Thursday, December 29, 2005
Switching to a new email address can be a pain, but it doesn't have to be. To get personalized help on how to switch to Gmail, enter the domain for the email address you no longer want to use, and click 'Help Me Switch'. Or view general instructions on switching from any email address. Change is good. It can be easy too.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
We left Round Rock, TX at about 7:45 yesterday morning. We arrived in Fort Payne, AL this morning at 12:15. That means we averaged about 55MPH. We started with a full tank of gas and filled up once in each state (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama). We were asleep as we hit the pillow and were both up by 8:30 this morning.
So, to recap:
Average Speed: 55
Bobcats observed: 1 (ask Amy)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
My wife gave me a clock for my desk. It came with a subscription to TIME magazine and it has a place for a picture. On a previous trip to Alabama, we stayed in a Holiday Inn and I kept the access card (electronic key). Amy didn't provide me with a picture to put in the clock, so one night I got bored and cut up the access card and put in the place for the photo. It now sits on my desk and several people have asked me where I got the clock and I always tell this story because everyone thinks I stole the clock.
I bet it wasn't even Tupperware. It was probably Sterilite!
- Format the phone number with periods. (800) 555-1212 is the correct way to format a phone number. 800.555.1212 is not.
- Make it slick and shiny.
- Make sure your picture covers 33% of the surface area.
- Put a registered trademark after your job title. The one I'm looking at says "REALTOR®"
- Put some information on the card with such a small font that it looks like a squiggly line.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
We've really made great strides at getting our house clean and organized. One of the worst areas are my workbenches. This is the answer to that. I bought both pieces for $149 (normally $219) at Sears.Com.
It was a fantastic online shopping experience. I ordered it Wednesday night when I got home from work (for store pickup). Friday, I ran by the Sears at Hancock Center. I walked to the (unattended) merchandise pickup area. There was a kiosk and I scanned the card I'd used to make the purchase. My name appeared on a TV on the wall with a timer that showed how long I'd been waiting. I had been there about 5 minutes, when a guy brought out the chest and cabinet on a hand truck and rolled it right out to the Jeep and loaded it.
I've ordered online for store pickup from other companies and it seems that each time, there's 5 minutes of confusion, followed by someone saying "OH! This is an online order!". This is after I've told them that I'm here to pick up an order that I placed online. Sears has this down to an art. I'm glad to see them doing things well, as I worked for them for almost three years while I was in college.
Friday, December 09, 2005
"If you're a new iPod owner or simply need a refresher course on how to get the most out of your iPod, you've come to the right place. Welcome to iPod 101: Your guide to rockin' out, gettin' down, and boogieing with your iPod, iPod nano, iPod mini, or iPod shuffle."
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
- Desperate Housewives
- Night Stalker
- The Suite Life of Jack & Cody
- That's So Raven
- Law & Order
- The Office
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Knight Rider
- Battlestar Galactica
- Battlestar Galactica Miniseries
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Once the album has been stored in the iTunes Library, I run iTunes Art Importer to capture the album art. This way, the screen on the Nano will always show the album cover on the CD.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The following artists will be inducted at the Twenty-First Annual Induction Ceremony, which will be held Monday, March 13th 2006 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel:
- Black Sabbath (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward)
- Sex Pistols (Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious)
- Lynyrd Skynyrd (Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant, Leon Wilkeson)
- Miles Davis
- Blondie (Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Debbie Harry, Frank Infante, Chris Stein, Gary Valentine)
Monday, November 28, 2005
Here are the nine boxes of books and videos that I took to Half-Price Books. They have been packed and unpacked and loaded and unloaded many times. We made sure to sift through them and get rid of the ones that mice had chewed on. There were probably 120 books and 25 VHS videos. I went to Half-Price Books with this whole pile of stuff. The employee checked my ID and entered that info in the computer and asked to be sure that I had time to wait until their offer. He then helped me unload the books and bring them into the store. He said I could wait on the couch. He called my name about 30-35 minutes later that 'The Offer' was ready. I walked up there with a big smile on my face and he said "We can offer you $20.25". I almost fell over. The way I saw it, my choices were limited to:
- Take the money
- Load the books back into the boxes, load them back into the truck and then give them to Goodwill
- Load the books back into the boxes, load them back into the truck and try to sell them at our garage sale
- Load the books back into the boxes, load them back into the truck and try to sell them on eBay.
