Wednesday, June 29, 2005

How Big ??

How big is this picture?



Two feet!

All The Best,

-- Don

Sunday Meal


I might not be as talented as the lovely Patricia Hannigan, but I can sometimes toss together an appetizing meal.

Take this past Sunday, for example. My newly-vegetarian son was home from college, and he and I and the little lady were a-hungerin' for some vittles ... so I entered the kitchen, honed my knife and started to toss together some veggie wraps.

Of oourse, it was a balmy 90-plus degrees outside, so I had the fan running in the kitchen.



And, the whole-house fan was cranking as well ...


(Forgive the mess on the right-hand side of the picture ... a little remodeling work is going on in our house. Okay ... a lot of remodeling work is going on in our house ...)

And, you absolutely must listen to Comic Opera while preparing a meal ...



But the end result was worth the wait:



All The Best,

-- Don

Monday, June 27, 2005

Slump ... Rut ... Crisis ... or Just Monday ??

You know the feeling. You get to work and you ask yourself "Why am I doing this? Why do I work so hard, so many hours? Why don't I live a simpler life? ...".
 
So what is it? You in a slump, something you'll ride out for a few days until you feel better?
 
Or is it a rut, which only gets worse. Something you need to climb out of by making a change (or two)(or three).
 
Or perhaps this is a real crisis.  You know, you need to make huge, wholesale changes. New career, new place to live, the whole kit and kaboodle.
 
Or ... *sigh* ... is it just "Monday"??
 
All The Best,
 
-- Don

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Go Deep, Not Cheap

You don't always get what you pay for.
 
Example: A Toyota is a much higher quality car than a Mercedes. Yeah yeah ... argue all you want about luxury and status ... but truth is, Toyota is better.
 
(Remarkably, near the bottom you find Volkswagen and Audi. So much for "German Engineering"...)
 
My point?
 
We recently purchased some what-we-thought-was-good ceiling paint from The Home Depot (pet peeve: it's _The_ Home Depot, not "Home Depot". ARGH!). The kind of ceiling paint that goes on purple and dries white.
 
Painted the ceiling in our being-remodeled bedroom. The result?
 
Crap.
 
We had to add another coat. This time we went to "Covers The World" Sherman-Williams and paid for good paint. Now?
 
Perfect.
 
Lesson learned. Save money when buying bottled water (tip: DON'T!) and spend the savings in good paint. Don't be afraid to go deep into the wallet now and then to get quality.
 
All The Best,
 
-- Don

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Waste Of Time?

I think not!
 
That is ... my surfing the web ... reading blogs about technology ... checking out web site designs ... learning about "Life Hacks" ... these things do not constitute a "waste of time". On the contrary, these are the things that contribute to my broad wealth of information and insight and make me the valuable asset (I said "asset" ... "...et" ... okay?) that I am.
 
So when you shoulder surf me and catch me at Gadgetopia, don't accuse me of wasting time (by the way ... and you have enough time to shoulder surf? Hmmmm ...) ... realize that I'm expanding my knowledge ... knowledge that will benefit *you*.
 
All The Best,
 
-- Don

Link: How To Turn Your PC Into A Mac

Friday, June 17, 2005

Great Quote

From RickCecil.com:

Great quote from Al Swearengen
Pain or damage don’t end the world. Or despair or fucking beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man and give some back.


All The Best,

-- Don

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Coming Soon ...

... a blog for the Central York High School Class of 1977.

Stay tuned and spread the buzz.

All The Best,

-- Don

Monday, June 13, 2005

Everybody's Gone Surfin' ...

Friday, June 10 at Indian River Inlet. In a word: COLD!

Arrived at Indian River Inlet at 1:30; I had scoped out the low tide on the internet and it was 1:41. Perfect timing.

We arrived and it was downright chilly outside. Sure, it was 80 degrees ... but the offshore wind made it feel like 65. So cold that my dear wife decided she'd sit in the car and read while I froze my tush off.

Went up and checked out the beach patrol's sign. WHAT? Low tide is 5 pm??

ARGH!!!

Oh ... and in big letters: "Water Temp: 57 COLD!"

Great. Oh, and did I mention it was very windy? No waves.

So we motored down to Bethany Beach and walked their wannabe boardwalk to kill some time. Saw some nice sights (guys ... you followin' me on this one?? I'm talkin' NICE sights *nudge*).

Anyhoo ... we had a nice walk, some ice cream, and then headed back to IRI so I could freeze while Patti read.

Got there just before five o'clock. As we came over the bridge, I spotted some primo waves -- small, to be sure, but setting up nicely -- and about a dozen Brothers Of The Board already out there. I was amped.

Quick change (by the car -- you wrap a towel around you like a skirt ... er ... kilt ... and change underneath it. Old surfer trick) into both my rash guard and my shortie and I was set.

Cute, eh?



