I posted some new pictures from the show last night. The band sounded great and looked great.
The venue was a bit hot, but nonetheless a great show!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Cable problem solved; Front porch light not working still; Hall closet/bedroom doors not working still; Also, just noticed that the Master bedroom light is hanging off the ceiling which should not be happening
Otherwise, all is well!!! Please let me know if you would like me to submit these issues to CIS myself and I will be happy to do so on Wednesday when I am over there.
I work at a Computer Help Desk. As you can see, this person is a little confused as to what types of things we fix...ceiling fans, porch lights and door knobs are obviously controlled by the computer department
The Internal response was even better:
Please forward all illumination issues, incandescent or otherwise, to the Server Management Team. Enclosure breach concerns (i.e. doors, doorknobs, striker plates, loose jams) should be forwarded to the respective Faculty/Staff Support Rep ASAP.
Now playing: Fireman - Sing The Changes
Monday, July 27, 2009
Boy! It's been incredibly hot over here lately. I can't believe we've had temperatures in the 90's and will continue on this way until Thursday evening.
Seattle has two Severe Weather Warnings in effect right now, one for Stagnant Air and the other for Excessive Heat. Us Seattlelites are not used to this suffering!! Make it stop! It's not even cooling off at night!
Without any central air (AC) the days pass much slower than they should. Even my poor cat has been sleeping on the floor in front of the fan. Poor little furball. With all his fur I'm sure this heat isn't making him happy either. :(
Tomorrow is the CIS BBQ at Golden Gardens. I'm excited to get out to the beach for a little while. I might even wear a swimsuit to go wading. It's hot enough that it might be worth it to stick my toes in the freezing cold water.
Welp, with that in mind, there are a few new pics up today. From my weekend excursion to Kerry Park and Alki. These are pretty common tourista places, but Sarah was/is in town til tomorrow, so I thought it'd be worth it.
For more information, go to http://www.theninetailors.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/theninetailors
In other news, I also found another good local band this weekend. Hey Marseille is a good local band. I took classes at SPU with one of the members, Patrick. Quite a good band: http://www.heymarseilles.com/ so have a listen! :) You will be pleasently surprised.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
1. I listen to music every day...doesn't matter what I'm doing, it's never quiet in my apartment.
2. Now that I'm done with college, I still haven't figured out what I want to do for a career.
3. The older you get, it seems like it's harder to meet people, but really...you're just set in your ways.
4. My spiritual gift is helps...that and mercy and hospitality...Top 3.
5. I love watching the movie Gettysburg.
6. I can easily grow tired of crowds (or helping/dealing with a lot of people in a short amount of time), so I spend a good deal of time by myself or with a small group of friends.
7. I hate vacuuming...even though it's so easy.
8. i'm a worry wart of everything. I over think things.
9. I care so much about not hurting other people, that I'll avoid doing things that can actually help them be better.
10. I never wanted to be known as a "good girl" or a "nice girl" but it's hard to not be one.
9 words that describe me
7. Disorganized...yet organized..."organized chaos?"
8 things that make me happy
1. My Camera
2. Spending time with friends
3. Breakfast - eggs, waffles, sausage...
5. The Sun
8. Winslow, my cat
7 more random things to say to people
1. A lot of people talk about making changes, very few atually make a change
2. Going to college isn't necessary to succeed...but it often helps
3. There is context to everything people say
4. Decorating is harder than you think
5. I don't like politics, but that doesn't mean I don't have opinions on how things should be
6. I started this blog as a journal...it still kind of is...a journal and more!
7. I like reading romance novels that have strong female leads...like Jane Austen books. The women do not compromise on who they are just to attract men or be viewed differently by society.
6 things you like to do
1. Drink coffee
2. Get up early
4. Listening to music
5. Go for walks
6. Watch movies
5 things you did today
1. Slept in
2. drank coffee
3. did laundry
4. listened to Paul McCartney's album: Electric Arguements (SO GOOD)
5. Cleaned my kitchen half-heartedly
1. If trust is broken or strained, it will be hard for someone to get it back. (pretty normal I think)
2. I have a body image issue that is not about weight.
3. I had a hard time motivating myself to work hard in college because I failed a class and received bad grades during my first year.
4. I still count on my fingers, yet I took College Algebra and two Statistic Classes.
3 things you want to achieve.
1. A Masters Degree - MBA or ISM
2. I would like to have a family of my own someday
3. I want to be able to talk/display my feelings better than I currently do...including dealing with anger and frustration in a positive manner.
2 things you regret
1. Not keeping in touch with people I care about
2. How I've behaved toward certain people
1 message to people who read this
Thanks for reading.
This is one of many pictures taken downtown along the waterfront. I'm excited to have some new pictures up...it's been great to have Sarah in town. I usually take more artistic shots when she's around. Some of the new photos in my Flickr account were taken by her.
It's another lovely day in Seattle! :)
Friday, July 24, 2009
Apparently we now have food services in Building Maintenance. I should really make it over to their lunch room.
From: Food Services [mailto:workcontrol@]
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:26 PM
Subject: Work Request...
Now that I'm up, I'll shred your drapes while you sleep
Originally uploaded by kharms5253
This is my little terrorizer...Winslow. As you can see he has beautiful green eyes, but they look like they're going to rip me to shreds for "womanhandling" him to take the picture.
It was for a worthy cause...this photo. :)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Went to Discovery Park today. Unfortunately the trip was cut short due to band practice. Oh well. :) I was able to get a few good pictures in such a short amount of time. I'm quite thrilled with how Steve's hands turned out. They're very photogenic, no? ;-)
Seattle has been enjoying quite a bit of good weather recently. I'm thrilled to have all this sun!
The power went out and the music continued. A full sanctuary...500 some people probably singing and lifting their voices in spite of not knowing the words. The pastor then preached...it all felt raw and genuine. None of the extra technology that "aids" us with the work we're doing. Jut the raw human voice and voices lifted to the heavens.
Over and over the words of the song:
Unfortunately, power wasn't restored before the service was done. But I can't get the image out of my mind...repeating the words over and over about how great and amazing God's love is for us. And at the end of it all, singing Come Thou Fount. Beautiful.
Friday, July 17, 2009
My brother played this over and over again on the phone one night to me while we were talking. I think the lyrics describe how he feels and where he's at. It's a good song and yes, Only God know why things are they way they are...why bad things happen to good people. But you gotta keep moving with your head held high.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
On a side note, crows are considered to be luckky in East Asia. Maybe it's a sign that the campus is blessed and we'll have a profitable year.
Crows also show signs of intelligence. They can learn and adapt their behaviors easily. A study about a crow versus a squirrel showed each animal pushing a quarter in to get food. When the quarter was placed elsewhere the crow was able to find the quarter and push it in while the squirrel just gave up because it didn't know what to do. The crow had learned that the quarter was the giver of food.
Either way, it's a nightmare. The crows swoop down on people as they walk through the loop...dive bombing whoever comes close to their trees. The demon crows have returned in full force!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Kurt Schuler – vocals, guitar, shoes, syntax, bus, ties…
Steven Hardin – drums, vocals, keys, coffee, shower, BBQ…
Zach Cartwright – bass, keys, tuba, couch, WOW…
Seth Moore – guitar, keys, bicycle, inspiration, scotch…
Emerging in the summer of 2008, The Nine Tailors draw heavily on the literary influences of Southern Gothic writer Flannery O' Connor and Ernest Hemingway. Named for the traditional tolling of nine low-ringing bells following the death of a man in 18th- century England, long time acquaintances Steven Hardin and Kurt Schuler began forming their tight knit friendship in 2008 while pounding out haunting melodies in a makeshift practice space in a Greenwood garage.
Borrowing from the stark simplicity of cult favorites like David Bazan and Mark Kozelek, as well as the eccentric energy and lyrical phrasing of Modest Mouse, The Nine Tailors craft eerily beautiful songs that take you out towards the rugged coastlines and evergreens of the Northwest, to the desolation of the Pacific.
Whether journeying through the minds of strange sailors and fishermen, or the trailers of the Midwest where dogs lie chained to broken- down pick up trucks, you can be sure The Nine Tailors are one of Seattle’s up-and-coming indie folk acts worth checking out.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
What's to keep a group from doing vigilante justice? In the event of a shooter, would there really be enough time to respond? Would students really know the difference between the innocent bystanders and the shooter(s)? Would fewer people be hurt? Who wants a shootout in a ResHall anyway?
It's not like these students who will carry arms have gone through the same training that a police officer has gone through. They'll have less knowledge about the situation and may impede and officer's ability to take down the shooter.
I'm a BEC (Building Evacuation Coordinator) and these shootings that have happened across the nation scare the crap out of me. In the event of an emergency such as this, I'm in charge of saving people. I'm in charge of those who panic and run, those who become beligerant and those who just plain don't know what to do in an emergency. Heck, most of my employees don't know how to behave in an earthquake and that's more likely to hit SPU than a shooter. During a lockdown drill I had an employee open the door because the girl was cute.
If it had been a real incident...the girl could've been the shooter. How would he know? He's just opening the door subjecting everyone else in the office to danger. Once a building is locked down it should stay locked down. There's an issue with that though...the innocent bystanders can't get to shelter and safety. That's a problem....but when you open the doors you don't know who you're letting in and what you're letting in. You've just opened the flood gates.
Before you know it, someone good is going to get confused with the bad and they'll be killed. It happens often enough that it shouldn't be magnified in place like a University.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
When the Model 299 was rolled out on 28 July 1935, bristling with multiple machine gun installations, Richard Williams, a reporter for the Seattle Times coined the name "Flying Fortress" with his comment "Why, it's a flying fortress!". Boeing was quick to see the value of the name and had it trademarked for use. - Wikipedia
The reason for this little history lesson is because I watched 12 O'Clock High this evening before going to watch the 20 mins of fireworks over the Snake River in Lewiston. It's a fascinating movie staring Gregory Peck and a few other notable actors of that time period (Dean Jager aka General Waverly in White Christmas, Millard Mitchell - R.F. Simpson in Singing in the Rain) as members of the 918th Bomb Group during World War II. The film is based off a book and has made it's way into the Libray of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." I would recommend watching this film.
