September 9th, 2004


Proposal Bits

Finished the proposal last night. Hooray! Back to normal now. It wasn't so terribly bad, but it was keeping me up at nights. Ha, literally!

(I was going to say that I can't pull all-nighters the way that I used to when I was in college, but, you know, I remember that I used to nod off in my early morning classes -- where by "early morning" I mean "9 a.m." -- so I'm thinking that I couldn't really handle not having enough sleep particularly well back then, either, I just was forced to put up with it more often.)

Nick came over to visit last night. He joined my Monkey for Kung Fu (albeit somewhat late), then came over to hang out with us. I didn't get to see him much, because I was proposalizing, but we had a little bit of "so what's up with you", which was nice. Sounds like things are trending upwards.

I had to get some information about spread rates and sizes of wildfires, and I looked online for a little while before I determined that there was no way I was going to extract numbers from it in less than a month. Fortunately, I live three blocks from a fire station, so I grabbed my clipboard and walked over there and found a very friendly firefighter who was able to tell me all about it. Hooray! He was interested in the project, too, which is always good. Plus he was kinda cute.

One of the requirements for the proposal was that, since I'm a "contractor", they needed a signed commitment letter from me. The submission process in entirely electronic, though, so actually they needed a scan of the letter. I don't have a scanner, but I have a digital camera. So I took a picture of it. Something about this makes me roll my eyes, but it worked.

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Just got a phone call from U-Boat, who asks: "So, did you get everything submitted?"

Methinks I detect just a wee hint of a bastard in that boy.

Clarification: they were doing the submitting and the deadline was 3pm my time. But yes, it's all officially done now, hooray!

Dorky But Happy

This evening was very good. Hooray, no more proposal and I get to see my schweetie again! We spent together time, and it was good.

We finished disc 5 of Witch Hunter Robin. It ends with a massive cliffhanger, but sometimes suspense is fun, so we stopped there. Also went to Target and picked up Pikmin 2. Yaaaay pikmin! Such a fun game! And with no time limits this time, even better! Plus there's a two-player mode, though we haven't tried it yet because it looks, like, complicated and stuff.

Saw a rainbow on the drive home. It was very bright. Started out as just an arc on the right side, but as I drove towards the rain shaft that was creating it, it spread out into a full half-circle, then moved over to just an arc on the left as I approached the Broomfield exit on 36.

It had the lighting I like, too. For some reason, I really love it when there's direct sunlight lighting up the ground, but the sky is dark and cloud-filled. It turns this deep blue-gray-purple color while everything on the ground turns this golden color because the sun is low in the sky. So it made me happy to see that on the way home.

Also: the new "random retro" station (Jack FM) played "Pour Some Sugar On Me", by Def Leppard, while I was waiting on the offramp. I realized, as I was listening to it, that the lyrics make basically zero sense. But I still love it. When I was in high school and nobody else was home, if it came on MTV (back in the bygone days of yore when they actually played music videos on MTV), I would turn it up really loud and dance around in a very energetic and, I'm sure, highly embarassing way, which is why I made sure that nobody ever saw me.

So I'm sitting there in the car, doing the seated-car steering-wheel dance, singing along and basically rockin' out to this song, and I thought "you know, I bet I look like an utter dork to all the people in the cars around me." And then I thought, "yeah, but it's a good song and I'm having fun and I really don't care."

And I was happy.