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This song, as sung by The Kingston Trio, is great.

Three Jolly Coachmen

One, two, and three jolly coachmen sat at an English tavern. Three jolly coachmen sat at an English tavern,
And they decided, and they decided, and they decided to have another flagon.
Landlord, fill the flowing bowl until it doth run over. (Repeat)
For tonight we merr-I be, (Repeat twice)
Tomorrow we'll be sober. (What!)
Here's to the man who drinks dark ale and goes to bed quite mellow! (Repeat)
He lives as he ought to live (Repeat twice)
He'll die a jolly good fellow! (Ha! Ha! Ha!)
Here's to the man who drinks water pure and goes to bed quite sober. (Repeat)
He falls as the leaves do fall, (Repeat twice)
He'll die before October! (Ho! Ho! Ho!)
Here's to the maid who steals a kiss and runs to tell her mother. (Repeat)
She's a foolish, foolish thing. (Repeat twice)
For she'll not get another. (Pity!)
Here's to the maid who steals a kiss and stays to steal another. (Repeat)
She's a boon to a…

What A Great Quote Of The Day!!!

You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.

- Fred Allen

Third Thursday in November!!

Okay gang ... today is the third thursday in November, and you know what that means!!

Thanksgiving is coming?


Christmas just around the corner?


Leaves are falling?

Wrong again.

It's ... Beaujolais Nouveau Day!!!!

Here's hoping 2007 is better than 2006 (not so great) and more like 2004 (yeah!)

All The Best,

-- Don, The Wino


Listening to Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey" right now. GREAT tune!

Perfect Pun Opportunity

This morning, I sent a text message to my wife asking if we had dried thyme at home (I'm making jambalaya for dinner).

Almost three hours later, she finally answered.

To which I responded with the perfect pun:

It's about thyme you answered me!

Ahhh ... perfect. PERFECT. These type of things add "spice" to life, especially during the holiday "season".

All The Best,

-- Don

March 2009

I have many goals.

This is one of them ... by March, 2009.

All The Best,

-- Don

Hmmmm ...

Let's see ... two months from now ... hmmmm ...



My "Problem" with Technology

I've been working in the Technology field for about 28 years now. My "problem" is this: I'm still fascinated ... impressed ... awed, by technology. Even the slightest "ho-hum" thing just pushes my button. For example, today I was working with a client. They had to establish an account for me and grant me certain rights to their FTP server. We tried and it didn't work. I then PING-ed the server, we found the problem (turns out the DNS server was pointing to an internal FTP server; I simply use the fixed IP address instead) and BINGO I'm in! That just is so cool to me! Push some buttons and wham-o I'm cruising their server. Heck, I still haven't gotten over the telephone. I mean ... think about it; you push some buttons and suddenly you're talking to someone anywhere on the planet! DUDE ... THINK ABOUT THAT for a minute. Tech is cool. All The Best, -- Don

Dear Al Gore ...

Please, PLEASE, run.

Two Dollar Multi-Touch Pad

Got a Mac?

Got two dollars?

Song Of The Day

My son sent me the link to this video, not knowing that I used to hear this song on the radio as a teenager! Oh, how I long for those wonderful days!

Pittsburgh Pirates!

*ugh* :-(

Next year!

-- Don

Don 1, Embolism 0

I kicked it's ass!

Actually ... visited the doc last week for my final check, including bloodwork. Short story is: I'm as healthy as can be. Or even more so; my numbers are terrific.

As for the embolism ... it wasn't! HA! Turns out, I had three things going at once: A shoulder injury, a (probable) allergic reaction to all the Advil I was taking resulting in hives, and -- get this -- gall stones!

The gall stones explains the pain in the side and lower back and the elevated liver enzymes!

So I'm in great health and can return to working out ... kayaking ... SURFING! ... and all the Go Get 'Em stuff I like to do.

WOOO-HOOO ... I'm off to ocean in late September for some wave action!

All The Best,

-- Don (who is, obviously, very happy and excited ... excited enough to overuse exclamation points!!!!)

My New Grandson!



Just four months until Christmas!


Backing Up A Bit

I need to go back in time and lay a foundation for everyone.

(dislaimer: I cannot spell breath or breathe. I mean, which one where???)

Let's see ... two saturdays ago I used a power tool to sand part of my deck. It's an attachment that goes into my power drill and spins with the sanding "paddles" running perpendicular to the sanding surface.

It was not particularly difficult, but I need to use a lot of force. It vibrated like crazy. I could feel it all the way up my arm.

