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My Dodgers are on a real tear as the first half of the season comes to a close. They've won 25 of their last 29 games, and are 60-29 going into this afternoon's game against Kansas City. Tuesday night's the MLB All-Star Game, and six Dodgers are on the NL roster. It's a good time to be a fan.

Played an Epic-scale X-Wing game Friday evening. I got out my CR90 and a half-dozen fighter escorts against an Assault Carrier and a heap of TIEs. I got in some good shots early in the game, knocking out the Bombers before they could get their ordnance off, but the TIEs were the death of a thousand paper cuts, and I lost in a slugfest. The game got a lot of attention while league matches were going on, so I've scheduled a Team Epic night in a couple of weeks. Assuming the ratio of interested to will-actually-play holds up, we should have two Epic matches going.

Yesterday was Mom's birthday. Dad and I took her for a cruise on the Belle of Louisville, something she's wanted to do for a while. Really great experience. Weather was about perfect - low 80s and scattered clouds. We had a reserved table in the ballroom/dining deck for lunch, and the boat never felt crowded, even with a sold-out cruise. After lunch, we headed up to the open-air sightseeing deck for the remainder of the cruise. The Belle took us upstream almost to the new East End bridge, so plenty to see along the way. The old steamboat can get some speed when she's underway - jet skis and powerboats were zipping by (and their passengers gave the Belle her due), but we overtook a couple of barges and their towboats during the cruise. I went below to get a look at her engines, and it was like stepping back to another era of engineering. The Belle is a no-fooling steamer, 103 years old, so it's all boilers and pistons and vents and such down there. Pretty darn cool, and would definitely do this again. Possibly on one of the distillery tasting cruises.

I'm into October in my Pandemic Legacy campaign. Things aren't going well - we took steps to try to contain COdA as much as possible, but a streak of Scarlet Fever epidemics did us in. New Zealand's provided some emergency assistance, but it feels like it's just delaying the inevitable.

Finally got to see both Kubo and the Two Strings and Moana. Very different, but both very good. I was glad that Moana didn't become Maui's story -  Dwayne Johnson exudes charisma, even through a Pixar animation - and we got to see the mythology play out and a fun story unfold. Gave up on seeing Alien Covenant in a theater. I felt like I was constantly talking myself into going, and that was a warning sign - plus the not-very-goodness of Prometheus a few years ago.
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I'm at the desk on Oaks Day again, and it's a pretty quiet place to be. Rain, rain, so much rain this morning. My buddy Dewann came in a few minutes ago, and Glenn just walked in, and I think we've got this building to ourselves. I have a couple of books and my iPad and I'm not afraid to use them.

I haven't talked much about books lately, since my reading has been almost exclusively textbooks and other assigned pieces. I've tried to get in a few pages, 15-20 or so, every night before bed, but that's seen spotty success. Anyway, I'm a few stories into The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016.  By their nature, anthologies are hit-and-miss re: liking and disliking content, and this one is 2-1 so far. Gaiman's American Gods story is, of course, very good, and the opening story, about a patchwork woman and her component parts and creator, is a good read. Not much to say about the second one, though.
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She finally posted grades, and I guess I'm a Master of Public Health now. I should have scored higher than I did, given the problems with the class, but maybe I got a better grade than I should have in Determinants, so it balances out. Whatever, it's over, yay, and now it's time to find an employer. 

It's two days before the Kentucky Derby, which has become known as Thurby. It's not an especially pleasant day to be all dolled up and at the track - rainy and in the low 60s. Tomorrow - Oaks Day - looks about the same, maybe cooler, and Derby Day itself keeps the streak alive. If the forecast holds, the rain will be over in the evening, so I and a gazillion other people can get out and roam around and celebrate whatever we feel like. I'm planning on cheap drinks at The Back Door and shooting a lot of pool and watching people.
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Still waiting on two grades to post. I expect Dr. Wilson is going to get message-bombed today.

The first of us has left Louisville. Marc moved back to Columbus Friday evening. Stephen and I helped him load up his truck. Marc's a good dude. One of the best in our cohort.

Also on Friday, we got the Star Wars game back underway. Things went pretty well, but problem player appeared and behaved in the manner that led to him getting the boot in the first place. Whatever. The PCs captured a Sith-influenced petty dictator and recovered parts of a holocron. We laughed, we had a good time, all was well. Next up, going to give one of the players his chance to visit Hoth before Echo Base is established.

Went to Liberty Saturday morning, planning to stay until Sunday night. Got super restless Saturday evening and went back to Louisville. Detoured through Lexington and picked up some new ships for my Armada collection. Got home, read, called it a night around 2. Not much accomplished on Sunday - reading, some game planning, job-hunting, long overdue cleaning.

This is Derby Week. Got to see one of the balloon races Friday morning - yay for living across the road from the takeoff site. A few events this week, building up to the Great Steamboat Race on Wednesday, Thurby on Thursday, Oaks on Friday, and the race itself on Saturday. And most important, getting out and screwing around until an unholy hour on Saturday night.

Got the Origins orientation e-mail from Joe P this morning. It all feels very familiar. I'm getting excited about this trip.
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I'm progressing, just not as quickly as I'd like. After my shift ended yesterday, I worked for a couple of hours in the SPHIS lounge, then played some Imperial Assault, then worked until midnight or so when I got home. Woke up crazy early this morning and went back to SPHIS around 7AM, worked for a couple of hours, then back home when I started losing focus. Power nap. Still focusing on the policy paper, since it has to be more objective than the practicum writeup. I want to be done with the policy paper before going to bed tonight, and if that requires coffee or something stronger, then so be it.

Weather has improved enough for the airshow to happen. I've heard a lot of planes at Bowman in the past couple of hours, and WHAS11 is streaming their coverage. Kinda wish I was there, but, priorities.

Got invited to go to Origins with the FFG delegation, and, fuck it, I'm going. I've wanted to see this con for a few years now. The people who invited me are some of my best friends here in Louisville, and, y'know, life's short. Details to come; I figure I'll be on Star Wars duty of some kind.
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Yesterday's presentation went well enough, and now we are done with that mess of a class. Have to go over to K-Wing (not the New Republic bomber) to pick up a hardcopy of the report for our MPH instructor. Got a couple of pages to lift from a previous term paper and edit into a report on the ACA and Kynect and Benefind this morning before diving back into my policy brief and practicum report.

Tomorrow is Thunder Over Louisville, the kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival. Big airshow and fireworks display, drawing about 650,000 people to downtown and the riverfront. Weather forecast is not good - heavy rain throughout the entire day and air temperatures in the upper 50s. I can't go - will still have work to do, and though I do love that kind of weather, I prefer to watch it through the window or from a nice sheltered front porch. I've seen a few of the aircraft participating already - a F-18 flying up and down the riverfront, and a P-51 and what I think was a Tucano flying over the neighborhood.

I've been coming into SPHIS early this week, getting here around 6AM, to make use of the quiet to get work done - heck, I'm awake before 5AM, so why not make good use of the time. It's actually very nice. I can lock up a conference room and just press on. Traffic is, unsurprisingly, very light and I get here before the full morning shifts at UofL hospital come in, so parking is easy to find. I've seen the ending minutes of some underground utility work on the corner, more ambulance runs than I expected, and other little moments. I'm going to miss this place, I think.

I'm looking at getting back into painting miniatures when I have free time again (which is in less than a week holy shit this is really happening). At the very least, I want my Armada squadrons to be more easily identified in the case of mirror matches, and, well, the red Imperial Guard paint job on TIE Interceptors looks very good. As I finally gave in and started playing Imperial Assault, I've got those figures to work on.



Feb. 19th, 2017 10:24 pm
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I live across a street from an airport, Bowman Field. It's old, and serves mostly as the city's civil aviation field, overflow from Louisville International, and the base for unconventional aircraft, like advertising and television blimps and the hot-air balloon races around Derby. I see some nifty planes there every now and again.

Tonight, there's a fog rising in the city, and driving back from an evening errand, all the runway lights and strobes and beacons were diffusing through the mist, and it was so beautiful and otherworldly. I wonder what I'd hear or see if I had the right machines - or was the right machine - to receive the airport's radio beacons.
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Cardinal football whupped the everloving daylights out of Florida State Saturday. Final score of 63-20. FSU never really threatened. Louisville jumped to #3 in one poll and #4 in another, and noise about a national championship slot is starting to appear. I'm trying to manage expectations, but a showing like that in one of the season's three big games is pretty spectacular, and it's bound to be good for the team's confidence. Next up is Marshall, who let Akron put up 60+ points on them, and then Clemson (big game #2).

I did not go to the game. After the Heart Walk, I wound up lighting out for Bowling Green, and for part of the drive, had some questions about my judgment in doing so. Extremely heavy rain from the Outer Loop down to E-town, many miles of road construction, and more rain as I closed in on BG. But, I'm glad I went. For under a hundred, I picked up a Chessie System SW9, a Southern RS-3, and three miscellaneous freight cars. Both locomotives ran very well on test tracks. Drove back to Louisville in growing disbelief at the game's progress and was able to listen to the second half from the comfort of my bed. Still a little bit amazed at the score.

Halfway through the week. End of calendar summer (and probably the 50th 90F+ day of the year here in Louisville). Six more market days. Seeing Shadow this weekend.

In all of the buildup to Saturday's football, I didn't mention this story. We kicked a student out of school last week. This guy was something of an odd duck anyway; consistently unkempt and ill-mannered, and just had this vibe of something-is-off. So, last week (which, for those keeping score at home, was the fourth week of the semester, a full quarter of the way through), dude walks into a classroom with some documents in hand (maybe his class schedule), and asks if that's the class he's supposed to be in. I guess he didn't get the answer he wanted, got shouty and aggressive towards the instructor and some students. A meeting was quickly called, and his department dean (who had been working above and beyond with this guy) determined that he just shouldn't be here, and he was dismissed. Guy's a foreign student, not sure of his visa status, but I haven't heard anything like deportation mentioned. I'm not concerned about him causing any harm, but the staff has been told to keep him out of the building and to contact ULPD if he attempts entry. Better to be sure, I guess.

Better wrap this up. Need to finish a brief paper for tonight's class.

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Sure enough, ESPN College Football Gameday is coming to you from Cardinal Stadium tomorrow. Biggest game of the weekend, FSU is only a 2-point favorite, and this city and campus are getting fired up. DirecTV's blimp has been at Bowman for the past few days, and was inflated and illuminated yesterday morning - very pretty!

Tomorrow is also the American Heart Association Heart Walk. I'm participating with the school's team, and with very little effort have found myself one of the top fundraisers. Unfortuneately, the weather forecast is not good, and I expect I'll only walk the one-mile course. Had plans to drive down to Bowling Green and meet Carter at a model train show, but since he's now involved with a rail museum, I'll go to Nashville sometime and we'll play with real trains instead.

As of this week, I have six faculty members, a dean, an associate dean, and at least two advisors telling me not to stop with the MPH. I am listening to this advice, in keeping with my promise. The next discussions will have to be about research and funding. The MPH is a good professional degree, but a PhD is going to carry a lot more weight if I start working in policy development and improvement. That's really the goal, despite my MRC and emergency response work.
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Sweet Jesus, I hate being sick. And this isn't even anything bad, it's just a summer cold. Started hitting Thursday afternoon, and by Friday morning I had no energy. Lost a practicum day, was weak and slow Friday night (but got my first X-Wing league win!), and Saturday, I just laid in bed or on the couch and watched football and tried to read. A little better today, still resting and taking lots of store-brand Dayquil/Nyquil.

NFL season kicks off for real today, after Thursday night's starter game. I'm still a dude without a team, but with growing affection for the Bengals and Colts. Becoming a homer, I guess. Today's games will probably be shot full of 9-11 whatsits and griping about players not standing for The Star-Spangled Banner and all that, because we have to wear the national hair shirt (Thanks, Clayton!).

UofL football is 2-0 after working over Syracuse in their Carrier Dome. Next up is Florida State here, and there's a growing rumor that ESPN Gameday will be telecast from Louisville. The Cardinals are good this year, with a stellar quarterback and a really good organization all around. WKU put up a good showing against Alabama - gotta be honest, a C-USA team keeping the best NCAA team to under six touchdowns is a good showing. Down the road, UK's ... just horrible. Inept, even. I'm a Cardinal coming and going, but I'm feeling some sympathy for my not-asshole UK counterparts. That is not a good program, but it's what you get for being a one-sport school.
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Under the clouds, at the moment, and I'd like them to open up for a little while. Just be done by 2PM, when we close up for the day.

This is Derby Week in Louisville, when the city puts on a couple of parties for itself and its residents (Pegasus Parage, something called Thurby, and the Kentucky Oaks race tomorrow) and a big party for the rest of the world on Saturday. No small number of streets are closed around HSC today, and non-medical offices (like us and a couple of banks and restaurants) are closing up shop plenty early so we can get home before the parade completely wrecks traffic flows - or find a place to watch the parade, if you're so inclined. I've been here since 8AM, we've had no visitors of any stripe, and a couple of co-workers and I started our day off by goofing around in front of the building and watching LMPD remove vehicles whose owners ignored the ridiculous number of very large signs warning of today's street closures, posted since at least Monday.

So, yeah. Today's been quiet, and tomorrow will likely be so as well. Oaks Day, much of the city just shuts down. Most - darn near all - of our faculty and staff stay home or go to the races or whatever; I volunteered to be here, knowing that I'll likely have the building nearly to myself. Heck yeah I'm going to catch up on my reading.

Derby Day itself, I don't know. I'm not much for the very showy parties that accompany the day. Damned if I don't love Derby Night, though. The Highlands fills up with folks out to have a good time, everyone is in a good easygoing mood, last call is extended until 6AM. And I live close enough to that part of town that I can just walk to and from wherever.

And Sunday, there's Slur Your Role over at Kaiju and I'm planning to get in some Deadlands Noir time.

May Day

May. 1st, 2015 03:23 pm
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Papers have been submitted, exams taken. The academic year is over. Still don't know which campus I'm going to be on in the fall, so I'm starting to assume that I'll be back on Belknap. Not thrilled, if that's the case, but I'll handle it and just kick ass on Gray Street later.

Christ, but I travel a lot when I go see Mom&Dad. Friday, drove to Liberty. Saturday, drove to Frankfort for an X-Wing tournament (more on that in a moment). Sunday, drove to Louisville and back to Liberty. Monday, ran around Casey County, knocking out some errands with Dad. Tuesday, drove Mom&Dad to Lexington for Dad's examination and some shopping for Mom, then back to Louisville that night. It means time with the family, though, so it's absolutely worth it.

So, perhaps foolishly, I got an iPod Nano. Good grief, this thing is tiny. Less than a quarter-inch thick and can hide completely behind my index and middle fingers. Weighs approximately nothing. And I am just charmed that it has an FM receiver built-in. Something like 1800 tracks on it at the moment. I know it's impractical - I could just use the iPhone. Don't care. I like it.

The X-Wing tournament day kicked off with a couple of league matches, and it looked like a pretty good day. But then, nerdrage hit. Tournament play requires each player to provide his own components - dice, movement templates, etc. One guy showed up with just his ships and their cards. His first opponent, I guess, shared these components, and neither mentioned it to the tournament organizer. Guy draws me next, and I notice that, well, he's undersupplied. When I ask about this, he says "I'll just use yours." Doesn't ask, doesn't add "if you don't mind." Just says he's going to use my components because his first opponent let him. This ... does not sit well with me. A casual game, sure. A league game, more than likely. But not a tournament. First, it's a violation of tournament rules. And, as I told the guy, I'm under no obligation to provide an opponent with the tools he's going to use to compete against me. I called over the TO, explained the situation, and guy was disqualified. Threw a fit. Guy's 30 years old, and he behaved like a damned toddler. No sympathy, and no one was impressed.

Nerds, man.

A related discovery - I'm starting to find serious aiming-for-big-tournament-win play boring as hell. A couple of guys (known quantities) at last night's league night were testing builds and strategies for some upcoming regional championships. I've flown against one of them a couple of times, and he's probably better at the game than I am, but he builds and plays under the assumption that everyone he goes up against has optimized his build. He doesn't adapt well to those of us who fly pretty much for the fun of it, and mess around with our ship lists for the sake of doing it. Man, watching these two play was damn near sad. No attempts to recover from early losses, fly unconventionally, anything. Just replicate strategies popular in the tournament circles. I don't really want to take my fun that seriously.

Today's Oaks Day, sort of the opening act for tomorrow's Kentucky Derby. Not going to any of the races, but there are parties tonight, and tomorrow night, I'll probably find myself walking the Highlands. Six years ago, I wound up there, completely unexpectedly, and it was one of the greatest nights of my life. I don't expect lightning to strike again, but there will be a lot of fun to be had.
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This has been a glorious week to be a Star Wars fan.

On Thursday, the second teaser for The Force Awakens was released. I was thrilled with the teaser we got on Thanksgiving, but the new one, y'all. Sweet Jesus. I don't know how many times I've watched it. A lot. It hits so many buttons. Luke's voice-over. Stormtroopers and lightsabers. The opening shot of a downed X-Wing in the foreground and a downed Star Destroyer behind it. And just when the hooks are in, Han and Chewie in the cockpit of the Falcon. It's perfect.

Today, DisneyXD released a trailer for the second season of Rebels. Starfighters and Darth Vader and old friends and old and new enemies. I could gush. I'm giving in and buying a season pass or whatever to watch this one instead of just catching it piecemeal over the course of the season.

At the Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Flight surprised no one by announcing that their game licenses include the upcoming movies. They announced four new ships for X-Wing, nerds have raged, and changes to how expendable weapons seem to be in the offing. Just give me ships/pilots from Rebels and the new X-Wings, man, that's all I really ask for.

I had planned to visit Lexicon tomorrow for a X-Wing tournament, but CoolStuffInc got the money I'd set aside for that. A VT-49 Decimator for $20 plus shipping came to less than I would have spent on a one-day badge plus fuel and food and whatnot. And it is a good-looking ship - I'm looking forward to learning how to fly it.

Today was the kickoff of the Kentucky Derby Festival, a big-ass airshow and fireworks display called Thunder Over Louisville. I had planned to head downtown to take it in, but when I woke up this morning, my interest in spending the day in a crowd of 675,000 people just evaporated. I watched WLKY's coverage and did homework and feel pretty okay with that.
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I did better than I expected on the first Biostatistics exam, but not as well as I'd wanted. Just going to have to put in more time with this one and see if I can pull it to a high B.

Interesting day yesterday. A few of my classmates and I went on a tour of parts of Jefferson County with interest to public health and urban planning officials. The Butchertown slaughterhouse was rather unpleasant, depending on the wind direction. Neat to see parts of the levee system built around the city after the 1937 flood, and an experimental station trying out self-sustaining and low-chemical-level water treatment systems. Some contaminated areas out around Chickasaw Park. Chemical plants in Rubbertown. Weird stuff around Lake Dreamland, and the triple shot of badness in Riverside Gardens. Man ... the folks in Riverside Gardens have it bad. One side of the neighborhood is bordered by a huge chemical plant, another by a 1200-acre landfill site, and the prevailing wind comes over the Cane Run coal-fired powerplant before passing through the neighborhood. Biggest lesson of the day - sometimes, you can't fix a problem. Best you can do is manage the effects.

Arrow delivered, with a shock ending.

Played some new games tonight - Love Letter, Glory to Rome, Forbidden Desert. Love Letter was my favorite - there is an astonishing amount of play in those sixteen cards. I won the raffle, too! Enough store credit for a Shadowrun supplement - not a bad return on my $2 investment.

Taking The Niece to Liberty tomorrow to pick up her car. Looking forward to it, and to getting to see Mom for a while, too.

Homecoming week is coming up. Biggest to-do the University has put on for quite a while. Lots of events planned, and I expect to have a lot of fun. As classes allow, of course. Still a lot of work to do.
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It's done. For the third time in my life, a large Ford truck has been loaded up with nearly all of my worldly goods and taken me away from Mom&Dad's home. Unloading took less time than driving to Louisville; setup some time more.

The house is quite nice, quiet and comfortable and in a great location. A branch of the LFPL is nearby (and that's where I am now, as TWC won't have our Internet access activated until tonight), I can get to Bardstown Road and Crescent Hill and campus and the Interstates pretty quickly.

I think (and fervently hope) that GenCon is locked down. I plan to be on the way to Indy in 48 hours, and there has been too much wrangling already. I want to get there, see friends, buy a game and a print or two, see friends, play Age of Rebellion and Outbreak: Deep Space, eat too much, possibly dance, cause a Walk of Shame/Pride Strut, and enjoy one last kick-ass weekend before classes start.

Well, maybe not eat too much. I've dropped 30 pounds since Memorial Day. Darn close to two waist sizes, based on the jeans I tried on this morning and was able to fit into for the first time in far far too long. Felt good.

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion is every bit as good as Edge of the Empire, despite the increased number of editing/proofreading errors. The new D&D Starter Set similarly rocks. $20 for a short campaign, ready to pull of the shelf and run on pickup game nights is money well-spent.

Next updates will be from Indianapolis. Maybe not last year's daily dispatches, but there'll be a record of some kind. If you wish to live vicariously through me, please do so. Just wash up when you're done.


Aug. 4th, 2014 02:45 pm
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I pick up my rented moving truck tomorrow afternoon. I should have everything in Louisville by sunset. Three weeks from tonight, I'm back in class. Whatever happens, I'm committed to this.

The house is about two miles away from The Niece's. We're planning weekly study nights together, and the short distance will help with that. She toured Centre College a few weeks ago, and really liked it, but 200 large for a BA/BS is daunting. Christ, #1 Crush's PharmD cost her $225K. I expect The Niece to attend UofL, especially if her mom and stepdad follow through with their talk of moving to Florida.


Jul. 30th, 2014 09:34 pm
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I have, all things considered, enjoyed the time I've spend in my childhood home this summer. I've strengthened my relationship with my parents, and I think for the first time in my life, I've started to get some real idea as to how deep a good parent's love for a child goes. I'll never be a parent, of course, but I do get a sense of it through my relationship with the world's best niece.

Speaking of Micahalia, she and I got to spend an evening running around together last week. I'd gone to Louisville to check out a couple of housing options, and gave her a call. So, we went out to dinner and Vint and enjoyed some good time together. She's fantastic, and the depth of our relationship means that she and I can be completely honest with each other. I told her about my adviser's take that I have a long history of selling myself short - and Micahalia instantly told me "Yes, you do!" So, yeah... more encouragement to swing for the goddamn bleachers every chance I get.

I made the decision last week to commute from Liberty (or wherever) for my last two weeks at the summer McJob. The hotel had just gotten too depressing, and given the number of shortened workweeks over the course of the assignment, I wasn't really making any money with the cost of the hotel factored in. As it turns out, I made a good decision. Got to the shoe mines on Sunday afternoon, and my workgroup (and a couple others) were released. Well, we were given the option of finishing out the assignment, but working at most 20 hours/week, or leaving with no consequence. I handed in my badge and hit the door, with a "So long, mofos!" in my heart. And, in something like a sign, when I stopped in at Speedway for some tea for the drive home, I saw that I had enough rewards points for a VISA gift card. Got the card, routed to a FLGS, and rewarded myself with a copy of the new D&D Starter Set. Because why not.

Visited a few more houses and apartments on Monday. Found a place near the Frankfort Avenue reservoir that I really liked, but we wound up signing a lease this afternoon on a house on Cannons Lane. No watching trains from my living room, but since we're a half-block or so from Bowman Field, I can go out into the back yard and watch small aircraft come and go.

Huh. Spoke with three of the four super-influential Louisville Girl Friends today. That's pretty alright. More encouragement and general goodness.

Looked again into the UPS/UofL Metropolitan College program. Slightly different from what I remember from previous inquiries - and for the better. I think this is going to work out for me. Not an easy thing, but not insurmountable, and it will make the path smoother in the long run. It fits with my ... whatever it is of placing everything into the perspective of "Will this help with school?"

Moving the housemate tomorrow and/or Friday. He's under more time pressure than me to get settled. And has a lot less stuff. I respect that. I still have too much.

This is Me

May. 18th, 2014 06:01 pm
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Things are mostly pretty darn good. I should have a lot more done on the packing and cleaning front, but I'll get it done in time. It's a heck of a thing. I bitch a lot about Lexington, and I am more than ready to move on, but this city's been home for almost 21 years, and I've had more good times than bad here.

C's kid's mom is indeed planning to move to Louisville, so he and I are going to find a house or condo to share. This may cause some problems in my ongoing friendship with his ex-girlfriend. I'm not too concerned on that front. I've got plenty of other stuff to be concerned about.

Got a call Friday evening telling me that the staffing assignment I was supposed to start on the first has been cancelled. Supposed to call tomorrow about a replacement assignment. No big deal, so long as the start date is no sooner.

The plan right now, such as it is, is to pack up in the next 3-4 days, with some items to be purged or given away. The couch is showing its age, there are boxes of software from a ridiculously long time ago, and other bits and pieces here and there.

GenCon event registration opened up today. I was #730 in line, and got all of my wishlist events processed. Cut it down to two and will pick up some generic tickets for Games on Demand when I get to Indy. Most of my team's slots have been assigned; just a few Mistborn events and a room captain slot to fill. I don't think I'm going to handle this part of the prep work next year. School's too important. I'll hand the work off, probably to Ben, and if I attend, I'll just work the booth. Or I'll go as a civilian. But that's 2015. This year, I'm getting into Star Wars: Age of Rebellion and Outbreak: Deep Space games. Because of my duty schedule, I can't do a whole heck of a lot of gaming at the con, and this is very much a working vacation and social getaway for me. In addition, the Colts have a home game on GenCon Saturday night, and if my budget allows, I'm going to get a ticket to that. Also, hopefully, find time to get out to the Indy Childrens' Museum for their terra cotta warriors exhibit. If I don't buy a copy from The Louisville Game Shop, I'll get a copy of AoR at the con. Can't really think of any other releases that I want, but there'll be enough impulse-buy options.


Save Me

May. 14th, 2014 11:53 pm
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When I was at UK, my academic advisors were pretty good, but there seemed to be an unspoken rule of "T7 has his act together, so unless he's doing something really stupid, let him do his thing." It mostly worked, but I do wish I'd had similar advice re: the long-term relationship. But anyway...

I met with my SPHIS advisor on Monday. I expected something of a rubber-stamp of my plans, with some guidance on selecting courses. Nope. Turns out that my advisor is also an advocate, and this is pretty terrific. After introducing ourselves, we got down to the business of mapping out the next few years of my life, and here was my first surprise. In her opinion, my plan of pursuing a BS before pressing on to the Masters is "selling myself short." Took me by surprise, but one of the promises I've made to myself in this venture is to take the advice of people who are in a position to know this sort of thing. So, we talked about courses of action, and our first plan was for me to take a set of 500-level classes in the fall and go into the Masters program in the spring, assuming I do well and pass the GRE. All good, and pretty exciting to have a plan in place.

Tuesday, orientation for the summer McJob. Lots of thinking on the drive to Louisville, chats with Mom&Dad. I start thinking about taking the entire summer off, giving me plenty of time to find an apartment, just putting everything in storage and living at the farm for a few weeks. I'm conflicted - it would be less stress, I could find the right place rather than the available place, I can run up to Louisville or Lexington as necessary and wouldn't have any real living expenses. There would be some stress, but it's temporary, so I can deal. On the other hand, while the McJob doesn't help me towards the primary objective of the MPH program, it does help with a couple of the secondary objectives, contingent on finding a place to live in the next couple of weeks.

Got home from the orientation to find an email from my advisor. The program director wants me to go through an undergrad semester or two before launching into the graduate program. It's reasonable, and because of my undergrad GPA. To be blunt, I had a couple of stupid semesters, and really should have done better. This got me down, but I rallied. There are options.

An option I should have considered before now is just renting a room somewhere for June and July. That lets me work without having to make a monster commute (and since these are ten-hour workdays, a lengthy commute would not be good at all), keeps me close to the university and in the city, and I can use the time to keep up the apartment hunt. Not the worst of ideas for a short term. A quick look found a few options, and even a June-July sublet of an apartment across the street from campus. So, hey, there's something.

Had another talk with my advisor this afternoon. She's pitching me pretty hard to the program's higher-ups, and this morning she had a meeting with the SPHIS assistant dean. They came up with a plan. I take courses on the BA/BS track in the fall, and if my midterm progress is good, I jump to the 500-level classes in the spring, and make a good case to start graduate work in the summer. I like this plan. It'll mean pushing myself pretty hard, but I can do this. It's well within my capabilities and I can show that T7 now is very different than T7 in 1995. I should have a couple of two-year course plans in my inbox tomorrow afternoon. I can overcome this setback.

And another option came up tonight. A buddy's kid's mom is looking at moving to Louisville because of some special education and therapy options for the kiddo - and he wants to be close to his son. As it happens, the law firm he works for has an office in Louisville and he can transfer there easily. So, we batted around the idea of sharing a house or condo. The economics are the strongest driver for this, but on more personal levels, it'd make for better living conditions for us both. We're in agreement on a housing budget and areas of town to look into; depending on the mom's decision, we're going to give this a shot. His lease expires at the end of June, so there's no real hardship on my part since I can, well, sublet or rent a room for a month or throw things into storage and couch surf or head off to the farm for a few weeks.

There are plenty of roads opening up. I can manage any of them.
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There has been progress. Thursday (5/8), I locked down the summer job. It's a temp gig, of course, and maxes out at 90 days. I start on June 1, so won't feel at all bad about leaving the job on August 10.

Friday the 9th was my orientation at UofL. It went pretty well, and I was stunned at how very different the campus is. Any healthy organization will undergo changes in a quarter-century, of course, but still... had a few moments of "When I was here before, this building was a field." Found out that the Bachelor-level Public Health program is very new - I'm going to be part of one of the first graduating classes.

I go back to Louisville tomorrow for advising and registration. Step one is going to be deciding between the BA and BS paths. The BS is more likely, I think, especially as a route to an MPH and/or MS - Epi. Classes to pick, financial routes to pursue, so much more.

Like a place to live. I've procrastinated on this - I left the HL a month ago today, and have 20 days left on my lease here. One way or another, I'm out of Lexington pretty darn soon. I'm planning to look at a couple of places tomorrow before my advising meeting; I'd love to sign a lease and get the keys to a new home this week. Make the move as quickly as possible so I can get settled in before the job starts.


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