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July 31, 2004

Saturday, Sat-ur-day . . .

It was supposed to rain this morning, but the sun came out around 9:45 and didn't quit. I spent some time helping my friend John with a wonky power supply and a few other things. He made an excellent tuna melt sandwich for lunch - who says the man can't cook!
Speaking of men, my first cousin, Ashley, emailed a few pictures from his march across Holland last month (http://www.rwhowell.com/ashley/index.htm) They are excellent pictures.
I still haven't seen too much evidence of my new neighbors yet. Aside from someone hanging pictures last evening, they are very quiet so I think things will be good.

Last day of July

And there is a full moon. Don't get me started on the moon thing. Suffice it to say, the nuts will be a' howlin' tonight here in beautiful, downtown Broad Ripple. I can't get to sleep so here I sit. I fell asleep on the couch around 8:00 pm and it destroyed my sleep cycle for tonight. Although, I usually don't have trouble getting to sleep even if I've napped during the day, I just have to do it during the daytime, not in the evening.
It was raining out before and you'd think that would lull you to sleep. It was a nice sound, but it has stopped now and the radar looks like it is going to be clear for the rest of the night.
If i am still awake in an hour or two, I might give my English cousin a call. It is morning there and she'll be awake. I might just "text" her first to make sure. I suppose I could go downstairs and rummage around for a snack. The fear there is I might start cooking something and that will get too complicated. I think I have a mini-quiche in the freezer somewhere. Hmmm.

July 30, 2004

Another one done.

That week went fast! I spent today doing random configuration, setup, upgrade things from 10 until 4 for an old client whom I haven't seen for a few months. I was nice to be able to work there again for a while.

I have a new neighbor! I haven't met them but the van was there yesterday and I saw furniture. I did see one person (an elderly-ish lady) who was walking a dog go inside there. I am not sure that she is the tenant, but I might get some more info this weekend because I intend to be around most of the time.

I don't know what's going on with Katie. Katie, if you read this, call me and let me know! Or, update your own blog.

July 29, 2004


Barack Obama is solidly moving as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. He has a direct and simple message, most of which is embodied by his mere presence as a speaker. What he is saying to me, is just common sense. He is talking about how the genius of America is the reliance on small miracles, and that the materialization of our spirit is in the way we care for each other. We are our brother's keeper and no one can deny that.

He is reassuring and a voice I hope we become increasingly familiar with. I haven't been moved by politics in a long time, because for the most part, it has been about damage control. Everything is about what needs to be done for this nation because the Bush administration has been so ruinous to our image, our safety, ourselves. Little attention is paid to what is possible, what the dream is, what we could achieve.

See for yourselves!

Thursdays are bad.

All the fatigue that builds up during the first part of the week seems to manifest itself on Thursday. I just want to stay in bed all day and sleep, but I have things to do and I can't dawdle. An other client is infested. I have a lunch appointment with JR. The UWCI report is due. I am massaging a wonky db restore in ms sqlserver.

I better get moving. Oh, and I have a new neighbor who I haven't seen or heard yet. The only evidence is that I see a bunch of new plants out in front, and around back on the deck. A good sign!

July 28, 2004


I found a delivery notice from FedEx Ground in the weeds outside my front door. Is it my Viewsonic? I never got a shipping notice e-mail otherwise I could have been ready for them. The FedEx notice says they left it with the office so we shall soon see. First client at 10 so I have two hours still. Yawn. Wednesday, hump-day.

Mystery solved, it was my Viewsonic flat screen in a new box. I didn't have time to test it, so that will have to wait until tonight. I have a "date" with Heather later to have dinner so it will have to wait until after that, unless Heather wants to do something with her web page project.

Oh well, Heather just cancelled the dinner date. Guess I will have to cook.

What is the deal with Weather Pixie?

Ah! Once again my 19-inch ViewSonic is back online in good working order. Let's hope it stays that way for a long time to come. Seven days for repair, not bad. It would have been only six if they had e-mailed me telling me it had been shipped like they said they would. Tch-tch!

