As I can imagine you’ve noticed, gas prices have hit all time highs around the country. Here’s my experience with them. I took a trip to Chicago 2 weeks ago. I was told that they had the 2nd highest gas prices in the country (it was around $2/gallon). I came home at the end of that week and discovered a nice $1.55/gallon. Over the next three days, prices increased each day. By the end of the week, prices were up to $2.07/gallon everywhere in town! I heard it’s supposed to peak at $2.75 in the middle of July. What is that nonsense? However, despite our high prices, we did not make it into this article talking about why the prices are high.
Archive for June, 2000
My girlfriend and I broke up. It’s hard to believe that one day you’re with the most wonderful person you’ve ever met, and the next you’re not. I won’t go into detail because it’s not really anyone’s business at this point. I’ve tried making written diaries, and typed diaries, and audio diaries. None of them worked out. Now I’m trying a video diary with my shiny new camcorder. It’s rather comforting to talk it all out, even if it is to a piece of plastic with mechanical eyes and ears. I’m going to go watch the end of The Negotiator now. I’ve seen the beginning many times, but have missed the end every time.
There’s too much going on in my life right now to read and report any news. I believe in the new incarnation of this site that I am working on, I will make no distinction between ‘life’ and ‘news’.
This story should be dated Sunday, June 4th. I don’t know why it changed.
I guess I can finish up this little story for the 1.1 people that might be viewing this. My first legal drink was one I did not even purchase. It was given to me by my brother as a birthday gift; a six-pack of MGD. It was very tasty actually. And, fortunately, the most important person in my life was there to share that with me. My family was there also, so it was a bit odd drinking in front of them while they snapped photos. The evening was spent at Gameworks. Are you familiar with what that is? I would never have thought to go there, but one quick thinking girl friend of mine came up with the idea, much to my delight. It was quite fun. Three friends drove down with me, and I met two others there. We came back at about 1:30. Two of us were sloshed, one was a bit tipsy, and the driver was straight. The two of us in the back seat wanted doritoes the entire ride home. The driver wouldn’t stop, that bastard. So, when I got home I collapsed on my bed (on top of all of my birthday gifts) and started munching on doritos until I fell asleep with a pile of dorito bits below my mouth and my hand in the bag. It was a night I will remember. Perhaps not for exactly what happened, but more for the fact that these people spent that time with me at a place they may not have really wanted to be. I thank you if you’re reading this. My brothers were supposed to ‘initiate’ me the next night by dragging me around to the bars of the town, but they were too tired from shingling a roof. They said they’d do it later. I’m gonna hold ’em to it (yeah you).
I’m in Chicago now. I go back home tomorrow (well, today I guess). It’s 3:50 here. Which means it’s 4:50 according to my body. So tired. We played about 6 games of Settlers of Catan today. I talked about that game before, does anyone remember?
We say MI2 the other day. I thought it was laughable. A friend of mine here in Chicago thought it was great. He’s a big Woo fan though and liked all the choreographed (and very silly IMO) fight scenes. I guess it’s an acquired taste or something.
Ok, gonna sleep now. My camcorder came in last week. The excitement.. zzz.
I don’t really have anything to say, but I feel like I need an outlet. I need to talk to somebody, and since no one is around, this is the next best thing. I won’t talk about what’s on my mind the most. Instead, I’ll talk about other things that are going on in my life in an attempt to distract my mind into feeling more comfortable about the stuff I don’t want to talk about. Wait, now it knows my plan. What the hell, let’s try anyway.
My camcorder was delivered last Tuesday, the day I left for Chicago. So, I was in Chicago for a week thinking about my new camcorder that was sitting at home. I’m a bit unhappy with the company that I bought it from. After I placed the order, I called them back to get the shipping address changed from the billing address (my house) to my work address. The guy I talked to took my work address and stuff, but the package was somehow still delivered to my house. It said ‘Signature Required’ on the box, but it was left on my doorstep without getting a signature. The box was barely taped shut. It was almost coming open. Fortunately, it seems everything in the box is well and intact. I got a Sony Digital8 camcorder, and I’m here to say that what everyone says is indeed very true. In low light situations, the picture is disturbingly grainy. I called a Sony tech about it, and he referred me to a Sony place about an hour from my house that I could take it to to get it checked out. I suppose it’s possible that mine got damaged somehow and is extra grainy. The tech seemed to think it was unlikely but possible. I’m going to show it to some other people to see what they think before I run it to that place. However, when there’s enough light, it looks really nice. The problem is that most of my shooting will be in indoor situations that aren’t extremely well lit. I guess we’ll just see how this works out. Anyone have any ideas? Does anyone know exactly why it’s so grainy? I’ve been told that it’s a problem the plagues Sony camcorders of all levels (consumer level to professional), and doesn’t affect other brands of camcorders as much. I ask, why?
I finally got my computer up and running. I think I told you before, it’s an AMD 700, etc. It was having problems seeing the modem, but I reran all of the motherboard updates, and it then worked fine. I just need to get the network card, the sound card and the 1394 card in there, and I’ll be set. It’s so big. I need to get a picture up.
What else.. what else. My car is named Tikk. It’s a long and very funny story. I may tell it later. I’m back from Chicago, for those that didn’t know. I’m going to North Carolina in the beginning of July. Then I’m going back to Chicago I think 3 times n July and August. Twice because of my cousin’s wedding and once for an arcade tournament. I may talk about my Chicago trip more later, but I’m not in the mood now.
Well, the plan didn’t work. I still want to talk about the situation most pressing in my mind. However, I fear that this is not the best place for me to do it. I think I might tell Word about my situation. Word is always such a good listener.
Hope everyone is well. Bye, folks.