So, it’s been 7 weeks since I last updated before I started Prototype. I finally finished the off crew period. Essentially, for the first 7 weeks of the pipeline you’re stuck in a classroom getting lectures all the time and trying to memorize a bunch of random facts and schematics about every system on the boat. The process starts off with you studying your material in a handbook and then trying to take a ridiculously hard computer test that you’ll fail the first time. Then, two hours later, you can retake it and pass. Then you have to track down a qualified staff member and do a verbal “check out” to get everything signed off in your books. There’s more to it than that of course, but it’s really boring and even thinking about it makes me depressed. It really is a pretty awful experience (and I’m leading the class in points right now!). Being a Nuke is almost ridiculous at times.
For the next however many weeks (in theory 20 weeks), I’ll be actually spending most of my day on the submarine and doing actual work, on top of getting more “check outs” and some time in the classroom. It’s rotating shifts of 12 hour days for 7 days and about 2 days off after that. No more weekends! I hope I’ll actually be able to see Carissa a little, but it’s going to be pretty hard. Oh well, that’s the Navy for you.
If you’re wondering if I’ve done anything at all since being at Prototype, I haven’t. There’s just no time. I get home from work and then go to sleep, and then on the weekends we usually grill out and drink. Doing nothing becomes one of the best experiences in your life when all you do is work.
The only real news is that I got a tattoo. I had been planning on one for a long time and I’ve debated actually getting on for the last few weeks. Last Sunday I went to a few shops and found an amazingly talented artist (Josh at Artistic Ink). He’s a traveling artist and he really did hook me up. It took about 6 hours just for the lines; and in two weeks, I’ll get the color. Can’t wait to see how it looks!
I had something to say last night. I’m not sure what it was, though. Nothing outstanding or astounding has happened. I’m just trying to get through finals without having to try seppuku.
I found out about Matisyahu, the hebrew reggae master. It’s fun listening to the Torah via reggae. Good sound too. I’m all for it.
On a moderately significant note, I released a font of my handwriting which is pretty nifty. Although I used to have one, this font is completely smooth and fluid and accurately maps all western characters in my handwriting. People seem to like it.
As well, I made one of those old school folded paper things that you pick the number and then the colour to find out the future or whatnot. I wrote some pretty classy “future” predictions: “you will give me your number,” “you want to go on a date with me friday at six,” “you want to tell me what you’re wearing underneath your clothes.” Now I just made the damn thing to pass the time and have a laugh, but the motherfucker WORKED. I don’t know how that’s even possible. So now I have a girl’s phone number. How odd!
I also got accepted in St. Edwards. Apparently, I qualify for almost 9 grand just for applying. With some luck, I’ll be able to afford it.
Unfortunately, applying to college makes about as much sense as a fish with a bicycle. I’m rather confused and most admissions representatives will (of course) not give me an objective look at their campus, which is unfortunate. Here is my current list of possibilities:
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at San Antonio
St. Edwards University at Austin
Trinity University at San Antonio
Lubbock Christian University
What’s the deciding factor? Well, besides those remarkably annoying applications and their prices, everything will come down to how much money they want to give me. I’m seriously hoping that Trinity will like me, but who knows. Trinity appears to be the most flexible and most accomodating; LCU appears to be the most personal of the selection; St. Edwards seems really focused and also pretty easy to get into (not that it’s certain, of course) and I’ve applied for an incredible 1 year free tutition scholarship contest, which I sincerely hope I win (despite other universities being my first choice). It’s really confusing for me to have to pick something that I know nothing about.
I actually love painting, but I’m not very good at it. This is the first time I really tried to make something, but I didn’t really know how to make things smoothly. Believe it or not, I didn’t make another painting for nearly seven years.
Wow, today was great. Saw a movie with my girlfriend, Emily… And I have this English project due Monday; 140 entries on A Separate Peace… Seriously need to start…
Ah, life is good, except for monday when i dont have anything done on my project… People say my vectors are good… I’m really starting to beleive them… I’ll be honest, my inspiration is coming from deviantART. Thanks. I’m doing another sushi vector soon… a simple one… maybe shrimp or something…
So, this is an interesting piece. I made this way back when the world thought Saddam was harboring weapons of mass destruction and liberation of Iraq was in its infancy. deviantART was hugely political and this was my contribution. I guess he should have just gone fishing.