Wednesday June 19, 2002
Two whole weeks. . . and I'm still not done midterms!
Five down; four to go. I'm sure you're probably thinking, "why the
heck do you have so many midterms?!" Well, one class has 3
midterms, another has 2, and French has 4 chapter tests which are worth
just as much as most midterms. So, basically I started exams 3
weeks ago, and I'll be finished 2 weeks from now. . . just in time for
finals. I've still been working hard at Radio Shack, as well.
I did receive my first paycheck, so I now say for sure that I have a
real job. Being used to engineering co-op jobs, the check seemed
rather small. I guess I am working half the hours at half the
wage, so it all makes sense and it still definitely helps.
Haven't done much else during the last two weeks.
Found some time between work last weekend to go to
Summerfest on Saturday night.
On Saturday evening
Mr. Ku had a very successful BYOBB (the extra 'B' is for 'Beef') BBQ
before the actual event at Fed Hall. The weather did not cooperate
and it rained on and off all day, but it actually didn't put any damper
on the party. You can, of course, check out my photos of the all
action in my Photo Gallery. The good times
continued at Summerfest itself, the place was packed with a sell-out
crowd of around 1200 people. Almost everyone from the pre-party
was able to get in via the VIP line as well; a very nice bonus since the
line-up was huge. All-in-all it was a great night, possibly the
best of the 3 Summerfests I've been to since I made the journey to
Waterloo (2000 was pretty good too).
The new Our Lady
Peace album, Gravity, was released yesterday - of course, I picked
it up. Actually, I'm listening to it right now. I'm very
happy to report that this album is truly excellent. Usually when I
first listen to a new album from a favourite group/artist it takes a few
listens before it sinks in and I really enjoy it, but with this new disk
I immediately embraced it during my first listen. The reason may
likely be that this album is extremely polished. Being OLP's fifth
album, it definitely demonstrates the increasing maturity and growth of
the group. Produced by Bob Rock, famous for his work with
Metallica and Aerosmith, this album should hopefully propel OLP even
further into the 'main stream'.
That's about all I've got to say for now. Oh ya,
I tried the new Vanilla Coke
yesterday; not too bad, not too great. I think I'll just stick
with good ol' Pepsi, but I still have to see how the new
will taste. Later.
Wednesday June 5, 2002
It's been a while, huh? Oh well, it's not like anybody actually reads
this? (Except for you Derek) Anyway, I guess I wasn't lying when I
guessed I was going to be busy. I haven't actually prepared a meal
myself in over a week, that's how long it's been since I had run out of
groceries and not gotten around to buying more - I think I'll go
tomorrow though. School is going fairly well. I already had
several exams and assignments, along with a couple midterms that I'm confident about; I haven't been able to say
that in more than 3 years (since high school). The engineering
drama production seems to be coming along well, it's becoming more funny
every time we rehearse it. Work is good too; not too hard, not too
easy either. I do miss my weekends, even though I'm sure I would
end up doing nothing during the day anyhow. Work will be even
better once I get a pay-check (should get one this Friday, I think),
especially since I bought a digital camera already! I'm sure you
all noticed the recent additions to my photo gallery.
If you haven't, tell me what you're waiting for?!
I've got some photos of
Waterloo campus, my
current place of residence,
Emily's birthday party,
and a few miscellaneous shots from wing
night at Johnny Fiasco's. The camera I decided on getting,
after much research and procrastination, is the
Optio 230. So far it seem great. It's got lots of nice
features like the flip out LCD, night mode, ISO selection, movie mode,
countdown timer, and controls for exposure, saturation, sharpness, white
balance, manual focus, and more. . . I'm not much of a
photographer so what I like the most about it is that it is small and
the batteries actually last quite long.
So what have I done since my last post? Hmmm. . . I
should really attempt to update this page more often 'cause I can't even
remember what went on that long ago! Well, the Leaf's lost, but
I'm sure you all knew that. I decided last minute to go to Fed
last Thursday. It was pretty good; there was no line-up and a
whole bunch of people I know were there, including at least half of the
Elec class! Friday night I went for diner at East-Side's with Mike
and Annette. . . then watched
the worst movie I've seen since
Freddy Got Fingered (which still remains the absolute worst).
On Saturday I worked, after which I went next door to Philthy McNasty's
Emily's Birthday diner. It was a good time, it was a real big
turnout. Some of us kept the night alive and went 5-pin bowling
after diner. I managed to get the night's high game of 258 by
somehow executing 5 (yes FIVE!!) strikes in a row! Wen-Bey was
certainly a major competitor, he managed to get a still impressive 4
strikes in a row, as well as the night's highest total score (adding
both games). Alas, Team Canada (consisting of Mike, Emily, Liz, &
I - we called ourselves Team Canada because Mike and I were both wearing
red shirts and white pants, coincidentally of course) lost both games to
our opposing nameless team (Wen-Bey, Gordon, Roopak, & Agnes).
