March 11th, 2003:
So, this is the first entry of my web log. Yeah. Jen and I have put an offer on a house in Livermore and we're anxiously waiting by the phone to hear from our Agent. I'm a little nervous about our agent Jeanie, she seems nice but I get a "sharkie" vibe from her for some reason. Nothing totally obvious, just a vibe I get off her.
Other than that, things are OK. Been at my job for a little over a month, seem to be doing OK here. It's a lot of new stuff for me to learn, but everyone was aware of that when they hired me and I'm learning more and more every day.
Until next time....
March 12th, 2003:
Well, we made an offer on a house, the sellers countered, we accepted their counter, and we're now in the process of actually BUYING A FREAKING HOUSE!!! (I love run-on sentences.) It's pretty exciting, but I'm not going to get all worked up until we actually close Escrow and get ready to move in. I was up late last night tossing and turning thinking about what I'd like to do with the place. New garage door, trim on the outside walls, security system, WiFi, Satellite TV/ TiVo.... I'm freaking ridiculous.
On a sadder note, my good friend Lance's mother has terminal cancer and he doesn't think she has too much time left to live. Lance's mother is about one of the kindest, most friendly women you'd ever want to meet. Always with a great smile and a kind word, the kind of woman you'd want a s a mother. She's reasonably young too, mid-50s I think. I can't imagine what he's going through. If it was my mother, I don't know if I could do anything, let alone go to work and be "productive." It's tough for him too, because there's nothing he can do. It's not like there's a fire he can put out or a mugger he can fend off, it's cancer. What can you do about cancer? She's gone through chemo, they took her to England for treatment that's not been FDA approved yet, holistic medicine, the whole nine yards. Now it's just a waiting game, and time is running out.
**Update** After posting this above, I got an email from Lance that his mother passed away last night. She died peacefully in her husband's arms. She's in a better place now, may she rest in peace.
March 13th, 2003:
Wow, what a loooooong day so far. Took a ton of Tech Support calls today, and logged plenty of billable hours. Got a call from a producer for Sex in the City, his assistant was a pretty good guy, but the producer was a douche. Takes all kinds though, and you gotta be aggressive in the "Biz" I guess, but still. Would it kill you to be polite? Maybe, maybe.
March 14th, 2003:
Heard from Lance today, his mom's funeral is on Sunday at 5:00pm at the Buddhist Temple in Union City. This will be the first funeral I will have been to in my adult life. When Grandpas Thompson and Johnson and Popo died, there was no funeral for them. We had a memorial service for Grandpa Thompson where we spread his ashes in the Bauer, but that was different, more personal. It was just family.
On a brighter note, Lance and I are going to Vegas for the last weekend of March . There's going to be a Ska Summit with 30+ bands on four stages. Should be fun and a good way to get Lance's mind on happier things. Let's just get him a few lap dances and he'll be OK for a while...
March 17th, 2003:
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Now that I've got that out of the way.... Went to Lance's mother's funeral yesterday. Like I mentioned, it's the first funeral I've been to in my adult life. It was a very touching ceremony. It was in a Buddhist temple and the ceremony was very much like a "Western" ceremony only with more incense. Lance did the eulogy, and I must say, he did a better job that I would have done in his shoes. Turns out she wrote her own obituary and planned the funeral herself as well. When Lance mentioned that, I started crying. The fact that she did it so that her family wouldn't have to is about the most touching thing I've heard and really says a whole lot about Christine as a person.
After the funeral, there was a reception and I got to spend a few minutes with Lance. He seemed in very good spirits. He was able to say goodbye to his mom and I think he's at peace with the thought that she's in a much better place now. Unlike a car accident or sudden death, Christine's relatives and friends were able to say goodbye. Sort of like with Grandpa Don. Doesn't make you feel any better that such a good person is dead, but at least there's closure.
Jen and I get the disclosure information for the new house and the only really questionable thing is the fact that the spa was put in without a permit prior to the current owners. It's not really an issue, if we have a problem with it, we can always get an electrician to come by and make sure that we're not gonna get toasted if we get into the hot tub. Everyone we talked to (Jen's folks, Kishore, my folks) weren't worried about it either.
I got to see Kishore this weekend. He and Amy were down for her dad's 60th birthday. We went to Rock Bottom in Campbell and had a few drinks and caught each other up on what was going on in our lives. I told him about work here at Lanlogic and he filled me in on what's going on up in McKinleyville. It was good seeing him again, it's too bad that he's six hours away, it's good to use him as a sounding board.
March 20th, 2003:
I missed a few days, sorry. To catch up really quickly: Tom's going to Vegas and is going to stay with me and Lance in our room since he paid so much for airfare. Jen and her dad, Richard, went to the general inspection for the new house yesterday. Small leak in the roof over the garage may cause some issues.
