Friday, July 31, 2009

Buffalo Bills Birthday Cake Milk

Whilst working at Kinneys, my eyes caught sight of a new blue dairy concoction sitting in a cooler. I walked over and to my surprise discovered there was such a thing as "Buffalo Bill's Birthday Cake Milk." Determined to try it, I came back after work and purchased a bottle to sample.

It tasted like chalky, over sweetened, thin vanilla milkshake that someone accidentally dumped blue dye into. All in all, it was not a terrible drink. I suppose it would satisfy you if you desired neither milk or a milkshake, but rather some strange bastard child formed by the two. Ultimately, it was a bit hot out to be drinking milk so I happily spilled the rest on the ground as I exited my car before I entered our local laundromat. Here is a picture for your enjoyment.

Interested in what else the Bill's had to offer, I investigated their online store. However, I could find no trace of milk or other milk related products.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rolling up my sleeves

As you well know by now, I am a poor college student. And, as such I must pay for almost all of my current expenses with loans. As I have previously mentioned, loans are now nearly impossible to obtain without a cosigner or a credit history of any significant length. Without loans, expenses are left unpaid. This includes the apartment I signed a lease for.

In response to this, I talked with my landlord. He was very calm as he said "I can understand where you are coming from. I had another student leave on me during the first part of the summer, and we got the apartment filled. But, you are responsible for finding someone." My heart sank as I heard what I knew he was going to say. He thanked me for coming in and I left.

I drove back to Clarkson's library and sat down. I furiously made 80 copies of a poster I had drawn up that detailed how glorious the apartment was and got to work. For hours I walked around Potsdam. I went to both universities and every high traffic business I could find. Surprisingly only one business denied me the privilege of putting up a notice on their premises.

I then drove home, my feet and legs weary from wandering through the woe begotten streets littered with ragamuffins and aging hippies. I grew more disheartened with every "for rent" sign I passed. As I sat I planned my next move. I was going to reclaim my phone from it's charger and place classified ads in all the local newspapers.

After I arrived home I went out to eat with my girlfriend, as I was looking for any excuse to take a break from worrying. Eventually I returned home and began listening to my voice mail before calling the papers. I relieved an odd voice mail that only said "Matt your off the hook, call me back." Instinctively I called my landlord who told me that in the hour since I put up the posters he had received over a dozen calls. I had successfully gotten rid of my apartment that I could not pay for. Even though I will be getting back 250 dollars, and I will not have to pay the 4000 in rent not including utilities, I was still sad that I would have to commute. I guess there are worse things to endure.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Kingdom for a Cosigner

So, I have gotten most of my loans for this academic year through the government. However, I am six thousand dollars short of my housing needs. This means that I would have to commute from Massena every day if I don't get a loan. The reason I am having tremendous trouble getting this small loan is because I do not have a cosigner. Now, I know that a cosigner is a big deal. However, this is just a small six thousand dollar loan. I will have no problem paying it back.

I'm not asking for money or a handout. I cannot stress that enough. However, I just need a little help here. In my specific case, a cosigner's signature is little more than permission to get the funds I need. There is zero risk. I just need someone to sign and basically walk away. I would work four jobs before I allowed someone else to pay my way. This is so frustrating.

If you are about to go to college make sure you have a cosigner on your loans. Investigate new up front fees like origination fees. Some loans even force you to give them up to five percent of the principal back to them upon receiving the loan, as a payment. And, don't even get me started on companies requiring students to pay interest fees while still in school. I never thought I would see the day when it would be this difficult to get a measley six grand. Considering the fact that most private schools charge between 30 to 40 grand a year in tuition and other fees.

Sometimes you just gotta rant it out...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

College Loans

So I just got back from Clarkson University Student Administrative Services where I talked to a counselor about my aid and bills for college. It turns out that when they factor in all the government aid, I'm out of the hole by over two grand. However, I still have four grand in housing, a grand for books, and more for electricity and internet since I am off campus. While being out of the hole is nice it still leaves me with the problem of how to pay the extra six grand.

