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Thursday, February 03, 2005

IT'S WAR

Everyone in my office has gone to war with each other fighting over who has to take over my job responsibilities since they are not replacing me till May or June. It is highly entertaining.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

UPDATE ON THE MOVE

I jumped the gun because I am not leaving for another week and a half, so I figure I will give the update. I get a call last night from HR of the new job and they had found me an apartment at a crazy good price. The price is so good that it actually scares me. It is less than I pay now and I have an excellent deal now. The only problem is that it is right in Elmira and I was hoping to try to move to Corning. I am going to check it out this Friday on my way back to the AVO. The other problem I am having is coming up with a good nickname for Elmira. HElmira seems too obvious to me. I had picked 'The Glass Cage' for Corning, because Corning invented glass or something like that that. The only thing I have to work on is the Mark Twain retired here and every other thing is named after him and the other half is name after some dude by the name of Samuel Clemens. The only other famous thing might be that there was a Union prison camp there during the Civil War. I have heard tell that it was worst that Andersonville, but the north won so it is the South that is portrayed as the barbarians. So If anyone has any ideas please leave them in the comments.

Monday, January 31, 2005

farewell

This will be my last post for a while. I am leaving my job and taking a job in Elmira. I just gave my boss my two weeks and he tried to talk me out of it. This of course means that I will be moving. It is about a 50 minute drive from the GBA to my new job. I will be communing for the last 2 weeks of this month and since I am headed home the next to weekends, I plan on moving a lot of small stuff to my friend Joe's house. He has the most room to store it and is closer than my parents. I suspect that at the new job blogging will be very light to non-existant and because of the move and finding an apartment and my lack of a laptop this I suspect will be my last post for a least a month possibly into the end of march. Thank you everyone who leaves comments. I'll be back.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

GOOGLE VIDEO

This google video thing is cool and has given me another toy to play with. I don't think I like these results though.

WEATHER UPDATE AND SUPERBOWL

I survived the 'BLIZZARD OF 05'. We got over a foot of snow. We got another inch yesterday and we are supposed to get another 2-6" today. I like the snow. It might actually get into the 20's today as well for the first time in two weeks. I have made my Superbowl plans this year. The last few Superbowls have been kind of lame for me. Last year I went to my parents Superbowl party and that was a good time, but they had a lot of people there and the next youngest person there was 20 years older than myself. My parents are doing it again this year, but are trying to have less people. The prior year I went to my friend Mazz's house and that was really lame. The year before that I tried to organize a party at my apartment, but since all my friends could not stand my housemate, Stacey, nobody showed up. That was fine actually because I went to bed at halftime. The year before that I watched it with the girl that was dating me at the time, but then my x-girlfriend called and I made an excuse and about having to leave and went over to my x-girlfriends and finished watching the game. (She was dating me, I was not dating her.) The prior year the Giants were in the Superbowl. The more significant part of that day was the fact that my roommate Rachael and I had been feuding. Her perspective was that she lived with 3 guys and always had their friend over at our apartment and she should get a little leeway on certain things. Brew don't get down like that. I grew up with 2 sisters very close to my age and it was Rachael choice to live with us. None of us make her take a semester off and be stuck in the GBA as a Super Senior at BU. I can't even remember what the disagreement started over. That afternoon everyone left and make us sit down and talk and we called a truce. Six months later she finally graduated, moved back to Queens and I have never heard from her again and that is fine with me. It may be shallow to still dislike a person after so many years and not even remember why, but I did have a good reason at the time and that is all that matters.

Friday, January 21, 2005

GBA IN LOCKDOWN

Martial Law has been declared in the GBA. OK, not really.

Severe Weather Alert from the National Weather Service

...BRADFORD PA-BROOME NY-CHEMUNG NY-CHENANGO NY-CORTLAND NY-DELAWARE NY- NORTHERN WAYNE PA-OTSEGO NY-SCHUYLER NY-STEUBEN NY-SUSQUEHANNA PA- TIOGA NY-TOMPKINS NY-YATES NY- 304 PM EST FRI JAN 21 2005

... WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM 6 AM SATURDAY TO 6 AM EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON NY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW... DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS CENTRAL NEW YORK AND NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA SATURDAY MORNING, AND WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. TOTAL STORM ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO 10 INCHES IN THE SOUTHERN FINGER LAKES AND CENTRAL SOUTHERN TIER... TO BETWEEN 8 AND 12 INCHES ACROSS THE SUSQUEHANNA REGION OF NEW YORK TO BETWEEN 10 AND 14 INCHES IN THE CATSKILLS. ACROSS BRADFORD AND SUSQUEHANNA COUNTIES IN PENNSYLVANIA EXPECT 8 TO 14 INCHES BY LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.

IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW... NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 10 TO 20 MPH SATURDAY NIGHT LEADING TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. TEMPERATURES WILL ALSO FALL TO BETWEEN ZERO AND 5 BELOW ZERO CREATING WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 20 BELOW ZERO AT TIMES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT BECAUSE HEAVY SNOW... AND CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA. ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH POOR VISIBILITY. TRAVEL IS DISCOURAGED, UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE WARNING AREA SATURDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT, USE EXTREME CAUTION

STAR WARS

I discovered this blog about a guy who is already in line for Episode III. (If you don't know what that is, leave now. When Episode I came out my friend Steve was the first in line in the GBA for tickets. If I remember correctly he waited 3 days. A bunch of my friends had just graduated the Sunday prior from University and we were on had just finished day 8 of a 12 day bender the night before and we went to go get in line at 6am for the first showing at 9am. The most surreal part about the whole thing was not even the geeks who got dressed up at charcters. It was play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with Randall Terry and his kids who were just ahead of us in line.

MY GRANDPARENTS

My Grandpa Potter died when I was seven so I don't really have any memories of him. The only memory of him I have is of him sitting in his recliner smoking a cigarette. I believe that he was in his last 70's when he died. Ten years ago this past week my Grandpa Brewster died. I was much closer to him as I had spent a few summers when I was younger working on Uncle's dairy farm and I lived with my Grandmother and him right on the homestead. Grandpa's funeral was on a Friday, after the internment that day my parents drove down to Pennsylvania to see my Grandma Potter who lived about an our away from my Paternal grandparents. She had been ill recently and she died later that night. I was never really close to my Grandma Potter. I had actually been closer to her sister, my Great Aunt Wilma who treated me like the grandson she never had. My Aunt Wilma died a few years prior but she only had 2 Granddaughters. She had two sons, but one died in a farming accident when he was a teenager. My Grandma Potter on the other had 11 kids, my own mother being number 8. I don't even know how many cousins I have on that side of the family and the only time I have ever seen my mother's oldest brother was at my Grandmothers Funeral. My Grandma Brewster now is quite senile and does not remember anyone. It is quite sad.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

7 YEARS MIGHT BE TOO LONG

The beginning of March I would have lived in the GBA for 7 years. It is hard to believe that I have been out of the Army that long. Moving here was kind of a whim. The Captain was living down here attending BU and I really had no idea what I was going to do after I got I out. I had managed to get my Associates' while I was in the Army but I was 23 and a little bit older than your average collage student. The Captain was 27 or 28 when I moved it with him. I actually only lived with him for 2 months and his then girlfriend-now wife made it clear she did not like me and he moved in with her when the Semester was over and I got my own place. The strange thing now is that after those first few years my friends where all mates from school. When I graduated most of my friends moved on. That I know of there are only two that still live in the in area and I only see one every few months. The other is a chick and the last time I saw here was over a year ago we ran into each other at a gas station and made that annoying small talk with people that used to be close friends. The strange thing with her is that we might have dated if I was interested in that sore of thing when I was 23. She was probably my first friend in the GBA when I moved here and now I can't remember her name. This kicker is now; I don't even like the friends I have now. I cannot remember the last time I called one of my friends here to hang out. They either call me or just stop by. I think after 7 years I have had enough of the GBA. I am seriously contemplating a move back to Western New York; this really means that I am thinking about moving to Rochester or as I like to call it the 'GRA'. I would only be about an hour from Avoca and my friends that still live in the 'GAA' and I have plenty of friends that live in the GRA already. I think I am going to it after winter is over.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

BLOCKBUSTER ONLINE

I have been using Blockbuster Online for a month now and I have been very happy with it. I did do a free trial of Netflix but Blockbuster is cheaper and the envelopes to mail the movies back seal much better as the adhesive area is 3x bigger than the Netflix package. I find the Blockbuster site easier to navigate. So everything was going smooth. I got home from work, worked out for a half an hour and was going to watch the first Episode of Season 2. I was the right sleeve, but it was Vol. 2 of Season 2 and not Vol. 1. Season 1 ended with a cliffhanger and I can have resolved to watch all 7 seasons in order. It was quite easy to report on the website, but manyana I am suppose to get Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 in the mail. I just hope that Vol. 2 is Vol. 1. I recommend Blockbuster anyways over Netflix.

OLD MAN'S WAR

I finished Old Man's War last night. If you like the SF, I would suggest this book. I enjoyed it a lot. It reads really quickly for just over 300 pages. It does move slow at some places especially when the writer tries to explain how certain things work. I come from the George Lucas school of SF. Lucas says in the commentary for Episode IV that we did not want to explain anything to the viewer, that way it was easier to except that something was possible if you did not force them to think about it. That said I highly recommend it. The writer is also a blogger.