June 21st, 2002

cartoonme

Conditional Expression

I've fallen far behind. Does anyone want me to update with the past two weeks? I'm otherwise willing to tear out the week of my sister visiting and my adventures in the Boundary Waters from the journal, and start fresh.
cartoonme

so I work. My sister visits,

Hmmm. Let's see how much I can reconstruct of the week with my sister.

Monday

Work. I think. Probably frisbee practice.

Tuesday

Left work at 1:00pm to meet my sister at the airport. Spent the afternoon hanging out. I believe we (zkhan, vermonster, daemonv) ended up at church.

Wednesday

vermonster had ambitions of getting up with me at 8am and working out at the UC. I think she left the house by 2pm. This was just as well - I had the weekly group meeting. Upon entering the meeting and informing seth that I was making forward progress... I got reassigned to another task. Perl hacking. Dinner (same as before, +bucy +rbraun) was at F&F, which has become even more of a regular destination for me. I know and am known by maybe 1/3 of the (large) waitstaff... We ended the evening with
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Hmmm. Let's see how much I can reconstruct of the week with my sister.

<b>Monday</b>

Work. I think. Probably frisbee practice.

<b>Tuesday</b>

Left work at 1:00pm to meet my sister at the airport. Spent the afternoon hanging out. I believe we (zkhan, <lj user="vermonster">, <lj user="daemonv">) ended up at <a href="http://www.churchbrewworks.com">church</a>.

<b>Wednesday</b>

<lj user="vermonster"> had ambitions of getting up with me at 8am and working out at the UC. I think she left the house by 2pm. This was just as well - I had the weekly group meeting. Upon entering the meeting and informing seth that I was making forward progress... I got reassigned to another task. Perl hacking. Dinner (same as before, +bucy +rbraun) was at <a href="http://www.fuelandfuddle.com/">F&F</a>, which has become even more of a regular destination for me. I know and am known by maybe 1/3 of the (large) waitstaff... We ended the evening with <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/movie-1110491/><i>Vanilla Sky</i></a> at Wean 7500 with fws. Not terrible.

<b>Thursday</b>

Dinner (<lj user="vermonster">, <lj user="daemonv">, zkhan, fws) at <a href="http://www.pitt.edu/~animals/guide/entries/udipi.htm">udipi</a>, finally. Very good. Ended up at <lj user="leko">/fws' apartment after the acquision of clf (zkhan's other), <a href="http://sharpedgebeer.com/">beverages</a>, and an immortal <a href="http://www.weirdal.com/latenews.htm#uhfdvd">dvd</a>. My sister and I were the only ones who had seen it in the group! How does this happen? Where is his next film? To the delight of my sister, I personally enjoyed a beer.

<b>Friday</b>

<lj user="vermonster"> headed out to a <a href="http://www.warhol.org/">museum</a>. I got a new script at 9am... and at 4pm, I was given another assignment that was needed within an hour. Kind of tight, with dinner plans for 6pm and a strong need to do laundry. Pounded out the script and then finalized a lesser version of the other... and made it to dinner (<lj user="badfaerie">, ctl, bucy, <lj user="daemonv">, <lj user="vermonster">) at <a href="http://www.shadysideshops.com/ShopDescription.asp?sel=97">La Feria</a>. After dinner, I did laundry, and <lj user="meschmidt"> came by, all dressed up, and hung out for a while.

<b>And so on...</b>
And on Saturday, we splurged for a 4:00am cab to the airport so I could catch my 9am flight... and my sister's 6am. She flew to MSP via ATL (thanks <a href="http://www.airtran.com/">AirTran</a>), so I arrived before she did. Then we went to the <b>Mall</b>.
cartoonme

Travelling Blind

My parents took us to the boundary waters. We had made arrangements with a good outfitter, so all we needed to bring was clothing.

The boundary waters are very cool. I knew little about them, so I'll regurgitate what I know, although there is probably a better description in the search link above. The boundary waters are a regulated preserve of wilderness, stretching from Northern Minnesota into Canada. It is comprised of over 1000 lakes, mostly interconnected. Regulations cover the basics: permits required to go in, with very limited numbers of entrances and entrance traffic. There are no motors permitted. And you must "leave no trace".

We had two canoes (four people, five bags (~30-60 lbs each)) and we went for three days, two nights, and about 15 miles (upstream). There were about 12 "portages": places where we had to land, and trek out bags and canoes across land rather than rapids, that ranged in length from five to eighty rods. A rod is approximately 16.5 feet. There were a lot of large flies on land (clocking out around 8pm to be relieved by mosquitos), such that morning and portage activities were minimized.

My father stepped on my glasses the second afternoon. This meant that the third day of canoeing (I'm generally in the rear of the canoe, "driving") was interesting. I saw an Impression-ist view of the wilderness. My glasses were patched back in civilization, though I'll have to get new ones soon. These now have a nice eccentric style (one of the ear bits is from a completely different style of glasses) that I kind of like... but they are not quite right and cause mild eyestrain -- and have some pretty neat scratches.

It was very nice to be 10-20 miles from the nearest source of the electric grid or car. Very quiet, except for the loons. Lots of wild life observed. A complete and total disconnect. It seems like I keep arriving in these situations when I am least overwhelmed by modern society (Vermont, etc). It is when the computers scare me that I want to run away -- and that can not be scheduled.

Perhaps, with a car and a flexible job, it will be. I could just hop in the car and hide in VT.
cartoonme

Carleton

vermonster asserted, after a couple of days here, that we have had very different college experiences. I can not, now, disagree. On the location, I had heard it was:


  • 40 minutes from Minneapolis
  • Mostly flat, some rolling hills
  • A pretty, well equipped Campus
  • In the middle of nowhere


I can not disagree with any of these facts. I wish I had had a chance to check out their tunnel system -- a system designed around the snow-bound campus, which had been accessible in my father's day, but no more. Or so they say. Apparently it is well-painted.

I'd kind of like to see the campus in the snow, now.

Otherwise, I did not get much of a chance to see Minneapolis. Went in for dinner... Uptown? Felt like the Mission... with some of my sister's roommates. Good Thai restaurant. I think I want to learn Thai, and I don't know why.