The next day my right shoulder -- specifically the trapezuis muscle -- hurt. A lot. As in I-wanna-die-now a lot. And when I tried to breathe it REALLY hurt. The pain would radiate down the entire right side of my torso, front and back. Hurt so bad that I was taking only shallow breaths. I couldn't get a deep breath because it hurt so bad. I mean, I was ABLE to get a deep breath, but it just hurt too bad to take one.

I spent the next few days taking mega does of Advil as the pain seemed to only get wor…

"Hi, I'm doctor so-and-so from oncology, ..."

"... your liver enzymes are elevated and we need to run some tests."

(Note: I am writing this on Wednesday morning; the event took place two days ago)

Okay, imagine the fear *that* brings you.

I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV ... but even I can read WebMD and see what are the causes of Elevated Liver Enzymes (AST and ALT). Going down the list, the only thing I cannot check off is ... *gulp* ... cancer.

Okay, time for some math: elevated liver enzymes + no other cause matches my history + I'm speaking with an oncologist = ...???.


This is all happening at seven in the morning, after being surprised to learn that I'm not to have any food. Uh-oh ... this isn't looking good.

I need an ultrasound of my liver, kidneys and pancreas.

So you know how it goes. This day that I'm supposed to have an ultrasound done on my liver, kidneys and pancreas turns out to be -- for some reason -- the busiest day in the ultrasound department in…


Eat well, stay active and you'll end up in the hospital with a pulminary embolism.

At least that's what I did.

(message sent from hospital bed ... sheesh)

All The Best,

-- Don

Count 'em: Five!

Five months until Christmas!

And I'm listening to Christmas music on Pandora today.

My Dad

My dad rules.

One of his patents.

Don 1, Depression 0

By revisiting my Locus of control, I've overcome my latest round with Depression. I kicked it's ass, actually! All The Best, -- Don

One Gorgeous Swede

No, not Tiger Woods' wife ... but this Volvo C30:

This Guy I Know

I know this guy. He graduated from high school in my wife's class. So he's about 48 years old. His I.Q. is probably under 100. He's not stupid, but he's not going to be working on the genome project any time soon. Catch my drift? Since high school, his career consisted of running a machine for Dentsply. He makes $19 per hour. That's it. Hardly well-to-do. So ... he's retiring at the end of August. RETIRING! Age 48! How? He's been getting ESOP contributions since day one at Dentsply, and he's cashing in his stock, investing in something safe (I suggest Tax-Free Munies), and retiring. Two million dollars. TWO MILLION DOLLARS! DAMN! Way to go!
It TRULY is what you SPEND, not what you MAKE. All The Best, -- Don

The Battle Is On

I'm battling depression right now. Been for about two months. I think the root cause is that I feel totally overwhelmed with responsibility. At work, all three of my customers want me there most of if not all the time. It's a "good problem", as they say, but it puts a lot of stress on me, what with trying to juggle my schedule and keep them all happy. I just finished an extremely important, high-profile project for one customer. Important as in "we can't remain in business without this" and high-profile as in a certain government agency needs to approve my work in order for my customer to stay in business. At home, I have the deck refinishing project. My perfectionist wife, God bless her thorough and "do-it-right" heart, insists that we sand the deck before the new coat of opaque stain. Sand it by hand. No electric; BY HAND. (Note: Never, NEVER, use opaque stain. It means you have peeling after two years and a constant battle to keep the deck lo…

Politics, Business and Ego

The talking heads on the TV were just now commenting that Michael
Bloomberg is a shrewd businessman and wouldn't enter the presidential
race unless he felt he could win.Ha! Never underestimate the ego of a successful person.--
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Technology Is Incredible

Back in 1979, I cut my teeth in software development (it was called "computer programming" then, and it was part of the work of the "Data Processing Department") on an IBM System/34 minicomputer. This 900-pound monster stood four feet high, 30 inches wide and about five feet deep. It had a massive 27MB hard drive and cavernous 64K of RAM. Wow. $50,000. I did a lot of Accounts Receivable programming. With no support for a Date data type, doing date math was ... fun. Yeah ... fun. Now, in my pocket, I have a Pocket PC phone ... camera ... web browser ... email client ... all that in one compact unit. About the size of a deck of cards. $400. Amazing.

