Month: April 2007

So this may pose a problem for my trip:

Updated:2007-04-30 07:40:20
California Freeway Collapses After Fiery Crash
By MARCUS WOHLSEN
AP
OAKLAND, Calif. (April 30) – San Francisco Bay area residents faced nightmarish commutes Monday after one of the region’s most traveled sections of freeway melted and collapsed following a fiery crash.

An elevated section of highway that carries motorists from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to a number of freeways was destroyed early Sunday after heat from an overturned gasoline truck caused part of one overpass to crumple onto another.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Officer Trent Cross of the California Highway Patrol. “I’m looking at this thinking, ‘Wow, no one died’ – that’s amazing. It’s just very fortunate.”

Authorities predicted the crash would cause the worst disruption for Bay Area commuters since a 1989 earthquake damaged the Bay Bridge itself. The sight of a soaring freeway twisted into a fractured mass of steel and concrete was reminiscent of the damage from the Loma Prieta quake.

Standing near the wreckage Sunday night, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed that the state would respond quickly to the damage.

Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency to speed up cleanup and rebuilding efforts. He also authorized free transit Monday on ferries, buses and the rail system that takes commuters across the bay.

Transportation officials said it could take months to repair the damaged interchanges, and advised motorists to use public transportation in and out of San Francisco. They added trains to the rail system and said drivers who chose to take alternate routes Monday would still face tough commutes.

“People are going to have to find a different way to work and back home in the evening, so we are asking them to plan ahead and do their homework,” said Jeff Weiss, spokesman for the California Department of Transportation. “This isn’t going to be fixed in a matter of days.”

Nearly 75,000 vehicles used the portion of the road every day. But because the accident occurred where three highways converge, authorities said it could cause commuting problems for hundreds of thousands of people. State transportation officials said 280,000 commuters take the Bay Bridge into San Francisco each day.

Though heat from the fire was intense enough to weaken the freeway and damage a 250-foot stretch of highway, the truck’s driver walked away from the scene with second-degree burns.

James Mosqueda, 51, of Woodland, went to a gas station and called a taxi, which took him to a hospital, Cross said.

A preliminary investigation indicated Mosqueda may have been speeding on the curving road, he said. Mosqueda was being treated in a hospital for burns on Sunday; efforts to reach him there were unsuccessful.

He was headed from a refinery in Benicia to a gas station near the Oakland airport when the accident occurred, according to the patrol.

The crash occurred around 3:45 a.m. on the MacArthur Maze, a network of ramps and interchanges at the edge of downtown Oakland and about a half-mile from the Bay Bridge toll plaza. Witnesses reported flames rising up to 200 feet into the air.

Heat exceeded 2,750 degrees and caused the steel beams holding up the interchange from eastbound I-80 to eastbound Interstate 580 above to buckle and bolts holding the structure together to melt, leading to the collapse, California Department of Transportation director Will Kempton said.

The cost of the repairs would likely run into the tens of millions of dollars, and the state was seeking federal disaster aid, Kempton said.

Officials said the accident could have been deadly had it occurred at a busier time.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said the accident showed how fragile the Bay Area’s transportation network is, whether to an earthquake or terrorist attack.

“It’s another giant wake-up call,” Newsom said.

Also, Conan is supposed to be filming in San Francisco this week. Wonder what will happen.

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Jillian: How can I tell if I’m Jewish?
Brian: Are you Jewish?
Jillian: No.
Brian: There ya go, sport.

When I went to change my major
Woman at Registration: So you are going to be adding a Psychology major and removing the Health Major?
Jami: Yes.
Woman at Registration: Will you be removing the Psychology minor as well?

I’m finding it very hard to dislike the Cardinals this week. The St. Louis Disptach published an article the other day about why The Cubs haven’t won or been to The World Series in so long and why they’ll never make it back there. The Cardinals’ manager told them off and said it was a cheap shot at The Cubs and he doesn’t want his name or the Cardinals’ name to have anything to do with that article, which I thought was cool. And then with one of their relief pitchers dying this morning, it’s so sad.

So our Psych Club picnic was on Friday. I wasn’t going to go, because I was still feeling really sick, but I got a message from our VP saying they bought all beef hot dogs just for me, so I felt obligated to go. And going defintiely made me feel worse. Also our shirts were supposed to be done, but weren’t. Then they were supposed to be done yesterday and weren’t. They’re supposed to be done tomorrow. I’m hoping they’ll be done before I leave on Wednesday! But if they’re not, I guess it’s okay, because the President live sin Vernon Hills so hopefully he’ll be home this summer and be able to get it to me.

