Monthly Archives: May 2006

First day: so far so good (who told the German guy a 11PM-12AM meeting was a good idea?)

I had no big trouble (knock on wood) during my flight across the country. No body probes at checkin, no bumps off of flights, just little things. Like not being able to enter my Mileage Plus number into the e-ticket machine. Or being put in the very last row of the plane next to several (four or more) small children. Or being told that I’d have to pay for food on the flight and having them run out so I got NOTHING to eat. Small things. The view out my hotel window isn’t as bad as the complaints on the web: I did get here only a little late and … Continue reading

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Off on my Grand Adventure.

I haven’t been on an airplane since before 9/11. In fact, I think the last commercial plane I was on was back in 1999 or whenever it was when I last worked for Megacorp. I’m off on a multi-day business trip in Boston, MA. I haven’t been back since 1986 when I shook the hand of Paul E. Gray, ’54 and had him hand me a diploma. I’m spending an extra day there and the thunderclouds will be there to greet me. I’ll be there in my best West Coast finery, a collared shirt and jeans, and looking the part of the tourist that I am. I only have a … Continue reading

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And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.

Wood chippers are dangerous, and every time I’ve used one I’ve been a little tired. It’s usually on the end of a day of hacking away at my father’s prized trees and rhododendron when I’m in a rush to get rid of all the evidence. And today was Memorial Day, traditionally the first day I notice that the yard is overgrown from all the spring rains. Anyway, I borrowed a wood chipper from my mom’s crazy mechanic friend and he said it was full of gas. It wasn’t, and of course it ran out while I was stuffing it full of branches. It got so jammed up that I had … Continue reading

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Big dessert.

Went out to dinner tonight with several of Carolyn’s relatives, but after dinner we went up to the Harris household where all three daughters and their families were in town. I guess I got Papa (Dr) Harris in trouble by writing about all the trips up and down the hill with the wood chipper, but it’s always fun seeing everyone again. Besides that, I have a picture of the rain but that’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

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Carolyn is in town.

Instead of taking a nap Friday afternoon, I had dinner with my parents, brother-in-law, sister, and Carolyn, and then four of us went to see The Da Vinci Code. It was kinda silly, but also pretty amusing. It was recommended by a Lutheran pastor, and I think I concur. I’m also not sure why some people are boycotting it when it’s so obviously a fictional story. Ah, well, it was fun. So on the way to lunch we found that my friend’s pickup truck wouldn’t start. We took my car, but he spent the rest of the afternoon out in the Megacorp parking lot trying to fix it. Another guy … Continue reading

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After two years of going to the gym, I actually got the phone number of one of the women there. And it’s not because she wants to sell me Amway. I guess she was going out with this guy (who I called “the doughy guy”) and recently she got a call from the doughy guy’s wife! She thought he was single. The woman at work told me not to call the woman from the gym, because the woman from the gym probably just wants to talk about the doughy guy situation. Well, I sent the woman from the gym a text message and she replied, “Who are you? Are you … Continue reading

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Ditching the ham radio meetings.

I’m still the treasurer of the club, but I can’t drag myself to the meetings any more. I’ve even been slightly crankier at work. Take, for example, my trip to the bathroom where one guy tried to knock me over with the door, another guy tried to knock me over while accidentally taking a laptop instead of his lunch from the counter, and the guy who actually owned the laptop shook his wet hands at me. I wanted to hurt each of those three people. I also don’t like people who don’t stop at the stop line on the way out of the parking lot. They pull way forward, blocking … Continue reading

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I was testing my sister’s gallery software (which is broken, by the way) and I had to find a proper picture to use to test uploads. Fortunately, my new Mac has a camera built into it. I think I’m going to use this picture on

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24 is finally over.

I mean, the show gets my heart rate up and I have trouble getting to sleep afterwards, so I’m glad there’s only 24 episodes in a season. Problem is, there has to be a cliff-hanger until next January. Good thing I have “Rescue Me” and maybe “The Closer” and possibly “Monk” this summer. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Starved” better be coming back, too. For those of you who look at my sister’s galleries, I am sorry they are broken at the moment. She can’t post any more entries. I’m not sure what’s wrong, and it may take me a bit to fix it. Let me say, on the … Continue reading

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The boring life and times.

Not only did I not get up early today, but I also took a nap. I finally got around to mowing the lawn, but it got dark and the sky looked, well, ominous. Thunderstorms were forecast, so I figured I’d better just get the mowing done and then hide out. After some short period of hiding out, the sun came out, but it was all just a ruse. After about an hour of good weather, all hell broke loose and I even heard there were some flooded streets. There are random severe weather warnings, and coin-sized hail. My sister brought over some stale pastries today, which beats the hell out … Continue reading

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Hey, it was supposed to rain today.

Instead of enjoying the surprisingly nice weather, I took a nap and then worked on my sister’s database. I know I didn’t need to figure out all the weird things, but it also gave me practice with SQL. I’ve forgotten a lot in the past year. I was so tired today, I could have gone to sleep at 7PM. But, as it usually goes, I got a second wind and while I should be asleep now, I was re-watching the last shows of “That 70’s Show” and “Will & Grace.” Yeesh. So, I think the cooling tower for the Trojan nuclear power plant will have to implode on its own. … Continue reading

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Livin’ It Up (Friday Night).

Jessica at the gym’s front desk (or Mrs. Y, as I like to call her) found a new DMX radio station at the gym. I think Ben, also at the front desk, said it was called “70’s Party Music.” It’s not just the 70’s. I remember hearing “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry, The Dazz Band, some Parliament, “Shine a Little Love” by ELO, etc. Some of it is 70’s but a lot is 80’s. All very silly, just the way I like it. Anyway, here it is, Friday night again and I’m too tired to do anything besides hitting the hay after watching some TV. I’m just so exciting. Even … Continue reading

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