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October 31, 2004

Busy, busy

Saturday my two second cousins and I drove to Leicester for the day to visit my old auntie. It was a good day! I did very well finding my way around and driving on the wrong side of the car/road, etc. My aunt was very excited to see us.

We also went to a farm village called Melton Mowbray and had lunch at a cafe. It was market day in the town so it was busy. Pictures posted later on.

Here I am in Melton Mobray buying some pork pie and Cumberland sausages.

My cousin Jasper obviously approves.

October 28, 2004


Today I am off to central London to do a little wandering around. The WX is bright, with showery episodes and a little wind. I hear Wales got hit with some mega winds yesterday. I was listening to the shipping forecast on radio 4 - a great station. I wish we had a radio 4. Way better than NPR and no begging!

I will stop by the Ace Cafe to get a mug for my friend, John back in Indy. That should be fun!

Here it is in all its glory.

October 26, 2004


I went to Windsor today - a very touristy thing to do! Unfortunately the trains were screwed up and I got there 45 mins late. I really didn't have enough time to see Windsor before I was supposed to meet Ashley for lunch, so I bagged the castle and went shopping instead.

Then we had a nice lunch and I saw where he worked and met a few of his colleagues. Then back to Windsor for some more shopping, then the train ride back to London - which went like clockwork this time. A fun day. Tomorrow we are going to Richmond for a little more shopping.

October 24, 2004

Good News!

The airline found my wayward suitcase and sent it to me about 24 hours after I arrived. Not too bad, really. I always pack one change of clothes in my carry-on to account for this possibility - planning!

England is lovely today, sunshine and clouds mixed - very warm! Warmer than back in Indianapolis! I think we are going to do a little work in the garden today, I will be sure to take some pictures an put them on Buzznet.

October 22, 2004

In England!

I finally arrived after a few minor delays stateside and one arriving at Heathrow. The big problem is that the airlines lost my bag! I have enough essentials in my carry-on for a day or two, but really! Grrr! I better get a delivery tomorrow or else they are paying!

October 21, 2004


This is for all my friends in Florida.

No work today

Just a lot of ironing and packing. A friend will take me to the airport this afternoon. On the way I will drop off the car to be repaired while I am away, it has sprung a leak in the cooling system and needs to be fixed - I can't keep leaking anit-freeze all over the place! Katie was supposed to take me to the airport, but her new job, even though it is only temporary, requires her to work. I did get to see her after her class last night at about 9:00. Yep, this time tomorrow - East Sheen! Be sure to check my London Buzznet gallery for updated pics from the phone. The quality is crap, but that phone cam is just so handy!

October 20, 2004

Another one bites the dust!

Farewell, Cheeky Girl.

Tuesday was spent cleaning up after the Monday from Hell. I got to that client I missed and set them up. I did some more clean up after the UPS crash. Never replaced the bad UPS, that is going to have to wait until I return from England. I have a stat project to do today, and that is about it until I get back around November 3 or 4.

Bloody dog in number 17 is barking its fool head off again.

Had dinner with Jen last night, haven't seen her for months and months! I have been to England and she has been to Honduras since we last saw each other, and we still have yet to play catch up. A weekend dim sum date is coming sometime in Mid-Novenber, I feel it!

All my laundry is finished, all ready to be packed up for the trip. I bought a bigger wheely-bag from Lands End just so I could take a few extra things. I have gotten packing down to a science, crafted by the experience of many trips abroad, but the larger bag will allow me some freedom. Less than two days now!

October 19, 2004

Monday from Hell!

It started Sunday night when I couldn't connect to a client from home. I went down there to find the UPS battery folded bringing the router with it. Fine. I just connected it to power and resolved to replace the UPS. When I got there, I found that the Netware server they had wouldn't mount. Great! Netware 3.12 - why is this still part of the infrastructure? I got that working, but had to cancel another client's new install, which I hope to do today. All this, and I expect to leave for England in a couple of days.

