Archive for April, 2007

#785

11:19 pm, Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Brett’s been practicing with Wii Sports a lot. Sadly, this had caused my “utter domination” in golf to be reduced to nothing more than a consistent 2-3 stroke lead on nine holes. While we’re on the subject of WS golf: I hate the putting sensitivity. It’s like trying to hammer a sixpenny nail with a pile driver. I have to move the Wiimote in thoroughly unnatural ways to get close to what I want.

I’m doing a bit better in bowling. I actually got a 202 just a little while ago. The game would have been “clean” if I hadn’t missed two pins on my very last throw. That game alone earned me +196 skill points.

Been progressing well in Super Paper Mario. I’ve gotten Bowser as a playable character and I’m almost to Fort Francis. Finding the third heart pillar took forever. The “Merlee’s Mansion” level was awesome, though a couple of the puzzles were pretty tricky. I actually had to draw a little map for the last part.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Queen and Barenaked Ladies lately. Right now I’m especially in love with the former’s “Death On Two Legs.” I have to watch myself when listening to it in the car though — it’s one of those songs that makes you want to drive fast.

TotD:

What’s the first concert you attended? What was your favorite concert?

The first concert I ever went to was a Weird Al performance in Eugene, Oregon. My grandma drove me all the way from Coos Bay to see it. It was really great even though we were like 400 feet from the stage. As for my favorite concert… can I count Mamma Mia? It’s practically like seeing ABBA. Better, probably. If not, I’d have to go with the Riders in the Sky concert my family went to at the TRAC facility. We had amazing seats. Even got to shake hands with a couple of the band members after the show.

Second best would probably be the Killers concert Brett took me to in Seattle. That one really exceeded my expectations. Just the lighting and stage effects (I’m not sure what the proper term is) were a show in themselves. And the crowd had a terrific, positive energy.

#784

9:52 pm, Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Welp, today was my last day doing parking at the Lewiston dog show. Mr. Damberg was really generous and said he’d like to use me again in the future.

Today started out kind of damp, but by eleven the sun had come out. When we quit at one (a couple hours early due to lower traffic) it was really sunny. This time I’d wised up enough to bring a visor with me and keep my hood up most of the time. (If I learned anything this weekend, it was that my freckly computer-nerd epidermis doesn’t get along with the daystar.) But at least the weather was nice enough for me to get some decent shots at the scenic overlook off US-95.

Lewsiton (city)    Lewsiton (closer up)    Hills below US-95

And one of moi with my new sunglasses (I tried smiling in another photo, but it was fugly):

Me just north of Lewiston, ID

My mom got me and Brett a whole bunch of groceries yesterday, so I had a nice big roast beef sandwich when I got home. Tomorrow night I’m planning to do something with the pork tenderloin she got me. Schweine medallion in a peppercorn cream sauce with broccoli and mashed potatoes, maybe?

I finally set the Wii up. Brett and I played a bunch of Wii Sports. The tennis game is neat (though I’m very bad at it), we’re fairly well matched in bowling, we both hate the baseball game, and I utterly dominate in golf.

Making Miis is more entertaining than you’d think. I couldn’t get the system to connect to my network, but there are a couple things I didn’t try and I haven’t checked the documentation yet. Super Paper Mario is pretty neat. I made it to Chapter 1-4 before coming in here to blog.

You know what I’m really looking forward to tomorrow? Not having to get up before 5:00 AM.

#783

7:18 pm, Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

OMG, I’m so tired. Today was pretty slow. Sweeping the rings is harder work than you’d expect — the building is huge and the rubber tracks in the rings have these ridges that make them tough to clean completely. But I made six bucks in tips for hauling crates and tables for ladies, so that was cool.

We went to Red Lobster last night. Good stuff. I had the shrimp and lobster linguini alfredo and a raspberry lemonade.

It was raining today, so I didn’t bother putting on any sunscreen. Big mistake. My face is really red now, especially my nose.

The Nez Perce County Fairgrounds are really nice. I was surprised at the cleanliness and privacy in their mens’ showers. No graffiti or anything. Lewiston’s water is extremely chlorinated though — I don’t know how those Idahoans stand it. Brita must make a killing in that town.

I was having a hard time waking up this morning, so I had a couple of these “Wired” energy drinks. The “XB12 Rush” was very good — like Amp, but sweeter. Then I had the Mango Passion Fruit version. Absolutely disgusting. I could only manage three sips before I was forced to chuck the thing into the dumpster. Very nasty.

TotD:

Do you like your name? What name do you wish you could have?

I dunno. I guess my name’s okay. It could be worse. But sometimes I wish it was more unique. I’ve previously mentioned my fondness for Akiva, but I also like Aloysius and Portnoy. Roman cognomen, two-syllable last names, and obscure Norse gods all make for good first names, IMHO. Hebrew and Indian names are cool too. “Brand” names are usually awful though — even if they’re family names. The parents’ intentions are irrelevant; people will make certain (probably negative) associations upon meeting a Mercedes or Armani regardless of the origin. If nothing else, it screams “materialistic.”

Kay, time to sleep.

#782

4:16 pm, Saturday, April 21st, 2007

Another day of working the unloading area at the dog show. Things were really slow today, so most of the time I just sat in my super-comfortable folding chair and talked to Bill or listened to my This American Life MP3s. Things went smoothly with the folks who’d come through yesterday since they already knew the drill. One lady was difficult… apparently she’d been “doing this for twenty years” and somehow, through the distorted lens of her own screwy logic, this meant she didn’t need to follow the rules. But I got tipped again by that same lady from yesterday, so I guess it all evened out.

