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Dec. 16th, 2009 | 03:14 am
mood: stressedToo ... many ... maps

Then back I go into the academic paper factory.

I am a week from the end of the semester. We started much later than most schools, and thus are about the last to finish, boo. Still, I have statistics class completely wrapped up, and GIS and MM classes soon to follow. Then Legal and Theory exams next week, which shouldn't be too bad. I expect that this will be my last late night, as I desperately try to project GIS maps for my final project. I am half-considering making a map of all the Thai restaurants in Wayne County and showing which neighborhoods are farthest from one. Mmm, lack of access to noodles.

I said in the last entry I would talk about winter weather. Feel free to point and laugh, kishenehn, deco_lounge, and other denizens of the North, but this is taking me a while to figure out. So I dutifully stocked up on coats, scarves, gloves, and long socks, and I have a huge ice scraper in my car, courtesy of the Champaign County Visitors Bureau. But there are just some things I don't know how to do when it's cold. Like, what do you do if your car doors are frozen shut (mine were this evening, until I tugged the passenger door open by force)? Is there a trick to getting them open? Or preventing this from happening in the first place? I'm not minding the cold so much thus far, but I feel like I need an owner's manual to winter.

I've also been able to go out some in the last couple of days, albeit at the expense of sleep. After our hellish statistics final and stressing about my GIS take home exam all day Monday, I joined a bunch of MUPs at Brown Jug for dranks. I arrived at 11ish and stayed until 1:30, when our group of 20 finally ran out of energy. In the meantime, we watched Dave dance/flail, verbally trashed Mary Sue Coleman for not devoting UM's knowledge to the service of Detroit, and made grand plans for the next semester. This was after spending a couple of hours hanging out at home with Andy, Kyle, and Mike as I puzzled over my take home exam, and combined was about the most time I'd spent with other people in a week. This morning I managed to look over the exam and turn it in, then slept a whole bunch during the daylight hours to make up a longstanding deficit and came back to work in the late afternoon. After a few frustrating hours in the computer lab, I took a break to meet up with Eric and his public policy friends, who were done for the semester. A couple of beers and a potential roommate lead for next year later, I came back and have been getting shit done since.

I have a review session here at 10 a.m., so I think I might stay around the building until then, with a break at 7 to go running when the gym opens, as I'm being productive here (other than blogging, that is) and would probably just fall asleep if I went home. End of semester, come soon!

But in news that is keeping me going, I'm considering driving down to North Carolina for the week after Christmas, since I have a rare spell with no commitments from December 29th through January 5th. Hello, some of my favorite people in the world, what will you be doing then?

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from: kishenehn
date: Dec. 16th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
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Ha! I believe that I warned you. :)

As for the frozen door, do you mean the entire door or just the lock? For the former, use brute force; for the latter, heat your key with a lighter or something.

For me, that only happened when I used to be silly enough to wash my car in the winter. Don't do that!

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 16th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
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It was the entire door, possibly because we had freezing rain? I'm not sure, but I will be able to park it in the carport most of the time so this shouldn't be a big issue. And I never wash my car, so you don't have to worry about that problem. :]

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from: kishenehn
date: Dec. 16th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Yep, the freezing rain would definitely do it ... and luckily, that's something we pretty much never have out here. :)

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deco_lounge

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from: deco_lounge
date: Dec. 16th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Freezing rain will ruin your day. Trust me.

If the lock itself ever freezes up, I'd say don't waste your time with the lock de-icing stuff. I've yet to find someone who found it useful.

Does your Champain County Visitors Bureau ice scraper have a snow brush as well? You'll want one of those too. :-)

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 17th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
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Yes, it's a brush on one side and a scraper on the other. And yeah, not a fan of freezing rain, but hopefully we'll have just regular snow for the next while.

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