(Can you guess why I didn't link to Half-Price Books ?)
What's in the Box
Keyboard, wireless optical mouse, RF receiver with PS/2 and USB connectivity
USB and PS2 Compatible / Works with Windows 98 or later for PC / Contains 1 Wireless Optical Mouse and 1 Wireless Keyboard Kensington 5-year product warranty and toll-free technical support Comes in Brown Box.
This is a very good article about what RSS is and how to make it work for you.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is historically one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year. Many consider it the "official" beginning to the holiday season. The "black" in the name comes from the standard accounting practice of using red ink to denote negative values (losses) and black ink to denote positive values (profits). Black Friday is the day when retailers traditionally get back "in the black" after operating "in the red" for the previous months, often by cutting prices considerably. In addition, most retailers will open very early.
Although Black Friday is typically the busiest shopping day of the year in terms of customer traffic, it is not typically the day with the highest sales volume. That is usually either Christmas Eve or the last Saturday before Christmas.
Because of the large amount of shopping that typically occurs on Black Friday, it has also become Buy Nothing Day.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Simon Evening of Giving is the exclusive, after-hours shopping event that kicks off the holiday shopping season. This fund-raising event will include a night of private holiday shopping and family entertainment when the malls opens at after-hours for the supporters of participating charities. Throughout the mall, there will be exclusive store discounts, entertainment, food sampling and more. Last year’s Simon Evening of Giving, was held at 63 Simon Malls across the country, and raised over $2,000,000, for 2,571 national, regional and local charities including Simon Youth Foundation®.
On Sunday, November 20th, sixty-two Simon malls will be hosting the traditional Simon Evening of Giving and an additional sixteen Simon malls will be hosting the New! Simon Day of Giving. Simon Day of Giving is a natural extension of the evening event, just held during regular mall open hours – with shopping, festive holiday entertainment, door prizes, silent auctions, food sampling and of course – More Shopping!
For charities and not-for-profit organizations interested in participating or receiving more information about Simon Evening of Giving or Simon Day of Giving, please contact your local participation Simon mall.
On the way out, I went to the Men's room. I was just walking in and saw the same cashier washing his hands (there was a sign that employees must do so). He asked me how I was doing and I replied "Fine". I wasn't yet at the urinal, so I didn't mind answering. I was at the urinal when he asked, "Are you finding everything on the buffet OK ?" I said, "YES!" Thank goodness there wasn't a more substantial customer survey involved.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Computers make us more productive. Yeah, right. Lifehacker recommends the downloads, web sites and shortcuts that actually save time. Don't live to geek; geek to live.
- 20 Ways To Say No
- How To Burn DVDs for Video Playback
- Intel's Digital Home Guy
- Molly O'Poverty's Guide To (Mostly) Free Music
- The Universal Packing List
- How to Move to a New City
- Using the Windows Briefcase for Traveling
- How to Sing Better
- How to Inexpensively Increase the Value of your Home
- How to Get Your Pet to Like the Car
- How to Resign from a Job
- Lifehacker Takes On: Omelets in a Bag
- Special: How to control your home computer from anywhere
- Cheap deals with Lastminute Auction
- Special: How to host a personal wiki on your home computer
- Reuse a CVS Disposable Camcorder
- How To Become A Master Networker
- Yet another (better) Web-based IM Client
- How to fast track your career
- Cheap DIY Photography
- Ask Lifehacker: Reestablishing Sleep Cycles
- Special: How to access a home server behind a router/firewall
- How to Deploy VOIP
- How to get down to one remote
- Watch TV on a Laptop
- How to set up a home FTP server
- Save a DVD movie to your iPod
- Free Web Application List
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Warner Bros to offer classic repeats for free over broadband - Yahoo! News: "Hollywood studio Warner Brothers said it plans to put thousands of episodes of old television favourites including 'Wonder Woman' online for free under a groundbreaking deal with America Online."Some of you may realize that you have been able to get free TV shows for years. Even before your first computer, you were able to 'download' television shows. You were probably even able to get them wirelessly.
I may do a quick backup on my main system. Anyone have 86000 floppies I can borrow ?
Sunday, November 13, 2005
- eWatch - super PDA watch
- Build stuff with free Vintage Plans
- HOW TO set up a home FTP server
- DIY GPS tracking with Mologogo - review
- DIY Drive-ins? er, ons?
