Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekly Update #8

The headlines: Jenni's family's visit, Ultimate update, books, and it's cold!

As I mentioned last weekend, Jenni's dad, sister, and grandmother came to visit. We went out to dinner to the literally world-famous Moosewood vegetarian restaurant. The wait was a ridiculous hour and a half and the food wasn't really all that great, but I can now at least say I've been there.

Some members of the "Breakfast Club"
on a similar weekend outing.
The next day we brought them along to our weekly weekend breakfast with various other grad-students and friends. The venue was our fall-back: Waffle Frolic, a local waffle-oriented restaurant opened by some Ithaca College grads. I ventured to try the chili-cornbread waffle; the risk paid-off wonderfully.

We then went up to give a tour of the Cornell campus, mostly by car due to Grandma Jean's immobility. We did get out to see Jenni's lab and a few of the bridges crossing the larger gorge that runs through campus. I've never seen someone so impressed with waterfalls. Jean was litterally jumping around and smiling. The falls were truly impressive do to recent rains.
As the trees show, this is a picture of
Beebe Dam above Fall Creek in summer

Jenni's family left that afternoon. That evening I played in the weekly Ultimate game. The temperature was in the upper 30's, so when we weren't on the field, we we literally jogging in place to keep warm. Our team won handedly, most of our veteran players returning after their fall break absence.

As you may be able to tell, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to find things for this week's update; it was a slow week. There was much reading, studying, and cups of tea. I finally finished War & Peace nine months after starting it and then blew through Harry Potter 7 over the following 3 days (in preparation for Part I of the film incarnation which comes out in November.

The studying to which I referred is in regard to the MCAT which I have decided to retake both due to a need for more recent results by some schools and for a chance to improve my chances at applying this time around. After swallowing my pride, I am looking into taking one of those terribly overpriced but annoyingly effective Kaplan courses in preparation (donations are very welcome).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Foliage Update #4

Yellow, red, and stick trees abound and, consequently, leaves are everywhere! We are at the point where there are an equal amount of leaves on the trees and on the ground. Jenni and I had a very mature moment as we wandered off the path in the park alternatively jumping on and kicking piles of newly fallen leaves. Ah, childhood memories of my 20's.




Saturday, October 16, 2010

Weekly Update #7

On Sunday, lacking most of our team's veterans due to Columbus Day weekend (don't get me started on why east coast schools get a fall break and west coast schools don't), our team lost a very close game of Ultimate Frisbee. It was hard-fought and we were extremely outmatched but held in only to lose 13-12 at game point. If we keep-up the good play, there is a good chance we will play this team at the end of the "season" for the "championship." It's hard to use those words for a 4-team, 6-game fall league.

I finally got a haircut. For most people this would not be a noteworthy experience but it is the first time I have had someone other than my mom cut my hair for as long as I can remember. And the results were less than great. I said an inch and he took more like 1.5-2 and now my hair is shorter than I've had it since that 3rd grade buzz-cut disaster (no Mom, I haven't forgotten). Ah well, now I don't need to get it cut until I will be back in SB for the holidays and the cold weather here (high of 45° yesterday) necessitates the wearing of hats/beanies.

I called a few local doctor's offices to ask if I could shadow someone for a day. No responses yet. All's dry on the job front as well.

I'm this close ][ to finishing War and Peace which I've been reading for 9+ months. Expect an extensive review on my other blog soon.

Jenni's dad, sister, and Grandma Jean are visiting for the weekend. And I should probably get back to them...

Remember, you guys get weekly updates from me but I get none from you (other than what I can creepily gleam from Facebook), so send me an email with how you've been. ...or not ...whatever!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Foliage Update #3

We are now entering the realm of yellow with some orange and green. Beautiful! I'm rather impressed that these pictures came out much better than the one from Foliage Update #2 on which I cheated (yes, that is why the grass looks like it's radioactive).


Saturday, October 9, 2010

OctoBrrrr?

Well, I said I wanted weather...


URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
BINGHAMTON NY
324 PM EDT SAT OCT 9 2010



...WIDESPREAD FROST EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT...

.COLD CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE WILL SETTLE OVER THE AREA TONIGHT. THE COMBINATION OF CLEAR SKIES AND CALM WINDS WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO FALL QUICKLY...WITH MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE UPPER 20S...AND LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S ACROSS THE AREA.

...FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 10 AM EDT SUNDAY...

A FREEZE IS EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION. ALL WITH OUTSIDE AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS SHOULD TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT OR HARVEST THEIR PLANTS.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Weekly Update #6

The quick version: Apple Harvest Festival, our Ultimate Frisbee team wins a thrilling match by 1 point (with my help), I quit my crappy temp job...


