…what's worse than packing?

Yeah, I’ve been packing up everything I own…and this is no small task… Bear in mind that I’ve lived here for 3 years now…and I’ve been collecting an insane amount of stuff throughout that time, most of which I’m throwing away (or giving to Nathan and Jerry for their new place…). I had to figure out how to take apart my desk again today, had to unplug all of the electronics in my room (a small fire hazard…), remove the stuff from my closet (I officially have too many clothes…), and am finding live dust bunnies under my bed (never seen one? they’re like jackalopes, but without horns and their made from dust…no…seriously…).

So yeah, the other part of this is that I’m going to have to disconnect the web server on Thursday morning and transport it to Columbia, where it will remain until after the wedding…whenever I can come pick it up… We won’t have DSL set up in St. Louis until after the wedding’s done, so we need an internet connection for the server to operate… Therefore, the server will be down for most of Thursday while I take it down there, set it up, etc….I’m sure you’re all worried…but you’ll live…

Oh…and Batman Begins starts tomorrow…and I’m ever so excited… 😉

All Good Things…

That was the title of the final episode of Star Trek: TNG, widely regarded as the best of the Star Trek franchise television shows…and it is representative of where I sit today… As of 3:30 pm this afternoon, June 10, 2005, I will no longer be employed in the Truman ITS department… I think this is of significance for a few reasons. First of all, this is the longest amount of time I’ve ever worked at a job (4 years, almost entirely without stopping…there was one summer I didn’t work up here…). Secondly, this is the highest I’ve ever advanced in a job (…promoted to “lab manager” after my first year…worked in that role ever since…).

The third reason, however, is the clincher… This marks the cutting of my final umbilical connection to Truman State. After today, I will not attend class here, will not work here, will not need to be at Truman State for any reason (besides visiting folks, of course…). Today marks the first day in 5 years that I will never have to be here…ever…again… Today marks the end of an era of my life, the final chapter in perhaps the most exciting volume thus far… Subsequently, the next volume promises to encompass a much wider scope, including marriage, graduate school, and insurance in my own name…and it’s going to be weird…

…but in the end…it’ll still be a good read…

Moving on…

So I’ve been going through closets, etc. getting ready for moving in 2 weeks…kinda crazy the stuff I’m finding, honestly… For example, I was going through a box of old computer stuff from Freshman year and found my move-out clearance slip from the dorms (there wasn’t any damage, for the record…I was a good tenant…). I also ran across an old 4 MB video card and then an old (fried…) 16 MB card, too…the former was ISA (everything now is PCI or PCIe)…so yeah, old stuff that should have been cleaned out years and years ago…

It’s kinda weird moving out, honestly… I mean, I have lived in this apartment for 3 years (including summers) and have accumulated lots of crap… I can only imagine what it’ll be like when I eventually own a house and have even more stuff sitting around…guess I’ll have to be a bit more organized in the future… The really crazy thing is that it’s finally sinking in that I’m actually leaving… As early as July, I’ll be in a new apartment, a new city, a new school, and a new wife… Lots of stuff changing, so who knows how I’ll deal with all of it… “As according to one’s gifts” I guess, as Spock would say (Star Trek II)…

Hose: The Album

Quothe Steve Hosack (away message):

Well, I’m a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
slowin’ down to take a look at me.
Come on, baby, don’t say maybe.
I gotta know if your sweet love is
gonna save me
We may lose and we may win,
though we will never be here again
so open up, I’m climbin’ in,
so take it easy

*Let’s adapt this to Kirksville*

Well, I’m rounding First and Normal
in Kirksville, Missouri
and such a dismal sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
slowin’ down to proposition me.
Please leave, lady, don’t say maybe.
I gotta know if your assault is
gonna give me herpes
I may lose and I may win
though I can still outrun your fat friend
so keep drivin’ or I’m off like the wind
so take it easy