If you aren't currently subscribed to the MAKE: Blog RSS feed, how can you call yourself a geek ? These are the coolest things I've seen there in the past couple of months.
Amy and I have seen the the Jones Soda Holiday Pack the last couple of times we went to Target. These are the flavors of the Holiday Pack:
- Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto
- Cranberry Sauce
- Turkey & Gravy
- Wild Herb Stuffing
- Pumpkin Pie
- Broccoli Casserole
- Smoked Salmon Paté
- Turkey & Gravy
- Corn on the Cob
- Pecan Pie.
- Turkey & Gravy Soda
- Cranberry Soda
- Mashed Potato & Butter
- Green Bean Casserole
- Fruitcake Soda
- Blue Bubblegum
- Green Apple
- Berry Lemonade
ALL-ETT® Billfold was started in 1998 from a simple desire to solve a classic problem. By using a revolutionary design, and modern materials, it was found that we need not cling to traditional wallets whose basic design preceded having so many credit cards.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
The lightest and most compact multiple tool ever developed. This ultra-light, durable and precision crafted 6-in-1 tool has a straight knife blade and a serrated cutting surface, a micro-sized screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, an eyeglass screwdriver, and a bottle opener, and weighs in at an amazing 0.5 oz. The tool makes minor repairs, assemblies, installations, and hundreds of jobs an easy undertaking. The patented quick-release design easily snaps to your key ring, and just as easily releases for multiple everyday tasks. Ideal for indoor or outdoor activities and emergency situations, this tool comes in handy on the road and at home!
Last night, I went to pick up some things at Target and saw that they had the INOVA Microlight for $5.99. Since that's the same price as getting batteries for my Photon, I went ahead and picked one up.
It offers a couple of advantages over the Photon II. The Photon has a momentary squeeze switch and an actual on/off slider. The light is either on or off. The INOVA offers a multi-mode switch and offers multiple modes (high power, low power, strobe and signal mode). There's only one switch and it's pretty ingenious. Here's the operation guide:
Press the button one time for high power.
Press the button two times for low power.
Press the button three times for strobe.
If you leave your Microlight on any setting for more than 2 seconds the next press of the button will turn it off and not go to the next function. In the high power setting your Microlight will automatically shut off after 4 minutes. Low power and strobe settings will run as long as they are active.
To reset your Microlight into signal mode:
Press the button three times for strobe mode.
While the light is strobing, press and hold the button for 5 seconds.
In signal mode your light will only works as a squeeze light. To activate normal operating modes press and hold down the button for 15 seconds until the light goes out.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
I captured this in front of CD Warehouse in Round Rock. I wasn't sure what it was, because I thought (incorrectly) that all 1955-1957 two-door wagons were Nomads and all other wagons had 4 doors. This one, however, is clearly not a Nomad because it doesn't have a single long rear side window. I finally found out that it's a Handyman Station Wagon. It was obvious that it's a 1955 Chevrolet.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
We've been selling a piece of property in Washington County for the last couple of months. Yesterday morning, I drove to Brenham, Texas for the last trip related to the sale. Two or three weeks ago, this sign appeared at the line between Lee and Washington counties.
Please note that the sign says "Birthplace of Texas". Those of you who weren't required to study Texas history may not understand that significance of that phrase. Washington is a very small town in Washington County. The Republic of Texas was born there when the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed there in March of 1836. The town was referred to (then and now) as "Washington on the Brazos" to differentiate it from "Washington on the Potomac".
Sunday, November 06, 2005
"The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage."
HJR 6 would provide that marriage in Texas is solely the union of a man and woman, and that the state and its political subdivisions could not create or recognize any legal status identical to or similar to marriage, including such legal status relationships created outside of Texas.
I just found and installed the freeware version of ObjectDock from Stardock. Here's a screenshot. If you've seen a modern Mac, you know how it works.
(Click the screenshot to see what it really looks like)
Friday, November 04, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
They search current offers on eBay for auctions which meet their strict simple criteria:
- The auction ends in one hour.
- The price is currently one dollar or less.
If you're not lucky enough to live close to a Fry's, you can pick it up at Outpost.Com. It's selling today for $269, but they have run it on sale cheaper than that online recently.
- Yahoo! Maps Web Services - Maps Application Gallery- A list of applications that make use of the new API, including:
- Yahoo! Maps Web Services - Introducting the Yahoo! Maps APIs
"The new Yahoo! Maps offers a powerful new way to experience and use maps. Tap into this beautiful new interface either using the free Flash® viewer from Macromedia® or display via AJAX.
