Thursday, March 29, 2007

Birthday 2007

It just so happened Spring Break, our trip, and my birthday all coincided. It was nice to have my birthday during Spring Break because it meant that I could enjoy it without having to worry about what homework I should be doing otherwise; and I could enjoy my birthday in a different place then Oregon.
About the only place I had not visited in New York after previous visits was Coney Island. Luckily it warmed up for my birthday so we decided to go.
That area of Brooklyn has a very Russian or Ukrainian influence. There were many stores selling meat and potato pies along with other unknown food so we bought some pies with unknown filling from a woman that spoke no English and headed for the sand.
For some reason I had developed a craving for flying kites. So we had previously bought some kites with the intention of flying them at Coney Island. Unfortunately, there was no wind so no one really got to fly their kite that long, it was fun trying though.
We decided to walk the boardwalk so we went back to put the kites away and put more money in the meter for the car. When I had closed the door it flipped the paper over showing we had paid so there was a ticket on the car. Happy Birthday to me.
Of course all the rides were not open yet on the boardwalk since it was still to early in the season. But it was cool just to see everything. Even with everything only being closed during the winter there was enough weeds and it looked deserted enough to seem like we needed to do some crime solving in the mystery machine at the old abandoned amusement park. Sorry, I thought it was cool to see all the old amusement rides.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spring Break

While most people would want to go somewhere warm for Spring Break we wanted to check out where we would be moving to. So for Spring Break we flew out to New York to check out the area. Flying from Oregon to New York was a difference between night and day. In Oregon spring had already started and it was green everywhere with flowers, and chirping birds and frogs at night.
Anyone who has ever been to Newark, New Jersey knows how depressing it is. When we landed it was all run down industrial factories and weird smells. There was still snow patches in most of the shadows and freezing cold still. Driving farther north and into New York everything was still dead and brown. It was weird not to hear the sound of animals but we didn't notice until the sound was absent.
We both had this feeling of dread come over us of not knowing if we were making the right decision of moving here. The up side, well no allergies obviously with everything being dead so I guess there is always a trade-off. (Actually with how hard both of us were hit by allergies in Oregon we both wanted to see if we were allergic to anything in New York. Unfortunately we would not know until we moved there.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

crunch time at end of quarter

So there is no time for anything. In the interest of trying to cover all my bases I have found it better to plan how to spread my work out so it can be used for multiple purposes. Previously I had written a research paper that had been used for two classes. After a little editing that paper made a good chapter for my thesis. As part of the original research paper I had to also give a presentation. I gave two other presentations off of the same slides. I also used the software I wrote for my thesis as the requirement for my class project in my UI programming class. Without using work for multiple needs I would not have got everything done since I had no time for myself. I added it up and it turned out that on average I had about 4-5 hours a week to do personal stuff like washing clothes and grocery shopping. I admit that some things suffered like me programming for a class while I was working, but I still got everything done they asked for.
The funny thing is that everything has to be cleared up by the end of the term then there is nothing to do for a week for Spring break.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Things not normally seen

It is hard to convince people Eugene is different. I have told people about the people that mow the lawn or wash their car in the rain and they respond that it is out of necessity. But there is more.
I saw a man pulling golf bag from bike. He had one of the large golf bags with the two tires on it with all the clubs sticking out the top with the little socks on them. The handle for the golf bag was hooked up to the back of the bike as if it was a trailer.
Another was a man juggling bowling pins while waiting for a bus. Now it might seem an interesting way to pass the time but I have seem others juggling while walking down the street. I know juggling is popular here and I guess you need to practice some time.
I live about 50 feet from the high school bleachers so I hear a lot of games. I heard the announcer once trying to settle the crowd after booing from an referee call, then tell two fathers to get off the field or the game would be called. I was leaving the apartment so I looked over to see what game was being played, not football or baseball- they had full bleachers of rabid fans for ultimate Frisbee.