September Blog"How To Get Rid of Gophers" The Trip
My uncle, mom, dad, and I drove up to Pocatello. The next day, we packed up 12 ton more shit from the storage unit and made the trip to Boise. Everything went pretty well. The only thing that presented a problem was trying to find Shosone Falls. That was an absolute bitch….it was one of the most poorly marked tourist attractions that I have ever seen. As you exit the freeway, you get one sign that says waterfalls, then you have to turn onto a tiny two lane road that is unmarked and wind your way through the fucking hills to get to the river and the falls. It's pretty though. I unloaded my truck into Josh's new home (my roomie for this year and hopefully next), but I'll talk more about that in the next section.
My dad, my uncle, and I played golf three times and floated the Boise River twice. The first time we floated the river, it was raining, thundering, dark, cloudy, cold, and windy. The water isn't that warm and there are a few spots where you get wet. So yeah, I froze that day. The other day we floated the river was beautiful: warm, sunny, and no wind.
My Living Situation
Since some folks turned out to not be very reliable in communications over the summer, I ended up coming to the end of summer without a place to live. Josh, another guy in my pharmacy class, called me out of the blue and asked if I needed a place to live. And I said yes, since it looked like I was going to be living in a tent on the ISU Boise campus. Yay.
It's a two bath, three bed house in Meridian, Idaho, and is about 1,100 square feet. I have a bedroom to myself, as well as a bathroom directly across the hall. The kitchen is good-sized (and has a dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, garbage disposal, etc.). The garage is a two car, although we just keep one car in there and a weight bench. My roomie bought a large TV (not obscenely large, that he's saving for once we graduate) and I have XBOX Live. We have a washer and dryer, a grill, a nice couch and chair, an office, and a snake. The snake's name is Scooter. He's not my favorite, since I don't really love snakes. But I guess I can make do. As long as he doesn't slither his legless body into my bedroom at night, I'll be fine and dandy like sour candy. So the place is coming along nicely. I am only waiting on my bed frame and then my room will be complete. My view out my bedroom window leaves a little to be desired, but that's OK. Not like I look out that window much anyways.
Here are a few photos of the place:
One downside is the white trash that lives around us. Around the corner, there are the typical white trash people that collect anything and everything in their front yard. Another house is actually a trailer that was dropped off and the weeds are as tall as the trailer. The one that takes the cake, though, is the family that lives across the street from us. The dad is a big, fat guy that drives an obscenely large truck (I'm surprised he doesn't have the rubber testicles hanging off the back or a Confederate flag). The mother is a chunky white lady that has an equally chunky daughter. The dad and the mom always fight and scream and shout in the front yard. They can't possibly keep that shit behind closed doors. Then the daughter comes out and cries on the front porch. Jesus Christ, what kind of environment is that to bring my puppy up in?
So I know I said I'd name my wiener dog Schnitzel, but unfortunately, this guy already knows his name and it's Sammy. He's a little over a year old and the previous owners couldn't keep him because they were moving. So far, he's been a pretty cool dog except he loves the trash. It's not like he needs to scrounge around for food; I feed him plenty. He just likes trash. Numbnuts.
PS- he likes to hump legs even though he is fixed and gets a dick kick every time. His previous owners didn't teach him anything either. He's a little hyper and loves to nip at your hand.
I've been in school for only two and a half weeks, yet I've had tons of work already. I've had one test, a paper, two projects, and a research topic. Boo. I don't know my test grade yet, but I'm sure it was a B or above. I felt pretty prepared for the test and felt pretty good afterwards. The amount of work thus far has been absolutely horrendous for me. I guess they just wanted to jumpstart us as P-3s. Shit.
