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So I went to UIUC this weekend to watch the J-net fashion show and hang out with friends there. Friends == quite good fun, although people are wandering off, sadly. Show was good - pretty much what was expected, although the skit could have flowed a tad bit better. But the Union ABC rooms have proper lighting rows now! So they can adjust the lights and position them to be more awesome and actually properly cover the stage. Probably with more lights too. *glee* Alas, I won't be back much more often to help out and make it look awesome.

Also, the freshmen are getting smaller. Or I'm getting older and bigger. Gawds, I hope it's not the latter.

Used United Premier status (I've somehow managed to fly over 25K miles this year. Probably due to the trip to Taiwan) to board planes as zone 1. Unsuccessfully tried to standby for an earlier flight. Got to and from Chicago with the help of Denise and her boyfriend, John.

And due to my own incompetence, I completely forgot about my return time and ended up getting a flight that landed 15 minutes after the last caltrain left. So, having done a test run from Palo Alto to Millbrae (the sourthern-most point for the BART (subway) on this side of the bay), taking about 18 miles, 2-3 hours, I decided it was quite doable. With this in mind, I brought my bike via caltrain to Millbrae and left it at the caltrain station.

Unfortunately, I completely failed to factor in the possibility of weather. 'cause, you know, we don't usually get weather here. It's just sun. Nice sun. Sometimes a confused cloud or two. And in the rare occasions, it rains. Very rare.

So I landed. And cursed at the drippy skies. Deciding I still didn't want to pay the stupid cab fare, nor did I want to bother friends up in SF, or call up my senpai down in Mountain View, I decided to tough it out, be a guy, etc. Swinging by the local Walgreens, I picked up a poncho and got started.

Am home now. Everything below the knees was wet. And my face and glasses. But otherwise, not too bad. Just uncomfortable.

And this time it only took me 2 hours and 15 minutes. 18 miles in the rain. Whee.

(Hmmm, looks like my downstairs neighbor has moved out. Don't see their wifi access point anymore. Poo. Borrowing one named "Metaverse", but I guess this means I really need to complete my move to the new apartment which has internet, but doesn't have a bed or other slightly less important stuff...)
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https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ro/www/JapanInterculturalNetwork/JapanNight2008/

Foellinger Auditorium.

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Festival section runs from 1-3 (outdoors, with food, games, etc)
Show section runs from 3-4:30 (All sorts of performances, including the St. Louis Taiko group)
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Carbombs are strange creatures. Didn't have one, but observed people drinking the odd things.

Took 130+ pictures. ::sighs::

And it rained the entire time. :\ Was a wet kitty, going from one bar to the next.

And tired.

Need to shower, sleep. And maybe look at some very basic perl things - have a phone interview with Freewebs tomorrow morning at 11. Or was it their 11 (making it my 10)? Drat.

Scratch that, need food (hot soup?), then shower, then sleep.

Need to shop for halloween stuff tomorrow*. And study (drat. DRAT. That'll cut into the shopping). And write essay. And do homework.

*Ok, we'll limit that + dinner to no more than 1.5 hours. Cutting traveling time into that, leaves me an hour to eat and shop. Should be more than enough. 5-6:30. So studying = before that, hopefully. And after. Need friend's textbook. Urk.
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Went on the J-net barcrawl tonight. It was amusing and I guess... I dunno, still not all that fond of bars, but eh, the right ones are ok. Got pictures, and was surprised that the camera battery held out for so long, even with flash enabled. 60-ish pictures, most aren't all that great, since.. bars tend to be dim/badly lit places.

Apparently I smell like smoke. ::sighs:: And I just washed that hoodie recently.

Tired.

Mmm, there's a WootOff in effect. Which means, deals of varying wonderfulness on woot.com.

And my iBook's been experiencing failures to wake up properly after being put to sleep by closing the lid and transporting said iBook from location A to location B. And today it died as I was opening iTunes - the screen went blank. Backlight was still on, caps lock responded as expected. But no video. I should have tested volume to see if I could get beeps, but it didn't cross my mind then. Forced a shutdown, then tried to boot up, and the loud fans (the ones that kick in when the system overheats, or when it's checking hardware on boot) kicked in and remained running. Turned it off, pulled the battery, plugged it into the outlet, did a pram reset and tried booting again. It worked. Until I tried to hand off my iBook to someone else so they could look something up, at which point the screen blanked again, and I sighed.

Anyways. I guess I need to run another round of backups, then get ready to send it in, if the situation gets worse. But once backups are done, I'll be reinstalling MacOS X 10.4 as planned several months ago. It'll be a pain in the ass, but eh, I think something's messed up somewhere.

And now, shower and bed. Bed sounds very nice.

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