January 2002 Archives

January 1, 2002
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Sarah and I had considered going to First Night Leesburg last night but ended up going to First Night Annapolis instead. The very first thing we wanted to see was already full 20 minutes before it was supposed to start. But we got to see some other really cool stuff anyhow and it was nice seeing the city lit up. The fireworks and laser light show were pretty pathetic, though. When a bunch of people are standing outside in 20 degree or so weather, they want more than a couple fireworks and a silly laser show. Oh well. It was still fun and we had a surprisingly easy time getting out of there.

But anyhow... Happy New Year to everyone. I hope this year brings many good things to everyone I care about. Hopefully everyone had a good time last night, whatever you were doing.

Posted on January 1, 2002 12:56 PM | | Comments (0)

January 10, 2002
Jobby jobby job.

Hrmmm... well... hopefully blogger's O.K. now. Haven't been able to publish the last few times I tried. And I keep having the feeling I posted SOMEthing else after the 1st, but maybe not. I know I've been quiet. But I thought I posted over the weekend. Oh well. Maybe not. ANYhow...

I'm now employed again. :) The company I interviewed with before the end of the year called my references on Tuesday and had an offer ready for me later in the afternoon. I didn't get to pick it up until tonight, but I accepted. The company seems really great and they're stable. They've been around since 1989. The benefits package was nice. I'm making a substantial amount more than I was at my old job. The weirdest thing is... the two guys who founded my old company were named Jeff and the guy who founded this company's name is Jeff. Spooky. But anyhow... I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to working again. Unemployment sucks. Working is GOOD. Money's especially good.

Thanks to all of you who helped me in any way that you did. And thanks to all of you who supported me when I was laid off. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

Posted on January 10, 2002 12:07 AM | | Comments (2)

January 11, 2002
Dream a little dream or two...

I had some incredibly freaky dreams last night. One of them I can explain, but the other one I really can't.

In the first one, Sarah and I were at a concert. I believe it was a concert for some female singer she likes. I knew who the opening act was and she didn't and I was getting really excited about it and she was confused. Then the curtains opened and the lights started coming out and I shouted out "P.E.!" and Sarah looked completely baffled. Turns out Public Enemy was opening for whoever it was. A complete mismatch. Now, this one I can explain because I'd just been reading reviews of the Public Enemy Live at the House of Blues DVD and considering getting it.

The other one, though, was a bit stranger. There was this girl who was apparently my step-sister. Apparently, we were both attracted to each other, but I didn't know she was until later in the dream. But both of us thought it was extremely weird because we were both related to each other now. So it was sort of a Brady Bunch/Marmalade Boy kind of thing. Lord knows where that dream came from, though.

Posted on January 11, 2002 9:04 AM | | Comments (0)

January 14, 2002
My God... it's full of stars...

We got new cabinets installed today! :) The ones we had when we moved into this apartment were horrid, falling apart, and coming off the wall. At one point, they came in and made them not come off the wall so much, but it's so much nicer to have new ones instead. We've suffered long enough with the old ones. They're very nice. Now we get to enjoy the wonderful process of putting everything back in them. :P Whee. But it's a small price to pay for new cabinets.

Posted on January 14, 2002 9:45 PM | | Comments (0)

January 15, 2002

When I was in college, my roommate had a strange wish. He wanted to be shot. Not fatally, mind you. He just wanted to know what it felt like to get shot. For some reason, I was thinking about this the other day and I remember back then thinking it wasn't too peculiar. Right.

Posted on January 15, 2002 9:57 AM | | Comments (1)

January 17, 2002
This is getting old...

Unfortunately, my job has yet to start. They told me it'd start immediately, but it's been a week now. Ah well. I'm getting a bit worried, but I'm trying not to worry too much. I've taken to looking at job ads again, just in case something happens, but I haven't seen anything good yet. Still... we'll see.

Stupid economy...

Posted on January 17, 2002 9:31 PM | | Comments (3)

January 25, 2002
He's a smallllll wonder...

Well, I was definitely happy to read this. Though I was loving Smallville, the show was definitely falling into a monster-of-the-week kind of formula. Though there were some underlying plotlines that were being moved forward throughout each episode, the basic structure of each episode was almost exactly the same for a while there. It's good that the guys in charge realized it and will do something about it. It'd be nice if a live-action superhero show did well.

Posted on January 25, 2002 9:36 AM | | Comments (0)

January 26, 2002
Look, ma! I can read!

Just finished reading the first non-fiction book I've read in a long time. Yes, I know it's just past 2am, but I wasn't feeling tired. :P The book is David Gerrold's Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. Definitely an interesting book that I'd recommend to any aspiring writer, whether they want to write science fiction, fantasy, or anything else, really. Though the book is geared towards science fiction and fantasy writing, there are a lot of great tips and insights in there for everyone.

Posted on January 26, 2002 2:18 AM | | Comments (3)

January 29, 2002

Well... my job still hasn't started yet and this is starting to get a bit ridiculous. It's been almost 3 weeks now since I signed the offer letter. I can understand the bureaucracy involved, but I'm starting to feel like I'm being jerked around.

In other jerking around news, Capital One sent me an offer that sounded sweet. No interest until June and then a fixed 8.9% APR after that, which was slightly better than I already had. So I decided to try it, since no interest for a few months would be nice. So eventually I get something from them telling me they need proof of address, so I send them what they ask for. About a week later, I get a letter from them telling me that they received my proof of address, but they can't find an application in my name. Why do they think they asked for a proof of address? Blah. It makes you wonder how these companies function.

Posted on January 29, 2002 12:33 PM | | Comments (1)