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October 5, 2002
    Brien cut my hair, and I cut his.  I got the better end of the bargain, because I made a silly mistake on his cut.  I know better for next time to not take the guard off.  It will grow back at least, and doesn't look too bad as it is.
    I learned how to use a database program called Access today.  It may help with my homework enough that I'll finish on time.  I didn't realize until Friday that the assignment it due on Monday.  At least it is fairly easy.
    It was cold outside, and snowed for a bit yesterday.  I'm headed to the Rider game tomorrow, so I guess I'll have to take my winter coat with me.

October 14, 2002
    I went home for the long weekend.  I took the STC bus from Regina to Lafleche, and I only had to get on 3 different busses to get there.   It would have been 2 but the first bus was too small to take all 15 or so from Regina, so we had to wait 10 minutes for another to arrive.  Then we picked up some passengers in Moose Jaw, and switched to the bus going to Gravelbourg, at Mossbank.  At Lafleche I watched some football, and showed Grandma some of my pictures from the Rider's game the previous weekend.  The Riders lost that game in overtime, and lost this week to Winnipeg too.
    I have a midterm tomorrow, and have a feeling another is right around the corner too, so I better get going on my homework.  Soon I will have enough work to choke an ox.Broken power poll from an auger accident

October 17, 2002
    I have so much homework, and so little good sleep now, that I am a little behind now.  I'm going to study for a quiz tomorrow in Astronomy, start an assignment, finish another, and go to bed at a decent time tonight.  There is a Rider game on Saturday, movies on Friday night, and homework until my eyes pop out of my head for the rest of the weekend.  I think I fit in a pool game too, with some laundry time thrown in out of necessity.Allen and the Lions vs. Riders
October 21, 2002
    I have a midterm tomorrow that I have to prepare for.  It is a fairly simple class where we haven't learned too many concrete ideas, so the midterm could be very tricky.
    I watched Contact the space movie on Friday.
Agribition Rodeo Clown
The next morning I watched the Riders barely beat the Lions 13 -11, and played cards Saturday night.Leonard, Gainer's cousin

October 23, 2002
    I shot a movie today with Robert and Brien.  We were making a two minute trailer for a fake movie, with Brien as the hero Captain Insaino Man, who wears a light blue cape and ski mask and falls off of buildings, etc.  We constructed a dummy from my pillow, mask, safety pin, clips, balloon, and newspaper, to throw off of high places to pretend our hero survives the falls.  Editing is the next step now, but that is up to the others, as it is for their lab assignment, not mine.

October 25, 2002
    The Riders blew a game in Edmonton.  Now they have no chance at hosting the playoff game.  I went to Subway after with Rob and Rick, and cashed in my free 6 inch sub.
    I shot a few games of pool too, and lost the first one, but won the next 2, with one of them the other player never sank one of his balls.  I played a solo game later, and sank all the balls with the 8 last in 23 shots.  The next time I did it in 17 shots so I quit for the night.

October 26, 2002
    Dad was in Regina today, and I went out to Swiss Chalet for supper.  The rest of the day consisted of homework and ... yet to be decided stuff.

October 29, 2002
    I am surviving the flood of homework.   I had a friend over and we played cards, and watched Dr. Strangelove the movie about the Atomic Bomb, created in the 1960s.  It was very funny. 

November 1, 2002
    Halloween yesterday was good.  I listed a bunch of joke auctions on eBay including a scorched math textbook, empty candy wrappers, rock set, half empty vaseline skin cream tube, and the movie I shot with friends the other weekend around campus.  The midterm I wrote today didn't go so well, but I hope to make it up on the Final exam.
    I watched movies and TV in the evening after ordering pizza.  I had pizza for lunch, but the delivered stuff was a "bit" better.

November 2, 2002
    My rock set sold today, as did my two 50 cent coins.  I had someone interested in my car, but they are in Detroit, which is too far for me to drive it.

November 4, 2002
    My wrappers set sold today, and I'm running in a Student Union by-election. My campaign page. "If you can mark an X, you are my kind of people!"

November 7, 2002
    Working on my Astronomy 201 and CS400 assignments tonight, after my Astronomy lab.

