8/29/06 - Random pictures

Figured I'd put a picture update up. A few images from our weekend at the lake with Natalie and her boyfriend Wes. Some pictures from our last game ever at Ray Winder Field, home of the Arkansas Travelers. And finally some pictures of Lilly, my brother's "five pound bundle of joy".

In other news, my backup harddrive crashed. The worst part about it is that I failed to make any backups (with the exception of our vacations) so it is all lost. I do have a few more options available, but most of them are not cheap and most are long shots. If I have learned one thing from this...BACKUP FILES THAT YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE!!!!!!

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8/24/06 - Good Samaritan

I'm getting lazy with my updates. Okay, I'll be honest, I'm not being lazy with my updates, I just don't take the time to do them. That, and I'm sure no one cares about the cool new module I added to the program I'm writing (although we will get to work in a minute). The main point of this entry is how theft and dishonesty really upsets me. I am jumping to conclusions and that's fine by me, beacuse my rant still applies.

As many (or all) of my website readers know, I recently was heavily looking into purchasing a new commercial grade lawnmower. I had it narrowed down to an Exmark product. Although I was more interested in a walk-behind, one of the Zero-turn mowers would have been nice. While I was looking, I requested a demo from the local dealer. He replied that he had just been robbed and would contact someone else to do the demo. Skip ahead about a week as I'm driving down the road to get my allergy shots and what do I see?..a shiny red Phazer Exmark zero turn mower. I didn't think much other than..."Dang...I want one of those". I did find it a bit strange that it was in such a run down neighborhood, but I figured it was for someone's lawn care business. As of today, it's been there for a couple weeks, and I've never seen it move from the original position, and it is still just as red and shiny as the first time I saw it. I finally called the Exmark retailer here in Conway, and I'm assuming that they will be making a trip over to the house to verify if the mower had been stolen or not.

Update: It turns out, the guy actually did buy it, and for some reason decided to go with a commercial grade mower for his very small lawn. Whatever works I guess.

Why did I tell that story? Because I like to tell stories. Also, because it frustrates me that there are people who work really hard for what they have (Cristi and I) and there are still those few things that are just out of our reach. Then, you have those individuals who instead of working hard for what they have, simply put in an hour late one night and take what they want. In the end, everything works out (assuming the local justice department does what they need to) but it still doesn't change the fact that I don't have the mower.

Work related, after typing all that up, I don't feel like getting into it much. I'm sick of getting previous employees projects that are full of holes and total crap. I've been trying to fix two projects over the last two months that should have been completed about a year ago. Because of the work I've had to do, I've missed out on about $10,000 worth of billable work. I'm hoping to have both of them done soon, otherwise, I don't really know what to do.

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8/8/06 - Been a while

I failed to update last week on our adventure to Pinnacle Mountain, so here is that information. Not much to say, just that we decided to go on the 29th of July when the heat index was around 105. It was very, very hot and Pinnacle is not "easy" to climb. We made it to the top and I got several great pictures. At some point, I might try to make a panoramic view of the pictures I took, but we'll see about that.

This past weekend, Cristi and I went with to Nashville for a softball tournament. I could go into detail, but I'll save everyone some time. Basically, we lost all the games, my defense was great, my hitting was sub par and it rained REALLY hard on Friday. Chris got sick Friday night, so we didn't go to a movie or anything and we just went to sleep early. Saturday's games were played on a great field and the weather was not impossible to deal with. As far as softball goes, my work is getting a team together and that should be interesting.

I'll leave you with some pictures from Pinnacle as well as the only picture from Nashville.

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