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Cluster = resolved

Soooo…. Here’s a quick recap of the past few weeks: Quit Wellness Center, have a freakout, almost beg for my job back, decide to scrap that. Start working at the OGLBTC. On the 4th day of working for the OGLBTC, I get a job offer from Jenner and Block for a tech support position.

Being that I’m uninsured and would really like to make more money and have nice things like paid vacation and all that, I accepted the job (thanks Jim, if you ever read my blog, haha). So, I work my last day at the OGLBTC this Friday, and I start work at Jenner on MONDAY.

What a whirlwind. Even though I’m going to be starting the weekend after finishing this job, I think I will be a lot less stressed. Although now I need to go on a shopping spree for business casual clothes, since mostly what I own are t-shirts and jeans, but oh well. Things are going pretty great at this point, finally.

Of Giant Hunks of Meat and ties….

So, because Vic got a new job, I decided to take him out for steak. I scoured Metromix for a good steakhouse in the city, since I really didn’t know much about steakhouses. I chose Gibsons and made a reservation for 9PM on Thursday (which was yesterday).

I really don’t think I knew what I was getting myself into. I figured that the steaks would average about $25-30. Boy was I wrong. Most of the steaks just about started at $25. Vic looked at the menu, then looked at me, and said something along the lines of, “we shouldn’t be eating here.” But then, before we ordered, our waiter came and plunked a giant raw steak in front of Vic (they parade around their best cuts of meat and a giant lobster tail before you order). It was then I decided that perhaps the veal would be better another time, and today, we were getting the Chicago Cut, which seems to be their signature cut. Yes, we were ordering $37 hunks of meat.

Gibson’s has an $80 Porterhouse steak, and after seeing how giant our $37 steak was, I can only imagine the epic proportions of this behemoth. Vic has vowed to come back to “conquer” the porterhouse.

So, we got our soup/salad, Vic eating the salad because the soup was shrimp bisque, and he has, sadly, recently acquired an allergy to shrimp. Then came our dinner. We also ordered two sides, one a baked potato, and one a plate of sauteed spinach and broccoli. This baked potato was easily the size of 5 average potatoes. It was MASSIVE.

I ate a few of the vegetables and my steak, and I couldn’t even think of eating anything else, let alone half of that massive potato. Good lord.

But, fun times were had by all. Vic enjoyed his steak so much that he claimed he could “die happy,” and woke up in the middle of the night mumbling about steak. Earlier yesterday evening, I took Vic to Marshall Field’s and bought him a nice shirt and tie for his first day to work, so here’s the necessary shot of him looking all GQ:

GQ shot

fleh!

All the free time I had earlier this summer is being paid for right now. It’s “crunch time” at UIC, and I’m working my bum off. I don’t even have time to surf at lunchtime!

Content Management Systems Make Baby Jesus Cry Tears of Blood

Well, only some content management systems. For instance, I enjoy using Movable Type as a content management system for my blog. However, if I can’t do something with MT, there is always the option of logging directly into my host server and solving the problem that way.

Not here at work! No sir! In an effort to unify the departments under the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, they have decided to use Microsoft Content Management Server (2002). This is another way of saying “conformity.” So, using this system, all departments and offices beneath the VCSA are required to use the same template. Sounds okay so far… But this system requires you to edit your website within the content management utility, which requires you to only edit things within the provided parameters.

Currently, I have the assignment of creating a website for Welcome Week, which is a series of events and programs to get students back into school spirit. Well, whatever. Great. So, to make less work for myself, I created all of the pages I wanted to create in Dreamweaver, hoping that I could simply copy the code over once I was logged into the content management system.

This is still going fine. However, I find out that “Create New Page” makes every new page you create linked on the page you decided to create a new page from. Apparently there are these things called “channels,” which normal people on normal servers would call directories. So, after over an hour and a half of futzing with this stupid online utility, I realized that I could not create a new channel, and thus, had to delete all of the pages I had just created, because I did not want all of them linked on the front page.

On a normal server, I would have just had to navigate to the directory and type “mkdir welcomeweek2005.” This would have taken me, at most, 2 minutes, and not an hour and a half.

But I digress, and I swear I’m not plotting to plant a giant magnet under the content management server.

Edit: Oh, I forgot to add that, just to make things better, a virus wiped out a bunch of the login accounts data on the content management server, so the admin of the server logged me in using his info.

And I still couldn’t create a new “channel.”