July 27, 2004

Again and again

The WX is exceptionally cool today, and has been for the past three days. I can save a few $ on AC this way, plus get to open the windows.
JR and I have rescheduled lunch for Thursday at the Columbia Club, woo! Now I am headed up to clear out some viruses which have infected a client's network.
Eating one's own home grown tomatoes is a treat. They actually have flavor! I forget how good tomatoes can taste until I eat my own every Summer. Yum!

July 26, 2004

It must be Monday

The only thing on today is a lunch with JR at 1:00 who I haven't seen for a while so it will be a good catch up.
Got back from Saturday's party around midnight and couldn't find a decent place to park. I guess everybody had overnight/weekend guests, there were a lot of foreign tags about. I finally arranged the cars properly late Sunday afternoon.
The WX is like April. No need for AC all day, just open the windows and let in the cool breezes. I am not fond of AC, but I like hot and humid even worse so AC is my way through the dog days of Summer.

Here we go. One client claims to be plagued by viruses and would I come over and clean them out. Sure, tomorrow morning. Now something is wrong with another client's report - it is picking up open cases when it should be limited to closed ones. Great!
It has also started to rain again. I brought my brolly so I am covered!

July 24, 2004


I made it to the site of the official Greer/IPHCA old-timers boat outing and dinner party. I missed the boat part, but I certainly won't miss dinner. The boat people are due back any minute now so I am killing time updating my blog, and updating their computer at the same time.

Mighty and Mini

As seen in the Nora Target parking lot last night.

mighty and mini

July 23, 2004

Random stuff

I took care of one of my Merrill Lynch clients this morning. We go way back. I have been doing stuff for him now for quite a few years! He has referred me to his coworkers and his clients as well.
Jennifer called me to remind me that there is a boating and dinner party at the Greer's tomorrow! Looks like we will get a stellar weekend weatherwise for it as well! I will bring my camera.
I haven't heard from Jen since I went to England back in April. She went on a trip to Honduras at the same time and we were going to get dinner and compare notes. Looks like that might happen at the Greer shindig tomorrow.
Nothing about the monitor yet.
Lydia is in Holland and should be returning to England this weekend, Saturday I believe. I will call them and get the scoop on the four-day's march that Ashley went on and other details. Lydia lost her Hotmail account due to inactivity. Not good, I hope she re-opens it soon!

July 22, 2004


I thought I was going to have a busy day, but my PM client rescheduled for tomorrow morning. Good thing too, it is hot and muggy out there. Nice this morning, but now that the sun is overhead, it is brutal!
Katie is still struggling with setting up the wireless (thanks Davina) ADSL router. Go Katie! Everything is there, you just have to configure it correctly and hook it all up in the right sequence.
Viewsonic acknowleged receipt of the monitor and reset the 7-14 day clock. My clock on them has been ticking since yesterday!

July 21, 2004

Countdown Begins

I sent the sick monitor to Kentucky yesterday morning. According to tracking, it is "out for delivery" to the repair station. Let's see how long it takes before they get around to fixing it. Meanwhile I have taken an 18" Mag CRT out of mothballs to act as my main screen in its absence. No complaints there, the Mag is an excellent display, but it is on the big side depthwise and takes up a lot of desktop real estate.

Ok, boys, the clock is running:

Delivered on: Jul 21, 2004
10:00 A.M.
Delivered to: US
Signed by: ZIMMERMAN
Service Type: GROUND

July 19, 2004

What a Monday

I did not get all my goals for today accomplished, but I am doing OK. Things started with a client wondering whether to download the update offered by the "pop-up" - Oh God, users! That is a no-no folks, not unless you want to become a willing victim of the marketing generation out there gathering all your information. Or worse! I think she got the message. Then it was a dead disk drive in another PC. I had a replacement and installed it and restored a backup - yes there was a back-up! Amazing! Now it was lunch time and Katie stopped by on her way to a job interview. She needs a job, folks. I had a wonderful taco salad and she had a chicken salad rollup. The afternoon went by with me configuring a new PC Tablet by Toshiba. A nice piece of hardware. Also a Apple IPod in the mix. By this time it was after six o'clock and I started for the UPS depot. They are working on the 16th street bridge, and I came up the wrong side so I had to go way out of my way. It was 6:40 when I reached UPS, but they had closed for the day at 6:30. Damn! Looks like I have to wait until tomorrow to ship my Viewsonic off to Kentucky.

