The Mind of Eric
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
8:49PM - Camping Trip
Well, I'm exhausted. I went to Devil's Lake this weekend with some friends. Great time camping. Got back and got to spend some time swimming and enjoying a hot tub. I'd write more, but I'm too tired.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
11:35PM - Work, Work, Work
I've been back at work for a week now, and I haven't been tired yet (knock on wood). Maybe it's because I've been getting more sleep (almost 6 hours a night), socializing more instead of listening to music, or what, but it's weird to have work and not be tired.
OK, but enough work. Birthday is coming up and I'm already excited. I've got reservations for camping at Devil's Lake on the 30th to 31st. We're gonna try to fit 7 people in a lot of 6 so don't tell anyone or else Wisconsin police will come arrest me. Also, Alicia's roommate Vera and her sister Luba came over today to play vollyball. Luba is the weirdest person ever. She was more manic than, umm... a kitten in a barrel of catnip.
I've been kinda moody lately, I got in a huge fight with my dad a two night's ago after he began defending Bush's enviromental policies. After we erupted, we later talked at a much calmer manner. Probably the most annoying thing about the whole ordeal, was Kristin saying that dad at least has legit sources. This just in, but just because the president gives a pretty speech on how he's gonna improve emissions or save some habitat, doesn't mean anything will happen; it may even get worse (Blue Sky anyone). I don't remember the last time I was so angry though, and I don't even know completely why.
Ok, well the thought of today is... Can pigs get sunburned? Damned if I know.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
12:47PM - Done taking a year off
Having it been over a year since my last post, I've decided to blow out the dust, put the hamster back on it's wheel, and start this journal a rolling. Well people are leaving, friends getting careers, and I'm still stuck in Dekalb. The past year had plenty of pros and cons (can you say Schaivo). I am now president of Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife (CPW) at NIU. I got one year left of school, and I think it's going to be the most focused of my years. Time will be short like myself and I'm sure this year will go fast.
Why am I talking about school for still. It's summer, beautiful outside, and football season is only a few short months away. I'm working my fifth summer at CGI (5th summer, yikes) with my sisters, and parents. Hooray for family affairs. Things are still good with the family, me and Alicia are still doing well, and generally I'm pretty happy for all my friends with some moving out west (Mike), getting married (Rob and Becky), and a lot of graduations (umm... lots).
Alright, time to wrap up with a thought of the day. Yesterday I was thinking about how it seems like time goes faster as we age. Imagine if it was opposite. The older we get, the slower time goes, that's a scary thought. Alright, talk to everyone later. Ciao.
Thursday, April 22, 2004
12:44AM - Reptiling it up with Jim Nesci
Well today was a longass day and I am exhausted. The major event leading to the exhaustian being that I went to Aurora for traffic court. After freaking out about findinga parking space, I got down to the class which was 4 hours of me not learning anything, but at least it wasn't as boring as I expected and time went slow, but not super slow. I can't wait for a nother one in a month!
Really thought, the highlight of the day was undeniably the arrival of Jim Nesci, herpetologist. He has been on Oprah, Leno, and Crocodile Hunter as well as Chicago newshows and Good Morning America. It was especially cool becuase I felt like a little kid and I got to hold a 13 foot Burmese python. Also I got to carry Bubba, the renowned 8 foot alligator and another alligator that I could actually hold. None the less, I did a kickass job and although I've only been in preservation society for a short time, I'm basically at the top of the pecking order because of my take-charge attitude. I felt especially nerdy when I was the one who knew that he had a Savannahh Moniter. Sadly, this was one of those days where I want to aspire to be something great, not that teaching isn't, but it's not really a dream job like working in paleontology or herpetology or even entomology. Anyway, I'm tired. So ttyl.
