The Great Indoors

What a weekend. About all the outdoors I can handle for a while. Seven of us when camping this long weekend. Friday morning we woke up, pack, and got ready to leave. We left around 11:30 in 2 cars. We stopped in New Bethlehem for lunch. When we finally got to Marienville, we stopped to buy a few things and then went to the campsite. We found a plot and setup our tents and equipment. We had dinner and marshmellows and sat around the fire talking for a while. Finally we went to bed, and all the trouble started.

It hadn't been too cold and it was comfortable sleeping 3 of us in my tent... until it started to rain. My tent isn't waterproof and I knew this, but I hadn't really planned for rain. It can hold out for a while, but it rained for close to 15 hours. After a few, enough water had leaked in to soak the part of my sleeping bag that wasn't on the therma-rest (the floor of the tent was a puddle). I moved to the smaller tent that we had left empty. For a while that was drier but it was small and so the places where I touched the wall got very wet. By morning I was soaked as was all my stuff. It was still raining and so in new dry clothes and thick jackets we ate eggs and oatmeal.

Now we had the discussion whether we should stay or go. I expressed my serious disinterest in staying. This was partly because I was the wettest one, with nowhere to sleep the next night, but mostly because I just don't enjoying doing things in the rain, however well prepared. In the end we decided to stay and try and make it work.

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The Great Outdoors

Tomorrow morning we're hitting the road. Yes, it is that time of year again for my 2nd annual camping trip. Last year was great. This year will be different, not necessarily worse or better. Last time it was just the 4 of us and in terms of camping know how, I was certainly up there. This year I'm bringing along a crew of weathered outdoorsmen. Seven people this year is few than I expected but perhaps just the right amount. I spent *sooo* much money today on camping gear, but I least I own this stuff now. It will make next time easier.

I should be able to enjoy this, but there are 3 things that I'm worried about: weather, work, and women. I'm freezing now, in my room, so I can't imagine what tomorrow will be like. I heard there might be snow, right now I think I'd take snow just so there isn't rain. As far as work, I've been working so hard which would seem to suggest that I need this break, but the hard part about working hard is that I don't get time to get ahead or to work on the things I want to, or just to relax. The trip may be fun, but if I am in the same situation with work after having 3 days off as I was before, I don't know what would be the point, and I might just crack. Finally women. As fun as camping will be, the only thing I've been able to think about lately is the girl, and so 3 days without getting a chance to try and see her or get to know her, isn't really what I want right now.
Keywords:Camping | Busyness | Girls
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Scheduling time for madness

For those of you who haven't seen my schedule... So I'm officially insane I think. I do too much. I wish I could deal with classes. I really envy people who can. I should be writing a paper now, but no, no I'm not. I wish I could be a good student, because I always had friends that were and I never felt good enough for them. But I just can't get into my classes. I don't really care about them. Everything else I do is just so much more enriching and rewarding. Why do I even have to take classes? Somes I wish my teachers would realize that the other stuff that I do is actually much more important than their class and cut me some slack, but that won't happen.

Speaking not being able to get into my classes, I finally got into my computer engineering class. Funny story. I got 101 on the first exam. It was supposed to be out of 100 but problem 1, which was supposed to be out of 35 points, if you added up the parts, was actually worth 36. Apparently the TA's noticed it when grading but thought it wouldn't matter because no one would get 101. I did and apparently there was some pressure on the grader of the last problem to take off points so I wouldn't. Anyways, in class all the TA's are giving me shit about it, and the professor decides to announce to the class that someone got 101 and then look around the room for me. Luckily he didn't see me, even though I was right in front of him in the second row where I always sit. So after the class I go up to him and ask him, "So can I be the class now?" He laughed and told me that there must be an open spot in some other section and go talk to Dean Kale and get in but still go to my lab section with my partner.

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Keywords:Classes | Procrastination | Busyness | BVW | Injury
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Work sucks & videogames

well, that basically says it. Not that I would know or anything, because I have been getting so little of it done lately. If I come home in the evening, for dinner let's say, and plan to go back to work, well it just won't happen. And then I end up playing or watching video games. I detest video games and I'll tell you why. Besides being a waste of my time, most of them are ridiculous. I'm at a place now in my professional career where I know enough about entertainment experiences and game design to know that most games are designed poorly. When I play Star Fox, forget about the ludicrous story about a fox and dinasaur planet and all those crazy items (see the penny arcade about Star Fox), why do I need to see a representation of the controller on the screen and buttons popping up over people's heads. How is that supposed to help immersion? And I should never hear a character say the words "control stick". There are games where what they make you do and what you have to figure out is too challenging or random. And then there are the games that I'm just plain bad at. Nothing is original. 3d has ruined some very good games.

Enough about games. When working on this website I lost a bunch of work including all of my pictures from the beach party. I'd be pissed except that the ones of the setup didn't come out well and the ones of the people, well, let's just say I'm not going to miss them. So I'm only mildly annoyed about that.

School. See, even when writing about work videogames distract me, let alone when I'm actually trying to do it.

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Keywords:Procrastination | Video Games
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