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June 5, 2009

MMBOP project update

Halfway complete

This project has taken FOREVER. End of year school activities, a trip to the west coast and life in general has prevented us from completing the project.

However, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The room is now painted, the door to nowhere has been closed up, the ceiling fan has been installed, and the carpet is now being put down.

Still waiting on the new windows to be installed, but looks like we will be able to start moving furniture in this weekend.

Thanks to the Content Design Group guys for coming by this week to help me get started laying the carpet tiles. Also, thanks to Nunu for helping with the fan and extra special thanks to Karen for all the work she has put into the project painting walls and trim and scraping door panes.


April 27, 2009

MMBOP Update

IMG_4292As we checked out of IKEA, I was wondering how on earth we were going to be able to get three shopping carts of flat cardboard boxes into the back of the truck. Somehow, we managed to get everything loaded and not blow out the tires driving back to Jacksonville. Karen and I spent much of Saturday night assembling the units. Once we figured out the basics, things actually progressed fairly quickly. We are now 90% done, I just need to install the roll fronts for the cabinets. These are kind of a pain because many of the holes are not pre-drilled.

IMG_4302The other area of concern is adding the pull handles, since the holes for those are not pre-drilled either. However, Greg from Content Design Group came to my rescue and said he would build a jig for me to make it easier. Go Greg!

Karen picked up the "Healing Aloe" paint from Benjamin Moore for the walls and "Black Bean" for the built in shelves and doors to match the cabinets. Next is ordering the carpet tiles and packing up the office.

I'll also be putting some of the old book cases, hutches and filing cabinets on Craigs List in case anyone is interested in some cheap furniture. Plus I have a great old CRT to sell you!

April 16, 2009

Back from blogging hiatus

Took a month off from blogging due to time constraints. I think that is the longest I have ever gone since I started blogging. I think Facebook and Twitter may be leeching some of the time I spent blogging in the past. If you are on Facebook, please follow my blog.

Currently, two of the biggest things going on for me include preparing to launch a new brand at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Los Angeles next month and increasing my training to support my quest to finally break through the 20 minute 5K barrier in June. I'm happy to say significant progress is being made on both fronts.

Stay tuned.

February 23, 2009

Need Girl Scout cookies?

Here are the times and places you need to know about!

Saturday, February 28:
Whale of a Sale, Jax Fairgrounds (8:30 - 2:30)

Sunday, March 1:
Lowe's at Cassat and Lenox (10:00 - 12:00)
Publix on Roosevelt (2:00 - 4:00)

Saturday, March 7:
Publix on Riverside (10:00 - 12:00)

Sunday, March 8:
Lowe's at Cassat and Lenox (2:00 - 4:00)

Saturday, March 14:
Publix on Roosevelt (2:00 - 4:00)

Tell them MetaMarshall sent you.

February 17, 2009

jax REcycle Spring Bike Work Nite

A few months ago I mentioned the jax REcycle project, where old bikes are fixed up for folks staying atthe local homeless shelter to provide them with a means of transportation.

If you would like to help, they have scheduled a spring work night for Wednesday, March 18 from 6 pm to 9 pm at City Cycle. They have an event page on Facebook where you can RSVP. If you would like more information, call
(904) 707-8796 or e-mail them at jaxrecycle@hotmail.com.

February 3, 2009

Avoid the dreaded 800-number phone tree!

The Get Human Database was mentioned on the Wall Street Journal This Morning podcast yesterday. This is a list of frequently used customer service numbers and the sequence you need to enter to quickly speak with a human.

Of course, there is no guarantee that all of the cheats still work. You know the phrase: "Please listen closely as our options have changed." Grrrr.

February 2, 2009

Tax Almanac

It's almost time to start working on 2008 taxes. I found out about the Tax Almanac in Groundswell. Looks like a great resource.

TaxAlmanac The free online tax research resource and community for tax professionals.

January 27, 2009

Trying to maintain my fitness

With the broken elbow, missing the Tallahassee Marathon this weekend is bad enough. I am not going to quit training cold turkey.

I tried riding the trainer Sunday afternoon. I was able to get in a good workout, but it was difficult to do with my left arm while protecting the right arm. I sat up for much of the ride and put the bike in a gear where I could simulate a running cadence. My oldest daughter sat in the room and watched me for the entire workout. I think she wanted to make sure her daddy didn't hurt himself again.

This morning I went to the Y and rode the recumbent bike. This was a little better, since there is a handle on the side of the seat I could grab with my right hand. I was happy to get in a good sweat.

I now need to test out the aqua jogging. Jay says it is boring as all get out. I might even give the Wii Fit a chance to help me maintain the fitness. The jogging in place exercise is kind of hokey, but right now I'll try anything.

In terms of healing, the exercises the doctor gave me to regain my arms range of motion are really painful. My right shoulder is starting to give me some problems, most likely because my arm is often just hanging as dead weight. A massage will definitely be in order in a couple of weeks.

January 24, 2009

Smoking pork loins

I've got the charcoal chimmney fired up and the cherry wood soaking. It's time to make some BBQ! Today I'm smoking a pair of pork loins for a family get together tonight. Here is the smoking schedule.

January 20, 2009

Once a Runner is being re-released

I am very excited Once a Runner is being re-released in April. Up until now, if you wanted a copy, you could expect to shell out over $50. I'll be picking up a copy the day it is released, that is for sure!

January 14, 2009

Wow!

Of course, in Jacksonville, you would have to make sure you bought an extra tube or two for the ride home.

Mellow Johnny's Commuter Hub

Make Mellow Johnny's your commuting home base. And for $1, you get all of this.

Bike Drop
Leave your bike at the shop and the mechanics will give it a once-over or a service at your request.

Showers
Towels & soap included. Freshen up before work.

Storage Lockers
Stow your gear in a locker-bring your lock.

Free Coffee on Fridays!
No lie. Commuters get caffeine.

December 31, 2008

2009 List of Banished Words

Lake Superior State University :: Banished Words List :: Banished Words List for 2009

Hmmm. The word "change" isn't mentioned. We haven't heard that a bajillion times over the last 12 months, have we?

October 31, 2008

Go Gators! Beat those Dawgs!

Download the Urban Jacksonville Halloween mixtape

Halloween Mixtape complete with double Thriller goodness!

October 30, 2008

Funny video for all you crazy social networkers

The Internet Overdose Song

September 16, 2008

iTunes Genius feature

Trying out the new Genius feature in iTunes. It has generated some pretty good playlists for me. Found some music I had forgotten about.

August 28, 2008

Leroy on the Interweb

Leroy makes an appearance on the Brown Dog Creative website. He's the second one down on the far right column.

