1 Sep 2004 chrisime   » (Journeyer)

Months went by...
Haven't blogged for quite a while because I lost my advogato password and somehow found it out again. Much has happened, well, what do you think happens within 2 years! I'm going to report briefly. In the next days/weeks I'll try to reveal some details. It's just too much to write at a time, so don't worry, there's more to come...

November 2002
I've been to the LinuxDays in Luxembourg. It was really nice and I met lots of new people. They only forgot to book a room in the hotel for me. Eventually, I managed to get a room.

University 2002/2003
Uhm, I really chose too many classes. In the end I wrote 9 exams and held a "Hauptseminar". Never again! This is pure overkill! My grades weren't the best which is another reason why I won't do that never again.

Summer 2003
Really cool, erm hot! We really really never had such a hot summer! It was sooooo hot even in May/June that almost all plants died. I enjoyed that quite alot and biked as much as possible (about 500 km in May or June, can't remember anymore). I joined a nice internship at university. We had to develop a RPG game in JAVA using OpenGL. The game was based on a framework formerly developed by someone of the Chair for Software Engineering. We organized many (grilling) parties; did I mention that the summer was really hot?! In August/September I joined another internship (OpenGL hacking with pixel shaders etc.). That one was quite tricky, but I learned a lot. From July 14th to September 25th (something like that) I worked for Siemens. My task was to debug PowerPC boards running embedded linux, develop drivers and other things. It was quite a desaster because nobody could tell me what I had to do. Most of the time the guys (they've been really nice!! even my boss) were so busy and in the end I sat in front of my computer and I tried to find some work (which mostly didn't work). By the end of September my boss asked me, if I wanted work for another 3 months (or more) for the company, but I declined. Also in August I met my later girl-friend. It was just a day where I biked to the lake. We somehow had a conversation and I asked her if she'd like to cycle together with me. She gave me her cell phone number and one week later we were on tour (when we arrived a nice "Biergarten" in the south of Munich she had a flat tire and it was Sunday!!). We couldn't fix the bike and had to take the train back to our homes (I didn't want her to go home alone, so I also took the train.). In the end it took another 2 months until she was my girl-friend. From September 26th to October 19th I went to the states. The first week I stayed at cinamod's place in Boston. The city is really beautiful and I was quite impressed. The second week I stayed in Lexington, KY at Jesse's house (I never met hime before). At that time he was also hacking on gDesklets which might have been the reason why it was no problem that I was staying at his house. Kentucky was even nicer, much nature, many national parks... The third week I stayed at harshy's house in Columbus, OH. It was also nice there (esp. the family, his mom always cooked such good food!!). I met walters for the first time at the local university but we didn't talk too much.

After my trip to the states I went to the LWE in Frankfurt. I didn't want to go there but I had the opportunity to join Thomas Uhl. LWE was quite interesting (I met Chema, just 2 weeks before his accident :-( ).

The girl-friend chapter
After LWE, I met Natalie on October 31th (heh, Helloween); we were together for exactly 9 months. For the meantime here's a photo of her. She looks really cute there, but believe me, she used to be quite mean sometimes, especially in the end of our relationship. She's quite too young (age-wise and brain-wise) and just not ready for a real relationship. This took me quite some time to understand...oh well. It's never easy to let go, but it was easier this time, because she really did some nasty things. Details later...

to be continued...

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