Yahoo! Maps also includes a rich set of APIs for both Flash and AJAX that enable you to use and publish maps on your web site or in your client application."
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Urban Gorilla 4x4 Bodies off-road body kits turn your pickup or Suburban into the vehicle of your dreams. Body packages are designed to require only basic auto shop skills and equipment. Your completed vehicle will turn heads and go just about anywhere. Get started on your dream truck today!"I like the Combat version.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
I'm asking my wife for a Canon SD200 for my birthday (less than a month a way!). For the next week or so, I've borrowed my friend's SD300 which is very similar. It's hard to believe how much smaller it is than my current camera, the Canon A-10. These pictures show the difference in size. Unfortunately, these shots were taken with my lousy camera, the Treo 600. I hope to post some cool pictures over the next 2 weeks. Watch for that!
This is what I get when going to http://base.google.com this morning. MercuryNews.Com has a little more information here. Here's a teaser...
Google confirmed on Tuesday the creation of Google Base, a service that potentially expands the company's reach into online classifieds -- and into the territory of Internet auctioneer eBay and craigslist.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is an international non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. Wikimedia relies on public donations to meet its goal of providing free knowledge to every person in the world.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
OpenOffice.org 2.0 is the productivity suite that individuals, governments, and corporations around the world have been expecting for the last two years. Easy to use and fluidly interoperable with every major office suite, OpenOffice.org 2.0 realises the potential of open source.
With new features, advanced XML capabilities and native support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, OpenOffice.org 2.0 gives users around the globe the tools to be engaged and productive members of their society.
Download it now. If it is not ready today in your language, it will be shortly. OpenOffice.org 2.0 is yours.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
I have also included Google AdSense advertisements. I don't think that they are too obtrusive. They are context sensitive, so if people find my blog, they may very well find well-targeted ads. If not, they are on the right side of the screen and can be completely ignored. I doubt I will make much money, but if someone is going to monetize this site, I want it to be me.
Also, I have enabled the backlinks function, which will allow me to enable me to keep track of other pages on the web that link to posts on this blog.
Meet my mother's new cat, Zelda Fitzgerald. While getting used to her new surroundings, she prefers to spend the majority of her time under the bed. I'm sure that will change soon and I hope that Zelda provides a great deal of entertainment and companionship. Our cats certainly do.
The other day, my Treo stopped working as a phone. The PDA worked (without Internet access of course). I talked to Verizon and they replaced it. The new one works great and sync'd without issue. I will be sending my original Treo back Monday.
In related news, I have ceased updating TreoVida. The only people that seem to read it are spammers. I will be providing Treo updates in this blog in the future and I may migrate those existing posts to this blog. If you're not interested in those posts, please ignore them. Thanks.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
At least four of the Astros have played for the Round Rock Express in the past few years, so there's a hometown connection.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
At the end of that year, our account executive sent me a MontBlanc pen as a gift of appreciation. For a while, I bragged about it. Then I tended to forget I had it. I didn't want to carry it, because I was sure that I would lose it. It was kept in the case it came in. For years, I kept it hidden.
I never knew what I would use it for, until about 8 years ago. I was about to buy a house in October of 1997. I decided I would use it to sign my name on the numerous documents at the closing. A week before the closing, I made sure that it worked.
On the day of the closing, I pulled the case out and put it on the conference table. At the time that they put the first document in front of me, I smiled. I reached out and opened the case. I removed the pen and just as I was about to put it to paper to sign my name, the title agent said "That pen doesn't write in black, does it ?". It did and I told her that. She explained that these were legal documents and that they needed to be signed in blue, so that copies would be obvious as copies. She handed me a Bic pen with her company's name on it and I signed everything with that Bic.
I hope that, someday, I will be able to live up to such a fine writing instrument.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Bush and Dick Cheney are enjoying lunch at a fancy Washington restaurant, when the waitress approaches their table to take their order.
She is young and very attractive.
She asks Cheney what he wants, and he replies, "I'll have the heart-healthy salad." "Very good, sir," she replies, and turning to Bush she asks, "And what do you want, Mr. President?" Bush answers, "How about a quickie?"
Taken aback, the waitress slaps him and says, "I'm shocked and disappointed in you. I thought you were bringing in a new administration that was committed to high principles and morality. I'm sorry I voted for you." With that, the waitress departed in a huff.
