My Christmas present to all of you is a few pictures of the house in holiday mode... Hit up my Yahoo Photo Album to check out the work in progress.
PBase is trying to get $23 out of me to host any more pictures and Sherry and I are not sure yet if we want to spend that... so feel free to email me and contribute some money :)
My Christmas present to all of you is a few pictures of the house in holiday mode... Hit up my Yahoo Photo Album to check out the work in progress.
I have to say that it is amazing what a new correctly run company can do for ones psyche!! When I showed up at work on Monday I had orientation for the first half of the day and then was taken upstairs (3rd floor) to talk with my new boss (Mike). He took me to my....... NEW OFFICE! That's right folks, for the first time in my career I have a door! I know it is stupid but I feel pretty damn cool walking past a closable opening that has my name on it. But I digress, Mike then took me around and introduced me to lots of people that I will be working with, and then left me alone in my new office to set up my two (one brand new) computers. One for development and one for checking email, research and the such... not quite sure why I need two yet, but I am not complaining. I think it has something to do with extra security, even though I can still get to the internet on both computers?
As you can expect being an anti-virus / security company they are pretty hard corp around the office, I have to whip my badge from my waist about every 100 steps or so to get in and out of the doors that lead to and from the secure and unsecured areas... and there are some areas that I still don't have access to.
But my wife is dragging me out the door now. We are going to Coleman Nursery to see the holiday lights with Shawn Regina and Baby Jack.
Well I have taken the week of... well actually I guess I was "given" the week off since AMA continues to suck, and decided that one week wasn't worth it. But I am very relaxed now, did a little work on the house, and prepared for Mom and Don's visit right after Christmas.
I have started hanging some of the doors back that I have primed and painted a fresh coat of white. I have also been replacing some of the sockets and light switches and their face plates to give off a fresh look as well. But as usual when dealing with a 40 year old house that job turned out to be more then I bargained for... Seems that 40 years ago they didn't run a ground wire with the hot and neutral wires so that the three pronged outlets that I bought would be violating code if I installed them (which I did a couple of places any way). Running the ground wire might be a task for another day, since if you do try to run the wire through the same conduit as the old wires they will get shredded since they also used some type of tar and string concoction to wrap their wires back then, which doesn't hold up very well after 40 years and a fresh wire being rubbed against them.
I am very excited about Mom and Don coming to see our first house, and about opening our presents, sherry and I are very fortunate and have a rather large pile gathering for ourselves. Sarah and Heidi's presents arrived today and I had to force Sherry to wait til Christmas to open them.
... and only cost me $75! The water pumps pressure gage had been melted by electricity so they replaced it with a $25 part and charged me $50 for the know-how and labor to do it... which, after one week of not having heat in the whole house sounded good to me:-)
We did have a lot of good fires this weekend and hope to continue to do so... which reminds me... need to close the flu when I get home.
Just got done quitting at AMA and now looking forward to starting at Symantec!!!
Here is an article about them for you to get familiar.
Got the offer today. Same money I am currently making plus 3000 stock options... which is potential big money.
Benefits are better and the company is an actual software company!!! I will be submitting my letter of resignation on Monday :)
PS... Heater still broken.
Our heat broke so we are sleeping at Shawn and Regina's until further notice... the heater dude is suppose to come on Wednesday.
I have yet to hear from Symantec, but will post as soon as I know anything.
In case you havn't been paying attention... Georgia Tech is really good at Basketball this year! They are currently ranked 13th in the country and have already beaten the #1 ranked (UConn) and #25 (Texas Tech, ranked in the ESPN poll) teams in the country. They are 6-0 and should be 13-0 when they start ACC play against a very strong conference, since UNC, Duke and Wake Forest are all ranked.
Sherry and I went to get our driver's license yesterday morning. The line wasn't too bad and we got out of there in only 40 minutes... I was pretty impressed. They did try to put Sherry's maiden name on there, but we got it all figured out, don't worry.
I received a call from Jim at Symantec last night. Looks like I will be getting an offer extended to me early next week! I can't tell you how happy I am about this. AMA is the most asinine company I have ever seen in my life, and it will be a very gratifying feeling to resign from them.
