Sunday, April 30, 2006
I had a good weekend though; the kids all welcomed me home with open arms. This was my weekend with Jonas, but it wasn't nearly enough time. Because my flight didn't get back until so late on Friday I didn't get Jonas until 11 AM on Saturday, and Sunday he was back on his way home. We had a good time while he was there, and spent probably more time than normal snuggling. That's something that's going to get harder and harder for me. He's only 4 so he doesn't mind that now, but as he gets older I'm going to have trouble dealing with having him for a weekend that he doesn't want anything to do with me. Hopefully I can keep things interesting enough for him that we never have that problem. I just need to be the cool dad that plays baesball and basketball and soccer and whatever else it is that he likes, so we can spend that time together doing things.
The wedding is now less than two weeks away. I'm starting to get nervous about having everything ready for it. Erin and I are going this week to get our marriage license, and to get the food. We are going on Sunday to discuss with her mom how we are going to set the yard up. And there are other non-wedding things going on too, so it is going to be completely crazy for the next two weeks. Then things will slow down a tad, but not much. We have a very busy summer planned. I can't really say that it will ever slow down, but I'm hopeful that somewhere around September it will start to slow down. Until then I'll at least have a lot to write about.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Then I started making fun of it.
Have you seen the commercial where the guy wakes up to a sound of hammering and walks next door in his robe, pulls out a tube of glue and glues a piece of panneling to the wall for his neighbor? That's where I laughed. Then I started wondering, why does he carry a tube of glue in his robe? What is he using a tube of glue for while in bed? And who the hell does he think he is gluing a hammer to the ceiling? He's lucky it was a commercial, in my house he would have been knocked off the ladder and then I'd have beat him down (or at least kicked him while he's down).
The other commercial I like right now is the baseball commercial that lists reasons to watch baseball.
"They spend so much time carving those little bats out of trees. I'd go to the gym but it's closed until October". These are great. I would also like to see "because Baseball has to b's a's and l's", "It's America's past-time". "I've got this apple pie to eat", and finally "I can't play, so I may as well watch".
Here are the arguments and me countering them.
1. They are ugly.
- I would much rather see a windmill than see smoke billowing from a chimney for coal powered plants or steam from Nuclear plants. People used to complain about the high voltage power lines too, but we've learned to live with that. I would much rather know that the energy I'm using is not also killing me at the same time.
2. They are loud.
- I'll trade the volume from windmills for the air that I breath. Would you rather hear a windmill or would you rather have asthma from coal power plants?
3. Wind power is not constant and other power plants need to stay in action, so it doesn't reduce the emissions.
- Wind power can be used to generate Hydrogen stores which can already be used with Fuel Cells. Fuel cells have been around since 1839. It works in large projects already, the problem is the cost with trying to make them small enough and powerful enough for vehicles. But we can already use them for power plants now. Also if batteries are created, we can use the Wind Power to recharge the giant batteries for storage that could then be used to power whatever. Furthermore. Houses themselves could have batteries at them to be able to store a day or two of power, and the house could run off of the battery partly and partly from the grid. This will allow the max drains of power to require less of a pull from the grid and we would need less power from the existing grid because houses are pulling power from their own batteries.
- So is smoke, smog and acid rain. Although those are also bad for the ozone, and everything else that is on the planet, not just birds and bats. I'll trade a few birds and bats to be able to keep the rest of the animals and the entire planet.
The trainer Fritz is stumped. He has this dumb look on his face and is curious what the issue is. You can tell just by looking at him.
I however am shocked. This is a programmer. I tried to stop myself, but my smart-assness was out of control. I responded with "That's a new feature of the Operating System that Microsoft recently implemented in Windows 3.1." His buddy starts laughing at him and I am the big man beating on the small man. I try to back down by giving him a softer landing. "Go ahead and open any other window and hit the Alt key and see what happens, you'll find that it's not just a problem with this tool".
I feel bad for demoralizing this guy, but he's been kind of annoying during training so far acting like he knows everything and I just couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't the right thing to do though, so although it was funny at the time to everyone else, it's not something that I'll keep doing.
1. I ran for a 2nd straight day.
2. Training is going great, I get to daydream and look out a window all day.
3. This is my 201st post, I had no idea I was so prolific.
4. If you right hand is positioned one character to the left of where it should be on a keyboard and you go to type key, you get jet.
5. My wedding is less than 3 weeks away, I'm very excited.
6. My weight has gotten out of control on the high side, wow at the number, but not an exciting thing.
7. I am almost 30. Strange with my wedding so close at hand that this number is popping up in my mind more and more.
8. In this training class I am one of the least folically challenged (as Paul put it).
9. At 29, I'm older than all of the Tucson people in the class.
10. I watched 3 games online at the same time that I watched the Arizona Diamondbacks game on TV last night.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Instead I'm here watching the most addictive night of baseball ever. I've got two different web browsers open monitoring games while watching one on TV. Oh yeah, and I'm listeneing to some music on my computer and blogging. Hrmm... I wonder if one or two more things would be enough to fill this gaping hole in my night. I doubt it. I can't think of what else I could do. I miss Erin. go sox.
