Archive for September, 2004


Thursday, September 30th, 2004

I just finished watching the debate (yeh, everyone has an opinion) and I really drew some interesting things from it. Sounds like Kerry lectured while Bush talked to the people. Also sounds like Kerry just told the swing voters what they wanted to hear, without telling them how he was going to raise the crap out of their taxes to pay for it. If we do everything Kerry suggests, this country will go bankrupt.

Oh and so he wants more global support on actions that the US does, uhh, except for North Korea. That one he can screw up on his own.

I hope people watched this. Scared of a draft? Don’t vote for Kerry! He wants to activate more divisions! Where is he going to get those folks? Even he admitted we are extended as it is!

Anyway… I hope everyone has a great weekend coming up! We’re hoping to relax a bit and help Chris recover even more.

Good night sleep :)

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Ok, I know that I got one. Well needed. Chris is still sleeping as well and will probably stay in bed until she hits the 12 hour mark (at least). I know that a full night sleep can do wonders for making you feel better.

My vanity call came through. I’m now NQ5I. Will keep this one until the one I REALLY want comes available. Gotta wait for the FCC to allow me to take it tho. I’ll be watching…

Thankfully, I’ve been able to work all week so I’m not really behind at all. I’ve got work to do that is sitting on my desk, but its not piled up super high. Chris really did pick a good week to have this happen. I’m going out of town next week so luckily I was to be in town, and not working on-site at any projects. Would have been hell to get more resources to cover since we still are looking for consultants.

Anyway…. gotta go attack that work!

Home at last

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Finally got her pain under control, and she is home safe and sound!


Monday, September 27th, 2004

Well, it has been a long day. I’m off to bed myself. Chris is doing better, slowly but surely. Don’t know when she is coming home yet, it really depends on how well she progresses in her pain management.

Thank you all for thinking of her and we are all looking forward to her return home.

All clear

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Nickle to quarter sized kidney stone all busted up and she is on her way to feeling better. Relief is being spread around for everyone!


Monday, September 27th, 2004

Welp, Chris decided that instead of enjoying an easy pregnancy that she would rather try to pass a kidney stone instead. I’m up here at the hospital (have been most of the weekend) and we are waiting for her pre-op stuff to start. She’s finally comfortable again and the baby is doing great. The kiddo is pretty much just along for the ride.

More as we go along…

Panavise fargin RULES!

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

Hey folks, shameless plug here. I found this company called Panavise that makes all different kinds of mounting devices for cell phones, cameras, basically anything you wanna stick on a mount in a car. They have these InDash mounts which make use of factory hardware on your auto, and create a bracket for mounting your cell phone or other stuff on. So no holes to be drilled, no mess to cover up. Took me about 10 minutes to complete the installation, and when I get rid of the car it will only take me another 10 to remove it. I’, thinking about buying one for Chris’s car as well.

Anyway…. hope you all are well!

What a week so far!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

So Ivan sure is taking his sweet old time figuring out what to do. And now Jeanne is starting to get organized as well. Forecasts were predicting a very active hurricane season this year, but I don’t think everyone thought it would keep hitting the same areas time and time again.

Work has been VERY busy this week. What a crazy time. I’m off to Lee’s Summit next week, then here, then back up to St. Paul. Lots-o-fun. Can you believe September is 1/2 way over?

I REALLY want fall to show up. I thought we had it in the making, but the temp is back up to the 90s with lots of humidity again. Can’t even open up the windows at night/morning anymore without it seeming to make the whole house stuffy. I hear a cold front is coming through next week, so maybe I’ll get a little break when I return from my trip. I wonder if Ivan will affect my travel next week at all?


Saturday, September 11th, 2004

Went to GrapeFest today! All week we have been thinking that it would be very unseasonably cool out there and boy were we wrong. That’s one of the funny things about McKinney. We get much different weather sometimes from the rest of the metroplex. It was a full 6 degrees cooler up here. Bummer, cause we are hopefully going to be moving closer to Grapevine and all that heat.

Anyway, we had a GREAT time. It has only take us about 5 years to perfect the process, but I was able to taste a majority of the wines, not get drunk, and still remember the good from the bad! Really good day out there overall. The sun and heat really tired me out. Got home and all I wanted to do was sleep (after showering of course)! I thought summer was over!

