Thursday, December 20, 2007
Today I called Toshiba, explained my issue, was given a help ticket number and put into the queue. It didn't take long before I was greeted with the first level tech support person. Spent 5 minutes verifying the information I had given the operator. I do this calmly hoping that we can get through the diagnostic quickly and he can point me to a place to get my laptop serviced. I am after all a tech guy and I know that this thing needs to be fixed.
He then told me to push the "FN" key (as opposed to the f-in key) and then hit "F9". I do so and in big bright letters it says "Touch Pad Enabled"
Apparently I'm now the guy who calls in saying that their cupholder is broken..
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
It's different now though. Now, if you're lucky you have medium and large. If you're not, you have tall, grande, and venti. Tall is small? If we go with things that rhyme should large be barge? (I'll have a big mac, fries and a barge size coke please..actually that's pretty accurate..)
I'm looking at postage rates today. First class is the cheapest. Then there is express, priority, express priority and double super secret express priority. Since first class takes the longest, shouldn't it be called last class; or class right above post cards but right below junk mail?
Ok, I'll stop whining now.
Monday, December 17, 2007
So after a couple wrong turns (thanks Google) and about an hour later we make it up to 18th St NW only to find that the restaurant no longer exits.. Shayna was really looking forward to this Ethiopian restaurant. I offer to eat anywhere else on this strip, and point to the McDonald's. :-) We end up finding another Ethiopian restaurant on that street.
While I'm glad I tried Ethiopian, I must say that I don't think I will eat it very much in the future. I'm sure the restaurant is a great restaurant, just the style didn't seem to suit me. Shayna also felt a little let down. So dinner was a bit of a bust, but it didn't matter we had more to do!
Zoo lights (if you have gone to the link above) seems like it would be a really cool idea. We love Christmas light displays, and they have hot cocoa, hot cider, and smores there.
The lights were pretty rudimentary, the cocoa/cider/smores weren't free (which I kind of thought they would be) and the smores were actually made in a microwave (to make sure no fires broke out) So we were a little disappointed by the trip to Zoo lights as well.
No matter, we have the National Tree! The tree actually went well. We saw the tree, trains, and Yule Log. It was nice.
So even though 2 out of 3 parts of the date was a disappointment, I wouldn't have traded it for anything..I got to be with Shayna the whole time.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Last night, my wife offered to do something which was very difficult for her. It would have been a big sacrifice on her part and I love how she is willing to do anything for me. I'm not going to go into details of what it was, but it really touched me.
I take her for granted and she puts herself on the line for me. It reminds me of other relationships I have. I think every Christian can relate...
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I just discovered some of the cool features of the updated nfl.com website. If the game is on NFL network you can stream it. They also have a game called Call the Play where you call what the play is going to be.
This is amazing to me on 2 fronts. The first is that it keeps up with the game amazingly well. I only got to do it for the final 2 minutes of the Skins-bears game but I was surprised how fast it knew the results and tallied the score.
Why can't the gamecaster be that efficient?
In other news, Christmas is coming up. News flash I know. It's my first holiday season without Pop-pop though. One of the things I loved was going home and seeing my grandparents during the holidays. Time to make new traditions I guess..
Lastly, I have to give a shoutout to my wife. Tonight she was cleaning up the kitchen and I stood in the doorway where we have mistletoe. We shared a passionate kiss and embrace that brought us both to tears. I can't tell you why really..just that for some reason it was a passionate moment.
Soooo...where do I turn in my man card?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This post is dedicated to my wife. A woman who makes me laugh, a woman who makes me smile, a woman who holds me accountable, a woman who makes me better.
Thank you for being more than I could have dreamed of dear.
I love you
Monday, October 01, 2007
- The Model T automobile was introduced by Henry Ford.
- The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened
- Roger Maris hits his 61st home run to beat Babe Ruth's record
- Johnny Carson began hosting the "Tonight" show
- Walt Disney World Opened in Orlando
- Shayna Willis was born.
