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Monday, July 29, 2002
 
First real day of work, and its going well so far. The kids took a pretest this morning and then worked for 2 hours. Now my first lunch break is heading towards its end, and I have to head back up to Tech for another 2 hours. Then it was supposed to be off to the beach, but owing to rain, that will be most likely cancelled, and I'll just go to my research experiment at 3:30, followed by the phonathon at 6. Its definitely going to be a long 3 weeks, but Im sure it will be fun.

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Sunday, July 21, 2002
 
It seems that at some pointlast night blogger decided to update everything that happened for the past two weeks, but the archives are still a little screwed up so hopefully I can get that taken care of soon. The only way to describe today is hot. Its in the high 90's in the shade, and it will be nice to be in super cold AC this evening while calling for donations for Northwestern. After that it will be time to make pea soup, of course on the hottest day of the year, but whatever, it will still be good.

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Saturday, July 20, 2002
 
Went to the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival today, where there was music and lots of different people selling all sorts of things from all around the world. Pretty interesting, and a wide variety of music. This morning was the Evanston farmers market where Meg and I bought lots of delicious fruits and veggies which are being used in tonights chicken and tofu stir fry. Last night was dinner, a play, a party, and a game. More later, cause dinner is on the table now.

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Friday, July 19, 2002
 
Blogger is still not letting me post, so I'll just continue writing here for now, until the problem gets fixed. It's on their end, so there really isn't anything I can do about it short of waiting for them.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002
 
I know Im not too busy to write, but somehow it seems to go by the wayside during the summer. Maybe it's just the fact that its hot and there is no AC to be seen here (well, unless I actually go to a different room in my apartment). All I have are three little fans to keep me cool during what feels like an extended heat wave thats been going on for three weeks, although I guess we did have a day or two of respite a few days ago. Anyway, its summer, which means everything's just chill out here in Evanston, many people are away doing various things, and things you never would have expected to happen do. It also mean odd jobs and research experiments till I start teaching Algebra 2 honors to some 7th through 9th graders in a week and a half or so. Anyway, I'll be in and out of here all summer, so stop by every once in a while to see whats up with my life.

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Monday, July 08, 2002
 
Got back from Brians wedding, and just had a great time. I was a groomsman, along with a bunch of other guys including Mark, Chris, and the best man Eric. Meg and I were picked up at the train by Brian, Eric and Chris, and we made our way to the tux shop where I picked up my tux (a perfect fit which was nice) and then we swung by Chris' house before heading over to Brian's. From there we went to the church for the rehearsal and followed that up with an excellent dinner at Clara's, a converted railroad station. After that was a bunch of errands, including preparations for a small party later that night for Brian. We also had to pick up materials to complete the various art projects that popped up throughout the weekend. We get back to the hotel, checked in, and went up to our rooms. Shortly after Brian, Eric, Chris, Mark and myself were playing cards and enjoying Brian's last night of freedom. We played lots of hearts, and I won the game with a grand total of 6 points. After that we talked for a while and just hung out till it was late and we needed to sleep before the wedding the next day. We got up and were going to breakfast at the "Flap Jack Shack". Of course, we drove like 15 minutes to get to one, and only upon returning to the hotel afterwards (because we had forgotten to bring one of the art projects [the little planetary purple pieces of paper that said to please take a vase home which had been made into tents]) did we realize that there was one almost directly accross the street from the hotel (Meg had seen this one before and wondered why it took so long to get there) It was a good laugh. Then we headed over to the church where we found a fresh dead raccoon sitting right in the entrance to the church. Chris picked up the raccoon by its foot and diligently carried him over to the other side of the road and threw him into the woods. Then we sat around taking pictures, and playing more cards in the cry room while waiting for the time to arrive. Everythign got underway, Brian and Candace were married, everyone was joyful, and we proceeded out into the narthax (kind of like an anteroom) where the receiving line was. At this point the groomsmen had another project to undertake- the decorating of the limo, which we proceeded to do with paper and a black magic marker. We spelled out Just Married, added a few hearts and went back to collect everyone to head over to the reception after tons more pictures. We got there after the cocktail hour had ended, and dinner was served upon our arrival. Had delicious Michigan Chicken topped with a sauce made with Michigan cherries (hence the name). Then I somehow managed to catch the garter, and subsequently had to put it on Jessica, the bridesmaid who caught the bouquet. I definitely didn't know about that tradition when I jumped to catch the garter. It was fun nonetheless, and I had a good time doing it. Meg said afterward that she knew it would be me catching it as soon as they announced it, so I hope I'm not becoming too predictable. The rest of the night was a blur of dancing and music, eating a giant chocolate covered strawberry and getting wax all over my face from blowing out a candle too hard. Then once again it was off to bed (along with a number of vases which were left behind). Meg and I got up early to leave with Jen who picked us up. She was staying with her family in Grand Rapids, only an hour or so away from East Lansing where the wedding was. So we said our goodbyes to sleepy people, and headed off to Grand Rapids for the afternoon where we got the grand tour of the city, and hung out at Jens house for a few hours. Then we were off to good old Evanston, and finally got there 5 hours after we left thanks to several hours of traffic. I slept for a good deal of the ride home, and when we got here we went for a quick bite at Clarke's before coming home and getting ready for bed here.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2002
 
"I miss you. I love you. I want you to play with my pussy. meow! meow!" ~message found on the answering machine that was left in our apartment. Oddly enough, the message said it ws dave and liz living here, and the call was from a katie, but none of those people were living here just before us. Possibly it was just left from the people before, but it was definitely weird.

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