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Monday, September 8th, 2003
1:11 pm
A not-so-fun weekend.

My daughter came down with some type of stomach flu on Thursday night. She didn't really feel better until Sunday. While we're having lunch at Arby's on Sunday, my s.o. starts feeling bad. Same symptoms. And I'm scheduled to leave for Tucson tomorrow. I hope they both recover quickly. And I hope I don't catch it...
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003
7:11 am
My S.O. and daughter have been fighting some kind of nasty virus for the past few days. But it seems they are almost better, so life is getting back to normal at home. Luckily, I did not catch it.

The slow pace at home allowed me to catch up on a few things, including watching "Lord of the Rings II". I figured I'd have trouble watching the entire 3 hours (or was it 4?) in a single sitting, but it held my interest. Great movie.

For some reason, I have a craving for sweet and sour chicken...
Monday, August 25th, 2003
8:09 am
A fun (and fattening) weekend...

Friday I had a craving for a steakburger, so we went over to the Great American. They did not disappoint.

Satuday I spent the day cleaning and straightening, inside and out. Saturday night was NASCAR from Bristol, so I did my traditional pre-race barbeque. The t-bones and baked potatoes were excellent; even my daughter asked for seconds. But she is still trying to figure out what is so interesting about watching a bunch of cars driving in circles...

Sunday we met some friends for dinner at Applebee's. I tried their new BBQ rib tips. Not bad. For some reason I was expecting boneless. And I don't think I "broke even" on their all-you-can-eat deal ($11.49 I think); I couldn't finish the 2nd order...

A bad weekend for eating healthy, but it was worth it. I'll definitely be seeing the ski machine this week.
Friday, August 22nd, 2003
10:34 am
Adventures at the gas station
So last night I'm pumping gas into my car, as this hyper guy carrying a folded newspaper walks up to me.

guy: Hey, man, wanna buy a gold necklace? (he opens the newspaper to reveal a gold necklace)
me: No, thanks.
guy: C'mon, it's sure to get you some from your girl.
me: No, thanks.
guy: Look, man, it's real gold (he takes out a lighter, holds the flame to the necklace)
me: I'd really appreciate it if you'd get that lighter away from these gas pumps
guy: uhhhh (his eyes widen as he realizes the situation)

At this point he walked away without saying another word. Perhaps he will select other venues if he wants to do these "demonstrations"...
Monday, August 18th, 2003
11:21 am
My daughter started school last week. She seems to like it; a good thing. I guess I didn't realize how hard it was on the mothers, though -- after the first day, I asked my s.o. how her day alone had been. That brought a flood of tears. Ooops, unintentional, insensitive comment on my part...

Friday I went to the doctor for a checkup. He had also ordered some blood work done. But seems the lab didn't run all the tests he requested, so now I have to visit the vampires again. Joy... But the good news is the tests they did complete came back good. :)

Monday Night Football tonight! But where did the summer go??
Monday, August 11th, 2003
11:20 am
A calm, restful weekend. The only interesting part was walking into the backyard Saturday morning and finding the back of the house spotted with paintball splatters. I guess one (or more) of my neighbors' kids have too much free time on their hands... It didn't really bother me though; gave me a reason to pull out the power washer, and clean the very-dirty sidewalk. (However, if they had hit one of my cars, I would not be as forgiving...)

In other news, I managed to put a nice gash in my finger while cleaning the crumbs out of our toaster. Why does the crumb tray have a sharp edge??? Typing is distractingly painful today.
Friday, August 8th, 2003
6:58 am
Today is one of ~those~ days. Woke up late. Realized I had forgotten a couple of items when I got in the car to leave, had to go back in the house. Running late, suddenly realized I needed gas. My timing with the uncooperative traffic signals ensured I lost more time. Electronic lock on the front door didn't like my code just this particular morning. When I started the microwave to warm up my oatmeal, the circuit breaker tripped.

And it's only 7 AM...
Tuesday, August 5th, 2003
6:58 am
Hmmm, the weekend... I took my little one to see "Finding Nemo". She enjoyed it, so did I. Cleaned 2 cars, inside and out. Waxed one. Caught up on "home accounting" (i.e., checkbook).

Ever notice how some businesses just don't want your money? I'm looking for some stuff for one of my cars (aftermarket gauges), and I find the ones I want on the manufacturer's web page. So I check the site for local dealers. None in El Paso, but one very close to where my parents live. I forward the information to my Dad and ask him to stop by the place and check prices. He calls me back the next day, and tells me they were very rude and simply said they can't order the products I want (so why the f*** are they listed as a dealer??). So I call the manufacturer's customer service line and have a little chat. Turns out there is a dealer here in El Paso (which I've since contacted, and been pleased with their service). I also tell them about their "dealer"; they say they'll look into it. I'm not holding my breath. Anyway, here's a plug for Spitzer Automotive; great customer service.