Sunday, as I'm sure you have guessed, I again worked. I then
studied for the two midterms I just had on Tuesday. Monday night I
took a break from studying and went out to Johnny Fiasco's for some
$0.29 wings. Now it is very late, I must sleep.
Tuesday May 21, 2002
Hello all! I hope everyone had an enjoyable long
weekend? Thanks to my friend
Andrea Kilfeather, who actually came to visit me in Waterloo (Crazy
huh, someone actually offering to come to Waterloo? Naive she was
about how boring Waterloo weekends are. I did warn her; she knows
now.), my weekend was much better than anticipated. One of our
more exciting events involved a trip to the Mennonite village of
St. Jacobs. Basically it's
one street just outside of Waterloo, with a bunch of old-fashioned shops
that sell useless souvenirs. I bought a cherry pie; it was quite
delicious. During the summer months it hosts a large farmer's
market, as well as a flea market. I've never been to either, but
they're supposed to be quiet popular. Interestingly enough, there
is also an outlet mall in St. Jacobs. We did a little shopping
there, I was even inclined to purchase a few items! The
LEGO store was cool too - if only I
had a digital camera. . .
Well, today I actually put in time at Radio Shack!
So I think this means I really have a job! Yay! I'm even
scheduled to work this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This week
is an inventory week, so I'll be working long hours, but normally I can
expect 15-20 hours a week. This will indeed make my life busy, but
maybe I'll finally be able to afford that digital camera (not to mention
tuition and rent)? Now I've got: class, work, drama, and residence
council. I also realized that I already have midterms starting
next week!! Damn, they sure snuck up fast! Also, I've got a
plethora of quizzes and assignments on the horizon, including two this
week! Anyway, no more
helicopter game for me - I'm retiring with a high score is 2090.
It's time to get my ass in gear! See ya, and
GO LEAFS GO!
Thursday May 16, 2002
One day since my last update! I work too hard, I
know. Well, I just returned from witnessing
Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the
Clones. Enjoyable, this movie was. Sorry, Yoda's
backwards sentence structure is contagious, I will do my best to refrain
from adopting it. I even got to experience the movie in pure digital
Waterloo actually has one of only five DLP
(digital light projector) equipped theatres in Canada! Isn't that
crazy, lil' ol' Waterloo. But yes, I thought the movie was pretty
good; much better than The Phantom Menace. The reason why is
simple: Attack of the Clones (no matter how retarded the name still
sounds) has familiar characters as well as familiar score from Episodes
IV through VI. It reminds me of the original Star Wars series,
which was good, therefore this movie is also good. If you liked
the original Episodes IV through VI, I believe you will have fun seeing
Episode II. . . no matter how bored you were while watching (or sleeping
through) Episode I. So basically, I recommend it.
Guess what?! Last Tuesday I had a job interview
with a local Radio Shack.
I thought the interview had gone well, but I hadn't heard from them in
over a week - until today. I got a call around 8:30 (while just on
my way to the movie). I am to go in on Tuesday for somewhat of an
orientation. Cool, huh. But this time, I'm not going to jump
to conclusions and think that I've actually got a job. You all
know what became of the last two jobs I thought I'd gotten. I'm
actually going to wait until I work at least one hour before considering
myself employed. The job does sound pretty good, so I am really
hoping things go right this time. Wish me luck! Good night.
Wednesday May 15, 2002
I have the worst luck with jobs lately!! I
told you before how I had gotten laid-off from a job before even starting; well the
same happened again with the job I was supposed to have at the Cove!!
I knew it was bad news when the manager wasn't there on Monday. I
don't understand these companies?? They put up a help wanted ad,
take applications, perform interviews, hire me, and then before I'm
about to start they say: "Oh sorry, we realized we can't actually hire
anyone right now." Is it just me or shouldn't they have figured
that out before putting up the want ad in the first place?!? Sheesh.
. . so now I'm jobless again. Does anyone out there have any
connections that can get me a real job? Somewhere that will
actually allow me to start after giving me the job? I guess I have
to keep looking. . .
Had my first drama practice today, it went pretty well.
As you know, I'm playing Rodney in the play 'Seven Stories'. I
will now acknowledge the name 'Rod', if any of you care to address me as
so. After reading through the play for the first time, I guarantee
you all will have a good laugh when you DO attend the show this July
(still figuring out the specific dates). You may even think a
little bit, the story is definitely interesting. . . quite weird
actually. Throughout the play my character relentlessly tries to
kill his wife; that's all I'm saying.
Well, I've got tickets to see Star Wars tomorrow.
I'm not a super-fan or anything, I'm just hoping to be entertained.
I shall let you know whether I am successfully entertained or not.
As for the remainder of my May long weekend? No plans.
