11.24.2008

Earning back some hours

I'm officially on my first hour of Thanksgiving recess. Normally, I'd be on my way to school already. Last night, Dawn put me in a serious food coma with a killer homemade turkey-meatball sandwich. We watched the finale of True Blood, and had mixed reviews about it. This morning, I finished the 2005 movie, Everything Is Illuminated. I liked it quite a bit.

Today, I've got a paper to write that's due tonight for my online class. I'm determined to figure out this damned french horn, too. I've got a lot to get done during these next few days of vacation.

11.20.2008

Finally, a break.

It looks like I may be able to get my observation hours done, after all. I'm not holding my breath, but I've got 18 more class hours to observe between now and the end of the semester, and I think that it's all being planned out by the Assistant Principal at the high school I've been at. My stress level went down slightly when I found that out. Also, I'm knocking out 5-6 hours tomorrow at a middle school in South County and I'm stoked.

11.19.2008

Tapatio is the shit!

I've always felt tabasco sauce gets a bad wrap, but as awesome as it is, I can't get enough tapatio. I bought a bottle for my carne asada dinner last week, and I can't stop using it. Why didn't anyone tell me! Actually, Ryan probably did.

I just got home from a 2 1/2 hour bar-meeting-slash-cleaning-party, and I'm starving. Dawny made me a burrito before I left, but it didn't last the three hours I was hoping it would. So I hit Taco Bell just now. So good for $2.46.

Also, classic Venture Bros. is on: The Incredible Mr. Brisby. This turned out to be a good night.

11.18.2008

bent

UCI people, remember when you had a concern about what classes to should be taking, so you went down to Cloud's office any time you wanted to talk to a peer adviser? Fullerton has no peer advising system. And my faculty adviser is an asshole and only sets aside one week a semester for advising students. I asked him to meet this week, one week after the only week he makes himself available to students, and he essentially told me to fuck off. Now I'm fucking bent out of shape. I'm starting to get more disenfranchised about this school by the day. Also, I'm starting to realize I have no time for ensembles and lessons, especially if I have to take a majority of late afternoon and night classes next semester.

11.17.2008

Fire in the sky

We're having the fire of the decade here in Orange County. My parents and brother are safe, and as far as I know, and all of my local friends are safe, as well. I'm here at school, in the middle of the smoke cloud (though it's not as dense as during the weekend), and I can't seem to escape it. I'm in the basement of the library, in the computer lab, and it just looks hazy in here. Maybe it's not. My glasses could be really dirty (which has been known to happen), or the florescent lights are playing tricks on me, but it seems... gross everywhere I go on this ash-laden campus.

20 minutes to class, and I should be warming up, or finishing my weekly boring paper for my online class that's due tonight. But I'm blogging. I bought my parking pass for Spring 2009. $162 to park, which brings my total for the school year to over $300. Maybe I'll get lucky and have to take summer classes too, since it looks like all the classes I need will be full by the time I register this Friday, after everyone else.

11.11.2008

Please! No more carne asada!

I cooked carne asada for my little party thing on Sunday. I had somewhere around an extra pound when everyone had eaten. I love it, but I can't eat any more!

11.10.2008

Gas Update

For those that haven't realized, gas prices are way down. Even from my blog last week, when I paid $2.73. I paid $2.47 for gas this morning. That's 16¢ difference since last Tuesday. Here's hoping it drops below $2 by Barack Obama's swearing in.

11.08.2008

Why online classes are dumb

I have to submit a topic for my online Adolescence class project by tomorrow. We have to do a Power Point presentation on a book or film with an adolescent main character. My initial idea was to use Ultimate Spider-Man as a topic, since Peter Parker is 14 in the story. From my Professor's reply email:

Jeff,
You really need to choose a book or a movie that is a realistic fiction. It is challenging enough for adolescents to deal with all that normal adolescents deal with –but to add something like superpowers that is not realistic. You present a challenging case but you need to pick another topic for your final project.

Browsing the list of topics other people have submitted, I came across Mirrormask by Neil Gaiman. IMDb's quick synopsis says:
"In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home."

Uh huh. Another topic was a movie called Kiki's Delivery Service. Wikipedia says:
"Kiki is a 13-year-old witch-in-training, living in a small rural village where her mother is the resident herbalist. The film opens at the time traditional for Kiki to leave her home to spend a year alone in a new town to establish herself as a full witch. Kiki therefore flies off on her mother's broom with her closest companion, Jiji, a loquacious black cat."

You can imagine how I feel. I Am Sam was also chosen by a classmate. I Am Sam is about a mentally challenged adult with a 7 year-old mental age who tried to get custody of his daughter, who is 7 or 8. Where's the adolescent in this equation? Also, Mean Girls was chosen 4 times by 4 different people. Are you kidding me?

So here are my other choices for topics:
-Drumline
-Juno
-Scott Pilgrim (23 y/o adult main character)

I would really like to use Scott Pilgrim. It's a great story. And I own it. At least Juno is On Demand.

A couple things

Dawn is in Costa Rica, and I miss her terribly. Even though we don't see each other very often during the week, it's tough to be home alone when you're used to having your girl here. I was closing last night, and I didn't have anyone to talk to. It was kinda depressing.

There's a woman I've known for a while that comes into the Z regularly. She's a lesbian, and she was in with her partner last night. I said "Hey, Mary, how's it going?" "Good and bad," she says. For those that don't know, Proposition 8 passed in California last Tuesday. Prop 8 bans the already-legal right to gay marriage. Prop 8 is the worst thing that could happen in the struggle for equal rights. Anyway, I asked Mary if Tuesday's election was the reason she was upset, and she said yes, so I showed some sympathy and said I was sorry about the turn out. She then gave me a look like I was full of shit and said "yeah, right." I then told her that I voted no, too, so don't blame me. I'm all about equality, as you all know. She was surprised, for some reason, to find I voted no. Just because I'm straight, doesn't mean I don't want my gay friends to have the same rights as I do. It really bothered me last night.

11.05.2008

Case of the Wednesdays...

I got to school a little early today in an effort to warm up for the last conducting class before our exam on Monday. I got beat out on the last practice room by 30 seconds, and I don't feel like practicing outside for everyone to hear. Do all of you Anteaters out there remember when there were no practice rooms in the MOB, you could always use the old cement rooms in the original arts building? There were always plenty. Here at Fullerton, there's maybe 20 rooms, and they're always taken. I hate it. I think today is the determining factor on me buying that practice mute I've been pining over for the last month or so. It's the first one under Tenor Trombone Practice Mutes at the bottom of the linked page. I keep wanting to practice, but can't find the place to do it. I gotta order it today.

I've got 2 lessons today, down from 4, because of an all-district band pageant. Oy vey. PYLUSD is fuckin' with my money. I need to reschedule those 2 for tomorrow, which sucks, because Dawnie leaves for Costa Rica tomorrow night at midnight, but she has to be at LAX by 1030, so those lessons will cut into my time with her. Dilemmas, dilemmas.

By the way: Sunday, my house. Carne asada & beer. Count on it.

Obama Wins!!!

Finally! No republicans in the big house for at least 4 years! Here's what CNN.com says:



It's a pretty fantastic turn of evens, in my opinion. I haven't been an Obama supporter since day one, but I definitely got behind him when it was him vs. Hillary. He's an intelligent, well-spoken, younger man. We need some new life and new ideas in the white house and I truly believe he's just the guy to make some great things happen.



I did my part.



I love living here in paradise, but I see things like this, and it breaks my heart into bloody, little pieces. Friends, equal rights are never a bad thing. There is absolutely no reason why Proposition 8 should pass. I realize all of the precincts have yet to report, and I hope Prop 8 gets shot to shit by the morning.

And a little something to change the mood...

When the hell did gas get so low in price. It seems like just this last summer, gas was well over $4. How does gas drop $1.5 per gallon in 3-5 months?