And I'll tell you where Fleet Pride can go...
Monday, July 28th, 2003
2:09 pm
The weekend was fairly short and uneventful for me. The only thing worth mentioning - a couple of years ago I received a really cool stainless steel electronic pressure cooker. (for the geeky cook I guess...) Anyway, tired of seeing it sit on the counter and collect dust, I decided to be brave and try to cook a beef roast in it. The instruction manual was just vague enough to keep me wondering if the flashing lights meant "danger!" or "cooking"... But after about an hour the cooker tells me it's done, and we have some juicy roast...

Farewell, Bob Hope. You're the first comedian I remember from my youth...
Friday, July 25th, 2003
6:50 am
So the hot topic this morning is the local newspaper's (El Paso Times) decision to publish the gory pictures of Saddam's dead sons on the front page. Although I only picked up the paper about 2 hours ago, there has been much discussion here in the office and on some of the local radio shows. I have to commend the person who made the decision; he (or she) knew exactly what they were asking for -- publicity. I'll wager that today will be one of the best circulation days for the Times. I will not, however, leave the paper laying on the kitchen table for my 5 year old daughter to see...

Speaking of my little one, we registered her for kindergarten this week. Another milestone in a parent's life. I keep trying to remember my first days of school. Many memories that had been dormant for a long time. Some good, some bad. All educational, I suppose...
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003
1:28 pm
Things that make you go...
hmmmmm.... according to today's paper, it's Rat-Catchers' Day...
Monday, July 21st, 2003
11:34 am
So I ask my dad what he wants for his birthday. A winter work jacket, was his reply. Hmmm, let's see -- I'm in El Paso; mid-July; temperatures hovering around 100; and he wants me to find him a winter work jacket?? Some sense of humor he has...

So Saturday starts the great search. I figure Burlington Coat Factory is a logical place to start; surely they have a small stock left from last winter. Nope, try back in October, says the saleslady. So we hit the malls. Nope, nothing even close to cold weather clothing. Tired and sweaty we head back home, and the s.o. suggests we try online. Sure enough, the web sites for Burlington and JC Penney show them in stock. A quick check of currentcodes.com finds a $10 off code for JCP, so they get the sell. Mission accomplished!

(at least until I get an email advising me the product will not be available for shipment until October...)
Thursday, July 17th, 2003
1:04 pm
We seem to have had an invasion of moths in this building. I should bring in an electric bug zapper for entertainment...
Tuesday, July 15th, 2003
11:08 am
Last week was pretty busy at work. The VIP visits are over, so now we're back to "normal".

The weekend was mostly uneventful. I witnessed a rather entertaining husband/wife argument on our street early Sunday morning while washing my car. I figured someone would call the cops, but only a cab showed up to take the guy somewhere.

Entertainment of the day: watching a couple of co-workers chase a tarantula around the building with a can of Raid. I later see one of them smiling, carrying a coffee can around. I'm still waiting for a scream...
Monday, July 7th, 2003
9:50 am
A fairly uneventful, but fun, 4th. Barbequed t-bones and a happy family -- what more could I ask for? And I believe this is the first 4th that I failed to see >any< fireworks. We ventured outside after dark to see if any neighbors were playing with any, but the only flashes we saw turned out to be lightning. My daughter was majorly disappointed, but luckily one of the networks showed some in their coverage, so she quickly perked up.

It's back to the grind today. Some VIPs will be visiting later this week. I must remember to clean off the top of my desk...
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003
10:01 am
Tomorrow's the start of a 4 day weekend for me. I'm looking forward to some time away from the job, but not sure what I'll do. The s.o. wants to do a barbeque one day; I have no objections to that! There are also several movies out that interest me; maybe I'll spend some time at the local theaters. Some friends invited us to the city's street festival this weekend; that's another possibility.

For some reason, I'm craving Italian food. Which I usually dislike...
Tuesday, July 1st, 2003
8:57 am
Well, the blood pressure medecine seems to be doing it's thing. Before I started, the worst measured was 14x/9x. For the past few days, it's been holding steady at 12x/7x, which makes me very happy. Plus the side effects seem to have disappeared. I may yet grow old and grumpy. ;)
Friday, June 27th, 2003
7:21 am
So my body is having a little trouble adjusting to the new blood pressure medicine. Spells of feeling light-headed and dizzy are no fun. Doctor tells me these are known side effects, and should go away soon. I hope so. Last night I had to climb on top of the roof for some maintenance stuff, and that would have not been a good time to be dizzy. So far, so good today; but it is early...
Wednesday, June 25th, 2003
10:12 am
Don't you love it when a random conversation in the hallway yields the answer to a problem you've had on your plate for 3 weeks?

I do...
Tuesday, June 24th, 2003
7:19 am
So the company has upgraded from simple telephone teleconferencing to video teleconferencing. Nifty, new toy... ;) The only bad part is that we can't hit the mute button and laugh at the person speaking on the other end. Well, actually we can -- just keep the camera zoomed out enough so the others can't see our facial expressions. Oh, and make sure the mute is on, else you'll hear something like:
Manager: what was that, Keith?
Me: uh, just a little side discussion on this side.
Manager: well, one meeting at a time, ok?
Me: understood.
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