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Time:03:01 pm
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Had a weird dream last night. I was driving down the highway, and we passed each other on the way. Things slowed down, and I could see her waving goodbye to me. Then time sped up again, and we headed in opposite directions. Then I looked down in the floorboard of my car, and saw a bunch of rocks. Big rocks. I started throwing them out my window.
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Aside from my dream about being a litterbug, things are moving. The paperwork has been turned in and that's all done. Now I'm waiting for my recruiter to tell me when it's time for me to go to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) at Raleigh. Usually people in my area go to Charlotte, but because I have to go in front of an OCS Selection board I have to go to where they are.

The consensus is that I stand a really good shot at getting a billet at OCS. I'll believe it when I see it. At any rate, I think I should know my fate by the end of this month.
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Changing my workout routine. Going until muscle failure every other day on pushups just doesn't seem to be bringing the desired results. I'm switching to doing a sub-optimal set of pushups and situps every hour. We'll see.
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Subject:Time Marches On
Time:08:48 pm
Current Mood:calmcalm
And as it does, it gets closer to my cut-off date and marches inexorably closer to the conclusion that I will be in the military soon without a real job offer. The thought doesn't bother me, I guess that's a hallmark of my personality, but the thought has brought a much tougher exercise regime.

I bought "The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook" by Sergeant Michael Volkin, which has a better training program detailed inside of it than I have been on. I've only been on this plan for two days, but I can already tell a difference in my muscles. The tips on running more efficiently haven't really panned out yet, but I'm willing to give them time. I also stopped drinking caffeine completely, which has resulted in a short term weight gain of about three pounds because my metabolism slowed down some without the caffeine's effects in my system. That's fine, I'm sure I'll lose it before I go to the recruiting station. Besides, running and exercising in the morning like this is forcing my body to burn fat instead of the calories in my stomach.

I haven't really been studying the ASVAB prep book like I'm supposed to. I can't let myself get into the mindset that "It's okay, there's always tomorrow..", because inevitably tomorrow turns into the day before where thou art verily boned. The only thing that I *really* need to study is the electronics portion of it, which is no where near what you think it is... It's all about knowing how to assemble circuits and such, not computer or operating system knowledge.

A short list of the MOS's (Military Occupational Specialties) that I'm shooting for runs something like this (in no particular order): Field Artillery Meteorological Crew-member (13W), Field Artillery Surveyor (13S), Imagery Analyst (35G), Geospatial Engineer (21Y), Common Ground Station (CGS) Analyst (35H), and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (74D).

Of course, what will happen is that I'll take the ASVAB at MEPS, and then they'll show me a list of jobs that I qualify for. If one of those jobs is on the list, great! Otherwise.. I'm boned. Thus, I need to study some more!
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All right, time to hit the hay. I've got to be at work tomorrow morning!
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Subject:So, yeah.
Time:11:09 am
Current Mood:calmPensively Optimistic
Here I am! Let me sum up the past six months: It was nuts, I graduated, now I'm looking for a job. No bites yet. And if I don't have a job by the beginning of September, I'm going to enlist in the Army.

Either way, my long term plans remain unchanged. My priority for cash is to build up three months of savings and then pay off the credit cards. Then the private loan from GTCC, and then my Federal Loans. Once all of that is out of the way, long term savings. In the next six years, I want to get some real world experience and do some independent research on aspects of Geography, so I'll have an idea of what I would like to tackle as a Thesis for a Master's degree. Ultimately, I'd like to be a Hydrologist, which pulls down north of 120k a year, but that's in the future.

