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August 26th, 2003

Made it, day 2 down, many days to go. @ 09:57 pm

I should appologize for the despeartion of my last entry. I wanted to get it out of my system that in fact I thought I was in fact up a creek without a paddle to put it mildly. It was not the case. After eating less than a half of a doughnut at breakfast, I met Teresa, the textlab laday and ad hoc cart driver, at the designated meeting place. We zoomed over to engineering, along the way talking about how I'd actually make it, if I would actually make it to my other classes. I was so worried mostly because my classes were so close together giving the cart operators not much time to get to and from the union to get me and take me very short distances to these particular classes. What we decided to do is for me to try to find these classes since I'd been to all the buildings before and that way the cart wouldn't have to pick me up every hour. It worked well.

I'm impressed with this semester's selection ofprofessors and classes. Although you probably don't care about my classes, I'll talk about the people who teach the classes as its the people who actually get me the info, it just doesn't come via osmosis.


  • Circuits, tauht by Dave Harbour a cool guy. We learn the very basics in that class about circuits. I really liked Dave because he was like "I know that none of you want to be in this class so we're not going to try to bore you and make you convert to electrical engineering. We're just going to get you out of here." That guy's got the right idea, oh yeah. He seems probably about in his forties, he has kids and seemed really willing to work with me. Very big difference from Em Ward who was a bit impersonal and very hard to work with. Dr. Ward had an issue with my dog which I couldn't have this semester.

  • Statics: a what I think in my mind is a freaking pointless class. We learn basically the study of forces on a body at rest. I've done a month of the class with Dr. Jong and it still sucks, and sucks a lot. He's a Chineese guy and not that I'm prejudice against Chineese guys, he's just a bit on the clueless side. He's been teaching this class for like 30 years and he does not do well with change i.e. having a blind dude in his class.

  • Analytical Chemistry. We study chemistry and how you might analyze the elements in a particular substance, that is very basic. And you can see previous entries about the cool questions you might get whilst studying analytical chemistry. Ingrid Frich is very cool, the coolest of my professors I think. She's outgoing, kind of reminds me of a high school teacher. She's frank and to the point but ready and willing to get you the knowledge and most importantly ready to HELP me. Very very nice, and I can't wait to work hard to do well in that class.


Luckily I did not have lab today, so I got to go to Brough, the dining hall, and eat a leisurely lunch, then come back here and bs which I am very good at. Me and Chris went down to the Enhanced Learning Center which rocks I might add, and talked to cool people about computer things. We're supposed to get a computer that will talk down there, and they were in the process of fixing the image so it actually worked when we used it. It was very nice of the lab operator to show us around the ELC (to the reception area, the tutoring areas, and the study areas), and then back through the labs. I went and inquired about getting some help with statics and they kind of looked at me like, what the ...??? That issue is still kind of up in the air but I think they do more tutoring with lower level subjects not subjects that only crazy and totally mad humanoids would take, especially when faced with the idiocy of Dr. Jong. I came back her and wasted time talking on AIM which I admit really does waste a hell of a lot of time, and then went to dinner.

So much happened today both good and bad and getting lost in dinner just didn't go well in the fray. I don't know how I got turned around, but I did, and I ended up halfway to engineering somehow rather than a block back which was where the dining hall. Luckily this guy that I had known from Brough before, he worked as a food server and helped me through the line before, rescued me. He actually got out of his truck asked me "Hey man, how are you, you need help man??? Oh yeah man, you still drunk?" If I could have given him a quizical look I would have at that point. I then remembered that somehow when I was taking some form of pain crack, he made some wise ass crack at how I was acting drunk and that stuck. Oh the little things you forget and how if taken out of context they can get totally blown to universal proportions. I made it to Brough and all was well thanks to Robert. I am gracious that there are nice people still left in the world even if they ask you if you are still drunk at random moments.

Came back after dinner and talked on the phone to (I can't even pronounce or write this lj user name so I'll jsut parenthecize an make it really long and complicated). It was nice to talk to someone who I've actually read journals, and good to always put a voice to her written words. Also had about 3.7 words with lucid42day and that was good. Its always to have nice man conversations which consist of one word responses and declarations of money and when you're going to get paid. It was great and I hope to talk to more people soon. Anyway, enough of this rambling. Tomorrow's computer methods again and a statics drill which I probably won't go to, so I should go so I can talk to another lj user which I won't name to protect the theoretically innocent, so I'll write more later, and I promise it won't be desperate next time.
 
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From:lucid42day
Date:August 26th, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC)

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Well, I had just come back from Sears, store of the gods, when my sister thrusts the phone into my face. The look on her face implied I'd never guess who it was, which made it easy.

For the curious, I purchased a bench vise with a 6 inch jaw, a cylinder hone, some kind of valve grinder, some metal polish, and.. er.. I think it was a vacuum gauge or some shit. Most of it was clearance, except for the vise. Since I have a real vise elsewhere, this little one is just for little stuff around the house. The rest of it is for miscellaneous automotive projects, as they arise.. Except for the metal polish.

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From:sunnyblue
Date:August 26th, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC)

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I don't even know what any of those objects you mention are :)
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From:djner
Date:August 26th, 2003 09:31 pm (UTC)

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All I recognize is a vice, that's about it :).
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From:lucid42day
Date:August 27th, 2003 06:17 am (UTC)

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I do. A bench vise is used for squeezing or holding things. One jaw is immobile, and the other is on a screw that movex it back and forth. They're very useful, when mounted.

A cylinder hone is basically 3 stones in a tripod configuration, and it's designed to smooth out the bore of an engine cylinder. I'm going to be pulling one apart in a couple of weeks, and it was on sale. Plus the engine has almost 200,000 miles on it, so I figure it probably needs smoothed out some.

A valve grinder is just a thing to put the right angle on valves in the cylinder head. While I have that engine out, I may as well do a valve job on it.

The vacuum tester tests how many feet of vacuum the engine is pulling. The car is a 1990 model, and I think it still uses vacuum modulation to tell the transmission when to shift. I just want to make sure it has no leaks. Plus, I suspect Julie's car (different car) has a vacuum leak. I want it to be in good order before she steps in it for the first time, so I need to make sure it doesn't need something serious like a valve job now or in the immediate future.

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From:djner
Date:August 27th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC)

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Like she's going to need a valve job in that thing. She'll probably crash it before she gets anywhere. Very nteresting the tools you have.
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From:djner
Date:August 26th, 2003 09:26 pm (UTC)

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Dude, that was random, adn I enjoyed talking to you, it rocked man, and I love the randomness. We must do it again some time.
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From:jumpingjuniper
Date:August 26th, 2003 11:51 pm (UTC)

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your not going to give me the adive and expect me to put it in my purse are you? lol:)
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From:jumpingjuniper
Date:August 26th, 2003 11:42 pm (UTC)
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theoretically innocent? me confused. lol i get confused quite often.

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