Quick Response

The Viewsonic folks sent me an e-mail asking for details about my monitor to verify warranty information. I sent it and there was a response within five minutes! The response included an RMA number and address to send the unit for repair or replacement. The service center is in Kentucky, the next state over. They promised action within 7-14 business days which is reasonable. I found the original box (not necessary) which is convenient because I kept the molded Styrofoam bits which hold the monitor within the box. I have always had a high regard for Viewsonic products so we shall see if they pass this test. So far, so good!

July 18, 2004

And now . . .

my nice 19' Viewsonic flat screen monitor went zap. I think there is a 3 year warranty and it's only been about a year since I bought it. Grrr!


Something or someone has stolen the ripe peppers off the pepper plant! I have a curious squirrel that frequents the place it might have been him, but there are other critters (human and otherwise) about.

July 17, 2004

Kimberley again

If I were a month I would be June
If I were a day of the week I would be Tuesday
If I were a time of day I would be 11:11
If I were a planet I would be Saturn
If I were a direction I would be forward
If I were a historical figure I would be Winston S. Churchill
If I were a liquid I would be orange juice (no bits)
If I were a tree I would be a Ginkgo
If I were a flower/plant I would be basil
If I were a kind of weather I would clear and cold
If I were a musical instrument I would be a cello
If I were an animal I would be a kitty
If I were a color I would be purple
If I were a fruit I would be a peach
If I were a sound I would be thunder
If I were an element I would be mercury
If I were a song I would be The Boy from New York City
If I were a book I would be The Confession of a Child of the Century
If I were a food I would be quiche
If I were a place I would be Bath
If I were a scent I would be musk
If I were a word I would be onomatopoeia
If I were an object I would be a smooth stone
If I were a body part I would be a hand
If I were a facial expression I would be quizzical
If I were a cartoon character I would be Bullwinkle

Saturday, Saturday . . .

Last night Katie and I went to MCL, a cafeteria place, for some dinner after which a trip to our favorite time waster, Wal-Mart. She is going to crash at ther mother's house for a while, so we were looking for a wireless router so she could share her mother's ADSL connection. They had a few, but I think we could get a better price mail order so we shall see.

July 16, 2004

Katie's back!!!

The Summer 2004 in the woods of Michigan is over. Welcome back to reality.

Keep on trying . . .

I have made up two blank blogs on my server for a couple of peeps to use. So far, blank. I hope the MT technology is not too intimidating for the "old folks" to use. It's almost as easy as e-mail.

July 15, 2004

stolen from Reepacheep

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How do some people feel about you::That Cat is High
How do you feel about yourself::Boy from New York City
Describe your ex girlfriend/boyfriend::Spies in the Night
Describe your current girlfriend/boyfriend::(Wanted) Dead or Alive
Describe where you want to be::On the Boulevard
Describe what you want to be::Heart's Desire
Describe how you live::Occapella
Describe how you love::Candy
Share a few words of wisdom:You Can Depend on Me

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Somethin' phishy going on here . . .

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary . . .

This will probably be the last "garden update" for the season, aside for a few close-up shots of some nice, ripe tomatoes when they get picked. The cucumber produced two, good full-size cucumbers. There is another on its way if it lives, but the plant itself is starting to turn brown and papery. Two of the peppers are starting to turn red and there are about a dozen in all. More than enough for my salads and tuna fish sandwiches. The basil is dead. Some shamrocks or clover or whatever have taken over the pot now.