The most exciting event out of all of them was Shayna being born.
Happy Birthday dear, I love you!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
This graphics are good. Not wow factor like the first time I saw Gears of War, but definitely a step above the previous versions. I'm enjoying this one the most. I haven't gotten completely used to the new controls (b is now deploy shield and right button is reload. I can't tell you how many times I've wasted a shield trying to reload..) but overall I think the boys at bungie got this one right.
I'm really looking forward to playing with the level editor..
Stupidly, I forgot how crazy those midnight releases for video games are. I roll up to the gamestop at about quarter till and there are easily 250 people surrounding the place. You figure it takes approximately 1 min to process each person (showing preorder, verify, pay, sign, etc) and this was looking to be at least 2 hours to get the game (they would most likely have 2 registers running)
So being the responsible person I am, I decided to actually work during those 2 hours, get some sleep, get the game in the morning, and maybe take my 360 to the client's. I'm trying to figure out, if I do that, can I write off the 360 as a business expense, or just the game?
Monday, September 24, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
So far I'm 2-1 this season. Time to stop paying attention to the pay league..
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
I now have All-Pro football and two wireless controllers so I can play with someone else here. I've also reserved my copy of Halo 3. I don't think I'll be able to afford any other games until Christmas. By far the coolest feature of the 360 is being able to download demo games for free. So far, I think I've downloaded like 5.
In other news this weekend, my close personal friend Odgie had his birthday party on Saturday at Famous Dave's. There was much rejoicing.
Sunday brought good times with people at our new church. Particularly the Rice's (Shout out to Peter and Betsy) who were part of the: The Super Advanced First Team in putt putt.
That evening brought more good times because we played games with new friends Tom & Lore Lynch (shout out to Tom and Lore).
The only downer of the weekend was news that the Roland's will be leaving the DC area to move to St. Louis by the end of September. Something about jobs out there..I don't know, I don't pay much attention. Seriously though, Dave and Jen, you will be missed. Good luck, and hopefully we'll get to do dinner or something before you go.
Last shout out will be to my lovely & beautiful wife who is starting with the kids tomorrow. Last year was brutal. This year will be much better dear, I know it. :-)
Remember kids, keep your head in the stars, your feet on the ground, and a bowl of jello under your pillow, just in case you get hungry at night.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Now the only trick is to make sure my allowance lasts the entire month for eating out..
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I can't understand that.
When I first got married I would tell people about my wife, and immediately they would ask how long we had been married. I would tell them the length and they would invariably say "Oh, you're still in the honeymoon stage".
I hope I never leave the honeymoon stage. I hope that I never want to take a vacation without my wife. I hope that I look forward to seeing her face every morning, as much as or more than, I do now.
I love you dear!
Monday, August 20, 2007
We got to see our teams play (thank you NFL network) and overall just got to be a bums.
Next weekend, Wilkes-barre for Matt's birthday bash!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
This was during his song called "Cell Phones". The lyrics are:
"We all have cell phones
so come on let's get real
let's get real"
How can you argue with genius like that?
Other highlights include a strip tease during "You're Pitiful", an interviews with Madonna, K-Fed, Keith Richards, as well as singing to the ladies in "Wanna B Ur Lovr"
If you ever have the opportunity to catch a show, I highly recommend it.
Monday, August 06, 2007
If I want/need an item I'm not looking at how much the tax costs. I'm looking at how much the item costs.
Although, I would be impressed if the Feds got in on the act and did it for all tax. Think about how much the economy would be juiced if there were 3 days without income tax. People would put in a 72 hour day.
Friday, August 03, 2007
The installing of the OS is a simple task. You hardly ever change the default settings. The reason for my annoyance is because the server didn't come with a keyboard or mouse. This is normally not an issue because there are others at the office. However, the server only takes USB and not the older PS2 and this is where Steve Jobs comes in.