July 3, 2008

Tomorrow is a smoking day of obligation

So here's the plan:

Smoked BBQ Ribs
Smoke at 220 degrees for 7 hours (or 200 degrees for 9 hours).

Here are the tasks broken down by hour.
1:00 Spritz, add wood
2:00 Spritz, add wood
3:00 Spritz, add wood
4:00 Spritz, add wood
5:00 Spritz, wrap
7:00 Pull and carve

I'll probably start at 1000 so I can pull the meat at 1700.

I'll be spritzing with apple juice and using black cherry soaked in water overnight..

July 2, 2008

Yeah Netflix

Received this yesterday. Glad they reconsidered!

Dear Marshall,

You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are.

We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you.

-Your friends at Netflix

March 27, 2008

It's all about safety!

Two cities in Tennessee are shortening the yellow light at intersections with cameras. I hear Waldo is very interested in learning more about their methods.

March 4, 2008

Toenail came off last night

It was the little piggy on my left foot that didn't get any roast beef. One of the victims of the marathon. Emily and Maggie thought it was pretty gross. I asked them if I could put it under my pillow for the 'Toenail Fairy.' They thought it might be worth a shot. The only problem is if the 'other' TF pays up, I might catch my girls slamming their toes with a hammer for an easy payday.

December 12, 2007

They Might Be Giants are coming to Jacksonville in 2008

Just saw this in an e-mail from the Johns:

COMING TO THESE TOWNS IN 2008
Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Birmingham, AL, Bloomington, IN, Cleveland, OH,
Columbia, MO, Houston, TX, Jackson, MS, Jacksonville, FL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
Madison, WI, New Orleans, LA,
New York, NY, Omaha, NE, Orlando, FL, Tampa, FL
CONFIRMED DATES COMING SOON!

Not sure if the show in Jacksonville will be kid-friendly. Would be fun to take Emily and Maggie.

July 31, 2007

Happy Birthday Harry Potter

How do I know this piece of trivia? I just finished reading the seven Harry Potter books straight through this past Saturday. I started on June 17th of last month, so it took about six weeks. Overall, they were pretty entertaining. I now understand the hoopla surrounding the publication of the last book that pulled everything together. Thankfully no one spoiled the last book before I had a chance to read it. Karen and I now need to go see the movie based on the fifth book.

July 12, 2007

Rat Terrier 1 Cap'n Everfit 0

From James:

In my best Phil Liggett bombastic impersonation, " AND CARDOZO GOES DOWN!!! My oh my that was a nasty fall!"

Taken out by a rat terrier on a lunch time ride. just started to rain and dog came out of no where while I was in aerobars. Swerved and lost traction. Some minor road rash and likley left hip bruising. Was able to keep arms in so no shoulder or collar injuries(thank god)! To add insult to injury the little bastard came back for more while I was lying in the road and I had to yell at the little @#$! to go home. Little dogs suck!

Glad James is OK.

Mike came back with the perfect Paul Sherwin retort:

"Where on Earth did the rodent find the strength to up-end Cap'n Everfit? I can't believe it."

Classic.

July 4, 2007

BBQ turned out great

The meat fell off the bone on the ribs, and the pork loin was very tasty. The smoke ring on the loin wasn't as pronounced as some in the past, but it was still there. I was constantly trying to regulate the temperature today for some reason. For most of the day, it was either 200 or 250 degrees. There was a spot in the middle where it was right on the money. Nonetheless, fantastic BBQ.

June 29, 2007

Photos from Maggie's birthday party now online

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The Princess Pool Party was a terrific success, and the photos are now online. My favorite was the "Bob for Snow White's poison apples". Really freaked the kids out!


@#$%! Comcast

Internet connectivity has been spotty today. I have been looking at an ASP model point-of-sale solution for my parent's dry cleaners. There is no local caching of data, every time you need info you have to hit their servers. I told them I didn't like that idea for reasons just like today.

Comcast is usually pretty good, but it would take one busy day with limited connectivity like today for a really bad situation.

June 21, 2007

Tipping take-out

Karen and I were talking about this the other night. How much do you tip the folks that handle the pick-up door of places like Chili's or Outback? According to Waiter Rant:

Like I said, you don’t need to tip 20% or even 15% on take out. A good rule of thumb is between 7% and 10% percent. For example:
$20 takeout order? $2 tip.
$50 takeout order? $4 or $5 dollar tip.
$100 takeout order? C’mon, leave the guy ten bucks.

Why?

Somebody has to take the order, pack it up carefully, and make sure it gets to the right customer.

I guess that makes sense. Before you leave a fast food place you always have to check to make sure the order is right.

June 18, 2007

Funny coincidence

070617_owl 019In an effort to catch up with the rest of the world, and in anticipation of last volume in the series being published next month, I read the first Harry Potter book over the weekend. No more than 30 minutes after finishing the book, I had to go to the garage to get the garbage cans out for pick-up. When I opened the door, I saw a bird fly through the rafters. At first I thought it was a miserable sky rat or a dove. And then I saw 2 large eyes staring back at me. Not sure I have ever seen an owl that close, and certainly not in my own yard. It was really funny seeing him so soon after reading a book full of message-transporting owls. And no, he didn't have a message for me.

The girls really got a kick out of seeing him. I think he (she?) is an Eastern Screech Owl. Now I need to find out how to keep him happy so he stays around and takes care of the rodents that sometimes frequent the creek behind our house. I would much rather have an owl lurking around minimizing the rat population than snakes.

I wonder if he knows Hedwig?

June 6, 2007

Tasty breakfast

Tasty breakfast

And killer peanut butter!


June 4, 2007

Dinner at "King and I" Thai restaurant

Dinner at "King and I" Thai restaurant


May 31, 2007

No amoebas in my eyes

I have been having problems with my right eye lately when wearing contacts. It gets bloodshot, photosensitive, and hurts like heck. Then I saw the contact solution I use, Advanced Medical Optics Complete MoisturePlus, has been recalled because it doesn't protect users from a nasty infection caused by amoebas. One of the side effects is death. Ouch. My opthamologist said I don't have the infection, and I should be thankful I don't. Apparently, it is bad news and very difficult to treat. Antibiotics are not very effective, but one treatment that has proven effective is diluting pool cleaner and putting that in your eyes. Nasty stuff.

My problems usually occur after bike rides. I wear sunglasses to prevent my contacts from drying out, and I don't usually use sunblock early in the morning. My doctor thinks I may be so focused when riding that my blink rate diminishes and the contacts dry out anyway.

Also, it was interesting to see the sponsored ads in Google purchased by trial lawyers fishing for folks who may have contracted the infection.