Here are some shots:



Some of the fruits of the Summer harvest:

The cucumbers waiting to be made into salad


A pepper starting to turn red


The dead basil surrounded by mourners

dead basil

Going our ways

It was still raining on Tuesday morning, but it showed signs of clearing. We hung around after saying "good-bye" to Bruce and Angela, our hosts for the weekend. I had one more task to transfer some files from Angela's desktop to her new notebook. This got more problematic, as the flash ram kept crashing the desktop. I ended up going to compusa and buying a wireless router to do the job. All files transferred and she has wireless for her new notebook.
11:30 rolled around so Lydia and I went over to Bunty's to take her to lunch. Bunty was feeling much better after her transfusion kicked in. We had a nice lunch then bid her farewell until the next time. Back to the house for showers, packing and preparing for the return home.
The plan was to leave Saddle River at 3:00 and meet at my friend, Andy, whose house is in Short Hills, at about 4:00 and go to get an early dinner. That all changed a bit when Lyd accidentally locked the car keys in the trunk. No worries, she did it early enough so that roadside was able to cut us a new key and we were on our way by 3:50 or so. She kept the new key as a souvenir of the incident!
Down in Short Hills, we went to Dunkin Dough nuts with Andy and had a nice visit. Andy's house is about 15 mins from the airport so it is a great jumping-off point for the trip home. I always like to visit him just prior to my flight. I am glad Lydia got to meet Andy, we go back many decades.
Turning in the car was painless. Then we went to Lydia's terminal first. After she bought a little gift for Suzy, we got in line for a few minutes. This was rough for me. We said good-bye there and left her in line for check in for her flight back to London.

July 14, 2004

Back in the Saddle (again)

A fun weekend was had by all. It started at 4:15 AM last Saturday. I was booked on a flight from Indy to Boston via Newark. No problems. The WX was excellent, clear and cool excellent for flying. My second cousin, Lydia (aka Squid) has been in Dover MA for the past five weeks or so working as an au pair for a super rich family. They have three little daughters and need the assistance of Squid for the three can be a handful.
Flew to NJ without problems. There were a million peeps at the Indy airport when I got there around 5:30 AM, my flight was at 7:00 so I left myself plenty of time. Most were going on various ATA holiday flights. It seemed like they were all dressed for some beach somewhere. My flight was pretty full, but it was a regional jet which only holds 50. On approach to EWR they vectored him practically straight from Williamsport PA to TEB, then one right turn and we were on final for 22L. It usually takes a lot longer and we have to visit Rockland county for a while before we get to TEB. I have never had such a direct flight to EWR! I got to hang around EWR for a couple of hours before the hop to BOS. Some sights lincluded the Wok and Roll, Nathan's famous ( I wasn't ready for a hot dog) and the Garden State Diner, where I had a chicken salad club. Yum!

July 12, 2004


After we had our morning tea, cereal and bagel, Lyd and I were off to the mall. I found a pair of casual shoes for a mere $19.99 (not up to Jozjozjoz standards) but they are nice. Lyd found a lovely Guess watch and bought that. After we stopped for a drink in the mall we couldn't find the car. Lyd came to the rescue by remembering that we parked by the North entrance, wherever that was. We then went to have lunch ar Hackensack Hospital where my sister works. Meanwhile my mother was receiving a blood transfusion there and was finished, so we took her home.
After that we went to the Hackensack Pastry Shop which was closed (probably permanently). Too bad because they made the best cakes in New Jersey!
This evening we went to Dinner with my nephew Tim and his family. He turned 40 today. After dinner, we returned to his house for some ice cream cake. Yum!

New Joisey

Yesterday was fun. We went out for lunch or brunch at about 11:30. From there we went back home where we spent the afternoon. I was fooling around with a new DVD recorder which I couldn't;t get to work. Lydia spent the PM out by the pool swimming laps. Later on, we all went over to my nephew's for a little barbecue! Steak and ribs with sweet Jersey corn on the cob for dinner. Yum! We hung around there for a few hours then headed back home again. Lydia retired at 10:00 and I followed at about 10:30 - wiped!

July 11, 2004

Boston Rawks!

Too bad I didn't stay there more than a hour, but after I landed and picked up the car, I was off to find Squid. I took one wrong turn, but recovered quickly with an alternate route so I was only 20 minuter late. I found Squid and she said her teary good-bye's to the family she stayed with for the last month, and off we went bound for New Jersey.

July 09, 2004

Off to see Squid!

I fly out of here at 7:00 AM (I hate those early flights!) tomorrow to go see Cousin Squid in Boston. I have done a load of laundry, now I have to pack my stuff and make a short check list so I won't forget to take/do anything when I am zombie-ing around here tomorrow morning. Back Tuesday night!

