last day of classes, mice, magazines, & banjos

As the title of this journal entry states, today is the last day of classes for this term.  I did my final exams for STS-2260 Statistics / Applied Research I and EDD-2268 Architectural Design II.  The goofy thing is that I think I did much better in my weaker subject, Stats, than I did in the one that gets my blood going, Architecture.  But we shall see.  My other two classes – ENF-2250 Fluid Mechanics and EDD-2255 Process Design I.

I got a subscription at the suggestion of my Architecture prof – Fine Homebuilding.  I haven’t gotten my first issue yet, but they did offer a free two-week online subscription.  Nice, except that I can’t print, can’t store it for later, and can’t get past page 32 of the issue.  I also asked my prof about a magazine I read ages ago called Architectural Digest.  His idea is that it isn’t what it used to be but is still an interesting read about various architecture of well-to-do folk around the world.  But I’m more interested in ideas and such that will help me in the ordinary-folk architectural world.

I’m finding it hard to play the banjo and use a normal (i.e. cheap) mouse.  Why?  Ages ago, on my 16th birthday, I guy hit me and Ron Ripley while we were crossing the street on our bicycles.  His leg was broken and fingertip torn off, and my hand was broken.  To this day, my right ring finger bends somewhat toward my middle finger when curled.  I got a new mouse – the CAD Mouse from 3D Connexion – and even put racing stripes on it, allowing me to speed up my Revit, CAD, & Inventor use.  If only putting racing stripes on my banjo would help me play faster and better.

Sundry things:

Tomorrow I’m getting an oil change for my little Kia, pulling the forms off our experimental concrete blocks, and giving blood.

ear update

Dang, this ear.  I went to the walk-in clinic again this morning, a week after my last time.  The infection is gone.  “Don’t take this anymore,” the doc said, referring to the antibiotics.  Instead, my Eustachian tube is plugged causing a buildup of inner ear fluids.

Now I’m on Sterile Saline Nasal Mist spray, Phlegm and Mucous Relief (acetaminophen 500mg, dextromethorphan hydrobromide 15mg, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 30mg, and guaifenesin 100mg), and Cough & Chest Congestion syrup (dextromethorphan hydrobromide 15mg again, and guaifenesin 100mg again).

Gotta have my dextromethorphan hydrobromide and guaifenesin!  Tastes like crap.  But it’s not all bad.  I’m also chewing gum and eating corn chips, both of which have in the past allowed my Eustachian tube to drain properly.

The bizarre side effect, if you can call it that, of having this Eustachian tube plugged is that sound in the right ear appears to be a bit more than one note higher in pitch than the left (normal) ear.  So, in effect, I’m hearing two different pitches of sound at once.  So much for playing guitar.  Plug the bad ear, and music sounds normal.  Plug the good one, and everything is raised by one note.  I thought I was losing my mind.  The nurse didn’t think so.  He says this is pretty normal for tinnitus.

So that’s what I have.  Tinnitus.  Or is it?  Tinnitus is not really a disease but rather a symptom of whatever ailment that is causing it.

One good thing has come of this.  I’ve learned how to spell Tinnitus and Eustachian.

ear infection

I’m now at Shoppers Drug Mart waiting for some meds. I woke up with an earache today. Vertigo, nausea, ear pain, ringing in the ear. “Not so pretty good,” as Glenn would say. I rode my bike to the walk-in clinic, but I’ll be walking the bike home.