So Sherry and I went over to Shawn and Regina's to celebrate... well actually we had already planned to go over there for dinner and games. We played some Cranium, and split the husbands and wives up to minimize bickering. The Turemans one, but only because the cheated, as usual.
I tried to put Jack to bed, but did work out so well for me. Couldn't get the little booger to go sleep.
I posted my sister's picture from Thanksgiving at the river house. Hope you enjoy.
I know I have been slack on the posts lately... just finding it hard to find my rhythm again after the nice break.
I have an interview (final) with Symantec tomorrow, will let you know what happens.
Shawn's birthday is next weekend and we have decided to do that rather then go to the Company (AMA) Christmas party. My choice... but strongly influenced by the fact that AMA is so cheap they are having a cash bar... I know... how petty am I :)
I am going to Symantec on Tuesday to talk to them about a job. They are very well respected in the computer industry and it would be pretty cool to work there.
I do know about the rest of ya'll but it is really windy here... I mean serious gust, almost knocked me over when I went outside just now.
All of the carpet is out of the house! Just have one room left of tack strip and staples, then I will be done with that stuff for a LONG time.
I had yesterday off and spent the majority of the day on tack strip in the upper left bedroom. Franklin and Christina came over and help since they had the day off also... their reward was some yummy BBQ from a place up the street, but unfortunately Christina doesn't like BBQ so she had a Cheesburger and some hush puppies. Supposedly there is a place in Williamsburg that is the best BBQ around that we were suppose to go to after work on Friday but I think Sherry is getting that overwhelmed feeling again so we will most likely stay home and work.
Franklin helped me install our new dishwasher after we had finished cleaning up the upper left bedroom. It runs nicely, and I hooked up the washer and dryer last night after they left, so we are fully functional now, and making good progress.
On the work front I was suppose to hear from Bank of America today (still the same job I was interviewing for a month ago) and I would most likely take it if they offer it. Shorter drive, better pay, but contract position and constantly having to prove myself to get the full time gig, which I am up for.
Going to read a chapter in A Time to Kill by Grisham (purchased at Garage sale for 25 cents) ... this is actually his first novel and said to be the most auto biographical though not on purpose.
We are the proud owners of a new Home Depot Credit Card!!! Yeah!!! Oh wait, that means more credit... boooo. But we got 10% off and have no interest / payments for a year... but that just means that we have to pay it off before 12 months or we get slammed with a 21% interest rate... but no worries we have it all planned out.
We saved up and purchased a lot of stuff at once to maximize our 10% discount which amounted to $114. We bought a dishwasher (white), a lawn mower (black), vent covers, new deadbolts and lockable knobs, the two aforementioned rugs, a faucet for the half bath and one for the master bath, and other small items.
We have already replaced all the deadbolts and door knobs for that added sense of security, and Sherry put the vent covers in place. Things are coming along but we don't think things will be prime time until the floors get done and the then everything can start to find a home in our new home :)
I have the day off and plan on getting the rest of the carpet (upstairs) taken care up. Franklin (Sherry's cousin) might come over and help me since he is off this week.
Sherry woke up this morning and thought that she wasn't going to be able to move. But after three Aleves we were good to go. So we went to pick up some stuff we had not gotten from Pearl's yet. She was, of course, cleaning. She had the refrigerator out and was cleaning behind it, since she said cat hair had gotten back there. I took noticed that her driver side rear tire was low so I went and filled it up and got some gas for her lawn mower.
We then went and picked up our full size box spring and mattress from "The Dump", which is a house warming gift from Nanny and Papaw Bragg (Pearl's parents).
We then came home and unloaded the mattresses. I started loading up stuff to take to the hurricane debris site down the road and got ride of the carpet we had pulled out and all other trash that we had been waiting to get ride of. I then came back and loaded up another trailer full of more trash from Sherry unloading kitchen stuff and filled up the other half of the trailer with yard debris, and went and dropped that off. While I was doing all of this, Sherry had been (like I mentioned) unloading the kitchen, and making our house a home and much more functional to do the every day things like eating!!!
Sherry is now making some spaghetti and I am blogging away. I will take more pictures soon, and have some so far, but wanted to wait until things were a little better before posting them.