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Can I just say that I really, really like bourbon? I don't drink it every day. Probably averages about twice a week over time. But DAYUM is it good! Maker's Mark and Buffalo Trace are my favorites. And my wonderful daughter gave me a bottle of the red wheat stuff for Father's Day. All The Best, -- Don

What I Like About Ron Paul

From a Washington Post article:"I'm for the individual," Paul said. "I'm not for the government."

New Place

Chris and Erika got their first house.

Best. Ever.

Was there ever a better singer than Dean Martin?

I trow not.

An Anchor Made Of Bacon

The one distinctive smell that I remember from Basic Training (way back in 1978) was that of bacon cooking in the morning as we did our PT. Now, whenever I smell bacon, it snaps me right back to Lackland AFB ... the warm, humid mornings ... the TI screaming (our TI was a 6-foot-5 ex-Marine named "Sargeant Smoak"; we were known as "Smoak's Jokes") ... the fear of the unknown. I hear Billy Joel's CD "The Stranger" and I'm 17 years old, driving my Pinto late at night on a weekend, after work, to visit my girlfriend (she's now my wife of over 28 years!). Why? Because I distinctly remember Starview 92 playing the entire album when it was released. They had a late night radio show where they'd play an entire album. Before they started, the DJ would instruct you to "start your tape recorder ... NOW!". I can remember rolling through the intersection of Route 30 and Roosevelt Avenue when Billy Joel's newest album started to play. R…


Don't look now, but the Pirates are in second place in their division, only four games behind the Brewers.

I'm tellin' ya ...

Those Pesky Pirates

Yeah ... um ... well, the Pirates are struggling. At 19-25 they are eight games out, but still a game ahead of last year's World Series Champions!

I'm not giving up on them. Not gonna do it. But I would like to see them put together a charge and move up.


All The Best,

-- Don

Water Temp Update

The water temperature at Ocean City, Maryland, is 56.5 degrees! I've surfed in water that cold before ... so it won't be long before I'll be back.

Hmmmm ... the weekend of June 2nd looks good ...

All The Best,

-- Don

I Just Love This Picture

I just love this picture.

That stunningly beautiful woman is my wife of 28 1/2 years! Yeah, it's good to be The King!

All The Best,

-- Don

P.S. That's Penny ... HER dog. NOT my dog. HER dog.

Obligatory Picture Here

Somebody graduated from Penn State on Saturday!

Ian's degree in Science is just a start. This fall he starts his Fellowship at
New York University where he'll work towards his PhD in Computational Biology.

So ... my daughter has her degree (Business Administration and she's kicking butt thankyewverymuch) and my wife got her degree in 2002 (Culinary Arts AND Baking & Pastry eatyerheartout) and my son.

So my new nickname around the house is "Mister G.E.D.", being that I'm the resident non-degreed idiot. :)

Works for me!

All The Best,

-- Don

Must See TV

Wow. You MUST take 20 minutes and view this video from PBS in 1987. Astounding and prophetic.

Pirates Continue Season Of Surprise

The Pirates are 6-6, one game back but zero games back in the loss column!

Keep it up Bucs!

Pirates Continue To Roll!

The soon-to-be-World Champion Pittsburg Pirates continued their Shock And Awe campaign of 2007 with a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros last night.

This is going to be a great season for us Pirates fans!

All The Best,

-- Don

Pirates Begin Miracle Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates -- you heard it here first -- began their World Series Winning Season last night with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros.

The Pirates are now tied for 1st, but it won't be long before they separate themselves from the pack.

They will be this year's surprise team. Trust me on this one.

All The Best,

-- Don


"I've been wading in the velvet sea..."

Same As It Ever Was ...

You may ask yourself 'Well? How did I get here?'

Ocean City Surfing

Water temperature is 42.4 degree (F). I'll wait a bit longer, mm-kay?

Teeth, Hawaii, Europe

So I had my twice-a-year teeth cleaning today, and while there I spoke with the dentist about having my entire smile "redone" to make it nicer, straighter, better, etc. The technology is incredible ... and so is the cost. Ballpark figure is around $7,000, give or take a few C-notes. So ... get the new smile, or take a wonderful vacation? Hawaii? Italy? Iceland?? What to do? All The Best, -- Don

Beltway Madam, Law & Order

Heard about the Beltway Madam?

I can already see an episode of NBC's Law & Order that is "ripped from the headlines".

A person is killed. Turns out that person purchased the "Black Book" from a madam who had high-profile clients.

-- Don

Filing versus Piling

I use Windows XP. I pretty much have to, since I'm a .NET developer.

