Saturday, 16th of October, 1999
I took the PSAT this morning @ school, it went OK, I guess.
Today was mom's turn to learn driving a stick shift. That turned out pretty well too. So now we've all gotten the hang of this thing.
Friday, 15th of October, 1999
We spent the day today getting the paperwork done for that silver 5-speed Subaru. Drove it around a little, and it's pretty darn nice to drive. Took some time tonight to teach Dad how to drive the stick shift, and I think he's basically got the hang of it too now.
Thusrday, 14th of October, 1999
I test drove a 2000 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport today with a stick shift. It was a nice two tone silver / platinum. Oh man, it was nice. It had two spoilers, alloy exhaust pipe, CD player, power everything. Ok, so I haven't driven a stick shift before, but I kinda figure it out, after a couple bumpy starts, and wow, I am in love with stick shift. It's so much fun.
I pulled another all nighter last night, cause I had class yesterday until 21:00, and I had tons of things to do last night, and didn't get done until very late.
I downloaded Paint Shop Pro 6 the other day, made by Jasc Software. It has some nice improvements, makes it more like Photoshop and a very very worthy competitor of it.
Wednesday, 13th of October, 1999
I was in a "focus group" today to give opinions and thoughts on a CD-ROM that they have made and will distribute in Billy Graham Crusades. The crusade in St. Louis is this weekend, and since the committee was here, they decided to talk with a focus group here. It was interesting.
Tuesday, 12th of October, 1999
These 11 rules in life they don't teach in school. And I find that it is so very true in real life, this is one of the best things I've read.
Rule 1: Life is not fair; get used to it.
Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect
you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high
school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone until you
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He
doesn't have tenure.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents
had a different word for burger flipping; they called it
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about
your mistakes. Learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are
now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your
clothes, and listening to you talk
about how cool you are.
So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of
your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers but
life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing
grades; they'll give you as many times as you want to get
the right answer. This, of course, doesn't bear the slightest
resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers
off,and very few employers are interested in helping you find
yourself. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually
have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
Spending some time at yet another Subaru dealer today, I found out that all the base model cheaper Subarus are not sold in the midwest, but in the Rocky states, because they need them more, and in order to get one here, you'd have to custom order one. Argh, owell, time to get a nice Impreza Outback Sport.
Monday, 11th of October, 1999
Alright, after much stupid delay because of the stupid transition process on the school's web server, Panorama Online is back up again. Hopefully, now that we have the new server, I can start to get to work on redoing the entire High School website, because it is horrible and such a big bad mess.
Sunday, 10th of October, 1999
The Strolling Strings did a little gig at the Creve Ceour 50th Anniversary Picnic. We did a 1.5 hour show outdoors, and it was a pretty nice day today.