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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Power 96.5 Jams: WTF?!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

I've been overly busy at work with our Stellent consultants. I'm glad to see this project finally moving along (after a 4 year selection process). Right now it's meeting after meeting and I've still got another week of class in Colorado Springs in a few weeks to attend. Meanwhile Zac will be attending the web content class in Minnesota in a couple weeks (sorry Zac!).

Jennifer and I are trying to plan a camping trip before it gets to cold. It's going to be tricky scheduling with all the goings-on. Zac, myself, and a couple other guys at work have entered a company golf tourney on the 9th, and I'll be in Colorado the 10th through the 15th. We also want to find some time to check out the fall colors at Ha Ha Tonka before it's too late.

Timmo and I will be attending the Dinner and Debate event sponsored by KSGF. We'll have a burger (buy one get one) at the SkyBox grill, watch the Presidential Debate, and discuss the debates with others. Should be interesting. If anyone else wants to come along let me know.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

I think Vapor should do this.

It's nice to travel, but it's great to be home! Jennifer and I ate last night at one of our favorite Springfield restaraunts, Joey's Only Seafood Restaraunt. Everything is made from scratch and is dang tasty! I recommend it to any seafood lover.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Get it!? Posted by Hello

Me back at the Garden of the Gods. Posted by Hello

Just thought it was funny... Posted by Hello

My Panamanian friend, Javier, at Joe's Crab Shack. Posted by Hello

At the cliff dwellings near Colorado Springs. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Another rock climber (rock on the right, about half way up). Posted by Hello

Just thought it was a neat cloud formation... Posted by Hello

Rock Climbers (look close, to the right of the tree top) Posted by Hello

Garden of the Gods Posted by Hello

The Comfort Inn North from the trail behind it. Posted by Hello

Greetings from 6300 feet! I've been in Colorado Springs, CO since Sunday for Stellent/Optika training. The trip has been somewhat eventful. Jennifer dropped me off at work Sunday morning so I could pick up a company car and make my way to my flight in Kansas City. Driving the car out of the lot I felt a strong shimmy in the wheel. I should have taken that as a hint to check out the car but I didn't. I simply chalked it up as a typical company car (which is odd since we sell auto parts).

My laziness cost me about 5 miles south of Clinton when I heard a loud pop followed by lots of thuds. I managed to pull off the road safely after shouting a few explicatives. I hopped out and checked the front left tire and it appeared to be inflated. At that point I was pissed off and confused so I called my boss, Rob and filled him in. He said he'd call me back after he got ahold of our Corporate Services Manager. I called Jennifer to let her know what had happened and to let her know I was ok.

While waiting for Rob to call back I decided to take a closer look at the tire. Upon closer inspection, the tire was not flat but the tread had come loose exposing the wires underneath. I was a little bit of a time crunch, I had made sure that under normal circumstances that I could get to the airport with about an hour to spare. Having to throw on the spare and drive at 50 mph the rest of the way was not in my original calculations. I called Jennifer to ask her how far it was from Clinton (which I guessed I was just South of). I was 106 miles, so with two hours left before my flight I figured I could make it. I called Rob back to let him know it was the tire and I made a tire change worthy of a NASCAR pit crew. I limped it in to KC International and parked in the economy parking. I had about 15 minutes before the final boarding call so I was in good shape.

The flight to Denver was uneventful. I was cramped between some sort of insurance salesman (judging by the sales slides he was reading) on my left and an older gentleman on my right. I tried listening to the radio stations on the flight but kept going back to the over-priced sky mall catalog filled with many things I don't need but would be cool to have. I sparked a discussion with the older guy on my right when I was looking at an tomato growing mechanism that let the vines grow down.

We talked for a while, about the football game that night (KC versus Denver). I quickly gathered a mental picture of the guy on my right as he told me he's had Broncos season tickets for 15 years and about his 40 acres outside the Garden of the Gods at my destination in Colorado Springs. He told me a few places to check out as we were landing and he wished me well.

