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June 30, 2004

Arabella's back!

Well my sick car has returned to proper operation at last. They had to send out for parts, which probably came from Korea! The mechanics I use are not the best, but they try hard. They (like Mr. O'Reilly of Fawlty Towers' fame) are very reasonable (read "cheap") and are willing to work on a 14 year-old Hyundai. They do get the job done and I am satisfied.

June 29, 2004

A tragedy

I am afraid that the basil is on its way out. It is the sickest looking basil plant I have ever seen. All its leaves are dropping off. It is not growing any more and no more new leaves are sprouting. It is just a matter of time now.


Better get moving

Summer is such a lazy time for me. Most people go on their vacations during the Summer months so things generally slow down. I try to take some time off in the Summer, but I usually take my time off at Easter, October, and Christmas.

That said, I will be taking a long weekend in July when I go fetch Squid from Boston to see the rest of the family in New Jersey. Christmas was upset last year because my sister was in Mayo Clinic having her back repaired. She is fine now! I spoke to her the other day and can't wait to see her again in July.

It is Tuesday and I have to get organized. I visit my PO box, get a cup of delicious Choo-choo brew at The Monon Coffee Company, and generally get back to the keyboard to finish a software project that has been in the wings for a while.

June 28, 2004

Good to know!

I have to do the impossible today. I have taken on a software project to complete which is a welcome break from the usual hardware projects I deal with on a regular basis.

I heard from Katie, she says she is too busy to update her blog or take pictures because her boss treats her like a slave. Indentured servant would be my estimation, actually. She went into this willingly. There's a difference.

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June 27, 2004

Midsummer garden update

It is high Summer now with the day's length past its zenith and ever creeping down the slope towards Winter. Everything seems to be doing OK, except for the basil plant. Its leaves are dropping off and they have a yellowish tinge to them instead of being a lush green. They taste OK though, and since I don't bother to make fresh pesto sauce anymore, what the hell. There will be enough greenery to add to my bi-weekly spaghetti sauce, and enough left over for the garnish to my sliced tomatoes, so I am content despite the decline in vigor.

The pics:





Some closeup shots:




Lydia's lost her voice!

Only temporarily I hope! She telephoned me last Friday and had to whisper the entire conversation. Poor baby! Other than the voice, she says she feels OK. She is in charge of three little kiddliwinks for the month, thus, she probably picked the germ up from them. Although, when I travel, I usually get something. She might have been exposed on the airplane a couple of weeks ago, and then developed it here.

June 25, 2004


How come I never think they look right? They do look right, but I never think so. I have been going to the same guy for fifteen years or so, and he does a great job. I just leave it to him.

I went through this phase, before I found Rob, of getting a haircut whenever I took a trip. It was a kick to do it in a foreign country and compare what getting a haircut abroad was like, as opposed to the standard US practice. No big deal.

Haircut day

Met with Sue Odom this AM because she was here on a visit to Indy. She is definitely going to leave JAX and return to Indy in the near future. She actually left Starbucks and headed toward a house for sale at 53rd and Carrollton!

I have to get my messy hair cut today before I go off to see Squid. I don't leave until July, but getting it cut today will give it two weeks to grow back in so I won't have that "I just got a haircut" look.

June 24, 2004

Sitting with Alexis

Here we are in Alexis' livingroom with her daughter, her boyfriend, and a new sausage dog called Teddy.

Pain in the Ass!

Using the internet used to be easier in the past. You could find what you want and go straight there in a few minutes. Even the "newbees" caught on after an hour or two! Now, with all the bloody fucking advertising, you have to wade through all kinds of shit and often never find what you want - because someone else wants to charge you for it!

If you have ever walked down the street in New York City, it is the same experience. Everybody hits you up for a hand-out!

June 23, 2004

Where's Katie?

I know where she is. Harbor Springs, Michigan but I haven't had any communication from her since Sunday. I am wondering if she was eaten by a bear up there in the woods where she is staying? It would be real nice if Katie left me a comment letting me know that she is still OK.

June 22, 2004

Squid Update

I spoke to Lydia (Squid) last night in Dover, MA, a suburb of Boston. She spent last weekend in New Hampshire at her host's log mansion. I am going to have to get some pictures of that place, it sounds insane! She is all primed for when we get together on July 10 for the weekend with the family in New Jersey.

I also had a dream which featured the Queen. That's what happens when you talk to Brits shortly before going to bed. The Queen abdicated her throne. She basically wanted to "retire" - she'd had enough, so she let Charles take the reigns early rather than him having to wait until she was dead. Good move! Now she can enjoy her declining years without the pressures of the monarchy, whatever they are.

Meanwhile work ambles on. I missed a UPS delivery yesterday because I forgot it was coming - they left a notice. I usually pre-sign a notice and put it on the door in advance when I know there'll be a delivery. Often, I stalk the UPS guy on the street and get my package from him saving him a stop later on. Today I have some more reports to polish. Fun!

