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Maybe things aren’t as bad as I’m making them out to be – but this is what it feels like:

8:00  Hit snooze button.
9:00  Wake up and realize snooze button was not snooze. 
9: 20  Park car in parking deck. Get yelled at by parking attendant and made to move to different spot three spaces down from your current space for absolutely arbitrary reasons, but not before parking attendant threatens to have your car towed from the deck if you make a scene.  Grumble about parking pass your bought from convention center. 
9:30  Finally find Barbri lecture room in labyrinth of convention center, the staff of which has no regard for consistency about what room your lecture is  placed in or any regard for your personal convenience. 
9:32  Notice with happiness that you haven’t even missed two whole pages of the lecture, even though you were half an hour late.  Mental note to never stress about being late ever again. 
9:33  Deep sigh of resignment that if the lecturer has only made it through two pages in half an hour that the next 50 pages of your life are going to be slow, painful, boring, and harmful to the general psyche of you and your poor friends. 
9:40  Wince at string of bad jokes told by lecturer. 
9:50  Shutter at even worse joke.
9:59  Start biting nails in anticipation of first break.  Even though you’ve only been in the lecture for half an hour – everyone else has been there for a full hour and you feel bad for them. 
10:03  First break.  Exit dark room and rush outside for fresh air.  Emerge onto street blinded by the sunshine and suffocated by the humidity. 
10:13  Drag self back into dark room through great personal effort. 
10:19  Start counting the pages till the next possible break. 
10:22  Text message a friend you think might respond – maybe they are at work or in babri in another town. 
10:28  Start compulsively checking phone for texts.  Decide to text message a few more friends in the off chance they might be around. 
10:33  Begin daydreaming about upcoming weekend. 
10:40  Draw pictures on neighbor’s outline – indicating how tired and bored you are. 
10:46  Write song lyrics to entire American Pie song out on table cloth. 
10:55  Keep checking for returned text messages.  Take a moment to pause and think about how many text messages you have sent this month and how you have most definitely gone over your limit.  Try to figure out how many of your friends are IN. 
11:05  Make a list of things you should accomplish this afternoon.  Not that you are actually going to accomplish any of these tasks, but it is fun to write them down. 
11:15  Make a calender of the past month and the upcoming month.  Think about all the fun things you don’t get to do and dream of how fun August is going to be. 
11:20  Take second ten minute break.  Exactly the same as first ten minute break – except maybe you decide to walk the half mile to the bathroom and vending machines. 
11:30  Finally resign self to the fact that you will be in this prison until at least 12:30, and that you will be subjected to a whole other hour of bad jokes, stupid legal jargon, and excruciating boredom. 
11:45  Consider stabbing self in the eye with pen. 
11:50  Finally get text back from a friend.  YES!
12:00  Think very hard about what you might want to eat for lunch.  Decisions, Decisions. 
12:15  Start to shake in anticipation of actually getting to leave.  Start biting nails again. 
12:27  Pack up everything before lecturer has actually finished speaking and rush out the door at the first chance.  Taste sweet breath of freedom. 
12:37  Finally make it back to parking deck.  It takes longer to walk from parking deck to lecture room than it does to drive from house to parking deck. Get in car and speed home

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So, normally Athens is a touch cooler than Augusta.  But not today.  Today Athens is winning as far as the contest of heat. 

But just when you think Augusta is falling behind in the contest for most ridiculous summer weather and Athens is pulling ahead – you notice the Special Weather Statements.  True, Athens has a Special Weather Statement today warning about the heat – as noted in the post below. 

Let us take a look at the Special Weather Statement issued for Augusta –

Air Stagnation Advisory (what?  what the hell is an air stagnation advisory?  Gross). 

Oh – it is a smog alert.  How weird.  I didn’t know that Augusta had smog alerts.  Like I said earlier – Gross. 

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101°F
Feels Like
100°F

…HEAT INDEX VALUES OF 100 TO 110  ACROSS MUCH OF NORTH AND CENTRAL  GEORGIA THIS AFTERNOON….

ANOTHER
HOT AFTERNOON IS IN STORE FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA TODAY AS A
LARGE HIGH PRESSURE REGION REMAINS LODGED OVER THE SOUTHEAST. AFTERNOON
HIGH TEMPERATURES SHOULD REACH 95 TO 102 DEGREES. THESE TEMPERATURES
COMBINED WITH DEW POINTS FROM THE MID 60S TO LOWER 70S WILL RESULT IN
AFTERNOON HEAT INDICES OF 100 TO 110 DEGREES. THE NORTHEAST GEORGIA
MOUNTAINS WILL HAVE HEAT INDICES MOSTLY IN THE 90S.

