...but were afraid to ask.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Looks like I wasn't one of the ones hacked by the big Blogger-hack attack; that's nice!

@ 18:35

Thursday, November 15, 2001

Life in the CAT: I wowed 'em today; even got a round of applause. First, the necessary background. Every day we do a huge briefing, lovingly referred to as "death by Powerpoint." So a couple of days ago I built this slide and was just waiting for the right time to show it. So today, the weather guy had a set of slides with all of the zowie glides, transitions, and etc., creating oohs and aahs among the easily amused audience. Well, since the weather guy threw down the gauntlet, I loaded the Patton slide on the backup projector, and when we 'went around the room' for comments I flashed George on the screen. Applause, applause.

@ 18:11

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

So a big thank-you to my new webhost, Readyhosting.com, for their lightning fast, smooth, and painless domain registration and account setup.
And another thank you to them. It seems the cosmic alignment resulting from me getting off my butt to get a webhost jarred my lamo ISP out of their inertia, so the very same day that I paid for web service, monad.net fixed the access to their free personal web space. Of course, the fact that I'd called 'em that morning, and they said, "I dunno, probly won't be fixed til January..." is somewhat confounding.

@ 21:54

Monday, November 12, 2001

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get up. First thing, after hitting the bathroom, went to the computer to check the mail. Bear in mind it's 3:30 am. The phone line is dead; spent half an hour fighting that before giving up. Ok, so tinkered with the digital camera for a while and went to take a shower. Lying in front of the shower is a big fat dead mouse. This is good, for 4 reasons:

  1. The mighty hunter-cats are on the job

  2. one less mouse in the house

  3. not IN the shower, for stepping on and soggily squishing between the toes (BTDT...)

  4. not in front of the toilet for stepping on when staggering around in the dark at 3:30 am.

So, disposed of the mouse. Showered, brushed teeth, went to get dressed. Grabbed the black high-top sneakers lying in the bathroom. Left sneakie on and laced. Stick foot in right sneakie. Meet resistance. Hmmm, jam foot in harder. Hmm...contemplate jamming foot in yet harder. Decide to take the prudent course, remove foot, shake out sneaker. Out falls dead mouse #2. Sheesh.

@ 13:54
OK, gang. Gave up on monad.useless, er...monad.net. Bought myself a domain name, woo-hoo! I'll be mitymous.net. So here's hoping a real webhost is the way to go!

@ 12:03

Monday, November 05, 2001

WOO-HOO!!! Passed the ATO Exercise!!! Who'd a thunk it??!! I was hoping to survive the requisite 8 turns; no thought of winning ever even crossed my mind. But I beat the f-er in 5 turns. I'll take it!

@ 14:12
Well, my mighty ISP is still tango uniform (at least the web portion). Guaranteed solution from 'em on 10/22. It's 11/5 and not a peep. Execpt, of course, for their great new BILLING SYSTEM! Now there's an improvement for the customer (NOT!) Anywho, I took 1 Nov "off" to go to the dentist and cram for ACSC test 6. Took that sucker on Friday the 2d and even on a munificent 2 hrs sleep, I think I nailed it. And managed to get 5/8 of the way through the ATO exercise on Sunday. At last, the end is in sight!

@ 11:38

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Well, long time, no blog. Long weekend ended Sunday afternoon; with the bombing campaign starting in Afghanistan, we went back to Charlie and back to work. Which began another 12 day stint at work. And to add to the bloglessness, my ever-worsening ISP has had all personal websites Tango Uniform for a couple of weeks. They promise to "work out a solution" SOON...I'll offer 'em a hint: BUY A SERVER!.

So, Saturday night, I dreamed about Doc Watson. Dreamed he was playing a show at my old college gym. And I ended up at his house the next day, visiting the family, shootin' the breeze. And even in my exhausted slumber, I had better sense than to try and jam with him!

