Thursday, July 26, 2007

I'll write you every day...

I think I'm better than I really am at a lot of stuff. Not delusional mind you, but certainly distorted.
  1. I think I blog often. But it looks like it's been about 10 days or so.
  2. I think I keep my stuff neat. Actually at home I'm not so neat. Stuff piles up and stays that way for approximately forever. At work, I'm a neat freak.
  3. I think I'm pretty relaxed. Actually, I'm mostly not.
  4. I think I'm REALLY smart. Then I encounter people who are LOTS smarter than me and I remember that I'm just bright.
  5. I think I'm ALL rational. Then I do something based solely on emotion.
It goes on. I suppose I just have a "simplified" view of myself that I use every day for mundane stuff, when in reality I'm actually a lot more complicated.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

High School Meme

Grace posted this meme and since I am bored and not feeling very creative I'm posting it too...

1. Who was your best friend?
Bill. I spent, like every evening with Bill and he was a great buddy. Eric was a close second.

2. What sports did you play? None, just like now.

3. What kind of car did you drive? A blue 1969 Toyota Corona station wagon like this (except it was a wagon).

4. It’s Friday night, where were you? At Bill's house, unless it was football season then I was running sound at the game.

5. Were you a party animal? Uh, yeah.

6. Were you considered a flirt? Since second grade.

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? Choir, both the main choir and the men's ensemble.

8. Were you a nerd? Oh yeah. Big time. But in a totally cool way, of course. ahem.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled? I was sent out of AP English class, only once, for asking the teacher to move aside so I could copy something from the board. I did so silently by motioning with my hand, and the teacher took offense at my gesture. I subsequently missed the answer to the question on the quiz that would have been answered by the note I wished to take. The word to be defined was "mendicant", a beggar.

10. Can you sing the fight song? I think there was a song but I have no idea what it was.

11. Who was your favorite teacher? Mr. Ray Doherty (theatre) and Mr. Ray Dieteker (electronics). They both smoked (cigarettes and a pipe, respectively) and had catchphrases ("Get your own show!" and "Just bend the wires!", respectively) and were named Ray.

12. School mascot? I got nuthin.

13. Did you go to Prom? Absolutely not.

14. If you could go back and do it over, would you? If I could start over in High School knowing what I do now, I would, because I would totally rock at it.

15. What do you remember most about graduation? Sitting next to Nancy.

16. Where were you on senior skip day? I graduated (with all required credits and courses) as a Junior.

17. Did you have a job your senior year? I worked for the school (yes, they paid students) in the AV department setting up and running video for classes. I was a model employee.

18. Where did you go most often for lunch? The deli across the street. I typically had a deli sandwich on a French roll, a quart of whole milk, and a Three Musketeers bar. I ate like this all the time and at 16 I was 6' 2" and 160 pounds.

19. Have you gained weight since then? About 50 pounds.

20. What did you do after graduation? Moved out and got a job building electronics. (Thanks Ray.)

21. Who was your Senior prom date? See #13.

22. Are you going / did you go to your 10 year reunion? No way.

23. Who was your home room teacher? I didn’t have homeroom.

24. Who will repost this after you? I hope someone will since it would be lame if I was alone on this one.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Like a virgin

After about a whole bunch of hours, my computer is all refresh-ified. It has new-car smell. In one heartless effort last night I reduced the hard drive to a bunch of reformatted sectors and re-installed from scratch.

I realized today that the operating system installation was the original install from Dell in 2001, upgraded to WinXP. (It was the beginning of the Bush Reign back then, before he had proclaimed himself omnipotent ruler of all Neoconistan! I ordered it on September 5th. The invoice was dated the 11th.) So now it's like new. I got all my data moved over again and hey, no more cruft!

This time I plan to avoid some annoying programs like Acrobat and use cute pdf instead. Maybe I can avoid the bloated HP printer/scanner software too.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Fucking spammers...

I've been dealing with the aftermath of a close call computer wise. We picked up a virus in the process of clicking on an E-Card. My advice - never EVER click to see the card.

Several thousand spams sent from here, and several thousand bounce messages and even MORE card spams received... Craptastic McAfee virus scanner that won't install because it detects a previous version of McAfee virus scanner (that it says it will take out, BUT DOESN'T!)... etc, etc.

We didn't lose any data but it has wasted a lot of time.

Back up your stuff. Run a virus scanner, even though it is an annoying resource hog. Have all of your re-installation disks organized and handy.