hob's online journal
I'm such a drama queen
May 31, 2003: If you read what I wrote yesterday, just
ignore it and attribute it to me being a dumbass drama queen.
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Boulder Station, baby!
May 29, 2003: There's plenty to talk about, so sit down and take notice. First, the tentative plan for my promotion party to end all promotion parties (I won't be having another for at least 6 years or so, so this one has to be good and has to make up for the complete lack of one when I was promoted to 1st Lieutenant) is the following: On 18 July, I will have the actual ceremony at work. I'm hoping that some family and friends will be able to make it to that, which will take place on that Friday afternoon. Whoever is up for it is more than welcome to then go to dinner that night. On 19 July is the actual party-time get together/family reunion/excuse to drink/excuse to gamble/extravaganza. I initially was hoping to have it somewhere on the strip, but I just couldn't afford what was available. I could possibly afford the Imperial Palace, but I actually visited the place on Wednesday and oh boy, that was the pits. Literally. It smelled like armpits or something. And too claustrophobic, as it had low ceilings in the casino. So I refocused and after talking to the good people at Boulder Station, this will be the best value for my money. I am going to get some hors d'oeuvres catered and have the music playing up on the top floor hospitality suite there. Plus, if anyone who is interested wants to stay there, the rooms can be had for $69/night. Not too shabby. Also, the casino is very very big, there are lots of bars & restaurants inside, and for the gamblers, there are $3 minimums on the tables! Yay! I'm going to try to finalize all the details as soon as possible and send out formal invites to those I have addresses for. I would love it if you could come up for Saturday and Friday, and if possible, I would appreciate knowing who is pretty much a definite, so if you could email me, that would be cool.
Let's see, what else has been going on? I was at a Network Encryption seminar being held at the Mirage the last two days, so I have been away from work and it's been kinda nice. I like my job now, but I actually got some useful info from the seminar and it was fun to walk around the Mirage. I haven't been there in a long time.
I bought a new laptop also! It's a beauty, and I got a really great deal on it. Here's the lowdown, and you could take advantage of it too if you buy it before 31 May 03. Best Buy is having good sales on all their Compaq laptops, which mine is. Originally priced at $1199, it is discounted to $1099 (although it only says -$50 on the website). If you buy it from Bestbuy.com, you get a $100 gift card back. There are also another $250 in rebates. But the way I really made out is that I picked my laptop up today from the store having ordered it online, and when I got home, there was a pixel burned out green in the center of my laptop. I returned it to the store, and they would have to return and resell me a laptop. Concerned I wouldn't get my $100 Bestbuy.com rebate, they just took $100 off right there. So instead of a gift card, just a discount! Sweet! So all in all, my laptop will actually cost me right around $750. Not a bad deal at all, for what I got. It's rare that I actually get a good deal, so that's why I'm talking it up so much. Yay for me! :-)
What's New? Well, I should have had Harv's pictures done by now, but I just haven't put them up yet. And with me hanging out with Byron & Connie tomorrow and this weekend, it doesn't look good that it'll get done this weekend. But shortly thereafter, promise! I'll be updating on the Byron & Connie visit as well, as it seems like it should lots of fun - we're going to the Blue Man Group tomorrow night, and Byron got 5th row center tickets! I guess we'll even get ponchos issued to us. I don't know why, yet. Scary.
I've been DoS'd. I feel so violated.
May 24, 2003: For those of you who may have been trying
to get to my website in the latter half of last week, you may have noticed
that you weren't getting to my website or it was unbearably slow. Well,
the problem is that my ISP was the target of some serious Denial of Service
attacks. I think they're still getting hit, but whatever. I am getting
better throughput than I was before. I downloaded my pictures from my
camera finally from Harv's birthday party, which was a blast. The pictures
came out good too, but there's so many that it'll be a lit bit longer
till I convert them to web-ready size. But they're coming soon! And can
I get a Hallelujah for a three-day weekend? I did pretty much nothing
today, but it felt great. I slept in, found my Social security card and
birth certificate which I thought I had lost, worked out, did some homework,
and now I can watch some movies and spend absolutely no money. YAY! Byron
and Connie and Aidan are coming to town next week, so that will be fun.
I will hope to have some pictures of that too.
Back to Life, Back to Reality
May 22, 2003: I don't know if you remember this classic
song from the 80s, but if you do, the song is now stuck in your head.
Color Me Shocked
May 11, 2003 (later): Wow! I LOVED this season of Survivor. It never failed to surprise me or entertain me, and this latest twist was incredible. I so thought Matt had this in the bag, but in a complete 180 degree spin, Jenna beat him out SIX to ONE! Woah! And to boot, even Christy voted for Jenna, her self-declared evil stepsister! Well, all I gotta say is I loved this season and for some reason it kicked me out of my gray mood even. And I'm all for that! I'll eventually finish up my last Survivor page, let my Survivor section linger for a week or so, and then remove it in anticipation for Survivor in the Panama Pearl Isles! Woo hoo! It just sucks to have to wait until this fall. Oh well.
Survivor Finale is tonight
May 11, 2003: I'm happy that the finale is finally here,
but also sad, as now I'll have to figure out something else to do on Thursday
evenings, just like my Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. With Buffy going
off the air forever and Angel ending last week, what is a person to do?
That's pretty much my TV nights too! I guess I'll need to start taking
violin lessons again or something....
Alright - April is finally over. May HAS to be better.
May 6, 2003: Happy Seis de Mayo to you. I really can't
tell you how happy I am to be done with April. It was a pretty shitty
month for the most part. My accounting class is finally over, and while
I don't know how I did gradewise, at this point I really don't care. Really.
Shoot me an email if you want to. I may respond. (okay, you know I will - what else have I got to do?)