May 19, 2007

Pre-race prep: S'mores and a Disney sing-a-long

Pre-race prep: S'mores and a Disney sing-a-long

A training secret you won't find in any book.


May 17, 2007

It's raining!!!

It's raining!!!

Hallelujah. Rainy, but smoky. Weird combination.


May 12, 2007

30 mile test at predicted race pace

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The goal of today's ride was to see how my body performed at my predicted race pace for next Sunday's Florida 70.3.

Mike McLamb and I headed out around 0700 this morning. Mike is still recovering from a nasty virus last weekend. After a 7.5 mile warm-up, I dropped into the aerobars to see where my fitness is. The goal was to go 30 miles at 20 mph. Immediately, that seemed too easy. I revised my goal to maintain a HR somewhere in the 140-145 range. Doing this resulted in a speed of around 21 mph. I was able to maintain this comfortably for the entire 30 miles. We then did a 6.5 mile cooldown and went I got home I did a quick 1.5 mile run.

Looking at the graph, my body didn't seem to mind the pace I was riding. I think I might need to modify my race projections. A 21 mph pace on the bike would take 8 minutes off the bike split.

Feeling confident.


May 11, 2007

Beauty is only skin deep

But fat goes all the way to the bone.

May 10, 2007

Mather Nature's fury

If you have Google Earth installed, you have to download this KML file showing before and after images of Greensburg, KS. More information about the file here.

May 8, 2007

Long Loop HR and speed data

Long Loop HR and speed data

Here is the chart from the long loop bike ride this past Saturday. Lot's of high intensity stuff.


May 2, 2007

Will Scott has arrived!

Will Scott has arrived!

Kris and Bob welcomed Will into the world today at 3:45 PM. Big baby!

9 pounds 1 ounce and 21.5 inches.

Welcome Will!


UPDATE: More pictures uploaded.

April 30, 2007

No brakes!

Interesting piece by the NYT on fixed-gear bikes.

Dad built me a fixed-gear bike when I was 10, complete with drops (and brakes). I won my age group in what was probably the precursor to the Jacksonville Cycling Classic back in the early 80's. I remember the bike being so highly geared it took me a while to get it to speed, but once I did I was flying. All of the other kids were on BMX bikes and spinning their brains out. The next year I moved up an age group and finished second. They also changed the rules that year and outlawed drops in the single speed category. Too bad aero bars were still a couple of years away.

Drake Relays 2007

Drake Relays 2007

While in Des Moines last week, I was able to attend the Drake Relays, a premiere national track and field event. I was only able to attend Thursday evening, but that was OK because it was the distance festival. Men's and women's 10k, 5k and high school girls 3000 and boys 3200 were held. As I arrived at the venue, I ran into a member of the UF track team. Go Gators!

While there, I saw an Iowa state record set for the girls 3000, and saw some phenomenal performances in the other events. It's amazing how fast these kids are!


April 9, 2007

Don Imus has inspired me

My apologies to Molly Cardozo for calling her a "blog mocker." And for this picture. And for anything disparaging I might have ever said about ADPi's or UCF or UCF ADPi's.

Just don't make me apologize on Al "The Moral Compass" Sharpton's radio show. By the way Al, Steven Pagones is still waiting on his apology. Maybe when Imus is reinstated you can do it on his show.

April 6, 2007

Coming soon to the back of an Acura TL near you

Needed to order some stickers with the neighborhood's website address to put on some signs we ordered. Couldn't resist creating a sticker for me while I was at it.

April 2, 2007

CHAMPIONS AGAIN!

CHAMPIONS AGAIN!


March 31, 2007

Gators are back in the Championship Game

Gators are back in the Championship Game

Revenge didn't work for UCLA. Does Ohio State think it will work for them?


March 13, 2007

Six degrees of MetaMarshall

Mike and Lori McLamb like to talk about the six degrees of MetaMarshall. I think it is just a result of being born and raised in a big small city like Jacksonville. It is kind of funny how some of the connections work out sometimes. Like today when I went in to get physical therapy . . . finally.

I was referred to a local LMT by Rick Patterson, area representative for Mizuno. Rick said Jenny Lindley is a great therapist and the folks at First Choice do a terrific job. When I went in to Jenny's office, I noticed a picture on the wall of her and Bill Rodgers finishing the River Run. She said it was from last year's race and it wasn't a very good race for her. At this point I'm on the table and can't see the picture real well, but I told her to look over Bill's right shoulder and she should be able to see me. Sure enough, there I was. I told her it was nice of her to have a picture of me on the wall, and I called her out for saying it wasn't a good race. I PR'ed last year and she finished ahead of me by 20 seconds. Turns out, Jenny has run sub-60 RRs in the past. But wait, this isn't the really weird part of the six degrees.

When I got home, I told Karen about my visit, and showed her the picture from Jenny's office. Jenny made a copy of it for me. Karen immediately recognized Jenny. Turns out, when Karen had her accident 12 years ago and had PT after her surgery it was none other than Jenny Lindley who did the massage therapy. I called Jenny and asked her if she had ever worked on someone who had broken their SI joint by being hit by a golf cart driven by a 5-year-old. Jenny said "You mean Karen?!?"

Too freakin' weird.

February 23, 2007

Free Chick-Fil-A breakfast in March

I just saw a flyer advertising free breakfast at Chick-Fil-A every Wednesday in March. Here is the rundown:

  • March 7th: Free 3-count Chick-n-Minis
  • March 14th: Free Chicken Biscuit
  • March 21st: Free Cinnamon Cluster
  • March 28th: Free Sausage Biscuit

Since Karen volunteers at Emily's school on Wednesday mornings, I'm responsible for taking Maggie to school. Looks like we'll be eating breakfast at Chick-Fil-A before we go to school.

February 22, 2007

5x800 on the track at race pace

2-22-2007, 5x800

Jay, Mike and I did 5x800 on the track today at anticipated pace for Saturday's Ortega River Run. Felt pretty good, although a little low on energy. I didn't wake up early enough this morning to put some fuel in the body before heading out. The amazing thing is I was running at 5-mile race pace (7:00/mi) and kept the heart rate in the high 150s and low 160s for most of the intervals. Usually I'm well into the high 160s for these efforts. Granted my previous 800 splits were about 8 seconds faster per interval, this might also be an indication that my aerobic base is improving.


Huh?

Feuding Anna Nicole Smith entourage visit morgue. 22/02/2007. ABC News Online.

But Judge Seidlin got a call from Broward County medical examiner Joshua Perper on Tuesday and again on Wednesday saying the corpse was decomposing quickly and would soon be unsuitable for a family viewing.