@ 20:23

Sunday, October 07, 2001

Got the long weekend off; imagine that. Only because the brilliant folks at HAFB f'd up the paperwork for FY02 mandays, so I don't have any mandays, and no idea when or how many will be approved. So, they can't have me working. And double bummer, back to the contractor grind on Tuesday. After the reprehensible behavior of the site manager and his limp deputy, it's going to be uncomfortable going back. Not to mention trying to get back into that groove after over 3 weeks away. Didn't miss it, that's for sure. Trying to get back into the ACSC study groove this weekend; it's tough too after so long away. But if I don't get Test 6 done while the gettin's good, I'm liable to get timed out, and I refuse to let that happen (circumstances willing) after burning an entire year working on it. But cool beans, LTC Foltz offered to help figure out the ATO exercise!

@ 13:56

Sunday, September 30, 2001

Wow, a day off! First one since the 10th. Yesterday was only a 6 hour day; I actually saw the house in daylight! And today was a treat; cleaned the chimney, woo-hoo, and went to town. Bought a new gym bag and went out to dinner. That's the most excitement for this household in about 10 months. Unfortunately, back to the grind tomorrow; up at 0230 and out the door by 0400. In some ways, it would have been easier to just keep grinding; that little taste of "freedom" will only make the grind harder to take! Let's roll....

@ 19:35

Thursday, September 27, 2001

Well, it's been a while. 11 September, the terrorist attacks on our nation occurred. 15 minutes after the first crash, I was in the CAT, and 2 hours later I was activated. 27 hours later I got to go home, and have worked 17 straight 12+ hour days since then (with no end in sight). If I thought it was making a contribution, I wouldn't mind, but since it's just in support of "death by PowerPoint," it's hard to be too enthused. Gee, I wonder what a day off is like? Getting up at 0230 really sucks; and 3 am workouts are a real thrill. And so much for taking the ACSC test any time soon.

@ 20:51

Sunday, September 09, 2001

Oh, lordy, so much I wanna do: learn decorative leather braiding, learn xml, master ASP, get a tattoo, visit Best Friends, squat 300 in a meet...and finish ACSC!. Test 6 on Friday 14th, ready or not. Then the exercise and future planning, and it's DONE!

@ 12:01

Friday, September 07, 2001

Well, it must be old friends week. I had the pleasure of seeing "Sweet Lou" - haven't seen him all summer. Turns out he had a cancerous kidney removed last month (and was back to work in 3 weeks!). Now here's a guy who really takes care of himself- no tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, red meat; works out regularly. Go figger. At least they got it all before it had spread, and he's looking pretty good for a guy 3 weeks out of surgery.

@ 19:32

Thursday, September 06, 2001

New Zunis arrived today! Two great pieces by Julius Yuselew, my favorite carver. Both black marble; a cool little skunk and an etched medicine bear. Both pieces courtesy of the super-nice Jim of Spiritstone Trading.

Heard from a good old friend today; it's been several months - guess we are both equally delinquent in the communications department. Dave of Annazach Software has built a great business and life for himself; it's really inspiring to see good people do well on the basis of their own brains, talent, and cojones.

@ 21:20

Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Old News is Good News...

Ain't it interesting...Good old Vermont Yankee had in its employ for many years a man who turns out to be a child molester and the suspect in the disappearance of two women!

Also worth note is that in none of the exhaustive news coverage of these related cases is it mentioned anywhere that the fine corporation of VY was the gentleman's employer.

Wonder how much it cost 'em to hush that up?

Wonder how proud they are at chasing honest citizens out of work, while happily continuing to employ the quality worker exemplified in this article?

I'm sure they are all sleeping quite well...the advantage of having no morals and no conscience.

@ 19:41

Monday, September 03, 2001

And a new layout. Ha! You didn't even see the old one!

@ 21:47
Today's workout: chest/shoulders/tris. Should be decent; no work today so it's not too late, and not too early.

@ 16:48
New Zunis en route! Check the Zuni page to see (new guys at the top...)

@ 16:46

Saturday, July 28, 2001

Let's go bloggin'

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