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I finally got out on my bike for a "real" ride last night. I went from Cottage Grove to Deerfield and back on the Glacial Drumlin trail, a bit over 13 miles. And I did it in just over an hour. *And* I didn't feel like I was going to die. I've been on the eastern end of the trail many times (Waukesha to Wales), but this was the first time I've ever been on the western end. If only I didn't have to drive to Cottage Grove...

In related news, I was putting my bike computer on my new bike the other night (which turned out to be a big pain) and double checked the wheel circumference. It should have been the same as my old bike, because the tires are the same size, but I just wanted to double check. I came up with 206 cm. However, the number already programmed in to the computer was 226 cm. I'm not quite sure how I could have been that far off before, especially since I seem to remember double checking it on my old bike. I guess all those years I hadn't been going quite as far (or as fast) as I had thought.

And while I thought I was through with school over two years ago (other than in my dreams), I'm taking a class at MATC. Networking and Communications 1:
Introduction to HOST, LAN and WAN connectivity. Includes: identifying network hardware and software options; learning the OS1 7 layer model; network topologies; IP addressing; network protocols; and design considerations. Introduction to router configuration.
We've had one class so far. Pretty simply so far, but we'll see how it goes.

Ok, I thought I was making progress in the dining room, but then I read this:
We're shooting for next Sunday to get the walls primed in the dining room, but I honestly don't see that happening.
Yeah, that was in March, and the room still isn't ready to prime. Ugg.

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I've actually thought of a lot to blog about lately, but it seems I always get inspired when I'm not around a computer, and when I am at a computer, I'm either too busy to blog or can't think of anything exciting.

The excitement never ends around the house - the other day I put new caulk around parts of the shower. And I moved things around in the garage, so now the bikes fit in there. Hopefully I can finish up the dining room one of these years.

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It's a small world...

This past weekend we had a get-together with some people from my dad's family. People I haven't seen in about 3 years, and people who Amy had never met before. We were talking to my second cousin Katie about jobs. It turns out she works at AmFam, in Madison, in the same building as Amy, one floor above Amy. But wait, there's more!

The shindig was at my dad's cousin Pete's house, between here and Milwaukee. Amy knows somebody who also lives out that way, so Amy asked her if that was near where she lived. Not only was that the case, but they have a business relationship. But wait, there's more!

It turns out one of the people living next door was in the army. He was the attending physician to Saddam Hussein when they captured him. Yeah, crazy.

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I really, really hate it when I see someone who looks familiar, but I have absolutely no clue where I've seen them or how I know them. We were in Racine this afternoon, and I saw somebody at lunch who I swear I either know or at least used to see on a regular basis. And it seemed like she somehow recognized me too. Yet I'm still clueless as to who she is or where I may have seen her. High school? No. Journal Times? No. UW? Who knows?

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I have to give The Lake credit. A few months ago I got another one of their "advisory board" surveys - you rate a bunch of songs. At the end there was a section for songs that you wanted to hear but didn't. I suggested (among other things) Mason Proffit's Two Hangmen. Well, a few weeks later another survey came around, and sure enough, it was one of the selections. And what do you know...they're playing it now.

Now, for all I know, they were planning on playing it already, or a bunch of other people requested it or something, but whatever the case, I'd say it's kind of cool...

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I was amazingly productive last weekend (drive-in, back lawn mowed, pulled pork, laundry, other projects around the house), but I just haven't felt very inspired to write much. On Friday we saw The Village. Amy hated it, but I thought it was kind of silly yet still enjoyable. The twist was fun.

Last night I watched Bend It Like Beckham. Enjoyable enough, both in story and eye candy, but I don't get what the big deal is/was. The story seems way too predictable - was anyone really expecting her parents to *not* "see the light" at the end? And some of the jokes (the "lesbian" subplot, for example) just seemed to be thrown in - they didn't quite fit with the tone of the rest of the movie.

More water in the basement last night. I know we have to do something about drainage on the inside, but I'd still like to know how so much is getting to the foundation in the first place. There were literally several inches of water under the deck (which is under a porch, for anyone not in the know). There was an issue on one side that I thought I fixed, but things were no better last night. Anyone want to come and help with some landscaping?

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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.