This afternoon I drove around the Centreville area and scoped out six apartment complexes, ranging from a high-class gated community ($1267/mo) to a poorly maintained complex that looked like it had a permanent hangover ($890/mo). I've narrowed it down to two places right now and will probably pick something out tomorrow to take advantage of the free rent specials that expire soon. Both are within a couple miles of the I-66 exit to Route 28, so I'd be close enough to all the main roads for travelling, but not so close that I hear the interstate traffic and the airport noise.

I'd planned to get a two-bedroom apartment all along, and it looks like I may even have one of my old roommates move in with me unexpectedly.

May 5, 2003

I'm officially the new owner of a two-bedroom-with-fireplace apartment in a nice complex in Centreville with my old roommate, Anna. I opted for one of the mid-priced complexes even the the gated community had stellar ratings at www.apartmentratings.com. This will be a good symbiotic relationship since Anna will get me out of the apartment more and I'll keep her on task more. Plus, Booty can now live with Kitty, and the two won't be lonely and bored while we're at work. Perhaps they'll pee on each other rather than the carpet. I'll be back online on Thursday, and my phone will be hooked up on Friday.

Booty has a scraped lip. Apparently she tried to take on a Brillo pad last night and it was more than she could handle.

The season finale of Alias was last night. All the episodes should be two hours long!

May 6, 2003

This morning I waited in line at the DMV to get a new license and register my car. Surprisingly, it only took two hours and I was out by ten. I also took two trips out to the new place to move all my non-furniture belongings today (it's about 50 miles round trip). Booty stayed home and fell asleep in various windows. Tomorrow, I plan on moving the furniture I already own, with the help of my dad.

May 9, 2003

I've spent the last few days buying assorted goods and getting services hooked up. I finally got an internet connection again today, and Booty moved into the apartment for the first time. She seems to like it so far -- currently, she's sleeping above the computer to take full advantage of the monitor heat.

May 12, 2003

The last of my shopping sprees is finally petering out and I've essentially gotten everything I'll need for my new pad now. Now I've got two weeks until I start work, so I thought I'd get a head start on my web page updates.

May 20, 2003

This last weekend, we went up to Cedar Point, the amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio that's constantly roller coaster records for height and speed. The lines were much shorter than July-lines, but we still only got on seven rides before the day was over. Still, they were exponentially better than the usual King's Dominion and Busch Gardens rides -- especially the Millenium Force and the Top Thrill Dragster, which shoots you from 0 to 120mph in four seconds and then loops up to 420 feet in the air.

This week I'll be mainly focusing on web work. I start working for real one week from today.

May 22, 2003

It's been raining incessantly here which has kept me indoors for the most part. I'm slowly settling into an apartment routine and I've even been doing some real cooking for dinner a few nights a week -- everything from chicken and mushrooms to bacon & cheese meatloaf.

May 23, 2003

I've finally decided to post my miniature updates, for the stalwart readers who continued to visit every day despite the lack of content. You are good people, all of you. I have about thirty new pictures of Booty and Kitty for viewing, but I don't want to update the Photos page (since I'm in the middle of moving it to a new location, I don't want anything to get lost accidentally). Instead, you can see all the new pictures here . You can also see some apartment pictures here .

This weekend, I'll be reviewing servlet and JSP info which might come in handy when I start work on Tuesday, and I'll also be doing barbeque things with Kathy and her flock who will be in the area for a couple days. Web work is coming along nicely, and I only have two or three more sections to rewrite before I can start working on the new features.

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