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October 30th, 2007

Positively tropical, work and presentation, and this weekend @ 10:41 am

Current Mood: loved loved

On Sunday night, the 14th named storm of the season came into being. This is landmark because the storm's name when it became a tropical storm is Noel, my name. It's even pronounced correctly by reporters as they talk about it on the news. If only the doctors office people would listen to them and not call me No-el all the time. Yes, I get given a hard time at Christmas, especially moreso since I started dating my fellow "Christmas ornament ", but still. I'm likely to be a Christmas ornament, Holly's trim, but whatever people want to do, it's ok with me.

So this mornin I felt empowerd that I was, according to the National Weather Service, "hugging Cubas norther n coast". I'm forecast to strengthen tomorrow to near hurricane strength, but darnit, I shouldn't become formidable before turning into the Atlantic and being extratropical. I still find it nteresting that the NWS is naming storms with all of these crazy names. Humberto? Noel? I've never met many of either of these names, and I know for a fact that Hurricane Noel existed in 1996 because I remember talking about it with my first girlfriend, Amber, in tenth grade back in Arizona. If I remember, it was in the Pacific. No, I lied, it was in 1995, and it was in the Atlantic. According to Wikkipedia, linked here, I've been named three times, in 1995, 2001, and now. I've only met two other Noels in my 28 year existence, and they've had three Noels before. I feel special

Today, I've been working on the presentation for the East Tennessee Economic Council on Friday, and my Oak Ridge National Labs presentation on Monday. These are going to stress me out, but I should do ok, hopefully. I'm sture I will yammer about it as the week goes on.

I'm also working on this project for a refinery, and it stresses me out, mostly because I have no freaking clue what I'm doing. I'm sure I will figure it out, I always do, but getting there is the difficult thing.

This weekend was fun. On Saturday, Holly and I went to this really tasty hamburger place in Knoxville called Littons (I'm spelling it wrong I'm sure). As hamburgers go, they were amazing, and I'm not exactly sure what makes them that way, but they were. After that, we went and looked at really intricately carved statues in this civil war era cemetery in town. I know that these statues are not unique to Knoxville, but I'd never been shown how intricate they are, and how long it must have taken to carve by hand. The thing that amazed me most was that the letters and inscriptions were not actually inscribed on the stone, but stuck out from the surface. So to do this, the carver would ahve to had to remove all of the stone to a flat surface, and leave the letters in relief. Very cool, and fun. This weekend, I'm going to visit her family where she lives. It will be fun, and I'll be ok, I swear I will :P.

And that's about what's going on here. I should get back to doing work. More soon.
 
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From:awallens
Date:October 30th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I want a hurricane named after me!
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From:djner
Date:October 30th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Actually, you should ahve become a storm in 2006, but you were only tropical depression 1, and never became a named storm. I don't understand how this works. Look up Tropical Storm Amber on wikipedia They say there have been two named Ambers in recorded time, though they call one of them Amanda. I only can find one off the coast of Australia in 1997. So there you have it, I must be bored.
From:awallens
Date:October 30th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Well I was only a tropical depression? How boring! lol
From:vitaoamore
Date:October 30th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
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i hadn't even considered that you guys both have Christmas names! That's kind of funny. :)
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From:djner
Date:October 30th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, my Mom had it figured out right after I told her about Holly, and Holly and her fam figured it out before we were even together. Call me slow, what can I say.
From:vitaoamore
Date:October 30th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
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obviously, I'm slower that you are though. :P

Today I started working on an arrangement of "I need thee every hour"... AAH!
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From:djner
Date:October 30th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Man, it'd help if I were logged in when I posted that comment. Here it is again logged in as me.

Keep on that arrangement, I've got one going now, and it's pretty. I mix it with some hymn which I can't remember which one. You're not that slow.
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From:falcon13
Date:October 30th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
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have a great weekend, HurricaneBoy!
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From:djner
Date:October 30th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Man, the weekend's like three days from now. Hurricane boy? BOy? I'm 28 my friend, but still ... boy does describe me at times, especially when I get into burping contests with people. Thanks for the comment.
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From:falcon13
Date:October 31st, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
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I know how old you are! ;-)

btw, my 30-year-old friend who recently graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute is affectionately known to me and his family as 'RocketBoy'.

and, I'm known as an Apple 'fanboy' . . . so THERE!

adios, muchacho . . .

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