How is it that Vladimir Lenin’s body has been on display for 80 years and they can’t preserve Anna Nicole Smith’s body after just 2 weeks?

February 14, 2007

New jersey

Not the state, but a new piece of cycling gear.  Karen bought me a sweet City Cycle cycling jersey for Valentines Day.  The colors are very cool and there is a nice graphic of the Jacksonville skyline across the front and back. 

The other cool thing is someone at City Cycle was familiar with MetaMarshall.  I need to make some MetaMarshall jerseys!

January 30, 2007

Upcoming local endurance happenings

From Susan Wallis, President of the Hammerhead Triathlon Club:

American Bikes will feature a Triathlon Night 2007 on February 8, 6:30 pm, with special featured guest Hunter Kemper. Come to their beaches store at 240 South Third Street in Jax Beach to join in the fun! (their new Trek Bicycle Store of Jacksonville will have its grand opening on April 12-14, with Bob Roll already on the roster of people who will be there; Jeff Kopp has promised another big name triathlete for this occasion, too)

The USCF National Racing Calendar (NRC) is visiting Jacksonville on the weekend of 14-15 April for one of only 18 stops.
The Jacksonville Cycling Classic is in charge of this event and is seeking enough volunteers to make this race happen. For those interested, the volunteer coordinator is Scott Reeves (scott@impactcomponents.com).

Or, if you don’t want to volunteer,  you are asked to come out to watch the races.  The organizers are putting together a festive atmosphere (food, drinks, bands) for racing under the lights on the 14th.  The more people, the merrier.

January 9, 2007

C H A M P I O N S !

C H A M P I O N S !


C H A M P I O N S !

C H A M P I O N S !


December 20, 2006

Go ahead, put it on

Go ahead, put it on your resume. You are the "Time 2006 Person of the Year." Congratulations!

December 12, 2006

Is it just me. . .

. . .or does it seem like one of the pitfalls of having a Tivo or iPod is that they numb your attention sometimes? Lately, I often find myself not paying close attention, and when I realize I'm not paying close attention, my first thought is to rewind. And I'm not talking about just TV or music. Like being at a live football game and missing a play and immediately thinking I should be able to rewind the players on the field.

Or maybe it's just A.D.D.

November 19, 2006

Trip to Disney World


After an excruciating drive on I-4, the Butlers met up with the Sinellis at Disney World. We spent Saturday at the Magical Kingdom and then after naps and watching the Michigan-OSU game made a quick trip to MGM to see the Osbourne Family's Dancing Lights. Wow!

Sunday we went to the Animal Kingdom. Apparently everyone else had the same idea. The place was packed. We spent an hour and a half waiting to ride the safari. The Expedition Everest ride is awesome.

A fun weekend!

November 15, 2006

Hey Karen

Hey Karen

Love from the Hard Rock!


October 28, 2006

Costly training run in Durham, NC

061024 -- Running in Durham, NC

Was in Durham earlier this week on business. Woke up early Tuesday morning to do a 6-mile tempo run. It was a nice run, the temperature was in the 30s and the course included some nice hills to work on strength. Unfortunately, less than a mile from the hotel, I was running down a 2-lane highway and it was dark. There were some cars approaching, so I needed to get off the road and on the grass. I ran along for a little while and then THUMP! I stepped into a drainage ditch.

At first I was worried about my knee or ankle, but no pain there. Actually, no pain at all untl later that evening when I was back in Jacksonville. I was in the office doing e-mail, and then tried to get up to go to dinner. Incredibly sharp pain shot through my lower back. It was hard to sit down, stand up or lie down. I iced it, took 800 mg of Motrin and called the chiropractor the next morning.

I have been to the chiropractor twice this week trying to straighten my back out. The only training I have done is a 2-mile run this morning to see how it felt. Not good. This really stinks because tomorrow morning is the Pumpkin Run, a 10-mile run through the Evergreen Cemetery. I was hoping to take some more time off of my PR from last year (1:12:28). I don't think that's happening. Right now, I'm wondering if I will be able to do the race at all. The Mandarin 10k is next weekend, and I have plenty of time to shave off of my 10k PR. Perhaps the best thing to do is take it easy tomorrow, ease back into training next week, and hopefully have a good 10k next weekend.

The other thing I need to keep in mind is I am training for the Jacksonville Marathon. That is my "A" race. Killing myself tomorrow will surely disrupt training for the big goal. But trying to go easy in a race is so hard to do. . . .


October 13, 2006

A week without blogging. . .

So much going on. . .

October 6th -- My sister Betsy got married. Pictures will be posted soon.
October 7th -- Marine Corps Half Marathon that morning, Florida v. LSU football game that afternoon.
October 8th -- Collapse on couch and watch football.
October 9th -- Long swim workout. First one since Mitch resigned as coach.
October 10th -- First 20 mile run of the year. Felt pretty good.

Got a lot of work done this week to set up some sales calls. Productive week in that regard. Will post more detailed information on the week's event's soon.

October 3, 2006

The State now available through iTunes

The first season of MTV's comedy show The State is now available at iTunes. Sweet! There were some classic skits on that show, like Barry and Levon and their puddin', and Doug dealing with various authority figures

And of course, "I want to dip my balls in it!"

September 28, 2006

LMR

Run around Lake Monona

Was in Madison, WI earlier this week on business. I stayed in a hotel on the southern end of Lake Monona. I knew there were pretty good trails in Madison for biking and running, and I have seen some tracks running around the lake that people have uploaded to MotionBased and FavoriteRun.

There was a path right in front of the hotel and I followed it to downtown past the starting point of IM Wisconsin. The path then goes away and you go through some neighborhoods. I knew as long as I could see the lake I would be in good shape. I then noticed arrows and 'LMR' on the streets. I followed the arrows and felt confident that I wasn't going to get lost.

I did lose the arrows at one point because they went through a park and I wasn't sure if there would be any other markers, so I went back to following the lake. I found the markings on the road again, but again lost them because there was some road construction going on and the streets were torn up. At about 10 miles I stopped to ask a guy who was walking if I was on track and how much farther I had. He told me to stay to the right and I had 2-3 miles.

I did get spooked around the 7-mile mark when a rabbit jumped out of some bushes in front of me. I immediately thought of the rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The run was very pleasant and the weather rocked! It was in the high 40s for most of the run.

I eventually found out that the LMR markings are for the annual Lake Monona 20k. The start and finish are in the park I was unsure about running through.

Before I got to Madison I corresponded with Stu of Simply Stu fame. He lives in Madison and provided me with some running options using the trails. I finally decided that the run around Lake Monona would be the best adventure.

My training plan called for an 18-mile run, but I ended up only doing 13. I didn't want to push it with an 8:30 meeting that morning. Now, in retrospect, I wish I had woken up an hour earlier so I could have done 18 based on the weather and the nice running paths. Maybe on a future visit. . .


UPDATE: Google Earth file (KML).

UPDATE 2: View path with Google Maps.

September 23, 2006

Gators 27 Kentucky 6

Go Gators

Karen and I went to the Gator game Saturday night. We went to a pre-game party at Erin's house. Had a nice time hanging out with Erin, Josh and their friends.

It was a closer game in the first half than I was expecting. The offense just couldn't get it together. The defense looked strong, although they did look vulnerable on short over the middle passes.

The game started at 7:45, so we were out really late. We didn't get home until 1 am. My contacts were driving me nuts, so I had to take them out. Karen was a trooper and drove us home.

This weekend starts the brutal 4-game stretch of Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia. Apparently, Kirk Herbstreit is calling it the toughest schedule in the history of college football. Of course, our favorite hack at the Times Union is pooh-poohing this assessment.

Go Gators!


September 19, 2006

Long hot, humid run

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The schedule called for 20 miles today. That was the goal going out. At about 16 miles, my shoes had been squishy for the last 50 minutes, and I rationalized that I am already way ahead of last year's marathon training (but no where near Joe Reger-ready), so I ended the run at 16.5. I went through 3 shots of gel, some Sport Beans and 46 ounces of fluid. I know I didn't take in enough liquid, so I need to continue working on that. I lost 5 pounds, so I need to calculate my fluid requirements based on my intake and weight loss. Still, a good steady effort to build endurance.


September 16, 2006

Lunch at school with Emily

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I got to have lunch with Emily at her school yesterday. She requested cheeseburgers from Wendy's and a cookie from Sheila's Bakery. We had a great time and enjoyed lunch in the courtyard with her buddies Noah, Dexter and Jake as well as their families.


August 31, 2006

Started wearing contacts today

I've worn glasses off and on for 50% of my life. My eyesight isn't terrible, I just have a stigmatism from staring at a computer screen for too long. A couple of months ago when I visited my opthamologist, I mentioned that I would like to give contacts a try. He campaigned against the decision, saying contacts for stigmatism are tricky, but set up the appointment.

I was fitted for them this morning and wore them for 4 hours before taking them out at lunch for an hour. I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to get the slimy things back in. I like wearing them, but certainly feel weird without the glasses. Hopefully, I'll get better at putting them in and taking them out. My eyes are bloodshot from the learning curve.

August 24, 2006

Goodbye Edgar Martin

I attended Edgar Martin's memorial service yesterday. I met Edgar 4 years ago when I joined the West Jax Rotary. How fortunate I am to have gotten to meet someone like Edgar. When he spoke, everyone stopped and listened. At the memorial, his son told how his father died while Edgar was at the University of Florida. Edgar had to come home and operate the family business. However, his thirst for knowledge never ended. Edgar became a literary scholar and always had a quote for every occasion.

Then there was the comedic side of Edgar. My first real impression of Edgar was his winning performance at a Rotary joke off my first year in the club. Member after member went to the podium to tell thier best joke. I remember giving it my best shot telling a joke that made fun of consultants. Edgar wrapped up the contest with a very simple joke.

An old man and woman were on their front porch one evening watching the sunset.

The old man looked over at his wife and said, "Ma, whatever happened to our sexual relations?"

The old lady thought about this for a second, and responded, "You know Pa, I don't know. I don't even think we got a Christmas card from them last year."

Nothing fancy, but it brought the house down.

Edgar was a writer and a poet. Much of the memorial service was written by Edgar. The front cover of the program included a piece written by Edgar as an affirmation of I Corinthians 13:1-12:

As Thou hast shown us that love is kind,
So shall we be kind to one another.
As Thou hast shown us that love
Believes, and hopes and endures:
So shall our love endure in hope
And faith and mutual trust.
As Thou hast taught us that love
Should not be easily provoked,
So shall we bear and forbear,
Overlooking small shortcomings,
But dwelling in truth
Which sees beyond the frailties of the moment.

Here is Edgar's obituary:

Edgar A. Martin, age 92 died on August 19, 2006. He was born in Jacksonville in 1914. He attended local schools and the University of Florida as well as Oxford University. He was a Presbyterian Elder, serving over 40 years as a church school teacher at Lakewood Presbyterian Church. More recently he became a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church which he had attended in his youth. A member emeritus of the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville and a Paul Harris Fellow, he was awarded the J.J. McCranie Award for outstanding civic service which included service at Sulzbacher Center, St. Johns River Cleanup, Children's Reading Program and Adult Guidance at Paxon High School and other programs of Rotary. He was an honorary life member of the Florida Yacht Club, past member of the Revelers, the Friars, the Seminole Club, Ponte Vedra Club and past president of the Jacksonville Alumni Association of SAE. He was past president of the English Speaking Union and was awarded the merit of honor award from the national office of E-SU. In his early civic life he was twice named man of the month by the Jacksonville Junior Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the board of governors and was twice luncheon club chairman. He was president of E.A. Martin Seed Company and Martin's Garden Stores, which merged with Wilson and Toomer Company, where he was a sales manager. Later he became president of Agrisales, Inc. where he served until age 75. He was past president of the Florida Seed Association, the Southern Seedsmen's Association, and served on the board of the American Seed Trade Association. He was an honorary life member of the Federated Garden Circles of Jacksonville. He is survived by his sons Edgar A. Martin, III, Lawrence D. Martin, Roy Eric Martin (Elizabeth), and his daughter Hedvig, Vera Lavorgna (Anthony), his granddaughters Shannon, Janeice and Sarah, and great granddaughter Kaitlyn and his beloved Anne.

We'll miss Edgar.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
William Shakespeare

August 19, 2006

On the road this week

On Tuesday I drove to Chapel Hill, NC for a meeting first thing Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon I played at the TPC golf course outside of Raleigh, NC and then drove to Myrtle Beach, SC for a conference. Thursday morning the conference started and I participated in the golf tournament that afternoon. Thank goodness it was Captain's Choice. Friday the conference wrapped up and I drove home.

I was able to get in some good runs while on the road. Nice hills in Chapel Hill on Wednesday and nice runs on the beach in Myrtle Beach on Thursday and Friday.

August 2, 2006

Tycho Brahe wanna-be

My face got fried this weekend. Now I'm worried about a little bump that I've noticed on my nose recently. It bugs me so much, I've made an appointment with the dermatologist next week. I'm not screwing around with skin cancer. Two guys I played softball with in the early 90's turned their wives into widows because they didn't take it seriously.

