Wednesday, January 31, 2007

First up: The Illinizas

In addition to having the hike up to the hut be one of the hardest days of my life (we took a detour and ended up short-cutting straight up some hillside). I was then bored and sick for a few days at altitude waiting for an appropriate weather window. After 3 days, of crappy weather we said 'Fuck it' and went in light fog. But we summited and had a good time doing so.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sacraficio del Pina

As for any good journey, you must make a sacrafice to the gods to ensure health and well-being. We chose a native to help us on our way.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Time Has Come

So begins my posting of the Ecuador photos. This set is from Quito, Ecuador's capital. This was the home base from which our adventures sprang. I'll see if I can't start posting more photos as the week progresses.

Ecuador: Quito

Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Good Day

Well, yesterday was the Caltech Career Fair. And being as we always need more qualified engineers, I was sent down to go see if I could round up some recruits. The competition was monstrously fierce for the handful of CS grads, though I have a few resume's and some mental scars for the effort.

On the other hand, I also got to hang out with some Ricketts alums I haven't seen in a while. Disco made a cameo, and Shay, Sekanina and I went to go get some drinks at Lucky Baldwins. It reminded me that it's been a long time since I've done anything crazy. At least in a Mech. E. sort of way. Maybe I need to find some scaffolding...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

It's not you, Condo. It's me.

Breaking up is hard to do. But sometimes it's gotta be done and it's for the best. Whether it's because of fundamental differences of opinion or a lawsuit, sometimes you just gotta push the eject button.

So after talking with a Real Estate lawyer I rescinded my offer for the condo in the outer mission, and while I'm not exactly back to square one (I learned a lot in this process), I do start having to hit the real estate bars again (by which I of course mean open houses) and try to jump back on the horse.

What's the Real-Estate equivalent of a one-night stand? Do I need a rebound flip here?

Monday, January 15, 2007

Why is there a pillow in my underwear?

Jayne is a violent sleeper. I'm not waking up with bruises or anything (I trust in my physical fortitude for protection here), but once unconscious she's merciless about bed space and cover allotments. Even so I was surprised Saturday night when, in a haze of semi-consciousness, I had her small black pillow slammed into my face. And actually after that it was set up as a barrier that I had no intention of crossing. A shiner from a pillow just doesn't scream 'manly'.

And when I brought this up with her last night (after she apologized for her unconscious unintentional acts), she proceeded to stuff the pillow in my underwear. Well that pillow's lost bed privileges for a while (by which I mean I jettisoned it from our upper level loft. It made a very satisfying foop)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

My Rock

It occurs to me I've been pretty down on this blog of late. While it's pretty much because the last week was a special case of craptacularity, I did want to make one thing clear.

Life didn't suck.

As a matter of fact, each and every day last week I had a smile on my face as I drove home, because I was going to see Jayne again. She is such a wonderful force to have in my life, and I'm so glad that she's here. I love that no matter how messed up my day went, when I come home I can't help but smile. She makes me happy just to be near her.

So yeah, a whole bunch of shit sucked last week. Sucked donkey dong as a matter of fact. All-in-all though I'm doing pretty well. And the reason that I blogged the way I did was ... well ... I only really blog when I'm home alone. So it was the lull times when she wasn't around to keep me sane.

On an unrelated note, I did end up giving her whatever bug was keeping my unwell last week. (I know, it really is a crappy way to thank her). Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go make sure she's warm and test my theory that no cold can stand up to large enough quantities of chicken soup.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Bad Day

Yesterday sucked.

  1. I was still sick from this weekend

  2. I was in the middle of doing penence for dental laziness

  3. My Xbox 360 bricked (red ring of death)

  4. I found out that the people with whom I an in escrow over a condo just go served litigation

  5. And just as Jayne got home and things started to get better, I got a call from my boss that the site wasn't updating

I really hope I handled the interview I did yesterday afternoon professionally.