November 10, 2002
    Yesterday I went to the Linux Open Source Expo at the Ramada Hotel in Regina.  I got a free CD with lots of cool open source software that works on Windows computers.  I can get the same software for Linux too, if I ever completely switch.  I went with Robert, early in the morning for a Saturday.  Earlier that night there was a person trying to get into the residence, and when they failed they pulled the fire alarm in the front lobby as they left quickly.  I went to bed at a decent time, so when I woke up quickly at 2:45am I thought it was more like 6:00am.  Lucky for me it wasn't because by that time it was snowing hard in Regina.  I threw on my pants [over my pajamas], socks, shoes, watch, jacket, and grabbed my book bag as I left through the back door which is very close to my room.  I was prepared to leave quickly and even had my wallet and camera with me, but decided not to use either of them while I was up.  Very few people were outside because most had gone home for the long weekend.  I joked with someone that only the losers [who hadn't gone home] and foreign exchange students were left in the building.  For the first false alarm ever, we actually got to go back inside before the fire department showed up, because this time the security guard Bob had time to call the department, instead of hunt or sit on the culprit who pulled the alarm.
    After supper Brien, Robert and I went to see Spider Man again.  It is a really good movie, and this time Brien didn't accidentally spill his popcorn on the girls in front of us.  When we got out of the movie theatre, I was a little disoriented as to what time it was, and my watch was not accessible under my winter coat sleeve so I asked Brien what time it was.  He said, "quarter to nine," which my brain translated as 9:45.  I looked at the schedule carefully, and determined that we had just missed the 9:38 bus back, and because it was so late announced that we had to wait an hour for the 10:38 bus.  We were walking over to Dairy Queen for a snack to kill the time, and we saw people going into the liquor store that we knew closed at 9:00.  I looked at my watch this time, and realized that there was another bus in just 15 minutes.  My confusion had fooled Brien's brain even, because I showed him the schedule, and he didn't catch my mistake earlier either.

November 14, 2002
    Well the past few days have disappeared into a whirlwind of homework that is not going to let up.  I just want to do anything but homework.  I had fun putting up posters for my campaign, but the project deadlines are piling up, and so are assignments.
    The snow in deep outside [for November], the homework is piled high inside.  There is no where to go.

November 15, 2002
    The voting is over, but apparently counting less than a thousand ballots takes more than an afternoon, so I don't know the results yet.
    I went to the India House restaurant today and had a terrific meal, and got to keep all the leftovers for myself, yum.  After supper I was driven to see Road to Perdition, with Tom Hanks.  It was a great movie, but kinda sad. [ I won the election 20 to 15! ]

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November 19, 2002
    I had my first URSU Board of Directors meeting last night.  It was interesting, and funny.  There are some clowns about, because one person mentioned how the Campion Student Society was offering "Choose Your Own Adventure - Bibles".  That seems a little far fetched.
    Last night was the Leonid meteor shower for this year.  I went outside at 10:00 last night, and 4:30 in the morning and took pictures.  I saw a bright one last night, and about 20 this morning, but only managed to get 2 with my camera.  I was lucky to get even those, since my camera can only take a portion of the sky at once, and only for 15 seconds at a time.  The two I photographed were even in the same shot!
Can you see the meteor streaks?

November 20, 2002
    Today sucks.  I don't know what makes it that way, but I have no other explanation.  For everything good that happened, there was an equal or greater downside.  Maybe I need more sleep, or just a second brain so I can finish my homework successfully.  Hoping tomorrow will be better...

November 23, 2002
    The 20th definitely did suck.  It was strange, because the next day was better, as was Friday despite getting only 4 hours of sleep due to doing work a little too late at night.  I got a good night's sleep last night though, and plan on another today.
    I got an Astronomy lab done today, so I only have another 12 things to hand-in in the next week!  At least my mood is better today.  They must have put something in the sandwiches on Wednesday...  I also updated the website today, as some people will notice.

November 24, 2002
    Grey Cup was today.  The Eskimos lost in Edmonton to the Montreal Al... Montreal Alou... Montreal Als: 25 - 16.  Edmonton missed a 2 point conversion with 50 seconds left, and never scored a point in the first half.  The oddest thing was though, that I saw both these teams this year, and neither game was against the Riders.  What were the two games I went to that featured the Grey Cup teams, in 2002?  The first person who emails the correct answer to me wins a free lunch.  It doesn't matter if I don't even know you, just email me with the answer, and you cash in;  CHA-CHING!
    I gave myself a haircut today.  Don't laugh, you haven't seen it yet.  When you see it, THEN you can laugh if you want to hurt my feelings.  Just telling me what you think with a straight face, would be much better.
    Now I still have to do some homework tonight.  I can never completely pry myself away from a Grey Cup, even if the Riders are not playing.  I wish this were a good forum to spill my emotional, as well as factual guts, but I know that it just wouldn't be a good idea.  My friends and family don't want to read that stuff anyway.  It is best to leave real life to real life, and "facts" to the Internet.

November 26, 2002
    Another ho-hum day in another ho-hum week.  Mom went to Toronto yesterday.  I need to do more homework, yada yada yada...
Today I was part of a user study for a software project.  It was worth another mark on my class, from which I only got the first and second assignment back in, today, the second last class.  Fair, huh?

November 27, 2002
    Wednesday today, and a blood clinic was held at the Multi Purpose room.  I went for the first time, with a friend, and we proceeded to get our fingers pricked.  My hemoglobin was excellent, and my blood type was an excellent passing grade too :-)  I got a little nervous a few minutes after the finger prick, and started to sweat a little and felt dizzy for a few moments.  I went over to fill out my forms and a nurse came over and asked if I was all right.  I said I felt dizzy for a moment, but I was OK now, [even thought I knew they would probably fuss] and of course she started to quiz me to question whether I should continue.  I probably would have stopped at that point, except Justin told me I'd be fine.  The nurse told me that she guessed I'd be a high risk candidate for keeling over :-(  I guess I knew that I would be fine anyway so I went ahead and did it.  When the needle was out, and that nurse came over, I told her that she was wrong this time, with a big smile and a little wink.  I told the nurse who took out my needle that it was hard to juggle when they gave me only one ball to hold, and tied my arm down.  He agreed.  I also thought it was funny that  was only 5 feet from where I had given my campaign speech on stage just a few weeks before.  I told Justin that I was a bleeding heart then, and now I'm just bleeding.  HAR HAR.  Then I said I died up there, now I'm dying here.  He groaned again, and told me I had to put that on all of my webpages.
    I felt dizzy after I finished eating my free sub, so they had me lie down for another 5 minutes and put cool cloths on my face.  Then I felt better and went to one of my two classes for the afternoon. I bought chocolate almonds on the way to class, and I'm glad I wrote this because it reminded me to have another,  mmmmm good.

November 30, 2002
    I went to a government surplus auction again today.  I bought 2 boxes for 5 dollars.  They have mouses, keyboards, network cards, old cell phone, dismantled hard drives, and modems.  I already sold a mouse today, so I recovered 20% of what I spent.  I expect I will make a wee bit of profit off this little buy of mine.
    After, Mom got back from TO, and we all went to "The Chimney".  Dad must not be allowed to pick restaurants in the future ;-)  The only thing chimney like in the place were the patrons we were seated beside, despite asking for a nonsmoking table.  The prices weren't hideous, but still were expensive, but the food tasted great. Oh, how I miss Ottawa restaurants, and their nonsmoking bylaws.

December 3, 2002
    The regular semester is over, and Finals begin for me on Monday.  I noticed there is a eBay free listing day coming soon though, so I will list my haul from last Saturday's auction.
    Today I took off from doing school work.  I figured I needed a short break after stressing out the last 2 days.  I put a new sound card in my computer and hope it doesn't cause things to go wrong like the last one did.

December 4, 2002
    School rolls on, as Finals gear up tomorrow.  But not for me, mine are next week, and the week after that.  I'm taking it easy for another day, doing just a little bit of reading, and testing hardware for sale.

December 11, 2002
    Went out for supper with Grandma and Aunt Madeline.  Melrose Place was good, expensive [ I didn't have to pay], and slightly smoky.
My eBay auctions and Finals are keeping me busy.  Not sure if I passed one of my Finals.  I'll know in a few days...

Horizontal streak is the Geminid meteor, the rest are stars.
vertical slash in the center is a faint meteor trail

December 18, 2002
    Went to xXx and The Transporter yesterday.  Second time I saw Triple X, and it was still better than the Transporter, although it was a cool movie too.  I saw Star Trek Nemesis on Friday the opening night and thought it rocked!  9.5/10
    I went outside that night and photographed two more meteors early in the morning too.

    I have two final marks back, and am pleased to say I got a 70 in Astronomy.  The assignments were hard, so I did better than I thought I deserved.  CS 400 was a pass, but not too spectacular in the low 60s.
    Went to the India House restaurant for lunch with Brien, Rick, and Peter.  Then to the Southland mall where I did the first and last of my Christmas shopping.  Took 30 minutes, not bad huh?  Tonight I'm also going to Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers tonight with Brian, James, and Elysha.  Then tomorrow I head back home for the Christmas holiday.

December 21, 2002
    Winter has arrived.  As of a few days ago there was enough snow in Regina to convince you that it had been that way for a few months.  Here in Wood Mountain though, it is very dry.  Very little to no snow is on the ground.
    I shipped some eBay packages yesterday, and I went to Opheim to pick up Dad's new 19" monitor.  It makes the desk look small so I think I'm finally going to get to pull it out a little to straighten the angle of viewing.  Should help Dad with shoulder pains... but I doubt he'll acknowledge why.
    Our kitchen looks like the garage minus the vehicles.  Tools and parts everywhere as we hook up the new fridge's water, the stove's gas, and fix the seal on the dishwasher.  If Mom were home, she'd have a fit.

December 25, 2002
    Christmas is here, but we are opening the presents on the 26th.  Mom and Grandma are home, and I spent some of the day in Lafleche.
    eBay has a Free Listing Day on the 26th, so I'll be busy listing auctions.

January 3, 2003
    I had an interesting Christmas break.  I went home to Wood Mountain on Dec.19 in the Regina snow, and when I got home there wasn't any snow on the ground.  It later snowed enough to have a white Christmas though.
    I spent Christmas day in Lafleche at my Grandma's, because Dad went to Regina to get my Mom and Grandma from Toronto. I got a pool cue for Christmas, and will get a fish this weekend too. We opened presents together on Boxing Day, and of all the time to do one - eBay had a Free Listing Day where I managed to sell this tube of paste  and this card with peanut butter.
Peanut butter
    My brother returned to the city last night, and I'm headed back on Sunday.  Classes start the next day sadly.  I hope they go better than last semester's classes.  I have all 5 grades back now, and am not happy with them, but at least I passed everything.
    Now I have to figure out if I want to take Astronomy 202 next semester [decided to take it].  I think I would enjoy the material, but the assignments might be too hard in the amount of time I could devote to them.  I think I'll search through classes tonight to find a substitute.
    I also watched Men With Brooms just a few days ago.  It was really funny, but nothing special.

January 8, 2003
    School is going well.  Some classes look like they will be tough, but so am I when it comes to CS stuff.  The history classes could be fun too, and I'll know lots more about Europe and the Middle East.
    I went to the used book store today in hopes of finding my other history text, but didn't have any luck.  I tried to get my new ISIC card too for free, and their computer wasn't working.  At least my trip over to the Riddell Center wasn't wasted, because I bought bus tickets.  I found a TO subway token too in my wallet.  Not too handy now...
    I went to Lord of the Rings II again last night with Robert.  It was cheap night so it was worth it, and Robert hadn't seen it before.  He thought it was very awesome, but I still maintain Star Trek Nemesis was better.  I got a Slurpee with my last 7-11 big buck, deposited my cheque and Money Order in the bank at 7:40 to a real live teller!  The post office on Albert St. in Shoppers Drug Mart worked well too.  There is no more Shoppers in the Golden Mile, nor just north of the Southland, just the giant Shoppers complex.
    After the movie we walked back because the busses were done running.  It was very warm out, about -5 and we stopped at Subway on the way back.  I have a free 6" sub to cash in, and I just realized that I didn't get my 2 subway stickers for the footlong I bought, DOH!

January 12, 2003
    Today was slow.  I read History for ancient Greeks, and played Unreal Tournament with friends.

January 21, 2003
    School's flying by quickly.  Got another assignment to work on that might take a few hours.  A few people have asked me to help them with their computers that are acting up, so I'll have to squeeze the assignment into a busy week.  Two of the people are from Sydney AU.  There are at least 3 Australians in residence this semester.  I hope to pick up some tips, for when I eventually travel there.
    Board meeting on Friday too.  Still nothing to report from this nearly dead campus, but oh well.

February 11, 2003
    I went to the library today and took out books for my Astronomy paper due next month.  I also had to renew books for one of my history classes. I'm writing about ancient medicine, which I hope I'll find interesting.
    I wrote a History midterm today about the Middle Ages.  I had to fill out a map, and write an essay on education and law in the 12th century.  I think I did pretty well.

[February 28, 2003]
    Went to another Board meeting.  Peter came along to see if he'd like to run for Science Director next year.  The election will be at the end of March.  The meeting took a really long time because of an interesting presentation of expensive LAN TV software that the Union is looking at buying.  It would be cool, but the price seems to be overkill.

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