January 24, 2007

Green Moutain Energy

Filed under: General — Cory @ 10:06 pm

When I moved to Houston I discovered that I was able to choose my power company. Green Mountain Energy Company was recommended to me, and after looking into it, I decided to go with them as my energy provider. That turned out to be a pretty good decision.

The first couple of months (September, October) the bill was pretty reasonable, typically $35-$50 per month. However last month it got even better! As you can see in the image, my bill for the 35 days from November 30 to January 4 was only $5.65. You probably think this is a mistake, but it isn’t. I am typically at work until 11pm or so, and I never turn my heat on. I also was out of town every weekend that month and in Virginia for a week, but still, $5.65!

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January 9, 2007

Gimme Gimme Gimme!

Filed under: Technology — Cory @ 10:53 pm

Finally. Yes, I will be getting one.

I have always hated shopping for cell phones, because they all suck. My verizon contract is up in August, and the iPhone is supposed to be available in June. That gives everyone else two months to buy them, and enough time for Apple to keep the phones in stock before I buy mine.

Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a new gadget.

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January 3, 2007

Big Rig Spinners!

Filed under: General — Cory @ 10:27 pm

Tate and I saw this truck on our way to Richmond, Virginia over the holidays:

See, even truckers enjoy a little bling, every now and then…

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January 2, 2007

2006 in Review

Filed under: General — Cory @ 12:05 am

Last year I wrote an extensive list of the things I had done during 2005. This year I will not be doing that. Instead, I’m just going to hit some of the highlights:

2005 was a great year, and 2006 was even better, so lets hope that trend continues.

Happy New Year!

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January 1, 2007

New Year’s Eve in New York

Filed under: Events,Friends,Places — Cory @ 10:57 pm

After spending the holiday week with our families, Sandy and I met up in New York for a few days to see friends and celebrate the New Year.

We arrived in the City Friday evening to meet up with some of Sandy’s friends for dinner. We ended up hanging out at really great bubble tea place for a while, and eventually meeting up for a nice dinner later. I can’t remember the names of these places, or find websites for them, but they were both in Chinatown and were really good. Afterwards we headed up to Rockefeller Center to see the famous Christmas tree.

Saturday we took our time and walked around the city, which included my Pilgrimage to the 5th Avenue Apple Store. Later that night we met up with Sandy’s cousin and her husband for dinner at Yakitori Taisho, an amazing little restaurant that was packed full. We got there early, and were able to get a great table in the back. You know the food has to be good when a place that is this tiny has a huge line out the door in the winter. After dinner we walked around and ended up at Veniero’s Pastry for dessert and coffee.

On Sunday we decided to see the American Museum of Natural History, which is where we spent most of the afternoon. This is a really cool museum with lots of different types of exhibits. I spent a lot of time at the physics/space exhibits, but there were also some really interesting displays with animals, primates and such.

Afterwards we headed down to meet up with some of Sandy’s other friends for our New Year’s Eve dinner at Guantanamera, a Cuban restaurant on 8th Avenue. We had a great meal (at least I did) and dessert, before heading out to a friends apartment to hang out until midnight got a little closer. Around 10:30 Sandy and I left for Central Park to find a nice place to watch the fireworks. We ended up at a terrific spot with a perfectly clear view of the sky. When the fireworks started at midnight, they went on for 10 minutes and were some of the most spectacular fireworks I have ever seen. Everyone makes a big deal about Times Square for New Year’s, but I cant imagine a better place to be on New Year’s than in Central Park.

Overall, it was a great trip and reminded me how much I love New York City (especially the smells of the food from the street vendors).

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