I got pretty behind on posts this week, but fortunately there’s not a huge list of stories to regale you with. Thursday was a pretty straightforward day at work, with more progress on our group short and a few more lines of code on my individual assignment. Friday I had a meeting with Tal to go over the code I’d produced so far, and he helped me clarify some of the functions and prepare for the newer features I would be adding once I finished my current tasks. Friday night, of course, was the tape-delayed broadcast of the Olympic opening ceremonies. I didn’t watch the entire show, but I have to say my favorite part was Her Majesty’s Royal Cameo alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond.
Saturday morning I made yet another trip to LAX – my roommate needed a ride to the airport for his short trip home to San Fransisco. Traffic at mid-day Saturday wasn’t bad and it only took about thirty minutes to arrive at the terminal to drop him off. I stopped at Albertson’s on the way back to Oakwood to stock back up on lunch materials and weekend dinner food, then made my first (unsuccessful) attempt to get completely caught up on blog entries. I managed to publish one or two, then spent some more time reading Three Cups of Tea later in the afternoon. I was about to heat up a frozen pizza for dinner when I got a text from one of the other interns about meeting at the nearby Momotaro Japanese restaurant for sushi. I was more than happy to oblige.
I came back to Oakwood stuffed with crunch and California rolls, miso soup, mushroom ball, and Japanese salad – and that was it for me that night. I sluggishly dragged myself into bed after mapping out directions to the last church on my ‘to visit’ list: St. Mark’s in Glendale.
The next morning I got up, showered, shaved, made some pancakes, got ready, and made it over to downtown Glendale by 10am for the start of the second service. Parking was a little tricky, as some streets were marked by ‘no parking 8-10am Tuesday’ signs and others by ‘no parking EXCEPT 8-10am Tuesday’ signs. As I’d never been to that part of town, and the signs looked so very similar, it took me a few minutes to figure out just exactly were I could park. Once I did, though, I walked around the block and entered through the main door to the church.
St. Mark’s makes use of many of the same “High Church” traditions that I found at St. Thomas – incense, processions, chants, vestments, and so on – though it didn’t feel quite as “high” as St. Thomas, most likely because the rector’s delivery of the liturgy wasn’t as…Welsh as Fr. Davies’ had been. The congregation was very diverse, and the parish appears to have strong student ministries for all ages, including a preschool. I introduced myself to a few of the members, and Fr. Weitzel, and we chatted about my visits to other parishes in the area and the kinds of things I could expect to find at St. Mark’s. I had a very pleasant experience there; I’ll probably try to attend again before I head back to Texas.
Later on Sunday afternoon, I was out walking around the apartment complex when I was invited to play volleyball at the clubhouse, by some folks who appeared to be around my age. We played three-a-side and four-a-side as people came and went, and I ended up spending about two hours playing with the group. We parted ways around dinner time, and I took a dip in the pool (mainly to wash the sand off) before retrieving my chicken breasts from the apartment fridge and tossing them on the grill.
I watched Olympic gymnastics while I ate and saw Jordyn Wieber tear up when she was eliminated from the all-around competition. I’m sure the last time I watched gymnastics was probably the Beijing Olympics in 2008, so I had forgotten how engrossing and amazing they can be. When NBC’s coverage ended for the night, so did I, and I headed to bed before midnight in an effort to rest up for one of the last weeks of work we’ll have for our group project.
Yesterday and today bore significant progress on my individual programming assignment. Tal looked at my new code and said he’d test it with some larger, real-production files to see how my work held up. I fixed a few issues that popped up with group project assets and instructed my teammates in the proper submission procedure for Disney’s review software, so that we could get ready for dailies in a more streamlined fashion. Today was more of the same, though during the last hour of work I slipped into some kind of code trance and re-wrote most my code into a leaner, faster, more modular version that should be re-usable when I add more functionality.
I apologize for the excess jargon, but that’s basically all that happened today. Tomorrow we have at least one dailies session scheduled to review some of the shots we’ve completed for the group project, and hopefully Tal can look at the changes I’ve made on my individual assignment. Thanks for sticking with me on this over-long catch-up post. I’ll try not to let it happen again.