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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Speaking of Unobservant...

My friend, Aaron (must clarify: I have about 5 friends named Aaron, this particular Aaron is the one that goes to Nebraska), has a knack of getting himself into... "situations". Here's the latest.

Last weekend, Aaron walked into a public bathroom that was empty and chose... (well, which stall would any of us choose?) the handicapped stall. While he was in the handicapped stall he heard the door open, and a wheelchair roll in. Feeling extremely ashamed *aside - you'd think there'd be a fine for using the handicapped stall if you're not handicapped* he tried to hurry, but he heard the wheelchair wheel into a small stall, kind of shuffle around trying to squeeze in, and finally shut the door. At the point when Aaron felt thoroughly guilted, the bathroom door opens again and he heard shoes clicking across the floor.... Yes clicking.... As in high heels.... As in, he was in the women's bathroom....

That, my friends, is a true story. I'm still chuckling.
posted by Julie at 10:00 AM 5 comments

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Random Goal #1:

There's this Chopin Barcrolle that I absolutely adore and can't play. I took 14 years of private, classical piano. And yet, I have not even attempted to play this piece. Of course, I don't have a piano available to me, nor do I have the structure of lessons, but it is a goal of mine to learn the Barcrolle. And if that means that I have to go back to lessons, I will. And if that means that I'm going to have to slip into my parents' house and steal their piano (which is actually one of my favoritest objects on Earth), than so be it. The song must be learned.

I'm interested in hearing other people random goals... Yes this is a shameless ploy to get you all to comment on my blog, but ploy or not, I want to know everyone else's goals.
posted by Julie at 11:10 AM 12 comments

Unobservance. Pass it on.

Every single day on my way home from work, I pass one of those "Pass It On" billboards. You know, the one's that have pictures of people and say what makes them special and to "pass it on". Well, on I-69 Northbound there is a "Pass It On" billboard that has Whoopi Goldberg on it and it says, "Overcaem Dyslexia. Dedication. Pass it on." I pass the billboard at least 5 days a week and have been working in Battle Creek approximately 9 months, so I have seen the billboard at least 150 times, and yet, yesterday was the first time I noticed that the word "overcame" is spelled incorrectly. Maybe I have Dyslexia! Or maybe, as my roommate pointed out, I'm just plain unobservant.
posted by Julie at 8:40 AM 0 comments

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

FED Files - Volume 1

Assigned Parking

As many of you know, I work for the Feds, and as more of you know, Feds can be a little... odd. We blame our eccentricity on a lot of things (mostly, the bad dental plan). Looking around me, I see so many things to comment on, and so few people to tell, so I will start writing my comments on my blog when I feel inspired. Today, I'd like to say a little something about parking at the Hart-Dole-Inoyue Federal Center (from here on out, I will refer to it as the HDI Federal Center, because for you to feel like you're a part of the story, I have to use our lingo, and our "lingo" is completely comprised of acronyms). The HDI Federal Center has a total of approximately 2000 employees. Out of that 2000, 400 are contractors and do not work for the government. And then there's the 1600 Feds. This is really important to my story, because if you can imagine parking lots big enough to house 2000 employees, and imagine that 80% of those employees have flex-time, you can imagine how rare it would be to park near the same people every day. However, this couldn't possibly be any more untrue! I actually park by the exact same people every day. I park by the little 2 door gold Honda (I don't actually know that guy), and right behind my friend Chris, who drives a Toyota Carola with a Michigan State decal. And then kiddy-corner to my parking spot is a minivan that has a "W '04" bumper sticker, and next to him is the guy with the red car, on who has the empty space next to him with the light post.

