Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Well, today I woke up iu a tent ... on the QUAD ... yes ... camping at school ... So last week was interesting. I stayed at Mike's old apartment for a night, and then stayed at Tiff and Jess's place for the next 3 nights. I've been humming that Steven Lynch song since =P. I got to see Felicia this weekend! Saturday was her sister's Sweet 16, so her parents flew us back to NY for it. Felicia and I have an ongoing joke about how we "don't follow baseball", in fear that a RedSox fan would kill us ... strangly enough when I got on the train to Boston the conductor says "$6 to Boston, but if you're a Yankee's fan pay double!" Freaken RedSox fans ... Anyway, when I got into Boston Felicia met me at the train station =) We got a little lost getting to her dorm, but that's a usual occurance for us. After i dropped my things off we went to a steak place, around the corner from her dorm, called Rockbottom. And yes, the RedSox game was on there ... can't excape it. The food was really good though :). We ended up staying in just because we didn't want to drive the kids working at the security desk crazy with signing me in and out. After like 6 hours of sleep, we woke up at 7am to get out of her dorm by 8 and go to the airport to catch a 10 o'clock flight. Airtime = 38 minutes :-P. Rediculous. We got a little shuttle plane; 3 seats wide plus a little aisle. I took ALOT of pictures from the air =). Felicia's dad picked us up from JFK (after going to LaGuardia first =P) and I got home around 12:30. Just enough time to change into my suit and go out the door to the party. It was fun though; brought back nice memories of Felicia's sweet 16. After the party all Nicole's friends came back to her house ... and her parents decided to go out ... and Felicia fell asleep, making my life soooo fun; watching 16 year olds ... blah. I got to bed by 1am and slept FOREVER! The flight back to Boston wasn't bad either. We origionally had a 7pm flight ... which would have got me into Worcester by 1amish ... ouch. Plus, Felicia wanted to get back earlier. So, I worked my magic and got us ahead of the line and onto a 2:20pm flight :). However, our seats weren't together. I ended up sitting by the bathroom and the engine ... I had a miserable 36 minutes back =(. Plus there were so many open seats ... so yeah, not fun. Anyway, we got back to her dorm and got a HUGE slice of pizza before I went back to school. She walked me to the train, which was sweet. I missed her almost immediately once we said goodbye ... and that says it all. This is what we talked about ever since we started dating; being so close that we can see eachother alot ... but I'm just a guy head over heals about a girl, even after 2 and a half years. I thought girls said those type of guys were keepers? Anyway, I've got class in a bit, so I'll save the "Tent City" portion until next time :)
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Since my last post, my life and the life of 30 of my closest friends has been flipped upside-down. Hopefully for better, but it's very tough right now. This past Sunday morning (2:15am ish) I was getting ready for bed. I had just finished my OOAD hw, and had changed into PJs. Just as I was getting ready to hop into my lofted bed, I heard a squeel, a huge bang, and then alot of light outside my window. I thought to myself, "Who shot a firecracker at my window???!". I looked out my window not to see sparks, but flames passing my window and illuminating the side of my fraternity house, Theta Chi, Epsilon Chapter. This rediculous site made me immediately grab whatever clothes I could get my hands on, my wallet, of course I forgot my phone, and I grabbed my laptop. Right as I was out my door Mike came out of his room with his laptop and saxaphone yelling, "Let's get the fuck out of here!". Mind you, this is 2AM. Very cold and I didn't have a shirt. So, Mike and I leave our valubles outside and run back into the house to make sure everyone is out. We handled ourselves very well, but it was the scariest thing I've ever experienced. So, now we were outside, watching the side of our house burn. Flames 3 stories+ high, tearing into our home. The fire department took 5 minutes to get there, and another 15 to take out the fire. During this time, the story of what happened unfolded. A brother of our fraternity decided he was sober enough to drive home from a night of drinking. He was wrong. Going pretty fast on Salisbury street, he swerved to avoid a slower car infront of him. After realizing that the house was approaching, he tried to make the turn ... and failed. He lost control of the car as it bairly missed a fire hydrant, plowed through our fence and bushes, and hit a 2x2 foot square where our main gas line comes into the house. He thankfully got right out, but almost right after the gas lit of fire creating the wall of red and green fire we all saw out of our windows. It was made pretty clear that we weren't going to be sleeping there that night. Mostly all the fraternities offered their help with housing and food for the night. I slept at Lambda Chi on a futon for the night. Also, the longest night of my life. I didn't get to bed until 5am ... and I only slept until 10am. I woke up, wrote the Lambda Chi brother who took me in a note thanking him, and walked right to the house to figure out what is going on. The damage is pretty bad, and across many categories. First off, fire damage. The side the car hit has a 10 foot wide by 3 stories high scorching. Luckily the fire never perpetuated into the house. However, the whole house got pretty smoky. Mostly the 3rd floor, but the entire house is pretty smoke damaged. Also, when the fire fighters came in, they broke everyone's doors, and taired down many walls. Lastly, the water damage in the house is significant. The sprinklers where the fire was went off, soaking mostly everything in the area. Also, the fire hose water broke windows and also let water in that way. So, what's our plan of action? We'll, let me give you first a little history on our Chapter house. It was origionally build in the 1900's, as