Cheney leans over to Bush, and says, "Mr. President, I believe that's pronounced 'quiche'."
Source: Joe Stump's Blog at JoeStump.Net
Monday, October 17, 2005
In order to transfer from a Bank some amount of money, I have the courage to look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important business believing that you will never let me down either now or in the future.
I am Bongo Roseveelt,a consulting auditor of prime banks here in South Africa. On June 6,2002,an American Mining consultant/contractor with the South African Mining corporation,Mr. Robert H. Klinsman made a numbered time (fixed)deposit for twelve calendar months,value of United States Dollar(USD $) Fourteen Million Two Hundred thousand in an account. On maturity, The bank sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month,The bank sent another reminder and finally his contract employers,the South African Mining corporation wrote to inform the bank that Mr. Robert H. Klinsman died from an automobile accident,that he died without MAKING A WILL, and all attempts by the American Embassy to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
I therefore, made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Robert H. Klinsman in fact was an immigrant from Jamaica and only recently obtained American citizenship.He did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank deposit paper work. This money total (USD $) Fourteen Million Two Hundred thousand is still sitting in my bank as dormant Account. No one will ever come forward to claim it, and according to South African banking policy,after 5years, the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government if the account owner is certified dead.
This is the situation, and my proposal is that I am looking for a foreigner who will stand in as the next of kin to MR.Robert H. Klinsman,and a Bank Account abroad will then facilitate the transfer of this money to the beneficiary/ next of kin. This is simple, all you have to do is to immediately send me a bank account anywhere in the world for me to arrange the proper money transfer paperwork. This money total USD ($14.2M) will then be paid into this Account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me, 25 % for you and 5% for expenses that might come up during transfer process. There is no risk at all, and all the paper work for this transaction will be done
by me using my position and connection in the banks in South Africa. This business transaction is guaranteed.
If you are interested, please reply immediately through my personal email sending the following details:
(1) Your Full Name/Address
(2) Your Private Telephone/fax Number.
(3) Your Account Particulars.
Please observe the utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable to both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country. I look forward to your earliest reply.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Sunday, October 09, 2005
"Storage Central is easy to setup and install. Just slide in one or two 3.5” IDE disk drives of any capacity; connect Storage Central to any wired or wireless router or switch from any vendor, then configure with Smart Wizard install assistant. Now you’re ready to access files from any PC on your network, as a simple letter drive."
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
I'm not sure if it was my 30th birthday or my 8th anniversary of living in Texas or just the cosmic alignment... but earlier this year, I decided I needed a pair of cowboy boots. I have never really considered myself a cowboy boot-wearing kind of girl, although I probably officially earned them the summer I worked on the HF Bar Dude Ranch in Saddlestring, Wyoming!
The first boot store we went to had an okay selection, but the boots were sorted by size as opposed to brand or style, so it was kind of like shopping at Payless for 10 times the price.
The experience at Cavender's was far better. John from East Texas was my friendly and knowledgeable sales person. I appreciated his honesty about what brands are better for first-time boot wearers, what brands are known more for their name rather than their quality, and how the construction of the boots varies. I actually ended up buying the first pair I tried on at Cavender's. They are Ariat stockman boots, and I got them for $150. I'm wearing them as I type this, even though I'm already in bed. (Just kidding!) And despite the fact that Eric probably thinks I should have stuck with any one of my many pair of Birkenstocks, he has been completely supportive of this little whim. Thanks, baby!
At the early age of twenty-five, Alicia Rascon, who was born in Mexico, is co-founder of “Latinitas” an online magazine. Latinitas is a non-profit organization whose main mission is to empower Hispanic girls to succeed through media and technology applications. Ms. Rascon has dedicated herself to providing new avenues and opening the doors to a new future for Latina youths by creating a forum where Latina girls can feel good about themselves. In 2005, the Austin Chronicle’s Best of List named Alicia Rascon, “Best Aspiring Journalist 2005.”Above quote provided by the September 28, 2005 issue of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce newsletter.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Friday night, we went to a going away Happy Hour at Nuevo Leon for two of Amy's co-workers who are leaving. We left the festivities early to go out to dinner with our friends, Chad and Amanda (she is one of the people leaving Amy's company). We enjoyed visiting with them on the rooftop of Whole Foods.
