I am back from my extended stay in Ringgold. Mom made me come because rachel was graduating, i had no idea it was memorial day (at least until like friday).
An interesting note: I read Neuromancer a couple of years ago, and now I’m having to read it again for my Science Fiction class. It is a book by William Gibson, published in 1984. He invented such things as the term “cyberspace” and the concept of, like, “jacking in to the matrix.” I don’t care to synopsize it or anything, just want to say that part 4 of the book is our protagonists (mainly this computer hacker-type fellow and this chick with an artifically improved nervous system and such) are going to make a “run” on the Villa Straylight…it’s like a section of a space station and such. So part 4 is called The Straylight Run. and there you go. A little tidbit if you enjoy their music and didn’t know where the name comes from.
I read the book “The Moon is Down” because of the Further Seems Forever song/album. It was pretty good. I read the book “Across Five Aprils” because of the band. It is terrible. Do not read it under any circumstances.
Thursday I went to the office and met with a couple of head-honcho types…namely our VP and our Development Manager. Basically they wanted to make sure I want to be a code monkey for a career, find out when I want to start working, and find out which division/product I should be working in/on. So it was a good meeting. After I left I went to the Mazda dealership down the road. Looked around in an RX-8, got a brochure book thing, and asked some questions about warranties and optional equipment and such.
Friday I drove home and then immediately rode with my dad downtown to my sister’s graduation. My grandma was there, I have not seen her in a long time. I tried to read neuromancer, made it through 18 pages despite the screaming from all the hicks. The ceremony was mercifully short. Got a call from eric afterwards and set up plans. We went to eat but I only drank sweet tea, actually had a little snippets of civilized conversation with miranda. A couple.
Saturday I got up and drove to eric’s new condo/townhouse thing. Pretty nice. his wedding is August 13th. We went to moz and i visited my friend joey and his bag of doughnuts. The chattanooga moz leaves something to be desired, but it was still excellent. We drove around in his car for a bit and I reaffirmed that I do not want a 350z. expensive, 2 seater, very very rough ride. nice car though. I went home and napped, then me and my mom and my grandma went to the hospital to visit my other grandma (my dad’s mom). she had been there for like 2 weeks. I stayed for hours then went home and ate POT ROAST.
Sunday was uneventful, we went to church, ate mexican, napped. My dad and I sat in front of their computer for hours on dial up, looking up different cars, and then looking up insurance for me. The cheapest car I’m looking at to insure is the mazda rx-8, at around $1350 for 6 months. Some of the other cars I’m looking at run close to $2000. The good thing is that when I turn 25, I’ll magically become a better driver and my premiums drop by almost half. So if I pay some insane amount for insurance, the good thing is I’ll probably only pay it once.
Monday was memorial day, we didn’t do anything. Well, my dad and I (mostly my dad) replaced brake lights in my car. Then I said I wanted to go to circuit city to buy a wireless router that they had for $40 after rebate. My dad was like “want company?@?#?!?!” and got all excited so I said sure. We went, they were out of routers of course. We looked at all the huge tvs and stuff. I ordered a router from circuitcity.com when I got home, and printed out all the rebate stuff. Then I checked out newegg, and I could have gotten a better deal there, I wish I had done that first. Grrr….trying not to think about it. Anyway, after circuit city we went to staples and best buy and office depot, looking at those routers, and checking out office furniture. Found a desk chair i liked, but already have one so not spending the $80. Found a desk i liked, lightweight metal poles on the base and a glass top, wraps around in a corner. I’ll pick one up at some point for my apartment. maybe it’ll drop from $158. That’s about the only thing I’ll need to buy, except a microwave if those aren’t furnished. My mom hates her microwave though, so I’ll prolly get that one cheap or free if I need to…she’s always trying to offload new appliances onto her kids because she hates them. After the stores we went car shopping. Went to Mitsubishi to check out the new eclipse….very very slick. They’re not available for test driving yet, at least not at that dealership, but I definitely will drive one. They’ve turned that car around. Got a book. Stopped at acura because it was right there, the guy wasn’t really anxious to sell any cars so I didn’t get to drive one. Oh well, didn’t want the RSX-S anymore, anyway. Next we went to hyundai, got in and explored the tiburon. That guy was nice and would have totally let me drive one (he had the car open and running and pulled out of the spot for me and stuff), but they didn’t have any SE’s (the V6 with 6 speed manual) or even any stick shifts for that matter. But I explored it. Nice looking car, very cheap, nice leather on the seats…but the back is extremely tiny, the passenger door felt a little cheap when I shut it, and the radio/climate control panel looks beyond cheap. It just looks terrible. But the sound system is pretty nice, so who knows. Only $20k, so we’ll see. I got a book at least. After that we went to the Ford dealership in ringgold. Got a book, then asked to see a mustang GT. well apparently ford is having problems with a supplier and can’t get any rear axles for the car. Not accepting new orders, and the current order log is backed up for months. It’s pretty crazy. But I asked to get in and look around in the car anyway. Nice leather, interior looks ok if you like the retro styling. I asked to start it up so I could hear the V6, and he was like oh yeah sure. he was really nice, talked a lot about stuff, asked me questions, then talked some more. Laughed about insurance costs and such. So all of a sudden he was like “it have gas? I’m not doing anything, let’s take it out.” So I finally got a test drive. Not used to a car with any power, not used to a RWD, not used to a clutch that sensitive. So I did squeal the tires once or twice just trying to get it out of the spot, and I was really embarassed. But I got a bit better accustomed to it pretty quickly, and took it for a short drive. Not too shabby, and about the same price as the Hyundai. We’ll see. The GT is about $28k and the V6 is about $21…only a 3 year warranty, so if I got it I’d want to pay it off in 3 years and then trade it in…and that might be hard with the GT. Anyway. Ate and stuff, then looked at computers for rachel. Gotta decide between eMac/iMac/iBook.
Tuesday (today) I slept late, read my book for a long time, talked to my grandma for a long time, ate, drove back, played wow, finished my book, and then took way too long to type this useless information into this little box.
I really need to go to bed, I have class at 9 am.