Clearing the carotid

Wow, it’s been over a week since I posted. Guess I need to get on the ball. :-) Well, what new news to tell? First off, my Mom is undergoing surgery tomorrow to clean out a clogged Carotid artery. She’s smoked all her life, and that probably contributed to it the most. She goes under the knife at 7AM. I’ve talked to lots of people who say that this procedure is very common now and nothing to worry about. I truly hope they are right, because I’m scared shitless for my Mom right now. Of course I couldn’t tell her that because I don’t want her to worry. I’m just uneasy, and I hope everything goes well.

You may be asking yourself, “Why isn’t he going to Iowa to be with her?” Good question. First of all, on Saturday morning, the family and I board a plane for Florida. Secondly, I would have had to jump in the car after work tonight and driven the 4 hours to Dubuque. Normally it’s not a problem, but tonight along my path, the wind chills would be anywhere from -25 to -45 degrees F. If the car broke down, or I had an accident, then the wind would be unforgiving. Plus Mom & Dad both didn’t want me driving after working all day. The last thing Mom needs is to be worrying about whether I make it to their house or not the night before her surgery. I know it’s a logical decision, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. I truly hope all of my dread is unfounded.

If everything goes well with Mom, then I’ll be flying to Florida as planned on Saturday morning. It’s for the annual Lotus conference called Lotusphere. I’ll give you more info on that later, but right now I feel petty writing about Disney and @Commands.

Comes down to parenting

Well this past weekend was fairly nice, culminating with a New York Jet’s loss! Now I can continue to watch playoff football without having to be sickened by a Jet’s win. J-E-T-S LOST LOST LOST! Ahhhh, all better.

What’s not better is that I got a nasty cold over the weekend. It was really bad on Sunday and Monday, and today I’m feeling a tad bit better, but not great. I think it’s mainly better living through chemicals. So needless to say, I didn’t work out yesterday. I think the fates are against me losing weight :-)

As for the LCD, at first it was hard to get used to, but now I love it. I think I’ll keep it around, but I still have over a week to keep testing it out before I can return it. We’ll see how it goes, but I think it’s a keeper as I’ve finally gotten used to how games look while playing.

On a completely different topic. There are a lot of people out there who subscribe to the Child-Free lifestyle. I bring this up, because I went to my buddy Richard May’s website. He’s one of the childfree sort, and I know a few others. Basically, they live their lives without ever planning to have children. They also pretty much despise bad parenting in public. This is something we have in common. Too may parents now let their kids run amok in stores and restaurants, not concerned in the least about the folks around them. I HATE that. But that being said, I LOVE being a parent. Kali is one of the most precious things in this world, and I cannot imagine life without her now. I however will be a responsible parent and will not tolerate the bad behavior that many other parents allow. I may be a “breeder” as Richard and the like would call me, but I’m a responsible one.

Maybe if more of the Child-Free folks just became responsible parents, the scene would change. Who knows? All I know is, it’s their loss!

Entering the land of LCD

Okay, so I didn’t hit the gym yesterday, but I did go today instead. I do have to say that I like going in the morning a lot. I’ll have to keep this up. Maybe I’ll get to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday thing soon. Hopefully my upper body will be able to take it, as it’s the most sore right now.

Well today I made the jump to a flat panel LCD screen for my office at home. The prices have finally come down enough to make them affordable, and a $100 rebate and 18 months no interest didn’t hurt either! LCD’s aren’t supposed to be great for gaming, but I’ll check it out later tonight once I actually do the full install. I also play NWN with the guys tonight, so I’ll try it out there too…

The great thing about LCD’s is that they cut down on eye strain and can generally do a better job of photo and color reproduction. Also it doesn’t give off heat like CRT’s do, and it takes up FAR less desk space. That’s a winner in my book. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Old friends and bi-curious computing

Well I did make it to the gym on Monday morning and it actually worked well. Being able to get some exercise in before work was kind of nice. The heath club was less crowded and since I went to work directly afterwards and was moving around all day, I was less sore. I used to go after work and I would come home, veg a bit and go to bed. I think that made me more sore in the long run. I’m going to hit the gym again tomorrow morning, and I hope to make this more of a habit than it has been in the past.

In other news, I got in contact with an old friend from college. Her name is Ericka and we were buddies in the TV department at NMSU. It was nice to hear from her, and we actually spent like 3 hours chatting on AIM last night. Her husband Eric (whom I also know from the old college days) is in a similar job to mine, and they have a 20 month old daughter named Keegan. So, cool couple, same general aged daughter, same general job function, it should be a nice fit to visit once in awhile.

Other than that, Microsoft is releasing Movie Maker 2, Media Player 9, and The Digital Media Plus! Pack for Windows today. Trying to keep up with the Jones’ (Apple) on this one. iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes anyone? Either way, it’s nice to see MS updating some of the free tools, even if I don’t use them. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll even TRY an Apple since they now have a Unix based OS… Time will tell.

Learning (to hate the Jets)

Actually, the playoffs started yesterday, with the damn Jets blowing out Indianapolis. ARRRRGGGGHHHH! I don’t care who wins as long as it’s not the hated Jets. Oh well, I should just stop watching football this season altogether as my Phins are gone.

Well, I start back to work in the morning and I’m actually looking forward to it. Was getting a little cabin fever and for me that is very surprising. Seems I’ve been fully re-charged. The good thing is that I work for a couple more weeks and then it’s off to Disney for Lotusphere. Now that I’m REALLY looking forward to. With ND6 just released a few months ago, I’m sure there will be a ton of cool stuff to learn.

I guess that’s a big thing with me. Learning. I guess if I go too long without learning something new (whether it be new software, or new programming techniques) I get bored. That’s why I guess I always liked school. Oh well, I’ll keep it up and be a happy man.

Lastly, I’m planning on hitting the gym in the morning. Going to get up early and go BEFORE work. Yeah, yeah, I know. At least wish me luck! :-)

Happy PB&J New Year

Happy New Year everyone. Jen and I rang in the year with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. WOO HOO, do we party or what? I guess that happens when you get older. The partying and drinking just aren’t what they used to be. Hell, I went to bars solely to meet women, and I don’t have to do that anymore, so why go and pay extra for watered down drinks when I can relax at home. Oh yeah, it’s kinda hard to get away for an evening with Kali too. :-)

Well, I’m writing this post from the family room downstairs now. We finally moved everything and it WAS a major pain in the ass, but it’s done, and I’m liking it so far. It was worth it, but boy was it a pain in the ass getting it all done. But it’s done, and that’s all that matters. It’s funny, Mike posted on his Blog that he was jealous but I don’t think he realized that the basement is a family room, NOT just my office. It’s a place for the whole family to hang out. So sorry Mike, no cigar smoking down here.

Well the NFL playoffs start tomorrow, but this is the first year in awhile that I don’t care. Guess I’ll hang out in my new office. Also, I go back to work on Monday after nearly two weeks off. In a strange way, I’m kind of looking forward to it.

Dolphin implosion, the first of many to come

Fuck. That’s pretty much what I have to say. The Miami Dolphins snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again today. And with the Jets win, neither us, nor the Patriots got into the playoffs. Winning by 11 with 5 minutes remaining and we still blew it. Unreal. Part of it was a TOTALLY screwed up penalty that allowed the Pats to get to the one yard line. A pass interference call that SHOULD have clearly gone against the offense but went against us instead. Then a blown punt and a blown kickoff totally sealed it. I still cannot believe it happened. I think Zach Thomas summed it up nicely “You can say all you want about how we should have won, but I’m sick and tired of hearing how good we are. We can’t win a big game.” As it goes. This is the first time in 7 years the Dolphins haven’t been in the playoffs. SEVEN years. But, looking back to those seven years, we never got to the Super Bowl. So I guess Zach is right. The only thing that really sucks about all this is that the freakin’ Jets had to make it. [sigh]

Well, I go back to work tomorrow for a day, then I have the rest of the week off. It’ll be nice. Still have a lot of work to do around the house, so it will be more labor intensive than just hanging out. But it should be worth it. It’s just going to take awhile and involve moving lots of crap. I HATE moving crap… Man, I need to get to bed… Take Care

Hey, wanna see my 73 inches?

Wow, it’s been two weeks since I last wrote. Time sure does fly during the Holidays. For the most part things have been good. We visited my parents and got to see my extended family on the Roling side as well. I have a ton of cousins, and it’s always fun to get us all together. During that same trip I also drove to Minnesota with my friend Tim and went to the Dolphins – Vikings game. Needless to say, an 11 hour round trip gained me the ability to watch my Dolphins lose to the Vikes. A win would have them winning the division, but instead this week we have to go to the home of the defending Super Bowl champions. If we beat them, we are in the playoffs. We lose, and we might not even make it. That just doesn’t happen in the Dolphin’s world… I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

As for the weight, I went off any dieting completely. The main reason was an upcoming bet with my boss Denis. We are both weighing ourselves on the morning of January 2nd, 2003. We will then weight ourselves again on June 13th, 2003 (Denis’ birthday.) Whoever loses the most weight wins and the other guy has to pay a dollar a pound of the difference. It’ll be nice to have additional motivation. Anyway, because of the bet, I figured I could then indulge in all the holiday foods. Nice excuse, but come January 2nd. Operation new man rides again.

The only bad thing this season was the influx of the flu that hit my family hard a couple of days ago. Completely destroyed my wife, myself, my mother-in-law, our best friends, and even Kali wasn’t herself. It was nasty alright, and another reminder that I should get a damn flu shot every year.

As for loot, we got lots of cool stuff, but the major coup de grace is the 73″ big-screen TV my wife bought for me. VERY COOL. Although this means we’re moving the old TV to the basement and making it into a family room/office. For the most part that would be cool, but I HATE moving stuff, and the thought of hauling all of this computer equipment downstairs does not appeal to me. We’ll see how it goes.

Anyway, I’m back, and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Goodbye Keesha

Well it came to pass. Keesha did indeed have cancer and we had to have her put to sleep. It was very hard for my wife, and although I knew it would be hard for me, it hit me worse than I thought it would. I still don’t think that Shadow or Fridge know what has happened, they seem sad, but jump up every time the door opens expecting Keesha to come back. It breaks my heart every time. It was best for Keesha though. She was in pain, having a hard time walking, and was not eating. As hard as it was, it was time.

On the good news front, only four more days until Christmas vacation for my family. Should be nice. Nice to get away from the office and get a little sanity back. And, to see Kali enjoying her extended family and all the festivities will be awesome. Life truly is good. You have to stop and look at it that way sometimes. If you don’t, you might not realize how good you’ve got it.

Welcome to the Machine

Still the same weight, but I am cutting down on portions, and hope to continue my good run to the gym. I have been much happier as of late, and it has been nice to be in a good mood. I did sleep in a little today as I was up late watching the Dolphins decimate the Bears last night, but tomorrow it will be back to early rise-and-shine.

The other thing going on right now is that I’m trying to help my friend Mike get a job here at work. It will be good for him and his family, but I can’t stop hearing Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine” in my head every time I think about it. :-)

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