Trekked under the bridge, past the construction junk, and onto the beach.

Wonderful. No non-surfers in the water. This was heaven.

Or so I thought. More like Antarctica. You have no idea how cold your feet get when sitting on a board in 57-degree water. Seriously frostbite. The only good thing was, after a while they were so numb you couldn't feel the cold.

First wave to come along -- it's been a while, so I'm rusty -- and what do you know? Caught it, popped right up (you don't climb up on a surfboard, you pop up) and rode it in.

YES!!!!!! YES YES YES!!! NOW I remember why this is SO MUCH FRICKIN' FUN!!!!

I spent the next 45 minutes catching waves and freezing, laughing with the other nuts (one guy -- crazy -- was trunking it. Seriously brain cell damage there, my friend). Then my left rotator cuff injury came back with a vengeance, and between that and the cold, I was done.

Now all I had to do was suffer for the ride home because of my shoulder. I didn't know if I could drive ... but I learned something: Two Advil do wonders for rotator cuff pain.

So now (once I get my bedroom painted so I can move my bed out of my exercise room) I'm back to resistance training for my rotator cuff, and planning a trip in warmer weather and warmer water.

But for now, I'm on cloud nine. Or make that "Wave Nine".

Hang Ten and All The Best,

-- Don

Friday, June 03, 2005

100 Things About Me

Since the world revolves around me ...

(You know ... in fact, to each of us, the world does revolve around us. After all, who wants to live someone else's life??)

