Wednesday, April 27, 2005

I've Got A Secret For You


You gotta check this out.
Its...I can't even begin to describe it.
You just have to go and experience it for yourself.

Monday, April 25, 2005

I Got Some Lovely Phantasies

April 25, 2005: A day that will go down in the history of Mark.
What is it that is so important? I woke up this morning and checked up on the progress of Awkward Silences and The Dapper Dons. Who/What are Awkward Silences and The Dapper Dons? My two fantasy baseball teams of course! The Silences just finished their 3rd week while the Dons, starting a bit late, just completed it's first week. As of this morning, both teams are sitting in first place of their respective leagues. The Silences have a record of 20-13-3 are are up 1 game while the Dons are 20-8-1 and 3 games up. It seems that every year I have a fantasy team or two and they're a pretty mediocre bunch. Always middle of the pack and lacking make a charge for first. I always lose interest halfway through. I know its still early, but I like the make up of my teams and how they're performing so far. We'll check back in another month or two and see how we're doing.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Should We Talk About the Weather?

To you my faithful readers, it's been awhile, I sincerely apologize.

So I wake up this morning and what is it doing? It's snowing out! I kid you not! April 24th and its cold and snowing outside. Last tuesday (that's 5 days ago folks) I was wearing shorts. Shorts! And now here I am with my winter coat, hat, and gloves on. This shouldn't be happening. Honestly I don't remember it snowing this late. In a week, May will arrive. I guess in the light of things in 20 days I'll be on a beach in North Carolina.

As much as I'm bitching about the weather, there is a silver lining. I've got massive amounts of work to do. When its sunny, warm, and blue skies outside and young co-eds in skimpy clothing the motivation to work diminishes. When you see snow, its easier to stay inside and get work done. I came to a stark realization this weekend that is obviously a sign of maturity: I'm perfectly happy staying in both friday and saturday night and doing work. In my younger days. I would've happily done other things and would be kicking myself once sunday rolls along. I also met a friend out for coffee friday night and realize that there are other people out there who study on friday & saturday nights! Wow! What a concept! I guess I'm not alone. Like I said, its a sign of being a good little grad student and getting older.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

You're So Cute When You're Frustrated Dear

I'm what you call a "regular" studying in the cafeteria in my dorm. I always see the same people down there doing work. It's like we're part of a club...we don't really talk...but I get the sense that we have this unmentioned bond. We're all devoted to our work and enjoy the space and confines that is the cafeteria. I don't know them, but I feel I know them on some level.

Among this group is a couple. They sist there and do their work, fine, whatever. But then they get all touchy-feelie. A little is fine. Not a big deal. But they go over the line. They stroke each other and gaze longinglly into each others eyes....the whole ordeal is rather...obnoxious. I don't have a problem with PDA per se, just keep it resepectable. Holding hands and quick little kisses goodbye & hello are fine. Or if someone is leaving/returing from a length of time away, an extended kiss is allowable. But this whole being overly-touchy thing is not cool. And these people are grad students! It's not like they're freshmen, being 18 and on their own for the first time. They're older and they should know better. I don't want to see it and neither does anyone else. Save it for the privacy of your room.

Monday, April 11, 2005

I Fell Asleep and Read Just About Every Paragraph

Long title today. I've been meaning to comment on my sleeping habits of late. For much of the first part of the semester it seemed that I was going to bed later and later each night. And, for no particular reason. I was doing stuff like watching old reruns of the Real World, Road Rules, and Real World/Road Rules Challenge (damn I missed the Inferno again tonight) on MTVu. So I'd be going to bed later, but getting up at the same time everyday. Anyone can see that I'm getting consecutively less sleep every night. That's not especially good. So it seems that by the end of the week, I'm exhausted and all I want to do is sleep.

This all really came to a head this past weekend. Friday morning the alarm went off at 7am and the last thing I wanted to do was get my arse up and go to work for 8 hours. All I could think about was getting home and just resting my weary bones (on a bed of california stars :). First though I had to run to Target, Best Buy, Dicks, and the mall (Express) to buy various stuff. By the time I got back, showered, got some food it was like 8:30. Lucily my beloved Cleveland Indians were at Detroit to play the Tigers which meant I would be able to watch them on the tube. I kicked back, enjoyed some Sam Adams White Ale and watched my boys beat the Tigers.
I had to get up early (um before 7) because I was running a 5K in Ann Arbor with the MSU Running Club. So I wanted a good night of sleep. Of course I stayed up, watching pointless mind-numbing TV because I couldn't fall asleep. The race was fun. Although I've 1) never done a 5K before, and 2) never on a Cross Country course (hills, grass), so it kicked my ass. I did get to spend alot of the day outside and did get some sun in me. Well all of that totally kicked my ass. I got home, showered, and aside from going to get some food, spent the hours from 4:30 to 11:30 on my bed watching TV. Then I slept, and oh what sweet sleep it was!

Maybe its me getitng old, but all I wanted to do was rest and sleep and be lazy this weekend. And the thing is I had no qualms about it. It would've taken a whole lot to get my ass up and about this weekend. Maybe I'll actually go to bed at reasonable times this week (ha ha, fat chance there) and have some energy left for the weekend.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Elevator Going Up

So I was doing some laundry. I was in the basement of the dorm and went to take the elevator up to my room on the 3rd floor. I hit the up button and there are two elevators: one on the 1st (ground) floor, and one on the 7th floor. The elevator system responds to me by sending the elevator on the 7th floor down to the basement instead of sending the one from the 1st floor down one level. I don't get it. I've analyzed all the situations, and it still makes no sense at all. Yes, I realize that the most people get off and get on the elevator on the first floor. Even still, the elevator from the 7th floor has to only traverse down 6 floors instead of 7 (to get me). Additionally, the elevator on the first floor can go pick me up in the basement and then stop again on the first floor to pick up needy residents. MOL is hereby putting up an undisclosed prize for anyone that can explain the whole elevator system to me so that it rationally makes sense to me.

End of rant. Its been awhile since I updated this puppy. I apologize to my faithful readers. The next couple of weeks are quite busy for me as the semester winds dows, so my postings may be sparse. Again, to you my faithful readers I send my upmost of apologies.

This past weekend was an exciting 4 days of basketball here at MSU. The men lost in the national semi's to eventual champion UNC. The women beat the perennial powerhouse of Pat Summit & the Lady Volunteers of Tennesee to make it to the championship game where the got smacked around by Baylor. The seasons were successful beyond expectation for both the men and the women. Its nice to be at a school where 43000 people can rally around their sporting teams.

It's official. Two things that is. 1) Spring has finally arrived and thank goodness for that! There have been a couple days the past two weeks where shorts have been debateable. Of course there are other days where it cools off and its gloomy again. But no more snow!!! And, the eye candy is out in droves!
2) Baseball has officially begun. Its always a good feeling. Thats how you know its the official start of spring. The Indians are expected to have a decent year, contending with Minnesota for the division title. Of course as I write this they are on their way to starting off 0-3. Also I've got 2 fantasy baseball teams I'm "managing." It always seems like I"m in the middle of the pack and I don't have the oomph to contend for the title. This is a new year, however, and I'm confident.