July 16, 2002

Eric made it up today in time for lunch. We ate with Mike and Gwen down on the commons. Eric and I did some furniture shopping after lunch while Mike and Gwen checked out some art galleries.

Dominica and I are going to Topsail Island in two weeks and I want to be able to do some bicycling so I went shopping today and bought myself a Marin. Nate got one a year or two ago and it is pretty nice. So I got one as well. Nate’s is a mountain bike, I got a trail hybrid. Better for road use. I got an aluminum frame (my Schwinn is an aluminum racer from 1992) with a front shock. I didn’t want to get a shock but it saved $30 and got me the frame and size that I wanted. I liked the color and finish on the Chromoly no shock model better but this was better for me overall. I look forward to spending some time tooling around Topsail. That will be a lot of fun.

I am watching Das Boot today. I am writing this while I am watching the movie. So far it is really good. I am watching it in the original German with subtitles. The English translation isn’t very good and it is really hard to hear. I am very excited to be watching it. I am a big fan of the genre and of German cinema.

I am selling some of my stereo equipment this week in Rochester. I love my speakers (Paradigm Studio Reference 80’s) but I just can’t afford to build a theatre system off of such expensive components. So, after seven years of having Paradigms, I am selling them off to invest in a nice, affordable B+W 300 series system. I am really going to miss them but what can I do? We decided that we are going to put a real surround system in the living room since we never really use the downstairs system anyway.

Loopy has been working on his first video game for the Sharp Zaurus. He is writing an Othello game in Java. It should be playable pretty soon.

I wrote a number of updates but haven’t had a chance to get them onto the site so I am doing that today. I have been working hard trying to keep up with the site. This coming weekend I am going to be gone again. Dominica and I are heading out to Ohio for a family reunion. We will be there on Saturday and Sunday. Friday night we are partying down with Josh in Rochester.

Ok, enough up to date news for now. I will send this up to the site. I hope everyone is doing well.

July 15, 2002

My cousin Gwen and her boyfriend Mike drove out from Ohio this morning and are visiting for a couple of days. This is the first time that I have had a relative that was old enough to come and visit me. It is very exciting. We went to the Nines and got some pizza and cheese sandwiches. Then we went to Madeleine’s and got some coffee.

July 14, 2002

Went to a party for one of Dominica’s sorority sisters today in Buffalo. At the party, I ran into a friend that I used to work with at Pizza Hut in Geneseo in 1995. She now lives in Charleston, South Carolina. It was pretty weird to run into her at a party for someone that I didn’t know in Buffalo after seven years!