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I'm terrible. I've been looking at a friend's journal lately, wondering when they are going to update it, and then I realized I haven't updated this in 11 days. Funny how that works.

Off to a meeting...maybe I'll have something more substantive later. Looking forward to picking up Endless Wire tonight.

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I only ended up staying home sick two days, although I'm still not feeling great. The other day I started playing a CD at work, and the balance seemed really off. "Wow, they did a really bad job mixing this." Then I realized that the CD was apparently fine, and the problem was that might right ear was completely plugged up. Just like it is right now. There's a pill for that, right?

Best Buy finally gave up. I called yesterday (no, no call waiting from them) and found out it was going to cost them more to fix than to replace, which meant I got to pick out a new laptop. So, the eMachines M6811 is gone, replaced with a Gateway MP8708. Larger than I'd actually care to have (17" widescreen), but as Amy says, it's a $300 laptop (the only thing we had to pay for was a new service plan).

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I just found this on You Tube, which is alternately fascinating and depressing. Watch all of the videos. I'm fairly certain doing so will make at least a few of you cry, so consider this fair warning.

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Blah. I'm home sick today, as is Amy. She started feeling bad Friday night, while it took me till Sunday night for my nose to start running constantly. It certainly makes one wonder where all that snot comes from. Make it stop!

My laptop is still MIA. Ugg.

Oh, and another reason I don't like fall - these stupid short days. I hate the fact that it's basically dark by 6, which will turn into 5 pretty soon.

On a semi-positive note (I figure I should have *one* of those in this entry), I did get some things done outside yesterday. The gutters are mostly cleaned out (for now), most of the few leaves we have got raked, and the massive bush on the side of the house got trimmed. The back yard could stand to be mowed before winter, though...

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It's been a month, and still no laptop. BB today indicated the service center was waiting for parts. They didn't seem to have problems getting a new motherboard the last time. What gives?

I've probably said it before, but I don't like fall. I suppose the problem isn't so much fall itself, but that winter inevitably follows. I could probably handle fall much better if instead of falling to the ground after turning colors, the leaves turned back to green. Even ignoring the cold (not an easy thing to do), winter is just so barren, so dead. I used to say my favorite color was green - maybe I now know why.

"Time hurries on, and the leaves that are green turn to brown."

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Three years ago, I was watching the traffic go by on Stoughton Road, learning about the exciting world of claims processing. I.e., avoiding falling asleep. I don't think I ate lunch that day, which seems to be par for the course for me (my stomach met a similar fate the first days of elementary and high school). And thus began 6+ months of, well, children might be reading this.

It's Friday, which means I go off call at the end of the day. This is a good thing. Luckily this has been one of my better on call weeks.

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Hmm. I guess I haven't had that much to say lately. Too busy with real life, perhaps? I have taken quite a few pictures lately, but I'd like to get my laptop back before dealing with another install of Picasa. Unfortunately (on the topic of pictures), the fall colors seem fairly uninspiring this year. Everything seems to be going from green right to brown, maybe with a little yellow thrown in. Very little oranges and reds. Doesn't exactly help my dislike of fall.

Random query - why do sportscasters wear suits? Is it in an effort to gain some type of relevance? It just seems somewhat odd to me to see people that dressed up for a football game.

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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.