Monthly Archives: February 2007

My Crazy Wednesday

My Crazy Wednesday

(Or, How My Day Did Not Go According To Plan.)

What began as a simple enough plan, Meet with a client at 10:00; buy DVD lens cleaner at the mall; get chicken salad, shampoo, chitos, and fabric softener at Kroger; go home; inhale lunch; mail a package; attend a meeting at 14:00 at the City Building; and meet Treva at the office to do something with her computer, was pretty much shot by… oh… 08:22. When…

08:15. I call Orange Cab for a 09:30 pickup, “We can’t get you until around 10 or so.” Fine. I’ll call the other guys. Never On Time Cab told me they could do 09:45, allrighty, close enough.

09:47. Cab pulls in and we’re off to the races.

10:05. Out at the client’s. Return pickup scheduled for 11:30.

11:40. Cab pulls in. I ask them to drop me off at the mall. “No problem, but we have to pick up one other person.” The other person is at a location on the northwest end of town, we are on the southwest, and okay… I’m flexible.

12:10. After picking up the other passengers, and stopping for them at an ATM, I’m at Radio Shack. I go in and ask the guys if it is cheaper to buy a lens cleaning kit, or just for fun, a new DVD player. Turns out, since one is on sale, the price difference is only $6 for the new player. Cool. A new player it is.

13:00. Run into Kroger, get supplies. The meeting at 14:00… not going to happen.

14:00. Home, drop off the groceries and eat.

15:00. Mail the package, find out I no longer have to go to Treva’s office. Time to go back home, and hook up the new DVD player.

Hehe, all in all, it was a successful day. It just didn’t quite go according to plan. I found out later that the bulk of the meeting got rescheduled anyway, so no big loss there.

Okay, time to finish getting everything together for the trek to Wisconsin tomorrow. I’m leaving at 04:30 tomorrow morning. The test got pushed back to 11:30 ET, so wish me luck.

Twitter

Twitter

I added a new “What I’m Doing” item to the sidebar. It gets it’s info from a service called Twitter.

Twitter is an interesting concept. It takes after the status features of many popular IM clients and also Facebook‘s feature of similar ilk. Where Twitter differs is it’s ability to send SMS messages, IMs, and update the web feed when you change your status.

As useless as this seems at first, I can see a couple of actual benefits to the idea.


  1. Keep track of your family members. If you’ve got teenagers running around with cell phones, they can text 40404 with where they are. Mom and Dad “follow” their children’s usernames and receive updates when their kids send them. No need to call both parents or have one calling the other to see where the kids are.

  2. Find your friends at conferences or other gatherings. I’ve attended week long conventions where people want to hook up and it’s a massive game of phone tag to see where everyone is going to be. With Twitter, send an SMS or IM to one address, “Whoever is up for italian meet at Vinny and Guidos at 19:00.” and the word is out.

  3. Use it to set one Away Message. I use several IM clients and it would be really nice to set a message in one spot and have it update all things. So, in theory, you could set a status on Twitter, and have an away message with code to automatically check that status and use that as your away message. Actually there are several applications for this, including using it to do things with voicemail on the Asterisk opensource PBX, such as prefacing messages with “OUT:” which would automatically forward incoming calls to your cell, or “DND:” which would send everything to voicemail without ringing the phone, but I will spare you anymore of my technobableistic musings on that for now.

So, how does it work anyway?

You sign up for a Twitter account, and then give it a status. Your friends “follow” you and when you change your status they can see what you said. You have the option to let anyone follow you, or approve everyone who wants to do so (a nice option if you prefer privacy).

You have 3 options for changing your status. You can either use the website, send an IM (through many of the popular services), or SMS 40404. You can receive messages in all of these same ways. For example, since I don’t currently use SMS (Text Messaging) I can get updates on what my friends are doing on the site, or on IM. You can also add your status, as I did, to your website with their “badges.”

I thought it was pretty cool. We’ll see if it actually has any practical applications (I suppose it will only if anyone else I know uses it). 🙂

Meme: Things You Have Done

Meme: Things You Have Done

Because I needed a break from procrastinating, and because y’all know without these things the Internet as we know it would collapse, here is a meme I got in e-mail this morning.

Just for the fun of it – place an X by all the things you’ve done, or remove the X from the ones you have not.

