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Man, I'm exhausted. Yesterday was the housewarming party, and I spent a few hours running around, cleaning, cooking, etc. It was some time before I got to even sit down. And then, people didn't leave until about 1:30 (in the morning), so... On the whole things went pretty well, though. The dogs behaved themselves really well.

I had an interview on Wednesday, and got a letter yesterday saying I didn't get the job. Go figure. Good thing I spent 5 years going to school, huh?

Work continues on the third bedroom. Erin was over today to do some more painting. I guess they are going to sponge paint over all of this, and then after that the ceiling needs to be painted. Today I took down the ceiling fan so they could paint and I could do a little rewiring. After all that we have to get the floor down, and then put in all the moldings and baseboards. And *then* we should finally have a guest bedroom.

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Blargh. I've just been informed that my mom's cousin and her husband were both killed in a motorcycle accident. Apparently somebody in a truck pulled out and hit them or something. They had two boys, one my age and one a few years older. It is so scary that in an instant you can lose people like that.

I don't believe *any* way of dying is "good", but I think this comes about as far from it as possible. When my mom's aunt (Karen's mom) died late last year I was very sad, but I at least had the comfort in knowing that she had lived a long, full life. I get no comfort when people die with 30+ more years to live and have two children in their '20s.

Goodbye, Karen and Bruce. I'll miss you.

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Well, Blogger has been having some issues. I think they are all fixed now, other than my archive links. Right now I've got them at the bottom of the main page, but I don't know if that's where I want them or not. I think some more tinkering is in order.

I've been a bad blogger lately. Not that I haven't been updating my own site (well, I should be doing that more, but...), but I haven't been reading other people's blogs. I think the only one I've looked at since our DSL got back up has been Amy's.

Shame on me.

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This is from a box for an appliance made in China, reprinted in Consumer Reports (yes, we get CR):

Mode of Job for Multi-Chipper

In order that the article has minced could be perfectly cut, Knocked Vigorously on the bud Superior hand Opened.

The most or less great number of knocks determines the fineness of cup. The rotation of knives is made automatically and regularly.

For the cleaning, to pull the inferior bell and to release the recipient Superior. Well to rinse the machine, if possible to the running water.
Re-assembly in Senses inverts. All parts metallic are executed in a materials has the test of the rust.

Those silly Chinese.

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Blargh. It's been a while since I last posted, but not for lack of trying. It was only today that we finally got our phone and DSL hooked up, nearly two weeks after it should have been ready.

Let's see. On the 30th we did the majority of moving to the house. That meant a bunch of people at the apartment packing and getting stuff into the truck, Amy at the house, and me going back and forth between the two keeping things together. Not to mention grilling for everyone. The rest of that weekend was spent getting the remaining stuff out of the apartment and cleaning it.

I haven't been feeling the greatest the past few weeks. A lot of blowing, runny nose, sneezing, etc. It was really bad this past Monday, although it seems to be better now.

Last Thursday we entered the world of dog ownership when we adopted Jake and Freckles (a female), a Golden Retriever and Springer Spaniel, respectively. They are GREAT dogs. Their previous owner had a stroke, and had to give them up, and they had to be adopted together. These guys are better than I could have expected. They bonded (to me, especially) VERY quickly, and are really well behaved. Their only main problem is they get overly excited sometimes. Nothing too major. They are just amazing. I'll have pictures up soon enough.

As far as the phone goes, TDS said they'd have us moved on the 29th, which was the day before we moved. Well, that got pushed back to the 4th. Then to the 9th. All without reason. TDS tried to tell me they *had* to give Ameritech 5 days to get things ready (which would have been the 9th, a Monday), despite the fact that Ameritech was here on the 6th (screwing things up, apparently). Nobody ever came out on the 9th, but I got a call from TDS saying "we're just checking to make sure everything is working". Well, it wasn't. So they said they'd send somebody out on the 10th (yesterday) to look at things. Somebody from TDS came out, checked some things here, then went to the CO, then determined Ameritech had to come back out. So, this morning, another person from Ameritech came out. He determined there was something wrong with the line, and switched us over to a different one. FINALLY our phone and DSL work, although for the moment, our DSL speed isn't as fast as it should be. So I still have to work with TDS and figure out what the issue is there (according to the help desk, they set us up at the 256 kbps speed, despite the fact that we have 768 kbps service). Today I was on the phone with no fewer than 4 people from TDS.

Well, I think that's mostly it. No job yet, although I did get two calls today. Hopefully something will work out.

Ok. Time to clean up a bit and get the dogs to the park.

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DOB 2/16/79. I'm a web developer at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. I like lots of old music, including The Who. I spend a lot of time working with computers. And my favorite TV show (when I actually decide to watch TV, that is), obviously, is The Simpsons.

In May 2002 I officially graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in computer science. In 1997 (man that seems like a long time ago) I graduated from Washington Park HS. Yes, I know, that site isn't very impressive, and no, I haven't touched it for several years.

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One of the best experiences I have ever had was on a trip called Western Field Studies. This is a 33 day adventure throughout the western United States. Students travel on a school bus to national parks, monuments, forests, and places of historical interest and camp out (in tents or under the stars). I was a part of trip 25, which took place in the summer of 1996. A first for WFS was we took along a laptop computer and kept up a web site. That link will take you to the 1996 site, where there is a link to the current site.