Archive for May, 2004

Time for a new design

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

So its finally time for a new site design. I’m currently evaluating CMS systems to determine whether I want to go that route or not. I’m really thinking that I’d rather use someone else’s code and maybe add a few hacks as opposed to starting from scratch again. Not sure if I just want to do a Moveable Type thing (soooo generic, yet soooo customizable), or maybe a full blown CMS through Zope.

Who knows at this point, I’ve just finally resolved that it is time to reorganize because my site today is not what it was back in the day.

Heading home tomorrow!!


Monday, May 24th, 2004

Welp, this week I am in Pine Bluff, AR. Lovely town. (I wish sarcasm could be communicated better over an electronic medium) So I did find one good thing in this town (aside from the Super Wal-Mart) and that is Garfield’s Pub. Nice little joint in the local mall. Great beer on tap, and the food was decent. The service was average, but the bartender started warming up to me when she was not busy running around the place.

I can’t wait to get home. 3 DAY WEEKEND COMING UP!!! So great. I’m booked solid for the next month, work wise. Not only am I on projects every week at work, but I’ve got some photo gigs coming up AND school is culminating. I love that word. Culminate. I love it almost as much as masticate.

Later folks…


Monday, May 17th, 2004

Welp, it looks like they FINALLY found WMD in Iraq! I wonder if all of those bleeding heart liberals will walk around with their tail between their legs (not likely)? Oh well, take that lefties. I wonder what the Kerry camp will come up with next

Blue Skies

Monday, May 17th, 2004

Well, I did get my first 2 jumps in yesterday! Wow. Indescribable. It certainly was scary being the last ones out, taking position at the door, and praying your instructors help you out.

Just for clarification, I was in the Accelerated Free-Fall Program. My first jump was me piloting my own chute and two instructors basically keeping me stable throughout the jump. Really amazing to watch how fast you are falling. Not necessarily the ground rushing up to meet you, because we deployed at 5K feet. More like you falling through the cloud layers and the ground just gets clearer. On the second jump, I passed an airliner on the way down. We also waited a little long to jump out of the airplane, so when I deployed my chute I was WAY north. I had to do my drills and track back to the holding area until 1 thousand feet.

Both landings were decent for a first timer I would say. Nothing broken, landed on my feet both times, but stumbled both times to eventually settle in on my ass. Found a couple of blades of grass wedged in a couple parts of my sneakers. Fun stuff.

So it’s too bad it is so expensive to get your “A license”. I’d follow through with the next 25ish jumps and get it, and then get some gear and that is when it gets fun. Maybe sometime in the future=85 I’ve got my logbook, and I might decide one weekend to get a jump in, but as it stands for right now, the money is saved for other things, pilot school being one of them. No-one won the lottery again, maybe I can get some help there!

So anyway, if you are looking to skydive ANYWHERE in the North Texas area, go to Skydive Dallas. Those folks are amazing, everyone there is very friendly, the food is great and the skies are blue!

Go Voters!

Saturday, May 15th, 2004

Welp, the voters in McKinney sure spoke loud an clear. Those silly oppressors of the Beer & Wine law were squashed today and we are getting Beer & Wine in McKinney! According to the negative propaganda (quite poorly written I might add…), brothels are next.

Yesterday evening, James, Donny, Chris and myself were all sitting around and we hear a helicopter fly very low over the house. I run outside and sure enough it lands in a circular drive just about 100 yds from my house. Turns out, one of the neighbors in a nearby neighborhood (we share the same street, but you can’t drive from one to the next thanks to steel pylons) accidentally hit their kid with their car. The kid is fine today and was even playing in the front yard. Ouch. They air-lifted him away.

Today I went and started my Acellerated Free Fall Program, but weather scratched my jump. I’m hoping to do levels 1 and 2 tomorrow after church. I’ll keep you posted.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

TV History

Thursday, May 6th, 2004

Well, we witnessed it. I gotta tell you, I really did like Friends in the day. There were a couple of years towards the end that I started to lose interest. Especially when they started making the episodes odd lengths. I will tell you though, its not necessarily the show, the actors, or the concept that made me lose interest. I think Jennifer Aniston was definitely the most talented actor on the show. I think Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry are pretty close second, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc would be last. While Courtney Cox has had a great movie career in the past, she has not done much lately and Jennifer Aniston’s career has done quite well. Matthew Perry is a pretty funny actor, but he’s pretty much the same funny character in virtually every movie he’s been in. The rest of them speak for themselves.

What is up with the spinoffs? Joey’s got his show, but I read somewhere that there will be many more? Reminds me of the Simpson’s spin-off special.

The reason that I’m getting tires of these shows (its NBC shows btw) is because the last year or so, NBC’s marketing executives ran out of ideas. Now every promo for a show announces that <deep voice>Tonight, the most shocking ER EVER!<deep voice> It seems like every show is like that now on NBC. Law & Order (and spin-offs), ER, The Apprentice (when it was on)… Seriously. Its not the most shocking ever. I’m so tired of NBC’s promos. They sure did have a good run as the best network ever, but Fox and ABC are giving them a run for their money.

Anyway, my rant is done, and I’m sleepy.


Monday, May 3rd, 2004

We’ve been dealing with more death in McKinney. You all heard about the murder of 4 people that happened a few weeks ago (including 2 high school football players). Last weekend some kids were drag racing down Lake Forest and the two in one card plowed into a tree. One died at the scene and the other is still in the horsepistol I think.

Of course the parents of the kid who died at the scene are suing everyone. Families of the kid that was driving, and the kids in the other cars. Cause you know their kid MUST have been forced into the car against his will cause he is a little angel who never does anything wrong. Sheesh. What a way to help the town and victims cope with such a tragedy. Now that makes 3 juniors that have died this year.

Anyway, </rant>… I’m skydiving on the 15th of May, first of many I hope. I’m going for my certification. Then it will be on to the pilot’s license. Oh and I’m graduating Aug 6 provided I don’t completely bomb either of my last two classes. WHEE!

Oh, and if any of you are looking to splurge on seafood, DEFINITELY check out the Oceanaire. Its in the Westin hotel by the Galleria. BEST seafood I think we have ever had. Totally amazing. And they brought us a flaming dessert thanks to Chris’s
Bday. I’ll catch you folks later!