Isn't the internet great? I just finished all of my Christmas shopping in 20 minutes on Amazon.com. I would tell you what I bought but there's a good chance that one of the people I got stuff for would be reading this so I won't post it until after the holidays... Sorry.
Earlier this morning I finished reading Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. It was an awesome book. I just loved how it was written by a geek, for a geek. I laugh every time I see the main character's name... Hiro Protagonist. It's just so perfect (If you don't get it go look up the word protagonist). But seriously, I highly recommend this book to anybody that likes the "cyberpunk" genre. I think it follows along with William Gibson's style but has a more upbeat and down to earth attitude. I won't say anymore for fear of spoiling it.
It appears that I am getting set up with a girl. This isn't quite a blind date but not too far from it either. A mutual friend swapped our phone numbers. I called her on Monday, left a message, got a message from her on Tuesday, and am planning to call her back in about two hours. Hopefully she will be awake/answering her phone this time. I am not sure what I'm going to say but I'm sure I'll come up with something. I was thinking that I would ask her if she wanted to go wander down Market Street and do some Christmas shopping with me but it seems that I've already killed the chances of that happening... Perhaps just wandering around Corning for a while will be appropriate. As you can probably tell, I'm not too experienced at this sort of thing. Oh well... I'm sure I'll either learn a harsh lesson or end up with a new friend. Here's to awkward situations!
I've been on an almost completely reversed sleep schedule for the last week. I have been going to sleep at 10:00 AM and waking up around 7:00 PM. I don't know why. I think it may just be because my body is revolting to the non-hackeresque nature of my life lately. I hate having so much structure that I could sleepwalk through my day. I think it's also partially out of boredom... There's just nothing to do around here during the day. I've got until next Monday to figure this thing out before I go back to school.
As I'm sure everybody already knows, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I find this holiday to be more unusual than most simply because there is a strong sense of belonging at that table. It's almost overwhelming until you realize that these are the same people that you talk to almost every day (at least in my family). I find the whole turkey situation to be rather amusing. It's like a reflection of our past instincts that have to surface for at least one week of the year. You know what I'm talking about... Hunting. The "men" go out into the dangers of the wilderness and fortify their positions as they would in a war. Then they proceed to hunt these mostly harmless creatures using hunger as a justification. I am clearly not a vegetarian in any respects but I have to say that this practice disgusts me in an age of not-meat burgers and bacon that taste better than the real thing. I digress... The "hunters" then proceed to bring the slain creature back to the home where they throw it in the kitchen, snap open a beer, and go into a two day long routine of TV and sleep. Is this what our country is coming to? If so, it is such a shame that all of this wonderful technology and luxury is wasted on such undeserving souls. </rant>