June 21, 2004

Summer Solstice

We get exactly fifteen hours of daylight today. Sunrise at 5:17 AM and sunset at 8:17 PM today only! It is all down hill from today until December when it is the shortest day of the year. In Finland the sun never actually sets this time of year. I have noticed that on a flight I took to Germany some years back in June, the plane took a polar route. When we left New York around 8:00 PM it was almost dark, but it never got totally dark out that night.

Although the season's temperature is conditional upon the amount of daylight we receive, it it interesting to note the lag effect. The so-called "dog days" of August occur when the amount of daylight is rapidly decreasing. Some of the nastiest cold and snow happens in late February and early March when the days are getting longer.

Sick car

I am still waiting for them to fix Arabella, a 1989 Hyundai Sonata I own. I took it in last week when the up/down mechanism for the passenger-side window gave out. I started turning the crank to roll it up and it snapped. Meanwhile I have been using old Poot every day for my rounds. A reliable 1983 VW Rabbit GTI rescued from the jaws of Katie some years back. When you have old cars, you've got to have a few around because one of them will be out of service at any given time.

June 20, 2004

Sunday Weather!

It is like early Spring. My thermometer says 56° (13° C, for you foreigners)! There is 40% humidity. My windows are wide open and the air conditioner is on hiatus. It was almost this nice yesterday, but a bit windy. The Jazz Fest is enjoying a good turn out because of this good WX. The past few years it has been very rainy. The US Grand Prix is scheduled for today - a perfect day for a race, or anything for that matter. I am going to be working on a new report design right here at this keyboard. What are you doing today?

June 18, 2004

Good news from England

Ashley has negotiated with Customs and Excise and they have confirmed that the duty he had to pay was excessive and incorrect! So there! I thought that £ 60 duty on £ 160 gift was a rip off, even by Socialist European standards!

June 17, 2004


I sent Jasper in England a mini Ipod for his birthday. British customs grabbed it and charged him a whopping £ 60 import tax or whatever! That is like 37% which is way too high! Is there a way to get some of that money back? I think some British bureaucrat made a mistake somewhere, bastard!

I spoke to Lydia in BOS last again last night. She seems to be settled in to the routine for the Summer. This weekend's plan it to go to Mount Washington in New Hampshire. I told her to be sure to get one of those famous, "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington" bumper stickers.

June 16, 2004

Rain, rain, rain!

I mean lots of it, too! So far 1.5 inches was in my rain gauge when I left a couple of hours ago. It was pouring then, too. The streets were getting flooded because the storm drain couldn't keep up with the volume of water coming down. I took a slightly alternate route to downtown because there was a pond at College and Fairfield.

Some folks will be flooded out because the rivers are swollen. I just benefit because the lawn will stay green for a while longer, and I won't have to water my plants. Maybe tomorrow, if I feel motivated, a garden update with pictures! Exciting!


Since the rain has been kind enough to cease for the moment, and the sun has made an appearance heating up the place and just filling the air with loads of humidity, I got ambitious I guess, and took some beautiful photographs of the plants and their developing fruits.

The cucumber is trying to suborn the tomato inch by inch.


The tomato stands tall and proud so far.


The peppers are keeping to themselves on the railing.


The basil looks good but I have been stealing leaves for my spaghetti sauce.


This is one cucumber/pickle developing.


This is the lone tomato.


That is about it for the garden update. I mixed up a batch of Miracle Grow yesterday, but I fear that the amount of rain we got overnight just diluted the hell out of it.

June 15, 2004

I ran out of stamps

Business must be good these days, I have been sending out invoices left and right. Not to worry, today is my usual day to visit the PO box so I can pick some up while I am there - let's hope the line is short!

I had to re-do the second SQL server because I forgot to put a second partition on the drive. It was late, I was tired. Today I will finish up that project and get back to report design.

June 14, 2004

Katie has a new blog!

Leave her a comment or two and let her know she is loved.

Monday, monday

I am in the midst of setting up a Windows/SQL Server box for a client. Well, two of them actually. I started the project last Friday in the afternoon, but only got one of them finished. The other is sitting there half way through the OS install.

It looks like we may be in for a few showers this afternoon. The air is really juicy (97%) and all we need is a little heating to build the cumulus. We got about 2 inches over the weekend so the plants are happy. I have to keep checking for insect invasions though. Ah, Monday.

June 13, 2004

Sunday update

I felt a little woozy yesterday afternoon so I never made it to the Talbot Street Art Fair or the Scoop thingy, hence no piccies. There will be other events to snap. I feel better today, and the WX looks good, but that sun is bright and the temperature is headed toward 90º in the shade so I might just continue with indoor projects.

June 12, 2004

Uh Oh!

The Talbot Street Art Fair is scheduled for today, and also an ice cream fund raiser is being held by one of my clients, VSA Arts, but it is thundering and raining cats and dogs* out there now! I sure hope the storm passes, but it is not a good sign if the day starts out with thunder. Yesterday we got almost two inches of rain. My plants are thrilled, but there are some flooded portions of Central Indiana!

