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I've been busy lately. The big news is I'm finally (mostly) done with the counter. I took a few days off work last week for an extended weekend and got the Mirror Coat on. Photos here. I still need to touch up a few spots, but that can wait for now.

Along with the counter I was busy with other stuff around the house - I put up a new light in the back hall (that has been sitting in a box for months) and put a window insulator kit up over the window in the back hall (which has been sitting in a box for a year). And lots of other little stuff here and there.

I need to clean the gutters one of these days...

Oh, I came across the instruction manual for my second boom box, which contained my first CD player. Not only my first CD player, but the first CD player in my whole family. I couldn't remember exactly when that was, but quite handily the receipt is attached - I got it for my birthday in 1992. It was a whopping $200 at the time. But it had digital tuning and detachable speakers! What was my first CD, you may ask? If my memory hasn't completely fogged up, it was Magical Mystery Tour, mainly because that was one of the few Beatles albums I didn't have in any form yet.

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A few random updates:

The counter is almost done. Everything is stained, the trim has polyurethane on it and there is caulk around the sink. All that's left is the Mirror Coat. I'm hoping to get that finished by this weekend.

One day last week I was walking from the driveway to the front door and noticed the front lawn looked different - the grass was bent over in alternating rows. It also seemed like maybe there were fewer leaves than had been there before.. A glance to the street revealed a huge pile of leaves - apparently the neighbors had taken upon themselves to rake. A pleasant surprise!

Still no satisfaction from TDS, although there has at least been a bit more movement as of late. I've been working with a supervisor in repair who has at least been trying to help. She scheduled *another* vendor meet with AT&T, which once again showed nothing wrong with the line. I had previously asked about going with the new wireless service they are going to be rolling out, but unfortunately there are apparently no towers in the area yet. Since nothing else seems to be helping, they have actually ordered a second line at no charge. If it helps, they will switch over everything to that. If it doesn't, they will keep things how they are now. I'm not holding my breath, but I'm pretty surprised they are actually going this far. I just wish it hadn't taken this much time and effort to get this far.

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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.