October 15, 2004

How to tell if you need to pray at work:

How to tell if you need to pray at work:

When a coworker comes in a little too happy singing "good morning" to everyone and you think, "Somebody needs to slap the sh*t out of her... You need to pray at work

When someone comes in and announces, "office meeting in 5 minutes," and
you think, "what the f..k do they want now."...You need to pray at work

When your computer is mysteriously turned off and you want to say, "which
one of you sons of bit*&^v turned off my computer."...You need to pray at work

When you and a coworker are discussing something and a 3rd person comes
in and says, "well at my last office", and you want to throw a stapler at
him...You need to pray at work

When you hear a coworker call your name and the first thing that crosses
your mind is, "what the hell does this b!#@h want now and you try to hide
underneath your desk"...You need to pray at work

When you're asked to stay late and help do someone else's work and the
first thing that pops in your head is, "both of y'all can kiss my #ss!!"...You
need to pray at work

When you're in the elevator and it stops to pick up someone who stood for
5 minutes waiting for it and they only go DOWN one floor, and you say "that
lazy a.. b..t.rd"...You need to pray at work

When you take some vacation time and come back to find a mountain of
paperwork sitting on your desk because no one else would do it and you
think, "sorry ass m#$^% f%&#s"...You need to pray at work

If you have ever thought about poisoning, choking, punching, slapping, or
flattening someone's tires that you work with ...You need to pray at work

If you avoid saying more than hello or how are you doing to someone
because you know it's going to lead to their life story...You need to pray at work

If you had ever sat at your desk all day and played Solitaire, Free Cell,
Jeopardy, Hearts or any other game then get pissed when someone walks
into your office and you have to stop playing...You need to pray at work.

If you can fill in all the blanks to the words above, YOU REALLY NEED TO PRAY!!!

October 14, 2004

The Thursday Threesome

::Kitchen Gadget Store::

Onesome: Kitchen- What's your favorite room in your place? Do you migrate towards the kitchen, or prefer to cozy up in the living room?

My second bedroom is where I lounge and use the computer

Twosome: Gadget- What's your favorite gadget type item and why?

TiVO because it is brilliant!

Threesome: Store- What's your favorite store, even if you never actually buy anything there?

Trader Joe's - great food at great prices!

October 12, 2004

It is Tuesday already, dude!

That's what happens when there is a holiday on Monday. My whole week gets thrown off. It feels like a Monday today. I still have a small list of Monday things to do, but it is really Tuesday and I'd better not forget that.

On Sunday, the WX was beautiful and it was Katie's birfday. She had a little assignment to do in one of her classes, so it was off to the zoo for the both of us! Attached to the zoo is the White River Gardens - a complex of outdoor gardens, and water gardens and a sun garden. They also had a bonsai exhibit in the greenhouse. Katie didn't go for the gardens much, but they were lovely! Could have been a bit better kept, though.

October 08, 2004


I just fell off my chair! Take a look at this.

Friday, I can't wait!

This time, two weeks hence, I will be sitting in East Sheen enjoying a cup of tea and a spot of lunch with my cousins! Yum! I am looking forward to my little visit as always. There are so many fun things to do. I must get reacquainted with all the Palewell Park catz. Ride the underground. Go shopping in Richmond where there's a Starbucks with famous people. Go to cafe Nero on the East Sheen High Street. Take walks with Stan-the-Man in Richmond Park. All the fun things!

I am taking a later flight hoping to grab a little sleep on the way. When I got my ticket, that flight was practically empty so there would be plenty of room to stretch out and try to get some sleep. I know the airline wants to completely fill up the plane, but the people who work there, (actual workers like flight attendants, not "management") and the people who use the airline (pax) only want it to be half full or less. I know it's "communism" but they ought to nationalize the airlines - they never make a "profit" anyway. It is a shame to have the people that own it to be at odds with the people that use it - we should all be on the same page.

October 07, 2004

Priest holds mass for pets

He must have seen "The Vicar of Dibley" at some time.

A Catholic priest has started holding masses for pets in the German city of Cologne.

The first service at the Christ Resurrection church in Cologne attracted more than 150 people and their dogs, cats, rabbits and lizards.

Father Wolfgang Kestermann said although he was a little nervous before the service began he was pleased at how well it went.

"It was the first time I had conducted a mass in which people were not at the centre. Instead I concentrated on blessing their pets and I'm pleased to say they were all very well behaved.

"It's something I will definitely be repeating."

Veterinarian Dr Wilfried Brach-Virnich, a member of the congregation, who came up with the idea said there was no reason why pets should not be blessed and prepared for the afterlife.

"After all, it's got to be every animal lover's wish for a paradise that includes humans and animals," he said.

Gabriele Kruzius, 60, who came to the service with her dog Lilli, said: "I think it's a great idea to be able to have your pets blessed. I'm not a regular church-goer. But I didn't want to pass up this opportunity. "

October 06, 2004

Hump Day

Things are easing off a bit now. I can take up some back-burner projects at one client, although somebody left me a voice mail saying they had a new project they wanted me to do before I go to England (see counter) soon.

