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Slow Times

Things have been pretty slow as of late. For memorial day Steph’s dad and his wife came down and we went to the baseball game. It was way too hot and I forgot to put on suntan lotion so I had to cover up the best way I could (I’m the hooded one).

In other new I’ve been playing in a tennis tournament. It is basically the group I normally play with which is about 20-30 people and we all signed up to compete in a ladder. It cost us each $15 and the winner walks home with a gift certificate. So far I have lost all three of my games. A lot of it is nerves as I become an emotional wreck when playing these matches. After the third match I started to get use to it. The rest of it is just playing poorly and having lot of unforced errors.

The D&D for kids has been crazy as usual. It is fun but their is no consistancy at all. Each time it seems to drastically change. It slowly built up to 8-9 players, more than I could handle and just in time I got some help running the game. Soon after I get the help 3 of the players disappear so my helper has nothing to do.

Class Finished

Back in January I started an online PHP/SQL class. For those who don’t know, PHP is a popular web based programming language and SQL is a database. The two work together to create such applications as blogging software, online forums, e-commerce shopping carts, and CMS (Content Management Systems) that are becoming more popular.

So, I just finished up the class and got a 100%. I don’t want to brag, but really, I got a ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! Anyway, I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot though not as much as I would in a normal class. I have had a love/hate relationship with programming since high school. The class was easy and we had plenty of time to complete the assignments.

What I noticed about the online class is that you basically teach yourself. You read the book, read the instructors notes, and then complete the assignment. If you get stuck you can email the professor. I find that without the assignment or the little help from the instructor I can’t teach myself. I might try and read a programming book but won’t get past the second chapter, won’t do any practice programs and basically don’t learn anything.

So, this summer I signed up a javascript class. Javascript has been a thorn in my side forever. For some reason it seems twice as complicated as PHP and I don’t know why. It should be interesting.

San Diego: 3 Years

It has been three years since I moved to San Diego. Needless to say this last year was much more calm then last. No breaking up, hooking up or disappearing roommates. If anything this was the year of getting my life organized including getting health insurance, going to the dentist, new glasses and an IRA. It was the year I made San Diego my home and everything started to stablize.

Last weekend I got to relax. Went and saw a play, The Cherry Orchard, on Saturday night. I was put on by SDSU theater company so there were a lot of students in the play and it reminded me a lot of a performance by NMSU. It was fun but it was done as a comedy which when I read the Cherry Orchard I didn’t see at all. The further you get into the play the less funny it becomes and the better it got. I find the humor jarring and inappropriate and it felt like a bunch of college kids goofing off.