I did almost no school work today. Technically, that’s no different than any other Tuesday. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my lightest days where I have the opportunity to do the most work. Somehow, I usually wind up finding a way to piss away the day while at my desk.

Today was different. I consciously made the decision not to do much work. It all started when I went to my AI class. We have (er, had I guess) an assignment due on Wednesday. I was having some trouble with it, but I was looking forward to handing it in and being done with it. It’s possible to spend too much time spinning your wheels.

Anyways, my prof decides he wants to give us more time on it. Great. He first decides to give us until Friday. Then he says, “Well, I’m not going to mark on the weekend anyways… how’s Monday?”

Of course, everyone is cool with it. I was actually a bit disappointed. He gave us almost a week more time. That took the wind out of my sails for the day. After class, I went home, paid my rent and checked my mail. I decided I’d have a day off. I knocked on Patrick’s door. He’s game for anything these days. Having just completed an M.A. and just starting his Ph.D., Patrick is pretty much willing to do anything.

I suggested we go for lunch at Cactus Club. On the way to the bus loop, I started feeling guilty. I was thinking maybe I should have taken another class this term. The thought passed as we got on the bus.

Minutes later, we were on the corner of Granville and Broadway. I had an excellent lunch at Cactus. You know, it’s actually possible to go there just for good food. After lunch, I did some shopping. I went and bought mugs. I came to SJC with three mugs, but broke two of them over the course of the year. A few days ago, Rhonda came over unexpectedly to have hot chocolate with me. I was using my only mug, so she couldn’t have a warm beverage. That ain’t cool.

I went to Cookworks on Broadway and bought two mugs. You know, there are a lot of terrible mugs out there. Some are butt ugly, while others hold like a sip of liquid. I like a mug that can hold enough liquid to last an entire debate on the total number of Jedi in the Galaxy before the fall of the Republic. I found two acceptable mugs today.

Next, it was off to Future Shop to purchase Finding Nemo on DVD. Having just seen the movie for the first time just two weeks before, it was a relatively short wait for me. As always, I passed by the plasma TV section. It’s my dream to hang a widescreen plasma TV over my desk and use it as my TV/monitor. It won’t happen, but a dude can dream can’t he? As I was paying for Nemo, they handed me a Nemo plush toy. Neat.

After that, it was time to go back to the ranch. We got back at four and we both went to take a nap.

At dinner, I had the honour of sitting down with Lloyd Axworthy, but that’s a story for another time. After dinner, I did more dicking around and here we are.

I think I’m going to go to the vending machine for a Coke.


Wow, I really did a whole lot of nothing today. I wonder what it’s like to be one of those super-efficient people who do a million things in one day. It must feel so good.

So, it turns out my costume for the party was well-received in general. Tonight at dinner, Carl came up to me and said, “Dude, you made my night.” That was nice to hear. I got a few other positive comments. The weirdest comment came from Rhonda who said, “I’m glad you’re out of costume now, it was kind of frightening.”

Some guy beat my record of consecutive hours in your room without leaving. I previously had set the record of 26 hours last year. I did it from 4pm Saturday to 6pm on Sunday. I thought that was pretty good. At dinner tonight, Tyson told us he spent approx. 36 hours straight in his room. From approx. 2am Saturday morning to around 4pm or so on Sunday afternoon. Now, if I may, I must point out that he was completely wasted by the time he rolled into his room at 2am and he spent a lot of the 36 hours asleep. For the most part, he was trying to recover from drinking. I was working my ass off for most of my 26 hours, so I figure you have to put a disclaimer on his record at the very least. I’m not bitter or anything, he’s got the record for sure. It just means I can get a tub of Hybernol and try to break the record some time later.

I’ll leave you with a treat. My Halloween pics will be up shortly, but here’s another person’s gallery. Thanks Sarah!


Without a doubt, I should be trying to get some sleep right now. I spent most of the day trying to get my damn AI assignment done. I think I’ve got 65%-70% of it done. Of that, I really have no clue how much of it is correct.

I finally had dinner at Burgoo tonight. After hearing about how good it was, Bryan, Sarah, and Chris took me there for a meal. It’s all about comfort food at Burgoo. I had the Kentucky Burgoo. It was good, but I’m looking forward to trying out their other dishes. We had the Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding for dessert. It was fabulous. Warm desserts with ice cream rule.

We had a Halloween party at SJC on Friday night. It was a blast. I had lots of fun. Everyone was dressed up and there were some fabulous costumes! I am trying very hard (hence the late hour) to post my pics. With my digital camera this time around, I took about 90 pics.

Here’s a taste of things to come. If my costume needs explaining, yes, that’s a blonde mullet I’m wearing. Notice the wife-beater tank top and large belt buckle I’m sporting. Yesss! That’s awesome!