Friday, April 4, 2008

Time to empty my mind...

(this post was started about a month ago and I am just getting around to finishing it...)

Yes, it's been a long time since my last post. Blogging is not as easy as some of you make it seem. I've not been posting during the work day, as some have suggested, but by the time I get home from work, eat dinner with the family, mess around with the kids, get them settled for bed, I'm not much in a posting mood. Sure the ideas are still there, but I just don't feel like posting. Guess I need to work on that.

Now, to empty my mind to make room for more...

...I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I can no longer listen to any Led Zeppelin song without thinking of Jellyrolls on the Boardwalk at Disney and the two guys valiantly playing "The Immigrant Song" on the dueling pianos. Every time I hear Led Zeppelin, that's all I hear...

...I don't like it when bands use the name of an older band. Case in point... Artful Dodger. Granted, the band started in the 1970's. Today, Artful Dodger is still playing, but there is a group from England that goes by a similar name... The Artful Dodger (notice the difference... THE.) They bill themselves as successful UK Garage Band, but are now "storming the urban music scene." To me, it just doesn't seem right. I can't say that I've ever heard anything from the "new" THE Artful Dodger, as urban music and me don't quite click, but I do miss hearing the old Artful Dodger. I wish I could be in the Cleveland area on May 3, 2008, where the original Artful Dodger will be playing the Cleveland Agora Ballroom...

...I visit PlanetLotus every day and read all the blog headlines. If I find something interesting, I'll visit the blog and read the posting. Even if I don't find something interesting, I still find myself click on some of the posts, just to see what's going on in that particular blog. One day, I hope to find myself on PlanetLotus, but at the present time, I don't post enough to warrant a submission to the site, and I don't post anything Lotus Domino/Notes related here (at least not yet) to feel that I should be included on the site. I do click on the Twitter link, but sometimes I feel like I'm stalking people without them knowing. I guess I wish I had the time to mess with all this stuff, and to "fit in" with some of the people I've met at Lotusphere way back in January...

...Working in a two man IT department, supporting a little over 100 users, leaves little time for R&D. I wish I had the time to mess with stuff. I did purchase some Lotus Quickr licenses, but don't have a server to put them on. I've downloaded Lotus Domino 8.0.1, but haven't had the time to install it on a, as yet, non-existent, test server. I see a lot of talk about VMWare. I even went to an offsite presentation, put on by a local consulting company, where VMWare was discussed. I see value in bringing it in house, but neither I, nor our network admin, have the time to do anything about it right now....

... I like ellipses. I'm trying not to be obvious ...

... I just realized that my high school class did not have a 25th year reunion. We had one for the 20th, but the person who organized that one swore up and down she would not organize the 25th. I guess no one stepped up to do it. I did what I could to help for the 20th, although I no longer live in that area. We had a blast and it was fun to see everyone a little older. It's funny, though. Some people still hold grudges from high school and refused to even consider coming. I just don't understand that at all. I guess some people never grew up enough to let bygones be bygones. My wife has the same issue with some of her friends who won't attend their class reunion, due to grudges and pettiness from a long time ago...

... I am a LOST fan, but hate the fact that I have to wait another two or three weeks before we see the new episodes. I'm not sure I like the direction the show is going, but am hooked enough to stick with it and hope that things turn out better than what I am imagining. I have to say, I am real disappointed in John Locke... he just doesn't get it. Ben's playing him like a fiddle and he doesn't even see it. How many times is John going to be (mis)guided by Ben? ...

... It's finally Spring here. The weather's been nice enough to go outside and do some yard work. As much as I hate doing yard work, it does look nice when it's done...

... As it is Spring, the golf season has started. I went out for the first time last Sunday. Had to knock the cobwebs off the clubs, and check the shoes for spiders and other creepy crawlers. Went out with a couple of friends. Started off big, playing 18 holes my first time out. My driving left a lot to be desired, but my irons, short game, and putting were great. Started off par, chip-in birdie, and almost walked off the course because I don't want to ruin the rest of the golf season. finish with a 39-42 for my first time out. Can't complain about that! Our company golf league started this past Wednesday night. My driving game came back to me. My irons and short games were still there. All I had to do was par the last hole for a 38. I should have quit after the second hole on Sunday. I proceeded to pop the ball off the tee about 30 yards. Hit the ball off the toe on my next shot. I was probably no closer to the hole than I was two shots ago, when I was on the tee. I was able to get my third shot within a chip shot of the green, which I overshot the hole and had a long bogey putt coming back. Of course, I missed that and finished with a double bogey and a 40 for the nine holes. Still, it was good to be out playing again, and the weather was about as nice as we've ever had for the first night of league play. Sunny and warm, with a little wind, that got stronger towards the end of the round. I love this game!...

... My son (8) is playing little league baseball for the first time. He's never played organized ball before. He's had two practices, one without the machine and one with. He's done well so far, and will be playing in his first scrimmage this Sunday. It will be interesting to see how he does...

...Guess that's all I've got for now. I better post this before I forget about it again, and revisit it again in another month...

3 comments:

Andy Donaldson said...

Glad to see your still out there dude!

Steve Breitenbach said...

Ya... I kinda felt bad that I hadn't posted anything in awhile. I'm hoping to rectify that.

By the way... Happy Anniversary! My wife and I picked the same song, but used Rod Stewart's unplugged version instead.

Gregg said...

@Point #1 - You are welcome. :-)