I had quite the weekend. Saw Hamlet at the Gutherie (last show before they move to a new theatre) which was good, though the 2nd act was much better than the 1st, and a guy behind us started snoring about 5 lines into the "to be or not to be" soliloquoy.

I got new glasses (yippee! the other pair was 9 years old) and paddled the rest of the weekend (details http://www.paddlehard.blogspot.com. The highlights included Ilgen Falls, a 30-35 footer, depending on what tape measure you're using, as well as some other great whitewater. Really fun.

Now it's just 2 more weeks of school before finals. Weird.


This gas map is pretty cool.

In other news, Al Franken was on campus last night. I saw him for free and was in the third row or so. It was interesting; a mix of jokes and political commentary, and he may even run for a MN Senate seat, which would be pretty exciting.


Easter Weekend went well, aside from my car breaking down a couple times (though I may have a new one soon). Put in docks up at the lake, did some homework, and then went paddling on friday and saturday (the trip report is on my paddling blog). On Sunday we went down to see one side of the family in Mankato and the other family in Victoria; Gina brought some wines from a wine tasting to the Skud gathering, so that was a lot of fun. Then today I'm back at school (for just a few more weeks!).


Things have been busy; I defended my thesis yesterday, which went really well. This past weekend Courtney flew out for a few days so we could reconnect; it's been tough being apart from her for basically a year, but I'll be headed out to California for the summer, especially since I've landed a job at that law firm. Other than that nothing is too exciting; paddling and family time this weekend, and only one month left of school (!).


It's been a hell of a week.

Personal issues aside, this past weekend Dad and I roadtripped to Notre Dame to visit the campus. Had a good, quick trip; the campus is, if anything, prettier than St. John's. Found some apartments I liked too, and signed away my next three years and my first deposit. Happy with everything, we returned home to find a letter from UCLA, who had admitted me but not wanted to give me any money. Turns out they just offered me the Dean's Scholarship, which put UCLA even, money-wise, with Notre Dame. After some soul-searching I realized that ND seemed to fit me better and it'll probably give me more options after graduation (not just on the west coast like UCLA) so I'll stick with ND. They may even give me more money. So yeah, I'm off to law school at Notre Dame.

I looked at the housing market in South Bend, and it looks like it may be cheaper to buy a house than to rent. You can get a house easily for $20k, and I even saw some for $8k-$10k. Crazygonuts. I emaild ND's housing office to ask about what was wrong with all of these places, since it's not like there's just one dive that's cheap, but literally dozens of houses in the price range. A payment on a place like that would be around $100/month. Weird stuff.

Also, today I got a phone call from the law firm who interviewed me in California; they want to hire me for the summer, full time, at $13/hr. I should go buy a freaking lottery ticket.

Courtney is coming up for the weekend, so that's pretty exciting. I'm headed down to the cities tomorrow night and then I'll pick her up at the airport friday morning. Woot.