1. I love attention. But you knew that.
2. I have a big ... Ego. :-)
3. I don't mind the cold, but I hate when it's windy. Even in the summer. Ever try to ride a bike in the wind? Argh!
4. I love my children more than anything in this world. You just cannot imagine.
5. I love our dog, but I'd get rid of her in a heartbeat if it was up to me. I hate owning pets.
6. I have a great dislike for aquariums. Keeping fish is like collecting used coffee filters. B-o-r-i-n-g.
7. When I eat ice cream, I mash it up until it's soft. Then, I coat the back of my spoon and lick it off. Sounds disgusting to watch, but it's a slice of heaven to me.
8. When I eat Jello brand gelatin, I put some on my spoon and then suck it in through pursed lips. Again, disgusting. Don't know where I picked that up.
9. I'd rather surf than do anything else in the world.
10. I love to golf and I'm terrible at it. I don't get angry, because I don't care about my score. I just enjoy golfing.
11. I'm not good at basketball, but I love to play. I can dribble and hustle on defense; that's about it.
12. I ran the 100-yard dash in 10.6 in high school. I'm pretty fast.
13. I like to read.
14. My favorite spectator sport is the National Hockey League. When they come back, I'll be waiting. I love hockey.
15. I love to program computers. Absolutely love it. It's a kick.
16. I hate painting (you know, like painting the walls in your house).
17. I could run a huge corporation. Leadership is just making decisions, and I know how to make good and right decisions. After all, New Coke wasn't my fault.
18. I enjoy bourbon and Diet Coke with lime.
19. My favorite fast food is Taco Bell.
20. My favorite color is black. It's "clah-sick".
21. If I had to do it over, I'd be a surgeon. I have the intelligence, good hands, and I love the idea of healing people.
22. I love people. I love being around strangers and meeting people for the first time. I'm fascinated by differing opinions and viewpoints.
23. I had three mother figures while growing up; my mom, my grandmother (who lived with us), and my sister. Yeah ... I was so spoiled.
24. When I turned 16, I was given the keys to a BMW 2002 and a credit card for gas. I was the envy of every other guy in high school.
25. I once grabbed the pom-poms from a cheerleader during a junior high football game and led a cheer. I did it because some people said they'd give me 50 cents if I'd do it.
26. I once ran in a track meet (the third leg of a 440 relay) in my bare feet.
27. I went to Penn State/York right out of high school (as in that very summer) not because I wanted to, but because I felt pressured to. That's why I didn't finish.
28. I love snow. My theory is that you can tell how old a person is by asking them if they like snow. After all, all children love snow. Don't like snow? You're old.
29. I'm not at all superstitious. I'll carry an open umbrella under a ladder while kicking a mirror, doesn't bother me at all.
30. I've never received an award from any peers of any kind.
31. I dream of speaking at my old high school's graduation some year. I'm sure it'll never happen.
32. My biggest fear is that I'll get some kind of health problem that will prevent me from being so active.
33. I get severely depressed at times.
34. I went to Bible School for just over four years to study for the ministry. I quit when I realized that most churches are just a "business".
35. I converted from being an atheist to Christianity when I was 18. No one pushed me; I was converted by reading the Bible. John 11:37 is the very verse that I read and "the lights came on", so-to-speak.
36. I miss my sister (she lives in Atlanta now), but I'm incredibly happy for her. I think the world of her husband.
37. My brother, Bill, is a better man than I am. Seriously. I wish I had his character.
38. I've never had a real argument with my parents or my siblings.
39. I once helped a guy build a log cabin in the mountains. It was the coolest project I've ever undertaken. That was in 1987; he still lives in it.
40. I had a magazine article published about my friend's life in his cabin. I got $15 for it.
41. I was a part-time sportswriter for four years. It was fun, but took too much time away from the family.
42. I'm in favor of gay marriage. If two people love each other, I couldn't care less about the rest. It's their issue, not mine.
43. I believe everything expressed in the Apostle's Creed.
44. I'd rather listen to the old hymns than attend a contemporary service at church.
45. My childhood sports heroes were Franco Harris and Willie Stargell.
46. I like all music, but I really like the old crooners the best. Sinatra rules.
47. If I won millions in the lottery, I'd buy a yacht. I'd golf and surf a lot.
48. The fastest I've ever traveled on land is 120 mph. In the Spyder. And no, it wasn't topped out. Of course, that doesn't count traveling in a jet just prior to wheels up.
49. I love to listen to opera.
50. When it comes to movies, I really love musicals.
51. My all-time favorite movie is "Chicago".
52. I think Catherine Zeta-Jones is gorgeous.
53. Nothing gets me angrier than any infringement of personal property, whether it be by a burglar, a neighbor, or (especially) the government.
54. I want to go on a cruise with my wife in the next two years. Somewhere warm.
55. Summer is my favorite season.
56. Spring is my least favorite season. Too cold to really enjoy the outdoors; too wet, too.
57. The best date to take a new girlfriend is this: Get good seats at a professional baseball game. You can cheer the team, and there's plenty of time to have great conversation.
58. I know I could make a living by betting on horses. But it'd be just as much work as programming, so why bother?
59. I want a girl with a short skirt and a l-o-n-g jacket.
60. I'm getting a kilt.
61. I like working for myself because of the variety. Going to the same job day after day? Come on! What's the difference between a "groove" and a "rut".
62. My son, Ian, is the smartest person I know. Funniest, too.
63. My daughter, Erika, is the sweetest person I know.
64. I like to read Car & Driver, Men's Health, Utne and Cigar Aficionado magazines.
65. I don't read novels. Ever. Got no time for fiction.
66. President George W. Bush turned me against the Republican Party. But I've always been pretty much a Libertarian.
67. I recently started shooting for fun. Sporting Clays. Like all other athletic activities, I'm lousy ... but I enjoy it.
68. I'd rather a good cigar than a one-hour nap.
69. I started smoking cigars as a libertarian rebellion against the Smoking Nazis. Then ... guess what ... I liked 'em!!
70. My favorite sound is the sound of walking on gravel.
71. My favorite group is The Rolling Stones.
72. I studied karate as a teen.
73. I can still do 25 one-armed pushups. That is, 25 with the right arm, 25 with the left. At 46 years old!
74. I refuse to use chemicals on my lawn. They end up in the Chesapeake Bay and kill the fish and crabs.
75. I like to wear nice clothing.
76. I once sent $25 to the PTL Club for a "free" Bible. D'oh!
77. I drive slow. Seriously. I gave up fast driving about four years ago.
78. I don't "get" NASCAR.
79. But I love Formula 1.
80. I listen to Rush Limbaugh and read Michael Moore. Go figure.
81. My favorite bread is Roman Meal.
82. My definition of "The Good Life" is when you don't own or use an alarm clock.
83. I like Martha Stewart.
84. I can't stand to watch Rachel Ray, however.
85. Lacrosse is pretty cool, but soccer you can have. B-O-R-I-N-G.
86. I think the key to being a good husband is listening intently to your wife ... and then doing what you feel is best for the both of you.
87. All I want is encouragement and to feel like I'm doing great.
88. My father told me he was proud of me in 1995. That was the best thing I've ever been told. There is no greater joy than knowing that your father is proud of you.
89. I went nine years (1985 through 1994) without a television. Never missed it.
90. I can juggle.
91. I can ride a unicycle.
92. I'm very comfortable with who I am. I've truly "found myself".
93. I don't like to take unnecessary risks when it comes to my health. You won't find me participating in Parkour.
94. I think surfing is the best thing in the world, bar none. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is a much fun and as rewarding as surfing.
95. After 26 years of marriage, I still think my wife is gorgeous.
96. The more you are around 10-year olds, the better your view of life.
97. Marijuana and a lot of other drugs should be legal.
98. Natural Law and Natural Selection shouldn't be messed with too much.
99. I'm stronger than you, or better looking, or make more money ... or something. Every one of us has an "edge". To focus on someone else's "edge" over your own is foolish. If you're a millionaire ... fine ... I can bench press more. Doesn't matter now, does it?
100. All that really matters is who you love and who loves you. The only thing in life that amounts to anything is "relationships". The rest is fluff or just showing off.

All The Best,

-- Don