Saturday, August 28, 2010

a change of plans

I mentioned in earlier posts that I was heading to UC Riverside in the fall. However, life doesn't always work out the way we want it to. Given our current financial situation, I'm no longer planning to attend UC Riverside. This was a difficult decision, but one I needed to make.

On the other hand, two UC Santa Cruz professors have shown an interest in having me as an intern. The discussions with them are looking promising so far. I guess we'll see how things turn out.

Currently playing: Depict1

Friday, August 20, 2010

car burglars FTL

I've got more bad news: someone apparently broke into our car and stole our prescription glasses. They were worth over $1,000 in total. :-(

Because the FAIM 609 professor had to change his schedule, my parents took me to San Francisco on Wednesday for the make-up class. Dad needed his sunglasses the next day but couldn't find them. It wasn't long before we noticed that two other pairs of glasses were also gone. In addition, there were signs that someone had rummaged through our belongings. I guess we should be glad that they didn't take anything else. Thank heaven for small favors.

At any rate, I've reported the incident to the San Francisco Police Department and hope they catch the culprits soon. Fuck car burglars. >:(

Currently playing: Fish Outta Water

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

new ThinkPad X301

I just finished setting up my new Lenovo laptop. It has a 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 128 GB solid-state drive. In addition, the ThinkPad X301 is pretty light for its size. The list price was almost $3,000 for the base configuration, but Dad got it for half price after discounts. What a steal!

Although I wanted to cancel the order after Dad lost his job - and we didn't need the laptop anyway - he insisted that it would be useful. At any rate, getting a new computer is always nice. :-)

Currently playing: Little Cannon

Saturday, August 14, 2010

the latest victim of the economy...

The week ended on a bad note as Dad lost his job. :-(

From what I gather, the local office was closed with very little notice. That means everyone who worked there was terminated. I'm not sure of the reason of the closure, but the economic recession was likely a factor.

On the other hand, this could be a blessing in disguise. According to my father, he had a stressful job due to office politics. The good news is that he doesn't have to deal with that crap anymore. Every cloud has a silver lining indeed.

At any rate, I hope Dad gets a new and better job soon!

Currently playing: Lifeguard Larry Deluxe