University Begins September 29, 2005











UC Davis classes finally started today. It seems like us Davis people had an infinitely longer summer than the people that went away. My schedule for the day included one lecture and two discussions. The lecture was in my introductory business class and both discussions were for different math classes.

I read Hebrews 11 in my morning devo. I’ve heard it called “The Hall of Faith”, and find it to be very powerful. It starts out:

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Verse 3 says:

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

The chapter ends by saying:

These were commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

This is the faith we have when we know that God will take care of our futures, and guide us in the paths prepared for us.

On the way to school, I passed by the row of banks downtown and noticed a huge amount of cop cars clustered on the road, and officers moving about. I knew something big had happened, but I didn’t know if it was a big accident or what. When I got home in the evening, the newspaper said there was an armed robbery at the bank… It happened a couple hours before I arrived, but the robbers fled on foot after an ink and smoke device in the bag of money went off in their stolen getaway car. Some witnesses had the chance to see a robber with a sawed off shotgun run right past them. If I was there, photoblog would’ve been more interesting today.

When I got to school, I was an hour early for my lecture in Chem 194. I decided to bike around and see if I could find something to do. There was students swarming about everywhere, which was very different from just a week or two ago. I ended up going into the library to get a drink of water and wait. It gets really hot and sweaty biking around with a backpack pressed against your back. By the time the lecture started, there was a huge group of people waiting in the hall and on the steps outside. The lecture inside ended at 1:40, and we all went inside and took a seat. I went way up to the front and sat basically in the very front. The whole lecture was the professor introducing the course and going over the syllabus. It’s a class about business accounting, and his name is John Hancock. Yes.

Once the 50 minute lecture was over, I found myself with quite a few more hours until my next scheduled discussion. I wandered around for a really long while… staring at the grass… staring at the sky… staring at the pavement… reading into my accounting book… finding lynn for a few minutes before she left for a class… buying an amazingly delicious bagel with strawberry cream cheese for 1.80… sitting on the grass eating the delicious bagel…

Finally at 3 rachel left a message saying she was at the ARC. Earlier she informed me that the groups agreement to meet there at 6pm had been cancelled. I got lost on my way there, and rode in a big circle, but I finally arrived and walked around inside for a long time. I couldn’t find rachel… On the way out, I ran into Chen-wei. Once I left, I rode to the statistics discussion at 4:10. When rachel got there, she told me she had been at the arc since 1 something, but after exercising, she had found a “secret spot” where she read a book. That was probably a good reason why I didn’t find her. Huzzah!

The stats discussion group sat inside the room for quite a while. Everyone was pretty quiet, and finally as we were leaving someone spoke up and asked everyone else if they thought the TA would ever arrive. Once we all agreed the session was probably canceled, everyone got up and left. Rachel and I called luthia and found out she had an astronomy lecture. We rode over, met her at Engineering III, and then tried to go to the lecture, but discovered that the class was pretty packed. There weren’t many seats left and real students were still coming in.

In the end, I only really went to one class today. My serious classes actually start tomorrow. Both my discussions were cancelled, so there wasn’t any syllabus or 5 minute meeting that Todd said was possible. I spent more time exercising and playing volleyball in the ARC than I did learning. That’s good. Very good. Awesome and good.

Lynn has the same laptop as me, and her brother gave her a soft sony cover that’s designed for it. I’m going to steal it one of these days. I didn’t bring my laptop to school because I don’t really have any good way to carry it.

I think my body is getting used to riding a bike everywhere again. I don’t have the aches that I had when I biked around with the group a week or two ago.

In the evening I played a few rounds of darts (the game 301) with my brother – betting included. In the kitchen I found a really nasty smelling jar of small black things that looked like rat droppings. My mom said they were some sort of bean thing, so our dart bet was to have the loser of the round eat one. I ended up eating one, and my brother ate two.