Having this bump on my nose reminded me of my astronomy class in college. Tycho Brahe was an astronomer who developed the Tychonic system, a theory that said the Sun revolved around the Earth, and the other planets revolved around the Sun. He knew that effective research could not be done without systematic and detailed observations. According to Wikipedia, "Tycho's naked eye measurements of planetary parallax were accurate to the arcminute." Not bad for not using a telescope!

So why did the bump remind me of Tycho Brahe? Well, he lost part of his nose in a duel and created a replacement out of gold and silver.

Besides the bling nose, Brahe was quite a character and apparently died as a result of a burst bladder. Wikipedia says "It had been said that to leave the banquet before it concluded would be the height of bad manners, and so he remained. His bladder, stretched to its limit, exploded. He died after eleven agonizing days." I remember my professor telling us Brahe had a bladder stone and the only way he could relieve himself was by standing on his head to dislodge the stone. Apparently, he didn't want to be seen at the banquest standing on his head and peeing.

It has also been suggested that he died of mercury poisoning, either intentionally by his wife or his apprentice. When I did a Google search for Brahe, an interesting book popped up from Amazon. I might need to pick up a copy of Heavenly Intrigue: Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the Murder Behind One of History's Greatest Scientific Discoveries.

July 23, 2006

Saleen Mustang -- Very fast!

Saleen Mustang

Nunu is driving around right now in a Saleen Mustang. Apparently, there is a guy in town who is interested in buying it. After going for a ride with Nunu, I can see the appeal. We went for a ride and without shifting to 4th gear we were definitely in triple digits in terms of speed. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 115, but I was in the passenger's seat and cannot conclusively validate we were violating any laws.


July 3, 2006

Sprint paid up

I sent an e-mail to the Sprint corporate offices after my horrific technical support call. I received the standard e-mail reply, and then they sent me a survey that asked me how satisfied I was with their follow-up. Huh? A survey to see if an auto-reply e-mail makes me happy? I enjoyed the open response questions on that survey. So today I receive a phone call from Sprint. They were very sorry for the inconvenience. I reminded them AGAIN that their technical supprt staff are incompetent. To make up, they agreed to credit my account $40. Fair enough.

June 29, 2006

2006 J.J. McCranie Award Winner

2006 J.J. McCranie Award Winner

I received the J.J. McCranie Award for 2006 from the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville last night. This is a very big honor and I am humbled to receive it. The list of previous recipients is very impressive. Besides a really nice plaque, a donation of $1,000 was made to the Rotary Foundation in my name, making me a Paul Harris Fellow. I will continue my service to the Club by joining the Board of Directors next year as Director of Youth Services. I am very proud to be part of such a great organization.


June 23, 2006

Heaven and Hell collide on my iPod Shuffle

I have a bunch of music on my hard drive. To say it is an eclectic mix would be an understatement. To avoid the monotony of commercial radio I autofill my iPod Shuffle once a week and put it in the car to listen to while doing errands. Yesterday I was driving down Riverside Avenue when I had the most extreme mix ever. We're talking as far as the east is from the west stuff here.

AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" was immediately followed by America's Romantic Piano Sensation Jim Brickman and "Starbright (The Lullaby Medley)".

My ears haven't recovered yet.

Maybe I should stop ripping Karen's CDs on to my hard drive.

June 20, 2006

Reflecting on my nightmare tech support call earlier today

I have Hotsync'ed several times since I was told by an incompetent Sprint PCS support technician I couldn't run iTunes and the Hotsync software.

Karen and I are not quite done watching the current season of 24. Thank goodness for Tivo.

In the show the main character, Jack Bauer, uses a Treo. I can just imagine him fending off the terrorists and telling Chloe to send him the schematic of the building he is trying to infiltrate. Chloe then responds "Jack, you can't simultaneously view schematics on your Treo while we reposition the satellites to establish a perimeter. The protocols were initially developed for a different phone! I will have to uninstall the subnet, open a socket, and upload a new machine-coded matrix before you shoot the person who has a key piece of information. Jeez Jack!"

In the middle of one of my least favorite activities. . .

Trying to get support for a product and justify to the technician why they should help me and why it isn't someone elses issue to remedy. At least I'm not talking to someone halfway around the world.

The issue: My Treo has stopped Hot Syncing. My laptop now says it is an unrecognized device. Tried reinstalling Hot Sync and the Palm Desktop.

The guy from Sprint says you can't have multiple synchronization programs on a single PC. In my case, that would be iTunes and Hot Sync. This is a Microsoft issue. Whoa! Blame it on the big target. Nice try. I pointed out that the new 700p natively synchs the smartphone and iTunes using Pocket Tunes. Says so on the PalmOne website. He's flustered. "Where do you see that?!?"

UPDATE:
I asked the Sprint PCS technician to provide me with documentation from the Microsoft Knowledgebase acknowledging that Windows XP can only handle one conduit or synchronization software per machine. I was on hold for over 20 minutes. He couldn't find anything.

His excuse?
"Well, iTunes was not originally developed for Windows, so it obviously shouldn't be run on Windows. And there is no way Microsoft would acknowledge that Windows XP would support iTunes. You know, they don't get along."
Huh? I guess the Windows version of iTunes was some skunkworks project at Apple.

He also went on to explain how the new 700p (see above) is able to work with iTunes using Pocket Tunes.
"iTunes is only used to convert the music files to mp3 before being synched."
I see, so the user must have to uninstall iTunes before synching. I told him good luck finding a statement like that in a user document.

While on hold waiting for the Sprint PCS support technician to find me something saying iTunes and Hotsync wouldn't work together, I posted to a thread on TreoCentral. We'll see if I get any responses.

Finally, he didn't know what to say other than to call Palm directly. I called and they had me perform a hard reset, uninstall the Palm Desktop software, and then reinstall. It worked.

Sprint PCS support technicians are big dummies. I wonder how many times I need to repeat that to make sure it shows up at the top of a Google search?

No surprises here

From Jacksonville's Financial News and Daily Record:

It won't come as a surprise to Downtown walkers that 1 in 5 drivers don't know that pedestrians are supposed to have the right of way in a crosswalk. That's one of the findings of a nationwide survey conducted by GMAC Insurance. The same survey reported that 1 in 3 drivers usually don't yield to pedestrians, even at a crosswalk or yellow light.

They should ask how many people know that you are supposed to stop at a stop sign or a red light before making a right turn. In Jacksonville, that number might be 1 in 100.