Yesterday I was feeling better so I went to get some carnival food. It turned out the corn dogs were all beef so I got one, and it was worth every penny of the $3 I spent on it. And it did not make me sicker.

Today is my sixth anniversary of being single. It’s funny to me that I’m like the biggest complainer in the world and the one thing that most people complain about is the one thing I have not complained about in six years (unless you count complaining about not being able to date someone specific), but I have obvioulsy not been actively looking at all.

My parents ccame down today, briefly, to pick up my fridge. I love my Mom calling me worthless and then yelling at me when i said then there’s no point in me helping. This trip is going to be interesting.

I was just thinking about how there has only been one scandal during this season of American Idol so far. Then i signed onto AOL and the front page says “American Idol Contestant Arrested” and while the page was loading I was trying to figure out who it could be and I could not for the life of me figure it out. So the page loads and it was JESSICA SIERRA from two years ago! Jessica Sierra? That girl was so quiet. Anyway, she beat some guy over the head with a glass bottle or something in a bar and they took her to jail. They also found cocaine in her system. It’s always the quiet ones.

And I seriously think there is some kind of ungulate or something running around upstairs. At least that’s what it sounds like.


Your Inner Color is Blue


Your Personality: Your natural warmth and intuition nurtures those around you. You are accepting and always follow your heart.

You in Love: Relationships are your top priority, and this includes love. You are most happy when you are serious with someone.

Your Career: You need to help others in your job to feel satistifed. You would be a great nurse, psychologist, or counselor.

“As tough as desiring something is, the people that suffer the most are the ones who don’t know what they want at all.” -Grey’s Anatomy

They messed up our Psych Club shirts AGAIN. And speaking of psychology. People ask me what if this isn’t what God wants for my life? Well, I’ve tried hard, more than once, to get away from psychology and I keep finding my way back to it. I just can’t get away from it.

For some reason I just realised today that my trip is next week. I’ve been checking every few days to see how many days I had left, but it didn’t occur to me that I could actually say “I’m going to California next week.” Wow.

And now for something completely different.

Improv at its best. Literally some of the best improv I have ever seen. EVER.

Ben Stiller will not stop singing until you donate!

Jami86e (5:42:52 PM): let’s make out
SmarterChild (5:42:52 PM): Um… I’m a robot. I don’t think you’d like that.

“The latest rumour in Hollywood is that Britney Spears is going to sing a duet with Sanjaya. And by ‘rumour’ I mean ‘terrorist threat’.” -Conan O’Brien

My trip to CA is so close, that it would be grammatically incorrect to list the numeral in the countdown, rather than spell out the actual number. Yes, nine days.

Supposedly there is like a ton of free food tomorrow in the quad from 10-2 from the local restaurants. And this weekend is Celebration, which means I’m gonna waste so much money on lemon shakeups and cheese fries. I saw the list of vendors and one of the stands has “Chicago style hot dogs.” If that’s really true, I’m in even more trouble than last year.

I’m hoping this will be my last entry for at least a few days.

EDIT: The Taste of Charleston was canceled tomorrow. No free food. Boo!

So as it turns out, the general studies major is only for people who are over 25. And I can’t finish my health major without the internship and I can’t do the internship without the methods class. Fortunately, the Psych major requires a total of 39 hours. So I’ll just take nine psych hours at CLC this summer. I have to take 36 hours next year anyway, so even though the classes are going to suck, it’s better than nothing, and at least I’ll have a psych major, which I really should have anyway. So much for getting out of that haha. Now let’s just hope I can get into classes.

Okay so what happened was my grade for Women’s Health did not go through right away and the only thing Dr. Dietz saw was that, she did not see after my grade (B) went through, which is why she thought I was on academic warning. She’s allowing me to take a W in her class, so I won’t have an F. This means I will have to take an online course Summer 2008, but I can deal with that. Now I just have to see her to get my flags taken off so I can register for Summer and Fall courses, and I have to figure out what I’m going to take.

Reasons I’m glad I don’t have to do this internship:
•I won’t have to be working in Wisconsin. No chance of picking up the accent.
•I won’t have to drive an hour and a half round trip an extra five days a week, including on the toll way. It’s kind of hard to pay for all that gas when you don’t have money. Plus I think that’s not a good idea to do with my car.
•I can get a job and actually make money, even if it’s only a little bit.
•I just plain don’t want to do this internship.