Garden Update (again)

Everything is growing nicely! I will have peppers and two cucumbers to harvest next week! The tomato plant will take another two or three weeks until they get big enough and start to turn red.




Unfortunately, the basil didn't make it through the Summer.

RIP Sweet Basil

July 06, 2004


Well, the Oxygen channel took "Neighbours" off. I scanned my TiVo schedule and there are no listings for "Neighbours" up until July 16. Just as I was starting to understand where all the characters were coming from. Although, the series that the Oxygen channel was running was from 2000! A bit dated. I understand that most of the characters have changed now.

July 04, 2004


Do you have a little business you forgot to tell me about?

A good one (stolen from i's sister)

A popular bar had a new robotic bartender installed.

A fellow came in for a drink and the robot asked him,

"What's your IQ?"

The man replied, "150."

So the robot proceeded to make conversation about Quantum physics, string theory, atomic chemistry, and so on.

The man listened intently and thought, "This is really cool."

The man decided to test the robot. He walked out the bar, turned around, and came back in for another drink. Again, the robot asked him, "What's your IQ?"

The man responded, "100." So the robot started talking about football, baseball, and so on.

The man thought to himself, "Wow, this is amazing."

The man went out and came back in a third time. As before, the robot asked him, "What's your IQ?" The man replied, "50."

The robot then said, "So, you gonna vote for Bush again?"

A Wet July 4

There is a definite big red "L" just sitting there, spinning around dropping many gallons of rain on my head. I expect this will wash out many fireworks celebrations scheduled for tonight unless the "L" moves out of the area.
Oh well, off to the Monon for a cup of Choo-choo brew and a good read of the NYT, my Sunday morning ritual.

July 03, 2004

Tee Hee (stolen from i)

Subject: Fairy Story

A Fairy told a married couple:

"For being such an exemplary married couple for 35 years, I will give you each a wish."

"I want to travel around the world with my dearest husband" said the wife.

The fairy moved her magic stick and abracadabra, two tickets appeared in her hands.

Now it was the husbands turn. He thought for a moment and said, "Well this moment is very romantic, but an opportunity like this only occurs once in a lifetime.

So....I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me.

The wife was deeply disappointed but, a wish was a wish.

The Fairy made a circle with her magic stick and.......'abracadabra!'...

Suddenly the husband was 90 years old.

Men might be bastards. But Fairies are....................Female

It is getting darker and darker . . .

It is getting darker and darker outside. I heard a distant rumble, but very distant. The wind has picked up a bit as well. There go my plans to cook dinner outside on the grill, it is hard to get a good fire going in the rain. I checked and confirmed the approach on the WX radar.
Well, in the time it took to compose the little pic, all hell broke loose on the rain front! Ther have been a few claps of thunder, but it seems to be kind of weak. Lots of rain at the moment though. No worries about the lawns turning brown as they are wont to do out here in Indiana in the Summer. I have a rain gauge out there so when things calm down I shall take a reading.

All over now. That storm passed in about fifteen minutes with a little over an inch of rain. No damage, but it came down pretty hard during that fifteen minutes.
The sun is out again and as soon as things dry off a bit, I think I might fire up the grill after all.

Trying out New Software

This is supposed to have a spell checker with it. We shall see.

July 02, 2004

Another week or so

I shall be starting up my Summer cucumber salad with my own, home-grown, fresh cucumbers! Yum! I can't wait! Too bad the old basil is doing so poorly.


RIP Marlon Brando, Jr.

Full Moon!

Watch out for barking people!

Lost my neighbor (again)

I came home last night to a trio of movers clearing out old Anna's stuff. I didn't think she would be here for long because her bf has a house somewhere in the hood. It was only a matter of time before they began shacking at his place. My big fear is what is going to move in now. I have been very lucky with all my neighbors and I hope my luck doesn't change for the worse. All I need is a rock band next door with a non-stop party!

July 01, 2004

Winding it down

The town is very quiet today. No lines at lunch. Cella still had plenty of specials left at 12:45 - she usually runs out by 12:15 most days. Arabella is working just fine since I got her back. My only complaint is a slight toothache, which is really more like a "cold" in my jaw not a toothache.