Friday, September 30, 2005

bikes

This place is a biking town, and they really support bikers around here. Its funny I am seeing things that I have only saw in the Netherlands. They have real overpasses just for bikes. At the stoplights there are diamond sensor pads that pick up if a bike is waiting at the light just like for the cars. (I wonder how sensitive they really are with aluminum and now carbon fiber bikes? Is there really enough of a magnetic presence?) There are tandem bikes with the trailer hooked up to the back for the "two parents and a kid" bikes. A lot of the faculty at the school ride bikes (They charge faculty for parking passes just like the students to encourage them to ride bikes). It was weird having the dean of the CIS college show up in shorts because he rode his bike to school.
The most amusing thing that we have seen so far for bikes was a sign that read "Valet parking for bikes" at a recent city celebration.
Along with everyone riding bikes there is a problem with theft. L. and I had to buy new locks (not susceptible to the bic pen trick) along with cables to make sure both the tires are there when we get out of class. We both know a few people that have already had their bikes or some portion of them not there when they got out of class so hopefully we should be able to avoid that.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Going to School

So if I'm stuck here in Eugene with a wife that has to get her Masters degree I might as well go to school too. That is my thinking anyway as of right now... I just can't believe that right after finally getting done with school that the first thing that I would do is sign up for more.
The University of Oregon seems visually like an "ivy league school" more-so then the more modern buildings I'm used to in California. (Something that they are very proud of here is that Animal house was filmed here. So if you have seen that then you know what I am talking about.)
There is a old cemetery that the school campus wraps around. I finally have the experience of cutting through the graveyard to get to school on time.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Eugene

It is weird flying into a city knowing that you will live there but this is the first time that you have seen it.
The two things that people warned me about Eugene were always that it is full of Hippies and Anarchists and it will rain all the time. With really only that info I landed at the airport. With around 100,000 people it is the second biggest city in Oregon, defiantly different from what I am used to. So the airport is pretty small. It was the first time that I ever walked out on the tarmac to get into the airplane at LAX. It was nice to no longer have to live out of a suitcase.
L. has gotten excited with the changing seasons. She really like living somewhere all the leaves change color and fall to the ground. I think that frustrated her in California when the seasons consisted of hot=fires, rainy=floods.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Moving

I look at moving as a necessary evil. L. was all to happy to get out of Glendora, and California for that matter. I got stuck packing up the truck since L. wanted to get on the road to miss traffic and put enough miles behind her to time it correctly to get to the apartment office at the right time. After everything was moved I spent the next week and a half basically living out of a suitcase. L. drove up to our apartment and was basically doing the same. With all our stuff in transit in a truck we could both only wait. We went with a company called ABF and I swear I will never go with Uhaul again. The way that it works is that you fill up the back of the truck. You are charged by the number of linear feet that you use. A large bulkhead is put in place to separate your stuff. They then pick up the trailer and fill it the rest of the way up with commercial stuff they are shipping and put the trailer on the back of a train. With hurricane Katrina just hitting and gas prices hitting above $3 a gallon if we had rented a moving truck we could have easily paid as much for gas as we did for the moving fee. The thing that we did learn is that a truck trailer has no shocks so all the stuff gets bounced around a lot. Some of our stuff had worn parts on it just from rubbing against whatever was next to it. (next time we will need to tape blankets around everything like the pro's) But all our stuff made it to Oregon. L. got some people to help her from church to unload the boxes and moving from a house to an apartment means that there are boxes everywhere and we are trying to sift through our stuff and get rid of any non-essentials.