Thursday, April 21, 2011

How Many Achievements Can a Guy Have in One Month Anyway?

Yup, I've got another one...

I graduated from the LDS Institute.

This is actually kind of a funny story.

So I've been in college for the better part of seven years.

All through college I've taken religious institute classes.

I usually try to take two or three each semester so that I will have one class every day.

Anyway, I've never really paid any attention to the requirements for graduation...that is until my last semester...

I went to the institute office and asked them to check if I qualify for graduation.

The lady told me that I didn't, and that I needed another couple of credits in a particular area of study.

I was bummed but figured I would get the needed credits sometime in the future.

I pretty much forgot about it.

Then one day I got a letter in the mail with an invitation to Institute graduation...


I thought I didn't qualify.

The letter I got said that I had 39 credits...39!

You only need 14 to graduate!

I don't know if they just felt bad for me and decided that I should graduate anyway, but I'll take it!

On Sunday I got my 14, 22, and 30 credit hour certificates.

I was the very first person to receive my certificate and walk.

They read my name wrong, but whatever. At least I finally got the dang thing!

The speakers were pretty good.

I also got to chat with one of my favorite institute teachers again.

It was a cool experience.

Yet Another Major Achievement...

Let me tell you about an aspiration I have had for quite some time...

Travelling is so expensive and such an ordeal that whenever you fly someplace it ordinarily is for several days just to make it worth it.

Several days of travel requires luggage. Lots of luggage.

A long time ago I had an idea.

I'm not sure where this idea came from, perhaps a movie, or a book, or just my imagination...

The idea was this:
How cool would it be to be able to go to the airport, hop on a plane somewhere, and not have any luggage?

How could this be possible?

Well perhaps you are wealthy and important enough to have a home in two different cities, with complete wardrobes at each location, thus negating the need for bulky suitcases or carry-ons...

Or perhaps you are important enough that you can fly someplace for a meeting that lasts less than a day, and then fly home again...

Whatever the reason, I have always aspired to fly someplace without luggage, or a bulky carry-on.

Well now comes the exciting part...

Earlier this week I got to go on my very first BUSINESS TRIP!

Yup. I got to go to Palo Alto, California for a meeting about a project I am working on.

The meeting was Monday afternoon.

I flew out Monday morning.

What did I take with me?

Nothing but my stylish leather messenger bag containing essential documents for the meeting.

Check one more goal off the list!

(So what if I didn't leave until Tuesday...all that added to my bag was a toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, and change of underwear...I'm still counting it!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Major Achievement/Purchase

All of my life has been building towards one momentous event.

An event that every boy dreams about from an early age.

For me, that event has finally arrived.

The day has come when I can BUY MY OWN CAR!

Until now, all the cars I have driven have technically been owned by my parents.

Most of them I have put considerable work and money into fixing up, so that partially qualified them as "mine", but this is the first car that is "all mine".

It is a pretty big deal in a man's life.

One thing that you should know about me is that I love driving manual transmission cars.

Out of the five cars I have driven for extended periods of time, only two have been manuals.

I made a promise to myself many years ago that when I had the means to buy my own car, I would buy a manual.

That time is now.

What did I buy?

A 2001 Nissan Maxima with a 5-speed manual transmission!

It's pretty awesome.

Wanna see?

Of course you do...

Here it is!

Amazing, isn't it?

I really like it! It is clean, runs great, and is very fun to drive.

I am one happy driver.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Good Underwear?

"The house breathes with you, like good underwear," said a lisping voice from the shadows.
This is one of the strangest sentences I have ever read, in any book, at any time.  I found this marvelous quote whilst reading Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  It was too awesome to not share with you, my special blog friends.
I'm not entirely sure I even know what it means.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Was That My Phone?"

This morning I had a funny exchange with my Dad while on our way to work (we don't work together, but our offices are near each other, so sometimes we carpool):

I am driving along enjoying the uncluttered early morning freeway when my Dad suddenly starts trying to pull his phone out of his pocket.
"Was that my phone that just beeped?"
"I didn't hear anything." I said.
He looks at his phone, sees nothing to warrant a  beep, is quiet for a moment, and then says, "maybe it was his phone," motioning to the guy in the car next to us.
I quickly glance over and see a guy talking on his cell phone.  Unfortunately this is not an unusual sight.
Then my dad says, "I'm amazed he would interrupt his reading of the paper to answer the phone..."
I look over in bewilderment and sure enough, the guy has a newspaper perched on his steering wheel.
Some people...