Now that that's out of the way, we're officially at war with Iraq, it seems. US missiles started flying last night looking for targets of opportunity. I guess that means that we "knew" where Saddam was and tried to take him out real quick-like. Sounds like we won't start really bombing them for a few more days, but the US troops out there have been told to prepare for attack this morning (8:30 AM Pacific)/ this evening Iraq time. Looks like it's going to be a day-time (for us) war, at least initially. My thoughts go out to the soldiers stationed out there. I pray that there is little bloodshed and that all of our soldiers come back safe and unharmed.
March 21st, 2003:
So, the full-scale invasion of Iraq started today. Tanks, armored vehicles and troops have his the ground and missiles and bombs (the whole "shock and awe" angle) are destroying Baghdad and other cities in Iraq right this very minute. I also heard that one, maybe two, US Marines have been killed in combat operations. My heart goes out to their families and friends. Huge protests are going on in San Francisco also. Yesterday some knuckleheads tried to get onto the Bay Bridge to stop afternoon-drive traffic. Thankfully for the commuters and the protesters, no one got onto the bridge. You never know if some driver just decides to keep on driving right over the stupid protester. I'm all for public protests, that's one of the values that America was based on, but there's a right way and a wrong way. If you want to effect people's thinking, screwing up their drive home probably isn't the best way to go about it.
On a more personal note, things at work are going pretty well. I'm learning more and more and am not having to ask everyone and their brother a question every time I get a phone call. There's still a whole lot I need to learn, but I'm becoming less and less dependant on my co-workers every day. I'm just glad that they're being patient with me, It would really suck if they weren't....
March 26th, 2003:
Only two more days until Vegas! Talked to Carl Battreall Monday night. Carl was the best man at my wedding five years ago and has since moved up to Alaska with his then-girlfriend Pam. They got married last week and are doing great. They bought a house in Anchorage and have a dog. No plans for kids though, ah well. They almost had the trifecta!
Other Reedley High School news: Karen and Steve Spellerberg had a daughter on March 9th, Lauren May. Rita Valenzuela-Lavalle had a little girl around the same time as did Erik and LeAnne Dewhirst. March was a busy month for the band nerds....
Things are progressing well on the house front, we're still planning on getting the keys on April 21st. I'm trying to talk Jen into hiring movers to do the majority of the heavy lifting. We'll see how that goes.
April 1st, 2003:
Well, got back from Vegas Sunday night. Great time, great time. Finally got to see Fishbone live and it was all that I expected. They played some of my faves too. "Skanking to the Beat" and "Lying Ass Bitch." Tom Lance and I shared a room with two double-sized beds. I got the floor the first night and Tom and Lance shared a bed the second night. They slept side by side on the long side of the bed with their legs bent over the edge. Lance, Seth (of hooray4donkeys.com fame) and I went to Sapphire Saturday night for some quality time with the ladies.... Nice.
The Mariners are playing Oakland tonight in Oakland and I suppose that I could go to the game as Mike Carroll has tickets for me if I want them. Don't think I'll go though. Spent too much money in Vegas and we've got expenses coming up with the house and all. Guess I'll have to pass on it this time.
April 3rd, 2003:
Work's been, well, work. Got the artwork for the Lanlogic van finalized today. Will drive it out to John's sign shop next weekend (Jen's birthday is on this coming Saturday) to get the vinyl put on. Personally, things are going pretty well. Got Jen's birthday gifts done yesterday, I think she'll like them. I got a jury duty summons for next week Tuesday, I really hope I don't have to go. It could mess up my relationship with work and impact my hyper-active social life....
Speaking of social life, the Toasters are going to be playing two shows this weekend. Friday the fourth and Saturday the fifth (which is Jen's birthday). I'm definitely going to the Friday show in Petaluma. Good times. Take some pictures, but a button or something, get backstage and maybe do the meet and greet thing. I haven't seen the Toasters for a couple of years, so it should be really nice to catch them again!
April 7th, 2003:
So, the Toasters. Yeah. Caught them Friday night in Petaluma and Saturday night in Berkeley. Put up some pictures on the site here if you wanna see them. Great show on Friday, they were definitely "on" that night. Lots of fun times had by the kiddies at the show. Saturday night's show wasn't as good. Coulda been all the beer that Bucket drank (I saw him drink nine beers on stage, no telling how much he drank before and after the set), or it coulda been the fact that it was the last show before they packed it up and went home. Don't know. It was awesome to hear them do East Side Beat Saturday night though, was definitely worth the drive to Berkeley from Jen's birthday party.
Yeah, Jen's birthday was Saturday. We met up with Tony and Paula Cao and Jen Wilson at E&O Trading Company in downtown SJ for dinner. The food was pretty good, the steak was awesome though. Jen and I got home from SJ around 11:00-11:15 and I hit the road to Berkeley a few minutes later. I missed the first 15-20 minutes of the Toasters' set, but they went two hours, so I caught most of it.