Saturday, April 17, 2004
12:59AM - A Perfect Circle
Well as most of you can probably tell, it's 12:30 on april 17th meaning and I just got home from A Perfect Circle. After waiting 8 years to see Maynard live in concert, I got to see the wonder that is the frontman of Tool and A Perfect Circle. The Mars Volta, who I could not wait to see after falling in love with their CD was disenchanting. While the band certainly didn't lack energy, they were either on massive drugs or something because after coming out and opening with the beginning of This Appartus Must Be Unearthed, they decided to just play nonstop for an hour. The long stretches of improvised material was interesting and the band is clearly musically talented, however, 5 minutes soon became 10 minutes and then 30 minutes. Then I heard a portion of Cicatriz ESP, I was like cool. But the song went 30 minutes leaving 2 songs over 60 minutes. Not that they weren't talented, but the music became tedious and many people including Rob and Chris were unimpressed and many were booing. The highlight was when the singer kicked the light off of a tall speaker and later grabbed a stage light and threw it into the crowd where the security got in a fight that resulted in at least one arrest I'm sure.
30 minutes later, came the darkness and then APC blared Vanishing with some of the coolest light effects I've seen. Before I get any further, here is the list as I remember it; Vanishing, Pet, The Hollow, Magdelena, Weak and Powerless, The Rose, Blue, A Stranger, 3 Libras, The Nurse that Loved Me(uptempo), Thinking of You, The Package, Gravity, The Outsider, and as an encore, The Noose and of course Judith.
Nonetheless, to say the band was less than amazing would be recockulas. However, the same could not be said for our seat which had Maynard, swallowed in darkness, completely hidden behind large hanging speakers. This led to me and Rob heading to another section before being told to go to our seats. Anyway, less me more Maynard. He was pretty hilarious, especially with his constant mocking of James Iha. Maynard was saying that he thought Iha was from Seatle with them other grunge bands, but he's really from Chicago. So after more making fun of James, Maynard began to talk about censorship and commanded everyone to grab there nipples and shout shitfuck! We all did and it was funny. He mentioned how when he got back from Europe that Arnold was in office and that it was horrifying. James Iha sang a campfire feel-good song. Maynard told everyone to take off their pants for Thinking of You, because it sounds better without pants. More jokes about James Iha and lastly ala Tool "Think for yourself, question authority" in regards to politics. Anyway, it was great althopugh I'm sure I freaked out some people because I was totally into the music and I was shouting like Bender from Futurama.
In conclusion, MArs Volta didn't live up to my expectations, would have liked to hear a few songs (Orestes, Thomas, Brena) from Mer de Noms, but APC was fantastic and I was thrilled to finally see them in concert. I'm feeling pretty happy now so, it's time to stop typing. Bye me!
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
9:27PM - bye bye march
Yeah, it's been a longass time since I last wrote, so I figure I'm due. Well what's really new to say. Well lots I suppose but really, in the scheme of life, how much has ever truly happened? Well today was a long day but not neccasarily tiring. I've just been making fun of the ark for like an hour in my evlution/creationism class. So that was a good laugh. I got Bandit some crickets today, bought a couple pairs of nifty boxers and socks today. Yesterday I was pissed at this CD store that was going out of business and I wanted 2 CD's one which was labeled $17 and one $15 or 2 for $25. SO I asked if I could get the $17 Cd as another one, and they were bastards so I was pissed although I still got the Our Lady Peace album which I'm thinking wasn't as good of a buy as I would have hoped. Oh well it was $10 so whatever. But look out Bjork, I'l be back for you.
Anyway, this semester is closing rather suddenly and my birthday is now only a month and a half away. YAY 21!!! It's crazy how much anticipation now with most of my friends now asking me to come out to bars and me constantly saying I need a month and a half. This weekend I'm going to see the Mars Volta and A Perfect Circle which I am super psyched for. Alos doing stuff for Phui Sigma and maybe Preservation Society which I may become an officer next year. Also the first of the traffic courts is wednesday and Jim Nesci, herpetologist, will be coming wednesday so I get to help drag around his alligator Bubba! Anyway, this next week seems jam packed but nothing to worry about as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, I think I'm done babbling and I'm going to write after the APC/MV concert so talk to everyone then!
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Well, it's been an exciting few days. Getting a speeding ticket yesterday, plus going to my first actual bar, Sara being around, visiting Morris, it's been an entertaining beginning to spring break to say the least.
Yeah, but so today was entertaining. Spent most of the day in Morris with Sara and her mom. Watched Lion King 1 and 1/2. Went to the DMV and Wal-Mart. Later after playing Shanghaied, I came back to Dekalb. And after Sara didn't meet with her internet bud Mike, we watched X2. I always forget how awesome that movie is. It truly has no bad filler scenes.
