August 31, 2006

Black Holes: Deadliest force in universe

Okay, read this and tell me what the freeking point of this 'News-item'?

This is listed under News... I just know now I will hear someone in the lunchroom verbally worrying about this happening.

August 30, 2006

OMG I just cant believe this one.

Obesity is the Governments problem???

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- According to a new report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH), adult obesity rates continued to rise in 31 states over the past year while government policy efforts have consistently failed to provide viable solutions to the growing obesity crisis.

August 29, 2006

Life = Death

The sky was appropriatly overcast and dark this AM when I walked to work. My mind drifted back and forth to various memories and thoughts, mostly about this young life all too soon snuffed out. I am keeping close tabs on my kids today, calling on breaks and listening carefully to what they say. This is one of those lessons that is very important to learn and understand. Death is a part of life if you look around everyone you see headed there, dont forget to look in the mirror as well.

Accept it.

Loss sux. Right now there is a void in future events that Jack would have participated in and its very palpable at the moment. I know from experience those voids will shrink over time, metaphorically.

The sun was bright and the sky was clear and blue during my lunch. My kids sounded more chipper.

It is still going to be a long process, good thing we are here for each other.

August 28, 2006


Jack died over the weekend, he drowned. He shouldn’t have. I guess its one of the ‘life isn’t fair’ things. If you ever needed proof, there it is.

We met him through our kid’s elementary school. He was very personable and friendly from the start. When he was over he would take the time to say hello to me and my wife and often would engage in conversation. You don’t usually see that in kids. He had a sense of Honor as well, the kind of person who would choose to do what’s right and it would never suprise you.

He was destined to be a great man, you could sense it when you spoke to him. He cared and had a curiosity about who someone was, not just what they did.

I feel a sense of loss that is compounded by empathy for my kids. Of course it pales to what his family is going through.

I am going to miss Jack, we all should…

August 26, 2006

Robin to the Bathroom!

We got rid of our parking area and now have a masterbedroom. My daughters old room is now a walk in closet (it was a very tiny bedroom and now a decent closet). The second bathroom has now been officially started. We had a toilet and there used to be a tub. The tub was let go for contractual reasons, in its place a rather poorly built set of shelves was installed.

My pop was over on my weekend (read Thursday) and assessed what would be needed to put in a shower. My father is the best construction plumber alive today. I have never met a journeyman plumber who was not impressed with his skills and knowledge. His expertise also goes into housing construction and electrical wiring. He is a very handy guy to have around.

My wife and I had already picked out a shower that is good for a tight space and with our lowes gift cards my youngest and I went out and secured the showers employment and then I had to pick out the shower valve and head and a matching one for the vanity.

Growing up with the worlds greatest plumber I picked up a few things about being a craftsman and how to wrestle various home improvement projects. I also grew up with the Reeves Journal and the UA magazine which had various write ups and ads for plumbing supplies.

This puts me in a quandry for what brand to get. My pop likes Moen, however, thats because they have better discounts and are easiest to install. I had a Delta faucet but the handle snapped off one day when my daughter was using it, likewise the price fister just wasnt secure enough into the sink and the knobs would bang your knuckles if you were not dilligent.

I got a peerless for the kitchen sink and our other bathroom and so far I have liked the solid construction and the copper innards. So after viewing the displays for a good 15 min I got what I think will be a good setup for us. Next I need to get all the prep work done so when my pop comes back up thursday I can run the plumbing and electrical.


August 22, 2006


During my vacation I set up two wirless networks up in Canada. One at my Father-in-Laws and one at my sis-in laws.

My Sister had plunged into DSL after getting a laptop. She would have to set up the DSL modem and the system every time she wanted to go online and then put that tangle of wires away afterwards.

Aside from putting a nick in her flooring the install went fairly well. There was a little oddness with her ISP but that too ironed itself out. Now she can IM with my wife, tech is a good thing.

My Father-in-Laws setup had one major stumbling block. His password was not correct and the hold times for his ISP was 40-minutes. Knowing that most people bail after 10 min, I actually hung in there for 20-min and spoke to a tech.

I really get a kick out of phone tech's, mostly cuz they have to deal with the bottom rung of tech savvy people out there. Usually it takes a good five minutes before they realize I know what I'm doing.

Anyways, we have connectivity!!!

The really odd thing to me was the number of wireless networks out there that have zero protection going on. I was reminded of a customer who had signed up through broadband and set up a wireless network and was disgusted at the slow speed.

His ISP tech went out and found out his neighborhood was surfing on his dime :)

August 20, 2006

Its nice being in Love

And being married for 18 years today!

Having someone that makes the bad days great and the great days amazing!

Double bonus, my daughter turns 16 today...

August 01, 2006

Entertainment news

Reading about the new joker and a thought occured.

"I wish I knew how to quit you, Batman "