Ol' Stevie (as his friends call him) decided with the invention of the iMac that he was no longer going to support floppy drives. He felt they were legacy devices and this was going to be cutting edge.
Soon after, others starting falling suit. Now, most computers don't have a floppy drive.
Hot on the heels of making everyone ditch their floppies, he said no more PS2. That's fine, unless you only have PS2. Then you are have to drive to Best Buy and search for a wired mouse and keyboard. This is actually more difficult than you would think. Why a wired mouse and keyboard? Because there isn't an operating system to install the device drivers!
I realize this post will fall mostly on deaf ears. I can think of about 3 people who read this will understand exactly what I'm talking about. For all you others, here is a video of Puppy vs. Kitten
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
As a result of this I'm finding time to write blog posts. At the moment I'm waiting for a query to end. It's taking over 2 min to run which means it probably doesn't work and I need to optimize it.
Nothing new to really report on. I'm diggin my new "office". I'm becoming addicted to facebook. I find it fascinating that they keep all of your friends updated on what you've changed in your profile, etc.
Ok, well the query has hit 5 min. I think I linked something incorrectly...
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I'm blessed to have a beautiful, wonderful wife who loves me.
I'm blessed to have a roof over my head and food to eat
I'm blessed that I get to go to church each week and worship God.
I'm blessed that my grandfather passed away, so that I could lean on God.
I'm blessed that no matter if I had moved to PA or stayed in VA, things would be ok.
I'm blessed to have two crazy cats
I'm blessed that I get to share this list.
That's all for now. When is the last time you named/counted yours?
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
1) I have to enter the shower on the side of the tub away from the shower head.
2)I floss about once a week..if I remember
3)I AM NOT GAY FOR JOHN ELWAY. I just think he is the best football player. eva
4)I can't cook dinner if there are dirty dishes in the sink. They must be put into the dishwasher.
5)I love listening to big storms.
6)I really appreciate it when people make an effort to accommodate my allergy, especially when I don't remind them of it.
7)I like to watch people. Not in a creepy way, but like in a how people do things or carry themselves when they think no one is looking.
8) I normally wear my watch on my left arm. If I need to remember something, I put it on my right arm, place my hand over it, and say what I need to remember 3 times. That's how I remember to do important things.
Friday, June 29, 2007
This weekend has started off without the expected bang. Shayna and I were supposed to go to a water park today, unfortunately, the weather isn't conducive for that. It's about 70 degrees and cloudy. 70 degrees. In late June. What's the world coming to?
The rest of the weekend should be better though (I'm probably the only one in the greater Pittsburgh area complaining about the weather). Tomorrow we are attending a wedding for someone in Shayna's family. These are typically fun events to attend (as people who attended my wedding can attest). Sunday we are going to go to the North Hills Church of Christ. This is notable because it's John Vaught's new church.
We're going to be leaving from church to come home where we make final preparations for our trips to Orlando/Nags Head. It's gonna be great.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
So I put the $10 in, hit deal. All the cards are dealt and the dealer gets blackjack. Just like that, $7 gone. I didn't even get a chance to play.
For some reason I'm really unlucky when it comes to gambling.
Shayna though..well she ended up about $100 ahead.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
It was a tough call, we had already put in resignations, broken leases, rented trucks. Then to turn the ship around so late was not like me at all. But it seemed like to make things work the way we wanted to, 1 more year was needed in the DC area.
So now, I'm going to be working at my job part time starting next week. I've even got some job prospects already lined up.
The line looks good and I feel confident that this year we'll go deep in the playoffs.
Yeah, I can see why Favre does it..but I think next time it will be fo real
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I had no idea I was on the pulse of the interweb. Thanks to all who made it possible.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
That evening, shayna and I had a date. We went to the Greek food festival because she saw some food that I would like to try. We walked around Pitt university because I like the tall buildings. On the way home we stopped at Rita's Italian Ice because she knows I love that italian ice.