I didn't bother with the debate last night, no point.

Katie daughter called and we have a possibility of having some dinner either Thursday or Friday. I have a few things to pick up at Wal-Mart as well. That has been a part of our usual dinner routine lately. Today is maintenance day. Rachel comes over for the housecleaning, and I have to get my hair cut at 5:00 this afternoon. Hope I don't forget.

October 05, 2004

Death of a Senator

A powerful senator dies after a prolonged illness. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the guy.

"Well, I'd like to but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," says the senator.

"I'm sorry but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a club and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him, everyone is very happy and in evening attire. They run to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.

Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. "Now it's time to visit Heaven."

So 24 hours pass with the head of state joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well then, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity."

He reflects for a minute, then the senator answers, "Well, I would never have said it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren
land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. The Devil comes over to him and lays his arm on his neck. "I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is, a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.

The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning...Today you voted for us!"


Vibrator closes airport

An adult sex toy sparked a security scare which closed an Australian airport for nearly an hour.

The vibrating object was discovered at Mackay Airport by a security officer who noticed a suspicious package inside a rubbish bin.

Cafeteria manager Lynne Bryant said her staff had been cleaning tables when they noticed a strange humming noise coming from the rubbish bin.

"It was rather disconcerting when the rubbish bin started humming furiously," she told the Herald Sun.

"We called security and next minute everybody was being evacuated while they checked it out."

The police spokeswoman said the terminal was evacuated immediately.

"Another two flights were expected to land at that stage but alternate arrangements were made for the passengers to collect their luggage away from the terminal," the spokeswoman said.

Ms Bryant said in retrospect the humming sounded exactly like a vibrator - but it was better to be safe then sorry.

"You can't afford to take chances," she said.


It was supposed to go down to 32° last night, but according to my spiffy, electronic, digital remote wireless thermometer it only got down to 37° . It is bright, totally clear and sunny so it will get warm later. And I think of poor Joz whose fingers start stiffening up at a meer 74°!

It is back to yesterday's client again this morning to bat cleanup. There were two other issues I did not get to address yesterday due to the hard drive debacle.

October 04, 2004

Phew! Computer gods are smiling!

Just got finished with my first client of the day. It was a simple migration job to a new XP machine from Windows 98 (not SE). Well, my first problem was multiple versions of AOL. They hosed the TCP-IP stack on the 98 machine. No way could I get that thing to recognize the Ethernet adapter. I even installed my good, ol' trusty 3C905-TX and it wouldn't bind the protocol. I threw my hands in the air and switched to plan B.

I decided to remove the hard disk from the machine and install it as a "slave" in the new Dell. Fine. During the course of that process, one of the surface mounted resistors (or condensor) un-mounted itself. Great! The drive is hosed now.

Since remounting the component was near to impossible, and sending the drive carcass to On-Track was not in their budget, I launched a search for a 4Gig Quantum Fireball. Since Quantum no longer supports the drive, my chances of finding one weren't very good, outside of a long disregarded junk box somewhere.

But, the computer gods were smiling. There, in an abandoned ATX case in an adjacent office, was the Holy Grail! A Quantum Fireball WITH all the comtroller's parts intact! Now I know a controller board "transplant" doesn't always work, but this time it did! Huzzah!

October 02, 2004

A stray kitty

I noticed a couple of my tomatoes had been picked and moved to the top of the wall behind my townhouse. Then, upon closer observation, I noticed a stray black kitty resting next to them. He spotted me, and took off like a shot. So, like the classic chump I am, I filled the cat bowl with some Iams and put it out on the deck for him. It will be a while before he returns and finds his booty. When he does, it looks like I have adopted another kitty for the Winter.

October 01, 2004

Debate - What you use to catch de fish.

I have a busy day in store today. Yesterday was no picnic either. I am having trouble installing Oracle ODBC drivers so I can load up SQL-Server with some Oracle data. I have to tackle that one today. I have some random client way in the NE corner of town with an infected PC and no broadband. I will do that one first and get it out of the way.

They say that the WX is getting more like Winter everyday this coming week. Temps are due to be 20-degrees colder than last week. I don't mind the cold so much, but the short days bum me out. England is even worse due to the extreme northern latitude. I can't imagine it getting dark at 3:30!

Assuming that Blogroll is working properly, I notice a trend that most people don't blog very much on either late Thursday night, or early Friday morning. Just an observation.