Sunday, August 27, 2006


Wow. A number of things have happened since the last time I posted. I'll try to cover most of it, but I'll probably leave out half too... (for the sake of brevity)

So last Thursday we went on an excursion to NYC where we visited the Yale Club as well as the New York Stock Exchange. The Yale Club was very nice, and I'm considering becoming a member at least for this year just in case I'm ever in NYC. This goes with my current strategy of outdoing everything for now, just to see what it's like. I did a similar thing with the gym with the platinum locker and the towel service. We'll see how that works out.

But back to the NYSE. We rented out the trading floor for drinks that evening. It was a bit unreal being on the floor of the NYSE drinking Coors Light of all things. Yes, I could have gotten a glass of wine, or at least a Heineken, but I wanted to keep it real so I had a Coors Light. Rocky Mountain cold!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

weird dreams

Two actually... the first was that I came back to my blog and there were two comments for one of my posts. One was a scathing comment from a new classmate of mine over my incredibly stupid post. I don't remember what it was that I wrote in the dream, but I do recall that it dealt with repeating some nonsense over and over and over again (occassionally in ALL CAPS). I guess it was supposed to be funny? And the other comment was a quick post that said that I rock.

Second weird dream - I was in a study group with Kate. Why weird? I'm dreaming about styudy groups and class hasn't even started yet!

By the way, great party last night!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

day one

So today was my first day back as a student. Got my student ID, yada yada yada.

Some of the more unique highlights of the day:
  • The entire class singing Happy Birthday to the youngest member of our class (who was celebrating her 22nd birthday)
  • Riding a school bus to Lighthouse Point Park, and riding in the seat all the way in the back (best seat on the bus!)
  • Playing a random pickup game of ultimate on the beach (although briefly)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Apt F3

For those of you who are wondering (especially all y'all over in Cleveland), I'm happy to say that I've been able to make it over here to New Haven in one piece. Granted, it's not as easy as it sounds. I had a nice potential near-death experience on the way here. I'll get to that later. Orientation starts tomorrow, so I'm about to head over to the "last night of freedom" party a few streets over. And thanks, Sumana, for the text message. (-; (Sadly, I wasn't able to locate any eggplant chutney at Trader Joe's)

More importantantly, the general update. I've moved in, and I'm settling in quite nicely. Busy though, so I haven't been able to upload any pictures. Hey, I haven't even had a chance to upload my Memorial Day weekend pics, much less my Canadian Rockies pics, or even my er... really really old pics from random trips years ago. I'll get around to it... eventually...

Oh... and Marcia wanted me to let you all know how many times I've been to Target in the last week. I think it's been five. Awesome. Sam's Club thrice. Trader Joe's twice. Wal-Mart once (and I still really hate the place.... the one here is just as chaotic... and I didn't notice it being any cheaper than Target either). So yes, lots of shopping. But at least I'm learning my way around.

And I still have half a tank of gas from when I was in PA. (-:

Sunday, August 06, 2006

yet another car payment

So I was about to change my oil today when I decided that I should probably check my brakes. Next thing I know, I need new brake pads, new calipers, and a new caliper bracket. Then again, I suppose I should be happy that I discover this now instead of while I'm in New Haven. Now I can continue to exploit the free ethnic labour that I've been taking advantage of the past few years. Sweet!

Oh wait... I'm the free ethnic labour. Damn.. I'll report the total cost later. My guess is that it'll be about $250 or so when all is said and done. Hopefully less. I wasn't really paying too much attention to the price when I ordered the parts over the phone today. Either way it's cheaper than taking it someplace to get fixed, and it's probably no less convenient either. I get to work around my schedule, not theirs.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

cleveland rocks!

Cleveland Rocks... safely...

Friday, August 04, 2006

weird dream

So last night was my going away bash for Progressive. End result? I got a cool hat, some Superman ballons, and some weird dreams. Thanks to everyone who came out. I had a great time. It's been a great experience working with all of you, and my only regret is that I haven't had a chance to work with some of you more.

So... weird dream?
Basically it managed to combine fruit snacks, Sprite, toilets, and contests. I was totally confused in the dream, so there's no way it'll make sense in reality, but here goes. It was some contest sponsored by the fruit snack people and the Sprite people. To submit your entry you needed to get a can of Sprite (not a bottle), drink it till there's about 1cm of Sprite left on the bottom, chuck three fruit snacks in (I think they were Shark Bites), and then submit them by flushing the can down a toilet.

So how on earth can a can be flushed down a toilet? I gave it several attempts. In one of my earlier, more memorable attempts, I flushed first, then tried to chuck in the can as the water was exiting. Somehow, the can got rejected and got ejected several feet up in the air. Luckily, I was able to catch it. I also tried filling the entire can up with Sprite, which didn't work. Neither did substituting ginger ale for the Sprite... or using a Sunkist can. Obviously some fantastic reasoning skills at work here. Apparently the "real" way of submitting was to push the can down the hole as far as it can easily go, then flush. I never tried this because I didn't think it would work. Yes, fantastic reasoning skills at work. (-:

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

citibank dividend's card

So Citibank sent me a letter telling me that since I've been such a great customer they'd like to offer me some extra incentives. Great! So what do they offer? A lower APR on purchases, having my cash back automatically credited to my statement, or earning points towards more rewards.

After some thought, I decided to take the additional rewards since the other two options don't give me any additional money in return. I pay my balance in full, and I think I'd rather take a few dollars back and deal with the small inconvenience of having to cash a $50 check every once in a while.

So I call them up. When I talked to the rep, she told me that instead of those options I could get a full 5% back on ALL purchases for 3 months. Hrm... sounds like a good deal to me. So I signed up. I have a feeling this would come in handy when I pay rent... and when I buy stuff for my new apartment. (-: