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2008-11-04 22:53:13 871

So I voted this morning. I bet I fell into a very small group of people, those who rode bikes to the poll and did not vote for Obama. The line was horrible; it wrapped around the front of the armory to the parking lot side. Luckily Russ Ward came up to the line just as I got there around 7:15 so I had someone to talk to for the 40 minutes it took us to get inside. So yay, my third presidential election to vote in and the first ever that it appears I did not vote for the victor.

The OCH tax is hanging on by a thread. One precinct left to go and it is just going to be passed by .6%. Yay for higher taxes! Apparently there was no organized opposition to this bond issue. I do not see how OCH could afford the massive advertising campaign in favor that included a sign every ten feet, billboards, and even space in the Reflector. Anyway next time they ask for more cash I guess I will have to do something to get a resistance movement started.

2008-10-21 21:32:04 870

Traveled to the Sessers' favorite city in proximity to Starkville this weekend, glorious B'ham. Of course Emily had class on Friday afternoon and then again early Saturday so she was in Jackson staying in our newest favorite hotwired hotel, the Staybridge Suites. She got back into Starkvegas a little after 1:00 and we headed out after pickup up Bryan. The ride over was nice an uneventful. We went directly to the shopping center north of the Galleria so Emily could go to the TJ Maxx. Bryan and I went to the Halloween store in the same place and decided not to part with loads of cash for mediocre costumes. However we were both able to find nice jackets in TJ Maxx to blow some cash on. From there we headed up to the Sheraton at the convention center. By my account this is at least the 4th time Emily and I have stayed there. I had pricelined a room for about 60% of the "special deal" I got in an email from Sheraton earlier in the week. We had a nice room off the back of the atrium that's window looked down on the atrium. Was a long way from the elevator but the way I understand things that is usually desired. From there we headed down to Five Points and met up with Jimmy at Surin West. The parking was really sketchy with what seemed like homeless people asking for $5 to park. Luckily we found street parking for us and Jimmy. Supper was freaking awesome. I have to recommend the sushi appetizer that comes as "chef's selection." The chef selected rather well. I ordered the spicy mixed seafood which had a 3 pepper of 3 on the Thai hot scale. It was excellent but not what I would call 3 of 3 on a Thai scale. I've never had Thai food anywhere else but I would at least hope that the highest value would make my eyes water a bit. It didn't get super hot until I loaded up on the cracked red pepper that Bryan requested. After that Jimmy rode with us to Sloss's haunted house. I remember it being absolutely awesome in 2003. In comparison it completely sucked this year. After waiting more than two hours to get in, it was horrible. Anyway from there we went back to Five Points to Dave's and the Blue Monkey and then called it a night and gave our farewell's to Jimmy.

Sunday morning we got up and headed for breakfast. I really wanted IHOP so we went all of the way to Lakeshore to find an IHOP with a full parking lot and people lined up out the door. From there we headed back up Oxmoor to the Waffle House. Major disappointment that they did not have gravy for their new biscuits so Bryan and I missed out. After that we headed back to the block across from our hotel to go to the art museum. The Leonardo da Vinci exhibit was awesome. I have never had a chance before this one to see anything of his in person. The museum actually has a ton of stuff that would take Emily an entire day to view. So I dragged her away after a while (promising that we will be back) and we headed toward the Summit. On the way though we stopped at Vulcan and went up the tower to see all of Birmingham. After that the Summit was enough fun. Emily got to shop while Bryan and I walked around and finally made it to the Apple store. Right before we headed home we stopped for an early supper at SweetBones Alabama and had a meal that was like Dooey's crossed with Macaroni Grill. And as soon as I can reverse engineer their flat cornbread I can die a happy man. Of course from there we headed home on my sleepy full stomach and got back to Starkville before it got too late.

2008-10-17 19:14:27 869

So I sat down to post, and then the Gallop poll called the house phone. I got to spend 15 minutes telling a lady with a Minnasota accent how conservative I am through a series of yes or no questions. I did give an affirmative for Obama being a more green candidate, but I did not get to back that up with the fact that we are certainly economically doomed with his environmental ideas.

The weather yesterday was wonderful for riding to work. There was a slight mist in the air and the temperature was perfect. On the way home I rode the long way, out to the south down Lynn Lane. Things were going great. I was able to keep up with the car I was behind from campus until I turned off of South Montgomery where I actually got to pass them for a second in the turning lane. Lynn Lane and Industrial Park were uneventful. Then I pulled out onto 12 and I felt something slip out of my bag, slide down my side, and hit the pavement. Traffic was nuts so I just quickly prayed that it was my extra tail light that had somehow fallen out of my bag. After I pulled into the first turn to Green Oaks I checked my bag to find that it really was my phone that had fallen out. I headed back out into 12 and played frogger to find the remains of my three week old phone. I found the main body and battery but no SIM card or back cover. After riding home I found that it will not even power on. Luckily I still had the phone I had borrowed from Sesti a few weeks back when my Sony-E died. I thought I had my extra SIM card on campus so I rode back to work only to find that I had only taken the outer box and not the inside piece with the manuals and new SIM card. So after back home, I got on the phone with ATT and got my new SIM card activated and in the backup phone. So once again I am on the backup phone with no numbers because iSync does not support it. I did find out some good news from the ATT call rep. Because my main cell line is still in my mother's name I am planning on changing it so I can bundle it with the home line and Emily's phone. Once I get that changed I will only have 11 months until I am upgrade eligible for another reduced rate phone. Even though, I am still on the market for an unlocked reasonable phone that will work with iSync without too much fuss.

