August 24th, 2009


First Day

I knew parking garages filled up early, but I didn't think I'd need to leave my house more than two hours early. Seriously. Because today I left two hours early, and the garage near my class was full. Why then, do they let people into it? There was a long line in front of me that had to turn around, and a longer line behind me that would have to. Can't they monitor when the garage fills up so that people don't have to waste TWENTY MINUTES going through the maze? I parked in the garage near my second class, so not all was lost. I never thought I'd want to see more parking garages. How many trees am I willing to give up for educational convenience? More than yesterday.

So now I'm sitting in my Latin class and I've realized I forgot my notebooks in the car. I'm going to have to go by there before my next class. Hopefully the two sheets of slightly-crumpled notebook paper will suffice for this morning. For whatever reason I don't want to take notes on my laptop. Unless almost everyone is doing it. I don't want to be that person. I hate that person. Besides, I can't afford distractions. This class is going to kick my butt. I haven't taken Latin in eight years.

This building is very old and seems to lack A/C. Gross.

I'm strongly considering dropping C++. I really don't feel like working as hard as I'd have to in there. But that just means I'd be putting it off for next semester, which puts three programming courses in one term, and I don't think I'd be able to handle that either.

Water heater update

I'm having a Bradford White Water Heater installed tomorrow morning around 8:30. It doesn't make sense for me to get a tankless - even though they might be cheap to buy they'd have to redo a bunch of electrical stuff to install. And I don't have $2800. I just don't.

The guys I'm going with have good ratings. Both Home Depot and Lowe's recommended them. They quoted me a much lower price ($450) and were really nice about telling me exactly what was wrong, what needed to be fixed, etc.

The truth is, my water heater is 29 years old, and it needs to be replaced. It could be fixed for $150, but it'a not going to solve my problems, just prolong them. The tank is about a third of the way full of calcium. The guy banged on it a little and I could tell exactly what he was talking about. Plus, the money I'm going to save electricity wise will probably make up for the new heater in less than a year.

This is probably also just a good investment in my home. I wouldn't buy a house with a 29 year old heater (though apparently I bought one with a 27-year-old one). Never again.