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I've really settled into life here in Manchester. I feel more at home here than I have anywhere in years. Even at school, I didn't have some of the basic amenities that are so normal to me now - places to put things, transportation to get places, a place to prepare my own food. I've fallen into regular patterns - ones that I actually enjoy, rather than the patterns I had before where I just dealt with what I had.

I've got a fun job. Wedu is proving to be an interesting work environment. I'm doing a bit more HTML monkeying and a bit less backend work than I'd like, but you can't have everything, and I'm learning a lot of important things about the way things work in the process. I'm learning various qmail commands, everything from setting up a domain to adding email addresses. (I'll probably be moving emails there, so I'll actually have a stable mail server - if people want accounts, drop me a comment or email or something.)

Most importantly, I've got family here. They're far closer to me than I have been to my own family for quite some time. I get and give snuggles to all the people here, and it's the most comforting thing in the world to be able to know that I can make people happy, and that they can make me happy.

We had a tragedy recently. One of our cats, Honey, was hit by our car, as I pulled into the driveway. We had been coming back from church and I didn't see her as I pulled in. Her habit of playing chicken with car tires caught up with her, may she rest in peace.

However, throughout the grieving process for this pet, who was very near and dear to all our hearts, I have constantly been reminded that although this happened, it was an accident and not something that could have been changed. I will forever miss Honey - all the more so because it's hard not to tell myself that it was my fault and that if only I'd been more careful, it could have been prevented - but with the good comes the bad. I'm quite sure that if there is such a thing, Honey is in Kitty Heaven now.

As I said, with the bad comes the good - we now have two adorable tiny little kittens running around the house. Only 6 weeks old, Jess picked them up yesterday from a friend of Jason's. As yet unnamed, they are already learning many tricks - from how to steal the Powerbook away from me to how to hide quite effectively from our own two little bundles of joy. Of course, photos are available. Warning, dangerous levels of cute. ( is a temporary domain name for when my domain is in flux - I'm having lots of problems keeping an IP lately for some reason.)

Tomorrow is Jessica's birthday. I'm hoping to be able to do something special for her, but probably won't be able to. Lack of transportation has made working up any kind of surprise for her really difficult.

I like things here. I miss friends and so on at home, but I'm really starting to settle in. It's so nice to live in someplace with geographic variation. With hills and mountains and so on that you never see in Illinois - just corn, corn and more corn. To have hills is such a nice change of pace that I don't think I could ever go back to living in the Midwest again.

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I happen to like the corn!

That's because you're unhinged.

maybe honey can play with my baby tigger...we had him put to sleep almost 2 years ago :(

i know what its like...i hope you're having fun though!!!

*hug* Thanks. It was a lot more burden on Jess than me, especially with today being her birthday. Her kitty was taken from her. Although I loved honey, I'd only known her for three months, not three years, so it was a very different relationship.

Thank you again for your well wishes, and I hope your life looks up too! I know how hard it can be to be single from experience. *hug*

Glad things are going well for you.

I got this hypothesis that some people are made for school and some are made for work. All my friends here are like "Oh shit, it's my senior year, I have to enter the real world next year, I can't believe I'm leaving, I don't want to, waaah waaah waaah." And I'm like, "Fuck that bullshit, just gotta get out, just gotta get right of heeere and never have to do physics problem sets and be actually valued and not have to put up with crummy dining hall food and not feel obligated to parties of drunken debauchery every Saturday." It sounds like you're in the latter category seem to be fitting in much better at work than at school.

Oh, and if you're ever down in Western Mass, come visit. I think it's kinda far here (Keane is about an hour and a half away, compared to like 45 minutes for Manchester->Bedford), but whatever.

I definitely agree. Some people are just destined to hang out in academia forever - they like it there - whereas others just can't wait to get out. Of course, there are also people who don't have a clue what they're doing, adn they think they want to get out, only to found out they don't want that either.

Luckily, I think I'm not of that variety, I think it's what worried me a bunch about making the decision - I had a good idea that school wasn't cutting it for me, but I didn't know what else would cut it for me. I'm lucky enough that it did - I'm enjoying my life, whereas school was just dull drudgery.