Time to eat!
Today, Sherry, Pearl and I did 3 years worth of yard work in one day, all in the back yard. I cannot say think you enough to Pearl for her help, it meant more then I can say in words. Mitch, his wife and kids, also came over to do a helpful bit of raking during the morning session. The yard looks about twice as big, and the bushes are almost manageable. Courtney, Jennifer, and Mandy got here around 5 pm to start the painting and help us finish up the last part of the yard work, which meant hauling the bags to the street for pick up and unloading the bigger stuff out the road for hurricane debris pickup which is still going on.
After that the girls painted the dining room while I went and got the trailer from Mike Hunter (Shelley's boyfriend). By the time I had returned home, the pizza was there and the dining room was painted. They went to see Shawn and Regina's house (1 mile away) which is all done (they moved in on Friday) and looks really good. They came home and then did some touch up painting and we called it a night... well I did, Sherry went up and painted the stair walls. Very tired... going to bed.
I added the ability to sign up to this blog, so that means you will get an email once a day with a summary of the days postings (if any).
This is a funny little story that happened around here recently, seems that some idiot in the Motor Pool learned the hard way that he didn't pay enough attention in spelling class. The police were driving around for quite some time before the realized that they had misspelled Virginia.
I realize that I had a span there where I didn't update the blog for a while and missed some thing, like Sherry's new job. She took a part time job with Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, William and Mary wanted her also, but the drive would have been horrific from here or we would of had to live somewhere between Hampton and Williamsburg, and the point of moving here was to be closer to family. So we thought this was the best move.
So far she likes it, although the man that hired her and the one that promised she would get to full time status shortly recently quit (kind of quickly) so things are a little wishy washy right now. But she still likes the small school atmosphere and enjoys the people she works with (most of them).
Tonight is going to be our first night to spend the night in the new house. I am taking a break from caulking the ceiling and chair rail before we paint it. Sitting here having some hazelnut flavored coffee and updating my blog, that is what we call a dork's break.
We are having a painting / work party this weekend. Jennifer, Courtney (the furthest right in this picture), Shelley (in the middle in the last picture) and Mandy (Courtney's older sister) are all coming over to help. Mitch (and family), and Gary might come help too, they are too friends from work.
Speaking of work, I have still been in talks with Bank of America about going to work with them. They said things have been on hold since they interviewed me and are now looking to fill two positions quickly. Gary started at AMA after I did and submitted his letter of resignation on Monday after only one month of working there. The company just has it's head too far up it's a$$ to realize who screwed up they are. Gary will be the 5th or so person to quit from this team in around 6 months time... yet they still are not getting the picture that things are messed up and keep saying that it is "people problems" and that people are lazy and should be happy to have a job. We will see...
Greg's birthday is on the 10th.
Ok... need to get back to caulking.
Just got an email from Lee (Spuhler) Berner, seems that her and Andy might be getting stationed in Norfolk in around 15 months! Nothing is final but it would be great to have them around. He would be stationed on the USS Kearsarge for a non-flying tour... which I think means that he basically gets to sit on the boat and drink a lot, but not to sure, will get back to you on that one.
I went to the local GT club the other night to see about meeting some local Tech grads... this picture is featured on their website... guess I am a stud:)
More pictures can be found here
My friend Jason just sent me an email so I thought I would tell the world (or the 4 people that read this) what is up with him. Here is a picture of him and his new "puppy" Nershi, and no... that ring is not a wedding ring, just looks like one.
He is still in Montana, living in a log cabin and working his way up the wilderness ladder. Having fun, but refers to the dating pool as a dating puddle due to population density issues. He has 25 acres at his back door and loves his dog, well he doesn't love his dog, he just really likes him.
He misses Sherry and I, and we miss him.
I have posted some pictures of the house on pbase.com! Check them out. So the reoccurring comment that people seem to be making about our house is that it is "deceptively large." It doesn't seem that it could be 2541 square feet when you first drive up to it... but two additions in the rear of the house adds a lot of footage.
I have finished almost all of the tack strip in the master bedroom except for two closets and I hope to tackle it all tomorrow after work. Blisters have popped and I am entering the realm of true manhood if I can get these "computer hands" past this first stage of toughing up.
