Winter can’t be over!

It’s been warm the last few days here at The Green. Raining too. So basically the foot of snow that we had on the ground is almost gone. They say that there could be an inch or two tomorrow night and then there is talk out there on the weather nerd forums that there could be a storm coming later in the week after that. Maybe even a huge storm coming around the 1st of March. We’ll just have to wait and see about all that though.

The one big problem with all the melting and the additional rain we’ve had is the fact that the basement here at The Green has bit of a flooding problem. It’s not a “water coming through the walls” problem so much as its a “water comes up through the floor” problem. So when we have rain, the floor isn’t wet for a day or so, time for the water to soak in and then come up under the floor. The joy of the spring fall is indescribable. Tonight I’m dealing with that problem, it’s still soaking in to the ground so basically anything I try to do now outside of running a few fans and squeegeeing the floor now and then is moot. Later this year though I’m going to reseal the floor and see if I can make some progress that way.

I’m going to miss winter actually, I love driving home a little early from work that one or two days of the season where the snow falls quickly and it’s wet and heavy enough that you can’t quite get up to speed on the highway. The car in front of you is throwing a little wet snow off it’s tires and there is an eerie silence even when you’re in traffic. I love the quiet still of winter, in summer there’s usually locusts and dogs barking. Winter though, even when it’s a little too warm and humid, is usually quiet and even the smallest noise pierces through the air.

We’ve got some interesting stuff coming up in the next month or two, baseball is starting, I think we’re heading to Avenue Q at Purdue soon, and who knows what work will bring.

I’ve got plenty to plan to do around here, repairs to make to The Green, flowers to plant, landscaping to do, should be a great spring/summer coming up. I’m just not quite ready to start it all yet, bring on the blizzard!

I hate HP

So I woke this morning with the full intention of doing mostly nothing but setting up a router for my cousin and watching the IU game. Of course it’s never that way.

My uncle bought an HP computer about a year ago, I told him to buy a Dell, but of course he doesn’t listen at all. You see there are things about computers that I know, among them are how to setup routers and not to buy HP. So it turns out that HP doesn’t include restore CDs of any kind with their computers so even if you do have a problem but you must be able to at least boot the computer in order to restore it. Not so easy with a totally busted hard drive. Of course that’s what I had to deal with today, the computer is out of warranty, the discs are $40 and my uncle is livid. All the while I’m just thinking about how to say “I told you so” over and over again. With most Dells I could have went to Best Buy, bought a new drive and then installed Windows and be on my way. Stupid HP doesn’t let you do that. I finally got all that figured out after missing half the game. I’m seriously so sick of fixing that computer I could scream. Why doesn’t he listen to what I say? Not only has his computer died but it died without him making any backups of any of his data, I told him a hundred times to at least back up some of the more important things on his computer. I’m just sick of it all right now i don’t want to write any more right now… maybe i’ll post something else later tonight.
BTW, IU beat Purdue 62-49. From what I saw it was a close game off and on.

Old Oaken Bucket Pics

Ben jumping over the fire The great classic rivalry in Indiana was contested yet again on Saturday, of course I’m talking about the IU/Purdue game otherwise known as the Old Oaken Bucket game. We all headed down to Bloomington bright and early, of course traffic didn’t let us get there as early as we would have liked, Erin, John, and I missed the first half of the first quarter. No biggie though. It was a nice day, we all had fun and of course IU got their butts kicked 41-14. There’s always next year right? After half time half the people left so we headed down and got better seats, some fans eh? Here’s some pics, links go to the larger versions.

The pics on the left are as follows:

  • Hey, Hey the gang’s all here!
  • IU with good field position
  • We sat really high up the first half.
  • Really high up
  • Erin and I in our IU best
  • John and Ben looking as cute as ever!
  • Franki and Erin, our girls are tough in the cold
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire

Frozen Pens don’t work well

It was cold out again today, like 25ish probably. The wind died down a bit I think, thank God! I got ot my evening classes tonight after my haircut to find that the pen that I had left in my bag as I rushed from the room during the tornado warning (the other day when it was still warm out) had frozen in my bag. It wouldn’t work and it was all I had. So while the professor is going on and on about supply chains, I’m sitting at my seat breathing on my pen and holding it tight in my hands so I can get the freakin ink to flow! Grr… it’s always something.
As much as I complain about the cold and junk I really do enjoy it actually. It was really cold after classes tonight, that kind of cold where when you breathe in, your nose hair freezes a bit. I love that feeling and I have no idea why. I’m not talking about the cold where you can’t breathe of course, just the kind of cold that happens righ at the first of winter, when suddenly everything is crisp and the world has a very…. well in my head the word is “sharp”… feeling about it. Maybe that doesn’t make sense to anyone else but me.
The other thing that I have to report tonight was the fact that at my first class there were only 5 people there. 5 out of 18! I realize that some people can’t come to class all the time but I just can’t imagine everyone not showing up on the same day. Of course class was pretty boring and pointless, but still with this guy you never know, he’s all over the place sometimes.
Lastly, I’m getting really excited about two IU things. First off, tomorrow night is the start of basketball season. I’m jealous of John and Audrey going to the game vs. Nicholls State. But my time will come, if I can ever get money anyways! It should be an interesting season to say the least. The other thing is the fact that I’m going to the IU/Purdue Bucket game on Saturday with Erin, John, Ben and Franki. It’s supposed to be cold as crap, but nonetheless we will still have fun. I’m looking forward to actually going to my first IU football game and then basically just hanging around B-town for a bit afterward maybe. It’s a nice town and for some reason, I just really like being down there.
Anyways this is a long one, I should hit the sack I haven’t slept well the last few nights.

Looks like I’m going to have to buy a ticket

I applied for press credentials to the IU v. Purdue Bucket game under the auspices of the Fuzznik Podcast. Alas I was turned down as show below:

Dear Michael Bollman,

Your credential request for Indiana football media credentials has been denied for the following:

Michael Bollman

Unfortunately, your request did not meet our guidelines, and it is not possible to accommodate all requests.

Should you have any questions please contact our office at 812-855-9399. Thanks for your interest in IU Athletics.

So until I can figure out how to turn the podcast into somethign more legitamate I’m going to have to either pony up the dough for tickets or just enjoy it on TV like everyone else.

The weekend is over…

Mostly anyways. It’s been an interesting string of events this weekend. First off, on Friday on my way to work I called in to the radio station and won 4 tickets to the Purdue/Ball State game on Saturday. Once I finally got to work, late on my first full day, how bad is that? Anyways, I got there and basically spent the rest of the day trying to get rid of them, cause I really didn’t’ want to go. You would be amazed how hard it is to get rid of 4 tickets in the 4th row on the 40 yard line to a Purdue game with only one days notice. I finally sold them though. Anyways then I spent the rest of the weekend with Erin. I don’t’ know why but lately I feel like all I do is rush around and try to get everything done in a short amount of time. The thing is, I don’t have much to do really. I dunno why I just feel overwhelmed and frustrated, but I have no idea why. This week is lining up to be a crazy week again, but again, I have no idea why I just feel like I’m totally too busy for my own good or something. I dunno. Today was good, I’ve done nothing mostly. I mean I got up Arden 1230 and then sat around until 4ish, got dressed, washed the car and sat back down. I studied a bit, but really didn’t do much of anything. I think later tonight I’m going to head to a friends house and chill for bit. Last night on the way home from Erin’s I talked to Emmy most of the way home, fixing Dave’s puter again. It’s cool I don’t mind really, got to catch up and stuff too.
The other new thing that’s going on is now I am the proud owner of, it’s not up yet, I’m still working on the design but it’s coming. To anyone out there who is looking for a new email account let me know and I’ll get you the details on your very own address, probably for free too. Anyways I gotta get some more nothing done. Catch you all later

Yard Rash 3: The electric lemonade stand

Wow, that was my only bit of creativity today. Let me tell you about this weekend though, quite possibly one of the coolest in a long time. Labor is the last day of summer, I mean that’s it, the first days of school and the last days of hot… er something like that… anyways on Friday, Jake and I went over to Purdue to Adam and Josh’s to chill… good times all around. Spit is really loud falling two stories on to a foosball table…
Saturday I went straight to Erin’s to chill; she totally surprised the crap out of me and yet again proved to be the greatest. She got us tickets to symphony on the prairie and made us a picnic of fried chicken and all the trimmings. We sat out all evening under a clear sky and listened to the River City Brass Band play all our favorite tunes. The good was great, the music, was great and Erin is truly spectacular. It’s great to have someone who just surprises you at every turn. Sunday I chilled at home most of the day and then that night I went down to Erin’s and we took Ali back to Anderson, I never realized that Anderson was that close. Too bad we missed a turn and ended up taking the long way home, we got there though.
Monday was Chris’ party. Imagine this: Electric Lemonade, Four-wheelers, and a knee board. Yeah it was probably the coolest thing in the world and then we added a ramp in the yard and it got better. I got yard rash from flipping off the thing and actually I think I have a huge lump still on my leg from one of my “landings”. Some old friends showed up to, unfortunately Erin couldn’t be there cause she had family stuff to take care of. But it was good to see Josh and Auds again for sure. Yesterday was my first day working at PSF. I’m now a CAD designer, designing countertops for PSF. It’s pretty cool really, I mean I get to be kind of creative, my boos is awesome, and I get to do some tech support stuff while I’m there on their equipment so there’s always something to do. Learning CAD is going to be the hard part, but I’ve already picked up a bunch already and I think I’ll do fine. Anyway I’m ending this… it’s long as it is…