Friday, February 17, 2006

Into the breach

I haven't posted here in a while. But, here I am. Things have been extremely busy since my return from Mexico. The office remodel at work is well underway. The new data center (or server room) is almost done. We are now preparing to move equipment.

Tonight is a big night, however. We get to power down our primary network switch and upgrade it to support our VoIP server. I'm the most nervous about this particular component because there's a ton of risk.

Note: I've come to a conclusion about this blog. I ramble too damn much. I don't write for the sake of writing, and I don't really have any desire to do fiction, like Alhazred. I'm going to keep trying however. I also don't need a blog as a personal outlet because I can't relate to the outside world. I need to find a focus here or it will flounder and sit. I've often considered doing a somewhat tongue-in-cheek blog pertaining to my hobby, World of Warcraft. Maybe that will work...

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Everyone needs some time

It's been a while since posted something here. Things have been busy since my return from Mexico. As we all know, the Seahawks didn't win the big game, but it was a good one (except for the bad calls) and I think the rest of the country now knows that we're not a bunch of hicks out here in the Northwest.

We are deep into our office renovation at work. That has been taking up much of my time. This pace is going to continue for at least another 4 weeks. I'm hoping that I'll be able to make time and update things and put together something a little more creative.

I resolve to do one thing, however. I will do everything in my power to get The One Fez site up and running. Even if I have to beat Lunchbox with a tuna.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

And the chaff falls away

Today was the first day back from my vacation in Puerto Vallarta with my wife. We had a great time, and I came back feeling refreshed and ready to attack life. That feeling lasted all of 6 hours. As of this very moment, I'm dead tired. The time change has something to do with it, I'm sure. At about 2pm today, I simply ran out of energy. Here are a couple of highlights of the trip:
  • I slept. I slept a LOT.
  • I am tan, which means I laid out in the sun.
  • I got my wife hooked on Battlestar Galactica and was able to watch all of Season 1 with her.
  • My old boss met us down there. We went out and had a good time and a good dinner.
  • We went on a pirate cruise on the Marigalante. The sun was good. The motion sickness of my wife was not.
  • We shopped and met a delightful man that used to live in Everett, Wa. We went to his shop twice.
We didn't take many pictures, sadly. I'm finding that both my wife and I aren't good completely good with actually using the camera when we take it. I'm not sure why, but it just happens that way.

In other news, I came the the realization that I don't really have a great track record with consulting gigs. I've only had 2 so far, but I can't seem to make more than $400 on any of them. The first, with MGT America, didn't go any where through no real fault of my own. The parent company decided to go a different route and my contact there was downsized. The last one, with a software development shop, came down to time. I didn't have any and they wanted too much of what little I had.

I'm not too worked up, except for one small thing. The CFO, who ostensibly was my primary contact, didn't have the balls to call me and tell me that they found someone else to do their stuff, he made my friend to do it. I'm not really surprised, however. Oh well. I'm off to send them an e-mail letting them know that I won't be charging them for any of the work I did and will be removing their client software from my machine. I'm also going to ask them for a written confirmation that the contract period has ended and that I am no longer held by it.

More later..