So on the way home, we decided to rent a movie. I really wanted to grab Jersey Girl, but alas, out. We instead found another movie that we wanted to see but never did in the theater, The Passion of The Christ. Wow is all I can say about that movie. It’s all still sinking in. I also just finished reading The DiVinci Code, so it has been a fairly religion centric weekend. More reading is definitely required!

Ivan has powered up again, and I’m hoping that those in danger’s way will be able to weather the storm. I’m listening in on various ham nets via Echolink, and this weekend is going to get even more busy. Those that want to follow along on the Voice over IP net can do so by clicking here. This is of course listen only, and is simply an audio stream from other IRLP stations that connect into the net. Obviously, as power goes out, less stations will contact. Hopefully those with HF privileges will relay reports.

Three years ago today, a terrorist group brought war on our own soil. We will never forget! Think of all of the victims and heros from that history altering day while you are enjoying your freedom.

Getting so sleepy, I think I’m headed off to bed. Everyone enjoy their weekend and keep folks in the path of Ivan in your thoughts.


Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Austin was pretty fun for the day! Very nice weather, and the traffic was decent. I was in the Town Lake area (around the 360 area). Gorgeous.

Met James for lunch, and argued with our corporate travel agent to get me home early. I really dislike people who will not admit a mistake.

Guster and NFL tomorrow!!!!

Another lovely day!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

Busier than all get out, but thats to be expected after a 3-day weekend. I’m off to Austin tomorrow and judging by the workload presented to me, I don’t think I’ll be staying. James and I will grab us a beverage of some sort and I’ll head back to Dallas.

At any rate, I need to do some prep work so I’ll catch you all on the flip side!


Monday, September 6th, 2004

Was pretty nice this weekend! For Texas anyway. Today was absolutely gorgeous. We did get a cold front last night and it certainly showed.

I enjoyed a long Labor Day tradition of many folks today with the cookout. Granted, it was only for the wife, baby in the oven and my parents, but it was still quite good. I think I’ve eaten enough to skip a meal a day for the rest of the week.

Work this week should be fun. I’m putting out fires locally and running down to Austin mid-week. I’ll be hooking up with James at some point. The question is for how long? If my client work only takes a few hours, I’ll cancel my hotel and just hop on a flight back. If not, I’ll stay the night and head back the next morning. Its kind of a crapshoot.

Anyone noticed Mary Tyler Moore on those Juvenile Diabetes commercials? She is almost 70 but with the amount of makeup on her you would never know. I love watching those old MTM Show or Dick Van Dyke reruns that come on Nick At Nite. She was a hottie in her day! I know she is fighting both diabetes and Parkinsons, she just looked quite strange in that commercial. It almost looks as if it was filmed 15 years ago.

Anyway, sorry for the strange segway. I hope everyone enjoys their shortened week!

Back and Extra!

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

Got back yesterday and the weather here was not as bad as I was expecting. Yes, it is warm, but I was expecting warmer. Hopefully fall will begin its arrival as September arrives.

Labor Day Weekend! We’ll be making our way out to the farm for a short stay, but hopefully the weather will hold and it won’t be unbearable out there. I’ve got very little on my mind at the moment as I passed the Extra exam yesterday and it will be nice to veg a bit.

Football! Next week! SWEET! Its so great that the regular season is starting! Football season brings back all those great memories of sitting around with your family, watching the games, the holidays, great food and great conversation, etc. This time of year is one of my favorites. The intangible meaning of the word is comforting.

Ok… time to do some work in preparation for the 3 day weekend!

Guess who got a “night life?”

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

So I’m walking back to my hotel after checking on a few things here at the office (they are right across the street from each other so its easy. Oh and the St. Paul Hotel does not have high speed internet….), I happen to walk by a construction worker who is cutting through some concrete. This was about 9:30pm, and as I have previously mentioned, St. Paul pretty much shuts down by 6-ish.

Those machines are pretty damn loud and since it was across the street from my hotel, I was hoping that there would be enough insulation to prevent me from hearing it (oddly enough, there seems to be enough to prevent me sending a wireless connection 100ft across the street).

Well, I could not hear that one, but instead I heard some very big trucks and cranes moving sheetrock into the 7th floor of another building directly across from my hotel room. Lovely.

When I said St. Paul needed a nightlife, I did not mean this!