a Victorian house. In 1960, the outside facade was changed and an extension was put on to house more brothers. So, essentially the house is 2 seperate structures linked together. The old section contains our living room, pool table, 2nd floor commons, and 3rd floor party area and library. The new section contains our dining room, kitchen, and living space. This is basically how the structure stands today. Now, all the damage (except smoke and doors) is contained in the "old" house. Most of the brothers (except 5) live in the "new" house. The plan is to move all brothers into the new house, while blocking us off from the old house. Then the old house become's a construction site, and we live like this until the old section is completely remodeled. This will take anywhere from 6 months to a year. Here's the catch. They need 1-2 weeks before they can safely divide the house. So now, we're are homeless ... nomads if you will ... living wherever we can find a bed. I've arranged for WPI to give us lunch and dinner, which helps ... but it's still challenging. Sofar I've lived in 3 beds in 3 nights ... going on my 4th night. I'm planning on spending only 2 nights max at my friends places so they don't get sick of me =P. I figured when do I get to be nomadic in my life? It's hard. I've had 2 midterms during this time, but I studies my butt off for them. Mike and I have put Schementec on hold, but are trying to relocate our servers to somewhere with power. I've still kept up with the GDC, but it's hard. My brothers spend all day on campus cause we have no where to go. The sympathy is nice, but a house would be nicer :). Now, am I mad at the person who hit our house? Not really, 'cause for one I have to worry about getting my life back together first before I can worry about anyone else. Secondly, his dumb move is getting us a new house, so I can't be that angry. He has so many things going for him; electrical enginneer almost ready to graduate, really funny and nice kid, and his one messup was a HUGE one. I feel that when you have a relationship with someone, your view on the situation from the outside is completely swayed. Alot of people feel him not getting punished for this is a terrible thing. I won't comment on that. He's still alive, and he didn't take anyone's life. That's really all that matters. Ok, if you have any concerns about this please get in touch with me. I'll be happy to let you know how I'm doing :).
Monday, September 13, 2004
It's 4am, I gotta wake up at 8, why the hell am I not in bed??? This isn't good, but sitting here is making me feel a little sleepy. That's good =). You people realize you can add comments to my posts!! If you don't have a blogger account, just post anonymously. I'd like to at least feel special by seeing comments =P Ok ok, I shouldn't post retarted sleep deprived posts like this one ... my bad, I'll make it up to ya =) http://www.schementec.com/~jimmy/web_design/schementec.png it's just a early design on one of the pages ... tell me if you like it =) I miss her. Do I ever want to forget her? Not now. Will I ever have a reason to? I don't know. All that matters is now.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
I'm finally painting my room this week! Weee! Since I fixed Jenkin's computer, he's spackling my walls before I paint. So yeah, it should be ready tomorrow for painting. Flame! =) It's gonna look nice, finally. Well, today was a typical WPI Saturday of homework, a short break to eat, and more homework. I'm doing my graphics project now, trying to avoid what happened last week =(. On another topic, http://it.slashdot.org/it/04/09/08/1452203.shtml?tid=108&tid=112&tid=8 A full port of the Quake 2 Engine from C to Java =P Sounds like something I'd do. I'm poking around the source now ... probably not gonna work on my graphics hw anymore =P "I don't sleep anymore ... because you're all I would dream about."
Sunday, September 05, 2004
So yeah, it's almost 2 in the morning. I'm going to be soon, only to be woken up at 8 to work more =P. Ah, the weekend =) I'm pretty tired of having soo many things to do. I have such a tough time saying no ... but I have to. I want to stay with Tripsoft, and GDC, so those have to stay. This new thing with Shockwave is great, but lots of work. Schementec is my baby, so I can't leave that ... oh I know, I'll ditch that social life of partying and women ... yes that one .... Plus, with all this work I can't set time aside to work on my room. It's gonna have to be over a break ... or a weekend when I tell people "I'm leaving this planet!". 3 more minutes 'till 2am ... Felicia moved up to Boston today =). Just like we always talked about ... minus one little detail ... ... ... cough .... She finally out of the house and at college, and I'm happy for her. We're only a quick train ride away now, so hopefully these 7 week intervals will be cut down to at least 2 =). ... That means I have to do my Tripsoft work on the other ones ... SEE! Work rules my life! We'll hopefully I'll do all this work now so I don't have to work a day in my later life. We'll see ... as long as I have my hot girl and hot car I think I'll be set =P 2am ... right on the dot ... GOODNIGHT!
Thursday, September 02, 2004
So, classes have been going on for more than a week now. It's not too bad, though this Physics class is a lot of retarted work. Computer graphics and OOAD are going really well ... it's gonna be a pretty basic term. The GDC is getting really busy now with recruiting freshmen and all. As for Theta Chi ... the first social was awesome! Everyone seems to be having fun, so all is well As for other work, Schementec is in full swing up here. Our website can be found here (http://www.schementec.com). Mike and I have an interview with the Worcester Business Journal tomorrow! So yeah, exciting times. Also, we're getting business cards tomorrow! Tripsoft is cookin' too, and I'm also working as a tools programmer for a game development company! Felicia goes to school on the 4th! She'll be like an hour away from me now. Hopefully I get to see her a bunch. We'll see =) Anyway, time to get back to various work. Ciao!