If I get a job, great. That will mean more personal freedom and spare time to go about researching and talking to Professors about stuff, but it will also mean my budget will be tighter and it will take longer to pay off my debts. If I go into the Army, it's almost the exact opposite. My debts will get paid off somewhere in the neighborhood of within three years, but for the first six months or so my free time will be extremely limited, and when I do have free time my access to resources will be extremely limited. However, when I eventually get stationed somewhere and get into my "day job" routine, my free time should shoot up and I'll have access to more resources at that time. And, if I go into the military, I should be able to get them to assist me with getting a Master's degree and I might be able to swing my way into being an Officer. The downside is that I'll just be removed from what I consider my calling, Physical Geography, for a while. Not forever, but enough to cause me to pause.
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Personally? I've been a little "blegh" recently. It's the thought process that I'm, superficially, in the same position I was six years ago, with no external sign of progress. I'm still at my Dad's place in a spare bedroom (though I lived out on my own for four and a half years of it), I still work at Wilco part-time (though, everyone knows the score now and NO ONE talks to me like it's all I'm capable of doing), and I'm still waiting for better things to come my way (though in this case it's not about waiting for college, it's waiting for a career change).

It comes and it goes. I'm largely over my relationship with Rachel, but I'm still not out there dating. It seems like a front, to me. I know what I want, a long term relationship. It's just not who I am to go out and date for "fun". *shrug* I'm not going to turn down an opportunity, but I'm not actively looking, either. The other part of that is that I don't know where I'm going to be in three months, so how can I get into a relationship?

That's the other thing bothering me: Not knowing. I like to plan. I like to devise strategies. I like to look ahead. I have no clue what to plan for at this point, which feels to me a little like walking through deep cover woods with no compass. I'm going somewhere... but I don't know where and I don't know when or even if I'll get to where I want to go. It sucks!
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That's enough bitching. I'm not the most unfortunate person in the world. In the mean time, while I'm waiting, I do get time to play games and read books. That's a pleasant bonus. I'm also planning on making a camping trip next week to South Mountain. Solo. I want to actually camp, not run into town every three hours the way Scott camps. Still trying to decide if I want to make it a one day or two day trip.
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Subject:Whoa. Been a while. Redux.
Time:03:35 pm
Current Mood:boredbored
So, it's been a while since I last posted. Not because of an abundance of activities, mind you. I've been following a basic rule of writing.. That when things get boring, you skip ahead in time, and you write more detail for when things are interesting or exciting. My winter break was most definitely NOT exciting, but it was refreshing. I was able to relax quite a bit, which helped my mood a lot.

I'm currently writing this from my Statistics class at UNCG. It's my last class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there's about 120 people in the class so I'm not really worried about getting singled out too much. I've actually already done the research for this chapter, so I know what she is going to lecture about, so I'm not really worried about missing something either. The only problem is that occasionally my thumb hits the mousepad and moves the cursor, so I start typing in the third sentence or something similar.

At any rate.. I'm very happy to be back in school. while I did get to relax, it was very boring after a while, and I didn't have much on my mind or to write about for you guys. Nothing really important happened either. Just work, and video games. :)
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My classes this semester are as follows:
Mondays and Wednesdays: Geo-511 (Advanced Weather and Climate)
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Geo-491: Current Topics in Regional Geography
Env-100: Introduction to Environmental Science
Geo-305: Environmental Hazards Assessment
Sta-108: Introduction to Statistics

I like the three Environmental classes, of course, but not so much the Regional or Statistics.

Obviously, not the statistics.
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I've slowly been getting myself ready for the eventual move that has to happen. I don't know how far or where I'll have to move to for my first job, but I know I will. I'm running my plans around only being able to take a single car-load with me for a while until I get time and money to come back for other things.

So, I've been typing up my books one by one so I'll have more library to choose from, and scanning in my manga. I've also been backing up my DVD's to AVI format and I'm getting a 1TB external drive to save them onto so I can have all my movies (I'd do all this anyway, because having things in the electronic format is more organized and takes up a hell of a lot less space)

Consider this: To have 1000 dvd's, you'd have to have first a good sense of organization that you can quickly change as new movies are added so that you can find them. You'd also have to have storage space for all of them. If you keep them in their cases and each case is about a half an inch in depth, then you'd need about 42 linear feet of storage space. If you buy bookcases that are three feet wide and have five shelves, you'd have two full book cases of shelves and working on the last shelf of a third one. That's a lot of space.