Pretty sad, huh. I'm still hoping something materializes between
now and then. Otherwise, I'll just have to think back to the days
of Willstock, pouring 48 beer down the toilet in prison, Onanole (on a
nole), and of course 'The Gambler' (silence please). Please let me
know if anything is going on!! Later.
Monday May 13, 2002
I'm back, and only three days later! What new and
exciting things did I experience on the weekend? Well, nothing too
new, but I guess I can say it was a somewhat exciting weekend (relative
to most of my weekends). Friday night I had dinner with friends at
the Mongolian Grill, the all-you-can-eat, create-your-own
stir-fry/fajitas extravaganza (now that's a lot of hyphens)! It
was good, as usual. . . and I ate way too much, as usual. After
dinner I watched Ocean's Eleven. I recommend it to all, it's a fun
movie. It really portrays organized crime as an exciting,
enjoyable and lucrative career!
Saturday at Canada's Wonderland was good. The rain
held off until after we had left, and line lengths averaged around 40
minutes (for those of you who haven't been to Wonderland, yes, this is
actually good)! I didn't get to go on the White Water Canyon raft
ride, my friends are a bunch of babies who are scared of a little water.
Later, during dinner, I actually witnessed someone solve a Rubik's Cube
- without ripping off and switching the stickers! Yes,
Derek Ku amazed everyone by effortlessly solving it twice, taking a
mere three minutes each time! Derek, you should really consider
starting your own touring show - solving the worlds problems through
understanding the mystery of Rubik's Cube. Even after a full day
at Wonderland, I still made it back to Waterloo in time to attend a good
ol' keg party. There I caught up with some friends from
Engineering and many more from my residence days in Village 1.
Of course, I slept in on Sunday. Did some laundry,
some homework, and spent way too much time playing this addictive little
helicopter game (I was introduced to this game via
Derek's site, damn him for
making me waste my time away). My high score is 1520, try beat it
if you can! I had an enjoyable dinner at Zeke's in Kitchener for
my new friend Jenny's birthday. As promised, the ribs were great.
After, I attended a brief residence council meeting. I am a the
floor representative in my building this term. . . yes, it is a very
Last fall I was the 'One Armed Man' in the Engineering
Drama Production. On Thursday I auditioned for a role in this
summer's production; today I discovered that I got cast again!! I
will play a character named Rodney in the play Seven Stories!
That's all I know so far, I will get to read the play at the first
practice on Wednesday. I'm certain it will be a blast again.
Anyone who's around Waterloo this summer, you must come and see it.
I think the show will be during the second weekend in July, I'll let you
know when I find out for sure. You might be wondering how was my
first day of working at the Cove went? Well I showed up after
class today, as I was scheduled to, and they told me to stop by sometime
tomorrow. Apparently the manager is sick today, so my orientation
will have to wait until tomorrow. Hopefully, everything still
works out well. Bye for now.
Friday May 10, 2002
So, what's new with me? Hmm. . . I just finished
the first week of classes of my fifth term at the University of Waterloo
(not counting the four work terms I've done so far). Sometimes I
really do wonder if I'm ever going to be finished here; oh well only XX
many years left. This summer I'm taking two economics courses,
accounting, philosophy, and French. Economics seems pretty good so
far, the professor for one of the courses is amazing! The first
three hour lecture actually just flew by. So far Accounting is
pretty straight forward, though slightly boring. Philosophy could
be interesting if the professor were not as dull, I'm not particularly
looking forward to writing essays either. And how about French you
ask? Not Good. It's about as bad as Calculus 4, the
professor speaks French the entire time and I really don't know what's
going on! Had my first quiz today, the questions were in French
too - I might have passed. I haven't seen French since grade 11,
that would be 1997/1998, like I remember anything from four years ago!
Besides school, I've got a part time job for the
summer and fall. That is, if I don't get laid-off before even
starting like the with last job I thought I had! The job is
working at the Campus Cove, it's the student run arcade here at the
University of Waterloo. I'm supposed to start Monday. It
should be an alright job, possibly a little boring - maybe I can get
some reading done there. The hours aren't the best, evenings from
5:00pm to 1:00am, but I can't complain. I need money. Maybe
now I can actually sort of justify buying a digital camera. The
conventional camera I have now isn't very good, and with a digital
camera I could actually frequently update my online
I'm living in Wellesley Court (an upper-year apartment
style residence) again this term, as I did in Fall 2001. It's
nice, since it is across the street from campus and is newly renovated.
I'm in a three bedroom suite this time. It's actually one of the
handicapped persons suites (no jokes please). That means
everything is a little bit bigger (except for my room), and I've got my
own back door into the court! All I'd need is a barbeque and I'd
really be set!
Tomorrow I'm off to Canada's Wonderland, should be a
good time. One forecast says rain, another says sunshine. I
sure hope the latter is correct. I'll let you know. Later.
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