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Winter is inching its way here. Seemingly overnight quite a few trees dropped their leaves. Some trees haven't dropped yet (and some are even still green), but the landscape is becoming more and more barren. Blah.

I've been thinking about an interesting paradox lately. For most people, "home" is something that is very special. Stable. It doesn't matter if it's a house or an apartment. Yet in the grand scheme of things, people are really only visitors in their homes. Think about it: most of the time somebody has lived there before them, and there's almost always going to be somebody there after they're gone. "If these walls could talk" indeed. Although after thinking about it, what's perhaps more interesting is that we *are* able to create "home" in spite of that.

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Well, it's been 3 weeks at the new job. It was initially very slow going - lots of HR training (including learning FEMA command structure for some reason), lack of the correct system access, etc - but over the last week things have finally picked up. On Thursday I got Eclipse installed (development environment for those non-programmers), and on Friday I was actually working on code. Actual. Java. Programming. It isn't the most exciting thing in the world - updating and cleaning up some legacy code - but it still beats most of what I did at WPS for four and a half years.

Speaking of WPS, tomorrow would have been my five year anniversary.

Fall has descended upon us. This being Wisconsin, Mother Nature has tried her best to not make the transition gradual. Seemingly instantaneously I went from being warm at night with the windows wide open to cold with one only cracked a hair. I better get my behind in gear and work on the snow blower before the bitter cold and snow is here. One positive note - last weekend I installed gutter screens, so hopefully my days of cleaning gutters are behind me.

I need a vacation. I'm just feeling really worn down and frazzled.

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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.