Even in folders, imagine having to move 700 dvd's because you added one DVD to the collection and it needs to be organized? You'd have to have a 100 dvd case for each letter of the alphabet. If those are four inches wide, that's a mere 8'4" in linear storage space for your collection...but then there is weight.

50 dvd's weighs less than 1 kg.. Call it .95kg. So, a thousand DVD's in and of themselves would weigh 19 kg, or about 41 lbs. In Three bookcases? An extra 180lbs. 26 folders? About another 7lbs.

Then cost. Ignoring the movies themselves, three book cases would cost about $120. 26 folders would cost about $260!

OR! You get a 1TB storage drive that is 6 inches by four inches by one inch, weighs about four pounds, can hold more than a thousand movies, costs $110, and can be organized by alphabet by just clicking a button.

'Nuff said. And don't get me started on books!
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There I go. Ranting about logistics and environmental stuff again.
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Subject:I didn't quite get straight A's..
Time:10:09 pm
Current Mood:satisfiedsatisfied
Instead, I got three A's and an A+. Damn. I was really hoping I would fare better than that.

Geo-510; Biogeography: A
Geo-533; Economic Geography: A
Geo-641; Advanced Geomorphology and Fluvial Hydrology: A
Spa-204; Intermediate Spanish II: A+
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Tomorrow I get to have a day of 'down time' at the house. Probably the first one in about three weeks or so. I've been working my butt off trying to get all my projects done on time and getting studying time in for my finals. On top of working. I'm just glad to see this semester wrap up!

Sorry, Jill. I tried to relax a little, but it didn't quite work out that way.
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So, at any rate, a quick look at my GPA to now puts me at 3.17. I was just a *little* south of a 3.0 at the start of this semester, so I suppose the big up kick from getting these A's from Grad classes has really helped out that. That makes me feel pretty *damn* good about my chances of being able to pursue a Master's degree later on in life, since I'll have a strong GPA to point to from UNCG. Especially if I can at least *maintain* this GPA next semester, though I think I'd have to severely fuck something up to screw it up at this point.
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Okay, I'm going to bed.
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Subject:On Hamlet
Time:08:05 pm
Current Mood:goodgood
On my passage through the township of Hamlet today on my way to Nonnie's house, I witnessed a town that was collapsing in on itself. Everywhere I looked there were tangible signs of decay and ruin. The entire town, it seems, is gently sliding into oblivion much as its literary namesake did. Entire shopping centers are shut down and deserted, with grasses slowly reclaiming even the concrete and sidewalk. Broken glass litters the streets from where the homeless have broken into abandoned buildings, and their owners are long past the point of caring. Even the homes show the signs of neglect, with chipped and fading paint, unkempt yards, and automobiles slowly oxidizing in the Southern Sunshine.

This place was probably once booming, being the only passage to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, a popular attraction for college students. However, since the inception of the bypass, this place is slowly and surely returning to the dust.
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However! It's nice to be at Nonnie's house. I took an Oral Exam today in spanish and received a 97, which is fantastic! I'm glad that I did well, because I like to pile on as many good grades as possible to offset any bad grade I might get.

Next week everything comes to a head. There is one class where I have absolutely NO idea what grade I have, because I haven't received any. That would be Economical Geography. I take the final next Tuesday, and I need to work on its accompanying study guide. I'm confident that I'll pass, but still: I'd like to know exactly what grade I can look forward to.

All the rest of my classes are going just fine. I just want this semester done and over with so that I can enjoy my winter break!
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Time:11:19 pm
Current Mood:okayokay
Well my last post was about my feeling how things had to get better after getting over a cold and then the flu. I was wrong, of course, since I threw out my back immediately afterword and couldn't take time of for any of it.

