I think it was August of 2003 when Clay got accepted into the music production Master’s program at the University of Miami. It was great news, but the catch was that he and Angie would have to leave immediately. Classes were starting right away and within a week, they were gone. I was pretty daggone bummed. Our family is pretty tight and we were all still living within 10 minutes of each other until then. So, I shed a few tears, and then decided that Lianne and I would have to go down and visit them in Miami at some point. Continue reading “Miami Trip”
It all started a week ago Monday night when I sprained my ankle playing basketball. This past Saturday, 5 days after that fateful night, my ankle was still too sore to do anything other than hobble around on. That created a problem. The weather was nice this particular Saturday, and the guys were getting together to play ball. Continue reading “A Big Fish Story”
This past weekend we discovered a plumbing problem in our kitchen, so we decided to redo our bathroom, and landscape our front yard. By ‘we’, I mean Lianne. Continue reading “Home Renovation”
Lianne mentioned to me yesterday that her brother and sister-in-law were going to do their annual Easter egg hunt next Sunday afternoon. I knew Easter was coming up next week, but for some reason when she brought up that egg hunt it just didn’t seem right. Didn’t we just do that Easter egg hunt a few months ago? Has it been a year already? Continue reading “Where Did the Time Go?”
It’s Thursday October 7th, 2004, and I will be working 3 days or fewer every week for the rest of the year. Period. That’s it. That’s why I love my job.
Normally I alternate between 3 day weeks and 4 day weeks, but with 100 hours of vacation, and 60 hours of holidays to use up by December 31st, I’m going to take a day off every other week. In addition, I have enough time to take two full weeks off just before Christmas. Does it get any better than that? I’m completely spoiled to the long weekends and I’m used to the 12 hour days. I’m going to go to work every day thankful for what I have. I spend more time with my family, and less time watching TV, than ever before. I get paid well, and I enjoy my work. What else could I ask for?
Not coincidentally, while watching some NBA playoff games this past week I realized how much time I waste. That led me to think about what constitutes wasted time, and what is considered time well spent. Continue reading “Wasting Time”
I’m approaching three months on the new job and things are going pretty well. I’m now a moderately competent Win2k administrator, but I’m not sure that’s what I want to be. I spent some time this past weekend writing Perl scripts and messing with the firewall at my house, and it made me nostalgic for my job at GMTI. Working with Microsoft products is really a drag. Continue reading “12 Hour Shifts and Microsoft”
In the modern age of psycho-babble and self-pitying victim syndromes I’ve realized that I too suffer from a grave mental problem. It’s called a Superiority Complex. I’m sure everyone is familiar with the good ole’ Inferiority Complex. Well, this is its arch-nemesis. Continue reading “My Complex”
After 4 1/2 years at Infinet/GMTI working as a Unix systems administrator, I left on October 31st and started a new job with EDS working on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract. In a matter of days I went from being “the man” to just “a man”. Continue reading “The New Job”
I realized this past weekend that I’m never going to be a good basketball player. Continue reading “No Skills”