Record walk

Went on a hike today. Lauren wanted to revisit Lawn Lake so she setup a short trip. We took Sidney this time.

Above Lawn Lake, are the Crystal Lakes. I left the girls, since they had each other, and made the attempt. They went back to the car. The trail past Lawn Lake is clearly rarely traveled. I saw nobody past Lawn Lake, or up at the lakes, or coming back. There were a few impediments.IMG_20160715_130211850-COLLAGE

But, I made it.

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I also saw a few marmots and a pika. The pika wasn’t up high, though, didn’t need to go to the Crystal Lakes to see it. Couldn’t get a picture, though.

Anyway, the main point is that I walked 16.23 miles on the hike, according to my phone. I gained and lost 3,383 ft of elevation. Pedometer puts me at 40,961 steps for the day. Records all, except maybe the elevation. Just throwing that in for fun.

Lauren and Sidney were kind enough to wait 45 minutes for me at the car. I never caught up with them.

WIDLM: My ISP

I got back from Colorado, had a great time, but this is not the time for that. This is the time to rant about how my internet was broken when I got back. And I couldn’t fix it. And I couldn’t get help. I did fix it, just now, somehow. I don’t really know how. Pure luck or something they did on their end finally probably. I’m pretty sure my internet was broken since the 19th. Totally ridiculous.

When I went to my ISP’s website (on Lauren‘s computer on the other internet in the house) and tried to get help, the webpage broke and said that it was in an infinite referral loop. Are you joking? When I did get the number I had to do the obligatory computer run around, and I finally talked to someone who transferred me w/o warning to some other computer thing that didn’t understand my phone’s inputs so I gave up.

My internet is a shambles for what I pay for it. I blame the government, and I call upon the government to fix it. Or something.

I’m not really that mad. I’m mostly just glad it came back. And Sidney and Dan are here. And I’m making cookies. 🙂

Public Service

Sidney came down for a day last weekend. With her mother. We watched one of the brothers play baseball. On the way home from the game the car in front of us got cut off by an old lady running a red light. There was a minor impact. It happened right outside a fire station, so the fire men came jogging over pretty quick. It wasn’t a real wreck, but it still counts as excitement.

And in the same vein Lauren and I saw a women being escorted from Costco by the police. She appeared to be Asian, early middle aged, and alone. Of course, we caught barely more than a glimpse of her and know nothing of the situation really, but we suspect shop lifting. If I were a shop lifter I don’t think I’d target Costco. Their tendency to strap everything together into 12 packs seems like good theft deterrent to me.

Pretty much every time I leave the house it seems the authorities have to intervene in situations around me. I will do my part to help society by staying indoors, maybe even in bed, as much as possible. You’re welcome.

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Ok, so there have been some grumblings (from ex gfs) that I should post. So I will.

Lauren came and visited, like I said in that last update post. Sidney came the next day. We pretty much just hung out at the new house. We also did some food shopping. Twice. Girls like food so I think they enjoyed that ok.

The first day, when Lauren was here and Sidney wasn’t, Lauren helped my mom clean out the garage and clean the new house in general. They got the garage clean enough to park Pat’s car in there. He has to store the ol’ I-Rock, iRock, irock?

Aaron’s got the band stuff pretty well set up in the basement, I think, because they practiced over the weekend. Most of the time the girls and I were taking Ace for a walk, so I dunno how loud it was really. I dun think it’ll be too annoying, though.

Sidney’s car battery was acting up, so we spent some time jumping and idling and stuff like that. She made it home easily enough on a jump, but I think her battery is pretty shot. She shouldn’t care though, she’s going to Korea in a few days.

Besides that we did a lot of just hanging out and watching stuff. We watched all the new episodes of Bullshit! we were behind on, and also UHF randomly. I think it’s pretty funny, but I dunno if the girls quite appreciate all the subtle genius.

So, they left too early on Sunday, and I can’t think of anything much that’s happened since. Yesterday, on facebook, Emily Anne Geddes took some husband quiz thing and it said I was the #1 husband for her. I told Lauren and she got all upset so she took it too. Turns out it’s a 1 question survey asking only for the gender you’d like. Anyway, I was her #1 as well. And Pat was #2. I wonder what the odds are of me being randomly selected in both cases. Seems kinda strange to me. /shrug

I’ve been biking to and from work every day this week, except mom gave me a ride one day cause they showed up at the house earlier than I left. Going to work seems to be harder than leaving. It takes me about 30 minutes, 25 today, and I seem to average like 12 MPH. Going home takes about 20 minutes and I average like 14.5 MPH. There was quite a bit of wind one morning, so I think that was the slowest day, kinda makes me think of it as harder than it really is. It must be uphill a bit, since it’s up river, and I think that can account for the discrepancy. Bob, my boss guy kinda, bikes to work and says he averages 18-20 MPH. He might be in a bit better biking shape than me… maybe, but even still, I gotta think most of that is from road bike vs. mountain bike. I was going to try mom’s hybrid bike today but the tire was making strange sounds so I deemed it too risky. Anyway, like I said on twitter, I might have to try a road bike.

