Today's Mighty Oak

So much going on…

I'm glad the JetBlue disaster was averted…I love that airline!

With hurricaine Rite coming in, Bush has pledged to be ready this time.  In one fell swoop he not only confirmed how inept he is as a president, how little he did in the wake of Katrina, but also how egotistical he really is…/sarcasm: what a suprise that he would help Texas, I wonder why he would do such a thing /end sarcasm.

I just watched the video on the making on End of Ages…I really liked it, except it didn't talk about URU at all…it's such an important part of the Myst series, I don't see how they could just disregard it (oh wait, they showd the CC box once…).

Well, back to work (and EoA) I go!

"Briefly he looked about him at the room he'd made, pleased by his efforts, then, picking up his pen again, he began to write, setting down the final words. The ending that was not a final ending."

I think Deg said it perfectly.  There is still hope for Cyan Worlds, but I don't forsee anything anytime soon.

Ok – for those reading this who aren't Myst fans (a.k.a. – anyone who isn't Tim…hehehe), the company that created Myst (and Riven, URU and End of Ages and worked with Exile and Revelation) has ceased to be.  Getting the E-mail from Ubi saying End of Ages shipped I think solidified it in my mind…it feels so weird.  It should be here in a couple days…I can't wait, and yet I don't want it to be over…

Part of me too is worried that I'll make the wrong choice in the game and won't be able to go back and see all the endings…but I'm sure that won't be the case, I"m sure I can play through again and do it differently if I have the time.

Part of me also thinks that Latus was/is going to be in the D'niverse….just not connected to Atrus, Catherine, Gehn, Anna, Sirrus, Achenar or Yeesha, but hopefully we'll find out.

Other than that, just working on homework and stuff….in case you haven't found out…our normal 4-square time is going to be Sunday nights at 11 outside of Gerry.  Come out and take a break from studying and bring some friends!

Well, I finally got MSN to work last night, crisis averted (At least for now) – Thanks Tim!

I've shortlisted the names for the "Name Mike's Car Competition."  In case you want to vote and don't have me on AIM, here is the list (for my 2001 White Pontiac Aztek):

Nigel the Lebanese Dreamcar
Commodore Schmidtlap
White Streaker
The Glacier
Crane's Commanding Carriage

Remember: votes are due by Friday at midnight!

My Aztek looks like this, but it is white:

In other news, same stuff as always I suppose.  I really question myself when I talk…becasue I know when I speak my mind, people get offended and hurt.  I see where other people are coming from (in and out of conversation), but you'd have thought I've learned my lesson to just shut up…nah.  So on that note, I'm going to disappear today, possibly tomorrow as well, at least then I won't be around to cause trouble!

Have a great one everybody!

So quick note – MSN Messenger decided to stop working today….sorry about that Tim, hopefully I"ll be able to get it working soon.  I hope you got my messages while I was frantically being signed in and out….it was like MSN was having a seizure

The Luau was yesterday, four ambulances this year…part of me feels bad for the people who went to the hospital, most of me hopes this campus will learn it's lesson (but it probably won't).

Other than that, things have been going I suppose, I had a "meeting" with Jamie, basically I told him I almost quit The Review and he found a way to make it my fault…no suprise there.

Life continues on as it must I suppose, hopefully I'll be able to do something fun tonight.

I really don't know what to say, things have been so crazy.

I'm stuck in the middle of a staff that is fighting, the administrators are only paying attention to me and agreeing to meet with me beause I was on the verge of quitting.

It feels so weird to be here this weekend, it's like I all of my friends who left abandonded me and were trying to get away from me, it's kinda confusing.

I did go out on Saturday (Jolene came with me!) and I got the last of my posters laminated and hung up, got cigars and got shampoo!

Bobbie and Teri are here and I'm meeting them for brunch, I"m so excited!

Figured I'd do an update.

School has started, thank goodness!

Turned 21 – didn't go out.  Didn't drink at all (still haven't).  Granted, my family thinks I'm a drunk and that I got wasted, and like to remind me every change they get that that is what they think of me….pisses me off to no end.

Ad club is starting up again…becasue we have our case study already whoo hoo!!

E-zine is getting going as well…whoo hoo!

Have a great one!

This is the update I posted at uruobsession

Day 2:

My best friend lived in Gerry (Dorm) for the summer. He's an RA (although we call them prefects) in the freshmen dorm (St. Benedict).

So today I help him move, as he has to be out of his room by early tomorrow morning so they can clean, put down new carpet in the hallway and get it ready for the Orientation committee (which mostly live in Gerry).

So we spend the day packing and moving his things to St. Benedict.

St. Benedict is used as the media center for the Steeler's training camp (except for ESPN, they get their own building when they come). If you ever see reports from training camp or press conferences those are happending either inside our (most likely) outside St. Benedict Hall (in fact, some news reporters will say "Live from St. Benedict Hall, this is ______")

It's 12:45 a.m. We have one last trip of things to move in. The biggest things.

The couch
The armchair (free and falling apart but really comfy)
Two floor lamps

We get to the parking lot, take out the couch. I go around to open the side door and I get stopped by some middle aged man who I've never seen before. He asked where I was going, I explained the situation and he gets mad!

He spouts off about how it is so nice and gracious of them to let the RA's move in early (if not, they get less than 24 hours and normally have to pull an all-nighter between the ending of their training and when the freshman arrive) and how we can't move in becasue people are on the 4th floor.

