Saturday, July 31, 2004

Not much blogging lately. Mostly keeping up with my daughter. Also, I'm reluctant to start any major home project because there could be more costly legal BS with the ex, regarding me continuing to fund a private school.

Work is still good and swinging into development mode. I caught the developers trying to wipe out a production database. Same old excuse, time driven.

Dragooned into a big ZigZaglar cheerlead funtime on Monday. He has a lot of good speakers, including Rudy Giuliani. If they substitute Al Gore for Rudy I'm walking out. I've never been a big motivation fan. Don't see how it applies in Information Technology. Basically, we don't think much of project planning abilities and more cheerleading won't help.


Monday, July 26, 2004

It's been a day of harsh discussions with  my daughter.   Her mom's congregation provided a lot of politically correct bullshine with which I don't agree at the services last month.  I've had to do a lot of explaining exactly that to a lot of people.  A free adult in the USA shouldn't have to do that.  Today I made that crystal clear to my daughter.  Basically, the entire service was adulterated to make a lot of noise for hippie style "New Age" bullshine. 

She was also worried about disagreements over school.  I didn't go into all the gory details but did bring up my point of view about it, and about many (most) of the other parents there.  I will explain further to her later.  The disagreements with the ex are very real and bad feeling against the school are very strong. 

This is harsh, but this is the world in which she lives.  It won't do her any good to pretend that I am in agreement with these bastards. 


Sunday, July 25, 2004

The ex got the proposed journal entry to extend tuition at private school for two years as she requested.  She did not like that I had clauses to:

The bottom line is that I'm not going to go to prison to feed the people at the school

Also, since the ex can't reconcile herself to sending my kid to high school where she lives I have to assume that the ex doesn't care what happens to her after the 8th grade.  Pretty stupid.


How did Google get the New York Times as an ad on my blog?  I've never quoted the publication.  Their agenda is antipathy to me. 


Saturday, July 24, 2004

I received my attorney's draft that will wrap up private school tuition and end the eight year femfest known as the parenting agreement.  My visceral reaction was dread at receiving anything from the attorney.  But I believe this will wrap things up for my kid.  And I hope there will be less drama from the ex about it.  A couple points in perspective:


Thursday, July 22, 2004

Hot Damn!
My kid is getting published in an anthology of short stories!  Hey, when I was in college I wrote for money.  I wrote "Dear Mom - send money".


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Not much time to blog now.  Taking the kid to The Tempest tomorrow night.  She's a big Shakespeare fan.


Monday, July 19, 2004

Daughter is back from camp, as full of beans as ever!  She had a great time.  She actually left the building and did stuff outside.  Wow.  I took care of mom's application and a lot of et. al. this AM.


Sunday, July 18, 2004

Here's my Sunday mid-afternoon posting.  It's pretty quiet and I'm waiting for my daughter to come home from camp.  I'm taking tomorrow off work and want to take her to the beach, weather permitting.   There's still a lot of stuff to do taking car of mom and getting the application in to the nursing facility but I've wrapped up what I could do this weekend.  Overall, things seem to be simplifying.  This is good.  Only one month until the football pre-season, too.


Saturday, July 17, 2004

Spent time today sorting out mom's stuff.  Not that much to do actually, but it does make me think of things I don't like to think about.  Also playing with new blogger posting options.  Let's see if it makes any difference


Friday, July 16, 2004

Depressing visit to mom yesterday with my sister.  Sis is moving out of town soon.  Mom's in an assisted living facility and will be 89 in a couple of months, bless her.  She's healthy, but is fading mentally.  She doesn't move much although she can.  We'll be putting her on a waiting list for a nursing facility.


Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Things are going along okey-dokey fine right now. My daughter comes back from camp on Sunday. Work is very smooth now. Sunday was nice - the girlfriend came over.


Sunday, July 11, 2004

Blue State Boookstore Blues
There will be an independent bookstore closing near here. Too bad, it was a nice one and added a lot to it's neighborhood. But my experience in browsing there, as in others such as Borders in the last couple of years has been less and less comfortable. Displays seemed to be tilted toward a liberal agenda and I found it harder to access books of interest there. It was fun finding and perusing books with a politically incorrect title or author.

But I'm sure that the owners even in this hotbed of liberalism had to face the facts that they were pissing off at least 10 - 30 percent of potential customers. That had to take it's toll on business.


Saturday, July 10, 2004

The cameras have been deployed to camp, courtesy of the United States Postal Service, with all the speed and dispatch of the United States Postal Service. My daughter has a crush on some boy from Evanston. Dammit, I knew if I sent her to camp there would be more damn hippies!

My fine local City Council has decided to take a heroic stand against spraying to kill mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus. Would they approve of spraying only those not carrying the virus? More hippie bullshit. One can only hope that this does not betray a fondness for other vermin, such as rats or terrorists, on the part of that body.

Management, who for the most part is pretty good right now, except that they want us to go to one of these Zag Ziglar seminars to get juiced up to go and do something to someone or something. Attendance on my part would be dishonest. I would love to see Rudy Giuliani, Jessica Lynch, Jim Tressel, and Ozzie Newsome. And I don't see how any of them would improve the way I recover tables or optimize queries one bit. I'd rather get a commendation like this one Acidman authored.


Friday, July 09, 2004

Second care package readied for deployment to camp. Phone service restored to girlfriend's house. Getting back to normal.


Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Had the big meeting with the ex yesterday. It worked out ok kinda sorta. Now to the attorney to draw up a journal entry. The kid is having the time of her life at camp, and it's still taking way too long to get less done here. Also it doesn't look like dumpsville for me. The lady I've been seeing had a tree fall on her property, wiping out the utility lines late last week.


Monday, July 05, 2004

OK, the ex is exploding big time now in a fabulous 4th (5th) of July fireworks explosion.


Sunday, July 04, 2004

Happy 4th of July!
We've just had our afternoon gully washer. So much for picnics. I got a letter from my daughter at camp and she's having a great time. One of the activities is dodgeball, a great sport! Play for keeps, kid.

Yesterday I got my hands on MySQL. My friend downloaded the "free" edition which didn't set up well. When he tried to connect with the engine the client produced a vague "did not connect" error. And he didn't have an error manaual and they didn't provide online help. So much for freeware.

The ex didn't nuke me after I notified her that private school tuition court forced contributions end soon, so I expect that some damn attorney will try to extend it. And I'm sure they'll use the "fer the cirdlen" bullshit we heard so much during the Clinton adminstration.


Saturday, July 03, 2004

I think it's bye-bye with the girl I've been seeing. It's too bad. She was nice. Looks like a quiet 4th of July is underway.


Friday, July 02, 2004

I tried to post on the blog twice in the week but it didn't work. I haven't had much contact with the gal I've been seeing. Then I get a pretty long e-mail that included the c-word, comittment! What's this all about?

The kid is happily ensconced at camp. Hopefully staying out of trouble!


Thursday, July 01, 2004

Still decompressing.

Whew - must be getting old. It takes a lot longer to do nothing anymore.


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