And on the same line of thought, I have a miserable case study this time around. The group of students is A-OK, don't get me wrong. Our moderator…not so much. She wanted to meet twice a week (we're scheduled to only meet once). She wanted us to meet on days when we didn't lab. Yeah, not happening. That's precious wanking time. Also, she expected us to drive 15 miles (all seven of us) in traffic to meet her at the VA Hospital in Boise. Nope, not happening. Easier for one person to drive the distance than seven people, right? Then she told us that she expected us to turn our write-ups in on this previous Sunday. OK….there goes my weekend. So we emailed her the paper on Sunday afternoon.
Today, we all get an email stating that she didn't receive a paper from anyone and that she is disappointed enough to dock us all a grade. Too bad the moderator checked the wrong email account; she never bothered to check the email account she had used all along for contacting us. She expected us to read her mind and email her the paper to the other account without telling us to do so. Jesus tittyfucking Christ. Get real. I guess it never even crossed her mind that there was a possibility that we might have used her other email. Wouldn't think it was weird that not one student had emailed you anything when you specifically requested that it be sent by a certain date? Damn.
So I'm turning 22 on the 22nd. I guess I should be more excited about my birthday, but really, it's just another day to me. I'm not a big partier, so it doesn't mean much to me, I suppose. I mean, I'm excited to see Katie, but other than that…eh.
Working at Walgreens
To help pay rent and have a little extra spending money, I applied for a job at the evil corporation. Pending the results of my drug screen, I will be a Walgreens pharmacy intern. I applied online and was given a job online….without an interview. They must be so fucking desperate for warm bodies that they are not even conducting face-to-face interviews for jobs anymore.
No longer will I be a Long's employee. I had to give up that job to go to school and now I won't ever be able to go back. Rotations start after this school year and that means that my real life starts too. Oh well.
So I've given myself a task for the coming weeks. I am going to go through my CD collection and put them in order of my most favorite to my least favorite. It's pointless and tedious, but I'm kind of anal so I'm going to do it anyways. I would put them in alphabetical order like I used to do, but the majority of my CDs have two CDs burned onto one, so that would be difficult to determine which one to alphabetize by. And then I wouldn't know where to look for a certain CD when I had a hankering for it. Believe me, when I have a hankering for a CD, I want to listen to it.
In case you are thinking that a couple weeks sounds like a long time to get a chore like this done, rethink that. I have about 2,000 CDs. So yeah. I'll be busy.
So I figured that putting them in order of likability, I could at least have some organization to my vast collection. In case you are wondering what is at the top of my list, here are a few:
1. Anberlin "Cities"
2. Anberlin "Never Take Friendship Personal"
3. Eve6 "It's All In Your Head"
4. Eve6 "Horrorscope"
5. Everclear "So Much For The Afterglow"
6. Everclear "Songs From An American Movie" Part 1 and 2
7. Bayside "The Walking Wounded"
8. Alien Ant Farm "Truant"
9. Fall Out Boy "From Under The Cork Tree"
10. Sum 41 "Chuck"
11. Blink 182 (self titled with happy face cover)
12. Blink 182 "Enema of the State"
13. Papa Roach "The Paramour Sessions"
14. Linkin Park "Hybrid Theory"
15. Linkin Park "Meteora"
16. Yellowcard "Ocean Avenue"
17. Hawthorne Heights "If Only You Were Lonely"
18. Bullet For My Valentine "The Poison"
19. Sugarcult "Start Static"
20. Jimmy Eat World "Futures"
Larry Craig is a Homo
Need I say more? Pretty sure his guilty plea sums it all up.
I have a question. Why does everyone keep asking me if I am going to pop the question soon? Why do they think that Katie and I have to get married right now? I understand that we've been together for nearly 4 years. I know that's a long time. But I am 21. Come on folks, let's think about this. I am in school still. I don't have a real job yet. I don't have a steady income. I don't own a house. I'm not really self-sufficient and there is no way that I could even afford a ring. And I'm 21.
There is a time for marriage and it's not now. It's not next year, or the year after that. I want to have a steady life and be able to support myself before making that kind of decision. I do love Katie, but that's not the point. I don't have to propose to show my affection for her.