I’ve been spending a lot of time at Kendrick’s Billiards & Patio Cafe while up here in Bellingham. Amanda and I have visited three times this week, either by ourselves or with various other people, to play and enjoy their food and drink. I’m finding myself becoming somewhat addicted to the game, which may (not?) be a bad thing.

Olympia badly needs a good billiards place that’s open to all ages on the west side or downtown…


Graduation has come and gone (and there’s a number of photos provided by my friend Galen Zink of Zink Consulting for your viewing pleasure). The walking (and waiting!) is over, the sunburns have subsided, the celebratory toasts are done, and I probably won’t have to ever do a graduation on the Evergreen campus again. That said, it was a fairly decent graduation. We had Governor Gregoire as our graduation speaker – she gave graduaton speech #33, which wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t great either (it sounded almost word-for-word like this one). The faculty speaker, Jose Gomez, was much more moving and interesting. The undergraduate speaker was completely inappropriate, but his point was taken – his style of delivery was highly questionable. The graduate speaker was mercifully short, but the awarding of degrees took the better part of an hour and a half or so to get to me because of where I was placed in the undergraduate seating. Well, they finally did get me to walk the stage, and I’m sure I have a very interesting photo in the mail of me standing with Governor Gregoire and Les Purce – we’ll see when that shows up.

All in all, I’m glad it’s done. I look forward to receiving my official Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in the coming weeks, but it will likely take a while, since my faculty evaluations probably won’t post to my student records for another week or so. I’ll know they’ve posted when I get my copies at home.

Amanda and I promptly retreated to Bellingham, where we’ve been since Sunday. We return Monday (morning, hopefully), and I resume my job search then.

Job updates

I wrote at the beginning of the last month about my interview for the Writing Center’s Special Assistant to the Director position. I learned a couple weeks later that I was not selected to fill that position; however, in my notification letter, I was offered the position of Information Technology Manager for the Writing Center, which will be a 20 hour/week position for Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the 2006-2007 academic year. I have since accepted this offer, since my other job leads failed to pan out. The details of this are reasonably solidified – I’ll be doing a technology audit and maintaining the new appointment system that I coded as part of my Student Originated Software project.

I am still looking for a job to fill the summer and the other half of my time – we’ll see what happens there.


The phrase that pops into my head at this moment is “to sleep, perchance to dream”. This is part of the famous soliloquy from Hamlet – Hamlet begins with “To be or not to be, that is the question”. This particular soliloquy addresses Hamlet’s thoughts on the mortality of man; it comes to me here not because of that, but because of the capacity of a writer to rest in order to better understand and revisit his craft.

A lot has happened in (literally) the last month, and I will likely blog a bunch of stuff individually. I’ve been spending the week since Evergreen’s graduation collecting my thoughts and resting from the large amounts of work that I undertook right at the end of last quarter. Suffice it to say, I am now an Evergreen graduate, though I have not yet officially been awarded a degree. I’m waiting for my last 48 credits to post, but I know I got at least 44 of them from Student Originated Software, and I expect that the remaining four from Senior Seminar will post with no problems. It will likely be a couple weeks before I actually see a degree or final evaluations in the mail.