Anyway, tommorrow I get to come home to see family, friends, and especially Alicia. I just talked to her a little bit ago and I'm going to pick her up at Harper for lunch which should be cool. Nonetheless, I think my life is getting tweaked right now and as I try to balance it out, we'll see how things work out. Hmmm, reminds me of my tarot name, it's so eerie how well tarot describes my cycle.
2:31AM - Grrrrr....
Yeah, I think I'm a tolerant person, but right now I am furious. I totally feel like the master's hand which the dog just bit while I was feeding it. I can tolerate drunk behavior, but when two of my closest friends are out rambling drunk in the middle of Dekalb and I go to pick them up and they refuse me and spit it back in my face. I simply cannot accept that. There is a difference between being drunk and being assholish. I need to go to bed now to calm myself down.
Thursday, March 4, 2004
7:21PM - Roar
So today I went to a lecture on dinosaurs and it was sweet as hell. I went with 2 friends and like evertyone else there was a teacher or grad student. Needless to say the guy giving the lecture works for the Field Museum and talked about his trip to China and various topics such as the transition of early birds, the fossil record, cladistics in general and ghost caldes.
But while some people may have found it kinda boring, I was totally enthralled. And the coolest moment was at the end of the lecture after a few questions, I asked a question about an ornithomimid which he briefly mentioned which contained some pebble matter in it's gut and I asked if it was irregualr to find such matter in ornithomimids. He said "That's actually a very excellant question!" He then talked about how it's a good question because some species have been found with pebbbles while others don't and it may have to do with season or various possible factors.
Anyway, it made me want to relive my childhood fantasy of becoming a paleontologist and a few of my friends were like well of course you should. While I doubt that I will, it made me jolly to think of it. And yes, jolly is a manly term, so deal with it. Anyway, I'm doing well, Sara arrives this weekend and I have a test tom, so we'll see how that goes. But in conclusion doing well, me and Alicia are still really good, comfortably good. So yay to that, and now time to go study which means I'll actually try to study but fail and end up doing something else.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
9:46PM - Interview by Lokiliesmith
How does Eric work, what does he think about things. Well if you don't know ask. These questions Mike Klass came up with.
1) You can pick up one skill with the snap of a finger. What do you choose? (And to qualify this question; A real skill, not like "turn myself invisible" or something that's impossible.)
Alright, I'm not sure if this exactly counts as a skill, but it would be chemistry. To understand chemistry would be amazing. I really suck at it, I do, I have to try so much harder in that subject to understand the concepts sometimes. So yeah, being able to just "understand" chemistry would be great.
2) When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
There never really was a certain time that I clicked and was like, "I want to be a teacher" If anything, ever since I was young I always thought it was a natural progression to go through elementary, junior high, to high school, college, then become the teacher. It just made logical sense to me since I've known teachers all my life, to become one just fits. Plus, I have always been fascinated by biology, and unless I became a taxonomist, I'm pretty sure a teacher would be the best way to use biology. Lastly, becoming a teacher would allow me to become a central figure in many people's lives. So I know that sounded preachy, but it never was a click, it just always "made sense."
3) If you had to switch your major tomorrow, what would you choose?
Well having just blathered on why I love bio, let me think....ACTING, if I could make it in the business I would love it. I don't crave the spotlight, well ok, I do, but if I could wow everyone with acting, that would be totally dream job. I don't even need to be huge, but I would appreciate being a well-respected actor who can make a living.
4) You listen to a lot of hard, angry (what I would describe as angsty) music that seems very divergent from your every-day persona. What is it about those bands that connects to you?