(An aside: If you can tell me how to do .NET web development using a Mac/OSX please convince me and I'll switch in a heartbeat)

The "My Documents" on my PC has about 200 sub-folders. Some of them have sub-folders.

Problem is, do I file a document here or there or ... or where?? There could be many places it "belongs".

Yeah yeah I know about shortcuts but they're pretty lame. Too much work, too. What? ... drop a document into a folder and then create half-a-dozen shortcuts? No thanks.

So I'm just about to move from the "Filing" mindset to the "Piling" idea. That is, simply put ALL of my documents into the "My Documents" folder. Done.

When I want a document, I open the folder and jump to the name. Not sure of the name? Hello Google Desktop Search.

Unless I get a hugely compelling reason, I'm switching to "Piling" this weekend.

All The Best,

-- Don

Global Warming

It was seven degrees BELOW zero this morning in York. Minus seven! On March 8th. *sigh*

Race Against Racism

On April 28, 2007, the Lancaster YWCA is holding their annual Race Against Racism 5K run. I'm commiting right now to running in it. I won't be running to win, but I'm using this as a Goal for which to shoot. Almost 48 years old, bad back (which generally prevents me from running; not sure how I'll handle that) and haven't been in "running shape" in five years. Do I shoot for 27 minutes? Better? Twenty four minutes? Thirty?? All The Best, -- Don

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Tuesday Morning Music


Scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2007

It won't be long!!!

Great Video on the heels of Valentine's Day

This is wonderful. Enjoy ...

Oldie But Goodie

I posted this picture before, but it's been a while and it's one of my favorites.

I took it in my kitchen one evening while cooking. It's a sad picture, that being an empty bottle and all.

But the lighting and colors are, in my opinion, very warm and comforting.


Oh By The Way ...

This is pretty much how I spent my Christmas. This is the view from Mike and Jane's back yard.

Sun City Center, Florida.

Did I mention that my son and I went swimming on Christmas Eve?

Oh yeah ... and I birdied that par three.


John McCutcheon said it best:

"Courage has no meaning without fear."

You can't show courage unless fear is first felt. You can't succeed unless there is a struggle; anything less than a struggle and it's not "success", but merely movement.

Downhill, at that.

It's when we face our fears ... our demons ... our problems ... that we can overcome. Surrender, defeat, retreat -- those are only temporary delays. If we wish a result in our favor, we must push forward.

Keep your chin up, look for the path to success, and don't forget that sometimes brute force is, in fact, the best way.

All The Best,

-- Don

RV or Hotels?

Recently, my wife and I were discussing what we will do when we win the Powerball. I said I'd fly around in a private jet, or else drive around in my new Lincoln MKX, and stay at the nicest hotels. She said she'd rather purchase a large, extremely nice RV and travel. My argument was that I prefer the room and luxury of a hotel, including having someone else make the bed and do the laundry. Her argument was that an RV can take you more places and you *know* who's been sleeping in the bed. What do you think? All The Best, -- Don

Joe Biden

Shortest Presidential campaign EVER! Began and (effectively) ended the same day. He's a proven racist. Get him outta here. All The Best, -- Don


I'm going to be a Grandpa! In late August!!

Classic Mitch Hedberg

"I wanna hang a map of the world in my house. Then I'm gonna put pins into all the locations that I've traveled to. But first, I'm gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won't fall down."
  - Mitch Hedberg

2007, A Year In Preview

I was going to use "Personal Mastery" as my theme for 2007, but it's such an overused phrase that I had to come up with something different. So ... my theme for 2007 is ...

Toward Self-Actualization

That's it. That's my theme, the foundation upon which I will build my goals for 2007. I don't "do" resolutions.

Under that heading, I have the following memes which will drive me this year (in no particular order):

Remove The BrokenSettle For BetterClear Out The PastGain Knowledge And ExperienceLighten The BurdenThis is my 2007 in Preview. Soon, I will develop goals associated with each meme and tasks to accomplish my goals.All The Best,-- Don

Too Warm

Here in south central Pennsylvania, we just finished our warmest December ever. Our daily average high temperature was 50! That's waaaaay to warm.

January has started out even warmer. This past weekend saw 70 degrees, and it's predicted to be in the mid to upper 50's this coming weekend.

It's sickening.

Literally. It's been too warm to kill of the mold spores and ticks. We need some good old cold weather. About three weeks of nights in the teens and days in the upper 20's ought to do it ... not to mention make it really feel like winter.

All The Best,

-- Don