A FEW SPOTS
MAY SEE SOME RELIEF DURING THE MID THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON HOURS FROM
WIDELY SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. THE BEST CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL
BE ACROSS THE MID STATE AREA.

THE HEAT INDEX IS A MEASURE OF HOW
HOT IT FEELS WHEN THE EFFECTS OF HUMIDITY ARE COMBINED WITH THE OUTSIDE
TEMPERATURE. A HEAT INDEX OF 105 DEGREES IS CONSIDERED THE LEVEL WHERE
MANY PEOPLE BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE EXTREME DISCOMFORT OR PHYSICAL STRESS.
THE HEAT INDEX IS MEASURED UNDER SHADY CONDITIONS SO DIRECT EXPOSURE
WILL INCREASE THE HEAT INDEX BY AS MUCH AS 15 DEGREES.

IF YOU
PLAN TO BE OUTSIDE THIS AFTERNOON…AVOID PROLONGED EXPOSURE OR
STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES. YOUR BODY CAN LOSE UP TO A GALLON OF WATER AN
HOUR THROUGH PERSPIRATION. DRINK PLENTY OF NON
CAFFEINATED…NON-ALCOHOLIC FLUIDS. WEAR LIGHT-WEIGHT CLOTHING AND WEAR
A HAT AND SUNSCREEN TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUNSHINE.

PETS
CAN ALSO SUCCUMB TO THE EFFECTS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT. ENSURE PETS HAVE
ADEQUATE FRESH DRINKING WATER AND A SHADY PLACE TO REST. DO NOT KEEP
PETS IN CARS WITH THE WINDOWS ROLLED UP… EVEN PARTIALLY. TEMPERATURES
INSIDE CARS CAN REACH WELL OVER 150 DEGREES.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Some advice from my dad – Big Trav aka Travers W. Paine III – as told by me – 

1.  Working out is good for you and makes the rest of your life easier.  The more working out opportunities you take advantage of the happier and better you will feel.  Being outside is good for you, plus you get to play with fun gear like bike racks, canoe racks, trailer hitches, etc.

2. When you run the 400 – take the race 100 meters at a time and don’t think about the next 100 meters until you get there. 

3.  Always print out a document if you are going to proofread it.  Then when you fix that copy, print out another fresh copy and proofread it again.  Do this until the room is so full of scribbled on drafts that you want to throw yourself out the window and your printer is out of paper. 

4.  Keep chapstick with you at all times.  Don’t leave your chapstick in the car in the summertime. 

5.  Make lots of calendars. 

6.  Write in all caps.

7.  When you go on a trip, send postcards to yourself detailing what you did each day.  That way you can remember and write a journal later, and even if you write a journal during the trip you will still have pretty postcards with postage stamps from the country where you have been.  Also, you will know how long it takes to get the postcards.

8.  Movie popcorn is better than all other popcorn and there is nothing wrong with going into the movie theater and buying popcorn and leaving if you feel like it. 

9.  Travel is more fun if you have read up on the area to which you are traveling beforehand. 

10. Keep your back to the wall in a bar.

11.  Always throw the first punch.  If you don’t believe you should always throw the first punch, you haven’t ever been on the wrong side of the first punch.

12.  Know where your friends are at all times. 

13.  Invest your money in something. 

14.  Invest yourself in something else.

15.  Attend your high school and family reunions, even if you don’t feel like it.  People appreciate it and ;ater you will be glad you went. 

Okay, I know there are a lot of other things I’ve learned from my dad, but I’m sure y’all are tired of reading, so I’ll let you off the hook with 15.  I have an amazing dad who has been through a lot in his lifetime, and I’ve been enriched by all his experiences.  Daddy, I love you, thanks for everything.

Daddy loves to take pictures – so here are some choice pictures.  He has a tendency to make faces for the camera.

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I’m in augusta, and let me tell you that 200 year old houses are real cute most of the time, 10-15 foot ceilings can be impressive, but in the summertime, when you have a 20 year old air conditioner, it can get kind of hot. 

I went out with Travers and Cash and Lindsay last night – Paige came to meet us when she got off work.  It was fun and weird and interesting.  I was tired.  But before I went to sleep I reveled in being the recipient of  some late night dialing.  Love it. 