Hehehehe, I like this question. It's not neccarily "angry music" that I like, I like bands who can pour their souls into their songs. What I love more is the ebb and flow and ultimate outpour of someone who believes in what they are doing. Sometimes if screaming it out is the only to show what you believe then goddamn do it. I love Tool, A Perfect Circle, Deftones because the lyrics are smart, the sound is full and I can immerse myself in the sound. Pop music is corporate and really has little to no emotion involvement, punk to me is a bunch of whiny kids talking about why some girl won't fuck them or overly simplified themes (and yes I know not all punk is this way, but most punk I know is like this). And country, well country is patriotic propaganda that is upsurd and it usually upsets me to hear it, except Johnny Cash's hurt which I'm listening to now which is kickass cause it exemplifies his life as well as ours so well. So yeah, nothing beats the swelling guitar coupled with drums, bass, and vocals of good rock musicians. As an afterthought, some bands such as Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Guns and Roses and such only represent one emotion to me and are only entertaining when I'm in that emotional state, otherwise, they will never be anything to me but what they sound like.
5) You can only eat one kind of meat from now until the day you die... Domesticated dog or otter. Which do you choose?
Dog, there are many more species and thus more flavors. :)
By the way here are the rules for interviews if anyone wants to do one or have one asked to them.
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
9:43PM - Silly Eric
I'm not in that silly of a mood but I was thinking about my menopause pills the other day so I figure I'll bring back the idea, since who can really get tired of menopause pills? By the way, yes I realize I'm crazy for thinking this is hilarious, but hey, I'm Eric.
Men, how many of you are tired of contraceptives that plain old don't work? I know I am. And women, how many of you are you tired of dealing with the frustrations of menstration? I know I am. But surely, you can't simply fix this problem? WRONG!!!
That's where we here at CHEMGEN come in. Introducing Menostop(tm) menopause pills. This great pill is the perfect Christmas, birthday, or whenever gift. Men, your girlfriend not giving any loving due to pregnancy? Not anymore, just slip a completely dissolvable Menopause pill into her drink and within a few minutes, she'll be as sterile as a mule. Parents also love the new pill, slip one to your daughter in some mashed potatoes and you won't have to worry about any whiny grandkids! And let's not forgive those grade school pranksters. How funny would it be to slip 12 year old bratty cheerleader girl Courtney Miller a couple pills. She may be popular, but at least she'll never have any kids!
While I'm sure by now you'd pay hundreds on such a product, new Menostop(tm). But we're not asking for hundred's. In fact we don't even want money. Rather, we want stem cells for our own experiments. So once you get a few eggs, send them in a ziploc bag in any ordinary envelope to our headquaters in Dekalb IL.
So yes my friends, just send a few eggs, and 50 years of ovulating can stop within a few minutes. Enjoy and happy sexing!
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
11:17PM - 2003, a year in review
Alright, it's been forever but finally it's over, the sometimes good, often crappy year that was 2003. I figure I will do some stats on some pros and cons as well as a best of and maybe worst also. Here we go.
- Alicia, clearly the most positive pro, couldn't ask for a better girlfriend or friend
- I think I appreciate my family, especially sisters, more than previously, partly because of realization of how crappy other families are
- Maturation, caused by the cons so this is really just a good side effect of some crappyness
- Spring Semester of 2003, the whole being in the middle of the fight which hurt me on both sides was the worst move of mine in my life
- Insane fall class semester, genetics, ecology, chem 2, teaching and math do not add up to fun as the 19 credit hours seemed like 50
- Other friends suffering, Mike Klass's mom, Kwain's up and down relationship, Jon's crappy semester, no one really was feeling super
- Sara gone, although we talk, I miss the old days
Alright, well now some tops for CD's, Movies, and such, also some lows, all are my opinion, so feel free to disagree
1) X2 - one of best sequels ever
2) Pirates of the Carribean - Johnny Depp is a God
3) Big Fish - Wow, Very surprised in a good way
4) LOTR - Return of the King, spectacular, these top 4 are all pretty much equal
5) Kill Bill - last due to the splice, but amazing fighting and look
1) Tears of the Sun - Don't remember if this was last year, but it was dreadful, especially ending
2) How to lose a guy in ten days - This was worse then tears, but I'm too lazy to change...FROST YOURSELF!!