The biking itself is quite enjoyable. It’s kinda a hot and sweaty affair sometimes, but that’s cause I push myself for no reason basically. I bike on a path through a park pretty much the whole way, so I get to see all the happy Richland people doing their strange things. Playing volleyball and doing yoga, and jogging with babies and such. It’s really pretty active during my biking time. This morning there was a baby bunny on the side of the path. I dunno if it was a baby baby, but small, like the size of my fist.

Regarding this morning and wild life, there’s a small anecdote. So this morning I ate breakfast and wandered around and gathered stuff I need at work and then headed out back to get the bike. I had stored it out there for the first time last night, since Aaron is pretty much moved in now and we don’t have as much space in the middle of the living room anymore. Anyway, so I had just left my helmet on the ground out there with it. I was sorta morning groggy so I put the helmet on with the chin strap crossed so they didn’t work, so I took it off again and fixed it and put it on again and it felt like something spiking hit my head, or more likely Velcro pulled a hair or something. I took the helmet off again to check for anything that would lead to lasting discomfort and happened to notice this huge spider just chilling in one of the helmet holes. I kinda instinctively blew at him and he fell from the helmet and was never see again. I just thought it was kinda odd how I looked at the helmet at least once before and didn’t notice, and how I almost rode off with that spider on my head. I wonder if he woulda started crawling around and caused an accident or something.

I plan on leaving early  from work tomorrow so I can get over the mountains. Mom and I are going to go to Lauren’s sister’s wedding on Saturday. We’re also gonna grab Yusuke on the way and take him to the airport so he can get back to the land of the rising sun… and swine flu paranoia… and giant robots… and tentacle rape. We’re driving the truck so I can bring back the huge lounge chairs Mr. and Mrs. Carr have generously offered me for the new house. I was thinking of repaying them by stealing their youngest daughter while I was at it. They don’t want her hanging around anyway. 😛 K, probably won’t actually do that.

I just looked it up and according to earthtools the total climb from home to work is about 40 feet. Doesn’t seem like much. Guess it’s not nothing.

That’s about all the news for now. Sorry about the sparse posts. I am just too busy to put as much effort in as I was before. I am getting caught up again, though, I think. Maybe in another month or two I’ll be back to bored enough to post more frequently and diversely.

The last few weeks in a nutshell

So, this is the big update post I promised. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ll start way back 4th of July weekend at Sidney’s. I told you I was going to go, but sorta skipped talking about being there. It was as expected, so pretty cool. I got tons of food, and got to hang w/ a Pat and Sid and Lauren and Yusuke, so the best people basically. I got to go inner-tubing a little bit, although not enough. And I, of course, got to see some fireworks. They were pretty up close and personal in this case, which is fine, I guess. I’m not a big fireworks person either way, so whatever.

Moving on. Umm… new internship thing. 7 days. 1 full week that I spent almost no time training on. I’ve gone to some meetings, looked a bunch of code, written some stuff. I’ve got a lot of stuff to catch up on. It’s hard to understand all the stuff they wrote already, and know where to find stuff, but I’m getting there. I feel I was actually pretty productive Friday, so that’s good. The situation is pretty relaxed. Come in when you want, breaks when you want, leave when you want, within certain restrictions, obviously, but it’s all good. I’m hopeful things continue in a vein similar to the first week, just with me getting more competent.

The other news is that I’m renting a house in Richland with Aaron. It was really messed up when we saw it, but the rent is cheap so we went for it. Mom and Dad and Aaron and I have all put considerable hours over the last week and a half cleaning it up, and it’s to the point where it’s livable, at least mostly. Internet is going to get installed next week, supposedly, so once that’s there I could definitely live there. It’s within biking distance of work, so that’s much preferable to the current 30 minute drive, so I plan to get in as soon as I can stand it there. (meaning there’s internet)

So that’s the gist. I’ve been very busy. I spend most of my free time corresponding w/ my lovely gf, because I like her and we’re far apart. She’s gonna get to visit on Wednesday, though. Sidney, supposedly, is gonna drive over that same weekend or Thursday or something. So, Yay!

