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apartment room for sublease + more

Nov. 30th, 2006 | 01:33 pm

so, this semester has been very long and painful. the specifics: too many classes on tues and thurs, working 3 days a week (+ 6 hour commute per week), and preparing for marketing clep test due to being told (in september) that i'm 2 hours short of graduation. i hate school.

however....i took that stupid clep test today and totally tore it apart. meaning...i can get the fuck out of here next month. and i have an interview for two jobs tomorrow, one of which i'm basically guaranteed if i don't, like, fall asleep or commit any crimes during the interview.

now my obstacle is this: the stupid lady at my apartment office put my lease through next august instead of this december, and stupid me signed the stupid thing without checking that she had done so.

so, i need to find someone to take over my lease so i can move out.

i live at balcones which is super close to campus...big room...hardwood floors in the living room...$330/month + 1/3 electricity (usually $15-$20)...move in january 1st-ish. maybe i'll throw in some perks, like you can keep my air bed and shower curtain. :P

if you (or anyone you know) may be interested, please let me know...!!

good luck to all of you suffering through the end of the semester.... :)

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Oct. 16th, 2006 | 02:50 pm

I see this ant going circles, making her way spherically across the ash speckled table. I believe she may be lost. If I could only figure out how she got up here among the computer monitors, I could help her retrace her steps. It’s painful to see her misplaced and struggling.

And how selfishly I’ve worded my concern – every sentence commenced with I instead of her.

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serious entertainment.

Oct. 14th, 2006 | 01:04 am

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enery + money saving lesson, because knowing is better than not

Apr. 18th, 2006 | 02:05 pm

Heating and cooling costs account for about 50% of the home energy budget. An ideal way to cut down on energy use and utility bills would be to reduce energy used for heating and cooling. There is a simple, easy, no-cost method of doing just that -- ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT!

In the summer, the thermostat should be set no lower than 78F to 80F. For every degree the thermostat is raised, 4% to 8% can be saved on cooling costs.

With the thermostat set on 72F, a family's July utility bill is $120.

How much was spent on cooling?
50% of the bill was spent on cooling
50% x $120 = $60 was spent on cooling

At a savings of 4% per degree, how much could be saved if the thermostat was raised to 78F?
4% x 6 = 24% savings
24% x $60 = $14.40 saved

At a savings of 8% per degree, how much could be saved at 80F?
8% x 8 = 64% savings
64% x $60 = $38.40 saved

During the summer it is important to keep the thermostat protected from heat and sunlight so as not to overwork the unit.

It is also helpful to use fans to increase comfort. Increased air circulation helps people feel cooler at higher temperatures, and it helps reduce some of the effects of high humidity. Remember, turn fans off when a room is not in use because fans cool people, not rooms.

Fans help people feel cooler at a higher temperature; therefore the thermostat can be raised and energy saved.

Humidity is another issue that affects comfort in the home. Humidity in the air allows the air to hold more heat. In the summer this excess humidity can make occupants feel warmer and force the air conditioning unit to work harder.

In the summer, if the thermostat was lowered from 78F to 75F, the cooling costs would go from $100 to $128.

1. Summer, from 78F to 72F? $163
2. Summer, from 78F to 80F? $84

(taken from http://dnr.louisiana.gov/sec/execdiv/techasmt/ecep/home/e/e.htm)

One reason why we should conserve energy:

Stress on power grid sparks rolling blackouts across Texas
In Austin, power shut off 10 minutes at a time Monday afternoon throughout city

By Tony Plohetski, Claudia Grisales
Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Scorching temperatures sent power usage spiraling throughout Texas on Monday, overwhelming the state's power grid and triggering mandatory blackouts in Austin and around the state.

A repeat is not expected today, according to Austin Energy, even with record temperatures in the forecast once again. Still, residents are being asked to conserve power from 3 to 7 p.m. today.

Traffic stacks up Monday on Congress Avenue near Riverside Drive in Austin after utility officials cut power, shutting down traffic lights.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state's power grid, said the statewide shortage was caused by record-breaking heat striking at a time when as much as 15 percent of the state's power supply was already off-line for seasonal maintenance. Then four power-generating plants shut down unexpectedly, ERCOT spokesman Paul Wattles said.

So ERCOT ordered utilities to begin reducing the load on the grid before it could appeal to the public for voluntary reductions.

The result was rolling blackouts that sent businesses and homes into darkness, extinguished traffic signals and snarled rush-hour traffic for about two hours Monday afternoon. In Austin, where the day's peak temperature of 100 was the highest ever recorded in April, Austin Energy shut off power to different parts of the city for about 10 minutes at a time between about 4:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m., which sent police officers scrambling to direct traffic at busy intersections.

Austin Energy said about half of its 360,000 customers were affected; two separate power outages in South and Southeast Austin caused by equipment failures lasted several hours.

The 100-degree mark at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport broke the date's record high of 97 set in 1987 and the record for any day in April 99 degrees on April 19, 1951. At Camp Mabry, Monday's high of 99 degrees topped the daily record of 97 set in 1920.

"It's a combination of the fact that April is usually a cooler month, and we had higher temperatures, and we don't have the available capacity that we normally have," ERCOT spokeswoman Dottie Roark said.

