Crappy day…

March 29, 2006

Well, I forgot how much of a worthless advisor I have. Jim Loman refuses to do anything to help. I spent the better half of the day running around in anger and frustration, trying to get overrides to get around his views of what I should do. So, the good news is I am up to 12 credits. The bad news is, that may be all I can take next semester is Mr. Loman has his ways. If it is, then screw it, I’m probably not going to be here next year. I can’t afford to be up here 6 years. Luckily, the professors don’t like the advisor either, so they are a big help when it comes to doing things. They are actually productive, unlike Loman.

See, the problem that I have is that I will have only 57 credits at the end of this semester. To enroll in these classes I need to be a Junior. I will be a junior in all respects next year (having taken all the pre-reqs), but will not have attained the 60 credits to be recognized by the computer system as a junior. But computer systems don’t take in to account situational probelms like mine. That is what the advisor is for. They are supposd to override the system when something like this occurs. After all, this is just a college education. It doesn’t matter, right? Seems to be the thinking in the tech advising office.

I don’t like Loman. I don’t know any students who like him. I know professors that like him on a personal level, but not on a professional level. He is not a good advisor. I hope some of the emails he got from students and professors today telling him this will wake him up. I hope he realizes that when students cuss him out, it is for a very legitimate reason. They would not cuss him out if he didn’t treat us like crap. They wouldn’t cuss him out if he actually helped us with anything, anything at all. He is screwing so many students out of classes that they should be in, and this is unacceptable.

So, since Loman can’t get his act together, I’ve been forced to rearrange my schedule in to a gruesome 18 credit week (assuming the professors’ help gets me the classes I need). I’m taking a class that meets 8 hours a week. My Tuesdays are now far from free (not to mention the dreaded 8am classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays). The only reason I’m doing this is because Loman won’t get around to fixing my schedule (which HE broke) anytime soon, and I need to retain Full-Student status, lest my tuition jump to out-of-state. Should that happen, I’m outta here. Too much financial strain on the family.

I am pretty furious. I’m not taking much from anyone today, and my temper is extremely short. It takes a lot to get me really ticked off, and in this kind of mood, but a doubleshot of Loman is more than enough to push me past the edge.

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A Camping I will Go…

March 29, 2006

…next year. But first, I gotta get some gear. Basic cooking, sleeping, etc. And a nice flashlight.

“But Lackey, what brings this craziness up?”

Well, history did. I should say, the History Channel did, because that would be closer to the truth. They were running a show on cannibalism, and some of us started to discuss the survival benefits of cannibalism, and who would be good to eat, and what parts. That led in to survival techniques, and that led to camping.

So I wanna go camping. Again. It’s been a while. Last time was at least a year ago with Matt, RK, Rozz, Mark and Jonathan. We went to Big Bear Lake State Park (I think). It was nice. Twenty to thirty something miles of hiking, of which we did about three in the pitch black of night (only the leader could use the flashlight, for several reasons. One reason was that the other flashlight had died of unknown causes). So now we need to get a new place up here. There are several designated places, but suprisingly, there are only a few places you can actually camp in the Keeweenaw. Sure, you could always rough it in some backcountry forest up here, but up here there ARE wolves and there ARE bears. And they WILL eat you.

Next year I plan to spend a lot of my time outdoors. I really want to go fishing a lot more. It’s one of those passions that I have that I never get to do really. It was so much easier in the south. I will most likely bring up my fly-rod and vest, along with some tying materials and a vise. I remember I was excellent at tying flies. There are very few things I actually excel at, but that was one of them. I’m also planning on getting a new rod for my nice Rhino reels I got several years back. They have been sitting in my desk drawer for some time.

I should probably get a decent bike while I am at it. I wont want to drive every morning to class, and a bike is a good way to get around up here. I’ll most likely have my moped up and running, so thats some good fresh air riding as well (and I learned that I don’t need to insure it, since it is only 49cc, and is not considered a liability, or something to that extent).

Speaking of next year, I started registering for classes today. The way it works up here at Michigan Tech is more of a race than registration. There are only so many seats open per class, and only a certain group of people can register at a time, going from most credits earned first to least registering last. The process is completely web-based as well. So when 10pm hits, there are a good 1000+ students vying for that seat you want. The servers go nuts and slow up for a while, and then you find out how many classes you actually got in to. The minimum for a full time student is 12.

I got 9.

Yeah. It sucks. I should be able to get the other 7 credits of classes no problem if I talk to someone tomorrow (that someone being my advisor). I’ve already sent emails around, which secured my spot in the enterprise I am joining. There are 6 seats open in one of the three credit classes I need, and 17 seats in the other 3 credit class I need. That puts me at 16 credits for the semester. Tack on a physical education class, and there’s 17.

