Since it started getting cold a couple weeks ago I got ready to put the bike away, but so far every weekend has been perfect weather for taking it out for a ride. Come to think of it, this was the first year I can remember, since I was maybe nine years old, that we didn't have snow on Halloween. It's odd seeing kids actually dressed up in costumes, as opposed to wearing parkas and some face paint or mask. At this pace, I'll probably ride most of the winter, I don't mind the cold much once I get going and I can get along just fine as long as there isn't snow and ice where I'm riding.
Biking just about fits the bill for what I need as far as entertainment is concerned. I'm staying in good shape, it's cheap, and it's pretty hard to get too much of it. The cheap part is especially important, considering this month I only got paid $67. When I saw my pay stub I let out a pretty big "What the fuck?" Apparently I only got paid for my five overtime hours, and the rest of my time was ignored. Hopefully I can sort that out tomorrow, because I was supposed to get paid three days ago and I have my tuition payment due.
After the recent stories and poll about college loans and debt, I looked over my program requirements for getting a BS in computer engineering. I'm not quite 75% done with the program, and I realized the remaining classes would get checked off three at a time for another year and a half, at about $1200 a class. For some reason I couldn't help but feel like an RPG character, grinding so that I can level up. I need two more experience points before I can level up to an associates degree in electronic design. Once I get that I'll spend my XP on stamina and maybe charm, increased vision wouldn't hurt but I have an optometrist appointment soon anyway.
I'll go back to grinding tomorrow.
My friend in Iowa, who's having a great time in college, told me that he plays WoW now. After asking him, it pretty much sounds like the typical experience I've heard. Constant grinding to improve your character, not much fun besides some online socialization. Feck, I'm here trying my damnedest to actually have a life, my friend has such an overabundance of it that he's having to piss some of it away with that crap.
Anyways, the recent stories had gotten me thinking about college, but the other article that got me looking was on internships. Unpaid internships notwithstanding, the majority of them seemed to pay quite a bit more than what I'm making. On the flip side, I assume most internships only last about three months or so. I could be doing worse than I am now, but at least I have a steady, reliable job. I'm not exactly working in the same field as what I'm studying, but at least I'm working with computers and tech.
So far the research on internships around here and through my school are for military stuff. A friend of mine did a summer internship at NORAD (or whatever it's called now), and there are always positions open for stuff in the Air Force, although most of them require you to travel away from Colorado. I'll still be looking, either way.