Public Transport

Ok, I’m back, it’s a few hours later. I guess I’ll go ahead and start off at what we did this morning. Obviously we did the normal breakfast thing, and then went off to our first stop, which were some really cool ruins, I mean, like these were just amazing to see these old old temples and stuff all around the place.

The first one we couldn’t climb, but we went back in farther and they just kept getting cooler and cooler. Finally we got all the way back to the last one and it was absolutely HUGE, a bunch of us climbed it, it was probably like a couple hundred feet tall. And the view from the top was the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a long time. The only other place that I’ve seen such a great view was from the top of the Tooth of Time in Philmont. I took a great panoramic picture from up there, I just wish that I could do the panoramic thing now so that I can see how it all turns out.

The steps though were so steep and coming back down I though i was going to fall and die. lol. But we all made it down safe and sound. After that we went back to the front and I bought three shirts for $100 pesos. I hope that the people I got them for like them. After I got home I noticed that one of them wasn’t the one that I wanted, but it’s still cute I think. I really like the one I got for my dad, and I want to keep it for myself. But I’ll have to give it to him.

Umm, after that we went to these other ruins which were really neat. Not as cool as the first ones, but still really cool. The steps there were like 10 times more steep though.

It was ungodly hot out everyone, and my arms finally are starting to get some sun, which is nice.

Umm, there’s really not to much to say about the ruins, except that they were ruins and really cool. I wished that Andrew could have been there because they were some cool fucking ruins, and he would have really enjoyed the history behind them and stuff, at least I think that he would have. I took a shit load of pictures for him to see. So far it’s over 800 pics total for my camera since I bought it and almost 200 just for this trip alone. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings.

After we got back from the ruins we went swimming, at least a small group of us did. It was really cold in the pool though so we didn’t stay long. Once we were all done hanging out there I went and showered and then wrote that previous entry.

Since then I’ve been a bit sad. I went out front to just sit and ran into a couple people, and asked what they were doing. one of them was going to an internet cafe, so I told her that I wanted to go do that too. But we had a few other things to do real quick like first. Well those things took a bit longer, so by the time I got to the internet cafe I just had enough time to leave him a quick message on his journal. Though Sulie (sp?) who was with me needed to use the computer and after I was done, I just sat there and cried a little, because just seeing his journal again, and reading about what he’s been doing, even though his updating has sucked since I’ve been gone, just made me miss him a lot more.

After that I came back and listened to a little bit of the cranberries before I had to run to this thing, and write my journal entry for the night. I don’t really have much more to say about the whole trip, but eh. whatever.

I don’t really feel like I fit into any of the groups of people. I mean, we have Aaron and Liz, but they’re together, so I always just feel like the third wheel. then there’s Omar, Tyron, and Joe, and they’re always going off, but I never seem to really get invited to come with them, so yeah. Then there’s Tim, who’s a major outcast and I can’t stand, so I don’t really talk to him.

Then there’s all the girls, which I’m getting along with. We’ve all made plans to go to the Redlight sometime after we get back, I think that will be fun. But at the same time I just don’t really feel like I fit in completely there either. It always seems like they’re going out and doing stuff while I just sit in my room. Oh well, I mean it’s only a week and we all can’t spend every minute of every day with each other, other wise they’d just annoy me even more then they already do.

I also really wish that I could blab more about Andrew, like I bring him up every once in a while, it seems as though all the girls are getting married, or have lt’s, but then once I bring up Andrew they all seem to get uncomfortable. Which is a little annoying, I mean I can understand some of it, but they all seem semi ok, and semi not ok. Who knows really.

But I do really miss drew bear and i want to move there so badly in June. I can’t wait to see him in April, and I really want to just spend the whole layover in Houston talking to him. That’d be really nice.

Tomorrow we’re going to villages, which I’m understanding are like a 2-3 hour bus ride out to them. Now that seems hellish, and it IS hellish mostly because we’re taking PUBLIC transportation, AND it’s not air conditioned. I have NO idea what we are going to do out in these villages all day, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the whole thing.

Oh, I forgot to mention. We found out the other day that they have 11 inches of snow in Iowa today. How sucky is that! I’m so glad that I’m in Mexico…(I just wrote Cali, deleted it, wrote it again… How messed up am I).

Well, laters all.

Here in Houston

Well here we are in Houston. This morning has been really long already and I have a feeling that the rest of the day is going to be very long too.

Last night I was up tell 11 or so packing, and then finally got to bed. I spent the night tossing and turning and just thinking about the trip down here and stuff. Got up about 4am this morning and got ready then drove to the airport.

Once we got here is when things started to get annoying. I was there at 5am, and we found out that the ticket counter didn’t even fucking open tell 6am. We all sat around doing nothing for the hour, then finally got to check in.

