Adventures: Part 2

Hello again from my little heaven on earth, at least that’s what my former roommate calls my apartment based on its mega showerhead and Xbox console. The roommates I have now are both really nice, both MacBook Pro kind of white guys with lots of expensive toys. Last night I had Davis over for a rice meal and we turned on the Xbox afterwards and sort of lost track of time as Guitar Heros. Ross, my roommate, has the full rock band setup with wireless guitars, mics, and drums all hooked up to a big flat panel screen. Got to bed around 3. I’m not a gamer and I’ve vowed to leave it off during normal operating hours.

Friday night was casino night again on campus; those deals are the greatest because I always find a bunch of ‘old’ friends packed around the tables. So everybody always wins regardless of whether you make it big in funny money or not. It helps to have generous and inexperienced dealers. At 1am the games wind down and tickets are drawn for prizes, and so ends a fun event.

Today I’m going up to Snowbowl with Davis and Mike for a game of disc golf at their world-class course. World disc golf championships were held there in 2005. The course is several miles long and takes a few hours to play. This morning I got up at 8 and knocked out most of my homework for the weekend, but I should study some more Chinese and computer programming. I haven’t opened the books for these two courses outside of class yet. My Chinese semester is off to a frustrating start due to the fact that the professor is from Taiwan and staunchly believes in writing Traditional Chinese instead of Simplified characters. Here’s a sentence, “I study Chinese at the library” written in Simplified: 我在图书馆学中文. And in Traditional: 我在圖書館學中文. A few of the characters are the same, but the majority are very complicated to read and write. Our textbooks and dictionaries are written using simplified characters, which further exacerbates the situation. I guess I’ll have to learn Traditional now, unless I can convince him that the rest of the world is better than Taiwan.

And that’s about the extent of the adventures of last week. Classes are going well, although I’m still trying to adjust to the different learning concepts of upper-level business classes. I’m now on the fourth floor of the business building, up from the second floor last semester. We have lots of group work and I’m scrutinizing Annual Reports and Prospectuses by the fistful; next semester I write them.

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