I want to spend the night here so bad but don't want to jinx the house by sleeping here without my lovely wife, who (rightfully so) doesn't want to leave our cat with Pearl.
So off I go, back to Chesapeake for hopefully the last night.
The bottom half (below the chair rail) has been completed and the top part has been rolled, but the details still need to be flushed out. I have a second favorite tool of the day.... the Shur-Line trim edger... it saved me about 3 hours of work already. I am pretty sure that tools will be the desired christmas / birthday / easter / st patrick's day presents.
I have taken lots of pictures and will get them up soon now that I have my computer set up.
Going home and going to sleep well tonight.
Welcome to happy home ownership!!! My back hurts, and I have the constant sweat thing going on. I woke up at 6:15 this morning and started packing and then drove over to the new house to meet the cable guy... so we know have high speed Internet again... plus music (digital cable) to motivate us while we work.
Once I got to the house, I pulled all the carpet out of the garage (that we have pulled up, since we want the hardwood floors that are underneath them). We are moving tomorrow, with the help of Shawn and Franklin (Sherry's cousin) and Mike (Shelley's boyfriend's trailer)... but the house is not really livable in right now so we are shooting to make it so in one week, and have everything else completed by Thanksgiving.
Nest I met my next neighbor who is super nice, and has already let me borrow two of his tools... one of which I used to clean up the trees and bushes that were rubbing our house. He informed me that it had been rented be two other families for the last 3 years (read: neglect) and he is a good friend with the previous owner. Most of the people in our neighborhood are in the Navy.
After I clipped the trees I started taking up the tack strips which SUCKS... especially since I didn't have the right tool... but when I went to help Shawn put on his toilet flange and place it in the right place, and help lift the HEAVIEST air conditioning window units down three flights of stairs, I was lent my best friend of the day... the "wonder bar"!
So I then came home and primed some more ceilings with Kilz 2 and continued to pry up tack strips and pulling up staples used to secure the old carpet. Then at 6:30 pm we stated painting and that is where we are right now. Top half of living room has been painted and going to go do the bottom half now.
We are going to sand and refinish our hard wood floors... we found a reasonable priced guy and he did Shawn's floors, and was also the guy that lent me the wonder bar (after I told him I wanted to hire him)... he is going to do it the week before thanksgiving.
That's all for now... time to paint... did I mention that I have not showered today... YUMMMY!!!
Apparently we live accross the street from the Asst. City Manager. So I guess that means that we get stuff taken care of pretty quickly :) She told us that there had been some water damage to the house and it had to be fixed, but that it stunk like mildew for a while and that is why it was on the market for so long. It doesn't stink now, and we used Kilz 2 Latex last night to cover up the few stain marks on the ceailing that had been there.
I took pictures yesterday and will get them up soon. We got a quote from the hardwood floor guy for $2500 for the whole house (around 2300 sq ft which is like $1.10 a sq ft which is not too shabby.
I think I must of had one of these when I first got the new Harry Potter book, it was a monster (but I finished it in 5 days, and will do the same with the next one).
Sherry and I closed on the house on Tuesday!!! We went over their and immediatly ripped up the carpet. Since they had installed some over the hard wood floors that they had. We were pleased to see that all the floors were in good shape.
We bought the paint last night since Sears was having a half off sale on paint, and are buying the rugs when we buy the appliances since Home Depot is running a financing special where they offer no interest for a year.
Sherry just got an email from William and Mary asking her for a phone interview!!!
"Yes Smithers, my plan is working out perfectly"
Here is a good answer to the question I have been asked a lot:
"So what are you going to be doing at your new job?"
DirtyBen13: contracting with NASA.
DirtyBen13: working on the document management syste for them
DirtyBen13: they need a pretty strict process
DirtyBen13: for making their selection on the next launch vehicle
DirtyBen13: (the next space shuttle)
DirtyBen13: so we are writting a custom framework (with a web interface) to help them with that
DirtyBen13: and the company also did some custom tool integration work
DirtyBen13: for them... to integrate all of their engineering / aerospace tools into the framework
DirtyBen13: and then the company has another division that handles the visualation of the data
DirtyBen13: so it is a good cross sectional of the company
DirtyBen13: sounds cooler then it is
DirtyBen13: mainly just a framework for covering their ass
DirtyBen13: when the losing concept companie's lawyers come after nasa saying that their selection process was flawed
Holy Cow!!! This is just amazing... Aparently Reebok is trying to outdo Lebron with this 3 year old, Mark Walker. Check it out!