In the mean time Yusuke’s came and visited this weekend. He forgot his macbook power cord so he’s been using mom’s netbook all weekend. And we’re doing wii fit. We have to work on our posture. Pat’s around so we went swimming in his pool today instead of working on the house, which I think is a good weekend move, but the decision was made by Pat and Yusuke, they’re the drivers. 😛

So that’s a good update, right? You feel caught up?

NEWS! From the world of ME!

I went to Cheney, again, if you didn’t know.  After waiting so long for PNNL to call and tell me when I should start interning I gave them a call.  That’s what all the people said I had to do.  I was like, “Whatever,” but they were all like, “wooo hoowoi,” so I was all like, “Fine.”

Anyway, PNNL said they were waiting for Central to send them confirmation that I had graduated.  I called Central, and they said they were waiting until after July 2nd to send the confirmation because that’s when degrees get processed.  Armed with this knowledge I knew I would be safe coming to Cheney to hang out with Pat another week, and to facilitate quickly getting to Sidney’s for the 4th of July party.

So… Monday, in Cheney, I got a call from PNNL.  That call when they tell me when to come in.  The one I had been waiting for but had recently determined couldn’t possibly happen until July 6th.  Yeah.  Luckily they didn’t want me to start until July 9th, so the fact that I’m in Cheney was not a problem.  However, this does underscore the problem with calling people to get information.  The information makes you think you know things, but you can never known anything when dealing with bureaucracy.  One should always act like an animal, on instinct.  The illusion of knowledge will just get one into trouble.

Yeah, so that’s all settled.  I have to show up at 7:45 in the morning for orientation.  I love morning!

Pat bought a new mountain bike.  Like, it’s his and not his mommy’s.  We went riding on a gravel trail thing for like 12 miles.  I got a flat that pretty quickly drained my tire… so the last mile was a bit rough.  Pat’s bike is fast.  He let me ride it for a bit, and life is easy with a bike like his.  Fancy.

Today I went to a bike shop to get my tire fixed.  It took me like 30 minutes to walk to the place cause I am a meander-er, and I kinda went past it a couple blocks.  Then he said it would take him about an hour to get to it, but he didn’t know, maybe more. I decided to just hang out in “downtown” Cheney since I’d have to turn around right away if I went back to the APT.  I went to this thrift store that had amazing quantities of junk.  It had a book called “False Myths of Same Sex Love” or something like that.  I thought about buying it for Aaron, but then I didn’t.  I didn’t want the owner to think I was gay.

I wandered back to the bike shop just when he was about to call me, so I have good timing, I guess.  He said he found a tiny thorn in it, which is lame.  I mean, who puts thorns out in the middle of bike trails?  Intelligent design.  Phooey!

We’ve yet to try Pat’s bike on a real mountain biking trail… with rocks and tiny paths and sharp turns and stuff.  I’m pretty sure Pat has plans to try it out soon, though.  So that will likely be an adventure.

Oh, and I watched the entire first season of 30 Rock.  Yeah.  It’s a funny show.  Very funny.  Like, way more funny than modern stuff is, normally.  It’s odd.

Pat and I did that crazy ab workout thing that Dan taught me.  I still lose at the face up part.  I don’t think it’s fair, cause my tail bone is jamming into the floor and it’s very uncomfortable.  I think I’d do better with one of those gym mats or something.  I have a bony butt.

Thursday is when LAUREN! and Yusuke come to get me on the way to Sidney’s.  Pat has Friday off, so he’ll just drive up after work, I guess.  I tried to make it so we all went in one car to save gas, but apparently that’s super confusing and impossible.  Should be a pretty awesome weekend.  I’m very much looking forward to seeing Lauren… I mean everyone.

You know what’s cool about Sidney’s house?  You can eat dinner, and then, when you’re done, you’re full until dinner the next day.  Efficient.

Sims screwed up my computer so I might as well play it

For those of you not following my twitter I made a Sims house with 8 of the B-Podders, Dan, Hiro, Sidney, Naoya, Lauren, Me, Yusuke, and Elisabeth. They don’t let you do more than 8, or I probably woulda killed myself making everyone. Anyway, much of my time these days is spent with at least part of my attention focused on this silly game. If you would like to know details I suggest you ask, as I intend to try and not bore everyone with the details, although I might fail.