3) The Amanda Bynes one - the opening seqence was so bad the rest of the movie looked amazing
4) Gigli - I didn't see it but I felt guilty not listing it
1) Deftones - Deftones - Their most full sounding CD yet
2) A Perfect Circle - The Thirteenth Step - Just as good, skyrockets what I think of Maynard
3) Spineshank - Self Destructive Pattern - For those times when I had had enough homework
4) Staind - 14 Shades of Gray - I like gray more than I expected
5) Kill Hannah - Kill Hannah - Good quality stuff
1) I didn't get any awful one's, but Nickelback's offering from two years ago was the worst I've gotten in the past couple of years
1) Speaker of the Dead - Beautifully written sequel that is entirely different from number 2
2) Ender's Game - Brillant tale that never got boring
3) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe - Crazy enough that even I was dumbfounded, in a good way of course
4) Sequel to Hitchhiker's - Almost as good
5) Both Get Fuzzy books, I know it's not a serious book, but bless that Darby Conley
1) Expedition - James Rollin's second book was the same as the first but more bland
2) 3rd book of Hitchhiker - Yawn, didn't do anything for me, only enjoyed one 9 page segment, screw cricket
OK, sounds like a good list, I figure it was due for not writing in awhile.
Saturday, December 6, 2003
5:29PM - Ups and Downs
Ok, well first of all because it's been on my mind since Mike called me to tell me something was wrong. I knew the instant that something more was wrong than just sickness. As I looked on his livejournal, I saw his news. I wanted to just make it better, but alas, I will be as supportive as possible and I hope that his mom can experience one more good holiday season with her son.
Although it never really left my mind, I was able to still enjoy a nice weekend with Alicia. We are doing amazingly well and I love being with her no matter what we're doing. We saw the movie Love Actually, and it was Actually not as good as we expected. I will give it a few props though. A lot of the dialogue was written very well and I did enjoy several of the relationships, particularly Alan Rickman and his wife. A few of them were ok and a few of the people I wanted to scream at because they were completely fucking stupid (hmmm, Miss obsessed with guy but can't fucking put down the phone beacuase her retarded brother is always calling her). Most stories were far-fetched and it was hard to take seriously (the little boy running through the airport terminal and is able to evade the airport security). In the end though it wasn't awful, and there were some cool moments, but in general, it was a well done chick flick that fell into a few usual flaws of the genre (example: far-fetched at times with quite a bit of predictability in some relationships).
Anyway, I didn't see it but friday Amy did real well on floor exercises in gymnastics and got 9th in all JV so I was proud of that. I'm starting to de-stress slightly form the last hellish week and looking forward to the hellishness that is final week. And I got a llot of holiday shopping done, so as it sounds, lots of ups and downs, so we'll see where next week takes me.
Monday, December 1, 2003
8:52PM - I'm due for an entry
I was just realizing that I have not written for far too long and seeing as it's the beginning of December I figure now is as good a time as any. Anyway, leaving off from the last time I wrote, me and Jon are good now. I think the last time I wrote I was pissed at him. But it was talked out and me and him are as good of friends as ever and it almost feels like there I never had any disdain for him, it's very refreshing.
Anyway, because it was so utterly awesome, I went to the Deftones concert last night. It, as I hoped, was amazing. I think it was the craziest concert I've been too, edging out Korn which was pretty badass. Their set went, so I can remember, Minerva, Bloody Cape, Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away), Digital Bath, My Own Summer (Shove it), Korea, Around the Fur, One Weak, Deathblow, Hexagram, Feiticera, Head Up, Change (in the Housae of Flies), Bored, Mascara, Change (in the Housae of Flies), and lastly and most excllenatly 7 Words. Chino came in the audience 4 times, each time solely being held by the crowd. It was amazing, I was less than 5 feet from him. The set-up was awesome especially Chino's platform so he was raised up, and the opening bandss, Thursday, and especially Thrice were both pretty good. I just wish more songs could have been played (Root, Battle-axe, Knife Prty, and Lotion come to mind). But amazing.
