Pat's Log
Tue, 28 Mar 2006

A Promotion...
...but not really. However, Xandros is getting me business cards. Yes, my first official business cards. I never thought I would see the day. I remember when I was little and going to visit my mom at work, I was always fascinated with office stationary and whatnot. It's like a little part of me is fulfilled now.

I haven't been writing here much lately. The general theory is that I only write when there is something interesting to write about. Well, there hasn't been anything interesting to write about. Work is keeping me very busy, and outside of work I'm finishing projects -- usually away from the computer. Whereas previously I had started many projects and there were many interesting things to write about, now I find myself completing them, and it takes time.

Tomorrow is my twenty-fourth birthday. I can still remember a time when there was much anticipation of presents, cake, etc. Not so anymore. Instead, I find myself planning around what is certain to be a hectic day at the office. Is this what being a grown-up feels like? Maybe I'll sleep in or something.

The latest addiction in my life is Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas. It builds upon the multiplayer stubs in GTA:SA. The result is unbelievably addictive multiplayer races, rallies, and deathmatches. The coolest feature, by far, is that checkpoints can change vehicles. When a map is designed to use the features of the engine, it makes for a pretty unique game.

Watched the final episode of this season of Battlestar Galactica. I really don't know where this is going. I'm a little annoyed at this one. It's possible something good will come out of the plot development, but I can't see it right now. Unlike Star Trek, there is small likelihood that time travel is involved or that this is a parallel universe. I have faith in Ron Moore. Something good will come out of this. But I already miss the ship with the UBC dome.

That's all for now; there are many little anecdotes I could type away at, but why bother? Maybe there will be a picture next time...

[] | posted @ 04:53 | link
Sat, 18 Mar 2006

Iron Ring and Saint Patrick's Day
I have not written here in several weeks. There is no need to apologize for the reasons, there simply have not been any worty of mention. Work has been busy, model has been progressing, yadda, yadda, etc, etc.

However, this evening is a special occasion. Not only it is St. Pat's day, it's also Ring Day for a whole new year of Engineers. I felt it important to attend all of the post-ceremony activities. I'm still inebriated from the whole experience... I find that makes for the most honest and interesting writing.

The first thing I attended immediately after work was the Iron Ring reception at Olivers. There were very many familiar faces, free beer, and good times to be had. It felt, frankly, like I had never left Carleton.

After everyone had left (mostly for the Honest Lawyer), I decided to explore the newly redesigned Unicenter. I believed it to be an unfortunate redesign, employing modern "blue glass" architecture. It most certainly was disappointing. However, music from upstairs drew me in. It came from Mike's Place, the only good pub on campus. After walking around some of the new, highly acclaimed facilities (which were, in my opinion, crap, as in, "Ooooh, it's shiny!"), I walked into Mike's Place. Indeed, a fantastic duo consisting of a guitar and tenor sax were playing great music. This pub has not changed at all in my time at Carleton. Even now, a whole 6 years after the smoking ban, Smokleen machines are still on the ceiling. The original appearance of the Unicenter, with exposed dark brick and brown trim, is still there. I ordered a Guinness. Efficient "Cool White" light poured into the dark lounge from outside as the two musicians played in the classic yellow incadescent bulbs. It was unbelievably nostalgic. Modern architecture is a disgrace.

Eventually I pulled myself out to join everyone at the downtown pub. I met so many people I haven't seen in about a year. It really doesn't feel like so long. Does time slow down more and more as we get older? It seemed that most of the people there were of my vintage. I estimate that I knew 80% of the people in the room. One of the conversations that is worthy of mention is with Edwin, who wanted to set his MSN-Messenger buddy icon to an Iron Ring in light of the ceremony. He searched Google Images for "Iron Ring". On the first result page, my entry from precisely a year ago came up. It pictured my hand holding my then new ring. It's been a year. A whole year. Where am I going with this life? Why does it not feel like 365 days?

Words simply do not describe what I felt tonight. Relief, as though nothing's changed in the last year. Sorrow, missing university and all of the people. Accomplishment, regarding having a job that I like, not monotonous. Jealousy: does everyone have a steady girlfriend now? Renewed pride: I have the ring; it's a symbol of what I believe, and others cherish it as well. Seeing and talking to everyone was simply great, plain and simple. The only emotion left to describe tonight is joy: I really, really enjoyed catching up with everyone.

After getting home, I wrote this. While doing so, I finished off a bottle of vodka received at graduation last year. Appropriate.

[] | posted @ 07:22 | link

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