IRL I called PNNL and asked them what was up. They told me they were waiting on Central. So I called Central and asked them what was up and they told me that degrees aren’t processed until July 2nd, so they can’t tell PNNL I graduated until after that. So my vacation gets another extension. I will likely go to Cheney with Pat again this week, since I now know I can, as it will be more convenient for attending Sindey’s 4th of July celebrations. Plus I can hang out with Pat more before we are both relegated to work drone-itude.

Lastly, in the course of addressing my computer woes I have found in convenient to use mother’s computer from time to time.  As such I have also used IE, a thing I’ve not done often in years.  Using IE has exposed me to adds like the one below.  Now, I dunno what this is an ad for, although I’m sure it’ s utter crap, but apparently one need follow only “these one simple rule”.  /rolls eyes   I tend to scorn sheeple, but people are such gibbering morons that if they didn’t have that instinctual herd mentality we never would have made it this far.

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Since I’m leaving Cheney in a few hours I figured I’d do an update post explaining a bit of what I did during my week here.

On Monday, Pat’s first day of work, Pat and I did a easy little bike ride, on roads and paths.  We went 18 miles out to the lake.  It was a good date path.  Girlfriends would definitely like it.  So, now Pat knows.  We saw a couple turtles on the trip.  It was cool.  Along a long stretch of the path is a little stream on both sides, and they were coming out of there to sun themselves or something.  One was covered in green slime stuff.  So… that was kinda the highlight of that day.  We also fried chicken, and did it successfully, eventually.

Tuesday Pat didn’t have to go into work until 8.  Yeah, I know.  Awesome, huh.  One of these days we watched Crank 2.  And we played a bunch of Resistance over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.  We also watched quite a few Project Lore episodes.  We went to Subway on Tuesday cause we were missing cooking supplies and we felt lazy.

Wednesday, after Pat got back, we went shopping for a pot big enough to cook our corn, and got some grocery things we were missing.  First we ate a Tony’s pizza, though, to tide us over.  After successful shopping, except the pot being kinda broken, we successfully made corn.  The rest of the day was all Resistance.  While the corn cooked Pat and I did this ab work out competition thing I learned from Dan.  It was round two.   Round 1 on Monday was a sweep for Pat, but I one the face down half of the competition this day.  Uh… whoo?!?

Thursday I Skyped w/ Yusuke and Lauren a bit.  They were together since Yusuke was going up to Vancouver and stopped for lunch w/ Lauren.  Sidney came and got me afterwards and took me to Newport and her house.  We hung out with Emily Anne Geddes and their friend Shelby( or Shelly or something), and Pat came up after work.  He made it without directions or anything.  Instinct.  We trampolined, and Guitar Heroed mostly, but most importantly we ate tons of their food.  So that was good.

Today is the last day of work for Pat… … … this week.  I guess the plan is to jet out of here as soon as he gets home and go back to the Tri-Cities.  I bet he hopes to get home in time for dinner.

All the time when I’ve been alone has been spent watching podcasts and playing the Sims and chatting with people… mostly Lauren.

We go now.

Here I sit

So, I’m in Cheney.  Pat’s sleeping, hopefully.  He has to get up for work in like 4.5 hours.  We’re at Holly’s place.  She went home soon after we arrived.  Her roommate, roommate’s bf, and some unknown other male just arrived and are talking over there to the left in their own section of the apartment.  I didn’t know they were gonna be around.  /shrug  I hope they dun wake Pat.

My computer has contracted a rather nasty virus or malware or something, so I’m typing this on Pat’s laptop.  I’m working on fixing it, but I haven’t made much progress.  It’s very annoying.  I might end up just wiping the drive.  I was stupid to contract the thing.  I never learn.  Well, that’s not true.  I learned, and knew there was a great likelihood I was gonna contract something, I just figured it would be easier to fix than this.

I wonder if the roommate is being raped… kinda sounds like it.  Maybe not.  Probably not.

Sidney is apparently jobless now, which is bad cause she needs money, but good in that I am more likely to get to see her while I hang out over here this week.  Yeah?  Maybe?  Please?  I’m fun, kinda… sometimes.

I just pondered the nature of reality.  I note that my reality is dependant on what I know, and people control what I know to a large degree.  What I mean is those around me can influence my reality by omitting data, or telling fabrications.  I don’t particularly enjoy that others have such control over me.  However, it cannot be helped.  Also, I’m aware of this control, so my reality does take it into account as best possible with uncertainties, but it is unpleasant nonetheless.

Hmm… I’m not making very good sense.  I guess I’ll try to sleep.


Update: I didn’t go to sleep and my computer, at least so far, seems to be fixed.