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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Softball loss and a trainwreck?

We lost our softball game last night. It was a tough one. We played well offensively but defensively had some difficulties (for example, I got burned in left field 3 times and dropped and easy fly ball). I also learned while attempting to slide into third that wet clay tends to make you stick versus slide. My head first slide into third ended up with me crawling to the bag.

This morning on the way to work a sign said Chestnut closed at 65 use alternate route. I exited Chestnut to find just a police baracade just west of our office building blocking the train tracks. I understand a car was hit by a train or something, I haven't been able to find a web-based news source yet.


Tuesday, May 25, 2004

I'm getting to really like these new flexible hours at work. I've been working 7-4 since our VP announced a set of new IS perks. At first it was pretty difficult to get up but now I'm used to it. That extra hour in the afternoon is really great. And that first hour in the morning when no one is here is my most productive... ... when I'm not blogging from work that is.

We got our new dog, Haley. She's a sweetie. The lady that raised her had been keeping Haley in a crate for long periods of time and decided to find a home where she could run around with a playmate. Dobie and Haley are getting along great, which is a big relief.

My trip to Atlanta was quite educational. We met with some nice folks at Turner Broadcasting. We didn't have time to take a tour of CNN but they did take us to Ted's Montana Grill. It's another venture of Ted Turner. Mr. Turner makes a good Bison burger. The atmosphere is urban/modern with the feel of an old Montana grill. The wait-staff are dressed in vests of the era and the dining area is wrapped in mahogany paneling . I didn't make it to the rest room but our waiter made a comment about a continously rotating towel to dry your hands on... or something to that effect. It's downtown location makes it ideal for the urban workers to stop in for lunch. We arrived early for lunch, about 11:30 and they were able to seat a group of 10 quickly. The place soon filled up with other sharply dressed business-type people, so go early if you do go.

Overall I liked Ted's. The service was excellent, the food was pretty good (it was my first bison meat0, and they serve sweet tea by default (one of the South's redeeming qualities)!


Thursday, May 20, 2004

So many topics so little time for blogging, here's a quick update:

Ron at the Rasta Grill called me, and would like me to reconsider my google-washing campaign of the Rasta Grill. I appreciate the effort to "make things right" and will remove all poor service links to Rasta Grill from my site and give them another chance. He asked me to bring in the affected group and they'd treat us right. I of course can't force Vapor of vapor.org or Madzax of psychoshop.net or Meghann of meghanns.com to remove the links from their sites, but I plan on inviting them as part of the affected group to go back to the Rasta Grill.

My wife's business is also open now. Everyone hurry up and buy stuff from her! :) Getting the work done so the shop can open was the primary cause for the lack of updates to this site; it was a lot of hard work that we could not have done without the help of some good friends, Tim and Stacye. Thanks a bazillion to them.

Jennifer and I are going to Mexico next weekend, whee!!! We're on a buying trip for her business, so it'll be down and back quickly but it'll be fun none-the-less.

We're getting a new puppy-dog. She's a 4 year old registerd weimaraner named Haley. Dobie gets awfully lonely at home when we're not there, so maybe they can keep each other company when we're not home.

Ummm, going to Hotlanta tomorrow for business, fun fun.

New flex-time and bonus structures were implmented at work... ahhhh... :)