I spent the afternoon touring Sentimental Journey, a fully restored B-17 bomber. It was an impressive sight. 4 - 12 cylindar engines, glistening aluminum, the smell of grease, the number of gun mounts and bombs! There were 6 gun mounts on the plane for the crew of 9-10 persons and the plane carried quite a few bombs. This restored plane had 8 bombs that if still functional and all that would weigh 250 lbs each. Afterwards we watched the film to see what exactly these plans could do. I was impressed and the film did a great job portraying the horrors these bomb squadrons went through during WWII. It's incredible to learn about the history behind these planes.
I first read about the plane being in town due to an article in the LMT about a WWII vet living in Lewiston who last flew in one of these planes on a mission over Germany. He was shot down and was a POW. Living history! I would love to sit down with that man and hear his story. What an incredible way to spend this year's 4th of July!
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan –– to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations. "
- Abraham Lincoln March 4, 1865 (Second Inagural Address)
Friday, July 3, 2009
Even on the Wii, golf is still one of my favorite pasttimes. For those of you who've met me recently, you wouldn't think so based on the fact that I don't golf often and you won't find me at the driving range more than once every few months. I'm not the competitive type in that I won't persue my hobby full time, but I am competitive in the sense of if I play with you...I still want to beat you. ;-)
It's one of my simplest pleasures...whacking a golf ball as far as I can. Granted, I need some stronger arms, wrists, hands and pretty much everything else because I don't hit far, but nevertheless...I like to think I'm pretty decent. If I didn't have a job and I wasn't responsible...you'd probably find me at a golf course as often as possible. I love morning golf when the sun is rising and there's mist over the lake. I love the anguish over hitting a water hazard or slicing into a bunker. No matter what the outcome is, if I get a Birdie, Par, Double Bogey or I just don't want to admit that I suck, it's still a great game for me. I can play with my parents...I can play with my friends and I can play with my coworkers. It's an easy game to pick up and is accessible to most people.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
When is complaining too much? When do we reach that point of annoyance and bitterness? How do we manage and control these feelings?
It would be dumb to say that these feelings don't matter...logically I'm sure these feelings can be reasoned away. But it's not exactly healthy to ignore the things that upset you. It's not healthy either to be a constant complainer. Saying sorry only gets you so far to.
I'm sure I complain about a lot of things. Not sayimg I'm perfect at all. But have you ever asked yourself...if I were talking to myself, would I not listen too? Would I be annoyed? I think I'd quickly grow tired of listening to my remarks...maybe not, but most likely yes. This probably means I need to tone it down It's just something that takes practice...you say it sucks, you deal with is and move on...or you let it go. Don't close your fist around it or let t upset you more...you'll just become bitter inside and it will eat away at you. Before you know it, you'll be short tempered...easily upsettable and no one will want to be around you unless they absolutely have to because they pity you. And who wants that??!? I think you'd have to be absolutely insane to think that's okay.
My resolution for this afternoon is to not complain at work about people or tasks that I have to do. I'm going to start showing my employees that there's a better way to handle problems and different issue and that there's an appropriate response to each situation.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
However, I do have a frustration with my phone. SPU doesn't have a Blackberry Exchange Server and I'm okay with that. I can still receive my mail over IMAPS and send messages. What I'm miffed about, is the fact that without exchange, the Crackberry can only update mail over the air. The damned phone can't grab contacts or calendar items over the air. It has to be done by manually syncing the device to a computer.
I never plug my phone into a computer. Guess that makes this problem my fault, huh? Well...the software often craps out. I've supported people with these lovely little berry devices and while they're stable, the desktop software has almost always needed to be reinstalled. Go figure.
The other thing that's annoying, is with my mail...I can't view subfolders in my mailbox...so all I get is junk mail and my top level folder. I could do without the junk mail...all the emails asking if I want some action or look at special photos. Nope, not for me. I'm not sending you my password either. I also get duplicate messages. So pretty much RIM sucks at this IMAPS thing because I get duplicate messages and only my top level folder and junk mail. I don't want to view or read the 30-40 some junk mail messages each day. I don't want to see duplicate messages everytime I respond to an email in Outlook. Doesn't do it when I respond on my phone...so why the hell does it do that when I respond in Outlook? It's not like Outlook is putting a duplicate message in my mailbox. Exchange 2007 works fine...IMAPS works fine in Outlook. This is not a Microsoft problem...this is a Blackberry problem.
Other than that...I really do love my phone. It's a refurb that hasn't given me a lick of trouble. Never rebooted on me, never lost my data, never failed to connect...none of the apps have ever crashed on me. Granted, I just did a software upgrade so my battery life seems to be dead. That or my Gmail app is updating too ofte and killing the battery life. I used to be able to go for days without charging. Now I make it a day or two. hmmm...
Just keep in mind that it's not perfect and the exact way that I want it yet. :-P