Monthly Archives: August 2002

For your viewing pleasure…

Make your own South Park character. Funny, the body type and mousey hair look SO realistic!!

Ah, the joys of insommnia!

Despite what my WeatherPixie states, its pouring outside. Earlier it was storming good — I wonder if she ever shows lightening? The gutter is right outside my window, so when it rains it sounds all tinny in addition to the normal rain sounds. I likes it.

I watched a documentary tonight. A FUN one, at that! (then again, I usually *like* documentaries, anyways) It was Trekkies, 90 minutes about fans devoted to all things Star Trek. It was quite a fun watch.

I never really considered myself a “trekkie,” though I would call myself a minor-league fan of the shows. I remember when I was growing up, it was a family tradition to watch The Next Generation on Saturday nights. We started with the first season, and we continued for a couple years after that. The host of the documentary was Denise Crosby, otherwise known as Tasha Yar (the tough grrrl Security Officer and Data’s main squeeze). She was one of my favorite characters! I *still* remember when she died on the program and how sad that episode was.

I still like watching Voyager (yay Jane Way!). And I’m an ardent Wil Wheaton groupie, he’s one of my inspirations for weblogging. Okay, so I didn’t necessarily like Wesley Crusher on TNG, but now I love reading his insights and quirky humor on things that go on in his life. It sucks he got cut from the upcoming Star Trek movie.

It was interesting to see the devotion of these fans (fan of course being short for “fanatic”). The extent that some people go to show their love was also a bit frightening. At first I couldn’t understand why these people would devote and love the show so much. Then someone in the film stated that Star Trek is “the mythology of the 20th century.” And you know, that’s true in many ways. One example a psychologist gave (who was also a Trekkie, yes): when he counsels people he talks about “putting your shields up.” That is definitely a Trek-ism, that is so commonspeak nowadays that people probably don’t even realize it. Freaky, no?

But then why should I think that this world and it’s set of characters are any stranger than what the Greeks, Romans, English, and countless other people groups have created centuries before? One day, hundreds of years from now, will graduate students watch and write about the symbolism and values communicated by these myths of the 20th century? Its weird to think of pop culture today being historically relevant in the future!

Anyways, I guess you could say the documentary was a fun, albeit “educational” experience.

Hurray for Jimbo and his contribution of Sleeman Honey Brown. Mmmmm, Canadian beer. Almost worth the nasty splinter I got in helping move his dusty stuff! But hey, I got free beer and a new (well, new to me) dresser outta it. :)

Well, I was all prepared to post another mini rant on the lack-of-loans/funds situation….but…

Things actually went my way, for once?!

Indeed they have. Background: this afternoon the Registrar’s Office at school called to inform me that my check had FINALLY arrived (almost 1 month late). So I trudged off to campus to snatch that baby up and endorse it over to the school, in order to get the funds processed ASAP. I had in my mind that the old biddy at the cashier’s office had said it could take up to 3 weeks for it to process, but for some reason I was naively optimistic. (should know better, eh?)

Once navigating through the wilds-that-is-the-Registrar’s-Office the week before classes start, I spoke with the cashier — who then disappeared for 10 minutes and returned to tell me it would be at LEAST 2 weeks before I could access any funds. Now, I’ve been sick for the past week or so, and stressed out quite considerably, so I didn’t take the news especially well.

By not especially well I mean there were tears in my eyes as I talked with the lady in the office. I asked if there was ANYTHING that could be done to expedite the process, and “because of university policy” there really wasn’t (or at least I was told). She took my name and told me she’d call if she could arrange anything — now, with all the promises of call-backs I’ve experienced in the past 3+ weeks, I honestly wasn’t expecting any further communication unless initiated by me.

But, at 5pm this afternoon I RECEIVED A CALL! She actually called me back — and not only that, but she’s made it possible for me to have the check processed by Tuesday!! As in THIS Tuesday, not in 2 weeks Tuesday! This means I’ll actually have a positive balance in my bank account and money for rent, books, bills, my car, [insert whatever else I've been waiting for the past month to pay].

I happy.

So…what to do in Saskatchewan when grasshoppers are swarming and Elton John is coming in concert? Why, collect over 39,000 of the buggers and win free tickets! At least, that’s what this woman did. Craaaa-zy. Elton John or no, that’s a little TOO much time on her hands.

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.

(or, don’t let the bastards get you down)

No loan check for me, doo-dah. No sign of it anywhere, still. I’m wondering how long I should wait for it to show up in the mail (its been a week already) or if I should have them stop payment on this check and then forward me another. I don’t know. I do know that its getting closer to school starting, and with that goes the possibility of me speeding up the processing of my funds. Ah well.

Ugh, things seem worse due to the fact I have a full-blown summer cold (my whole head feels stuffed up and I can’t pop my ears!). That, combined with the serious lack-of-funds is really bringing me down. I’m ready for school to start to ease up some of these woes that seem increased due to the lack of activity in my life right now.

Ugh, I’m sick. Hooray for summer colds! It started out as an allergy attack yesterday, but has since progressed into a full blown cold. Maybe its a good thing I don’t have an hours long drive to Toronto to make this week, after all.

At least I have time now to read my new book, Possession by A.S. Byatt. I’ve seen the previews for the movie based on the book — and anything with a Loreena McKennit song as the background can’t be all bad. I’ve really dug into it. Here’s what the back of the books says, and see how much it sounds like something I’d dig: “Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire — from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany — what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.”

Well, I’m off to go crash on the couch and be sick some more….cheers!