A letter to my mother, in which I describe my life and times on the eve of my graduation from Yale Divinity School.
Thursday, 2006-03-30 | Classic Gin, Family, Journal
You might be interested to know that I just sat for the class photo last week and that I just recently ordered my cap and gown. I've got to admit: both events were pretty exciting. The sitting cost a cool $50 and the cap and gown cost something in the low $40's. I wrote a personal check to the photographer for the sitting and charged the cap and gown to my bursar account (which is what they prefer). I also had to give the cap and gown people a CC number, so it's anyone's guess as to where they'll actually draw the funds from. My money (forgive the pun) is on the CC account.
In other financial news, I recently purchased a new monitor. My previous monitor (i.e. the 17" Envision we bought at CostCo when I was in college) has been on its last legs for about a month: it's been having contrast issues since the summer and the last straw came last week when it started having serious electrical problems. It began to power down and then up at random and the power resets became increasingly frequent over the last week, so I replaced it tonight. My new monitor is a real slick piece of work: it's 20.1", has a real fast refresh rate and does a slightly higher resolution than my previous monitor.
I paid for the lion's share, but you subsidized the purchase to the tune of about $125. I brought $300 cash with me to the Best Buy, but it ended up being about $425 (with tax) and I had to charge the rest.
Otherwise things have been, like I said before, relatively calm. I saw Slither, the most recent offering from writer/director James Gunn, in the theatre with some guys from the bar yesterday afternoon. I really liked it. I am, however, a big fan of Gunn (who wrote the screenplay for Scooby Doo 2 and Zach Snyder's totally kickass 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead) and I don't think the film has much to offer for people who aren't fans of bad puns or over-the-top gore effects. Being a great lover of bad puns and over-the-top gore, I, needless to say, enjoyed it quite a bit.
There's been a lot of talk among my friends about what everyone's going to be doing this summer. As you already know, my plans include setting up a full time studio and doing the record label thing. I've been talking with some friends about moving a bunch of us into a loft-type space or taking over the top floors of a building or something like that. There are no plans as of yet, but that's the direction in which things are drifting.
I've been running recently. On purpose! I can't say that it's made me feel physically fit, but it does cause me tremendous pain, so I've got that going for me, which is nice.
The other major excitement lately is of the usual variety: Trent Reznor announced a summer tour (which I plan to catch when it comes through Chicago on the first of July), Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez announced that they're doing a split feature called "Grind House" and this band I like (who you may have seen when The Proscriptions shared a stage with them back in December) called Melodic Scribes is working on a new record.
So yeah. That's about the long and the short of it. I'm looking forward to graduating, moving home and working on the record label full time, but not as much as I'm looking forward to seeing you again.
Love, Timothy O'Connell