The security line was really long, but there was a group of about 4 really hot boys in front of us. I have a feeling two of them were gay, either that or VERY metrosexual. I can’t wait tell that goes out of style again. Then we’ll be able to tell family better. Anyways, once we got to the gates those 4 went and got drinks, ie, good drinks. They were flying United though, so that was sad.

We all sat around there sitting and waiting to board. That was boring! Ha!

Finally got on the flight and the ride was pretty good. Like I said I had 2A so I was right there, and there weren’t any seats next to me, cause the galley was there. It was a major plus. Everyone else was at the back of the plane.

I spent the whole ride listening to RENT! Which I’m in love with and really want to see it again. I’m sad that I’ll be gone during the time it’s in DSM.

Umm, there are a LOT of hot boys here in the airport because of spring break!

On the ride here I also thought a lot about Andrew’s proposition that I move there in June. I don’t think it’s been any discussion about it on either of our websites, so here it is. He wants me to move there in June and live with him in the dorms. Now the plusses to this would be that I’m in the area earlier and thus can spend more time looking for jobs and getting a good apartment, instead of having to do it all long distance. Also I’d get free room for the summer, well I’d still have to pay for my apartment in Ames.

The downside is that it’s very risky. Mostly because I know that if I stay in Ames for the summer, I’ll have a job and a chance to build up some cash. However, if I go there, there’s no guarantee that I’d be able to make any money, or even get a part time job very quickly.

Well the point is that on the flight down here I think the positives our weigh the negatives, and it’s worth the risk. We’ll have to see. I’m really wanting to do it now, but I have to think more about the feasibility and stuff.

I was thinking about the moving to and if I did that, I can pack all the stuff up that I don’t need before leaving, and then use my apartment as a storage place and then have it all professionally moved when it comes time. Which by the way I got an estimate of about $1,100 the other day. Which is FAR less then going with budget.

Well anyways I have to pee and I’m hungry, so…

Laters all

It’s MY Shit!

Ok, this has to be one of the best BOFH’s in a while. For those that don’t normally read it, or don’t keep up with the SCO stuff, I’m pretty sure that’s where the reference is going to….

BOFH: Protecting bodily waste in the public domain
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BOFH 2004: Episode 8

“You’re looking pretty cheerful,” the PFY observes, as the Boss rolls into mission control.

Mmmf! he responds, between mouthfuls of a large apple.


It’s this fruit, it’s delicious! he burbles.

What, the cafeteria’s run out of fried lavatory paper? I ask. Someone’s going to have to update the menu on their webpage!

Funny you should say lavatory, the Boss continues, as that’s just where this item came from.

You nicked an apple from the bog?! the PFY responds. That’s hardly hygienic!

No, this apple is a direct product of our toilet system! he snorts.

You nicked an apple from out of the toilet? the PFY gasps, wrinkling his nose.

NO! No, the company signed up to a sustainability and reduced ecological impact initiative a couple of years back, and this is one of the outcomes!


Simple. For the past two years we’ve been sending our effluent to one of those biodome things as a raw product for their planting system.

We’ve been giving them crap? the PFY asks.

For want of better wording, yes.

So does that mean we’re giving our clients a break? I ask, rhetorically.

AND THE OUTCOME OF THIS, the Boss continues, ignoring me, is fruit and veg, free for the taking, in the cafeteria!

So let me get this straight, I ask You’ve been giving my excrement away to people.

It’s crap! the boss responds.

It’s MY crap, and I work long and hard choosing the products to eat to make it high yield fertiliser.

It would’ve got sent to the bloody sewer system anyway, the Boss replies.

If I so choose to release my products to the public domain, so be it. However, if you take something which is mine, which I created, and give it to another well that’s theft!

Yeah, sure, the Boss snaps wearily.

I thought about it, and created it, it’s my intellectual property!

I doubt it!

. . . three days later . . .

What the hell is this? the Head of IT snaps, crashing into mission control, waving a piece of paper.

A … piece of paper? the PFY suggests.

Well? he asks, ignoring the PFY and addressing me directly.

I can’t see from here.

It’s a letter from your solicitors, saying they’re going to take legal action against the company and all the staff in the company who took any of the free fruit and veg earlier in the week!

Oh that! I said. Yes, about the company stealing my IP.

They stole your excrement! he snaps.

So you agree they stole it? I ask.

No, I didn’t mean that, I meant it was just … shit.

It may be shit, but it was incorporated into a better product without my permission.

And so if we don’t,. purchase a licence to your excrement, you’re going to sue us.


But we don’t want your excrement it’s smelly and worthless.

That may be the case, but parts of my excrement made up the fruit and veg you took, without my permission. And as I don’t license components of my excrement, just the excrement, you’d need a license for my excrement to own the fruit and veg.

It’s SHIT! he snaps.

There would be few people in the world who would disagree with you. However, my thought went into its construction, and it’s my intellectual property.