Once again... I love Google
Even though this isn't really Google, but their "I Feel lucky" button still takes you there.
If you type in "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and then click "I Feel Lucky" you will get this.
More is Better
Eating more often is healthier? This is what I have been doing lately... having a snack at 3:00 after eating my lunch... which I guess is only 4 meals but still more on the lines of this.
Take it to the grave
Only for the hard corps!!! When you love your school a little too much!!
Opps I did it again
Looks like the truth about Britney can now be know. Justin is a pimp!
CNN.com - Britney acknowledges she's not a virgin - Jul. 8, 2003
Talk about addicted
local6.com - News - Robber Hits Same Store Eight Times
A timeless lesson on how consultants can make a difference for an organization...
Last week, we took some friends out to a newrestaurant, and noticed that the waiter who took our order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket. It seemed a little strange. When the busboy brought our water and utensils, I noticed he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket. Then I looked around saw that all the staff had spoons in their pockets.When the waiter came back to serve our soup I asked, "Why the spoon?"
"Well," he explained, "the restaurant's owners hired Andersen Consulting to revamp all our processes. After several months of analysis, they concluded that the spoon was the most frequently dropped utensil. It represents a drop frequency of approximately 3 spoons per table per hour. If our personnel are better prepared, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per shift."
As luck would have it, I dropped my spoon and he was able to replace it with his spare. "I'll get another spoon next time I go to the kitchen instead of making an extra trip to get it right now."
I was impressed. And I also noticed that there was a string hanging out of the waiter's fly. Looking around, I noticed that all the waiters had the same string hanging from their flies. So before he walked off, I asked the waiter, "Excuse me, but can you tell me why
you have that string right there?"
"Oh, certainly!" Then he lowered his voice. "Not everyone is so observant.That consulting firm I mentioned also found out that we can save time in the restroom. By tying this string to the tip of you know what, we can pull it out without touching it and eliminate the need to wash our hands, shortening the time spent in the restroom by 76.39 percent."
"After you get it out, how do you put it back?"
"Well," he whispered, "I don't know about the others, but I use the spoon."
A collection of some really funny movies...
Funny Movies - eBaum's World - Flash Cartoons, Funny movies, funny pictures, Jokes, Prank phone calls and more.
Today is my birthday and just wanted to say thanks to my lovely wife for the bike and whatever we have planned for tonight. And to all my co-workers for hooking me up with a gameboy advanced SP. So far it has been a wonderful birthday!
My company secured it's first paying customer... here are some links to the Press Release:
It is the same article, just two big sites that are carrying it.
My High School is #2 in the country!! (Although we slipped from last year)
looks like you can buy the 52 card deck that they gave out during iraqi freedom: check it our here. Kinda makes me sick. Making money of this.
Sherry and I are 95% done moving in! Thanks to mom and all the helpful friends for lending a hand. I am now going to try to get into the front house!!! If Darren is insterested in living with us once his lease is up.
Interesting little story about the star wars kid (use the alternate links... the primay links make you download a client.
THIS IS REALLY FUNNY.
Sherry and I are moving into the new place tonight... check out the location. The waiting list has formed so get your reservations in ASAP.
Holy Cow... I didn't hear about this until last night... but WHAT A STUD... I can't believe what this guy did to survive!!! Aron Ralston is a stud
Been working way too much lately. Worked until 4:30 am last night and one other time last week. I played soccer on Monday and although we lost (to the best team) I scored a pretty sweet goal.
Sherry is changing jobs to work at Palm Beach Community College... with her old boss... that makes her very happy.
Final Emory Update
Sherry didn't get the job so we will be staying in Florida for a little bit longer.
Rodney King making trouble again
"An all-house jury found the house not guilty. Riots expected to ensue."