June 9, 2006

Back in the office, catching up

Lack of blogging lately due to a business trip to Boston. While there, I thought I would have several chances to update the blog. Nope. For some reason, my laptop decided to not cooperate and show the BSOD more times than I would like to see it. It's weird, because it showed itself whenever I would boot it up at the Hynes Convention Center. I don't think the wireless connection there would cause something like that, but it didn't happen anywhere else. I spent most of my time at the convention center, so when I was able to get the laptop to boot properly, all of my time was focused on work. Now I will have to post entries for events that happened from memory. Oh well, better than nothing.

May 25, 2006

Emily graduates from playschool

Marshall, Mom, Emily and Karen

Today was Emily's graduation from the pre-K program at Ortega Playschool. Hard to believe our little girl will be starting kindegarten next year. Lots of weepy parents and family members at the ceremony. Mom was able to attend, but Dad and Betsy had to work. Karen's Mom and Dad were there, as well as Grandmama and Hope.

Hopefully, the kids will all be able to stay in touch. I know Emily, Maddy and Sullivan will be at John Stockton Elementary next year. Chrystian will probably join them, he is the first name on the waiting list for Stockton. Corbin and Olivia will be at St. Matthew's.

We asked the girls where they wanted to go for lunch. Emily and Maddy wanted Chick-Fil-A. The McDonalds of the 21st century. Can't really complain, the food is very good for fast food. Their buddy Olivia wanted her parents to take her to Biscottis. My money was on her picking Pastiche. The kid has sophisticated taste.


May 14, 2006

Bass fishing with a Barbie fishing pole

We went over to Karen's parents late Sunday afternoon so she could spend some time with her Mom. When we got there, the girls wanted to fish in the lake. I met up with them after a brief stop in the den to watch the chariot race from Ben Hur. I love that scene!

When I got to the water, Karen had just caught a small brim. The girls were very impressed, but afraid. It was 'slimy and stinky.' My turn. Karen went back to the house with Emily and left me with Maggie. We promptly caught another brim. And then another one that was slightly larger. By the time we caught a third, we had attracted attention from the house and in the water. A bass was trying to eat the brim we had hooked! He made a couple of lunges for the brim, who was swimming for cover in some reeds. I had to drag him into the deep water to have a chance at the bass. Finally -- paydirt! I had a nice sized bass on the line. The Barbie fishing pole was bending in half, so I grabbed the line to prevent the girl's fishing pole from breaking.

Snap! The line broke. Emily started crying. At first I thought it was because she had just witnessed a small part of the circle of life watching the bass eat the brim. Actually, she thought I had broken her fishing pole. She was consoled and found out that it wasn't broken, so she would be able to fish again in the future.

As for me, I was disappointed I missed out on the chance to haul in a big bass on a Barbie fishing pole. I don't have a fish, but I do have a great fish story!

May 12, 2006

I found Jared's jeans

Before and After?

My parents own a dry cleaners. They have customers who are every size imaginable. They once had a customer who was a midget. Mr. Pillsbury passed away several years ago. However, he paid the same amount to have his pants cleaned and pressed as the fellow who wears these size 72 jeans.


May 11, 2006

With 2 full days to spare. . .

. . . I have Mother's Day cards and gifts out of the way. Woo-hoo.

Glad I won't have to rush around Saturday afternoon. And the choice of cards you get when you pick them up early (a relative term here) is amazing.

May 8, 2006

Pete is a full-time professor at UCF

Pete called to let me know he is now officially a member of the University of Central Florida faculty. He has taught a couple of anthropology classes the last couple of semesters, but didn't have a full time position. Now he does! Not quite on the tenure track yet, but this is another step.

Apparently, his students like him as well. But looks like they don't quite find him 'hot.' When grading professors, students select whether the instructor is hot or not. A hot vote gets a point and a not vote subtracts a vote. To be nice, they don't show negative scores, so zero is as low as you can get. With 26 ratings tallied, Pete is hanging on with a 'Hotness total' of +1. Haha.

Pete should also wrap up his PhD soon. I think all he has left to complete is his thesis.

Congrats Pete!

May 5, 2006

Cinco de Mayo

Thanks to our friends the marketers at Tostitos and Corona, the 5th of May is now widely celebrated. Of course, it has been celebrated my entire life. It is my birthday after all.

Good day so far. I woke up early and went to Del's 6 am spin class at the Y. After that, I was going to hop in the pool and do 1000 - 2000, but ended up chatting with Jay and Doug about St. Anthony's instead. Talking to them was a great excuse, since I really had no desire to get in the pool. I will get back in the groove next week.

Headed home and when I opened the front door, Karen and Maggie were coming down the stairs. Maggie immediately wished her Daddy a Happy Birthday. While reading the paper and having my coffee, my birthday cheesecake was delivered. Hmmm. I know what I want for breakfast. It's kind of like a danish isn't it? We also found out that our favorite cheesecake maker, Cherrylean, is getting married in September and moving to Massachussetts. Yikes! We'll have to order a few more cheesecakes before she moves, and then hope shipping won't be expensive after she moves.

Mom called to wish me a Happy Birthday as well.

I guess when you turn 35 you officially begin the second half of your 30s. However, when you turn 36, it is MUCH more obvious. Only four more years until that widely recognized milestone.

April 27, 2006

My friend John Morrett

John Morrett

A picture of John Morrett, a friend of mine from Rotary. He's an American hero. Why? He survived the Bataan Death March.

I took his picture because he was interested in my Treo phone. He couldn't believe all of the things it could do.


April 19, 2006

April 12-14: Trip to Kansas City, MO

Mike gave a presentation to the Midwest Chapter of the IASA. Met some nice people and got some business cards. Good trip.

Also, ate some really tasty barbecue, had a fantastic steak, did some training, and saw a really cool war memorial.

Abducted by aliens?

Nope. Just super busy the past week. Was in Kansas City last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday was a marathon yard day preparing for the Easter lunch on Sunday. And so far this week has been consumed by following up on last week's trip. Entries detailing these activities to be posted soon.

April 6, 2006

Pick up Emily, go to bakery

Pick up Emily, go to bakery

Whenever I pick up Emily from school, we HAVE to go to the bakery!


April 3, 2006

CHAMPIONS!

CHAMPIONS!


March 31, 2006

Renewed the tags today

Had to go downtown to run some errands. Time to renew the tags and I wanted to replace my generic Florida tag with a Share the Road tag. Easy enough, the Tax Collector has a drive thru. Unfortunately, I was stuck behind someone that apparently had a pretty complex transaction. It was 15 minutes before I got to the window. Once there, it appeared the problem might be a new person in training. She might need a little more training in the interpersonal skills department. Her greeting was as friendly as a rattlesnake's.

