May 2007

Some Updates

Things are starting to get busy. Which is good, because I was getting board.

I still haven’t caught up with my feed reader yet, however my email is down to 91.

On the job front, lets just say that things are progressing and I should have an update by Friday, if not sooner (until things are finalized, it’s just good business to keep ones mouth shut, I’ve found).


Another One on the Wedding Circuit

I just got the news today that long time family friend Charlotte Ramey, who’s only a year older then me, is engaged and set to be married mid-August.

I think this makes five or weddings I’ll be going to this summer, including three in August.

The fun starts in ten days with Audrey and Griffin.


The People You Meet

I’ve been running into a lot of people from my past. Not bad people, just people I thought I’d never see again.

Okay, this isn’t entirely true. I knew I would see some of them again at some point.

Today I ran into Joel P at Marissa’s graduation open house. Not huge suprise there, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen Joel (we figured about 9 years or so) and he’s now living in Michigan. Joel was one of my youth leaders at church back “in the day”.

Karl Sjoberg also showed up. It’s probably only been a few years since I’ve seen Karl. Again, he was one of my youth leaders at church (The Edge and The Rock [I think]).

The big surprise came after the 5pm service. I went up and was talking with Jeff Aitken (again, another one of my youth leaders from the past…I though I see him every time I’m in Seattle usually) when this guy walks again, David.

David Voyles
“David…David, he looks so familiar.” So I ask him. Sure enough, he was one of my old youth leaders from 10 or so years ago. David Voyles. He was in the Marines for a while, married, moved down to California. Now he’s out of the Marines, in the middle of law school, and interning up here in Seattle for the next few months.

P.S. I scanned these photos in from the 1995 UPC Directory.

I wonder how long it will take him to find this post?


Back in Seattle

I’m finally back in Seattle, after about a 3000 mile trip back home (I took the longer way).

I’ll have some updates and photos tomorrow, hopefully. I have some 231 emails to get through in the mean time.


Back On the Road Again

I’m back on the road again, it’s time I leave you now
And maybe I’ll see you next time, that I’m around
Until then I hope your happy baby and good times come your way
I’m back on the road again, I’m on my way

Car is fixed and loaded back up again. I’m making final preparations to depart. Consider me computer/Internet-less for the next 5 days or so. Feel free to call me though…Dunstan only likes to talk for so long.


Spring 2007 Grades

Circuits: C
MEL Lab: A
Mechanics of Materials: C
Thermodynamic: C
Differential Equations: B
Probabilities and Statistics: B
Introduction to Space Exploration: A

GPA for this Semester: 2.629
Cumulative GPA: 2.564

Couple of notes, 1.98% off from a B in circuits. I email my professor, here’s his response:

I looked over your grade again just to make sure that I had it correct. Everything looks right, and there is no mechanism for raising your grade. I do appreciate your effort in the class and your desire to keep pushing. That will take your farther than a higher grade in this one class in any case.

He’s actually a really good guy.


The New Plan

After having John Elway Subaru take a look at it, my uncle (Danny) helped me pull the car to Strictly Automotive in Denver (where we originally got the car).

The issue appears to be a broken rod, which makes some sense with regard to the symptoms I was experiencing.

They’re going to replace/repair the short block assembly at cost, which is still going to be expensive. The guy at Strictly doesn’t think that it has anything to do with a the oil change.

So that’s that.

I should be on the road by Friday, hopefully.

I think I’m going to stick to my original plan, pretty much delayed a week. I’m also hoping to make a stop at the Maker Faire 2007 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds on 20th.


Car Woes

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Well, Red October is sick.

Had it towed from Bakerville back to Golden at the John Elway Subaru Dealership.

$152 (after AAA discount)

They took a look and there’s something all crapped up in the engine.

To replace the lower engine block would be 4 to 6…thousand. Keep in mind the car actually isn’t worth that much (KBB has it worth no more then 5000, less in its current condition, natch).

The dealer up in Seattle suggested getting a new used engine. That will run around 3000 when all is said and done.

Car ownership sucks.

Enjoy my (and Dunstan’s) personally addition to the lolcats meme.