Randomosity 3

 

Yuck

 

The checkout chick at Woolworths pulled a pen from out of her hair for me to sign the credit card slip.  She looked clean enough but the pen felt all slippery.  I don’t even want to know…

 

(Young) women drivers

 

Is it just me, or do 25 year old girls in small Japanese and Korean cars drive worse than 18 year old boys in rusty V8s?

 

Ouch – fortunately not my ouch

 

I went to the LBS today for my free warranty tune-up on the recently rebuilt wheel.  I hadn’t been for a while and had missed all the excitement.  It was the owners first day back at work after a week in hospital.  I don’t understand the motivation for some people.  This guy has finished several full length Ironman triathlons, all under 10 hours.  He still does triathlons, but to build leg power for accelerating away from turn-around points in the bike ride, he races BMX.  A bit over a week ago he was at the track for a club training night and mistimed a triple.  When the dust settled, he had broken his humerus, scapula, clavicle and 3 ribs.  At the shop today he was shaking, apparently suffering withdrawal as he has gone from morphine last week to pethidine on the weekend to codeine yesterday.

 

It’s over (for a month)

 

The last 2 weeks have been a shocker for me.  Three final exams and two 2000 word essays.

 – The first exam sucked.  Actually, the exam was about what it should have been.  I sucked.

 – Then an essay.  I sent an email to the lecturer apologising for the quality.  It was actually a great essay, well structured, well referenced, just lacking the bit where I didn’t address the assessment topic.

 – Then another exam.  I ran out of questions to answer and left an hour and 20 minutes after the start of a 3 hour sitting.

 – On the night of the exam I started feeling a bit poorly.  Apparently you get that way when bacteria start nesting in your sinuses.

 – Followed by another 2000 word essay.  I got an extension over the weekend for this sucker because of the illness and yet with an extra 4 days I still waited until the night before it was due to start.  My wife hates me now – she resents the fact that when she proof read my 2071 word essay that was a blank page 5 hours earlier, she corrected it with 2 apostrophes and a hyphen.

 – Finally the last exam.  A laboratory based 1 hour quiz for the same sucky subject as the first exam.  In the 11 days since the first exam this subject had not improved at all.  Neither had my knowledge of the material.

 

It starts again (in 32 days)

 

I got my book list today for next semester.  It was almost like winning the lottery.  My 4 subjects require a book each and they retail for a total of $285.00.  That’s over $120 dollars less than any of the previous semesters.  I’m excited.

 

The vultures are circling

 

I got a nice little letter from the agent we rent our house from.  They want access next week to do a “duty of care” inspection.  They have to make sure we’re not trashing the place.  We’re a family of 2 adults with 3 part time jobs, both studying full time and raising 3 primary school age children.  I hope their expectations don’t extend beyond the walls and roof being a similar shape to when we were handed the keys 18 months ago.

 

In the meantime

 

I’ve got 32 days to relax and re-invigorate myself.  I have a 5 point plan for maximising my holiday time.  I’m going to:

  1. work a little bit
  2. go to the movies with my wife
  3. play golf with my sons
  4. teach my daughter to throw rocks at the neighbours cat and
  5. ride my bike.

  

Never underestimate the power of the eyebrow. – Jack Black

 

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19 Responses to Randomosity 3

  1. Anchra says:

    Enjoy your time off.
    I think you deserve it!
     
    ~Anchra~

  2. Fat says:

    I agree with Anchra. Make sure you take some time for yourself as well.
    Take care,~ Fat Chick

  3. Jtrav31 says:

    Dude…you DO need a break.  Have a good rest.  LOL…I am envious of that paper your wife proofed for you.  That takes talent and skill FAR beyond me 😀

  4. Big Guy on a Bicycle says:

    Yuck – Ugh, nasty.  Maybe this is why I always carry two pens (in case one doesn’t work).  I don’t even have enough hair on my head to carry one in, though, so I use a pocket instead.
    (Young) Women Drivers – It’s not just you.  Over here it isn’t just small Asian cars.  It’s the SUVs as well.
    Ouch… – I feel his pain, or at least have felt a reasonable fascimile over the last three months.
    It’s Over – Dude!  Kick back and enjoy it.
    It Starts Again – But don’t kick too far back.
    Vultures – Just put furniture in front of the major holes in the walls…
    In the Meantime – It looks like a well-thought-out plan.  Enjoy.

  5. serf says:

    Look close and you’ll find many of the young ladies have a cell phone against their ear.  If you’re going to use a phone while you drive (not recommended) you should use a headset and a phone which will dial a phone number on voice command.
     
    It’s best to lay off throwing rocks at the neighbor’s cat.  Cat sometimes retaliate by relieving themselves in the gap between car hood and the windshield; this can result in a nasty surprise when the windshield wipers are turned on.  Of course, if the cat is already leaving these surprises, the kids should be trained to spray it with the water hose (rocks can get you in trouble with SPCA and the neighbor’s if the kids throwing aim is a little off and they take out a house or vehicle window).
     
    Have a blessed day.  serf ‘rett 

  6. Kelly says:

    Wondering something…do you get to buy your books elsewhere? Like here? I have saved SO much money on my books and on Mallory’s books for college. It’s a wonderful place.
     
    I think it’s an offshoot of ebay. Yeah. I’m sure of it because I’m a little addicted to that place.
     
    Happy Father’s Day!

  7. Laura says:

    I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and have fun peddling around…

  8. SillyCrystalD says:

    good luck with the rocks and cat thing, sounds like something my nephews father would teach him 🙂

  9. Tom Stormcrowe says:

    Mike, I need your cumulative June miles to catch up the Spinner database.

  10. Star says:

    Hey Mike!  I haven’t been by in a long time.  Dropped by to see how you are doing!  My goodness, I didn’t have such a stringent course load when I was IN college, let alone when I went back to get the next year.  PLUS you are working and have a family.  Both you and your wife are doing great.  You should be really proud of yourselves!!
     
    I haven’t been writing much lately, don’t know if it’s the weather or what, hope to get back to it sometime soon.
     
    You take care and good luck with your next semester.
    Starstuff

  11. Susan says:

    So sorry about Australia’s loss to Italy.  I watched it and was certain that the game would go to a penalty shoot-out.  The Aussies played brilliantly and it was a heartbreaking way to go out.  I think they’ll be back in 2010. 
     
    I hope that you’re enjoying your holiday.  You’re working much harder than I ever did in grad school, and with a family and all those cycling miles (kilometers), I don’t know how you do it. 
     
    Just noticed your little kiddies’ photos–sweet of you to credit your wife–they are adorable.  Maybe they’ll be cycling champs someday, eh?

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