I'm probably going to be going to Six Flags on the first weekend in October, probably driving down Friday night, staying overnight in Great Barrington, and then coming back Saturday night. If I drive out on 90, do I come anywhere near where you are?

Um, I'm not sure. At what point do you get on 90? If it's before 91 (which leads down to Springfield and Hartford), then you'll pass about 20-30 minutes away (up 91, then UMass has a connector to the highway, then Amherst is about 5 minutes from UMass). Dunno if that counts as "anywhere near".

Curiously, the Y!Maps directions from Manchester to Amherst use all local roads (2h44m), passing through Jaffery and Winchester and then down through the Pioneer Valley.

We've visited the Pioneer Valley before, as I was taking Chris to the City of Comfortable Shoes (Northampton).

That's not too far then...Northampton is about 10-15 minutes away by car (though unfortunately 45 minutes or so by bus.)

cute kitties. i've noticed that cats seem to have a thing for computers. :)

i'm glad life is going well out on the east coast. we miss you here, tho....

Cats have a thing for keyboards in general, I think, although specificially this one seems to like trying to climb over the LCD. (Which worried me a bit, I'll admit - after just having an LCD replaced, I didn't want a claw punching a hole in another one.

*hug* I miss all you guys a bunch. I'm working on finding some friends out here, but there's really nothing like a college dorm for making good friends quickly. Where else can you wander the halls a 11pm and find people chilling on the floor talking about who knows what?

Enjoy your time there. You almost never know you'll miss it til it's gone.

I'm so jealous of you, it's not even funny.

Not because of what you have, but because of how happy you are with what you have.


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Patty, babe, this is why I love my coast. We're 40 minutes from a gorgeous sand beach, 40 minutes from one of the most historic cities in America, colonial farmhouses all around intermixed with Industrial Age factories mixed with turn-of-the-century brick townhomes, and an hour and a half from the White Mountains.

I'd cry if I ever had to leave.

Just my $0.02: I think getting out to work was a good decision for you.

I'll bet that soon enough though, you'll be itching to go back to school (or at least some sort of formal study programme), 'cuz you will need the theoretical grounding to do the really great stuff you want to do.

The difference is this time you'll be working through all the theory knowing *why* it's important and relating it to what you want to do.

In freshman year, I completely blew off my class on Fourier transforms. I just wanted to code, not waste time on this weird EE bullsh*t.

By the time I got to senior year, I realised the Fourier-class transforms were behind virtually all the amazing digital wizardy we have today - MP3, MPEG-2, digital signal processing, ad infinitum.

It was so powerful, it was beautiful. Too bad they don't teach it that way.

I just wanted to add more condolences about Honey. When I was - geez, I must have been 3 or so, we still lived on Middlesex Street then - I had a kitten named Matthew. My mother had told me to always keep him in my room as we got ready for school (she to teach and I to go with her) so that he wouldn't be underfoot. Of course, one day he escaped me, and mom ended up stepping on his back by accident as the three of us tried to use the stair simultaneously - the images that followed - I'll spare you, but they remain in my mind's eye to this day, and my mom and I still feel terrible about the whole thing.

Just remember, it wasn't your fault - you didn't do it on purpose, any more than my mother did.

*big hugs* and love to all of you.

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I got my counter installed OK . . . easily enough 'cause I use the OLD style, probably!

I'd like to add you on for a bit while I absorb the geekish stuff . . . never too late to teach an older dog new tricks. ;-D

and . . . I'm sorry to learn about Honey. our own cats, over the years, have really been family and losing one is not easy.


my name is Luis Bustamante, from LIma-Peru-South america. I have found the expression "With no one the wiser" in an article on NYtimes, and I dont understand the meaning of the phrase. I have looked around and found in google that you used it. Can you please explain me the meaning of it?...
Thanks in advance.

Since this doesn't seem like a spam, I'll answer here, and send you an email with the same info:

"With no one the wiser" means to effect a change without anyone noticing, typically in a case where the change is something that they would have disagreed with. For example, if I swapped your soda with mine, and you didn't notice, the swap would have been made with "no one the wiser".

However, I may be misexplaining it - you may want to check an idioms list or something similar and see if anyone has a better idea what this phrase means.

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