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(My blog posts for the next couple weeks are going to revolve around two things: my trip to the Bay Area, and my attempts to work my already hectic school schedule around the vacation.)

Going to have to be quick tonight, since it’s almost 10:30 and the alarm goes off in five hours from now, and there’s still a ton of stuff left to do before we’re packed.

Before I get into how my classes went today, let me follow up on the part in yesterday’s blog post where I talked about our water being out. The last I told you was that the water was expected to be turned on around midnight, so we should expect to wake up with running water.

We did not, in fact, wake up to running water.

Late this morning, we received an email profusely apologizing for the long delay in getting the water back online, and telling us that the plumbers were on site from noon yesterday until 6:30 this morning trying to make repairs. They said that they were waiting on the glue to dry and that things should be back to normal by noon, or hopefully before.

Noon came and went, and still no water.

At 1:40 pm I called the office and asked when the water would be turned back on. They said 2:00, so at 2:00 I just calmly walked to the kitchen sink and turned the faucet on, knowing what to expect. Sure enough, no water. So we called them again, and were told this time that the water will be back on at 4:00 pm, and if it’s not, call back and get an updated estimate.

They could not have said “your guess is as good as mine” any louder.

At 4:00 I was at my wife’s office, picking her up, and we stopped for food on the way home, so it was after 4:30 when we arrived. We got in, we finished our food, and I went back to the kitchen, knowing full well what to expect out of the faucet.

And finally, after 28 hours without it, there was water flowing from the faucet. I have never been more happy to be able to wash dishes and rinse reusable coffee filters and refill our four gallons of filtered water we keep in the fridge and all the other things that we use water for.

Anyway, enough about the Saga of the Missing Water, I meant to make this blog post about school, and I’ve failed miserably.

Got my second algebra quiz back. My streak of scores in the 90s is over. I broke it with a perfect 100, so that’s a decent thing. I also turned in the next quiz, since it’s due on Monday, and a lot of that quiz was dependent on today’s lecture. I did not do well on it at all. Fortunately I get to drop the two lowest quiz scores, so I’m hoping this will be a one-off situation and not an indication of my inability to progress further into algebra.

Got my first homework assignment back in biology. Scored a perfect 10 out of 10. The lecture was pretty intense – we’re currently covering the macromolecules and today we finished up carbohyudrates, went through lipids, and started in on proteins. I also got my first notes from my note-taking partner, and they are amazing – in Google Docs, complete with diagrams and illustrations taken from the web, as class was being dismissed. I couldn’t ask for anything better. I’m going to pick up a small souvenir from the San Francisco area for my two note-takers for Monday, and will have to do something nice for my biology partner at the end of the semester.

Well, that’s about all I have to offer at this point. It’s getting later and later, and I still have to pack computers and school supplies. My next blog post will be from California. See you then!


I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my wife’s birthday is today. Happy birthday, my love. Can’t wait to be on vacation with you tomorrow.

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