Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Orientation pt2

Ok I'm back and charged up like the freakin energizer bunny. I dunno why but im in a writing mood tonight. Where did we leave off? The lovely Marie right? Ok, lets see here.

She and I parted ways and then I rememberd I had a dreaded math placement test comming up. This test is meant to start you off in the right math for you. The reason its required for Engineers like me is because College Algebra doesnt do shit for your major. I might as well take a course a folk music because the real fun doesn't start til Calculus which would be next. That's one semester of an unnessasary class and you'll be a tad bit behind on your major. I'd rather be put in alegebra though because I need to brush up on my math anyway. If I'm lucky it'll turn out to be an easy A and I'll go into Calculas with greased gears. Not that I had a choice really. I bombed that test so hard you woulda thought it was world war II again. My test score was like "YOU MUST TAKE ALGEBRA 1300" fine, its what I wanted anyway...I just didn't know I wanted it so bad.
Ok after ze test what did I do? Ahh yes the Thea thing. Registration for classes start the next day so everyone is advised to go to the student service center to check and see if they have STOPS on their record. With stops you aint registerin bitch. Unless you are exempt from the Thea you have to take it. I wasn't exempt so I did take. But it was oh so recently so I hadn't recieved my test scores to know if I passed. I figured maybe they have it on record. I get there and no scores. Damn not lookin good.
Then it was back to our small groups, our leader said he might have been 10 minutes late but he never showed up at all. We just chilled in there for like 20 of the 30 minutes then left. After that it was dinner time. I dont eat dinner at 6, and I wasn't hungry, and the lines were full so I broke out. I went to the rec center to check it out. That bitch was off the chain.
Big basketball courts, raquet/squash courts, WTFBBQ? And the icing on the gym sock flavored cake? A freakin rock wall bigger than yo fat mamma. Hot damn these guys went all out. Not to mention the whole second floor full of workout equipment, their gigantic pool, their couple of multipurpose courts, and a Smoothie King right freakin there when you enter and exit. Sigh. I tired myself out with that one. One smoothie please. Much better.
Anyway, shall I continue with my story. I went here. Big fancy work out place. Took these not-so-fancy pictures. And then went back to watch white people climb the rock wall. Familar face number one. I kid by the name of Joel from my small group. He was climbing the wall. After he got down he came over and we chatted. Enter familiar face numero dos, a guy by the name of Jorge. Mr. Calculas as I call him because he took Cal 1 and 2 in high school and is going to start college on Cal 3. Gat Damn. Anyway, he came over and started admiring the wall. We chatted while Joel climbed. I told I was going to the game room after this and he said he was going too so he'll join me. After we found out the wall was just about closing we bounced. But not before picking up a smoothie. Jorge got talked into a Gladiator. Some energy drink...oh how that made a difference. I got a Carribean Way which was just a regular smoothie. On the way we caught up to this girl named Charlotte and her mom. They were going to the game room too.
We got there, and wondered around for a bit. I dunno if I told you about this game room so I'll tell you now. Plenty of arcade games and pool tables, a couple of ping-pong tables, and a bowling alley with like 8 lanes. Me and Jorge played a round of some..fighting game and I beat him. It was both of our first times and I lost to the first cpu. He was feeling that Gladiator though. Even if he lost he was like "ARG I AM A MANLY MAN, I DRINK GLADIATOR!" and crap like that. We found Charlotte and her moms and they were just finishing up a game of pool. She asked us about a doubles game and by the time Joel had shown up. I didnt want to play with her moms so I declined but then she informed us that mommy had to leave so I was like ok, they needed me. I got teamed with Jorge...heh. He spent mos tof his time playing air guitar on his pool que along with the songs on the speakers and when his turn pops up he just hits the ball. Didnt try at all. Yet I won with him on my team twice. Charlotte was quite a competitior though. 3rd game we traded teammates and I got Joel and we won again. But that's where my lucky spree ended. Wilson came and took Joel's place. You do know who Wilson is right? He's a big asian guy who went to Hastings with me. We're cool with each other. I lost the next to game to Charlotte, who had Jorge on her team. I dont think I have to tell you who's who in the picture.
Then we blew that popsicle stand. I kept jokin saying, "Party at Charlotte's dorm", but to my surprise we actually went back there. She was like "I'm not sure if my roommate will appreciate me bringing back 4 guys" but it was cool. We all basically chilled there and kept telling each other to keep the noise down. Jorge came off his hype slowy. It was a good atmosphere in there though. 11:30 rolled around and Joel's like "Well I think we better be going" and I had to agree. We have to get up early the next morning and I wanted to shower before I went to bed. Jorge stayed behind. So me, Wilson, and Joel went back to our rooms. I reached my door and remembered I havn't met my roommate. I was wondering who or what I'd walk in on.
Well I've typed enough for now, I dont like having books for blogs so I'll end it here.
To Be Continued...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Orientation

Alright I was having trouble deciding whether to do this in a relavence order or a sequencial order. I figured sequencial would be easier.
Alright, so I went to a 2-day orientaion at the University of Houston. The purpose of orientation is to get a good look around, learn about what is coming up in the fall, register for class, hear about your major, crap like that. So my brother dropped me off and it was just me and luggage on wheels to fend for ourselves. Well since I'm staying overnight I had to go register for a dorm room. There is no way anyone would take the hour drive(in light traffic) and go back for the 2-3 hour drive(regular traffic) when they could just stay over night. I brought my camera...for the memories and snapped on random picture on the way.
Yes, this campus has a lot of greenery but I figured what campus doesn't...(HCC, I'm lookin at you) Oh and the campus is big. I mean huge. I tried to keep to my area, if I went exploring I might have gotten lost. I almost did on the way to dorm registration but I was luckly pointed in the right direction by a fellow...orientee? I call em that I guess.
Registered, was given a card and a key. Fancy high security doors on the from of the dorm need a card to get in and a key to get into your auto-locking room. My dorm was called Taub, and it was right across from the registration building.
That's it right there. Well its the back of it but whatever. I had a first floor room in the first hall you see. Things are going pretty smoothly. So I go in and find my dorm room. Open it up and find this.(Well the luggage was mine)
2 beds, 2 desk, and a dresser. That's it that was in the room...if you dont count the big pipe going through the ceiling. it was a sprinkler system I believe. There was a big walkin closet, a door by the bed you see the next dormroom and 1 bathroom for the 2 dorms. Which is actually a pretty good deal considering freshmen usually start in this place called moody towers which has like 30 dormrooms on a floor and 1 bathroom for that floor. Ew. 2 beds, indicate a roomate who wasn't there. He'll make his appearance later. That's it, after my small exploration I put my stuff down and left for the actual registration.
It went down at the University center which is basically the heart of UofH. I discovered that is roughly a 10 minute walk from my dorm to the university center, and my dorms actually pretty close. It's a big campus. I'll make the boring parts short. We got in lines according to last names and went through a room where they us a booklet full of crap and name tags. We were told to go to rooms that were on the sticker on the booklet. These rooms are where would meet our small group leaders and our small groups are a bunch of other kids who have a similar major. Mine was engineering so I got put in an engineering group. Our leader was this guy named Junius and the whole meeting was chill. He wasn't a teacher or anything, I'm pretty sure he was a student who was working for the campus. But ya chilled meeting, there plenty of laughs and stuff. Then we went to a real meeting where they'd talk to the whole orientation...or should I say, all the orientees. That was boring. I was nodding off constanly but I was in the front row(not by choice) so I had to keep it together. So I started drawing on my folder I brought. As the meeting broke off I saw my first blast from the past. A girl named Myrell and her boyfriend...whats-his-face I dunno. But they both went to my school. We chit-chatted a bit then we had to go. I never saw them again.
So much for short. I need another picture here. Ahh perfect, lunchtime. At the meeting we learned that our card for the fancy smacy security door also doubles as a bit of a debit card. The school put $22 dollars on it and we could spend it at certain places. Mostly the food court. There I find a corner store, a cafe', a Wendy's, a Subway, and a Chick-Fil-a. Wow. Not only that but I also found lines around the corner. But I was hungry so I got in line and made my order. Tables were already full and so were the couches so I went outside. Those tables were full but there was a free bench. I took my seat and was about to open my bag and dig in. Next thing in know this dollface comes outa nowhere and askes me if I would like to come sit at her table. I looked where she pointed and it was full of girls. I was skeptical. I'm not the type of guy crap like this happens to. I declined, but then she took my bag and left me with only a drink. She said if you want it back you'd have to come sit with us and left for her table. Assesing my options i decided what the hell. I went and took the seat she had reserved for me. Then she told the table a condesned version of her life story and how now she doesn't like to see people eat by themselves. How she got me was basically how she got all the other girls at the table. This is them-> That guy came outa of nowhere just for the picture. Dollface is the one in the pink and her name is Whitney. Any apperently I was a little late with my lunch because the girls were already done when I was half-way through my ultimate bacon combo and they wanted to leave. Whitney ordered me to sit with the girl at the next table. Aye-aye cap'n. So they left and me the girl got better aquainted. Her name is Marie. She was cool and very friendly to a weirdo like me.
<- And thats her. We parted ways later. Alright that's all I feel like doing for now, part 2 later.
Aight chumps.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Outa The Pampers

(my buddy Jimbo on the left and me on the right)
Yes yes, I know I know. All of you are dying to here about my graduation experience. And by all of you, I mean...the one person that reads this...sometimes...half-heartily...Anyway, I did graduate. Was it the best moment of my life? ...meh. I mean, one of the highlights of my day was that I learned to tie a tie. I had to dress all fancy for some reason...we wear gowns over the clothes so I dont completely get it but whatever. And what's the deal with those hats. I mean who says,
"These kids are made it out of school and they should have something smart and dapper to adorn their heads with. Take that cardboard square and make it attachable to the head. There, done. I'm off to lunch"
It was cool finding my homies in the HUMONGOUS ROOM before we make our way into the main area and we talked like it was just another day. Except, more graduation jokes.
My graduation class was over 700 people big and I had 12 people behind me. You see, they ordered us by last names and mine starts with a W. Bah. So it took forever to do anything and to top it all off. What's the icing on the cake? What's the mocking pinata at the party? What's the drunk man at your baptism? They said my name wrong. VERY WRONG. First and the last part of my last name. (You see I got a hyphenated last name so its like 2 names and ya)
We got it on tape so I can relive it everytime, how great.

Then later that evening, My buddy Steve invites me over to celebrate. And I popped the top on my first bottle of booze. By the end of the night I had 5 empty bottles to my name and he was smashed. I was alright, I could walk straight and everything, which was good news to me cuz I was worried I might be one of those people who cant hold their alcohol. Not that I plan of doing it like crazy, the stuff was Budweiser and tasted like crap but its more of an overcomed challenge feeling combined with for my information. So where have I been for the last week. Well here and there. Nothin too special. Steve invited me over to more times, each time we were busting tops off of cans and he was determined to get me drunk so when we played drinking games we had to chug half the can. I did that with 3 cans and was still cool, and I also finished a 4th. Again, just good to know, I wasn't tryin to get drunk myself.

So in conclusion. I'm a big boy now....well almost.