October 31, 2001

Happy Halloween everyone! Did everyone dress up as a Llama this year? Wouldn’t have that have been cool? I think so. Well, it is almost 5 am as I write this so you will have to forgive me if I start to run a little bit long tonight and I may not end up making any sense. Today was an exciting day in the Llama house as Loopy and I received our new Hewlett-Packard 1200n LaserJet printer complete with JetDirect 175 printer server. We are very excited. It is a really nice laser printer that we have located on a new printer utility table in the upstairs hallway (I will get a pic on here eventually) between my and Nate’s rooms. Having a laser printer will be nice as it saves money in the long run and it is nice to no longer have to go into Nate’s room to get print outs off of the networked printer that was always in there. Now we have two networked printers and another one that will be online soon. We are out of control. But the printer looks very nice in the hallway, we are very happy with it. And it prints quickly too! In addition to getting the new printer, I also picked up a new HP 3400Cse scanner at a bargain too! We have been operating without a working scanner since we only have a bargain one and when we upgraded to Windows 2000, it didn’t work anymore. So it is nice to have one again. And this one is a bit nicer than the old one anyway. So maybe some old pics from around this place will start to find their way onto the web site once I get this thing up and running!

So, I am having even more car problems now. It never ends. Now I have an electrical short in my Buick that causes one of the circuits to short out every time that I hit a large bump or turn sharply to the left. And it isn’t just any circuit either. Nope. It is the circuit that controls the voltage meter and so when this circuit shorts, the warning beeper starts going off. And just stays going off. Let me tell you, I have learned how to install a fuse while driving!

Happy November everyone. This will be our first full month in our new house! Pics of the house soon, I swear! Hey, speaking of pictures, I was supposed to get pics from a lot of people who took them at the last New Year’s Party and no one has sent me any. I need them sent to me so that I can post them up to the site!

I am still playing Ago of Empires II. I have added the Conquerors expansion pack now so I have more variety. I am oh so addicted. Is anyone out there in Llama land playing AoE2 yet? I need someone to play online with!! I just can’t stop playing.

Next week, I am going to be out of town. Business trip to Washington and Anderson, SC. Hopefully we will have figured out why Josh’s computer does not work by then and we will be able to have him doing the updates for us since I am not able to do them from there.

For all of our Linux fans… SuSE 7.3 is out and on the shelves. Go get it! Speaking of SuSE Linux, has anyone noticed that we now have Llama mail?!? How cool is that? I know that I mentioned it a few days ago but it is pretty cool, I figured that it was worth mentioning again. Also, don’t forget to plan on being here at the Llama house for New Year’s Eve as always. Matt Hoch has promised to perform for us again and Loopy will be, as always, hysterical. Details about the party should be available here as always, also.

Anyone looking for July’s updates can look for them in the archives, I am actually keeping up with moving things there more or less.

October 28, 2001

Well, Dana didn’t make it out to visit us this week until this weekend so it ended up being a very hectic weekend. There were many trips to places like Rochester and Utica. Josh made it down to visit this weekend too and so did Dominica’s sorority sister Amanda. Also, if you see Josh, ask to see his new dragon tattoo on his shoulder. He and Amanda got new tattoos at Crazy Joe’s in Avon on Saturday. Getting the tattoos ended up being a whole day task as they got there at 2pm without an appointment and waited until 10:30pm before they were able to leave. So that was longer than a normal work day!

I have discovered a new video game that I really love. I never thought that I would get into this game but I have and I recommend that anyone with a Windows machine kicking around to give it a try. Age of Empires II. This game is very entertaining and I am completely addicted now. Don’t pick it up until you are ready to really play it because you won’t want to put it down. My only Windows 2000 machine (my PIII 667 with 256MB) is in my ” office ” and so I have to hide in there to play!

October 24, 2001

Two days in a row. Maybe we are starting a trend again. Don’t get your hopes up, though. Speaking of not getting your hopes up… I still have no word as to the arrival of my new Mazda PR5. I was called a couple of weeks ago and told that it was going to be a while. I was hoping for an update or something by now. Hmmm…

Loopy’s sister Dana is supposed to be visiting us today until Friday. We will see if she actually manages to make it down here. This is going to be a short update today. Maybe there will be a longer one tomorrow. Maybe Josh will write something for us as well.

Also, now that we are updating again and the Llamas are starting to settle into their new house. It would be nice if some of the honorary Llamas would be nice enough to mail in some updates about themselves to share with the Llama community at large. This should be a forum for keeping up with all Llamas. Also, Llama Anne told me that we should have a section where we have bios on Llamas. So that is something that all of the Llamas should be working on as well.

October 23, 2001

Well, gang, sorry about the lapse in service there. Things have been mighty crazy around here. I have been out of town a lot in the last two months in South Carolina, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, etc. And the Llamas have officially and finally moved to our new place in Varna! Whoo-hoo! We are very happy to have finally been able to move. The Mazda RX-7 is still at the old place because it is not running yet but what are you going to do. Soon I am going to have Josh set up so that he is able to be working on this site too so that it is less likely that my schedule will cause a huge lapse in news like that. My web editing machine is back up and running now after a month or more of it being down so I can edit the site again.

We have a new email server now and you can now mail all of us @SheepGuardingLlama.com. How cool is that. If you are adamant enough about it, maybe you too can get email at SheepGuaringLlama. What a great way to say that you are a fan of the site?

September 12, 2001: Pentagon Cleanup

Late last night Dominica and I arrived in Arnold, Maryland just outside of Annapolis.  Dominica was interested in seeing Annapolis itself but we have heard that the streets have small artillery moved into them to protect the naval base and that the Bay Bridge is being protected by hovering helicopters.  So today is probably not the best time to go see the city.

I don’t remember for sure but I am pretty confident that  John Nicklin, Dominica and I went out for breakfast to the Double T Diner in Annapolis.  We have eaten at the Double T pretty consistently for almost a year by this point and for an additional seven years at the time of this writing.

For lunch Dominica, John Nicklin, Dave LeBlanc and I went out to Arlington, Virginia for a meeting about the Waste Watcher project at the apartment of Phil Kriebel.  This was to be the only time that Dominica would ever meet Dave.  Dave was the president of Nicklin Associates which I worked for from 1999 – 2005.

Phil, who sadly would die in 2007 while living in the Bronx, cooked us lunch while the four of us worked on business plans and strategies for medical waste workflow systems.  It was at this infamous meeting that Dave would come up with the plan of attempting to mount full sized scales onto truck beds which, of course, bounce too hard and destroy the scales.

We had to disband the meeting earlier than we had planned because Nicklin Associates was involved with the cleanup process at the Pentagon just a few miles away and a lot of effort was being put into that.  Phil would actually be put onto the Philadelphia news later this evening as the “eye witness” who was in the wreckage at the crash site when the left over fuel flared up again and the fires began anew.

I don’t remember for sure but I believe that Dominica and I drove back to Ithaca tonight.