You all know how much I travel. I'm gone virtually 50% of the time, yet, when I come back, it's always the same, I'm always in my exact same spot. Whether I come in at 7:30, or 8:00, or even in the case of Fridays when I'm lucky to roll in at 9:00, I still have my parking spot by the little gold Honda (I park next to him because next to his little Honda, my little Honda looks pretty darn good). That's why I know there must be assigned parking that I'm unaware of. I must have missed the memo (or deleted it) that said, "Julie, you must park 4 spaces to the left of the light post, 6 spaces back." That in mind, I'm waiting for the day I come out to my car and there's a note on my windshield that says, "YOU'RE IN MY SPOT! You're assigned to 4 spaces to the left of the light post, 6 spaces back! For Pete's sake get it right!" Or maybe they'll call on the intercom. "Julie W? Julie W. Please report to security, you car is in the wrong spot. I repeat, your car needs to be moved to 4 spaces to the left of the light post, 6 spaces back!"

So in conclusion, the HDI Federal Center either has assigned parking or we are all creatures of habit. Either way it's a little disturbing. Maybe tomorrow I'll shake things up and park in a different stop. But then I wouldn't be next to the little gold Honda that makes my Honda look good. And I wouldn't walk in with my friend, Chris, and hear about his latest scheme of starting a radio station that only announces good news. So sign me up for a parking spot or call me crazy, but I declare that I am 3 to the right, 2 back (put that on your name tag, talk about a handle)!
posted by Julie at 5:10 PM 5 comments

Cliches and Puns

As many of you know, cliches and puns are my two mortal enemies (yes, Josh, you know I hate puns).
posted by Julie at 8:20 AM 2 comments

Saturday, April 23, 2005

The Science Of Swiss Rolls*

If you thought that eating Swiss Rolls was as easy as cramming them into your mouth, you were wrong. There's actually an entire science dedicated to Swiss Roll consumption. The originator of this very technical discipline, Matt Oesch, claims that Swiss Rolls can be more enjoyable if eaten in the proper way. This skill is so revolutionary, to Swiss Roll ingestion, he will very likely be nominated for a Noble Prize. I was fortunate enough to observe this science in action at a milk convention on Thursday night, and it is my supreme delight to share the techniques we studied that evening with all of you. Although not formally named, I shall call it Swissology. I'd like to share this procedure with you in an easy-to-follow step format. Unfortunately, I am, at this time, unable to provide the easy-to-follow photographs, however this problem should be rectified shortly. Since having this new skill will greatly improve your overall quality of life, I will share the easy-to-follow steps without the photographs, and update them when the photographs are able to be uploaded.


  1. Carefully unwrap the Little Debbie Swiss Roll. Ensure that the white cardboard is intact and uncrumpled for upcoming employment.
  2. Gently stab the Swiss Roll with a fork in one end so that the fork is not perpendicular with the Roll, but is at an 180 degree angle with the Roll.
  3. Pick up the Swiss Roll with the fork, and bite off the opposite end. Mr. Oesch claims that this step guarantees a superior exposure to the milk.
  4. Completely submerge the entire Swiss Roll in the full glass of milk.
  5. Leave the Swiss Roll immersed for 30 seconds or until the milk stops bubbling, this step will ensure that the Swiss Roll has been completely saturated with milk.
  6. Take a normal size bite of Roll.
  7. Enjoy.
  8. Repeat Steps 4-7 until the Swiss Roll is completely consumed.
  9. Repeat Steps 2-8 until both Rolls have been entirely eaten.
  10. Place the soiled fork on the undamaged white cardboard.
  11. Drink the milk without stirring.
  12. Enjoy.
  13. Repeat Steps 11-12 until all milk is gone.
  14. Investigate the bottom of the glass to be sure that none of the Swiss Roll residue is still in the bottom of the glass.
  15. If there is no residue skip to Step 18.
  16. If residue is located it, recover it with the fork.
  17. Return the fork to the white cardboard.
  18. Lean back in your chair.
  19. Enjoy.

Matt Oesch is certain that this innovative procedure will deeply impact your existence, and is open to any questions and/or expressions of gratitude that you may have.

*Formerly known as "Hoho's".

Disclaimer: The opinions shared in this announcement may not reflect the opinions of this blog, or it's publisher.

posted by Julie at 2:22 PM 4 comments

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Hello From The Big Easy

Hello from New Orleans!!