The Apple Harvest Festival was very... festive! There were tons of people, tons of food, and of course tons of apples, apple cider (hot/cold/hard), apple wine, apple pastries, candied apples, caramel apples. In the shade it was the perfect temperature for a nice cup of fresh hot apple cider. Good times.




On Sunday night, our still yet-to-be-named Ultimate team did battle with a worthy opponent. We fought valiantly even though we were down to one sub for a while (there was a M.I.A. concert that evening). We playing to 15 and as the game came to its climax, the score was tied 13-13. That next point lasted longer than the previous 5. It was epic. Finally the other team scored to bring them to game point. We were exhausted and our one sub that came in had noticed both that we couldn't handle another point like that, and that I was itching to run for a long one. We came up with a plan for the disc to go immediately to the new sub (who has a great arm) and then our fastest guy would do a cut, and feign like he was going to make a break, taking the best defender with him. Then I would take-off in a full sprint for the other goal. It worked perfectly and I caught the disc for the tying goal, crossing the entire playing field in one throw. We then played one final point to decide it and our momentum (and a desire to go lay down) carried us to victory. Like I said: epic.


On Monday morning I came to the conclusion that my time would be best spent not working at a terrible job that too removed from my desired career to do any good. I offered my services until a replacement could be found, but they declined and I'm back to square one on the job front, but much less miserable. (Thanks Jenni for the support and understanding)(and thanks to my dad for teaching me not to work somewhere that makes me unhappy, if I can afford it (thanks again Jenni))


And that's about it! It was a bit mellower of a week. And no plans yet for the next one. A blank page to be filled!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Longest Worst Frisbee Golf Drive

I was playing disc golf on a really windy day and threw a disc over 400 feet... in the wrong direction. I realized the colossal degree of error at the tee (top left of the map) and used my phone to plot out my path for this hole. The sporadic nature of the path is partly due to playing two discs and partly due to the inconsistent wind.



The map is much easier to follow if you view the larger original map.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekly Update #5

Quick recap: Woodard returned home after some more small town escapades. Had my first Ultimate Frisbee game. Scott sent me the best present ever. Job stuff. Apple harvest has begun. 



The week began as some more time with Woodard who came to Ithaca for a week. Last weekend we went on a hike with Jenni in the Buttermilk Falls State Park, which pretty much consists of some nice (and steep) trails along the Buttermilk Creek and surrounding gorge. It was a beautiful fall evening with many leaves already on the ground. Quite scenic. 


Woodard and I also spent an inordinate amount of time, in the realm of 3-4 hours, at the mini-golf course at the Ithaca ScienCenter (as documented on my other blog). We also made friends with a stray cat that can be seen in the background of the video


On Sunday, I had my first Ultimate Frisbee game in this little fall league that I joined. There's ~60 players divided onto 4 teams and we play each Sunday for 6 weeks. It seems like a great group of people who are good (they all have cleats) but not up-tight (they mostly brought beer). It's great to have something social and active to do, I wish I had done this in SB! As for my performance, I did ok for my first time on the field in 5 years: 1 goal and 1 block. On Tuesday I was so sore I could barely walk. Nice.


Scott, my good friend and former boss, sent me a towel!
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels...
"A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have... any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with." ~HHGTTG


In other news, through a temp. agency that is frightfully similar to HappyTime from Dead Like Me, I was offered a job at an old-folks home up near Cornell. At first I thought this was a great opportunity, since the medical field has a major shortage of geriatric doctors and I have little to no experience in that area. I was wrong.


Anyways, about two hours after I accept this job, I get a call from a local doctor's office to which I had applied earlier asking me for an interview. So the next day I go to the interview (which went well, though they may be looking for someone who can stay longer than 2 years) followed shortly by my first half day at the old-folks home.


I now realize that the few jobs at which I have worked have been really quite nice thanks to a mix of good bosses (Scott) and interesting work. My luck may have run out. I had originally thought this job was to be a medical secretary position; it turns out that it was really for an administrative assistant. This means filing paperwork and delivering mail for vogons that have no actual care for or interaction with the medicine being administered down the hall. Sorry for the Hitchhiker's Guide-heavy post but this reference was too apt.
"Vogons are one of the most unpleasant races in the galaxy. Not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous." ~HHGTTG
So now I'm just hoping that I get that other job before I go crazy. Ah well.


In lighter news, the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival is this weekend. The downtown area is filled with food, trinkets, and apple-based products galore. Yum.