Thursday, July 28, 2005

What is your favorite.....

First, this isn’t a shameless call for comments to be left on my blog. This is how much of a sentence Sarah, my 15 year old, will get out when she gets ready to ask what my favorite (insert anything here) happens to be. She then remembers that my mind doesn’t process favorites like hers. Instead of a particular favorite color, song, movie, etc, I tend to classify items as really like, kinda like and don’t care for. But I do have some favorites …

Some of my favorites, in no particular order: Joe F has been my right hand man since August 2000, when he came to work for me in the Training and Office Automation (TOA) group. He is mentioned within my blog on the first day I started it (How I Got Started). He was the one at the office I was trying to call the day of my accident (6/25/01) and was at the Stillwater hospital everyday to check on me and see if Renee needed anything. He went out of his way to give me a ride to work when I was in a wheelchair (he claims he did it for the premium parking permit). Through all of the TT comedy routines, we have been working together, until recently. The latest re-org split up Gimp-boy and Bubby. We still would visit and discuss various work issues on a daily basis, but we didn’t officially work together. Joe has a blog I have as my first entry in my ‘morning read’ group of Maxthon. Thursday of last week, he shared on his blog a definition of success and how he didn’t feel he was part of something worthwhile. Being as close as we are, needless to say, it hurt to know that was how he was feeling.

Enter another favorite, Todd J. Away from work, Todd has to be one of my absolute best friends and confidants. A friend of his was looking for an IT guy for a small group of dental offices. After a short talk, I realized their starting salary range wasn’t enough to lure me away from OSU, but I instantly thought of Joe. Long story short: After I interviewed the friend of Todd’s, I got the friend and Joe together, and by mid-day Saturday, Joe had a sweet job offer (within approx 48 hours of the Success blog entry). Joe was able to sweeten the deal a little and announced his resignation from the University yesterday via a letter to his supervisor and CIO, as well as within another blog entry (The Big Announcement).

The third favorite I will mention: Kevin S. Kevin has been Joe’s office-mate since he came to work for me on the Second Level Support team. The positioning of the office-mates was no accident, as I knew Joe would be a good mentor/friend to Kevin. Another long story short: Kevin has felt stagnant in his current organisational location, but loves the job he is supposed to be doing. I have shared with everyone above me (as far as I could go up the chain) about Kevin needing to be placed within a different department of OSU, so that he would be able to be more productive as well as happy. Yesterday, a few minutes after Joe shared with our CIO about him leaving (a meeting I just happened to be present for), Kevin came into my office and shared he was being transfered … to the department I had made the recommendations about. While it wasn’t 100% directly related to my recommendations, I do believe the passion I shared about the needed change, and the amount of times I talked about it, had something to do with the decision.

There ya go, three of the very few favorites I have …..

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Oklahoma Quarters!

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hang on to any of the new State of Oklahoma quarters.  If you have them, they may be worth much more than 25 cents. The U. S. Treasury announced today that it is recalling all of the Oklahoma quarters that are part of its program featuring quarters from each state.

"We are recalling all the new Oklahoma quarters that were recently issued," Treasury Undersecretary Jack Shackleford said Monday. This action is being taken after numerous reports that new quarters will not work in parking meters, tollbooths, vending machines, pay phones, or other coin-operated devices.

The quarters were issued in the order in which the various states joined the U. S. and have been a tremendous success among coin collectors worldwide.

"The problem lies in the unique design of the Oklahoma quarter, which was created by a University of Oklahoma (OU) graduate,” Shackleford said.  "Apparently, the duct tape holding the two dimes and the nickel together keeps jamming the coin-operated devices."

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Testing PocketBlogger (v 1.1)

If you can read this, it works!!! 
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Saturday, July 23, 2005

It might just be spam if....

