Friday night I have dinner with jduffy1535
at Bangkok 54. Then we went back to their place and hung out with becca5
. It was pretty good, but I left early. baranoouji
seemed to not be feeling well, and I don't like hanging around people's house when they aren't feeling 100%.
Saturday I woke up fairly early, paid some bills, and had lunch at Arby's. I went to Anime Pavilion to try and get the last Fullmetal Alchemist
box set, but they didn't have it in yet. The guy said it should be in today or tomorrow. I cam home and did a lot of laundry, because I had no clean non-work clothes. Then I packed quickly and hit the road for Virginia Beach and palliddreamer
's St. Patrick's day party. It was slow going down almost to Spotsylvania county, but after that I made pretty good time. The party was lots of fun, despite me being the only William and Mary person there besides Mike There were a lot of people there and everyone seemed to be having a real good time. I met a few interesting people, including some of Mike's fencing buddies. I had four or five Jell-o shots, I don't think I'd had one of those in like 8 years. It brought back memories. I played what I think was Halo 3,
and even managed to kill some people. I did not get on of Rock Band
, though. I got good and drunk and slept on the couch.
The next morning, I woke up, took a shower and rolled out for the trip home. It was slow getting out of VA Beach, because there was some sort of marathon going on. And once I got out of the city, traffic was horrifically slow up to the Hampton Roads bridge tunnel. It took me two hours
from Mike's house to that point. After that things were pretty OK, though. I made a stop in Williamsburg, got lunch at Paul's deli, and wandered around the William and Mary campus for a while. Good God, a lot has changed since I was there last (6 years ago). They've built and extension onto the front of Small Hall (physics building), and are currently making Millington (bio) and Rogers (chemistry) into an "Integrated Science Center". I saw the two new dormitories they built on part of Barksdale Field, where people use to sunbathe. I guess the ROTC kids won't be flying out of there in helicopters anymore. Too bad; it was funny seeing spectators papers get blown all over the place that one time. They're also building a new home for the business school on that old gravel parking lot by the Matoaka woods, across the street from Morton (government building). I went into the renovated Swem library (last time I only saw it from the outside). The remodel is AMAZING. The stacks no longer look like a Soviet record warehouse. Before, I wouldn't have been surprised to find KGB torture records in there. Now it actually seems like a pleasant place to study. I also walked through Blair Hall (the history building, where I had most of my classes). It looks the same as it always did, but it was pretty ice before, so that's no surprise. I'm a little disappointed that there is some narcissistic ancestor-worship shrine to the Tyler family next to it now. I don't mind so much the busts of the historically significant Tylers (John the 18th Governor of Virginia, John the President, and Lyon the 17th President of the College), but the list of their descendants who attended the College down the years including some kid who graduated in 2001 just rubbed me the wrong way. Almost in the same way the renaming of Tercentenary Hall to McGlothlin-Street Hall bothered me. But in spite of all the changes, the old school still felt like home.
Apparently the Cheese Shop no longer exists. It's former space is now occupied by something called the "Blue Talon Bistro," so I guess bread ends and house dressing are a thing of the past. If you want them, you'll have to make do with sturmadler
's approximation. The old drug store is a Williams-Sonoma now. But the toy shop is still there in Merchant's Square. My last stop in Williamsburg was the campus shop, where I got a W&M hoodie, since I had very little school pride gear.
The rest of the drive up was uneventful, save for a few infuriating moments when I found myself having to brake to a dead stop in the left lane of I-95 for no discernible reason. I made it home around 6 o'clock. I thought about getting dinner, but was really too tired to go out anywhere. So I just dicked around on the internet for a while, and went to bed at around 10:30.
I took today off. I woke up at around 9 o'clock today. After the usual start-of-day preparations, I went out, had breakfast, bought cigarettes and a quart of milk and came home. Tom and Jules have a 1 o'clock reservation at the Four Provinces. baranoouji
are going to that. I need to call her and figure out when we are leaving.
This was a good weekend. I'm really glad I went to that party. There weren't a lot of friends there, but it was nice to be around different people.