We got to the hotel and asked the time. Ahh, it's two hours behind, just 1 PM local. I was worried we wouldn't be able to check in, but the hotel already was prepared for us and let us in.
Then Paul and I did the most exciting thing yet, we went looking for where we are supposed to be. We drove and drove and drove. Finally we gave up with trying to find our work and just decided to eat. So where do a couple of Illinoisans eat in Tucson Arizona? Unos Chicago Bar and Grill. That's right, we like it where we live and we wanted a taste of home.
Now, I'm sitting in the hotel blogging and watching the Cubs game. I'm not a Cubs fan, I'm a baseball fan, but I still pull for the Cubs silently because it's a Chicago team, and I like to cheer for my hometown boys. Go Sox (first and foremost), Braves, then Cubs. That's the order I'll cheer for teams. I bought myself a Braves hat while I was in Atlanta on a layover this morning. I've wanted one for a long time and looked at the Hat World at Braves hats, but they are so expensive because they only sell the highest quality hats there. I just want a cheap Braves hat becaues I love the Braves (just not quite as much as the Sox). So for just $20 I got a Braves hat. Sadly I think it looks better on me than my treasured Sox hat. Now I'm in Arizona, I think I need an Arizona Diamondbacks hat now, since I'm in Arizona. It's like a thing with me (all of a sudden), after all, when I went to an Angels game last year in Anaheim I bought a hat there. Now I can expand on that collection. I think I'll save the Cubs for absolutely last though, I really don't want a Cubs hat.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
It's amazing what people have time and money to study.
Oracle wants to offer more Open Source solutions, but won't buy an Open Source company for lots of money because they can't get the Intelectual Property. That sounds like a contradiction. In fact that's why Microsoft is opposed to OpenSource. Heck that's why I'm opposed to open source. I consider the things that I think up to be important. And any significant improvements I could make to a system are worth money to me. I don't like the idea of giving my mind away, it's just too much of a socialist idea. That's why I not only am opposed to Linux, I don't have a distribution of it. I only have Microsoft products that are paid for and licensed. Ok, I also have licensed third party products, but I believe in and support capitalism in all its forms and I live by that belief. I don't just say that I do and then sidestep it.
However, this does show that Oracle is looking at the OS level and may be considering an OS optimized for Oracle to compete against Microsoft on the server level at least. And why not? It's a good capitalist thing to do.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Meijer was nice and clean and most of the aisles are big (some of the kids aisles are close together, just because they're kids clothes doesn't mean only kdis are in the department).
The place was packed. I parked as far away from the building as possible in the only open spot I saw. There were probably 2 dozen cars driving up and down the aisles waiting for parking spots to open. Inside wasn't much better. It took over 2 hours to get through the store and I was tired by the time we were done. There were some good deals on things that we needed as groceries anyway, so the prices probably made it worth it, but it was still tiring. Checking out took 20 minutes and every lane in the store was open.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Erin took a great picture of Jaden. I had to post it on my blog. Here he is sitting up by himself at 5 1/2 months. He can hold himself up for quite a while but he doesn't get there by himself yet. Last Friday he rolled over from his back to his belly for the first time and has been doing it a lot since. He's finally decided that he wants to be mobile.
Scarlet is starting to come into her own. She's a little more active and interactive. She definitely likes to be petted now, at least for very short periods of time before she walks away to play guard. She's very loving, but also likes to protect. Here's a few pictures of her showing her love for Jaden.
Monday, April 17, 2006
The Boston Marathon was run this weekend. A friend of mine ran and finished in a decent time. Knowing him, he won't be happy when he gets back to work on Wednesday, but this is the guy that inspired me to start running several years ago.
Paul Martin finished in 4:28:51. Not too bad for a 42 year old.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Japan has the best Hybrids because they are hurting for energy more than anyone. They are doing everything they can to save energy at every level. Not because of environmental concerns, which is the driving force in the US, but because of costs. They are hurting for cash and saving energy at every level will help them save the money. Interestingly, here in the US we could also be doing some of the same things to save money. We could not only reduce the overall pollution, but we could save money. The goverment uses some of the biggest most inefficient vehicles, and energy saving they have will put money into more worthy programs, or better yet, back in my pocket. Let's drop the temperature in the Capitol building by 10 degrees and see what we save. There are thousands of goverment buildings. Every city and state have their own. Let's work towards energy and financial savings as well as saving the environment. Then we may be able to get more people to help. And just as with IT spending, if the government pushes the auto industry, they will follow.
I also like the X-Prize method of raising reward money that a company does not get until they meet the criteria, similar to the Space Ship one rocket that won 10 Million last year for being the first commercial rocket that made it to 100 miles above the earth. Ah to dream of 250 MPG. I guess we are on the way though, Toyota already has a car it's claiming gets close to 100 MPG.
Monday, April 10, 2006
I do worry that the sox are back to a home run hitting team. Small ball seems to have gone away just as quickly as it came. I hope they get their heads on straight and start doing all the little things right and not just hitting home runs.
We also played guitar this weekend. I don't really play guitar, I only know a few chords, and I don't really know what I'm supposed to do with rythm, no matter what I'm doing I always seem to have the exact same rythm. I've got a lot of work left before I'm good enough on the guitar to play anything at all. Jonas on the other hand is getting an early start, maybe he'll be something great.
We've got so much more that I want to do yet this week. I want to get him outside every day if I can. He has a new bike to ride, and some baseball stuff from Christmas to break in, it would be easier if he could catch. Wednesday I am taking all the kids to get pictures, both as a group, and individual. I'm already telling myself not to freak out, because it will most definitely be the most expensive pictures I've ever bought.
Easter is just next weekend and we will have a party both on Saturday and Sunday (one for each family). I asked Jonas on Friday what Easter was about and he started telling me about the Easter bunny. I told him that Easter is also about a lot more though. It's about when Jesus came to life again. Then I started thinking about how difficult it was going to be to explain that to a 4 year old, so I simplified it. "Some bad people killed Jesus and he came back to life to save all of us so we can go to heaven. Easter is when he came back to life". Last night we were reading children's bible stories for bedtime and he wanted me to read to him about when the bad people killed Jesus, who is as big as God, according to Jonas. I decided to read him the story about the last supper first, tonight we'll cover the resurrection. The bible story book that we have is great. It's about 10 pages per store and they are really written well for kids.
I guess there's a hidden call here for laptop anti-theft systems. GPS systems built into the laptop that can track where they are. Then when they are stolen a quick call puts the cops hot on the trail of the theif.
lately. I hate having to pay more for gas, and since my dad works for gas stations I thought I'd have a little chat with him about it. From my observations when oil goes up on the stock market, pump prices go up, even though the pump is not directly affected for months. When oil goes down, gas stays the same.
In my local community State Farm employs about half the town. On state farm payweeks, gas goes up about Wednesday and stays up through the weekend getting all the state farm people to pay higher prices for gas.
Then there are the freak incidents, a bombing in Africa or Venezuala for some reason the prices go up. I think too often the gas company uses the potential world turmoil to make a huge profit, and last years profits from all oil companies seem to agree with that.
So my conversation with dad mentioned these things and he said that they do seem to affect the pump, but right now they aren't the driving force. Right now, the refineries are switching over from winter blend gas to summer blend gas and that makes supplies dwindle, which raises prices (thanks to my junior high social studies teacher for teaching me about supply and demand). So every spring gas prices go up at a time that you wouldn't think they would, and they do it again in the fall to switch back. This just blew me away. Why would we have a different gas for the summer and the winter. Just have one that works all year long. We don't want these artificially inflated prices. 17 cents a gallon. I've been stuck buying close to 50 gallons at this inflated price myself, which is an additional $8.50. Right it's not much for just me, but it's a ton when you consider the amount of gas being purchased at these places daily. I went out and found a decent post about summer blend gas. I still think that a better combination could be found that would work for all year and prevent these artificial inflations. We need to reduce the number of different blends of gas to make the refineries more efficient and that will allow them to produce more of the gas that everybody needs. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all use the same gas everywhere?
Crap, it's not available yet, they are still working towards it. Well, I know what to start saving for.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
The drive was long. 15 hours in a car is more than enough for a 4 day weekend like that. Between golf and 4 guys watching sports we didn't do anything else. The past few years in Nashville we have gone somewhere, downtown or to the mall or something, but we just golfed and hung out playing games and watching games. A few beers later the weekend was over and I was on my way home.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Sunday night a major storm moved through the state and did lots of damage, but nicely didn't cause any problems here in Nashville, so we just slept a little late and plaed golf later in the morning on Monday than originally planned.
Now I'm ready to come home. Erin's ex-boyfriends dad died on Sunday and she's taking it pretty hard. This is my first experience with her and death, so I didn't know what to expect. Everyone reacts differently to death and I've seen a lot worse. At least it sounds like he passed peacefully.
The golf trip this year was a ton more fun than last year, and I'm already excited about coming again next year. I hope we do. Time for me to run back to the room and finish getting packed. When I left 30 minutes ago, the other 3 guys were sleeping.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Saturday we were going to have a tee time at 8:20, but the weather at 7:30 said that there was a nasty storm coming, and it did. There was a lot of lightning and thunder which kept us off the golf course until closer to 10 AM. We played another 18 holes of golf and it worked out pretty well, we finished 3 over par playing best-ball again and it started to sprinkle on the last hole. Our timing was perfect. We loaded the clubs back into the van and made it back to the condo just before the rain hit. The next hour and half was torrential downpours. I don't think we could have asked for a more perfect break in the weather to be able to play a round of golf.
The 2 days of 80 degree plus sunny weather though has gotten my face and neck sunburned and is wearing me out. I fell asleep watching the Nascar race this afternoon and ended up with close to an hour long nap. I'm up and blogging now, but I'm still really tired. We've got some fun plans for the evening though and I look forward to whatever it is that we end up doing.