It's been a long time since I've had internet access and this is exactly why I don't like technology, because as soon as you don't have it, you start going into withdrawl. :) So, now that I'm connected, let me sum up my New Orleans experience for you.

Luggage lost!!! However.....
My hotel is about three blocks from Bourbon St. and right in the middle of everything. The food is incredible, and the jazz bands that hang out on the streets are pretty cool too. I don't have internet access and since my luggage was lost, and since my cell-phone charger was in my luggage, I didn't have phone access for a while either. It was refreshing!! It was like living in the 1980's for a couple of days. *Aside: Brooke, my I've been apologetically pleading with my pencil to come back* Anyway, I got my luggage back on day 2, and some of my stuff was stolen out of it (thank goodness not my cell phone charger - the '80's fun only lasts so long). But, I'm having an overall good time, and have managed to have some good food (which you all know I like), some good experiences, and hopefully *fingers crossed* some good pictures. But welcome to 2005. I'm now on the internet (the twitching from withdrawl has subsided) at the tune of $8/hr, and drinking some weird water with "lemon" and Splenda (I obviously don't believe the whole lemon claim). So you see that although I have been relaxing the last several days in New Orleans, 1989, I'm now back in a mall in 2005.

More when I return to Michigan...
posted by Julie at 8:07 PM 2 comments

Friday, April 15, 2005

Boy Meets Girl.... And Anxiety Kicks In...

Sorry about all the comics strips, I just thought this one was so hilarious, and so irritatingly true (not irritating meaning guys don't know what they're doing, but irritating as in this is exactly how we are - isn't it?). :)
posted by Julie at 11:48 AM 3 comments

Thursday, April 14, 2005


I have the soudtrack from the movie "Cold Mountain" and it has this song on it. It always reminds me of what the seperation of humans and God feels like, and the desire to rise above it and get to a place where we're unaffected by the things that were designed to destroy our souls. Even so, LORD Jesus, Come!
Well I recall his parting words
Must I accept his fate
Or take myself far from this place
I thought I heard a black bell toll
A little bird did sing
Man has no choice
When he wants every thing
We'll rise above the scarlet tide
That trickles down through the mountain
And separates the widow from the bride
Man goes beyond his own decision
Gets caught up in the mechanism
Of swindlers who act like kings
And brokers who break everything
The dark of night was swiftly fading
Close to the dawn of day
Why would I want him just to lose him again
We'll rise above the scarlet tide
That trickles down through the mountain
And separates the widow from the bride
This in mind, I join the rat-race for another day. :) So, a good day to you all... may you rise more above the Scarlet Tide today than you ever have before.
posted by Julie at 9:09 AM 0 comments

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Introducing *drum roll* "Sheldon"!

Being a comic junkie requires a little work. Example: every once and a while I get tired and bored with the status-quo comic strip, and must go out and find a new five. Hence Sheldon which is about a little boy who became a millionaire from a .Com company, his somewhat technologically challenged grandfather (who I personally relate to), and his talking (yes talking) duck. Here's an example. Realized: not as good of a find as "Get Fuzzy", but funny all the same.
posted by Julie at 9:09 AM 2 comments

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Has anyone ever noticed that the spell-checker on "Blogger" doesn't recognize the word "Blog"??
posted by Julie at 4:02 PM 0 comments

To Everyone But Brooke

Justification: Brooke and I were recently talking about all the accessories needed to be a Graphic Design major. I (somewhat smugly) declared that all you need to have as a math major is a pencil. Hence the great devotion to my pencil.
posted by Julie at 3:58 PM 1 comments

My Pencil Is Crying

Being a person who wished (fervently) that Y2K would have happened, you can imagine how devastating it is to my sensibilities to sign up for a blog. However, since I have an innate desire to share my nonsense with my technologically advanced friends, I am forced to announce the retirement of Pencil (it shall always be remembered as a beloved friend... I mean, tool). Since its department was being down-sized, Pencil has decided to take the recent buy-out offered and leave Julie-corp immeadiately. The retirement party for Pencil will be held tonight. Bring Kleenex. Bon Voyage.
posted by Julie at 3:28 PM 0 comments