I picked up my luggage relatively quickly and called for the Enterprise shuttle. A headache had been creeping up on me since we landed but I figured it would go away and didn't worry about it. I arrived at Enterprise and joked with the sales guy that I was sure my company had reserved a Jaguar for me. He laughed, as I'm sure he's heard that one before, and told me the Jags were kept in back. Afterward he showed me to my Kia Rio... What a dog. I nearly got myself killed merging into traffic on the freeway. I'm guess the Rio has a 0-60 of somewhere between 15 seconds and 2 days.

I managed to find my hotel easily, I packed my GPS just in case. The Comfort Inn North is where the company put me up. It's rather nice by our travel standards (much better than the last place I stayed for O'Reilly). Rhonda, the lady at the front desk, was very helpful and let me know some good places to eat and watch the game if I was up to it, which I was not. I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart for some essentials (milk, Oreo cookies, popcorn, etc) and drove by where I would training so I wouldn't get lost or be late in the morning. I planned on eating at some local flavor, but opted for McDonalds and going back to the room as my headache was getting worse.

I ate my Micky Dees in my room and watched football. I probably dozed off by 9 and woke up several times during the night with a pounding headache. I drug myself out of bed Monday morning and got ready for class. The first useful thing I learned in class was that if you were light-headed or had a persistent headache that you were getting altitude sickness. Tammy, our instructor advised me to eat tums (for calcium?) and to drink lots and lots of water. So I did and by the afternoon my head felt much better, though I still felt weak.

Class was so boring the first day. We got a good lecturing on all the services of the Acorde product. Solid stuff. She promised the second day would be much better and it was as we actually got to use the software. So far I think it's money well spent for the company as there are so many ins and outs to the software.

The majority of the class is older white guys (as is typical in this line of work). Most of them work for resellers and are there to get recertified on the 4.X version of the product. One guy is from Panama and another is a new employee of Stellent. I've been to lunch with a few of them twice now and everyone is really friendly and full of advice on how to implement my particular system.

Though my headache had gone away Monday afternoon, I still didn't feel up to any exploring so I spent the evening watching yet more football and going to bed early. Today though I was feeling adventurous and went out to the Garden of the Gods... Amazing place. I wish Jennifer could have seen it with me, but I imagine we'll have to come back together later.

Ok, I typed a bunch, I'll post some pics of the Garden of the Gods shortly and plan on going back in the morning for some different and hopefully better light.

Friday, September 10, 2004

There may be some evidence that some damaging documents regarding Bush's military service used by the Kerry campaign are forged [suntimes.com]. Also check out powerlineblog.com (referenced in the Sun Times article) for more information.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Lots of goings on this last weekend. I helped Vapor move into his new pad. I think it took us 2 hours and 15 minutes to do it. Bachellors are easy to move. If/When he finds a woman, and thereby aquiring many woman-type things that make moving much more painful, she better have lots of brothers or be heavily invested in a moving company.

After that Timmo, my dad, and I moved our storage building from the duplex to our new house. What should have taken a couple hours ended up being an all day fiasco. But it is done and it's nice to have the garage, a.ka. car hole, back for parking cars.

Sunday I attempted to help Timmo work on his yard. I was of little assistance but he and Stacye managed to finish their new patio which was put to good use on Monday smoking some massive quantities of meat.

Also on Monday my dad had his Antique Auction. It was one of the quickest auctions ever, and it did fair.

On a sad note my Uncle Dean lost the cancer battle this weekend... To Uncle Dean: We'll see you later.

Friday, September 03, 2004

A friend at work sent this to me in an e-mail:

"This is old news, but for anyone who doesn't think the mainstream press has a liberal bias, you might ask why we haven't heard any outcry.

WorldNetDaily: Treason in Congress "

It may not be treason but it doesn't get any more embarrassing for our country than that.