June 18, 2002

Wow, no wonder everyone has been complaining that it has been so long since an update. Sorry everyone, I have been so busy that I just couldn’t get the site updated. I have even done three or so updates on different computers without having a chance to sync them up to the actual page! I have been in Pittsburgh twice, South Carolina, Winchester, VA, Washington, DC and Rochester over the last three weeks. 4000-5000 miles have been added to my little yellow car!

Last night, three of our neighbors from the house that attaches to our came over to visit. It has been so long since we had anyone live near us that I forgot that you could do that!

In belated news: Emily and Craig are going to be moving to Ithaca! Yes, Ithaca. Coors has relocated Craig out to our little corner of the world, much to their surprise. So you can be looking for them in the coming months. Scott and Leanne have just had a purchase offer on a house in Perry be accepted so they are very excited. Anne should be returning from Belgium very soon now. Natalie and Miranda are on their summer jobs so we won’t hear much from them for a little while. Nate and Bob are starting grad school in two weeks. Eric and Josh are considering school this fall. Tim has mostly moved out and will be getting married in just about a month. My cousin Gwen and her boyfriend Mike will be coming to visit us this summer. Zach will be moving in soon. Bob got a Pepsi machine (yes, a real one) so anyone who comes over can get canned soda (pop) in the garage, already chilled for just $.25. I was given a pretty decent piano by a neighbor that was moving out so I finally have one of those. Phil has been learning to play golf with Josh.

I will be leaving for Washington again in the morning. I am so glad to just have a little bit of time to myself here before I go. Boy am I exhausted! Both this weekend and last I have had to write a paper and it took everything I had just to get home so that I could work on them. Next week isn’t going to be any better either. I have a graduation party on Saturday (that I will have to drive from DC to get to), Monday I have to go to college and then two of the guys from DC are coming up, Tuesday is an all day meeting at my house, Wednesday the guys are returning to DC, Thursday I have to play a golf tournament in Rochester with Nate, Josh and Eric and Friday I might have to leave to drive down to Houston. And, of course, it will take two days to get down there and then I have to fly back.

We are no longer in a drought situation here in central New York. It has rained almost everyday for the last two weeks or more. There is SO MUCH water in the ground, the plants don’t know what to do! It has been great though, it really keeps the temperature down. We haven’t needed to run the A/C for weeks now. This is really saving us quite a bit of money.

Ok, so y’all can start coming back to the page on a regular basis again. I expect that updates will be pretty slow for at least the next ten days or so but I will do what I can to get the updates posted. So you don’t have to check everyday again until July or so. Check like every three or four days.

Dominica got her Microsoft Side Winder Game Voice that matches mine so that we can talk to each other while we are playing video games. I am very excited, I can’t wait to start using it. It is too bad that I can only have mine on the computer in my closet since her main computer and my main computer sit right next to each other we wouldn’t be able to really use the headphones. Josh and Montana Bob use the Game Voice software to talk to each other while they play games so we should be able to get them to all work together. That would be really cool.

May 30, 2002

April, the largest month in SGL history, has been archived so you can load this page a little bit easier now.

My mother is not going to be getting chemotherapy right away. Her doctor decided that it was not necessary since she has been feeling so good recently. Thank you everyone that has been praying for her. This is a really big victory.

Eric was down today but we pretty much just worked. Eric, Loopy, Min and I all managed to get lunch together at the State Street Dinner. It is pretty hard to coordinate all of those people.

Loopy is totally addicted to Dungeon Siege. The game is really good and I suggest that everyone with a fast enough machine to be able to run it should check it out. I have been playing it a bit and it is definitely the game of the moment. The graphics and sound are really amazing. I am very impressed. The game does crash (on Windows 2000 at least) rather often but if you have been saving religiously, you are usually ok. Just about everyone who has tried it has had it crash on them.

Canadian FlagToday is Natalie’s last day before she heads up north to work for the summer. So, if you need to get a hold of her, call her now! She won’t be back for a long time. A bunch of us are hoping to be able to organize a “Llama Field Trip” up to visit her. We will see if we are able to pull that off.

I have been home now for two weeks straight (with the occasional trip out to Rochester.) It is about time for me to be on the road again. The day after tomorrow, Min and I are heading out to Ohio to see my cousin Gwen graduate from high school. We can’t make it to her actual graduation so we are just aiming for the party. Then Eric and I are working in Pittsburgh during the week. Then it is off to South Carolina with Min to meet up with Francesca who is coming up for two weeks. Then it is one place after another till the month is done. I tell ya, these things really come in spurts. Never can I get settled in at home. At least I have had the chance to get my computer together, that took forever.

May 28, 2002

Flag of BelgiumFirst things first, Anne Update 17 is now available in her Bio section. It is a long update too (I can tell, I edit the format of the message by hand 🙂 She has changed her regular email address so check on the update to find out how you can get a hold of her now. Not much longer and our Flemish updates will be coming to an end and Anne will be writing to us from the far off exotic land of Wisconsin.

May 27, 2002

Happy Memorial Day. No school today. I marched with Kelley’s Heroes this morning in my first parade of the season. Josh made it out as well. Dominica made it out to watch us and is being coaxed into playing some woodwind instrument with us in the near future.

After the parade, Dominica and I headed out to my parents’ for a Memorial Day Bar-B-Q. That would mean Boca burgers for us, but on the grill they are very good. It has been a while since I have had real grilled food of any kind.

Speaking of food, Dominica has been on a real cooking kick this week and has been cooking for almost everyone in the house. She is baking right now, in fact.

Bob, Nate and I are going to head on over to the neighbor’s in just a short while to see if it is going to be at all possible to move that piano ourselves. If we are lucky, we will be able to just carry it, but that doesn’t seem too likely. I am burning a copy of SuSE Linux 8.0 Pro for the neighbors as well. So I am finishing that up before we head on over.

It has been a pretty hot day (though not as hot as yesterday when the weather channel announced Ithaca as having a temperature of 149!) but still hot. We still have the windows open but I am dying. I did get sunburnt today, though, and that is making it a lot worse. It is rough being bald – Nate can attest to that:) Domincia has been pointing out, recently, just how bald and grey I am going.

I got the chance to play with my dad’s new tractor today. He got it for Christmas. I took it out and mowed a little of the pasture to try it out. It has been a while since I was on a tractor.

[Editors Note from 2007: In 2007 dad converted his video of today’s parade into Xvid for me and I posted it onto OurMedia so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.  You can download it via the SGL page for the 2002 Caledonia Memorial Day Parade.]