-Scott McFarland (co-worker)
Check out this editorial written by Eason Jordan, the chief news executive at CNN.
As more and more of these stories come to light, it makes me more and more confident that we did the right thing.
A long time ago, Britain and France were at war.
During one battle, The French captured an English major. Taking the major to their headquarters, the French general began to question him. The French general asked, "Why do you English officers all wear red coats? Don't you know the red material makes you easier targets for us to shoot at?"
In his bland English way, the major informed the general that the reason English officers wear red coats is so that if they are shot, the blood won't show and the men they are leading won't panic. And that is why from that day to now all French Army officers wear brown pants.
Just had an idea while I was on the john... maybe a good device to patent and sell... a cell phone jammer. The use case that comes to mind is a university that wants to prevent cheating. They could either have materials in the classrooms that prevents cell phone waves from getting in or the teachers could each have a jammer that has a specified radius that it jams and they could place it in the center of the room, that way they could turn it on and off so that emergency situations could still get through during non-testing times.
"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the US of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war,and the 3 most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon'"
Sherry and I are going to the river house this weekend to spend some time with Mom and Don... Should be fun!
Sherry had an interview with Palm Beach Community College today and it went well.
Talk about commitment
We are in Houston and Jack is amazing. Such a good and beautiful baby. There house is really nice. Sherry and I are so jealous. I can't wait until we get our own house. We had a good breakfast this morning... and are about to go to hit the town, since Shelley showed up this morning. We will be going home on Tuesday.
That is about all I can to this article. I pray for a quick end to this. It is disgustion on so many levels to read about people being forced to fight when they know they will die.
Sherry and I were talking about the houses that I grew up in. As you may or may not know I have found that my memory of childhood has been hard to recall. Not sure if I have blocked it out or too much drinking in college has killed too many brain cells... but it is a rare treasure when I can remember things.
This morning we were talking about Londonberry Road. Anyone remember the address? Or the other house we use to live in... the one with the jackass next door neighbors and the driveway I use to crash into the garage on my green machine with? I was talking this morning about the boys in the neighborhood that I think were brothers that taught me how to flick the bird and some other skills that were used to get me in lots of trouble when I would go home and show Mom what I learned.
Didn't they also try to burn down our house once? Any details you guys can share on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Just use the comment link below to add details.
I added the functionality to comment on any posts on this site, so please use it... cause I am curious what you have to say.
So Cruel... it's almost funny
Apparently... the Moroccan government is trying to support the US Army by providing monkeys that are trained to blow up land mines. My question is how do you train a monkey to do that?
The new John Ira Tureman
This is Shawn and Regina's 3 week old son that Sherry and I are going to visit this weekend in Houston, he is pretty damn cute, don't ya think?
you will have to sign up with SnapFish if you haven't already.
Celebration of days
I went looking for a days alive calculator today... and found an interesting poem I felt like putting up here...
We can count up to ten, we can count to a hundred
and these are two numbers that we understand
And we can take one, multiply by the other,
and in this way get ourselves up to a grand
But much more than that and it starts to lose meaning
the mind just can't feel the big numbers it knows
I guess it's just that we get too far away from
our trusty friend old Mister Fingers and Toes
And so we use years when we count up our birthdays
but then there's the problem of having so few
and really it's days we have, that's what we're spending
and every day we get one brand spanking new
So don't let too many days spin off uncounted
This year thing is nonsense, a terrible trap
We hope that each one of your days will be happy
except that there's bound to be some filled with crap
from The Amazing Days Alive Calculator results page.
(I had trouble getting it to work, and had to reload it several times to get the results or to even show up)
Thanks to Walzer for enlightening me on the science of the lost art of Booty Calling. Hope you are having fun back in college Wiggidy. Looks like you are not letting the "trees get in the way of the forest" your second time around.
I talked to the doctor yesterday and he said everything was fine. I had an EKG done and it didn't show anything except for a sinus arrhythmia, which is not a big deal. Similar to the fingerprint of the heart, everyone one has different characteristics.
