Archives for August 2002

Birthday And Longhorn Football

Posted on 8/30/2002 to Family & Friends

I've decided to take the long weekend off. No computing. This decision was made easier by the fact that I am 1) celebrating my 30th birthday today, and 2) I am about to head down to Austin to continue celebrating it through the weekend, and 3) Texas Longhorn football kicks off tomorrow night and I will be there.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

My Home Grown Weblog Application

Posted on 8/29/2002 to Developer Stuff

Believe it or not, I'm walking on air, I never thought I could feel so free-hee-heeee....
[smack!] Sorry...I started typing the first few words, and the rest just came flowing out. You all do remember that TV show, right? The Greatest American Hero? Anyway....

What I meant to say is "believe it or not, I've found renewed enthusiasm for my weblog application" - to the point that I am once again writing code.

What happened, you ask? Simple, I started mocking up a new admin site and that just seemed to get the juices flowing again. The next thing I knew, I had this whole new thing staring back at me from the screen. Give me a few more days and you can see it too.


Posted on 8/27/2002 to Developer Stuff

I am having trouble motivating myself to continue work on the .NET weblog app. It's not that I don't want to continue, it's just that everytime I think about working on it, I quickly find other things to do. I've essentially taken the last couple of weeks off from the project, hoping that I just need a break - if that's the case, then a couple of weeks hasn't been long enough. I am still not ready.

The worst part is that there is so much to do. Perhaps that is part of it, maybe I am overwhelmed at what's left. There is no more "low hanging fruit" to be picked off. To make anymore progress, I must face the issues I've been putting off.

This always seems to happen with me and my side projects.

What a Year!

Posted on 8/24/2002 to In General

Today marks the one year mark since I loaded up the truck with the bare essentials and our dog, Molly, left Castle Rock, Colorado, and headed to Fort Worth, Texas.

Friday, August 24th, 2001.

It is a day I will never forget. Leaving Colorado and my family was one of the hardest things I've had to do. Fortunately, my family followed only a couple of weeks later. Unfortunately, I still live in Fort Worth - not Colorado.

This coming Thursday will be my first anniversary at PPC. The next day, Friday, August 30th, I turn 30.

Did I mention that I received the employee of the month award for August? It isn't company wide, just for our Content Management Dept., nonetheless, there are still 60+ people to choose from.

Well, time to get ready to go to Gidgit's 10 year high school reunion. Time to be bored out of my mind.

Officially a Texan Again

Posted on 8/22/2002 to In General

Today I gave up my Colorado Driver's License. You see, I needed to finally get my Texas Driver's License. I had one before, but I had to give that up to get my Colorado license. Fortunately, if you know your old DL# and it hasn't expired, then all you have to do is request a duplicate license. Of course I had to stand in line to update my address and have a new picture taken, but no eye exam or anything. That will happen next year when my license expires and I have to renew. Speaking of renewal, they wouldn't let me renew today because I wasn't within one year of the expiration of my DL. It expires on my birthday in 2003 (8 days shy of being able to renew). The lady asked if I wanted to come back next Friday and take care of the duplicate and renewal all at once, but after already waiting 45 minutes, I decided against it.

So that's it, it's done. One last thing about DL's...I prefer the Colorado method - they have these little Driver's License stores all over, there is rarely a wait, and you get your DL right then and there. My Texas DL will arrive in 2-3 weeks. Until then, I have a paper certificate without a picture.

Fort Worth .NET Users Group

Posted on 8/22/2002 to Developer Stuff

The Fort Worth .NET User Group finally had a meeting this past Tuesday. Until now, .NET developers on the west side of the D/FW Metroplex had to drive to Dallas for their DNUG meeting. I am glad that this is finally off the ground. I was too lazy to drive over to Dallas after work. Also, my department typically has a little happy hour get together the third Thursday of every month, which is when the Dallas group met. So no more excuses.

The Circus

Posted on 8/19/2002 to Family & Friends

We took Jacob to the circus yesterday. He enjoyed it. We enjoyed it. I don't know if I would go again.

Including tax and fees, our tickets were over $25 each. Parking $6. The worst food I've ever had at an event like this - $14 (3 little corn dogs, a soggy pretzel, and 2 regular drinks). We also had fries, but I took those back when we realized that they were all mushy.

Did I mention the cotton candy that cost $10? Oh yeah, you get a goofy little hat with it.

The cost of items once you got inside were simply insane. In addition to the expensive cotton candy, they wanted $6 for a sno-cone.

I won't even go into the toys which started at around $6 for little trinkets and went up from there.

The greatest show on earth might also be the biggest rip-off on earth.

At least the elephants were good.

Longhorn Football

Posted on 8/10/2002 to Sports

The Horns had their first full squad practice of the season. Now it is time to get down to business. 3 weeks from now, we should be celebrating victory #1 of the year - a win over UNT. We'll also be celebrating my big 3-0 (actual b-day is Aug 30th).

Hard Knocks

Posted on 8/1/2002 to Sports

So what did y'all think about the first episode of the 2nd season of HBO's Hard Knocks, featuring the Dallas Cowboys?

Personally, I enjoyed it, though I could have done with a little less of the Cowboys Cheerleaders (did I just say that?). What's up with that woman telling them that they were all too fat? I mean, these were healthy, skinny women. No wonder so many women in America have eating disorders.