I ordered three Christmas gifts yesterday.  All three were and are marked in stock.  All three say I can get them tomorrow if I order now and select one-day shipping.

So what’s the expected shipping date for my order?  November 26.  What the hell?  Come on, Amazon.  You always do this to me.  It’s like we have this abusive relationship.  You treat me like crap, but I always come back because you’re such a charmer.  Why do you treat me so?

Technological Progress

November 18th, 2007

I just got this cool, new thing installed at my apartment. They call it running water. It’s really amazing. I turn a handle, and water just jumps out of a pipe in the wall. It’s pretty awesome. I’ve got like six of these pipes installed, and they all spit out clean water whenever I want.

I just took what I like to call a standing bath, but I think it’s technically called a “shower”, or something like that. I also used this thing called a “water closet” and “flushed” it when I was finished. I even flushed it again just for kicks! And then I washed my hands under one of those running water pipes. Cleanliness is next to godliness, you know.

All in all, it really is awe-inspiring. It’s only the year 2007 A.D., and I’ve already got running water in my house. The future has never looked brighter!

Still No Water

November 18th, 2007

So I talked to my landlord around 8:00 last night. Turns out that the water problem is on their side of things. Supposedly he told the plumber to come check it out early yesterday afternoon, but he apparently didn’t. The plumber didn’t get here until about an hour after I talked to my landlord. And then didn’t really do anything except cut off the water to stop it from flooding the back yard

It’s been almost 24 hours since my water went out, and it’s still not working. I can look out back and see that they’ve dug a pretty big hole, presumably around the broken connection. I can also see that ther’s no one actually out there now, though, so I assume that the pipe is supposed to fix itself.

I think I’m going to either call up a coworker or head to the turner center to take a shower soon. I’ve got no idea how long it will be before my water comes back on, and I’ve got no desire to spend the day gross again.

No Water

November 17th, 2007

So my water’s not working. It’s been out since shortly after I woke up. This wouldn’t be so bad if I’d taken a shower immediately after waking up, but I didn’t. I figured I’d take an hour “soon”, only the water went out “sooner”, so now it’s almost six pm, and I still haven’t been able to take a shower.

This is seriously lame. About two or three hours ago I passed from feeling gross to feeling disgusting. I haven’t gotten anything done today because I can’t leave my house, due to the fact that I look like I haven’t had a shower in 36 hours. I can’t shower. I can’t wash dishes. I can’t do laundry. I’m brushing my teeth and washing my hands with bottled water. Damn it.

I’ve got no idea what’s going on. I called my landlord mid-afternoon, but he was at the game and we couldn’t hear each other. It’s not really his fault/problem anyway, but I wanted to find out if anyone had at least notified the city, or whoever, that our water is out. I don’t even know who to contact about this.

At some point, I’ll probably break down and try to take a “bath” with the rest of my Ozarka. I somehow doubt that it will be very effective, and I’ll probably end up spending the rest of the night covered in soap. Might be an improvement over feeling greasy.

Comprehensive Exams

October 29th, 2007

Oh, by the way. I passed my comps, all four on the first attempt. Apparently I’m only the 4th person ever in our department to accomplish that, and the first American. I’m not sure if that says more about me or the other Ph.D. students in the department. Whatever. I’m just happy to be done with them.

New Photo Albums Up

October 8th, 2007

I just put up several additional photo albums. These were all on Kristen’s camera, so after inserting chronologically into the existing albums, they’re not on the front page for the most part. So here are links to the newly-added albums.

That’s all. Enjoy.

Clean shavenSo, I shaved my goatee on Saturday, pretty much on a whim. It’s been at least three years since I’ve actually seen my chin. I tossed a few pictures up.

I’ve been taking my comprehensive exams lately. I took two last week, and one today. My last one will be Wednesday. I feel pretty confident about them. I was expecting them to be really bad, but honestly, they haven’t been. Of course, I might find out in two weeks that I failed them all, but hopefully not. I’ll let you know.

So, I was in Borders browsing for a new book, when I walked past the “graphic novels” section.  You can roughly translate that as “thick manga books” if you want, since that’s what 99 percent of graphic novels are.  There was one guy there, thumbing through some manga, mouthbreathing and generally looking unwashed.  As I walked past, he took that very moment to adjust himself.

What’s so unusual about this that it deserves a blog post (when I post maybe once a month lately)?  Nothing.  The guy I just described is probably the average manga reader, which is why if you read graphic novels, you probably should keep it to yourself.

Talking with some guys from the office about a Mercury Grand Marquis we rented for our latest trip to Florida, the following conversation transpired:

It was ridiculous trying to make a U-turn in that thing. You could turn the wheel all the way to the left, and you’d still cross all three lanes and hit the curb on the other side.

That boat had a turning radius the size of Utah.

*Laughter*

The turning radius is measured in AUs.

*Louder laughter*

Yes, we are geeks. Thank you for asking.

I’ve been in Tampa for the past two weeks with Andy, Courtney, and Tobin.  Well, technically, we’ve been mostly in Largo and Clearwater, but there’s enough tiny towns crowded around that it’s easier just to say Tampa.

Okay.  They just called for me to board.  So I’ll be cutting this short.  I’m actually in first class (I got bumped up), so that’s a plus, at least.

I’m going to be glad to be home.