Whether the shutdown of the four plants made the difference between having a blackout and business as usual, "we'll never know for sure," Wattles said. He would not identify the plants, saying it's ERCOT's policy not to do so.

The ERCOT grid, which provides electricity to about 80 percent of Texas, typically sees usage of about 40,000 megawatts a day in April, but the state pushed 52,000 megawatts on Monday, Wattles said. ERCOT said its power grid needed to decrease its load by 1,000 megawatts on Monday.

"The good news is, (the blackouts) worked," Wattles said. "This prevents region-wide outages. It isolates the outages so a few people share the pain to avoid a region blackout like we had in the Northeast in 2003."

Though the majority of the North American power grid is connected, ERCOT operates as a separate entity. It is connected to outside grids through only three ties that can handle a total of 836 megawatts.

Though that prevents outside blackouts from spreading into the ERCOT grid, as happened to several Northeast grids in August 2003, it also limits the amount of power ERCOT can import on critical days like Tuesday.

Austin Energy officials said ERCOT representatives called them just before 3:30 p.m. Monday and said the power supply was "looking a little tight," Austin Energy spokesman Ed Clark said.

ERCOT officials called back less than an hour later and told Austin Energy to begin shedding part of its load, Clark said.

Austin makes up 4 percent of the state's power use and was initially told by ERCOT to cut usage by 35 to 40 megawatts, Clark said. The city's peak usage is typically 2,900 megawatts, Clark said.

"Basically we turned off, for the most part, the residential load," he said. "We try to avoid, obviously, any emergency services, and we do not turn off downtown because it is a very complicated system."

"The goal is to leave those customers off no longer than 10 minutes," Clark said.

The only other time the utility has been forced to use rolling blackouts was during an ice storm in the mid-1980s, Clark said.

In Houston, about 68,000 customers at a time were without power, while Dallas-based TXU Electric Delivery rotated outages every 15 minutes in an area stretching from West Texas to East Texas, as far north as the Oklahoma border and as far south as Round Rock.

"They went exactly as we planned, as ERCOT set forward," TXU spokeswoman Carol Peters said. "It's something we practice every year, and it worked exactly as we expected it to."

How to help

With highs in the upper 90s likely today, ERCOT officials ask the public to set thermostats above 77 degrees and limit use of lights and other electric equipment from 3 to 7 p.m.

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hey guys....have some fun

Mar. 25th, 2006 | 01:40 pm


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Mar. 23rd, 2006 | 12:45 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: Life Aquatic - Ping Island

Celebrating Spring Fever!

PS.....Sat. March 25


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party school what??

Feb. 19th, 2006 | 10:47 pm

this was taken from the 1973 SWT yearbook.
and is going to make a badass t-shirt.



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tonight go

Jan. 20th, 2006 | 11:45 am

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
7:00 p.m.
Friday January 20
San Marcos Public Library

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price takes you behind the glitz and into the
real lives of workers and
their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary
journey that will challenge
the way you think, feel... and shop.

The controversial new film Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price will have a
repeat showing in San
Marcos on Friday, January 20. The previous screening, as part of Wal-Mart
Premiere Week, was an
unprecedented grassroots effort that had over 3,000 screenings across the
nation from November
13-19, 2005.

The screening on Friday, January 20, 2006, at 7:00 pm will take place at
the San Marcos Public
Library on Hopkins Drive in San Marcos. Immediately following, there will be a
group discussion about
the effect Wal-Mart is having on San Marcos, and the entire nation.

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is the newest film from director and
producer Robert Greenwald,
and the first from his new venture, Brave New Films.

The event is open to the media. Please RSVP to attend.
You can RSVP online at: http://action.bravenewfilms.org/event/

Who: All interested members of the community
What: Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price screening and conversation
Where: San Marcos Public Library on 625 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos
When: Friday, January 20, 2006, at 7:00 pm

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biggest post ever in history awesomeness

Jan. 9th, 2006 | 03:48 pm
mood: boredbored
music: senor coconut

of course it's cold and snowy the day i choose to get my car packed.
it's been about 70 degrees every day until today.

so i figure i'll stay until thursday.
my friend david is finally being released from the super grips of the us army (fuckers) and probably won't be here until wednesday.
i'd really like to see him.
we were prom lovers.
and we joined the army together.
it's been too long.

mmmm hot latin boys

yeah, i definitely took soldier life seriously...

no limit soldier

my mom left for the weekend, so i had a small gathering.

amanda, joy, brandon



darron's all over the place.


joy and brandon started a new dance craze. it's called "the deodorant"...


and after everyone left, i heard the most awful animal noises ever --> dogs fighting in my backyard.
my poor ganga got all tore up and was bleeding and shaking. i almost slept on the kitchen floor with her, but she moved to the couch.
so i stayed with her there, every hour waking up to make sure she was okay.
poor doggiebear.
but she'll be fine. she's just old and sore with nice big teeth holes in her stomach now.


and our other doggie ally still needs a home. my mom isn't going to take her to the pound or anything, but it's just hard for her to take care of the house and all the animals by herself.
so if you want a dog, or know anyone who wants one, let me know.
ally's an awesome pup!




i guess this is the end of my picture diary... errr..journal or whatever the hell it is i'm doing.


damn straight

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Jan. 5th, 2006 | 01:09 pm

In the year 2006 I resolve to:

Masturbating at least twice a day.

Get your resolution here

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