Winter 2008 Begins, New Roommate Setup

Where to begin? Winter break was nice – 4 weeks was much longer than 3. Gave me much needed room to rest, study (seriously), explore, hang out, recover from wisdom teeth, run many many errands, spend time with family, barely touch TF2 + Portal.. a little bit of everything.

Needless to say, it was time to go back to school. For some reason I don’t really mind the 2.5 hour drive anymore, although it’s still a bit long to me. For some reason though, the air in the car was hard to breathe =( we were planning to head down Saturday night, but the storm from Thursday/Friday was still settling down so we waited until Sunday, where there was just light rain for most of the drive. It was bad for only about 15 minutes. Ran up and down stairs with a ton of crap that I brought since it was just Munjal and I taking up the entire car, and had to move everything around to accomodate for the new roommate setup. Alex was moving into my room and two new people took the other room – I was retarded for letting them have the keys and collecting nothing more than a mere $50 security deposit. Now I really know the meaning of first months’ rent.

Alex took my spot =( but whatever. Expecting anything just sets you up for disappointment. You formulate ideas and methods to make things work for the better and they always just get shot down in some form. Oh well, I’ll deal. I’m not going to get into it, but this setup is different in almost every way than I had originally intended. I’ll… just get used to it.

I will still continue to think positive.. my new apartment-mates went from cool to just plain awesome. My roommate was napping yesterday so I just left him (and his napping friend) alone and went to eat dinner, except I ate with the new guys (err, guy and girl – a couple at that) and just talked about.. stuff. It was, nevertheless, pretty interesting and fun.. and I could go on forever.

I’m thankful that my mom and I prepared some food in advance to last me 3 meals here. Gives me a little breathing room getting everything with school and the room (and the sat-around-for-1-month dishes) before I actually need to start cooking. I’ve been cooking rice and eating leftovers.

School.. 11am is AMAZING, to say the least. I get really really cold easily, and going early in the mornings my freshman and sophomore winters just sucked. My “normal” sleeping schedule is 2am-10am (even during breaks), so it fits in even better. And to top it off, my roommate also starts at 11, for this one quarter that I happen to be rooming with him, so that works out well. Needless to say, we stay up late but quiet doing our ghetto terminal work.. wait.. he uses JCreator and Notepad =( The other two, on the other hand, start unavoidably early.. poor them.

Got IP assigning and port forwarding up and everything with uTorrent, as well as “proper” caps.. although.. 4 people torrenting on a line with 64 kB/s max upload can go a bit crazy. A little over the top, and all of a sudden you find yourself with 800ms+ pings.

Roommate’s computer is deafeningly loud at night (that’s gotta be at least 35 dB), and the bright LEDs lighting up my entire bed don’t help either.. Need to do something about that. Turning on the heat to 80-85 at night and at random times.. is kinda weird, too. Maybe I’m just wrong for expecting.. “normal-ness”..

Okay, back to school. Funny how when I have a class in a building, it’s always in a room that I had a previous class in before, and not other rooms. EE 306 is crazy packed – there’s 1 seat open and that is for Brim, who is watching football game(s?) in another state. The course seems difficult but doable, and it will be interesting going in with a mediocre understanding of chem and modern physics.

CPE 357.. Nico is cool. The class is cool. I’m really interested in doing well in this class.. and spending 80% of my ~35-45 study hours a week on it. People have said that it has taken them 5 hours a day every day of programming to get through.. I am ready for that. I think.

So I went to crash BRAE/ENGR 213 (Bio for Engineers) and we only stayed for an hour, for a introductory lecture that consisted of reading off PowerPoint slides that would be published online.. yeah. I got my add code and got too into it – I’m supposed to wait until Wednesday and get the co-req’s add code also, and do them both at once. I may have just expired my code in my crappy attempt, in their crappy system.

Went to chem at 12 this morning – packed to hell. 8 trying to crash, and about 5 were on waitlist. There were like 25 on waitlist at the close of registration. I thought I had a decent chance, but practically everyone was there, and she could only allow 2. Sadly enough both guys were there and I had a feeling that I wasn’t much further down the list. Damn it.. should have used my priority.. just for this class.. Instead of saving it for a late-priority quarter which would just be CPE 316/350/329 (aka, upper major classes that I don’t need to worry about.)

About to head to EE 346 lab – first day is always just intro, weeks 2-9 are 8 experiments and week 10 is the lab final.. it’s always like that. I’ve said enough for now..

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