Archive for August, 2009


August 23rd, 2009 No comments

Lately my posts have been sporadic at best. To my tiny reading audience, sorry about that! The final month of my co-op semester was more than filled with activities ranging from preparing for an Open Source Software conference that I helped pull off (for free admission to it), to the visit with my grandparents (which I described in a post yesterday), to me simply not wanting to spend time on my computer at the end of a work day. In all reality, hectic was only part of it. To put it simply, “it is what it is”.

As for how things are going to be looking going forward, with at least this semester. I am taking classes this fall, and hence get some free time during the days again (which can be VERY nice to have between classes and the like). My courses are 3 computer science classes, economics (my last social science… for real this time!), and a management class (working towards that Entrepreneurship Certificate). I have my Information Security class in the morning on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and my management class Monday, Wednesday. On Tuesday, Thursday I have my other two computer science classes followed by my economics class (so basically class in the morning, one hour break, other two classes, then go back to the apartment at 3). With that (not so light when it comes to the work load) schedule, I should be able to put out at least a post per week on here. I am not planning on doing any part time work to fill the gaps this semester because I need a higher than 3.7 for the semester to achieve my goal of a 3.5 overall GPA.

On another note though, I will be meeting with a study abroad advisor on Tuesday of this week to determine the logistics of me going to China. I would really love to go, but understand that if I cannot get academic credit for more than one class (besides the Chinese that I would take while there), then I cannot substantiate making the trip. Also, my girlfriend and I are planning on going getting the details for going on the Birthright Israel trip in December. Have to get all the information for that though.

Lastly, I have been working on a post (for about a month now, have gotten bogged down for the above mentioned reasons) regarding how to manage your finances as a college student. I feel that this is a VERY important topic to cover with the present economy taken into consideration.

Is Memory Everything?

August 22nd, 2009 No comments

“Another weekend visit with my dad’s parents is almost over and it is another weekend to remind me why having a sharp memory is so important! In fact, it is only important to still have a memory that works!!! I am reminded of these things every time I visit my dad’s parents because my grandmother has a severe cause of Alzheimer’s. Combine a severe case of Alzheimer’s with her propensity to try to do things her way and I am shocked the depth of my grandfather’s love for her (and hence his patience and commitment to her).”

I wrote that on the 9th of August after visiting my father’s parents. It is difficult, at best, to watch someone’s memory go so completely and still try to interact with them like I normally would. Ask me if I wish my grandmother weren’t suffering from a debilitating disease, I would say “OF COURSE!” I do not know if the lose of memory is something that CAN be easily handled. The only thing that I don’t understand when it comes to my grandmother is the fact that my grandfather refuses to tell her that she is suffering from Alzheimer’s. As a result, we cannot simply remind her about that when she asks us to repeat something for the umpteenth time, instead we have to retell the story again, or re-answer her question. You would think that this could turn into a bit of a game, give a different answer each time because you can and see how creative you can get with it, but instead you begin to simplify your answers so you do not have to give the full story again. It is sad, depressing, and terrifying, but it is also a relief that she still remembers our names and faces right now. It will be hardest when she starts thinking my father is her brother and I am a distant cousin. Hopefully that will be VERY far off in the future… sadly it will probably be all to soon.

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