Know what the greatest part is? With those 16 credits, I don’t have a single class on Tuesdays. Now, if my advisor screws this up (which is entirely possible) I may have to redo my entire, and yes I mean entire, schedule. Which would suck. I’m thinking I’m set though.

So my next step is to get some work done this week. I have a certification exam for the American Concrete Institute I have to get done. Once that’s finished, I just have the lab portion of the exam to do. I get two tries on each test, and I can restart once if I know I screwed up. Basically, three tries. I dont think I will have a problem here.

So, take it easy.

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Flickrites…

March 27, 2006


Flickrites…
Originally uploaded by danakin.

I suppose I’m making a point, ’cause people sure are listening!

Good Man

March 26, 2006

Well, sometimes my life just don’t make sense at all
When the mountains look so big
And my faith just seems so small

So hold me Jesus, ’cause I’m shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won’t You be my Prince of Peace

And I wake up in the night and feel the dark
It’s so hot inside my soul
I swear there must be blisters on my heart

So hold me Jesus, ’cause I’m shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won’t You be my Prince of Peace

Surrender don’t come natural to me
I’d rather fight You for something I don’t really want
Than to take what You give that I need
And I’ve beat my head against so many walls
Now I’m falling down, I’m falling on my knees

And this Salvation Army band is playing this hymn
And Your grace rings out so deep
It makes my resistance seem so thin

I’m singing hold me Jesus, ’cause I’m shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won’t You be my Prince of Peace

You have been King of my glory
Won’t You be my Prince of Peace

beautiful

March 25, 2006


beautiful
Originally uploaded by danakin.

Jill drew me a picture, and even though her drawing skills are not that great, I really wanted to work with it. You can’t really tell what the picture was, but it was basically the outline of a female body. Nothing supermodel like at all. Just an average girl. But average doesn’t have to mean “not pretty.” It means everything but. Your curves could be wierd, you might have a flat chest, you might have an overly large chest, you might be missing a tooth, you might have super thin hair, you might have no hair at all, you might have a disfigurement. But that doesnt mean that you aren’t pretty. There are people who love you just the same. You need to know that.

I love Jill, for all of her beauties and imperfections. She is beautiful.

On deck

March 22, 2006

Got a song coming for you. Mississippi. Should be good. Working on the music tomorrow in free time. Think 29 by Ryan Adams, but this will probably be sung by someone decidedly NOT Ryan Adams. Same bluesy feel to it. And it’s all about the wonderful state of Mississippi. Yeah, Mississippi is great. So many wonderful thunderstorms that just roll in over the night, and you can hear them coming for miles. That and the trains coming down the tracks, blowing their horn to let the night owls know that the railmen still live. And they’re always on time.

Tura lura lura!

March 19, 2006

Just want to let you know that The Few No More now has songs up for download. Not the greatest quality, but good anyway. Enjoy.

St. Pattys was fun. To sum it up for you, “Don’t be that guy.”

I just wanna say, Jill is cool. She’s gonna be a nurse, and she knows all that stuff. It’s awesome having a lady who can diagnose your problems for free. Then, she tops that off with singing. I wish I could see her tomorrow when she does her solo. She plays guitar pretty well too. I think she’s better than me. Not only that, but she also plays Guild Wars. When we aren’t together we can still do things together. Cool.

I hear all these bad things about people’s girlfriends and their destructive habits and obsessive ways. The only complaints I have with Jill is that she doesn’t smile enough and sometimes needs to talk up more. That’s nothing. Those aren’t even really bad.

Got several things to do. First off, once I’m done with this, sleep. When I wake up, gonna cook some Red Lobster style biscuits (by the way, don’t ever have Bakke search for ingredients in a cabinet). I hope they turn out all right. Then I got all sorts of stuff to keep me busy, including 2 papers and a group assignment (which I’m doing alone). I hope I can sit down sometime and just read tomorrow. Got the room cleaned decently finally so I can. Reading Jonny Cash’s autobiography still.

Johnny Cash was a cool guy. Kinda a “rags to riches to rags to great guy once more” tale. How cool do you have to be to have the Prime Minister of Jamaica order the nations soldiers to guard your house? In his later years, he was a really down to earth guy, with an amazing sense of home. It’s the only way I can describe it. I think it was Autumn who didn’t want to see Walk the Line because it just showed Cash’s bad side in his youth. But at the end, you see that he changes. He really did. Anyone who can take a Nine Inch Nails song and make it into such a powerful piece of art, even turning it into a Christian theme, is awesome in my book.