Before we ate at the festival, we stopped to pray. She had a smile on her face and said that she missed praying with me today.
Even though she had one of the best days with one of her friends, she was thinking about me. The entire date was for me. It really warms my heart to have someone always thinking about me.
Thank you for the awesome date last night dear. I love you!
Saturday, May 05, 2007
On the way home I saw a Shoney's Restaurant and on sign it said Free Wireless Internet. Breakfast Buffet + WIFI. Great googa mooga.
It makes me wonder why Starbucks charges for theirs. Maybe because they know people are addicted to coffee so they will come anyway. There should probably be some gov't law against that.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
|Old Rag Mountain|
Thursday, April 19, 2007
To me though, he was Pop-pop. He is the one who challenged me to eat as many strawberry shortcakes as I could at Country Cooking. He would give me bananas or black jelly beans because they made my hyper. He drove from VA to FL to help restore order to my life when my parents divorced. He gave me helpful advice on things such as football,cars, girls, and marriage.
A couple years ago when my grandmother passed away, it shook my grandfather to the core. He spent the last couple of years just waiting to rejoin her. He would say that grandmother needed him to accomplish some things first before he could see her. I guess he finally finished the list. Last night he passed away.
Losing a loved one is tough. Pop-pop was given 6 months to live due to his kidneys starting to fail. So I had opportunities to see him and tell him I loved him. This weekend Shayna and I were going to go down and visit him. Looks like we still are, just in a different way than we expected.
Off in the distance there is a slight sound. It can barely be heard, but it's the sound of drums. Indian war drums. That's my Pop-pop..pissing off Cowboy fans.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
The building were our congregation meets actually has 5 different churches. Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Traditional, Contemporary, and Spanish. We all got together to break bread. What was fascinating was that you could see every aspect of this in the food brought to the potluck. Traditionalists brought the KFC (holy bird), deviled eggs. Vietnamese brought summer rolls. I don't know what the name of the Ethiopian food was but it was good. And there was some flan to round out Spanish side. It was inspiring to see these people with different backgrounds come together and be one.
After dinner there were some baptisms. I always tear up during baptisms. There were 6 so by the end I was actually crying.
Today has been a great day.
I got my first taste of that this weekend. On Saturday Shayna and I went with Jeff & Ashley down to Fredericksburg to see historic downtown, battlefields etc. While there we were going to go to Capt. Sids. For those of you who don't know about Capt. Sids it's a sandwich shop that is next to the Carl's Icecream. The sandwiches they served there were to put it mildly, ginormous. It would have to be at least 1 lb of meat on the sandwich. It was run by a friendly old couple.
So we go down there and it's no longer run by a friendly old couple. We saw a guy eating a hamburger there and it was a normal hamburger (as a point of reference, I don't believe the original restaurant even served burgers. I think they just served subs and sandwiches). So we decide to leave. Something from my past has moved on and so should I.
So we head down into downtown Fredericksburg to eat at Spanky's. Spanky's is another sandwich type place that was really popular among college/HS kids. I ate many a meal there. It was actually completely shut down and converted into a Piano/Jazz restaurant.
Two aspects of my formative years completely gone. Life goes on though, for the better. We ended up going to Sonic and drowning my sorrow in a strawberry slush. Capt. Sids & Spanky's didn't have anything close to the strawberry slush..
Monday, April 02, 2007
There are few dates that stick out in my mind. You have the normal ones, Christmas, New Years, even 4th of July. I don't bother to remember most people's birthdays. That's for my wife to remember. But April 2nd is different. April 2nd is life altering. April 2nd seems like any other day but it's not. 7 years ago, April 2nd became April 2nd. (If you imagine Don Cheadle reading this paragraph to you it sounds a lot better)
7 years ago today, Shayna and I had our first date.