He said I do not have heart disease, and as long as the "flub flub" that I have been feeling when I lay down is only during resting periods that it is ok... it would be much more troubleing if it happend while playing soccer or running. He said I could stand to lose a few pounds (who can't), but I plan on trying even harder, I am down 10 pounds since the beginning of the year.
He also stated that I am not doing anything wrong, and that staying away from cigarettes is important.
Just Another Day
Everything went great last night. Had 9 people at Sherry's birthday celebration. She racked up. I never get that many presents. But anyway... several people said it looked like a pottery barn advertisement, which it basically was, since we hadn't really had a chance to use all of our stuff since the wedding. Bells was well behaved and only two people had to leave because of cat allergies. Who know so many people were allergic!??!
Just wanted to say Happy Birthday to my lovely wife and my wonderful mother. (Kinda weird that they have the same birthday, and I am sure that Freud could have a field day with it, but I don't like to get into that). Mom and Don just got back from a pilgrimage out west with their good friends. Sherry and I hope to take a trip with them soon. Funny how things change, in high school, those thoughts would never have entered my mind. But now I find myself missing family and wanting to spend more and more time with them.
We are going to have some friends over for dinner tonight to celebrate Sherry's birth a quarter century ago.
Looks like poor planning and lack of technology has bitten us in the ass. Since I wasn't able to confirm our plans to go to the river house until last night at 11 pm none of the friends can make it. I should have just been confident that it was going to happen in the first place, and not been so wishy-washy. So we are going to the mall instead, it is what girls and gay boys want anyway.
Birthday party - river house syle
We are going to my parent's river house tommorrow with some friends to celebrate my wife's birthday. It is quite a relaxing place and I am looking forward to it. She received the stationary from Mom and Don, and the yoga top from Sarah and Heidi. Still waiting on presents from Leigh and Mandy ;)
Have a heart
I tried to go to the doctor today, since I have a family history of weak hearts, and I have been feeling wierd when laying down at night to sleep. I was diagnosed a year ago with IRRRB (Incomplete Right Bundle Branch Block), which is by it self no big deal, but need to keep an eye on it, since both of beebe3 and beebe2 died from heart attacks.
Stupid me had scheduled an appointment with the wrong doctor so I had to go find the doctor by going to his office and talking to the receptionist to get an appointment. So I am going to a cardiologist on Monday and my primary doctor on Tuesday, just for a check up.
Can't beat 5 beers for $5
Ok... so we are going the Ale House tonight. It is sort of a Thursday tradition. Last time we were there the bartender told us that no Ale House employee is allowed to drink at any Ale House even after hours due to some employee in Tampa getting drunk and shooting himself when he got home. Do you think he would have not shot himself if he had not gotten drunk at an Ale House?
Hottie with a need
My friend Sandra needs a man. She is intelligent, hot and swedish! Check her out and send her an email. (She has turned it off thanks to a gentleman caller)
The top 100 online games according to FHM (For Him Magizine). Most of these are flash games, but be careful... some of them are quite addictive.
At Georgia Tech, the 2nd (of 3) physics class was called Electromagnitism, E-mag for short. But since most people had to take it over (since you had to get a C or higher if you were an engineering major, which I was not luckily), it became known as Re-mag.
Maybe if this site were around during the past it would have been a whole lot more interesting... Britney does physics.
I have been wanting to go back to the camp I went to as a kid. It is in the mountains between the Carolinas and it is beautiful. They have a family camp that I would like to take my whole family to, since we went twice when I was younger.
I have put a link to my friend's photo website. He has secured a high quality camera and happens to have a really good eye for photography. He is willing to sell them for your personal gallary if you are interested. The photos are hosted at pbase.
Funniest thing I have seen in a while... A Guide to Safety in Wartime
Where I play Chess
Just to let you know of a good game site I have been using lately to play chess... itsyourturn.com. The main reason I like it is because you can play at your leisure and it has frequent tournaments, which I have been curious to try just to see if I was any good compared to other players who were confident enough to play in a tournament.
The new reality show
I am currently watching the "war" with Iraq unfold, and amazed at the real-time feeds we are getting from the naval ships. I just saw some tomahawk missles that had been fired less than an hour before. Quite Crazy. Wonder which would win the ratings war... Joe Millionaire or CNN's war coverage?