December 25th, 2009


Greetings from Arlington

This was posted originally at my WordPress blog, here.

According to Wikipedia, the Metroplex has an 8% chance of having a White Christmas in a given year. According to the thermometer and the conditions outside right now, I’m saying that it’s a certainty. The snow is a light dust, and the roads are covered in ice.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen (if there are any of you), I’m in Arlington right now. No, I’m not here on a job interview (I wish), but instead am here to spend Christmas with my out-laws. This would be slightly less confusing if the matriarch of the house wasn’t an observant Jew (even if nobody else is, and no, we’re not talking about an adult convert–this house was mixed-faith from the start, and my brother in law observes both Christian and Jewish holidays in their proper idioms). I wanted to see one accumulation of snow. I’ve done three. The only goal I didn’t get in this year was receiving an acceptable job offer.

I’ve been really bad, food-wise. I get 36 points a day. I had 6 points at breakfast (4 for a scone, 1 for honey, 1 for grapes, so I did well there), and then the other meal was more interesting: 2 points for green beans with bacon, 14 points for ribs, 4 points for the barbecue sauce on those ribs, and 4 points for the Texas Toast (total: 24 points, for a running total of 30), a beer (4 points, 34 total), two ounces of mead (3 points, 37 total), three slices of bread (3 points, they were small, 40 total), 2 more for another kind of bread (42 total), pumpkin pie for 12 (54 total), and a cookie for 4 (58 total). That’s 22 points over. I’ve got 13 points on my 35 left. I think I’ll be going to a Saturday meeting to give myself time to recover. That said, I am weighing in at 179 right now, so I may be fine as long as I don’t do it all again tomorrow.

I do have $25 in a gift card to Fry’s that I don’t quite know how to spend. I’ve got enough money to pair that with what I have to acquire a PS2 (and from there, I’d pick up at least Frequency and Amplitude, as you all know I less than three rhythm games), though I’m not sure the money wouldn’t be better spent on an anime series or controllers for either my Xbox or my Wii. The iTunes gift card will probably go to acquiring Daft Punk’s Discovery or Norah Jones’s latest album. It’s not enough to unshackle my music collection (that will take $100), and I don’t think my parents understand what that means or why I want to do it.

The other things I got: New Super Mario Bros. Wii (the reason I requested this above all else should be painfully obvious to anyone who knows anything about video games and people of my age), The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (the game that got second priority for very similar reasons), Wii Sports Resort (that franchise is the only group of sporting games I can stand, and that’s because of the concept they embody rather than attempting to recreate a spectator or coach experience), a couple of small skillets that will be nice for small scale personal cooking if and when I move out (and until then are great for pan cookies, which my family loves), a blender (I do have a smoothie every morning for breakfast and had pretty much killed the old one), and the gym membership (including the gym bag, shower shoes, pants–I already had shirts–and a new pair of workout shoes because I killed the old ones on my 5 mile walks in the course of 5 months). That’s right, I may have requested games on the more “hardcore” consoles, but I generally made it clear that my order of precedence followed the age of the franchise, with the oldest franchises coming first. My aunt’s presents were shipped yesterday and won’t be here until late next week. This is a shock: she normally doesn’t ship them before my mom’s birthday, and one year it didn’t make it here until Spring Break. My grandma gave me $20.

Even now, I’m spamming resumes, though the holiday has meant that the postings have ramped down. I managed to get 5 out even tonight, knowing that nobody will see them until Monday. One of them was even to a firm here in the Metroplex.

One last thing: I’ve posted the proof of concept code for the reverse engineered calculator from my previous posts.

Have a good day tomorrow. I’ll probably be iced in for most of it.


And now, a word from Twitter

Sometimes, you've just got to be a twit. This is what I was up to today.

  • 13:15 It's that bastard child of snow, sleet, and rain. #
  • 13:49 I'm on the wrong side of I-35 again. #
  • 14:25 It's snowing here in Fort Worth. #
  • 15:25 This weather is reminiscent of Christopher Walken in a winter wonderland. #
  • 15:27 It's so cold, I'm drinking coffee. #
  • 15:33 @Lunalore it happens more frequently here in North Texas than it does back home #
  • 16:14 All you can eat ribs(6): 24 points total, including beans and Texas toast. #
  • 16:18 Plans for tomorrow night: there's a bar here that's serving St. Arnold's Divine Reserve #9. They will be open. #
  • 23:12 New blog post: having a white Christmas in the Metroplex. #
  • 23:50 As @maureenjohnson's Suite Scarlett is up for free for the next few weeks, and since it's MJ, I'm going to tweet my way through the book. #
  • 23:51 Melted ice cream over cereal? Where do you get these ideas, MJ? #TweetScarlett #
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