It’s SHIT!

I’m not arguing with you.

OK, how much is the licence?

50 quid.


Yes, now. Course if you wait till after the court case, the price might go up.

That’s extortion!

I’m not going to argue with you about that either.

But what good is an excrement license to me?

Well, should you want to use my excrement for something in the future you have a license for it. And you can keep eating the free fruit and veg!

So what PART of your excrement contributed to this carrot?

I’m afraid I’m not at liberty to disclose that.

We’ll I’ll tell the biodome to stop using your crap.

It would mean a complete cleanup, start from scratch, to remove all the vestages of my IP from the ground substrate, Very costly. And it wouldn’t help all you people who still have the fruit and veg.

So let me get this straight I buy a poo license from you for 50 quid.

At today’s prices, yes.

And you allow me to keep eating free fruit and veg.


And if it transpires that you used a toilet that didn’t empty into the storage container, but into the sewer instead would you refund me?

Well no, because you bought a licence to use my poo. Contained in that license is the option to use things made from my poo. But you can still use my poo.

So if there was none of your poo in the biodome, I’d have paid you 50 quid.

At today’s prices.

Yes, at today’s prices, for nothing.

No, for the license to use my poo.

Right, well I’m not paying.

Well, I guess I’ll see you in court.

. . .

Are you really going to take them to court?

Depends on how much money I get outside of court. If I get a lot, I’ve lined up a private investor who’ll buy all the rights and then charge an annual support fee.

If not?

Dunno, I might settle for a couple of pints and a pickled egg at the pub. So, was that a pear you were eating yesterday?

You bastard.

I don’t think Bastard goes anywhere near to describing the unmitigated scum sucking, bottom feeding toerag that is me. But hey who knew shit could be worth so much.


I also called and got the seats for the flights this weekend. I got:
DSM – Houston: 2A
Houston – Merida: 7F
Merida – Houston: 6F
Houston – DSM: 4A

How exciting!
I can’t wait to go.

I’m also a bit annoyed because I found a ticket today for $220 to fly from OMA to Santa Ana. Grrr, where was that ticket a couple weeks ago! Bastards.

Laters all.

Last Update

Well this will probably be my last update tell I get back from Jersey/LA.

The last couple days have been very emotional and also very aggravating.

Andrew’s thought about not going to college, we’ve talked about where our relationship is going, etc, etc.

Last night I spent the night trying to watch the Lucy show, but ended up just crying the night away. I also packed, hopefully I didn’t forget anything.

We’ve decided to put end our relationship once he leaves, very sad. But I think it’s the right thing to do. I mean really how many long distance relationships work out? Hopefully someday we’ll meet up again and be able to get back together, maybe not. It was a very hard thing to do, and it hurts me a lot. But like I said, I think it’s the right thing.

Today we had a bit of a fight though about something very stupid, and I feel horrible now for bringing it up, though I think it needed to be talked about. We also are going to talk more tonight about things.

Weekend is packed with activies, hopefully they will all go well and there won’t be too much crying, etc.

Anyways, I will be taking a laptop with me, so I will be writing many updates. They will all get posted after I get back sometime.

Here’s my flight schedule:

CO2845 — Des Moines, IA (DSM) 16:00  TO
                New York/ Newark Liberty, NJ (EWR) 19:30

CO564 — New York/ Newark Liberty, NJ (EWR) 10:40 TO
                Houston/ George Bush, TX (IAH) 13:18

CO259 — Houston/ George Bush, TX (IAH) 14:40 TO  
                Orange County, CA (SNA) 16:08

CO5390 — Orange County, CA (SNA) 08:40 TO
                Detroit, MI (DTW) 16:01

CO7525 — Detroit, MI (DTW) 18:57 TO
                Des Moines, IA (DSM) 19:40

And I’m out…

The Songs…

Dear Tohpher,
These are all the lyrics to the songs
That are on this CD.
I chose all the songs
Because of their lyrics
And Also what they mean to me.
(Well, except for “We Went To The Moon” and “Head, Booty, Cock”–Those just remindme of you)
Each song expresses feelings
That I have for you.
Thank you for an unforgettable
3 Months.

The Cranberries — When You’re Gone
Alanis Morissette — So Unsexy
Dido — Here With Me
Faye Wong — Eyes On Me
Lonestar — Amazed
Alanis Morissette — You Owe Me Nothing In Return
Mary J. Blige — Flying Away
Disney Channel — We Went To The Moon in 1969
The Cranberries — I’m Still Remembering
2 Live Crew — Head, Booty, Cock
Whitney Houston — Run To You
Enya — A Day Without Rain
Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here
Counting Crows — ColorBlind
Mary J. Blige — 2U
Smashing Pumpkns — Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Cranberries — Stars
Alanis Morissette — Head Over Feet
Nobuo Uematsu — Forever Rachel

I Love You.