I explained that I was renewing one tag, and I wanted a specialty tag for the one that needed replacing. Based on the expression on her face, you would've thought I was speaking Swahili. Enter the trainer. "Sorry sir, no specialty tags here. We have nowhere to store them in this little area (motion to the small size of the drive thru teller area)." I made it known I wasn't happy and pulled out to go find a parking space. I was going to have to go inside after all.

Once inside, a teller opened up fairly quickly. I explained what I needed. She processed everything and then had to go to another room to get the tag. Guess they don't have enough room in this area either. There must be a special room with tags stacked everywhere. She was gone for 5-7 minutes and returned with the tag. My question is, why can't the folks in the drive thru leave the window for 5 minutes and go to the "Special Tag Room" and get the tag. Are the folks that work the drive thru locked in that little room and unable to leave? The space limitations excuse at the window wasn't valid. The issue isn't space, because my trip inside proved that.

By the way, there was no signage in the drive thru, nor information on the renewal form to indicate that specialty tags are only handled inside.

Grrrrrrr.

Think Geek's annual April Fool's products

izilla

Too funny. Get your iZilla today:

Tromping through the streets of downtown Tokyo... crunching tiny white audio players underfoot comes the iZilla. If you've been looking to step-up to a hungry man sized portable media player with incredible tech powers... this is it. First start with a whopping two terabytes of storage delivered by four 500 gig internal hard drives. Up the ante with a sweet 7" TFT-LCD touch screen... then crush your opponents with high-speed ripping capability for CD, DVD, and vinyl. A handy iPod dock allows you to transfer songs to and from the iZilla.

Every year on April Fools Day, the folks at Think Geek have some fun with their home page. I guess with AFD being on a Saturday, they decided get a one day head start on the fun.

Honestly, where else can you get a USB Desktop Tanning Center?


March 30, 2006

Emily picks the right colors

Emily picks the right colors

When picking popsicles tonight, Emily made a highly intelligent choice of colors. After receiving praise from her father, she said that "Bulldogs and Seminoles are yucky." For this, she received praise and a dollar bill. Yet additional affirmation that Emily is a gifted child.


March 26, 2006

Make room for another banner

Make room for another banner

Florida is going to the Final Four!

Florida 75,
Villanova 62
FINAL

What a great run. These kids are something else. I can't wait for next Saturday.


March 23, 2006

Back in town

I was in Madison, WI the first part of the week on business. Flew into Chicago on Monday hoping to meet with a client, but his schedule was wrecked and we couldn't get together. Mike Sinelli spoke at the IASA Wisconsin Chapter Meeting on Tuesday morning. Later that evening, we headed downtown for dinner at Johnny Delmonico's. Very cool steakhouse with a definite old school feeling. Didn't get much training accomplished on the road. Went out Tuesday morning and it was 22 degrees with 17 mph wind, and snow flurries. Went inside and did 4 miles on the treadmill. Wednesday morning I was going to run on the treadmill again, but I remembered how miserable it was the day before (really bad treadmill). I rolled over and went back to sleep. Glad to be back home again!

March 18, 2006

What are the Gators eating for breakfast?

What are the Gators eating for breakfast?


March 9, 2006

Giddy up cowboy

BMFCFound the envelope on the right in my mail today.  Unfortunately, my application was rejected.  Said I wasn’t Brokeback material.  Boo-hoo.  And I really wanted the commemorative rope and chaps!

Actually, it’s just another funny letter from my buddy Pete.  He had to mail me his registration card so I could pick up his race packet for the River Run.  Usually, the return address has something to do with STD Testing Results or some other sophomoric joke.  Not sure what the mailman thinks about our house.  At least we don’t get magazines and packages in the anonymous brown wrapping paper.

March 4, 2006

Cleaned out the garage today

Beautiful day today, so I cleaned out the garage. What a mess! The floor was covered with dirt, sawdust and leaves and the place was in complete disarray.

Plastic wheeled vehicles belonging to my daughters were strewn everywhere. Honestly, there is a Barbie bike, a Barbie battery-powered jeep, a Barbie scooter, a wagon, two kiddie cars, and a tricycle in there.

I also tossed the last of the stuff damaged by Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. For some reason I was in denial thinking water damage is a temporary condition. Seriously, there were some sentimental personal effects that were trashed. Journals from college, art from when I was a kid, programs from the circus from the 1970s, my little black book (which in complete Alex P. Keating fashion, was a Rolodex).

Finally, there was all the extra screws, parts, and pieces from various projects and items assembled over the last 8 years. Memo to self, in the future, just toss it. If you think you might be able to use it in the future, you will never remember you have it, so just get rid of it!

Just added MT Blogroll

Just installed MtBlogroll. Very cool way to keep up with the blogroll. I created a Blogroll module for Sidebar Manager, so now all I have to do is add the Blogroll to the sidebar for any given page. I feel like a broken record here, now I need to clean up the formatting. As soon as I use all of these new plug-ins and decide that I like them, I need to make a bunch of donations to MajorDojo and Movalog.

Breakfast at the Fox

Breakfast at the Fox
Breakfast at the Fox

Breakfast at the Fox,
originally uploaded by mmbutler.

I missed out on my bike ride this morning. Got to James' house and he was gone. Was going to try to hump it over to Open Road anyway, but then Riverside Ave. was closed for paving. Turned around and went home to get the girls and go to breakfast instead. Not a bad alternative.


Catchin up with Moshpit

Got an e-mail from Joey Marchy with pictures of his son, Coleson. Good looking little fellow. I told Joey to keep him away from my daughters. Hadn't talked to Joey in a while, and found out he just left Catalyst Studios to join nGen Works. Man, it seems like Ramworks was forever ago.

March 2, 2006

Testing uBlog draft feature

Set the post to draft. What happens? Also testing file attachments.

UPDATE: Didn't work very well. No attachment and the entry was marked to publish. Guess I'll have to keep looking for a good mobile blogging engine.

Test uploading file with moBlog

Test post: hBllogger Testing out

Test post: hBllogger
Testing out mobile blogging tools.

[Posted with hblogger 2.0 http://www.hexlet.com/]

Test post: mo:blog

Testing out mobile blogging tools.

March 1, 2006

UF basketball game

UF basketball game

UF basketball game,
originally uploaded by mmbutler.

Riding home from Gainesville after watching the Gators beat Georgia 77-66. Sloppy game, but still a win. Joakim Noah was an animal tonight. Had a really fun time with Jimmy Kelly, Tommy Platt and Greg Anderson (even if he is a Dawg).