For The Last Time

I’m driving back to Colorado for the last time (at least the last time as an undergraduate student). I’ve been driving back and forth to Colorado for about 3 years now, twice a year. So, 6 round trips, each trip 3000 miles or so: 18000 miles driving between Seattle and Colorado.

In many ways, I’m glad this is my last time having to drive back…it’s getting to be an awfully boring drive. I’m going to try the Twitter thing again, so be sure to follow: http://twitter.com/andrewferguson

The Weather Outside is…

Yesterday, it was a fantastic 85 degrees with lots of sun and no clouds.

Right now, it’s snowing. I kid you not. It’s 33 degrees, cloudy, and snowing.

How’s that for a weather pattern?

Study Abroad Update

I’ve actually needed to write this post for a while now. Nobody really ever asked about it, so I didn’t feel a particular need to write it.

And there’s the fact that I’m still in Colorado, so it should go without saying that I never did study abroad.

But let me back up a bit.

I did a lot of investigating, but things really didn’t fall into place the way I wanted them to. This year has been a rather vigorous year and I ended up deciding around November of 2007 that it made more sense to stay at Mines then study abroad.

However, I have not given up on my dream. At the very least, I will spend some time abroad. However, I am also hoping to work abroad as well, using three day weekends to purchase preciously cheap tickets from local airlines.

Insert cheesy joke about studying several broads instead of just one here.

Great American Beer Festival

After my birthday, I had a bit of a change in palette. I began enjoying beers and began to dislike mixed drinks. Over the summer, I discovered some amazing micro brews native to the Northwest (The Ram’s Buttface Amber Ale, Mac and Jack’s, Drop Top, and Alaskan Amber to name a few).

Unfortunately, I go to school in Coors Country and so I’m “stuck” with Blue Moon, Killians, and the wonderful selection from New Belgium Brewery (not a Coors product, but still native to Colorado).

However, the Great American Beer Festival is upon us here in Colorado and I will be joining my fellow twenty-one and over comrades in enjoying the fine brews of 1884 beers prepared by over 400 breweries from around the nation.

I’ll be going this Thursday (the 11th) with Mines (yes, our school sold tickets and is chartering a bus to the GABF). You’re welcome to join us if you’ll be in town, just give me a ring on the telly.

I hope to have a report on some great new beers when I return. Stay Tuned!

Red October Repairs: Conclusion

When I left off, I had an appointment to get Red October serviced at Merrill Axle & Wheel.

Mom happened to be in town, so she was able to come with me to play chauffeur. This made things easier and cheap.

Unfortunately, this turned out to be the only cheap thing about my alignment.

When I initially took my car in to Mobile Mechanics, I was holding my breath for the dreaded news. Something along the lines of “you’re entire left wheel is SOL and needs to be replaced.” When he said I just needed a simple alignment, I was pretty happy; however, I still kept some of my reservations.

So off to Merrill Axle & Wheel. I have an appointment first thing Thursday morning. About at hour later, I get a call. To soon to be done, this can’t be good. They’re going to need to replace the steering knuckle, strut and mount assembly. Total damage: a bit over $900. Egad!

However, I can’t say enough good things about Merrill Axle & Wheel. The mechanic talked me through the entire thing and walked me though all my options. He was very informative and at no point did I think he was pulling the wool over my eyes. The mechanic at Mobile Mechanics recommended them to me and I cross checked that with Car Talk, so you know they’re good.

P.S. Funny story about why I finally got around to posting this. Someone called me up and said, “You’re going to think this is weird, but I found your blog….” Long story short, she was looking for a recommendation on a place to get her wheels aligned. You can probably guess where I sent her.