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Belated Valentines And A Request For Prayers

Yes, this goes out to all my friends :)

That said, it especially goes out to my roommate Cindy.

Cindy has been there for me through some tough times and I’m trying to return the favor as best I can. Her dad’s been in the hospital for the past six months following bypass surgery and we’ve just got word tonight that he’s taken another negative turn in his recovery. She’s at the hospital with her mother and sister, but I don’t think they’ll be able to visit much due to the restrictions of ICU and all. I’m here at home with dinner waiting and a small Valentine’s present that I would have gotten earlier, but was a bit too poor at the time. Right now I know she’s doing her best to hold her mom together and I’ll be here to hold her together when she gets home in just a little bit. Please pray with me for her dad, her family, and her.

I was going to make a Valentine’s card on the computer, but I’ve lost the printer drivers and they take too long to download here on dial-up, so I figured a blog post was the next best thing.

Cindy, it’s been a tough road at times. Thank you for everything! I’m pulling for you and yours and I know my family and readers will be pulling for you all, too. Here’s a memory of some better days to hopefully brighten your mood 8) ! Yes, that’s us at the 2003 Jimmy Buffett tailgate party about a year before I moved out here.

Better Days - Buffett Tailgate 2003

Happy Valentine’s Day, even if it’s a little late :wink:


Saturday Evening In Las Vegas

I’ll bet this is what you think of when you think of a Saturday evening in Vegas, right :wink: ?

Fishing in Sunset Park on Saturday 09 Feb 2008

Yeah, it’s what I plan to do again this weekend, too 8)



Yep, I just got mine done and I can’t wait to get that refund :thumb: ! I see either a trip to Texas or a new handgun in my future 8)

Get ’em done :) !


Adventures With Dad – Museums

Whatever you do, don’t take my dad to a museum and if you do, bring handcuffs :P !

I can’t count the number of times we nearly got into trouble, not that it wasn’t all cool and fun, but still nearly trouble all the same. You see, Dad has this problem that he has to touch just about everything.

One time at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, Dad decided to show me how a radial engine worked, how an old-time gas pump worked (the type with the glass tank on top), and how the flight controls of the replica Spirit of St. Louis work :shock: !

Fast forward to the Smithsonian and an exhibition of Austrian weaponry and Dad almost touched a hole in a 500+ year old shield when the alarm sounded. Yeah, we actually had fun discussing firearms with the armed guards :wink:

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head at the moment, but I just had to share ’em :)

I really do love Dad, I just know I have to keep my eyes on his hands :lol: !


Fun Meeting At Work

Yep, I’m actually blogging about work :)

For those that don’t know, I’m in Tier 2 of data repair for a major CLEC. I troubleshoot T1, DSL, VOIP, PRIs, trunk groups, and a few other things. Most of the time, my trouble tickets deal with major big time customers or technical issues that are too advanced for Tier 1 – the front line guys.

We had a bit of a meeting today about procedures, morale, products, and all sorts of other stuff. We rarely have meetings because it’s rather important that we all be on the floor, but it was rather nice to get together and air it all out 8)

Back to my regularly scheduled lunch break :wink:


Must Sleep!

I haven’t been exactly the picture of perfection when it comes to sleeping lately. Sure, there’s several reasons for this, but the outcome was that I sat down on the couch tonight at about 2000 hours (that’s 8:00 PM civilian) and was out like a light for several hours. The computer was still on, so I went ahead and looked up a few things. It’s just past midnight and I’m going back to sleep – hopefully until I have to wake up at around 6:00 AM :)

No, I haven’t been a complete bump on a log lately, I’ve just been so tired that I haven’t finished any projects lately. A few of the projects in the pipeline include more info and a review of my new computer (short version: SWEET :thumb: !!! ), some writing about Cygnus, Aquatone, Have Blue, and a couple of other projects from that great team of people. There will also be stories that fall into the “Adventures With Dad” category, a few old stories (Adrienne, you’re up in the next one about a sailing trip :P ! ) and a post about some of my past cars including the infamous “Land Barge” and my favorite car that I’ve ever owned – my 1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z-28 8)

Thanks for taking the time to drop by and read!


My Soon To Be New Home

Yes, it’s come time to pull up stakes and move again. I really don’t like moving – too much packing and work :x

I am looking forward to this move, however, for several reasons :) My roommate is going to be the new live-in manager for a storage facility. This means drastically reduced rent for me, power, water, sewer, and trash paid for, and a free storage unit for us to share! Yes, it’s a two bedroom, two bath apartment so I won’t get on her nerves too much. One thing that I really like is that it’s only about four miles from Nellis Air Force Base :thumb: !!!

Of course, the shorter commute (about nine miles vs. the current 20+) will be a great help, too :wink:

Hit the jump for pics of the place under construction 8)
Continue reading My Soon To Be New Home


Reason For GPS

Some people think I’ve gone a bit overboard mounting a GPS receiver to my windshield. After my little run-in with the Nevada Highway Patrol, I don’t think so.

Here’s the reason I feel better having my Garmin reading out my speed. I’m actually going 65 M.P.H. per GPS, but I didn’t want to try to take a picture, merge into traffic, and hold a GPS all at once so you’ll have to believe me on the real speed :wink:

I’m really going 65MPH - GPS verified

For some reason this only happens when it gets down near freezing, takes a few minutes to start after I’ve begun driving, and usually stops by the time I’m at work :evil:

Thank God for Garmin :thumb: !