Sunday, August 27, 2006

I got a haircut.

I didn't realize how terrible this picture was until I saw it on the computer. Oh well.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Thursday night I went to the Portland Beavers game. My boss has season tickets and gave me two "Flex" ones meaning you could redeem them for any home game. I chose this one because it was a Thursday night, aka "Thirsty Thursday". They are typically the most attended and wild due to half the stadium being plastered (cheap beer).

I took Laurel and we had another night of fun, they are getting to be so many I've lost count. Wish I was 21 because then we could have drank our brains out, but oh well. Laurel could've gotten some but chose not to.

As for the game, the Beavers looked like they were going to win it, going up 4-1 after seven innings. It's at this time I spotted my boss and another co-worker she took to the game. My boss was sober enough (she's built up a tolerance) but the person she was with was smashed. She kept saying things like "you're sooooo cute" and "Thomas is sooooo smart" and shit like that. It was weird, but oh well.

I need a haircut.

Swwwwing and a miss. Notice the packed beer garden... there was one along third base as well.

Speaking of which, Laurel just called me from the Mariners game smashed. They just won after a nice little rally in the bottom of the 8th. For some reason she thought I was a big Red Sox fan and called to rag on me... I dunno. Glad she had fun though, I'd love to take in a game at Safeco.

As for the Beavers game, they blew it and ended up losing 8-4 after Las Vegas scored 5 runs in the 9th inning. The relief pitcher allowed SIX consecutive hits to start the inning on about 9 pitches. 4 of them were extra basers. The home town Thirsty Thursday crowd was not pleased and booed him loudly.

Despite the loss, good times were had. 12,679 people were at the game, the second highest attendence of the season second to the 4th of July crowd.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Okay, just had a little heart attack there. When I went to it automatically redirected me to or something because when I logged in my blog wasn't there. So I got kinda frantic... but its because I logged into the beta service, not the normal one. They are going to have A LOT of people confused if they just casually redirect you like that. I mean, COMMMME ON! (tribute to Rob Corddry).

Mainly I want to tell you about Monday. Me and Laurel went down to Corvallis to get tickets to the football game and also bring some stuff to my apartment. Well I didn't really get that together because most the stuff was either really big or small and scattered, so oh well. I did finally put the fan I bought at the garage sale in my room.

What I did so was rearrange some furnature and get it looking like it might in the fall. Not for sure, but it was better than scattered everywhere like it was:

Yes, no, maybe so?

Finishing touches.

The kitchen.

So after that we ventured on down to the dollar tree down the street to see what it was all about. I ended up spending four bucks on household stuff and got:

-Kitchen Soap
-Shower Curtain Rings
-Shower Curtain
-Something else? Can't remember.

What a perv.

Then it was onto get our tickets. Oh wait, actually this happened first but its too late to go back now. So lets pretend it happened after. We got our tickets at the box office and then checked out the Beavers practice:

Brandon Powers goes up for the catch... he got creamed and didn't make it.

Skeleton drill... receivers vs. secondary.

So that was my first experience of a Beaver football practice. It was kinda interesting to see how things worked, what drills they ran, who made good plays, etc. Some of the coaches were really vocal but Riley was pretty low key. All the practices are open to the public, one of the cool things about OSU. A lot of schools now don't even let reporters in, but Oregon State likes to keep the community feeling or whatever going, because they had bleachers and a good 50 or so fans were watching.

Anyways, that all took place after getting off work and leaving around 2 in the afternoon.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Let's see... what has been going on lately? Last Sunday I golfed and did terrible on the front nine but decent on the back nine. I think my total was in the 120s but I know on the back I shot in the 50s, which is good for me. It was at Tri-Mountain so I lost a lot of balls but also found some, so in all my score was about -4 (balls).

Work has been the same, nothing new really. Next week on Thursday Timeea (the girl who took over for me when I went to college) is going to Romania for a month, so I am covering for her. Another co-worker is going to help me out, but I'll still be working probably 7 hours or so a day. We'll see, I don't really know until it happens, but it will be nice. Much better than sitting in the closet fixing this part number process IDs, I'm about to kill myself over it... but not really. Normally I mix some other activities into the day and its not so bad.

Beaver football season is almost here! They start Thursday the 31st (my birthday!) against Eastern Washington. While the game probably won't be very exciting, the atmosphere, crowd, sea of orange, silent fireworks when we score, chainsaw, etc. will be. College football is the bestest time of the year.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Today we hauled a bunch of stuff to our new apartment in Corvallis. Kenny's dad's company had a trailer they could hook to the back of their pickup that we could use, so we ended up hauling A LOT of stuff down there. That trailer was really useful and saved us a bunch of trips or the hassle of renting one.

Anywho, a lot went down but there's still a little bit to go. My bedframe went down, along with the TV (see post below) which was another fiasco, although not as wild this time. Our couch is in there, the recliner we bought is in there, all the kitchen stuff, lamps, table... etc. Here is the basic floorplan of our apartment:

And here's what it will look like once everything is in there... plus we might get a few more things to fill it up:

Thank you "Sims 2" for those shots.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Gather round everyone, it's storytime!

So I've been scanning Craigslist for TVs to buy for the new apartment. Kenny has a 19" but that wasn't going to be big enough for the main room, I wanted something more impressive. Anyways I checked a lot at work, even went after a 27" one but the reply e-mail was sorted into the junk mail folder and I didn't discover that until too late. Thank goodness for that though, or else I wouldn't have this story to tell.

I see this great 32" TV at work at something like 10:50am. Getting really excited I reach for the cell phone to call the guy because he just posted it like 20 minutes ago and I knew I was going to be first. But hell, I forgot my cell phone at home. Gah. This guy wanted a call too, no e-mail. So I facebook/myspace messaged Laurel (who hadn't woken up yet) to call the guy for me. Anyways she got up soon and got on it (gracias). Anyways, we had the TV saved for us and were to pick it up later that night.

The TV was up in Vancouver and we were supposed to pick it up at 8:00 so we (Laurel came with to keep me company) left around 7:30pm. Anyways we sail through Portland and are about to cross the Interstate bridge but its up to let a boat go by!

Blast! Click for bigger version.

Turned out to be only a few minutes so it wasn't that bad. As we are getting off the freeway (exit 5) I realize I never took money out of the bank. It was $100 and the guy wanted cash, so oh shit. Anyways, Umpqua Banks aren't extremely common, I knew there was one somewhere in Vancouver but it could be anywhere. So we spotted a WinCo Foods store and stopped in. Withdrew cash from an ATM with fees of course, so it ended up being $102.50. Whatever, what's two and a half dollars?

So we head back over the freeway and in the correct direction of their house, and what do you know, three blocks later there is THE ONE FUCKING UMPQUA BANK IN ALL OF VANCOUVER. Oh well, at that point I just laughed. What else could happen? A lot.

Anyways we get kinda lost but eventually find the house after calling the guy and having him lead us into their driveway. It was a nice house occupied by this guy, his wife, their two kids, and their black lab dog. The 1950s would be proud. But really, their kids were really cute (Sam and Holly, I think) the dog was nice, and the guy was very dedicated to getting the TV hoooked up to something so I could see the picture and make sure it worked.

Anyways the thing was huge and I was impressed. Finally we moved it into another room and hooked it up to the cable. Everything looked good so I paid the people and then we tried to load it into my car. Therein lies the problem.

Wouldn't fit in the trunk. Wouldn't fit in the back seat. The only option left was try to wedge it in the front seat with the seat way back (gangsta style yo). So somehow we managed to shove it in, but still its not completely in. There is a corner on the top that just won't fit. It's already encroaching on the driver's seat so it wouldn't go in any further. Laurel then points out we could roll down the window and see if it fits what that corner sticking out.

Sure enough we roll down the window and managed to shut the door. So there is a corner of the TV sticking out the window as we fly south back down I-5.

It was hard to make right turns.

Not so good for the aerodynamic aspect of the car with the corner sticking out.

So finally we get back to Tualatin and have a dandy of a time getting back out of the car. Finally, with my dad helping, we manage to shove it back out. It was basically like giving birth, but was much shorter at about 10 minutes. We moved it upstairs into my room where it will stay until I go to college.

Did not think that one through.

Anyways, victory.

Monday, August 07, 2006

I've been pretty sucessful in getting stuff for our new apartment. So far we have:

-Pots & Pans
-Some Plates/Bowls
-Box Fan
-TV Stand
-Coffee Table (thanks to Laurel's sis)

That's stuff we've obtained. Both are bedrooms are already stocked and then we have stuff like lamps/side tables we are bringing from home. We still need:

-Main TV
-Kitchen Chairs
-Decor (?)
-Shower Curtain

Should be interesting. Most the stuff we've gotten from garage sales... we went one Saturday and got a bunch. And then my boss at work is hooking me up with a bunch of stuff and Kenny is getting stuff from his parents and my parents might give me the toaster/blender and buy new (fingers crossed) so yeah. Things are working out.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Wednesday immediately after work I headed towards my sister's house. It was her birthday on the 3rd, so we had a little get together with some of her friends, my mom, my aunt, and me! It was at some park in North Portland where the Portland Festival Symphony was playing.

Anywho I really battled traffic to get to my sister's house (apparently 3:15pm is rush hour now). I finally got there about 20 minutes late but they weren't ready anyways (I met my mom and sister). So finally we pack it up and head to the park. We didn't take the freeway since it was so tied so, so we spent some time wandering our way to the park on city streets.

Finally we get there and see my Aunt Lena. We settle down to a feast that my mom has prepared... bread with cheese, fruit of all kinds, chocolate cake, salad, eggplant... and probably some other stuff. We also brought along some wine to class things up.

However the day before my sister got in a bike wreck and broke her collarbone (!) but she still came. She was a little out of it and in some pretty good pain but still had a good time. Finally after gorging, oh there were berries!, we decided to head back to my aunt's house.

There we just all sat around and talked. Don't remember much what it was about, probably a lot about how stupid Bush is, but I remember it was fun. After a good couple of hours we finally spilt up.

So I ended up getting home at 11:10pm after leaving the house at 9:00am. It was worth it though.