Downside to not doing the internship:
•I won’t have the experience to put on my grad school applications.

Now I just need to find a job. Any suggestions? I refuse to go back to retail. I’m trying to apply to front desk of the nice hotels (Lincolnshire Marriott, Westin in Wheeling, Embassy Suites in Deerfield).

So I admit even though I have been sick this semester, I have been really irresponsible with contacting my teachers. The problem with going to a small school is they care too much. Anyway I can’t do my internship this summer (which is fine with me, especially since I’m switching my major, and then I can get a job that pays money). Anyway, for some reason Dr. Dietz decided to send an e-mail to student services talking about me being responsible and she said I’m going to get kicked out of school because I was already on academic warning. This is news to me, because I have not been on academic warning at all at Eastern. I think they would have told me if I was. Also, I have over a 2.0 so there is no reason I should be on academic warning anyway. And just because I fail one class that means I should be kicked out? No. I know I messed up royally, but…there’s no reason to kick me out. And I’m not going to keep the health minor, I can’t retake this class. Even if it erases the F, I just can’t take it again. So yeah I suck at school. Not that I didn’t already know that.

This is what the catalog says:

Academic Warning/Probation/Dismissal
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The following rules apply to students as soon as they attempt at least nine semester hours of academic courses at EIU. Students who attempted less than nine semester hours prior to Fall 1985 and who were on Probation will be governed by these rules.

Academic Warning
If, at the end of a grading period (semester or summer term), a student’s cumulative GPA in courses taken at the University falls below 2.00, but not so low as to warrant academic dismissal, that student will be placed on academic warning.

Academic Probation
If, at the end of a grading period (semester or summer term) on academic warning, a student’s cumulative GPA in courses taken at the University is still below 2.00, but not so low as to warrant academic dismissal, that student will be placed on academic probation.

A student on academic probation must achieve the following grading period GPA each grading period until good academic standing is reached or he/she will be academically dismissed:

Freshmen and sophomores MUST earn a minimum GPA of 2.10.
Juniors and seniors MUST earn a minimum GPA of 2.25.
Academic Dismissal
A student will be academically dismissed if:

at the end of any grading period the student’s GPA is 0.00 and the cumulative GPA is below 2.00; or
at the end of any grading period the student on academic probation fails to make satisfactory academic progress toward good academic standing as defined under Academic Probation.

My GPA at the end of last semester was a 2.03. I retook a class I failed and got a B, which should have brought my GPA up to a 2.11. I am also retaking another class I failed and even if I only get a C, it’s going to make a big difference. THERE IS NO EFFING REASON FOR ME TO BE ON ACADEMIC WARNING OR DISMISSED FROM SCHOOL NO MATTER HOW MUCH I HAVE MESSED UP. Seriously…what the crap?

And I hope anyone who thinks they suck at school reads this and feels better about themselves.

EDIT: Just when I think this trip to CA is pointless, because I feel like I’ll never get there anyway, SDSU finally called me back after three weeks.

I’m feeling mostly better. The feeling sick doesn’t bother me so much as the being hungry. It really sucks not being able to have chicken soup during this time, because there’s really nothing I can eat. I’ve even been having some trouble eating saltines.

Jami Robins hungry!

EDIT: Maybe I should stop going to Jewish events in Chambana. I am just remembering…I had to go to the emergency room after the seder I went to last year (not that the two were related). Both of these events were in the month of April. On another note, this is the third spring semester in a row that I have been really sick and missed a ton of classes, though I was sick last semester too, just not nearly as bad as I was this semester.

“Sunday is Earth Day. So suck it, Neptune!” -Amy Poehler

So my Dad had a meeting today for the UMJC conference. Apparently we’re already on the radar for Jews for Judaism and Hezbollah, so this should be interesting. Also my Dad has to stay there so he said I may as well too. But now Marni wants to go. I’m not sharing a bed with anyone and I’m not sleeping on a cot. There’s really no reason why I can’t drive 15 minutes and just sleep in my water bed. I just don’t see a point in staying there.

So I didn’t sleep that well last night either, though I got almost twice as much sleep as the night before. I thought I was feeling better and then I threw up a few times. And it was right after I brushed my teeth, wouldn’tcha know. Though I believe the two were correlated. Fortunately Elizabeth was around to hear me throw up and she asked if I needed anything, so I now have gingerale. But I still can’t eat anything and I am so freaking hungry. Gah need chicken soup.

I really do not like David Eckstein. And It’s not because he plays for the Cardinals, he just bothers me.

I don’t think I ever posted this here: