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Water Temperature at Ocean City Maryland, May 31, 2005

59.2 degrees.--
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Since when is it wrong to experience a "problem"?

At a client site recently, the following email came past my desk (emphasis mine):

"_________, I've ran into an opportunity with the HRIS server. It needs SQL SP3a installed before the SQL reporting services. I'll work on it today after hours."


How about "... had a little problem; I'll get it fixed right away"????

Sheesh! That's no way to run a Mission Critical system *puke*.

All The Best,

-- Don

Water Temperature for May 26, 2005

52.3 degrees.

Yet Another Birthday Gift Idea

Anything by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole. Incredible music indeed.

All The Best,

-- Don

More Music

Out of the Blue and Face The Music, both by Electric Light Orchestra, would make excellent birthday presents (hint to Ian and/or Erika).

All The Best,

-- Don

Gift Ideas For Don's 46th Birthday on May 27, 2005

A UtiliKilt, 34.5 waist and 22 (or so) length. (please note; my waist is 32, but the kilts are cut weird. Trust me on this one) Any good cigars, including (but, of course, not limited to ...) La Aroma de CubaPunchEl Rey Del MundoCamachoLa Gloria Cubana Serie RMacanudoCohibaMontecristoDon Lino AfricaAny music CD's by the Rolling Stones, except for Let It Bleed and Bridges To Babylon -- I already have those two.
12-gauge shotgun shells for Trap shooting. Any size bottle of Buffalo Trace.
Any size bottle of Maker's Mark. That's it for now.

Ocean City Water Temperature

I toyed with the idea of going surfing this weekend in celebration of my 46th birthday, but the weather is against me. It's going to rain -- which is fine for surfing -- but the water is only 52 degrees! Yikes! Guess I'll be shopping instead. Let's see ... cigars ... Rolling Stones music ... new shirt or two ... some new pants ... Happy Birthday To Me it will be! All The Best, -- Don

Great Web Site/Service

My dear friends at 37 Signals (Hey Jason!) have come up with yet another winning web site and service: BackPack. BackPack allows you to store emails, documents, pictures, videos, music, notes, what-have-you (that is, "stuff"), in one place on the web. But it's beyond that. You can set up reminders, which will email you and/or your cell phone. You can share pages of "stuff" with other people. The basic package is free. I might write a Palm Pilot component for it. It's really great; check it out. Links: 37 Signals: Backpack:

All The Best, -- Don

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Engine Update

I have the best Toyota dealer in the world. No ... the best car dealer in the world.

They're going to replace the engine in my Spyder under my extended warranty. I pay the $50 deductible, they pick up the rest ... even including a rental car for a week.

Diehl Toyota. I'll never go anywhere else.

All The Best,

-- Don

Blown Engine

I blew the engine in the Spyder.

Dealer wants $5,500 for a new short block.

Guess who's shopping for a used, cheap 1ZZ.

Sheesh ... it's always something.

-- Don


Got up at 5:15 this morning -- a Sunday morning! -- to take my dear friend Kelly to the BWI Airport. Sheesh.

Hey Kelly ... can ya help a brother out and, perhaps next time, get an eleven o'clock flight?


All The Best,

-- Don


Wow ... it's been three weeks since I posted anything on my blog. Forgive me, but I've been hugely busy ... in a very good way.

So we just got back from participating in our newest hobby ... shooting. Trap and Sporting Clays to be more precise. Tonight, we went trap shooting at the Isaac Walton League near Red Lion.

It was a blast.

And what was really great was that our son, Ian, came along.

I was anxious to try the Charles Daly Sporting O&U 12 gauge with the 30-inch barrel. Brought along the same gun in a 28-inch barrel for Patti.

My friend, Matt, and his father (Chet) were the hosts. They're both accomplished and talented shooters.

I was up first, and I don't mind admitting that I'm not especially good at shooting clay birds. I did okay after a shaking start.

Then Patti took some shots. She's pretty good, although it took her a while to get into her groove.

Then -- wouldn't you know it -- Ian stepped up and smoked 'em.

(I was so proud of him)

Matt and Chet …