Going to Cato

The waiting is finally over: I received notice today that I have been accepted as an intern at the Cato Institute. Considering that I’d already bought two new suits and agreed to a lease, this is very good news. (I wasn’t being that presumptuous: if it hadn’t worked out I would have been very disappointed but stayed in the city and worked elsewhere. Besides, the suits still have the tags on them!)

I’ll find out soon what department I’ll be working in. On the application I listed my preferences as education, media relations, and Social Security, but I’ll be happy wherever I end up.

Also, this entry has been posted via an e-mail-to-blog gateway that my friend Adam Gintis has added to the site. This makes posting away from home even easier. Thanks, Adam!

D. C. Apartment

The U. P. isn’t the ideal place from which to choose an apartment in Washington, D. C., but I’ve finally decided on one that works. It’s in the River Place North complex in Rosslyn, right on the Arlington side of the Potomac. I found it through Sublet.com, a pay site that proved invaluable for finding a place to sublease.

Now that I’ve agreed to the lease, it would be nice to have an income to go with it — Cato should select the fall interns by this Friday.

Unrelated but good news: there are plans for an Ender’s Game movie and Orson Scott Card is writing the screenplay. The books set in the Ender universe are both suspenseful and thought provoking; if the film can capture both elements, we’ll be in for a treat when it comes out. (Card is also writing a weekly political column called “War Watch“).

Site news: As of today, this website has passed the 500-visits-in-a-month mark for the first time.

BuddyZoo back online

How many times must I tell you not to argue, Taco Boy? BuddyZoo is back online. Turns out it was only down due to hardware problems, not your silly school project theory.

Now anyone can sign up and see their AOL Instant Messenger network, and there’s nothing you or Dr Pepper Man can do to stop it!

21 in the U. P., eh?

Two events today: the family arrived in Les Cheneaux and I turned 21. What’s it like celebrating such a day in Michigan’s U. P.?

Well, don’t think I didn’t do all sorts of crazy stuff tonight just because I’m writing this before 11 pm. Crazy stuff like drinking a glass of Pinot Grigio or having hors d’oerves at the yacht club. Yep, I partied like it was 1998.

OK, so the U. P. isn’t the most exciting place to turn 21. If I were still in TX there would have at least been margaritas to go around. Here in Cedarville I had to settle for buying a mudslide at a convenience store (where they didn’t even give me the satisfaction of being carded!).

But sarcasm aside, I really am glad to be here. It’s a beautiful place and there’s lots to do when not busy relaxing.

Also, the new guestbook entry from Gerarld T. just makes my day.

Back from D. C.

Back from DC and just a few hours away from leaving for Michigan. Still time to leave a few notes about the trip on the blog, however…
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