( ) Smoked a cigarette
( ) Drank so much you threw up
(X) Had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back
( ) Been arrested
( ) Gone on a blind date
() Skipped School
( ) Watched someone die
( ) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Florida
(X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been on an airplane
(X) Been lost
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country
(X) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
( ) Gone scuba diving  
(X) Felt like dying
( ) Cried yourself to sleep
( ) Recently colored with crayons
( ) Sang karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with only coins
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t
(X) Made a prank phone call
( ) Laughed until you wet your pants
( ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sun rise with someone you cared about
(X) Blown bubbles
( ) Made a bonfire on the beach at the lake
(  ) Crashed a party
(X) Gone roller-skating
(X) Gone ice-skating

1. Any nicknames? Niner
2. Mothers name? Liz
3. Favorite Drink? Cherry Coke
4. Tattoos? No
5. Body piercing? No
6. How much do you love your job? I like what I do, but I’m working on finding a job I love.
7. Birthplace? Racine, Wisconsin
8. Favorite vacation spot? The Mariner of the Seas (cruise ship)
9. Ever been to Africa? No
10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? Yes
11. Ever been on TV? A couple of times.
12. Ever steal any traffic signs? No
13. Ever been in a car accident? I think two.
14. Do you like a 2 door or 4 door auto? As long as there is room to mount the radios I don’t care how many doors it has.
15. Favorite salad dressing? Blue cheese or ranch.
16. Favorite pie: Chocolate Peanut Butter
17. Favorite number? pi
18. Favorite movie? Twister and Apollo 13
19. Favorite Holiday? Christmas. 
20. Favorite dessert?  Cheesecake or pie
21. Favorite food? Steak
22. Favorite day of the week? Sunday
23. Favorite brand of body soap? Dove
24. Favorite toothpaste? Don’t care.
25. What do you do to relax? read
26. Do you have a message to your friends reading this? The time for Total World Domination is nigh, join me on my conquest. MEHHEHEHEHAHAHAHA 🙂
27. How do you see yourself in 10 years? um… hopefully not fatter.
28. What do you do when you are bored?  read and nap
29. Furthest place you will send this message? Nebraska
30. Who will respond to this first? Not sure
31. Who is the least likely to respond? Treva

Now it’s your turn!

100 Percent

100 Percent

Got this in an e-mail this morning.

Mathematical Viewpoint:

What Equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been in situations where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 101%? What equals 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these Questions:

If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1 9 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

and

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

AND, look how far the love of God will take you

L- O- V- E-O-F-G-O-D
12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:
While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it’s the Love of God that will put you over the top!

Pretty cool.

Update on Treva’s Mom

Update on Treva’s Mom

Treva’s Mom was released last evening from the hospital. She’s on medication to control the afib and she has a follow up appointment with her doctor on Thursday.

She’s been told not to go back to work until after that appointment and our biggest concern is that she’ll think that just means she can do a bunch of work around the house. I’m not at all exagerating when I say her idea of a vacation was to come down and paint our house and help put up blinds. I just really hope she takes it easy until they have everything figured out.

Thank you so much everyone for your prayers. We really appreciate it.

Cover Letter Help

Cover Letter Help

All right. You’re all probably sick of my neverending quest for work, particularly in the dispatch field, (and quite frankly, so am I) but hey, my blog, my content. 🙂

I was all ready to submit the same cover letter I submitted the last time I applied for a job at the local PSAP in our county until tonight. As I was sitting in my Bible Study Fellowship class I got the feeling that i needed to change some stuff in my letter before submitting it. The words were in my head and I was feeling like I had to do it. I took a minute and asked God if 1) it was from him, and 2) shouldn’t I really be paying more attention to Roger’s teaching? I don’t know if he answered my second question, but the idea still stuck with me so I made the change. Now, as usual, I’m second guessing my writing skills and whether I’m getting the idea across that a) I would be good at this job, and b) I really want to do this job. If anyone has any suggestions I would really love to hear them. Particularly the couple of you who are already doing it and might have a better concept of what it takes to get hired.
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Prayer Request for Treva’s Mom

Prayer Request for Treva’s Mom

This morning Treva’s Mom was admitted to the CCU with afib and a pulse of around 150. She saw her doctor last week after checking her BP and getting a reading of somewhere around 150/120. They scheduled a cardiac echo for today, but were unable to perform the procedure. If everyone could keep her in your prayers we would appreciate it. I’m sure they’ll get her stabalized with meds, but the risk of a CVA and other complications is a little scary.