Yesterday I drove home after my shift ended. I suppose it was a good idea since, right after I made my blog post, I went to sleep and didn’t get up until I had to start getting ready at 4:10 AM. (If I’d stayed, I probably would’ve gotten less sleep.) But I’m staying in Lewiston tonight.

I’m actually at that “internet cafe” (the one I mentioned on Thursday) right now. Unfortunately, it fell short of my expectations. For one thing, you have to walk up a flight of stairs from a narrow entrance on the street to get to it. There are no windows. It’s actually more of a LAN gaming place and it’s populated almost entirely by children playing MMOs who keep shouting directions to each other. Oh yeah, and they don’t take credit cards. The last place I expected to need actual cash was an internet cafe. As a result, I’ve only got an hour here — good thing I got tipped earlier.

Of course, their wifi is totally unprotected and the signal strength is good enough that I should be able to connect from where my car is parked. Hmm…

Since I’m staying the night, I’ll be helping sweep the show rings at 6:00 tonight. It doesn’t take long and I think they pay us a flat fee for doing it.

Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality is a nifty little site. They juxtapose actual photos of fast food items with the images the companies use in advertisements. It looks like it’s still ongoing — the “Arby’s Beef ‘n’ Cheddar” was just added today.

I’m not super keen on hanging around here any longer. It’s too much like an opium den. (Well, if opium dens were filled with twelve year-olds, whiny teenage girls, and bad videogame music.) See ya tomorrow, blogosphere.

#781

5:36 pm, Friday, April 20th, 2007

I’m back from the dog show. The people who run the parking are super nice. I had to work the loading/unloading area, which mostly consists of running up to people’s cars and telling them to turn on their hazard lights and clear the area within fifteen minutes. Oh, and giving directions to the various parking areas and show rings. But I felt pretty useless when I wasn’t doing anything (which was most of the time), so I offered to carry stuff for anyone who wanted help. One lady actually tipped me two bucks. It seemed kind of funny to me since I’ve never had a job that involved tipping.

I mostly worked with Bill (a 69 year-old air force vet) and Josh (a nice retarded guy who’s been to 113 dog shows with his professional handler dad). Bill and I BSed about planes, Don Imus, and ice bullets while Josh chatted up every lady under 40 who walked by. I’m not used to being outside for 10 hours at a time and I got sunburned. At least it only stings on my forehead and around my mouth. Tomorrow I’ll apply some SPF 30 before I head out.

Bob, the guy in charge of the whole parking operation, is a retired English teacher. He’s surprisingly generous with the people he employs for these things — he insisted on reimbursing me for gas and gave us all five bucks each for lunch. (You have to work while you eat, but them paying for it is pretty awesome.) BTW, I had the most amazing foot-long corndog I’ve ever tasted. The batter the guy uses for ‘em is something else — it tastes almost like a waffle, or one of those little doughnuts you can buy at the Daily Dozen in Pike Place Market. The way it’s fried is nothing short of perfection — a thick crunchy, carmelized surface over a soft, fluffy, sweet interior. It was so rich that I didn’t have room for any funnel cake afterwards (but Josh did — it looked and smelled extremely good; they come with a big dollop of yellowish custard/frosting in the center).

I’m super bushed now. The rest of my Wii stuff arrived today (the system itself and the extra remote) but I’m way too tired to set it up. Something to look forward to for Tuesday night, I guess. I can’t wait to try Super Paper Mario.

Wii stuff

Okay, time for bed… I have to get up at 4:00 AM tomorrow and I only got like three hours of sleep last night.

#780

6:01 pm, Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Well it’s almost the weekend. I predict at least one IMBC dropout in the next three days. Unfortunately, it’s conceivable that it could be me. See, I’m going to go work at the Lewiston dog show (being put on by the Palouse Hills Dog Fanciers) this weekend. I’ll probably be doing parking attendant stuff. For twelve hours a day, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I don’t expect it to be very fun, but it’s a great way for a college student to make a little extra money.

I’m planning to stay in Lewiston to avoid the 40-minute commute from/to Pullman. Hopefully I’ll be able to blog while I’m there. They don’t have a 24/7 FedEx Kinko’s, but they do have a cybercafe that’s open until 2:00 AM on the weekends (Cyberspace Internet Cafe at 513 Main St.). But, just in case something goes wrong there, I’ve also got the address of a Starbucks where I can buy wifi access for ten bucks.

TotD:

What kind of music do you listen to?

Most anything with a quick tempo and a nice melody. Bubblegum-synthpop, show tunes (the toe-tapping variety, not that Les Misérables junk), various kinds of rock, oldies, folk music, some bluegrass, acapella, string quartets, a little techno. Generally, I dislike hip hop and country, though my MP3 collection includes a few examples of both (Cowboy Troy, Ludacris, and Dolly Parton, frex). I guess my Last.fm profile is a pretty good gauge of what I like.

Actually, I just made a background for my desktop a couple days ago that relates to this topic. Here’s a screencap:

Desktop Screencap 4/19/07

It’s the covers of my (current) favorite albums. I made a little blurred/low-saturation bar on the left side so it wouldn’t obscure my ObjectDock. Here’s the original 1680×1050 lossless version (2.75 MB), in the unlikely event that anyone else out there likes all the same music or thinks the collage is pretty.

Okay, I’ve got a lot of laundry to do. I’m so not looking forward to getting up at 4:30 AM tomorrow.