Also this weekend I got to spend lots of time with Alicia so that made me happy. The only side affect of such was the lack of work gettting done, but it was worth it and what else do I really have to do at college...oh yeah, type in my live journal. By the way sushi rules as I am constantly reminding mysel, yum yum yum. Anyway, I feel I am done with this entry for now, so I bid thee well. I really need to add a quiz r something, but I just don't know how. I'll have to ask Mike. Time to stop procrastinating.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
5:00PM - Arranged Marriages
While it's still funny, after a special on the news about arranged marriages, my life has changed. I'm sorry Alicia, but it's time for me to get an arranged marriage. So this is going out to any ugly, fat women who can't speak English and have spittle running down their faces like a slobbery dog. Yup, anyone who fits this description, please contact me. Nothing like being nestled in the blubber of some women who sweet talks to me like "Inget A NEU Grubtil Eric, twor huh hittoo shwutee HUNGRY." Yup, and when her stomach rumbles it'll be like one of those bouncy things like Dino Jump or whatever. I think I'm in love.
Anyway, one week till thanksgiving break, and despite lots to do I can't help but not care. Ihave senioritis I think, I hope I can subdue it by feeding it lots of biology and chemistry. Anyway, speaking of chem, I need to work on it a little before class in 30 minutes so talk to you later...ummm right, force of habit.
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Thinking that a break from work was exactly what I didn't need. I've become accustomed to the stress and have grown a symbiotic relationship with it. Having the whole night essentailly free sounded awesome, until it happened. After I got back from class, me and Jon went to Wal-mart which was good cause I needed food. After I got back I had some alone time whihc I spent on wasting on the computer playing Diablo II. However, Diablo II was fun and I don't regret it. However, this whole time I'm thinking, "Eric, you know you have work to do, but I shut him up good."
Soon, Mike Klass came over and things were fun, Mike Klass is like the most fun person to chill with. Then Jon came down and I got more aggravated. It seems that he can't be wrong. I heard him arguing with his parents over something which sounded trivial and he came down grumpy. Thus, he became hateful towards anything he doesn't like. When he is grumpy, he is so close-minded and stubborn. I know he doesn't think he is this way, but that is because he is very ignorant in how he comes off to other people. Anyway, Mark came down and it was funny cause he was talking about how he wanted to kill people and the sort. Mike Klass proceeded to remind him that he is being very insocialable with his few friuends that he has, which is true, and I really don't think Mark gets it. Anyway, to break the uneasiness, I suggested Mario Party.
Mario Party was very much how it always is, Jon is obnoxious and Mike laughs and me and Mark just kinda tone out. I'm not sure how much I'm actually supposed to talk about in a livejournal which anyone can read, but I'm terrifyed of living with Jon next year. In his bad moods I can't stand being around him and when he's in a good mood, he is annoying and obnoxious. I keep thinking that things will work out, but I know next year will be no better and while Jon is a nice guy sometimes in his own ways, their is no way I'd ever want to be friends with him if we were not in our current situation. Anyway, if Jon ends up reading this and you'd like to talk, come talk to me. Anyway, I feel rather crappy now cause I don't want to be negative but Jon drains me of happiness whether he is shouting a buzz word and twisting some body part in glee, complaining about how he hates something I like, or is complaining about how crappy his life is due to sickness or money or whatever. He has it way better than he thinks he does and he needs to mature.
I wish I had been working down in the dungeon so that at least hearing Jon with his obnoxious laugh could be a distant annoyance rather than what it was. I writing this and it's tempting to erase it all and write a happy entry but alas, that would be stupid to edit a journal of sorts. I'm just gonna get some sleep and feel better in the morning when I'm at classes. I wish Alicia were here.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
10:36PM - I've succumbed
Yes, I am a sheep. After resisting peer pressure for over 2 months or so, I finally gave in (cough cough Mike). So now that I am an official livejournal user, my life will somehow improve. Don't ask how, but I'm sure I will.
Anyway, this last week was hell and I'm more than happy to be heading home to see Alicia and eat sushi and see Matrix revolutions with Rob and Chris. Hopefully next week will be a little easier but I already know it will also suck so I'm going to go into denial mode until sunday night.
I feel I should do something special seeing as this is my first entry, but then I thought that that may be to predictable. Then I decided that who cares if I'm predictable. Here we go.... IF YOU MENTION THAT YOU WERE CHECKING OUT MY SITE I WILL AWARD YOU A RANDOM PRIZE OF UNKNOWN VALUE!!! That said, let's watch people flock to me in anticipation of fantastic prizes.
Alright, time to end the first entry with a mood and song of the moment