Instead of going home, we checked into the Hampton Inn Round Rock, approximately 1 mile from our house. You might be wondering why we would choose to stay so close to home... it was free! Several members of Amy's family had stayed in the same hotel back in February, so we had earned two nights' lodging.
Saturday, we slept in until 7:00 and enjoyed a free continental breakfast. Then we did some shopping around town before having lunch at Central Market and going back to the hotel for a nap.
That evening, we got all gussied up and went to dinner at Hill Country Pasta House. A friend had given us a coupon for a free entree, so even with a bottle of wine, two entrees, and a dessert (free because our waiter found out what we were celebrating), we only spent $50 !(and that included a ten dollar tip). The food was delicious, and we had great service from Hank - the same guy who waited on us the only other time we went to that restaurant. He even remembered us!
Following dinner, we drove downtown, parked for free at St. David's Episcopal Church, and enjoyed an amazing concert by Will Taylor & Strings Attached featuring several talented artists - Abra Moore, Suzi Stern, Libby Kirkpatrick, Tucker Livingston, Kacy Crowley, Barbara K, and Patrice Pike. It was a CD release concert benefitting CASA of Travis County. Oh, and did I mention it was free? We were on the guest list!
Sunday morning, we slept REALLY late (8:00) and had our free breakfast again. Then we just lounged around watching a movie until check-out time. After we got home, we watched the Auburn game, which we had recorded from Saturday. Auburn stomped all over Steve Spurrier's South Carolina team. The Gamecocks played embarassingly bad football, but we'll take the win just the same. War Eagle! Sitting around watching TV was exhausting, so we took a long nap...had to drum up enough energy to work on this blog post.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
My mother made it to Giddings, TX last night. It took her nearly twelve hours to drive the 122 miles. We had her stay there and we met her at a Dairy Queen. We wanted to avoid 290 into Austin, because of the traffic, those people had been on the road for many hours and were more accident-prone.
Amy and I arrived in Giddings at 8:30 and I drove Mom in the Jeep and Amy followed in Mom's car. We took 77 north to Lexington. We then took 112 to Taylor and then on to Round Rock. Traffic wasn't bad and we made it home safely.
Amy and I will be going to work today and Mom will be on her own. She has her car and knows her way around Round Rock, so she'll be fine.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
We have several friends in Houston who made the trip yesterday. It's possible that some of them will be staying with us.
Hopefully, they will be able to return home on Sunday.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
I was shocked and saddened by the theft, the dishonesty, the betrayal and my misplaced trust.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
One night, I noticed a ring he was wearing and said "That's an interesting ring". He explained that it had been given to him by Ian Astbury of The Cult. Ian gave it him on a night that his band had opened for The Cult at The Roxy or The Whiskey (or some other LA club). Even though this sounded suspect, I had no reason to doubt him (We were friends after all).
I knew that he had recently broken up with a lovely girl who worked for the same company. This breakup caused him some pain and he used that to write a number of songs. He played me a tape with several of these he had recorded in the studio. I thought they were some of the finest songs I'd heard. I urged him to shop it around and see if he could get a record deal. However, there was a problem. The producer or the engineer had stolen copies of the tapes and had sold the songs. ASCAP was going to help him sue and he felt that he would eventually win. This dragged on for about a year. He finally mentioned the name of the person who had recorded the songs. That person was David Wilcox. I hadn't heard of him before.
At some point, he started hanging out with a woman who we both knew. She and I became friends (and we are still). I saw that he was fairly dishonest with her and didn't treat her as well as he should have.
I started thinking about all of the things that didn't seem quite right and in one day, I found out why. I went to Hasting's to rent a video and they have a music computer. I remembered the name of one of the songs, "Eye of the Hurricane". I searched for it and found that (sure enough), it was on a David Wilcox album. They didn't have it on CD, so I bought a cassette tape and took it home. I looked at it and noticed that the song titles of the 5 songs he gave me were all on the same album, How Did You Find Me Here ?. I assumed that what I would hear when I started playing the tape would be my friend's five songs played by David Wilcox and his band.
It turned out that it was the exact performance from the tape my friend had given me. Was this possible ? Did a recording artist just put his name on someone else's work? I saw no other possible answer...until I saw the copyright date on the CD, which was 1989. This was 5 years before the breakup which caused my friend to "write the songs." He had only given me a dubbed copy of half the songs on that album and claimed it as his own.