My parents woke me up this morning around 7:30 to see if I wanted to go to a 8 am spin class.  I didn’t.  Then my mom came back in my room around 10 and said (keep in mind this is father’s day weekend):

Mama:  "Daddy wants to know if you want to go out on the boat.  Otherwise he says he is just going to go to work."
Me:  " Geeze.   I’m dying of a heat stroke and the allergens are attacking me.  I’m one big histamine.  Leave me alone (I was kidding, but obviously didn’t communicate this well)."
Mama:  "I didn’t come in here for you to fuss at me."  (huffs out of room). 

I mean – obviously I had to go out on the boat.  I’m such a devoted child and I would hate to be the reason why my father worked on saturday.  Gah. 

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon on the Savannah river, directly below Clarks Hill dam, where the water comes out of the bottom of the lake and is icy and unreasonable cold for the air temperature.  So while the sun scorched my shoulders and warmed my hair, my feet tingled and burned in the frigid water.  Bella and Bo went out on the boat with us and I can honestly say I haven’t seen two such happy and contented dogs in a long time.  We drank a few coors lights, because my mom thinks it is sort of unnatural to be out on the boat on a saturday in the summertime and not drink a beer – and I agree. 

I got to see Jennifer for about five seconds on my way home from the river, and I was totally exhausted by the time I got back to the house.  So exhausted that after I watched Georgia lose in the college world series and watch the US hang on to a tie with Italy in the world cup that I had to take a big huge nap on the front porch swing.  It was great. 

I was a big loser and nerd tonight because I was too tired to do much more than eat a bunch of baked spaghetti and drink a glass of wine. 

My parents had to go to my dad’s 40th high school reunion tonight.  Isn’t that weird to think about?

Did I tell you about the new band I’m obsessed with?  They are called the Wreckers.  If you don’t like them then I don’t like you. 

I’m reading The Geographer’s Library currently, and I think it is awesome so far.  I wish I could write a novel.  I hear you need self motivation and organizational skills to complete such tasks.  I wonder if they sell those skills on ebay? I could probably still ask for that for a graduation present.

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Sidenote

Sometimes I get cynical and frustrated with dating and relationships, and right now I’m pretty bored if the truth be told, but – I have realized in the past couple of days that there really are some sweet awesome boys laying around, and even though for whatever reason those aren’t the right fit for me, I need to remember they they are there and that I get to interact with a lot of them on a regular basis. 

I guess I have just recently been reminded that some pretty great people think I’m pretty great too and I find that unbelievably comforting and satisfying. 

I can honestly say there is nothing of interest to report on this front, I just wanted to note my appreciation of boys that I have spent time with the in the past who still consider me fondly and boys who I interact with in the present who make me feel special and enjoyable. 

As long as I can remember these things, I can take most any rejection that comes my way, and for that, I am forever indebted.  I don’t even know if those who I am indebted to read my blog, or even if they did, if they would know that I was talking about them, but regardless, thanks. 

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Last night I watched AFI’s 100 movies 100 cheers – or the name was something like that.  Regardless, I really enjoy watching clips from movies that I love.  It was really fun, and I added a few movies to my netflix queue.  Lately I’ve been using netflix for mostly tv on dvd – because I love watching tv shows on dvd – without the commercials and everything, but at the same time I don’t want to buy the seasons because I never watch them again and they are expensive. 

OMG – what am I doing – I totally need to go study.  It stresses me out to be so unproductive.  Seriously, I need to stop downloading televisions shows on iTunes and stop playing on netflix.  Some people have problems on things like the facebook and myspace, not me, I have problems reading excerpts out of books on amazon and google reference and downloading tv shows on itunes and looking for obscure movies on netflix. 

At least myspace and facebook represent the real world on some level instead of the totally fictional world of books and movies that I prefer to bury myself in. 

I need to get a life.

p.s. did you know that fictional was a word?  I feel like it should be fictitious (which is also a word).  But I wrote fictional and didn’t realize it until I re-read the post, and I looked it up on dictionary.com and it says it is a word.  Who knew?  Which one is correct?  Does it matter?  Do I have more pressing concerns in my life right now?  Am I a crazy person?

p.p.s. Okay, I think that fictional is the correct word for the above circumstance.  Fictional is something to do with fiction and stories and stuff, and fictitious is something that is false or for the purpose of deception.  Actually, the more I look at the definitions the more I think I am creating fictitious facts.  I think the words are interchangeable and that I’m just wasting precious time.  I could be laying out in the sun right now.  Gah. 

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