UPDATE: The sun came out! Maybe it will be nice for a while. Taking my camera to the SCOOP, pictures to come!

June 11, 2004


I am off to see Squid in July. I will fly to BOS and rent a car. Pick her up and drive to NJ to see the rest of the "American" family. I just purchased the ticket and reserved the car. Sorted!


I spoke to Squid last night in BOS, all the way from her home in England for the next month. Can't wait for that month to pass because I am flying out to meet her so we can "road trip" to New Jersey where the rest of the family are. She, like moi, does not seem to suffer "jet lag" afet the westbound flight. It is like a bloody long and tiring day, but that's about all. Going the other way is the pain in the butt, especially the second night.

The family she is with plans to go to their log home in New Hampshire for the July 4 weekend. Yay, Squid!

June 10, 2004

Fruits of labour

My pepper plant has a dangler!

baby pepper

Isn't it just the cutest little thing! Don't you just want to eat him up? Don't worry, in a couple of weeks I am sure I will do just that. And I will feature its fate right here, with pictures! My culinary skills will not go undocumented as long as I have a blog, and a digital camera!!

Other potential fruits include:

potential baby tomatoes

This is a beefsteak variety, your bog standard monster sized tomato.

potential baby cucumber

This could be a pickle as well someday, but I don't think I have to skills to go there. A perpetual cucumber summer salad will be its demise..

additional potential baby peppers

There are actually four pepper plants in this pot. A bit crowded I know, but hopefully still delicious!

June 09, 2004

Squid is here!

She just text me from BOS to say she just landed. Guess they let her through immigration as well, amazing! She is on her way to the home where she will be staying in Dover MA, a fun little suburb just west of Boston. They have a great hamburger place near there called Average Joes, excellent!

Squid update

She is enroute! I had the dates wrong and she is on her way to BOS as I type!
Oh! v. exciting!

Garden update

No gnomes yet, but the plants are doing fine. I have had to do some manual watering lately because of lack of rain. I watered them again this morning so it will definitely rain this afternoon.




. . . and introducing, seen for the first time on this garden stage, BASIL!


Squid Invasion!

Cousin Lydia (Squid) is due to travel from her native England to the shores of New England in a couple of days. The plan is for her to spend five weeks in indentured servitude looking after three mini-brats for the month. Not all as bad as it sounds. The mini-brats are adorable. The plantation where she will stay is first class. Her suite (yes, I said suite) is about the size of my townhouse! No vehicle, though, which is OK because Squid hasn't a driver's license yet. Good luck, Squid!

June 08, 2004

Heat Wave

Technically it is not even Summer yet, but it promises to go up into the high eighties today - summerlike temperatures! For you European readers, we're talking 30-31 range. It is not so much the heat, but the lack of rain which bothers me. Yes, I can water the plants, but nature does a much better job of it. We need rain rain rain!

June 06, 2004


It's only been a day and I am already sick of "remembering Reagan" - I don't want to!

June 05, 2004

You're the United Kingdom!

You're the United Kingdom!
You're a much weaker person than you used to be, but you still act like you did when everyone looked up to you.  Despite this, you're probably a better person than you were when you had so much power over those around you.  Though you do have a strange fascination with jewels and monarchs, which lets you play in castles, but also end up leading a sort of tabloid lifestyle.  You really like the Beatles, even more than you like Oasis.
Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid

swiped from Lastingtwilight You're Prufrock

swiped from Lastingtwilight

You're Prufrock and Other Observations!
by T.S. Eliot
Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.
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June 04, 2004

Via Jozjozjoz. Copy/paste and answer

Via Jozjozjoz.

Copy/paste and answer the following questions in the comment box (if you dare!):
1. Who are you?
2. Have we ever met?
3. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
4. Describe me in one word.
5. What reminds you of me?
6. If you could give me anything, what would it be?
7. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
8. Are you going to put this on your weblog and see what I say about you?
9. What do you love like a fat kid loves cake?
10. What makes you come back here?

Oh! Peaceful!

Check out these flash animations. All of them tell a story. I don't read Japanese so I do not know what the title's say, but watching them gives me a peaceful feeling.

June 03, 2004

take the "what's your

take the "what's your dark secret?" quiz | courtesy of where darkness and secrecy abound.

Kinda like this newfangled toy!

I am doing this post from a remote site. There is no "client" tool like in Livejournal. Well, if there is I haven't found out about it yet. It is more responsive than Livejournal, alas, since it runs on my server it should be! I don't have hundreds of thousands of other bloggers competing for my resources.

Thanks for the inspiration

I decided to play around with this version of blogging software because of jozjozjoz. I became aware of her because of buzznet. She made a random comment on one of the pictures I took last Christmas in New York, and, yes it was a rather large Dora. Since I have my own server sitting in my second bedroom it is easy for me to set this software up. I don't even have to FTP! Fun and games. It keeps me young! Thanks again, Joz.

June 02, 2004

Second post

This is not too complicated, but I am exploring its flexibility now.

first entry

This is to test this type of blog. I am, of course, comparing to the Livejournal version I have been using for the past few years.