April 9th, 2003:
Had jury duty yesterday, dammit. Got to sit around for hours waiting for my name to get called. Once I got called in, I sat for about 15 minutes or so while the judge explained what the trial was for (murder) and how long the trial should take. As the bailiff passed out surveys for the prospective jurors to fill out the judge said that if anyone had planned vacation or surgeries during the trial dates, to stay after and talk to her. She would then determine whether or not to excuse you. Jen and I are going up to BC in May for my Uncle Steve's 60th birthday party. We'd get back the first day of the trial. I told the judge that and she excused me. NICE. Just glad that the trial and Steve's birthday coincided.... Would hate to have to serve on a jury for two to three weeks.
Other than that, things are going OK. Got a cold, mixed in with allergies, but I really can't complain. I've got a wonderful wife, a kick-ass job and a new house in two weeks. Good times.
April 10th, 2003:
Still sick. Went to bed at 9:00 last night and Jen woke me up at about 3:00 and told me that I'm keeping her awake, so I slept in the spare room until she woke me up at 7:15. Still pretty congested, and I'm coughing up plenty of phlegm, but otherwise I'm doing pretty well. Earl Henry called me at work this morning and said I sounded awful.... Thanks, Earl. Found out yesterday that Escrow closes on the house on April 16th. Good news. I'm driving down to Hilmar on Saturday to get the artwork on the Lanlogic van done by John Yarnell. I might spend some time down there hanging out with him, but Jen and I are planning on packing this weekend so I won't be able to spend too much time playing video games.....
April 14th, 2003:
Spent all day in Hilmar with John and the rest of the Yarnell clan getting the artwork on the van done. It looks great! It was storming all day, so John and I wound up in a car wash putting the vinyl onto the van.... Good times.
Still a little sick. Not as congested, at this point I think I'm just clearing out all the phlegm and whatnot.
We have a new employee here at Lanlogic, named Roger. He'll be working with me in Support. Seems like a pretty nice guy, but I haven't really had too much time to spend with him yet.
April 15th, 2003:
Well, just as soon as we get a new person here at Lanlogic, he's gone. Roger left the company due to "family issues" in Canada. He told Marcus that there's a family member in his native Canada that's sick and he needs to be there with them. I wish him well, and I hope that everything works out for him. I just hope that he's not trying to weasel his way out of his job here for another opportunity. That's just bad ju-ju, if you ask me. If you get another offer, be honest and forthright about it.
Jen and I are doing a walk-through of the new house tonight at 6:00. This should give us the opportunity to get some questions answered. Questions like when garbage day is, and the like. Will be nice to see the repair work they did on the house.
Put up some pictures from our Vegas trip here. Enjoy.
April 17th, 2003:
Ordered DirecTV with TiVo today, good times. The equipment should arrive the middle of next week and get installed a week or two after that.
What else? It's been pretty hectic here today, lots of phone calls into the support line and TONS of emails. I've got this one guy who just won't take my word for anything. He's WAY over thinking what the problem is, all he needs to do is change the SMTP server to his ISP's to get messages.... He thinks it's a ports issue, thinks he's smarter than he is and it's causing issues. Doesn't help that he's in England and eight hours ahead of me here in P-Ton.
Anyway, not too much to report on the home end, things are progressing nicely.
Due to popular request, I'm going to be adding content to my links page as soon as I get a chance, keep your eyes open!
April 18th, 2003:
I added more stuff to the links page, including a Guest Book, go ahead and check it out. The punk kittens link is a personal favorite.
Going to be doing some pretty serious packing this weekend in preparation for the movers coming out next weekend. Have to completely clean out the spare bedroom and get the stuff either packed or trashed. Probably more of the latter to be honest, I've accumulated tons of crap in there over the years. Do I really need the Powerpuff Girls water bottle tops? Not really.
We're flying up to Seattle in two weeks to visit my family and go to my Uncle Steve's 60th birthday party on Sunday. Timing's kinda sucky since we're moving into the new place the weekend before, but we're both really looking forward to heading up there to see the family. All the cousins save Erika will be there as well as all my immediate family (aunts, uncles, grandma...) it'll be nice to get us all in one place for a happy event. The last time we were all together was for Grandpa Don's memorial service/ weenie roast in August of last year. Hope you have a happy Easter!
April 22nd, 2003:
I started to write something yesterday talking about how busy it was and how I'd finally had a chance to breathe.... Bad karma or something because as soon as I wrote that the calls started coming in again. I'm not going to do that again today. Let's just say that it's been hectic here at work and leave it at that, shall we?
We got the keys yesterday afternoon to the new house! YAY! Jen and I did another walk-through and took measurements of the different rooms so we can figure out how much space we have to work with for furniture and whatnot. I took some pics with the digital camera and will try to get them up on the site later today, time allowing. It's a really stressful time in my life right now with the house and work, but I'm getting along.
My confidence level was knocked down a peg or two last week with some issues that I couldn't handle immediately; but with the volume of calls yesterday and today, and the fact that I was able to take care of all of them, I'm feeling better about my skills here at Lanlogic. I still have a long way to go though, it's not going to be easy: but I knew that coming into the job.
Anyway, I'll try to get the pics online today if I get the chance so everyone can take a look at them. Later!
Here's some pics.