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>> Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Here's a synopsis of my first day in Utah:

I got up around 9:45, got ready, and went to the bookstore to purchase my books for the semester. I only picked up three of them for now, since I won't need the fourth until next block, about seven weeks from now. Mike is doing a couple online classes, so he was there too. We get there, and the bookstore had maybe four or five other people in it. I'm used to BYU-I bookstore, where two days before a semester starts, it's pretty much packed with nearly every student and their moms for the entire day. That mean cramped aisles and very, very long lines. Depending on when you went, it wasn't uncommon to have to wait for 20-30 minutes to make your purchases. So it blew me away to go to the UVU bookstore and be able to freely walk anywhere I wanted with ease, not to mention going straight to checkout.

After we finished, Mike and I came home and got ready for the big event of the day: having a race to see who could beat The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time the fastest. Years ago, Mike and his friends had beaten the game in around 12 hours, so we expected to be able to do it in 10-12 as well.

Looks intimidating, doesn't it? This was the better of the ideas we had for video games for when I moved down. We had originally planned to play through all four 3D Zelda's in 48 hours, a feat some online gamers could not complete a while ago. Ultimately, though, we decided that we didn't have the willpower to do anything of that magnitude, and settled on racing on the Zelda game we both know best. I had some ambitious ideas on how to speed through the game, which didn't come to fruition. The only real shortcut I used was near the end, and I learned that from a speedrun I watched online. I ended up winning, with a final time of 8 hours, 20 minutes and 33 seconds. And yes, that was played straight through. Having done that, Mike and I agree that the 48 hr Zelda challenge is definitely doable. By the time I finished, it was about seven thirty, so we ordered pizza and then played Jenga and practiced throwing cards into a basket because we didn't have a cowboy hat handy. Afterward we chatted for a while and then went to bed around midnight. And thus ended my first day!

I still don't like Utah water, and it will take me a while to get adjusted to drinking it. I'm not terribly looking forward to when it becomes full blown summer down here, because I don't do well in the heat. Although that may help me sweat some pounds off, which I could desperately do with losing.

I'm excited to start school again, but also a bit worried, because it's been a long time since I've had to worry about homework, and I'm not sure how well my psyche will adjust to that again. Oh, and I hate that textbooks cost so much. I think they should have iPod Touch versions of them at a reduced rate. That would rock my socks.

1 comments:

Benner May 6, 2009 at 11:48 PM  

Sounds like a very productive day! Welcome to Utah. Can I say that? Even though I'm in Idaho? Hmmm...Good luck Steve! I'll visit you for sure next time I'm down there. Sorry I missed your going away party. But to me, you're just a day away. In fact, I'll probably see you more now that you're in Utah than I did when you were just 4 miles away!

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