Ugh.
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Well, I'm here at Dad's. My room is a little messy, but I can fix that. I forgot to take my cold weather gear to work (Yeah, I know, being winter I should have thought of it), and I can fix that. Forgot my work set of keys, I can fix that too. Need groceries, so I'll get that tomorrow on my way home from work.

Basically, all of my problems now are small and fixable. I don't have a TON of stuff to do in a short time, and I can get it done. I think that from *now* on it should be okay.
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Thankfully, I get a lot of next week off from school and work. Tuesday day to about Wednesday night I'm going to Nonnie's house for early T-Day stuff. Thursday I have to work and I need to visit with the other half of my relatives as well, so it's going to be an interesting time overall.

Monday I have completely off from everything, though, for the first time in probably about four months. I intend to use it accordingly!
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Time:10:08 pm
Current Mood:calmcalm
I think things are going to be okay from now on.

That is all.
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Subject:Halloween and news
Time:08:15 pm
Current Mood:goodgood
Well, I spent Halloween out with friends, which was a nice change of pace. It was good to get out of the house for a while, but I stayed out waaaaaaaay too late and ended up getting home at about 4:30 AM. That was pretty damn lame, since I had to be at work at 9! I only got about 3 hours of sleep that night/morning, but I made up for it last night by getting 13 hours of sleep, which was fantastic!
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Shipped my HP laptop off last week, and they tried to send back my replacement by Friday, but I was working that day so I didn't get it. Now it is at some nameless storage facility in High Point until they try to deliver it again, which would be Monday when (SURPRISE!) I won't be there as well, again for work. Basically, FedEx is going to have my laptop until Wednesday when I'll finally be home during the day to sign for it. Just in the odd chance that it might work, I'll put signs on the front and back door with my signature asking the FedEx guy to just put it in the truck and accept my signature on the paper for it, but I'm not expecting that to work.
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End of the semester approaching. Good and bad news there, almost to winter break, yeah, but also tons of work coming down the pipeline. No complaints, though, I'm extremely close to graduating now.
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Subject:Next Semester
Time:03:41 pm
Yes, now is the time of year when a young man's thoughts turn to.. the sheer amount of work he'll have to get done next semester to graduate.

I've learned from this semester to try to pack in as much as possible into a few days at school to maximize my free time. This semester, I do have six hours on Tuesday and Thursday.. But it is in between classes and isn't really ideal for getting anything done. Luckily, my BIG laptop should be fixed by then, so I won't necessarily have to get onto campus to do anything computer intensive like I do now.

So, I'm trying to pack everything I can into the days that I HAVE to be there because of classes that I MUST take in order to graduate. The first being Geo-305, which is Environmental Hazards Assessment, which I need to top off one requirement. Basically, everything else is focused around this class. So far, it is looking like my Tuesdays and Thursdays will start with a class at 8 in the morning, with 15 minutes between each class for five classes straight, and then I get to go home at 3:15 in the afternoon.

That might not sound like much fun, but believe me, this will be a MUCH better schedule than this semester. I'm on campus 3 days a week now, one day just for one class, and two days witha HUGE gap in between two classes. In fact, on Thursday I just have two classes, and I have to wait that entire six hours just to finish my day. BORING. And this semester is a big "see-saw". I have Sunday night until Monday night free, and then I have to go to class and get back home at about 10 to go to bed. Then I get up at 5AM to get to school on time, and again I don't get home until 10 Tuesday night, and then I finally get to relax. It's a wierd schedule.

This way, I'll have ALL of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday completely open to either work, do homework, or relax. AND I'll have Tuesday and Thursday Nights and most of the Afternoon open as well. AND no having to get home late for one class to get up early for the next class. That's huge! If I get one Tuesday or Thursday off, it's also an instant 3 day weekend for me as well, which is also nice.

All right, I should go. I have an exercise to finish for 641 which is due.. tonight. So I'd better dedicate myself to getting that done.
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