Matthew's Big Blog of Adventure!

Wednesday, July 26

New Camera

Hey Gang!

French PressMy new camera arrived yesterday! I've been making up for lost time... 6 megapixels is much better than my older camera, and I think I can even use this one as a webcam. Also, it has a microphone, so I don't have to gesture wildly and make exagerated facial expressions to get my point across in videos I take.

The internship is almost over. Officially, it ends on the 9th, though we were told by our RA that we need to be out of the dorms on the 4th. :( After the internship, my plan is to drive to Wyoming and hang out with my uncle and aunt for a few days. They've lent me one of their vehicles for the summer, and I've already put over 1200 miles on it. By the time the summer is over, I figure I'll have driven over 2200 miles. It's got some problems with the starter, so I have to be careful how many stops I make, but it's been awesome being able to range around Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah!

The BroncoAnyway, back to my uncle's house: Hopefully, I'll finish the electrical work in his addition, adding a new circuit for the master bedroom, and a couple more receptacles on an existing circuit that covers the sewing/computer room. It's going to be a really wired house! Before we put up the tongue and groove paneling on the walls and ceilings, we ran ethernet cable to almost every room in the house. They all terminate in a little closet upstairs, so I'm going to get him an 8-port switch and a wireless router at Walmart. They're really out in the middle of nowhere -- their property is entirely enclosed in National Forest -- so they're getting a high-speed satellite connection to the Internet to go with their television plan. Pretty cool!

After that, my uncle will drop me off in Salt Lake on the 12th, and I'll fly back to Atlanta, where -- hopefully -- Crista and Charlotte will break off from their wild aquarium, library, and Chinese grocery extravaganza long enough to pick me up and head home. ;) Sadly, I'm getting in too late to join them in their fun, but perhaps we'll get to do something in the 2 1/2 weeks before Charlotte and I go back to school.

Take it easy!

Monday, July 17

Having Fun in Utah

Hey Gang!

Sploosh!Sorry for the long radio silence! My internship has kept me pretty busy during the day, and most of the rest of my time is spent exploring Logan and visiting people. :) This past week, however, I got to go rafting down the Snake River with my intern program. We had a great time and got to go into Jackson later that evening for pizza. It's really nice there!

Any way, on our second drift down the river, one of the rapids catapulted me out of the raft and I went through two of the rapids by myself. It was really exciting, and I'll never resent having to put on a life jacket again!

Sidewalk FestivalThis weekend Logan had its annual sidewalk sale, where all the businesses down main street put booths out in front of their shops and discount stuff to passerby. Gary and I went just before the "official" weekend, since I planned to visit my family in Wyoming again. There were some decent deals, but nothing really useful looking. Even the bookstores didn't have enough out there to get me! (In contrast, I bought 18 books at the Pinedale Library book sale this weekend.) However, I did discover that there's a used book store on main that I haven't gone to yet. Tomorrow or Wednesday, I'm planning to check it out after a haircut.

I'm hoping to distribute photos tomorrow morning to folks who went on the trip. I invited the intern guys over for breakfast tomorrow morning. The grocery store was having an awesome sale on melons, and I can't eat them all myself! :D

Keep cool!