She was an hour late,
I wore a tie and gave her a rose,
we ate at Friendlys,
I had a hamburger with fries,
she had a chicken wrap,
we talked and laughed,
and at the end we gave each other a hug and said we should do this again.
3 years ago today Shayna and I had a busy day. Rehearsal, photos, makeup, etc. 3 years ago today we pledged to God and anyone that wanted to drive 4 hours through a snow storm that we would spend the rest of our lives together.
It's been the best 7 years of my life. I love you dear. Happy Anniversary.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
First stop was Amsterdam.
This location is called The Dam. I don't know why it's called that. Our first night we ate at a place called Wakamama. This is one of the few places that you order by number (McDonalds surprisingly enough is not one of those places). Anyways, the high point of Wakamama (and the reason for even bringing it up) is that I ordered a '69'. Heh-heh
The next stop on the Europe tour was Brussels. Brussels is known for it's chocolate. Here you can see a chocolate fountain. These were fairly common. The lady in the picture had so much chocolate she just couldn't take seeing it any longer.
After watching people do their best Augustus Gloop impressions we headed to the Atomium. You get to take escalators to each of those orbs and look at Barbie dolls. Europeans are weird.
After seeing all the barbie dolls one can take we head back to the hotel. I go to use the toilet but the multiple buttons intimidate me.
Unfortunately it was then time for Shayna to make her return trip home. At the airport we were going to get a coke..but it seems they have a secret ingredient over that that just doesn't seem right. I couldn't make this sort of stuff up if I tried.
After Shayna left it was time for me to take the train to Antwerp. Antwerp is a nice little town. They really do their train stations up right. This is actually the train station in Antwerp.
I actually got to the hotel before I could check in. So I went to the zoo which was located across the street. This is an actual sign from the zoo.
So there you have it. My experience of Europe in a nutshell. Shayna's posts will be more detailed.
Needless to say as my flight inched closer home I grew more restless. All I really wanted that day was to walk out the gate and see her.
Revoke my man card if you need to, but I teared up a little each time I thought about her on the flight home.
Normally when I do these posts there is something in particular I want to say is great about her. This time there is nothing specific, just a general I need you in my life dear.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
- Taxi's here are cool. Mercedes is a nice way to go.
- Radio call letter jingles sound the same all over the world
- Taxi drivers wear way to much cologne.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I have the same sort of thing going at quizno's now. Although I'm not as consistent about the sub I order, they still know I want wheat bread and "everything on it".
Don't really have a point to this post..just an observation.
The reason for this is simple. Lovie Smith (who names their son Lovie?) and Tony Dungy both coached the Bucs and there they came up with the "Tampa 2" defense (along with Monte Kiffen).
A lot of story lines are going on about how this is the first time a black coach has made it to the super bowl (it's also the first time 2 black coaches have made it to the super bowl). I don't see why this is a story line. No one has said that black coaches couldn't make it to the super bowl. No one has said that they weren't "smart enough". (at least in the last 20 years) I guess I either never paid attention to who was coaching or just expected it to happen at some point.
I think the bigger story line should be mentor vs. protege. The scheme these guys developed changed a team from constantly being in the dumps to being a super bowl contender through the late 90's and early 00's. Now they get to battle each other. This is like going against your dad in a game. You both know each other's tendencies, you know how they prepare, you probably even know how their playbook is color coded.
That's the story line. That's the way this game should be remembered. Now it only needs to be in the right city..
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
In this picture we all look normal size. The only thing that might tip you off is the Christmas tree (which I think is 8 ft) This picture was taken about 6 or 7 years ago. Gordon has only gotten taller.
While I didn't get the height gene, I did however get the eagle eye gene. No glasses for me (at least not yet)
Anyways, thought I would share the photo..I found it on an old web hosting service.
Monday, January 15, 2007
While it was great to see my dad and brother this weekend, she is the one who makes every day better. I honestly don't know what I would do without her.
Thank you dear, for everything that you do.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Anyone else got any opinions?