April 16, 2002

What a day it has been. This has to be short as I am about to run out the door to head down to Owego to work at Lockheed – Martin. I am there all week. This is my second day. It isn’t very exciting but it is okay. Nothing stressful, at least. All I am doing is backing up computer and installing new ones, really. Monkey work. But, whatever. It is all good.

Today is Josh’s 26th so everyone be sure to wish him a happy birthday!!

It was hot here today. Almost 90 degrees (or, very hot, to you Canadians.) Last night Loopy and I decided that we had to have the air conditioner on because even with all of the windows open, it was just unbearable being in the house. So, we turned that on and put fans sucking air up from the upstairs vents to help pull cold air to the upper floor. The house did not cool down, however, and in fact was over 81 degrees by the time that I returned home from work. So, Loopy and I set off to find the air conditioner and see if we could clean it out or something since no cold air seemed to be coming from the vents. We were unable to locate the air conditioner. A little later, Nate and Bob got home. We told Bob that the a/c unit must be located in the closet in his room but he said that he only had the furnace. So then the question was, where is the a/c? The answer? They forgot to install it. Originally, they had forgotten the furnace. They also forgot the front walkway which has been just a frame since we moved in six months ago. So, this is going to be interesting.

Well, kids, I am out of time and have to hit the road. Have a good one.

April 19, 2002

Well, it has been a long week but it is finally over, TGIF!! Nate and Bob have been gone all week. Bob informs me, however, that when he and Nate were out of town that they checked the web site to see what was happening back here at home. So, this site is useful. Loopy has Dominica’s car today as his is in the shop.

So here is a funny story to come out of working at Lockheed – Martin / DoD this week… One of the guys that I worked with was Mike. Mike was staying in Ithaca with his girlfriend and driving down to Owego the same as me. Today he mentioned that he actually was from Norwich. (Yes, Norwich!) So, I asked him if he knew Kate Stillman (since Mike is about two years younger than me, I thought that there was a chance.) “Kate” he said, “Of course I know her, she was my next door neighbor.” For those of you who don’t know who Kate is, she is now Kate Ayers, Phil’s wife. So, I thought that that was a pretty big coincidence. Anyway, Phil and Kate never actually read this page so I will see how long it takes for them to get back to me about this.

Other than that, not much good came out of working all this week. The new parts for Dominica’s computer are in and I am trying them out right now. She has been without a computer for at least a week now and my second machine is gone as well. So we don’t know what to do with outselves. At least my laptop is here and working now. Loopy is thinking about getting the parts to put his computer together later on tonight.

Somehow we managed to get Eric reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone for our Canadians.) I never imagined Eric reading that but he is doing it right now and is over half way through the book. I haven’t had a chance to read the Chamber of Secrets yet so I bought it on CD last night and have been listening to it in the car. Last night I had to drive out to Eric’s and my parent’s houses to pick up some things that were waiting for me out there. So, I had quite a bit of time to kill while I was in the car.

April 15, 2002

I have been neglecting my duties and am five days behind on updates. I know that Joe (our Llama of the month) has been out of town for the last week so he won’t notice until he gets back. Dominica and I traveled to DC on Friday and returned on Saturday morning in time to visit with some of her relatives in Elmira on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, Josh came down from Rochester and looked at a house in Groton with Min, Loopy and I. It had a lot of potential but we decided against it. It was just too small and run down.

My bright yellow Mazda PR5 is back on the road, finally. I can barely remember how to drive standard after all this time! My Buick is at my parents place and will be gone in a week or so. If no one decides to buy it by then, it will be donated to the VOA or something for the tax write off. If anyone is interested, $700 and it is yours.

Last week, new parts for my computer came in and I have been working hard to get everything to work but it just isn’t going to. I have already burned up one processor playing with it and have to send all kinds of parts back that are bad. It is all very frustrating. I have some new parts on order already. We will see if that helps anything.

Nate, Zach and Bob are out in Boston today. I guess that the school has Spring Break or something now. I thought that that was just two weeks ago. But what do I know. I don’t understand this school calendar at all.

I am finally doing something about my degree. I am going to my first mentoring session at Empire State College on Monday. Hopefully I can start some classes right away. I want to finish up as soon as possible. No point in waiting. It has been way too long already.

Eric is off to Anderson, SC today. He flew out of Rochester at 4:55 and will arrive late this evening in Atlanta and drive to Anderson. He is just working there for one day. He is supervising the programming of a scale. Very exciting stuff. He is travel man the next two weeks. Next week he and I are traveling all over the south.

This week I am working a super exciting job in Owego where I am installing Windows 2000 on desktops or something for Compaq. It is really easy stuff that is supposed to last all week but I am expecting will only last for two days or so. If they don’t cancel it before I even get there. That is the way that it normally works. If I get to actually do the work, this will be my third time working for a fortune 500 company. Good for the old resume. Not very exciting, however.

Well, it has been busy as I said so I will keep it short. Talk to you all soon.

April 10, 2002

Dominica’s interview went really well and they offered her a position yesterday. She is very excited. It is a big relief to know that she has a job all set. She is very excited about the job since everyone seems so nice and the environment seems to professional.

Canadian FlagMiranda made us all (ok, she made them for Loopy but we all grab them before he can eat them) some cookies – oatmeal chocalte chip. The great thing about oatmeal cookies is, since they are made with real oatmeal, then it is okay to eat them for breakfast! So I did. Thanks Miranda!

My replacement laptop arrived yesterday and I have it all set up now. I am quite happy with it. I tried installing two operating systems on it before but the restore disks from Compaq were bad and I couldn’t get Windows XP back onto the computer. Compaq had such a hard time getting the disks to work that they decided to just send me a replacement computer. I thought that that was pretty funny. Whatever. I have it now and it works just fine. So good deal.

April 9, 2002

Dominica is interviewing all day today. She has an eight hour interview so that should be fun. Loopy made it home from North Bay around 1:30am after driving for thirteen hours in terrible weather. Eric is working out of Ithaca today. My new laptop is in today and will hopefully work as expected (oh boy.) It is going to be used a presentations when Eric and I head south in a couple of weeks. I am going to try to get my Mazda PR-5 registered today and on the road later this week. It needs to be taken into the shop before I can really drive it anywhere. Maybe by the weekend it will be ready. Dominica is really hoping that it will be ready soon since she is so tired of carting me around everywhere.

I have been playing Tropico a little bit. It is fun. Nothing like AoE2 or anything but it is nice to have a one player game to play sometimes too. It is funny, when I was younger I was so into video games yet I never found any that I really liked. Now that I am older – I am not as into them but I am able to pick out fun games easily and find ones that I really enjoy. It is easier, I am sure, because games are of much higher quality now than they used to be. They now have teams of developers, artists, musicians and writers who put these things together. Not just one guy who has to fit everything that he can write onto a floppy disk.

Flag of BelgiumToday is pretty light on new content. It has been a pretty busy day. There is a new Bio update from the ever popular Anne available from her Bio page as usual. Tomorrow, be sure to look for her first ever “Letter to the Editor” which I hope to have posted sometime in the morning. It is nice to have someone writing a real letter to us again. It has been a long time. Of course, once again, we must resort to harrassing the poor editor who has so little time to work on this page. (Everyone feel sorry for the editor here.) I try my best, you know.

Ok, take care. I will write to all of you Llamas tomorrow.