15 years later

May 1999

May 1999

May 2014

May 2014

What a difference 15 years, eating better, exercising more and lots of other changes can make. Yes, that is the same shirt. The jeans in 1999 were 34x32s and stretched to their limit. Today it’s 32×32 and require a belt to keep up. In 1999, I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded, now I’m running 2+ miles 3 days a week and I’ve run 2 5Ks in under 32 min each time.

I won’t mention why I was standing in front of Bill Smith Auto Parts, groggy eyed (and probably starting to get hung over) 15 years ago.

How’s that for a throwback Thursday? And, next Thursday will be another one.

New Hardware (Again)

Well, the previously mentioned system lasted Dad just over 4 1/2 years, so that’s not too bad. The new machine is an Optiplex 755 with a 2.66 GHz Core2 Duo, 2GB of RAM, 160GB RAID1 storage (using the Intel chipset RAID), a nice ATI video card and a 19″ Ultrasharp Wide Flat Panel (1908FWP). It’s running Windows XP, but we bought it with a Vista Business license, should he ever need to upgrade.

This one should last just as long or longer than the GX270, I hope.

Rest in Peace Hefty

HEFFELFINGER – Jeffrey D. “Hefty” Heffelfinger,
36, of Hoopeston died at 10:45 a.m. Monday,
July 31, 2006 in Burlington, Wis. Arrangements
were incomplete at Brown-Alkire Funeral Home.

Hopefully the poker players aren’t as tough where you are now.

Changing Jobs

I’m changing jobs.

I’ve decided to work in a slightly different field, still on campus, still with computers, but with a more defined task and, most strikingly, a different department. So, in about a month, you’ll see a new category get added to the list and you’ll probably see a marked change in the subject and topics of work related posts that show up here.

Those who know me and where I’m going will hopefully find this question from my wife just as funny as I did:

So, when does your lightsaber change from green to red?

Deep Sleep Operative

I got the following email from someone this morning:

If you are reading this I will assume that the sandmen have not found
you and you escaped carousel. Welcome to the club 🙂

Bonus points if you don’t have to use google to figure out what it’s about.

Progress on the Baby’s Room

We’ve got clouds on the walls, a bookcase and the crib.
Alisha painting clouds
The clouds were done with a Cloud Kit from Home Depot and they look really good. It’s easy enough that I can do it, though my clouds don’t look any where near as good as Alisha’s.
Crib and bookcase
The bookcase came from Menards, they had to special order it after a little inventory issue with their Ready To Assemble furniture area. The crib is a Baby’s Dream Generation Next 3 in 1 from Babyland in Savoy.
(More pictures)