I stopped hanging out with my friend, the liar after that. I figured if his entire life was based around this series of lies, that it might be catastrophic to confront him. I've seen him a few times since then. Once, I was telling this story to a couple of friends and I looked up and he was sitting at the bar about 15 feet away. I'm sure he was telling the bartender one of his fascinating tales of adventure.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Our mission is to revolutionize the pub business in America. By combining Irish, Scottish, English and American cultures we have created a non-traditional pub that promotes good hometown fun wherever home happens to be.Their corporate website is completely broken (in both Firefox and IE). The front page is offers just one option on the left side menu (Locations). You can also click on the pictures and that will get you to a page of four pictures (with no formatting at all). If you want to get to the rest of the site, you have to click on Interested in owning a Tilted Kilt? Click here to find out how. On that page you have more than enough options as the menu choices are listed on the left side bar and the bar at the top of the screen. If you check the links in this paragraph, you should have seen all of the website.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
La Frontera Shopping Center
2701 Parker Rd. Suite 300
Round Rock, TX 78681
I think it's interesting that Round Rock website differs from the corporate website in two important ways.
- The website navigation works.
- No pictures of scantily clad waitresses
Friday, September 09, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
The grocery store Amy and I frequent has a Starbucks inside. Amy and I are two of only nine people on the planet who don't drink coffee. The reason I park in this spot is that it's closer to the door than any other space. I just don't understand why I should carry my seven grocery bags 50 feet further, so that some jerk can improve their self-image by drinking a $4 Caramel Macchiato.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
- Tony Roma’s – This used to be a premium brand. It was a nice restaurant to take a date. Then about three years ago, they started promoting Tony Roma’s frozen food in the ‘Deli’ at 7-Eleven. I started a new job in April, and a vending machine there sells Tony Roma’s food. A couple of month ago, I noticed that the Tony Roma’s restaurant in town went out of business. This is not a coincidence.
- Pegasus/Windows CE/Palm-Size PC/Pocket PC/Windows Mobile – These brands were cheapened due to inconsistency. At first, Microsoft wanted to distance their PDA platform from Windows and now they want to embrace it (because Windows is still a valued brand). The entire time Microsoft was selling these, their competition kept (virtually) the same name, Palm or PalmOne. Now, Palm or Palm Pilot is how neophytes refer to all handheld computers.
- Microsoft Access – This is the name of a failed communications program for DOS that was not competitive. It is now the name of a popular database program and is now the corporate standard.
- Ford Mustang – Ford somehow avoided completely destroying the Mustang brand when it was crap from 1974 to 1979 by calling that vehicle the Mustang II. They just brought out a new Mustang which increased the value of the entire brand.
- Coca-Cola - This company temporarily ruined their brand by bringing out New Coke in 1985. 79 days later, they reintroduced the original as Coca-Cola Classic.
- One couple recently became parents and moved to Houston to be nearer to their parents and so he could join the family business, real estate.
- A friend went to Houston to start law school at South Texas College of Law.
- Another couple (who recently married) went to Houston, so that she could start law school at the University of Houston Law Center. He will be attending the University of Houston to complete his degree in education and become a teacher.
- Beginning a new stage in Life (marriage, becoming new parents)
- Moving to a new city
- Starting a new career or degree
Saturday, September 03, 2005
It should be a great game. War Eagle!
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Yesterday, I ordered a couple other Treo accessories. The first is a 3.5" stereo headphone adapter. This item, when combined with the memory card, will allow me to replace my MP3 player and finally get back to listening to Podcasts. I also ordered a case. There wasn't even a good picture of it, so I'm not sure what I'm getting. However, it was very cheap (less than $3).
I'll post again when I get them.
Note: This article was originally posted to the TreoVida blog on date listed. It was moved to Does the fun ever start ? on Sunday, October 23, 2005.
Monday, August 22, 2005
I filled my truck up with gas today. Gas was so cheap (less than a dollar a gallon) when I bought this truck (January 2002) and I lived within about a mile of my job. Now, I have about a thirty mile round trip to work.
I do need to mention that it was virtually empty. I may be able to make this tank last at least a week and a half.
Friday, August 19, 2005
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Sunday, August 14, 2005
Yesterday, Amy and I went to see the Casas for CASA playhouses. They are being raffled off as a fundraiser. Last year, the event raised $59,000. The hope is that this year (the 14th) will raise even more. These are the playhouses that were on diplay at Barton Creek Square Mall until yesterday.