No one is on the fourth floor, hence he could move in early (if there were, he wouldn't be able to).

He tells us we have to come back during normal business hours…8 – 4 (these are not normal business hours, not even here on campus, which has some odd hours).

He starts dropping names, not realizing how influential I really am on this campus…(I meet regularly with the President and Vice-Chancellor, Archabbot, Dean of Students, SGA President and director of Public Relations).

It's just so frustrating….my friend and I have each paid over $100,000 to go to this school and we are treated as second class citizens becasue we aren't the Steelers.

I really do love SVC, it's just been a very stressful couple of days, and this made me feel even worse….cry.gif

Today I hang my marker board and marker.  I head to lunch and then help Brad move his couch and chair up to Benny.  I come back…there is a note on my board, ok, no biggie.

It was a note from the construction workers to themselves saying they need to change my air filter, ok, that's fine.


The marker is gone.

They untied my marker and took it.  They didn't even leave it tied so it looked like if fell…they untied it and took it!

Ahhhhhh, so frustrating!

I posted this thread over at UruObsession:

So…sit down everyone and listen to the story of my move in to college (for those moving into college for the first time this year, please do not be worried, the following account is under very special circumstances).

Today is Wednesday, August 17. The upperclassmen students move onto campus on Sunday, August 28. Being the editor of my school's newspaper, I move in early to get set up and put together a welcome back issue (hits the stands the first day of class).

I called my director of residence life, everything was good.
I called my advisor at the newspaper, everything was good.
I called my dean of students, everything was good.

And then, I turned on the news. You see, I go to Saint Vincent College. SVC hosts the training camp of the Pittsburgh Steelers. As such, it was just rated by Sports Illustrated as the number one "fan friendly" training camp. The Steelers had a very good year last year (except when Big Ben got to the playoffs, but I digress). To top if all off, the news reported that Ward, who was holding out was to return to camp this very day. Joy!

Many people think it is so cool that I go to the school where the Steeler's practice…often I smile and nod and attempt to change the subject
You see, as a student, it is horrible. The Steelers come onto campus for a month and a half and disrupt everything! They take over two dorms (one for them, one for press), a third building which is on constant reserve for ESPN and our student center (we get to keep a small portion of it). The fans are very rude and cannot respect the fact that we are taking classes over the summer, working and trying to live. Just to get back to my dorm I have to fight through crowds! The campus is constantly filled and there is no place to park. Half of our cafeteria is blocked off and the students receive less than adequate service there (including no more ice cream, and it's been super hot) and to top it all off the fans have this annoying habit of leaving their cigarette butts everywhere! (I really don't hate the Steelers or their fans, please don't get me wrong, everything is just such a hassle!).

Sooooooo….I wake up, get in the car and my parents and I come up to SVC and arrive at about 10 this morning.

I pull onto campus, get a parking pass (this will be important later) and park in front of Aurelius Hall, my home for the year.

I have to go pick up my key. I decide to go through Aurelius to see if my card works (we have to scan our student id to get into the dorms). Most of the buildings are connected at SVC so not a problem. Also, the first four floors of Aurelius are offices, the top three are dorms.

My card does not work. I go through some of the offices. I stop in at Safety and Security, and have them activate my card. They didn't know I was coming in today. Funny…:

QUOTE (From above)
I called my director of residence life, everything was good.
I called my advisor at the newspaper, everything was good.
I called my dean of students, everything was good.

After that I go to the post office. I don't have a key. Funny…:

QUOTE (From above)
I called my director of residence life, everything was good.
I called my advisor at the newspaper, everything was good.
I called my dean of students, everything was good.

I go to the office of student affairs. They don't know where my key is! They give me my roomates instead.

I head back to the car and then upstairs to my room.

They are putting new tile in. No way I can move in. Funny…:

–QuoteBegin–From above+–>

QUOTE (From above)
I called my director of residence life, everything was good.
I called my advisor at the newspaper, everything was good.
I called my dean of students, everything was good.

So I go back to residence life. They try to hurry them along, they tell me my room will be ready by four o'clock. In the meantime we go to lunch. After that we meander around the bookstore trying to avoid the fans. We keep ourselves busy by doing some work in the newspaper office (although I can't do much as the internet port wasn't enabled and won't be for a few days…but I digress)

We go back to Aurelius to see what was up. They will have it ready by six o'clock. Wow, time just keeps wooshing by!

However, the manager of Facilities Management was there and he gave us special passes to go onto the field with the Steelers. We go to where all the fans are. We fight and fight our way through, getting elbowed and pushed, hit and smashed into. We get to the special gate…they aren't letting anyone else on today as practice is coming to a close…sigh.

We go back to my dorm to wait. Six o'clock comes and they aren't done (they then had to do the baseboard). However, they are done by about half past. After that, the cleaning lady comes in and does her thing (it takes her about an hour, just becasue she's slow and hates her job…but I digress).

My dad and I go down to our cars to get some stuff and start brining it in while she's finishing up (as it's 7:30) and we've been here since 10 this morning.

We have parking tickets on our cars!

We had passes.

We were moving in.

We were not even taking up regular spaces, we were in visitor spaces!

Now I am not happy about this…nor will I pay, student affairs will as they didn't have anything ready for me (and I saw my advisor and she agreed to this).

So we move all my stuff in, get it all situated, and 12 hours after I first arrived on campus I can sit down and write you all this story!

I hope you have enjoyed this story time with Mike!

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