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Saturday, 25 January 2003 [22:55 CST]

Today was a slow day. I woke up relatively early for a "sleeping-in" Saturday, and just hung around the house catching up on reading and hoping Walter would call to tell me my repaired guitar was ready. He never did, so I'm going to be without a backup guitar tomorrow. Hope my strings hold up.

At 4:00 I went to go work out with John and Kendall, and this time I maxed out on bench press before I got tired. I was able to do 170 lbs. but not 180, though I have reason to believe the weights at John's apartment complex weigh "light", so it was probably less weight. Still, since I only weigh 145-150, that's not bad.

After working out I went up to the school to knock out some grading. I got two classes out of five done, so I may have to do the rest tomorrow.

I'd hoped to get groceries and do laundry today, but my morning was just too slow.

Friday, 24 January 2003 [23:57 CST]

I'd like to take a moment to praise my web host, LexiConn, who I've been using ever since this site switched to its own domain name almost two years ago. When trying to get the server-side includes working, something wasn't happening the way I expected it to. I sent an email to their support address asking for help. This was just before 11:00 P.M. my time, which is midnight their time. I got a response in 4 minutes and 49 seconds from a human being who'd obviously read my email, and which fixed my problem exactly. Now that's why I pay $20 a month for web hosting.

Friday, 24 January 2003 [22:29 CST]

I'd like to mention that I have a student in Computer Science III whose name does not appear on the Internet at all. Sean Marcoulides is cool kid and one of the few teenagers I know that only drinks water. (Not even soft drinks!) Back in elementary school classmates were taught how to spell his last name using the Mickey Mouse Club theme song, "M-A-R, C-O-U, L-I-D-E-S." So anyway, I thought it was a shame he didn't have any Internet presence, so I thought I'd remedy that. Welcome to the Internet, Sean Marcoulides.

Spent a while this evening converting my whole site to use server-side includes, so I'll only have one copy of the navigation bar, footer, title, etc. instead of duplicating that HTML on every page. This won't mean anything to you loyal readers, but it makes it easier for me to update to look of the site. I may have missed some links, so if you notice anything broken, let me know.

Wednesday, 22 January 2003 [23:24 CST]

Been too long since I updated. Been busy with AcaDec and meetings and such. It's good, but I'm still too busy to do a full-on update here. I've gotten the last Soul Coughing album, El Oso. Did you know that it was possible to have an entire album stuck in your head for a week? This one's been on heavy rotation.

Been working out (with weights, even) on Saturdays with Kendall and my former roommate John. I'm only ten pounds away from being able to bench my weight.

Also continued to break strings on my guitar for different reasons. I tried to fix something myself on Monday and only ended up breaking it more, so it's in the shop again. Go Walter.

I now know how to do square roots by hand, which makes me happy. And I got to have lunch with one of my best friends from high school, the now-engaged Steve Foster. More later (this weekend, maybe).

Saturday, 4 January 2003 [12:47 CST]

I've finished reading Wild at Heart, and it was excellent. Now I think I'm going to take a look at the workbook. God's really used the book to talk to me about some things I needed to hear. Highly recommended.

I got some unexpected Christmas money from my grandmother, so of course I went out on another little shopping spree, though I think I'm going to use most of the money for car repair things. First I bought a cordless drill, so I spent time yesterday drilling holes in things and screwing in screws with great force. This allowed me to mount a paper towel holder in my kitchen and to switch around the door on my dryer (it's intended to be reversible, but I couldn't put in the screws by hand). So that's pretty cool.

I also drove down to Guitar Center and picked up the Fender pedal tuner. I'd bought my brother one for Christmas, and played around with it a little myself, and liked it so much I wanted to get my own. And I'll be using mine way more than he's using his right now, since I actually play with other musicians (thus necessitating me being in some standard tuning) on a weekly basis.

I got my guitar back from Walter at Musical Exchange just in time for practice on Thursday. He replaced my saddle with one made of bone (I didn't ask whose bones), and it's playing really well right now. Hopefully I'll quit breaking strings, too.

I also mailed off one of my Fender instrument cables for a warranty repair, since the tip of the cable got bent somehow. Hopefully they'll fix or replace it and send me a new one and prove themselves true to their word.

I watched Minority Report, which I'd borrowed from a friend. I really liked it. One down, bunches of movies to go.

Otherwise I've just been sleeping late and hanging out. I get back to school Monday morning, and I think I'm ready to change the world again.

Happy new year, by the way. I went to go see Point of Contact play again, and they did play well. Then I went over to a friend's house for a party, and we played some party games. Got some late and slept in late. Kind of like a pattern there.

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