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At 9:25pm on December 21, 2018,

I was reading between the lines on her last post - - 

“I would really like to visit a more conservative State than California “ - - does it get more conservative than SD?

Plus, judging by her current profile pic, she’s bought a fur-lined winter parka in preparation. Not something one would expect to use much in sunny California. 

I’mnot pushing, but will remain an interested onlooker as the situation develops. 

At 11:33am on December 21, 2018,

Thanks - - It was a crazy long but fun run these past 7+ years. Mythical history has been lost, but we will survive.

On a more personal note, when are you and Swamp Chicken gonna finally set a wedding date?

At 3:15am on November 8, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

I will have my proof in January! The destination: Baltimore.

My school is sending me to the JMM again, what I did in San Diego earlier this year. Not only will I have an *official* out of state experience, but I will also be in a different time zone for the first time ever. For once, you will actually have a better time zone over me!

I would really like to visit a more conservative state for once because California annoys me, but I'll take what I can get!

At 3:18am on November 7, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

I'll have you know that I'll be traveling to a whole new state soon.


At 6:38pm on January 24, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

At 5:38pm on January 23, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

You are so lucky. Summer is terrible here, and it really doesn't even get as bad as it could. Upper 90's and 100's is the norm for mooonths -_- Summer is by far the biggest gripe I have with living in CA.

I have heard almond pronounced at least four different ways:

1.  ALL-mund

2.  AW-mihnd (What I say)

3.  AHM-ind (Like the A in cAt)

4. ^Any of the above choices without the "d" at the end

The A, L, and D are the letters up for debate. It's a complicated word here, apparently

At 2:34am on January 20, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

Impressive! I don't know if I could handle weather that sporadic. I can't imagine it gets that hot though? My town is known for.....almonds. Not exciting, and only causes unnecessary debate for the "correct" pronunciation of almond. Modesto (10 minutes away) is known for some cool stuff though! Jeremy Renner went to my JC and George Lucas is from there. Macklemore even filmed a recent music video in downtown Modesto. But it's also like the second highest car theft capital of the entire U.S., so that's fun. 

Perhaps I did deserve it because I was wearing sandals after everyone kept telling me to wear shoes...

At 12:03pm on January 19, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

Any of the northern states would be so amazing to see! It's so much wider. It's totally bizarre to me that there can be so much distance between towns or cities. I mean, put two Stocktons (where I was born!) together, and you already have a population size larger than Wyoming.

Maybe SD has bipolar weather like CA too? It's actually hilarious to see us wimpy Californians face the "cold".

As far as my foot, I was skateboarding. Down a flat, wide sidewalk. No one around. At about 2 mph. Call me talented to not only fall with no outside factors, but also manage to break three metatarsals. My doctor did: "Yes. Congratulations, Jessica. You actually managed a very unusual injury.  I've never seen someone do this from skateboarding." This is my second break from wheeled contraptions, so maybe I should just stay away from them. Needed surgery to correct my bones and I'm finally mostly healed. The scars at least look pretty gnarly, which is important. Haha But the whole story is far too long for this comment though, so I'll save it for later.

At 6:07am on January 17, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

Quite accurate! I'm really a world-renowned mathematician and everyone loves to hear me talk about math for hours. (Haha yeah right.)

It's actually funny you say that because one of my professors is trying to organize us going to Colorado this summer for Mathfest! I'm also applying to an internship thing that could potentially take me to Ohio as well. Out of country is the eventual plan, but I'd like to explore a lot more of the US first.

Sunny, nearly 80 degree beaches are great, but my heart will always be with the mountains and snow! And it's sad because we barely got any snow this year. No snow trips so far. :( It'll probably sound funny to you, but I don't even know what 10 degrees feels like. The coldest I've experienced is about 26 from my old work freezer. Haha It rarely gets below 30 in the valley.

The convention center is massive, and we only used about 1/4 of the building for this event. Thank goodness too, because I've only been walking for 6 weeks from a bad foot break. (I'm horribly clumsy in case you were not aware.)

At 7:36pm on January 15, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

The plane ride was actually amazing!! Pretty much ideal weather conditions and I had empty seats next to me on the way home. I definitely get motion sick, but the views were fantastic.

I was out in San Diego for the 2018 JMM! Which is short for "the largest math conference in the world." My school flew me and a friend out there for 4 days and basically paid for everything haha. I can't even tell you how beautiful the city was and all the things we did. We barely slept because we were taking advantage of our time there every minute of the day.

Naturally, we enjoyed our last day at Coronado Beach (which is the prettiest one I've seen so far) and had the most perfect weather. Plus apparently it makes sense to go to the beach during winter in CA. :P

I could keep going on about it (I did take like 800 pictures), but I'll stop here for your sake. 

At 5:08am on January 10, 2018, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…

Here we go again, Kevin.

I'm officially traveling by plane...for the first time ever.

Of course, it's only to San Diego, which is still in good 'ol CA, but it counts! Maybe?

Thought I'd keep you up to date on my (almost) out of state adventures!

At 3:38pm on December 15, 2017,

I went back and rewatched the segment of the nougat story with closed captions turned on. No less than 40 utterances in the last 15 minutes.

It's a total


At 2:54pm on December 15, 2017,

A Frontier Story - Buddy System S2 (Ep 6)


At 1:40pm on July 25, 2017,

FYI - - I'm watching you two. 

I've got enough issues on my own without taking blame for someone else's

At 10:31am on July 25, 2017,
Victoria (Centauromadoose)

Aha! Blaming Gumbo seems perfectly reasonable to me. I always get the feeling he's up to something... ;)

At 1:35pm on July 21, 2017,
Victoria (Centauromadoose)

Are you on the east coast now, or something? Suspicious...but I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, so I'm glad my birthday wish to you has been accepted after all. Phew! I was really on edge there for a while.

At 5:01pm on July 20, 2017,
Victoria (Centauromadoose)

Nooo, wait, really? I thought I snuck in via the time zone technicality! I should've known you wouldn't fall for such tricks.

At 12:27am on July 18, 2017,
Victoria (Centauromadoose)
I think I've made it in time for your time zone -- happy birthday, Kevin! I hope you enjoyed it! :)
At 2:38am on July 17, 2017, Jessica (Swamp Chicken) said…
I'm here early this year because TECHNICALLY it's officially your birthday, but if you were to go by the correct time zone, you'd be forced to wait another 30 minutes.

I was actually thinking about it earlier today, and it's kinda crazy we met over 6 years ago. I know we don't have the opportunity to talk as much as we used to, but I still consider it a duty of mine to at least wish you a happy birthday!
I'm currently working on a small project, and I'm hoping to gain enough motivation to finish it. But I'll be sure to show you once I reach that point! Haha

So, Kevin, I wish a very happy birthday to you! Hope you're enjoying your early birthday!
At 10:35am on July 7, 2017,
Victoria (Centauromadoose)

I appreciate that! I re-signed up for it on my personal account, so I guess I'll find out next month whether that worked or not. I've experienced a weird progression with these newsletters -- first they just arrived about an hour later than most people, then I stopped receiving them at my personal email and only had them auto-forwarded from the Komm email, then both accounts stopped receiving them altogether. Oh well.

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