2008-10-06 22:57:05 868

Crazy week last week. I had the pager so I was on edge every night. It was also Kary's last week at work with us. I also ended up having both a test and the huge lab 2 of programming languages due on Friday. Due to all of the stress I cancelled my camping trip with the Waldroups. After Tuesday night, I decided to submit my lab late and just concentrate on the test. I know that was the best decision but I did not do the best on the test. The Garraway got up with me Friday morning to see if I could hawk DVDs for him at the Tupelo band clinic. Since I had already traded pager duty for the weekend and had cancelled the campout I was clear to go. We had Kary's farewell lunch at Mugshot's. Of course I was late to show up because of my test but David had put in my order for me, the Cory approved Gamble of course. I then finished my hellish week of trying to move big endian Sparc rrd files to little endian Intel Linux without losing all of my hair. We went out to eat with Garraway when Emily got off work at 7 at Rosey Baby's. This was my first experience at the 2.0 rendition of this classic Starkville establishment. The food was decent but the service still grants a medal. In order, the Abbey gets the gold platinum plated medal of suck ass service in Starkville. Rosey Baby's 1.0 is a distant silver to the Abbey and Rose Baby's 2.0 is right on the heels of 1.0 with its bronze. We picked that place because Garraway had not been since he had been married off. We will not go back. Ever. Maybe to try Rosey Baby's 3.0 when it opens up after closing for spring break in 2009.

So then it was Saturday. Really really early. Like so early Emily is leaving for the ER and I am up kinda early. David came by and picked me up before 7am. We headed up to Tupelo high school and got his sweet rig setup in the press box of the football stadium. We then setup a table with a TV (actually a tiny little monitor with a bazillion inputs) on it near the restrooms/concessions so I could have a base station to sell DVD's. It was a long long morning and I think I had all of two sales. At the lunch break David came down and helped me move to the shade in front of the restrooms. In the afternoon sales picked up a lot. If I had sold one tape to every fifth kid who came to ask me to show the Tupelo show, Garraway and I could now retire. Anyway he had the best setup ever in the pressbox. Basically a DVD factory based off of two Sony cameras and some magic mixer boards that do magical things with video and it all ends up on a DVD. It was seriously an all day event because we did not get packed up until nearly 10pm that night. Made it back to Starkvegas pretty late and David was the guest of our north wing.

On Sunday we got up and went to Kidz Church where David gave me some pointers on how I could make the sound and light a little better. I love free advice. Then he had to run off to the Catholics with his inlaws. All afternoon and night Sunday I spent working on my programming languages lab and finally got it done around midnight! I turned that 100% working piece of coding hell (1600 lines of C++) this morning. Now I have until Friday after this one to get lab 3 completed...

2008-09-30 21:57:19 867

Two wedding in two weekends. Not as bad as the summer of 2005 but still seems like a load of people getting married. Anyway started off Friday night by having a social "watch the debate" gathering at Bryan's in front of his slightly big TV. Then on Saturday Emily and I got out of town after some takeout City Bagel and headed to Jackson. Hit Target to get some presents for the couples and then headed back toward Starkville to get to the church. This made the first Catholic wedding I have been to in a modern chapel. I was a really nice wedding with a wedding party that challenged the Muncie's in size. We left the church and headed nearly to Carthage to Cathryn's parents' weekend home for the reception. It was wonderful with so much food and the creepy photographers from the Sesti wedding, only this time the creepy dad was playing creepy DJ too. The girls had loads of fun dancing and I participated by taking pictures. After a while we packed up and headed to Philadelphia. On a whim Emily and I had reserved a room at the Hilton Garden in Saturday's AM. Bryan came down from Starkville and met us there. After a bit we caught the shuttle to the casino and met up with the other girls. We headed straight to the table games and orbited several times looking for a $5 blackjack table. There were none so we settled on a $10 table. Jennifer managed to get a little ahead as I completely blew my bank. About the time I ran out of money Emily came in and got us way back in the black. Since we were way ahead, we decided to quit and Jennifer asked for comp buffets. The pit boss gave them to the three of us even though I had not played a card for a while. Later on we went and hit the buffet. Bryan nearly had to pay but some crazy guy was in front of us with an extra freebie. That was somewhere in the AM of Sunday so we called it a night and caught the shuttle back to the hotel. Got up Sunday morning and got Emily back to Starkvegas just in time for her to go to work at 11am!

2008-09-21 21:55:04 866

I left for work early Friday morning because I was driving. Parked at Butler and walked to work. After a bit the bottom fell completely out with crazy hard rain. Of course my umbrella was in the truck so David loaned me his to get to class. After class I headed over to Bryan's and picked him up. Sesti ended up coming and picking us up at my house to kill some time because Kallie was being a girl (causing things to take longer than scheduled.) Made it to Southaven and got to the church just a little late. It was a nice little Episcopal church. The rehearsal was the shortest ever; we practiced walking in and back out only once. From there we went to the new Holiday Inn for the rehearsal dinner. Emily showed up from her drive from Jackson after a while just in time to get something to eat. There was the photo showing of the bride and groom growing up and then they went through thanking and introducing everyone. The groomsmen gifts were great, a nice manly watch and a leather money clip. The watch makes me feel like a big boy now compared to my usual lime green faced digital Timex and I was thinking about getting a leather clip for myself pretty soon anyway. After that wrapped up we headed to Wal-Mart so that we could get "car decorating supplies." Called it a night back at the Holiday Inn where Josh's parents had gotten us a room.

So we got up earlyish on Saturday and got ready. I was supposed to be at the church at 10:00 to change into my tux but we ended up running late after grabbing some breakfast. So Sesti calls me and tells me at 10:15 that they are all waiting on me for pictures. Of course I am never late so I get upset and somehow figure out a way to point the blame at Emily. I get there a few minutes later and no one else is dressed. Sesti certainly can be a jackass. After a long while we took pictures and that was a blast except for the whole smile muscle cramps after the first hundred or so. I cannot wait to see some of the "groomsmen on the playground" pics. The wedding finally took off at 2:00 and the ceremony seemed to go perfectly. As usual the rental tux shoes sucked and we were all dying halfway through it trying to stand still. Luckily no one collapsed and we were all able to walk out unassisted. Well assisted by bridesmaids but that doesn't count for much. From there we made a beeline to Josh's Pilot and got it messed up real nice. Pulled the patented "David Sesser" and threw an entire bag of wedding shape confetti throughout the car. We still have visible confetti in ours! The biggest thing we were lacking was aluminum cans. Three do not really make much of an impression but they are better than nothing. This was most definitely a "nice" car decorating compared to what is in store for Jeremy Gray when he gets married in 2525. After the decorating we went into the reception for a while. The groom's chocolate cake was most wonderful. The wedding cake was cupcakes and the groom's cake totally kicked their asses. Josh did not seem to be too upset with the condition of his car. After a while the newlyweds headed out and the Sesti's, Bryan, and us went straight to the elder Sesti's to get out of the tuxes. We were all starving so we went to Colton's and ate a lot of meat. From there everyone else went home and we went shopping. I found a shirt, belt, and socks in Marshall's in about fifteen minutes of taking my time. I left them with Emily and headed up the shopping center. I managed to purchase ten pounds of rabbit food for Mr Snickets at Petco, got a copy of Bully: Scholarship Edition at GameStop, and bought a Vtech three handset phone from Office Depot. Emily was still not quite done at Marshall's, in fact she had not tried anything on. So she tried things on quickly and of course decided to purchase none of them. So she ended up only buying a single pair of heels and I got three things. Female shopping is a mystery I hope to never unravel. That was enough for us so we headed back to Starkvegas and got home a little after 10. So the Berryhill's should have gotten into Jamaica sometime this afternoon and I hope that the rain and hummingbird mosquitos leave them alone and everything works out good for them!

2008-09-18 22:10:47 865

In twenty-six hours I'll be headed out in the Sestimobile to be in yet another wedding. Number five including mine to be in the wedding party. There was Muncie's, then mine, then quickly my brother's, and then Sesti's last summer. At least these are weddings and not baby showers because those are death sentences to freedom. Especially when the only pet I want is a free range rabbit because it can take care of itself for the most part.

2008-09-13 23:35:03 864

Losing 3-2 to the #9 ranked Auburn fools almost feels like a win. Most horrible offense ever.

2008-09-03 20:28:55 863

Re-registered this domain today so now I am good until Thursday, Sep 19, 2013.

2008-08-16 22:55:13 862

I just cannot stop thinking about Emily getting back! I did get to "talk" to her twice this week when she bought 10 minutes of internet at the hotel on Wednesday and Thursday. So that means I have not talked to her since Fay formed and rained over the island. At least it has moved west to Cuba now and does not seem to be delaying any flights out of the Dominican Republic. Anyway when I talked to her, she was having a blast and just wishing I was there. The "nurses" like me so maybe they'll let me tag along as "one of the girls" next year. I can dream at least.

It rocked having Delta miles this month. 7718 from miles from the Cleveland trip and big purchases like the outside building! I was disappointed to find out that miles do not accrue for award tickets so Emily's trip is not earning us anymore miles :(

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