July 17, 2003

Min managed to get some sleep in while I was working last night. We got back to the house in Annapolis around 10:00 am. I took a shower and just layed down to sleep when all kinds of stuff went wrong with my mortgage process. So, I got back up and got dressed and headed back into Washington so that I could deal with everything. What a pain. So, no sleep for me at all.

Since I was back at the hospital, I decided to make a day of it and in fact I didn’t manage to get back to the house again until late afternoon, after the rush hour had ended. John and Michelle ordered some Domino’s Thin Crust Pizzas and some cheesy dots and we did a simple dinner out on the deck. After that, I had to hit the hay. It was about 10:30 pm before I managed to get into bed. I don’t even remember closing my eyes, I was out in no time.

My big project while I am down here in DC is to replace all of the computers in the office here with a single Linux Terminal server that will take care of all of our computing needs. It is far from being a small project but I have been working on it for a while. This single new (and free through donation) computer will run 4-5 workstations here in DC with full, beautiful desktops. After we got the machine installed, we estimated that we have saved $8,000-$10,000 just in this office alone. Imagine the savings that could be had in a larger office where we might replace ten to twenty machines this way! In addition to the incredible cost savings, we are also providing new services to our users here and making many aspects of their work easier to do.

While I was working today, Min and Michelle went to Bed, Bath and Beyond to do the wedding registery stuff. After Target yesterday, I couldn’t handle anymore! Boy am I glad that I was at the office. They spent 3.5 hours in BB&B with a “personal shopper” who had to tell them all about everything in the store. I couldn’t have handled it at all. But they managed to find a ton of cool stuff so it worked out well. I don’t think that Min could handle much more of the shopping frenzy though. She is about shopped out (I hope.)

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