Now, in the past it has hardly been an issue to stress because they would just tell us which lender to talk to and that would be pretty much it. But thanks to this wonderful recession we find ourselves in, they are not even allowed to tell us who to go to. In fact, the are legally bound to withhold that information because some universities were getting kickbacks from lenders. Thank God my University wasn't one of them.

I'm not in hot water yet. We can still go back to the our previous lenders and talk to them. But, I feel bad for all of the incoming freshmen. They must be having a very difficult time trying to find lenders. I can only imagine what it would be like trying to get loans, having never done it, and also having counselors who can't even point you in the right direction. Good luck to them, I guess that is what Yahoo Answers is for.

I'll keep you guys up to speed on this mess,

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Regarding Bruno

Bruno is a feature length film released on July tenth of this year. The film was directed by Larry Charles and written in part by the star of the movie Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays Bruno. Bruno is the story of a famous Austrian fashion reporter who falls from grace and travels to Los Angeles to regain world wide fame. Bruno is much like Cohen's previous movie Borat in that the movie contains two types of scenes. The first type is the traditional story telling scene where the characters interact and the plot moves forward. The second type consists of the character Bruno interacting with individuals in real life situations where he acts so flamboyantly in your face with his homosexuality that it brings out a plethora of different reactions from your everyday American. These reactions range from the benign to outrage. Overall, I would say that it was a good viewing experience but not a great one. The advertisements gave away too much. I will leave you with one warning concerning the movie. If you are not comfortable with full frontal male and female nudity, or scenes of that nature, then do not see Bruno.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fifteen Minutes to Go

So it is 3:30pm on Friday and I am going to write a quick five minute blog here. Now, I have been working at Kinney's Drugs all summer and there are a few things I have to say about this minimum wage job of mine.

First of all I'm glad to be employed. However, this job is difficult and not for the traditional reasons. You see I can complete all of the tasks they assign me in about a half an hour, with no interruptions from customers. And unless it is a busy day I will get it all done in up to an hour and a half. Now Kinney's requires that all employee's must be working when not conversating with customers or on a break. However, when there is no work left to do and you still have to work(and you really don't want to be there) it is really hard to look like you are doing something work related. So, it becomes a waiting game where I try to appear as if I am actually functioning.

Most of the time I just "zone" the shelves making sure that everything is straight and pulled forward. But, when that is over with I have the get tricky. If my feet are tired I "zone" a bottom shelf to take the pressure off. I also some other tricks up my sleeves that I use, but before I go into any detail I must state that each of them involve actual work. So if one of my managers were to come onto this blog and figure out it was me (the odds of which are very slim) I will have you all know I am not scamming the company at all. Besides it isn't my fault if they don't have enough work for me to do. If you have any tricks you pull or interesting minimum wage stories of you own, please send them to me.

Oh man look at the time, I have less than ten minutes to get to work! That means I still have a few minutes to write before taking off five minutes before my shift starts. Hmm... is there anything else I wanted to say? Not that I can think of. So I guess I'll see ya when I see ya and sorry about the spelling mistakes.


Monday, July 6, 2009

The Internet Ran Away!

For the past few days I've been without internet connection. Our Time Warner Cable modem bit the dust and we had signal issues. That is why I have not been blogging. Not that anything happened between then and now to make me write. I pretty much just went to work and went to the casino. I told my sister that if my losing streak continued that I would never bet a single penny at that casino again. And guess what happened! I lost 8 dollars. Now the most I've ever bet and lost was twenty bucks, however I am a poor college student and need to save my pennies. In any case, the Akwasasnee Mohawk Casino has seen it's last penny from me, well except for the beer I will drink there while other people gamble... but that really doesn't count.

Well, I've got to be off now. The internet is writhing morphing changing beast that stands still for no one. I must go see what has changed.

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