Time to go deep and get back to the grind. I’ve been letting myself get distracted and need to remember why I’m here, why I’m back in school. Originally it was to get my degree and head home to be with her. Well fate has a way of changing plans. So my new one is to get my degree and put these skills to good use and hopefully use the skills I learned as a historian to added use.
In an effort to do that I need to focus at the things right in front of me. Four engineering classes. I need to put them in their place and get through them. If that means going deep and becoming a ghost in the sea, then that is what I need to do.
To quote Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior Drill Instructor Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair.
And that in a nutshell in engineering at Virginia Tech.
I bought music for the first time in ages. Normally if there is something I want to listen too I’ll just fire up Spotify and listen to it. But I wanted some Who to listen to on my iPod (Yes I still have an iPod) so I went to iTunes and bought The Who Hits 50! Deluxe edition. And now while I type this I’m listening to I Can See For Miles. I think it comes down to this and Baba O’Riley as my favorite Who song, but then there is See Me, Feel Me ok I like a few of their songs.
This has been a pretty busy week. I just finished my first major design project for my Introduction to Computer Engineering class. Then I had a lab for Circuit Analysis, and a test for the Circuit Analysis lecture. I still have homework to do but I left that book on campus so I’ll have to do it tomorrow. So for a little bit tonight I get to catch my breath, relax then start it all over again tomorrow.
My trip to the SWE conference is rapidly approaching I need to start getting my stuff together. I’m going to do some shilling for the Vets@VT while I’m’ there, see if we can interest some companies in some veteran only opportunities in Tech.
Then once that is done and I get back to Blacksburg then it will be time to prep for my Thanksgiving trip up to visit some old friends in New Hampshire.
Well it is almost my bed time and I have to get up early and do some homework.
My birthday is coming up as I write this it is about an hour and half from now. I used to love my birthday, Loved all the people taking time of their schedules to send me a quick note.
But that is all gone, now I’m dreading it. Because the one person I was to get a text, or a tweet, or a Facebook post is gone. I’ll never get to hear her voice again. I am alone.
I know I have friends that tell me I’m not alone, but at the end of the day it isn’t true, they have families and lie’s that don’t involve me. If push comes to shove thy have many more things that are more important to then than me.
I don’t say this as an insult to my friends, but simply that I know that I’m not the top priority in their life.
One last note to my friends, just let me mope today, I’ll be fine in time but today just hurts more than normal. Think of the person most important to you and now imagining on your birthday you know you will never hear from them again. That is how I’m feeling. Just be glad you only have to imagine that and not live it like me.
Wow. After dropping one of my classes I thought it would get a little easier but nope… I sent most of the day cranking out homework. Hopefully it is just that I’m rusty at this school thing and soon I’ll get into my groove.
My first test is Friday so let’s hope I do well.
The first week of classes are over. I worked through part of the homework, and there is still more to do. And the topper is that there I have a Circuit Analysis test next week. Hopefully I can do the homework and make my equation sheet and ace this test.
Also this week I need to start my Circuit Analysis Lab. Hopefully I wont blow up too many circuits 🙂
Almost time for bed, I have three classes in the morning.
My friend had brought me this from San Diego. Once it was opened it really smelled like I just opened a bottle of root beer. Sadly once I took a sip of it, it tasted more like root beer mixed with wine. So I think for me it was a one and done. But I really want to try their regular cider, I bet it will be great.
My flight is tonight, I like flying overnight when heading East. this way I can get into Roanoke in the morning then I can take care of business during the day.
As soon as I get back in to Blacksburg I will head down to campus and try to pick up my books and see people I need to see. Then get back to the apartment to get my packages I shipped and ordered from amazon.
On Monday I start the grind hopefully the spirit of my favorite electrical engineer can help me through my EE classes.
My time in Los Angeles is coming to an end. In the beginning I thought this was going to be the last time I was going to be living in Los Angeles. But as it gets the closer I realize that while I lost my wife, someone so close to me, I’ve been forgetting all the people that are still in Los Angeles and I don’t want to abandon them. Well I have some times in Blacksburg to figure this all out.
I’m going to miss LA but I’m looking forward to getting back to work.
Now it is time to relax… for a couple of weeks.
One thing I need to do is go up to CityWalk here in LA and buy a present for my friend. She helped me out by filling out some paperwork to help me out dealing with Virginia Tech paperwork (hopefully for the last time)
She likes Harry Potter, so I will buy her some thing from Universal. Maybe a wand. I’m not a Harry Potter fan so I’m not sure what to get.
Tomorrow I plan on working in the garage, something I haven’t been able to since May.