Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Wow, I had no idea!

I was checking StatCounter, the site counter service I use on all of my websites, and found that my blog has been visited recently from numerous states, and even some vists from Spain and the Czech Republic. Thanks to everyone who reads ... and maybe I need to write more often!

Breakdown of the last 100 page loads:

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Monday, April 25, 2005

It's been a while since my last post.

I took Renee's birthday off and what a day to be gone from the office! In the matter of one day, our SLA program was notified it was being disbanded at the end of the fiscal year (hopefully all the departments will pick up the contract of their SLAs), the three direct reports to me in the 2nd Level team were moved to two different managers and the on-site team was moved back into the realm of the Help Desk. Since there wasn't a 2nd Level team to be lead of (my title had been 2nd Level Support Lead), I was moved over into a newly created position of "Manager of Special Projects".

My first duty will be to spearhead the Document Imaging project, which has been hi-centered for 14 months, into production. I found out that my CIO has indicated that we will go to June Board of Regents meeting with the proposed vendor. As such, I have been up to my eye-brows in Document Imaging issues. I'll keep this up-to-date as I have time!
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Monday, April 11, 2005

Is that a plane in your truck ... or are you just happy to see me?

Thanks for asking....

Believe it or not, I helped a friend load a tow-plane into the back of a moving truck. A tow-plane is one that is used to tow gliders up into the wild blue yonder, since they don't have an engine of their own. The plane had been grounded so long, that the owner wasn't sure if it would be air-worthy enough for a cross-country flight, but needed to get it closer to his new residence. So, with the help of a couple of buddies, and a lot of elbow grease, we loaded the plane into the back of the moving truck. We had less than an inch of clearance (both wide and high) through the door, but "if you ain't rubbing, you ain't racing" (put that one in for the NASCAR fans!)

Here is a few pictures from the fun (low quality due to camera phone):



This was the final view before closing the doors.
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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Hope say HI

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Sarah says HI

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Does this guy work with me?

There is a set of 'morning read' websites I keep up with on a daily/weekly basis. Most are IT related (domino or exchange), but some are just for grins and giggles. One of the sites,, had a very humor little story I just had to share with the rest of you:

>> Come to your computer!
Anonymous writes... "Today I was with my boss when a co-worker working from a remote location tried to IM me. When I didn't respond, he tried IMing another co-worker to tell me to go to my computer.

When I came back to my computer a half hour later I had an 2 IMs, one from the first coworker, and one from the second saying "Hey, the first coworker wants you to come to the computer!"

Thanks for delivering that message!"
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Monday, April 04, 2005

Accident (not mine) on the way home

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Just got audio blogging setup

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Saddam's Palace Basement Becomes O&P Lab

From OandP's The Edge, April 2005:
Throughout the war in Iraq, media attention has been focused on military operations, and the impact on daily life has often been forgotten. In that war-torn nation, the medical system is a shambles, and the need for orthotics and prosthetics is rapidly rising. While most military attention has been focused on the war effort, one US Army captain in Baghdad turned his attention to helping Iraqi citizens receive the orthotic and prosthetic care they so desperately need.

Army Captain Steve Lindsley, who is the clinical coordinator for the Mississippi Methodist Rehab Center, Monroe, Louisiana, served as the logistics officer with the 112th Military Police Battalion in Baghdad until early this year. He was one of the pioneers of Operation Restoration, a project that was founded to provide local Iraqis with artificial limbs and braces. Along with Sergeant Chris Cummings, a member of the civil affairs unit who owned an orthotic and prosthetic central fabrication business before being called to duty, and Captain Rob Edwards, the INTEL officer for his battalion, Lindsley was able to establish a makeshift prosthetics lab in the basement of one of Saddam Hussein's palaces where over 60 patients have received care.
 The complete article on Operation Restoration 
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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Received this and wanted to share!

I just wanted to share a picture of this Army soldier in Iraq with his tiny "plot" of grass in front of his tent.

It's heartwarming!

Here is a soldier stationed in Iraq, stationed in a big sand box. He asked his wife to send him dirt (U.S. soil), fertilizer and some grass seeds so he can have the sweet aroma and feel the grass grow beneath his feet.

If you notice, he is even cutting the grass with a pair of a scissors. Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don't stop and think about the little things that we take for granted.

Upon reading this, please say a prayer for our soldiers that give and give (and give up) so unselfishly for us.

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