Tuesday, September 26, 2006

ip 88

This isn't me.

Monday, September 25, 2006

my leg is still dead

For those who have been wondering, I did go to health services to get my leg looked at. It was a disappointing experience. I went expected to have a clear diagnosis and prognosis.

I expected to hear something that I didn't know. Instead, I found myself trying to convince the doctor that I didn't get kicked on the back of my leg. He termed my injury "unusual" because there usually isn't any bruising by the skin if it is a hamstring pull/strain. OK. Great. (He actually tried to talk me into thinking that someone hit me "in the heat of the moment." Then I recalled that I wasn't running, I was jumping... more on that later)

So what does all this mean for me? Nothing. All I was told is that it's a bruise, it should go away in a bit, and don't do anything with the leg for a couple of weeks. Um... great. I asked him whether I should be concerned that I can't really walk right... whether I should be concerned with the pain that I get when I stand up after sitting or lying down for a while. For each inquiry I got the evasive "it's a bruise... it will go away" response. Eventually I got him to dish out the "if it's still bothering you in two weeks, come back." I am awed by their wisdom. Thanks. At least it was free.

I'm still at a loss to explain how this all happenned. I don't really need something to pin this on, but it would be nice. Here's my latest theory: I recall this happened when I jumped, and the doc mentioned that another possible cause why hyperextension. Sure, he also said that I would have destroyed my knee in that situation, but I was jumping. Jumping! Those medium-height ultimate frisbee players who have been unlucky enough to jump against me for a disc know that I have hops. (Tall people are just tall... they can push me aside while I'm in mid-air... or I might collide with their elbows) I'm 5'6" and I can touch the rim of a 10' basketball hoop. My goal was to dunk, but I guess if my jumps are too powerful for my hamstring, I should give it a rest.

And apartment F3 is working out just fine. How's the project going?

Friday, September 22, 2006


A few updates... so last night I was over at the Yale farm just down the street from where I live picking tomatoes for some freshly made pizza.

What else? I'm going to Costa Rica in January. Yes, it's part of school. Paid for by student loans!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Pulled hamstring

To prove that I wasn't making up the story as an excuse to not go to the gym.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

hammy, half.com hijinx

I've been busy. I've been trying to balance school, social, athletics, etc. Tough? It just got easier. On Sunday I pulled up lame while playing ultimate frisbee.

Hopes and fears? Hey, as long as I'm healthy enough to ski this winter, I'm happy. I missed out last year due to the whole hernia fiasco and I wouldn't want to waste what could be a perfectly good winter because of some freak injury. (Yes, freak injury. I've been doing conditioning and strength training... it's supposed to shield me from this kind of stuff, right? If it could only be that perfect). In the meantime, it means that I'll have another few hours a week to do other stuff since I won't be playing ultimate on Sunday and I also won't be going to the gym. No, I'm not going ot the gym. There's no point in going unless it's to do a leg workout to save my knees. But since my leg is screwed up, I can't do that. I'm not going.

OK... so half.com hijinx. I like half.com. I've saved a ton of money getting books there, and I wanted to do the same thing this year. However, this time around I ended up dealing with this jackass who advertised a book as "Like New." Here's the quote: "Like New
*great book." I ordered the book On August 15th, plenty of time for it to get here by the end of August when classes start.

Long story shorter, I finally got the book today. I e-mailed the guy on the 8th and he said that he'd send it later that week or early this week. I guess I was happy he even responded because in the listed he said "FAST SHIP SAME DAY." He mentioned that he was out of the country for a week and a half. Fine. I finally received the book today, almost a full month after I initially ordered it and paid for it. Now for the next part of the saga....

The book is in shitty condition. That's my opinion though. Let me me know what you think. The cover looks worn. It has had several stickers placed on the cover that have been fully or partially removed. There is writing on the inside of the cover. There is highlighting (pink and yellow) in chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The corners of the cover are worn to the point where you can see the cardboard. Is this "Like New?"

One of the concepts we've talked about in the Economics course that I bought the book for was the concept of a substitutable good. I was looking for a New or Like New book. This book was being sold as a substitute for a book of that condition and it wasn't. Not a substitutable good. I want me $8.70 back. I'll even send the book back, but I want them to pay for the shipping. Jerk.

In the meantime, I've decided to buy a 6th edition book (in full color). Should be here in a few days.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


I haven't bought any gas since August 13th, 2006. And that was in Pennsylvania when I was moving to New Haven.

What would really be crazy is if I didn't get any gas until Thanksgiving. We all know that isn't happening. I'll find some excuse to go to Montreal or something...

Monday, September 04, 2006

titan magazines

Wow... Check them out:

Not only do they have a magazine for the show "24", but they also have a magazine for Bratz. Why doesn't anyone tell me about these things? If I had only known sooner...

Sunday, September 03, 2006

price rite

So after moving to New Haven, I've been on a quest to find the best place to shop. I go to Trader Joe's, but that's a bit far away and they don't carry everything that I need. But, I think I've found a solution...

The first place I went to was Shaw's. Big bright store, complete with obscenely high prices. Not for me. Then I went to Super Stop N Shop. Big bright store, complete with crappy prices. Then yesterday, I went to Price Rite, which is on Dixwell Ave by the Wilbur Cross Highway. Crowded, no shelving, pay for your own bags. BUT, they're dirt cheap, and they also a pretty good selection of foods for people with a more ethnic palate. (Let's just say that a third of their products are from Goya, and they sell at least four types of bananas) I love it.

And for those who are in Cleveland, yes, it's even cheaper than Marc's. A quick rundown....

  • 1 gallon of skim milk - $1.99
  • 96 oz of orange juice (Florida Natural or Tropicana) - $3.49
  • Ramen - $0.13
  • Pita - $.0.50
  • Twin pack of Country Crock margarine - $1.19
  • 2 liter of Coke - $0.69