Sunday, July 29, 2007
A knock came from the other side of the door as we prepaed to go to sleep.
I opened the door, and a fast-talking, short, fat, Russian woman was on the other side. "HelloIamyournewneighborIjustmovedinafewweeksagoandIhaveseenyouaround" she began.
A short conversation rapidly established the following
- She had a young baby who needed prescription medicine
- She had a restraining order against husband
- She had a steady job as a technician
- She believed in/had been taught about/ and loved Jesus.
- She needed cash. $40, if at all possible. She could pay us back on Wednesday。
"Do you live in our building?" I asked.
"Notheonenextdoordownthestreet" she responded.
"Who manages your building?" I asked.
"IdontknowmygroupofRussiansfoundthisapartmentforme" she answered.
I was in a generous mood, so I agreed. "Just bring me a photo ID like a driver's license, and show me where you live" I said, and I would write her a check. "Okayokaythankyou" said the short, fat, Russian woman. "Iwillcomerightbackwiththerentralagreement."
She never did. I regretted not getting a picture.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Finally got the home office set up last night. Two desks are a right angle, wireless networking, all that jazz. I haven't had this setup since I taught in Iowa (while finishing up my computer science thesis), so its nice to be here again. An advantage of an apartment over a dorm is obviously the increase in space, and I'm using it to good effect.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Back to Nebraska, and moved into the new apartment. The location is pretty and I already got a TV hooked up to a DVD player with Lost Seasons 1 & 2. (Hurrah!) So far noticed the following problems:
Non-functional electrical plug
Under the sink
On top of the refrigerator
Handles in the kitchen
Visibly dirty carpet
Unwashed porch window
bad key for postage box
dirty and sticky handrail
Because I noticed these in stages, I left a total of three voice mails with the landlord company. I expect a call back Monday morning, followed by a quick resolution.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Tomorrow morning I check out of the graduate dorm that's been my residence since August, 2005. This is the last night I will be sleeping in a dormitory, as next year I will have an apartment.
Unlike most other students I know, I never particularly minded university housing. All utilities are paid, there's maintenance folks around, and the residence bureaucrats tend not to be too annoying.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
In spite of a large advertising budget that focused on warmth, kindness, and the Cornhusker Way...
My bid for re-election was cruelly thwarted by a former apparatchik who seized the reigns of power from me. Said apparatchik was supposedly only running for Vice President, but applied for the top (that is, my) job at the last moment. Though I discovered this late, some quick-thinking led me to write myself in for VP too (just in case), a position I "won" as said former aparatchick defeated yours truly by two votes.
A grievous development, I know. But I promise not to let the foolish "will of the people" stand between my people and their Great Father. As Yanukovych returned to Ukraine, so shall I return in glory!
Bwa ha ha!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I've nominated myself for re-election as President of Husker Hall. The Treasurer is running for re-election as well, and a good friend of mine is going for VP. Last year I campaigned, and ran, on promises of corruption, incompetence, and scandal. This year I pledged to hold government meetings in bars whenever possible. Good luck to me!
Hopefully, if I do win, I won't end up like Ferenc Gyurcsany, or Thaskin Shinawatra!
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Lady of tdaxp's Toyota was ransacked last night, presumably by a hobo or student in search of cash. None was in it, so nothing was stolen, but this crime is still disappointing. I would like to think that the University of Nebraska - Lincoln is a safe school.
The gas door was open. This is only unlockable through a bizarrely placed lever near the driver's door. The guess is that the vandal was trying to open the trunk to see what is in there, and accidentally popped the gas. (The car's hood was open, presumably for the same reason.)
A little plastic door that swung open was torn off.
The burglar, apparently frustrated, knocked out the rear-view mirror
After eight requests (that was a fun conversation!), the CYA Resident Management finally gave us the form to fill out, documenting that this happened at her dorm. We called campus security, and a competent officer arrived and made a report.
In spite of last year's hate speech, I generally enjoyed graduate housing last year which is why I returned. Now, between menial theft and this, that is no longer true.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
So the semester, in spite of a good move-in day and comfy chairs galore, gets of to an annoying start. The pettiest thief in history makes off with my bottle of Tide detergent. Grr... It's not even the sort of cool, personalized crime I expect since having my door defaced with anti-tdaxp hate speech. Nope. Just some hooligan nontrad/grad student. Grrr....
Friday, August 18, 2006
Comfy chairs? Check. Wireless network? Check. Getting a universal remote to work with my DVD/TV system because I lost the previous one? Check.
I believe I am moved in.
Met with the professor I am teaching under this semester -- he seems very cool. The schedule is arranged nicely.
As the day ended, Lady of tdaxp and I watched Inside Man. Disappointing, (and because most of the movie is executed well and promises something quite wonderful) painfully so. A good movie marred by a tacked-on ending. I was able to pinpoint as it happened the exact moment the film should have ended. Instead, an eternity (whatever the actual runtime) of boredom and cliches. It made me nostalgic for A Clockwork Orange, The Negotiator, Resevoir Dogs, or for that matter any crime film that is actually good. (Lady of tdaxp thinks the movie is set up for a sequel, but too much is undone in the last few minutes for it to be purposeful.)
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Getting back to the swing of things as I move back to the trusty dormitory at Lincoln, Nebraska. With the help of Lady of tdaxp, fit all the major equipment across one wall, opening up a perfect place for a comfy chair. The RA is quite attractive.