1. If the e-mail comes from a guy named Midshipman L. Returnable or
Polytheist H. Communicators, it's probably spam.
2. If you've won anything, it's probably spam.
3. Unless it comes from your sweetie, any e-mail that begins "Hi Sweetie"
is probably spam.
4. If it involves any account anywhere, it's probably spam.
5. If the English in the e-mail appears to have been written by a monkey
with a typewriter, it's probably spam.
6. If the e-mail is dated three months ago, it's probably spam.
7. Only plastic surgery will make your you-know-what bigger. It's probably
8. If anybody identifies themselves as "Barrister" in an e-mail, it's
probably spam.
9. Buy your drugs at the drug store. It's probably spam.
10. Your PayPal account doesn't need upgrading. It's probably spam.
11. The widow of an African diamond merchant isn't likely to have your
e-mail address. It's probably spam.
12. Your Inheritance in the "From" box is probably spam.
13. Chinese banks don't usually mine for credit card applicants in the U.S.
It's probably spam.
14. If the "Subject" line says something like, "In fit my obdurate
kerosene," it's probably spam.
15. There is no such thing as an "OEM SOFTWARE NEWSLETTER," and if there
was, why would they send it to you? It's probably spam.
16. Your computer isn't a "selling machine," so the e-mail telling you to
make it one is probably spam.
17. Your home doesn't need refinancing. It's probably spam.
18. Your BIOS doesn't need updating. It's probably spam.
19. And nobody from the dating site told Nicole about you. It's probably

(Sent via my Siemens SX66 device ... which may explain why it is brief)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

One to beam up.....

'Star Trek' Star James Doohan Dies
LOS ANGELES -- James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and movies who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.

He had said farewell to public life in August 2004, a few months after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

So long Scotty.......

(Sent via my Siemens SX66 device ... which may explain why it is brief)
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Monday, July 18, 2005

Shared this with a friend ... thought I would share it here as well

Did you hear about the farmer who was milking his cow?
He was on the stool beside the cow, milking away when a fly came buzzing around.  All of a sudden the fly went straight into the cow's ear.  Well, the farmer keeps milking away , not worried about the fly.  A few minutes later, while the farmer was still milking, the fly comes out with one of the squirts of milk.  Seeing the fly, the farmer said, “I guess you can say he went in one ear and out the udder!”
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Sunday, July 17, 2005


Raising kids usually provides a valuable sampling of misquotes or unique sayings. This morning was no exception. While in the car this morning, we passed the pool where Hope (my five year old) is taking swim lessons. This prompted her to tell me about the lessons and the others in her class. This morning's Hope-ism was how she shared about the number. "There are three girls in the class and two of them aren't me!"

Another classic!!!

(Sent via my Siemens SX66 device ... which may explain why it is brief)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Training is about to commence

As a result of my Document Imaging project, I am about to spend the majority of my next few weeks in OKC training for my CDIA+ (Certified Document Imaging Architect plus) certification.

This post was for both sharing that & testing the ability to post via email.

(Sent via my Siemens SX66 device ... which may explain why it is brief)

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Monday, July 11, 2005

Can you say busy?

I have wanted to share a few things via my blog all last week … but there haven't been enough hours in the day (or enough days in the week, for that matter).

– Got a new "toy" that I am having to support the powers to be with … it is a Siemens SX66 combination cell phone & pocket pc device. My hours of personal support to the President, his Chief of Staff and various other high ranking administrators has gone through the roof.
– The Document Imaging project is going forward at Mach speed
– Grad Admissions DI project is rolling along nicely
– Home Improvement actions continue to take up precious evening/weekend hours
– A few items on the amputee/prosthetics home front (one really cool item in particular)
– Two new directors in OSU IT

I will try to expound on these later.

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Happy Birthday!

I just want to wish a Happy 15th Birthday to a very special young lady in my life!

Sent using my Siemens SX66 device (which may explain why it is brief)

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Friday, July 01, 2005

From late night monologs......

"The Army announced this week they are now training mine- sniffing dogs to go to Iraq. How bad do you have to screw up at obedience school to get that job?"
--Jay Leno

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