So I've not paid a whole lot of attention to this blog - or the web for that manner - in a while. That's not right. For one thing, the web gives us lots of shiny things to look at. For another, I will be counting on the web and its various capacities for my bread and butter not too long from now (I HOPE!!!). Now then, let's see what's happening.
The Colts, 7-0, face the Patriots, longtime rivals and also 7-0, on Sunday. American football is about the only sport I get excited to watch these days, and then just with the Colts. A quick check on ebay shows that there are pairs of tickets on sale for as much as $3,500. My dad sold the VW for less, much less. I know a couple of people who are going just because one works at the radio station; now football's one of those sports that's usually better to watch on TV since in person you can't see as much, and it's this property alone that keeps me from going into homicidal jealous rages.
On the subject of rages, my parents' second car has gone kaput, which means until we come up with a solution we're three working people with one car. We've worked it so far so that all three of us can manage, but it's incredibly limiting. We'd go to St. Louis and steal my car back from my sister... if we had a car.
My baby brother took my cell phone when I left for England, and when I returned my number was in a phone that shuts itself off after two minutes. I wanted a phone with the ability to store contact information and some data, something like a PDA, but as anyone who's looked at cell phones knows those get pricey. I had $100 in equipment credit from Verizon but even that doesn't bring it down enough, AND using the credit apparently disqualifies me from other available discounts. I'd been doing legwork and research for a few days now and I'm ready to agree with the general opinion: Verizon has an amazing network and complete shit for customer service. So I ordered a phone online in an attempt to screw as many Verizon employees out of work as possible. With luck I should be hearing the dog bark its head off in a couple of hours and then I can start praying to the Patron Saint/ Aztec god of new toys Technocatyl that I can make it work.
And on making things work, I'm working on updating my web site. I was going to be content with fresh content, a few color scheme touches and that's it, but then Brad starts telling me about things like CSS and streamlined content management systems (NOT Mambo, fellow bloc editors!!!!), and if this works out it'll mean a very VERY different site. I'll be able to update it at a moment's notice from the web AND keep an integrated blog on the site. So if that works out that's where I'll keep my new blog.
20 days and I go to Falmouth to graduate. I'm really excited to see everyone again, excited to go back to a beautiful, historic, and charismatic corner of the world, and excited to sue UCF for discrimination. You see, I'm pretty sure they arranged the date of the ceremony specifically to discourage US citizens out of their Thanksgiving holiday. As soon as I've got my evidence together, all I need to do is take it to a barrister, set up an expense account in Cornwall, maintain a working correspondence...
...you know, I may just have to let it slide.