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Memoirs of a Lunatic

The title almost says it all. I'm a little insane, like all folks, and I'm just putting down what I think about. Maybe some of it is funny, maybe some of it isn't. Just come read and find out for yourself.

Monday, July 31, 2006

My Sunday

Yesterday was the fifth Sunday and it was supposed to be my turn in the rotation to play the bass. Well, my man Alex volunteered to play for me so that I could have a little rest. I certainly appreciated that!

Of course, Alex tries to be humble and claim that he was just "holding it down" for us, but in reality he is the best bass player in the band, even though he is our drummer. I enjoyed sitting in the audience and watching him play. If I was one-third as good as he is, then I would be pretty incredible!

After church, we headed to Red Lobster - a story that I chronicle here. After that, I had to work on my homework while Lo and the girls went to the pool.

My son was supposed to be asleep, but wouldn't head off to dreamland. I decided to go to the library and get a book on bass playing so that maybe I could learn a thing or two to improve my technique. My son fell asleep on the way there (this was part of my master plan!).

After that, I got home and read through the books that I got. I read two of them in their entirety and am taking them back immediately as they weren't very informative. The third book, I'm going to keep for awhile because it is chock full of stuff that I did not know.

I finished up my homework later on in between doing various family activities. This is my last week of school for summer term. In reality, I am finished with one class already. My biggest piece left is a research paper. I hope to knock that out without too much trouble and be done for awhile.

I've all but decided that I won't be taking any classes in the fall (fall is the new summer!) to try to get a handle on all the new stuff going on in my life. Since I've begun my current school term, I've taken a new job and begun playing bass on a very regular basis. Both of these endeavors are time consuming and I need to find a new balance that meets my needs. I also need to find a better place to do my homework, because what I have going now isn't working for me. We have a few ideas in mind, we'll see how they work out.

I've rambled pretty long here, so I'm out. Happy Monday.


At 8/01/2006 8:44 AM, Blogger Alex said...

You are way too nice. I'm not doing anything special that you can't do either.

It was total sweetness playing last night. My new guitar REALLY makes a difference. Now when my new effects pedal arrives in a few days and we will really be able to make our newest song sound nice. Meg and her voice lessons have paid off 100 fold. She is writing some soul nudging lyrics and she isn't the soft little church singer, she is starting to wail for the first time. I am enjoying music again like I did 12 years ago! Thanks for the fun, brutha! Keep up the good work!

Now, the question I keep playing guitar and find a drummer, or do I play drums and find a guitarist. :-)

At 8/01/2006 5:52 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Yes, you are. You are playing like someone who can play, where I play like someone who is trying to keep up.

Last night was good stuff. It keeps getting better every week.

At 8/01/2006 10:52 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Wow, that was pretty nice of that Alex guy. Sounds like he rocks. ;)

And you've got to be a diligent bass student to read up on good techniques at the library. Such a wholesome way to spend one's time.

At 8/02/2006 12:21 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Thanks Nicole!

Guru is a very diligent bass player. I see growth in him all of the time. I'm glad that him and I are on the same level with me on guitar, since it isn't my native instrument. So we are both learning and being creative. This is what makes my musical experience good.


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Sunday, July 30, 2006

What the Deuce?

Stewie Griffin - 'What the Deuce?'

Okay, so I went to Red Lobster today with my family and my father-in-law. The cheddar bay biscuits are the bomb and the family really enjoys the food, so I was game. I usually order the cheeseburger (the bread is very good) and fill up on biscuits, making the entire experience a lot more affordable.

Well, dear readers, I get there to discover that Red Lobster discontinued the cheeseburger about a month ago. Again I repeat, "What the Deuce?!?". How can this be?

To explain, I hate seafood. Hate it with a passion. I go to Red Lobster for two reasons. Firstly, the biscuits rule. Secondly, the family likes seafood. This wasn't a problem because I could always get a hamburger. Now, Red Lobster has thrown down the gauntlet. It is all about chicken or fish. If I want good ol' cow, I have to pony up for a steak. Oh, the humanity.

It seems as though my next trip to get those biscuits may be further and further in the future!


At 7/30/2006 9:12 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

Dude, how the hell do you not like crab?

We went to Red Lobster for my graduation, but we havn't been back since. Damn place made us wait 1.5 hours to be seated. Yeah, we hated it. Got free apetizers out of it though.

At 7/30/2006 9:54 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Well you had a lot going for your "I'm black on the inside" theory.

1) you went to Red Lobster
2) you said "da bomb"
3) you love the cheese biscuits

But then you admitted that you don't like crab and that pretty much killed it for you. ;)

Don't you love it when I get all lame and stereotypical?

At 7/31/2006 10:09 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Man, oh man, I love me some Red Lobster...but oh is it expensive! Lo just needs to find the recipe for the bisquits so you never have to go there again! :-)

Btw, why would any restaurant want to discontinue their cheeseburger??? Just doesn't make sense.

At 7/31/2006 11:36 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

This just in: KFC has completely removed chicken, and chicken related products from their menu!!!

At 8/01/2006 5:55 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Gooey: I like almost no seafood. The exception is canned tuna and fish sticks!

Nicole: Lame and stereotypical is the way to be!

Trin: They WERE manageable when people could order hamburgers! Now they are just insane.

G: You have been feeling me on these food related posts recently. First the Chipotle, now this. Well done.

At 8/01/2006 8:10 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

I prefer medium-well.

At 8/01/2006 11:43 PM, Blogger Guru said...

But medium is the best.

At 8/09/2006 4:22 PM, Blogger Tara said...

I didn't even know Red Lobster made burgers and now they're gone? Oh well, I love their shellfish. But I agree with you on the cheese biscuits, they are very tasty.


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Saturday, July 29, 2006

She's the Man

She's the Man
This review is a little bit biased because I went into this movie with a couple of preconceived notions. 1) I think Amanda Bynes is funny. 2) I think Amanda Bynes is cute (I am less likely to be critical of a cute star!) 3) Even though this movie is based on a Shakespeare play - I wasn't expecting Shakespeare.

I thought this movie was funny, entertaining, and well worth my time. While the movie itself was kind of predictable (it IS based on a 400 year old play!), it was a good ride to get there. Much of the funniness came either in the form of Amanda Bynes' physical comedy (she is quite good), or some really good dialog.

One of the great castings was Amanda Bynes' soccer coach. He was the guy who played the soccer hooligan in Eurotrip. Everything he said was just funny to me. Must have been the accent.

One line that killed me was delivered by the "token black guy" in the cool group of guys. "How come when I wanted to ask Eunice out everyone made fun of me but when Sebastian likes her she's hot... No, screw you guys... I hate high school."

Oh, man, I laughed for a long time at that. Even now I am fighting to control my snickering!

I recommend this comedy to anyone who tends to enjoy "teen movies". If you don't like 10 Things I Hate About You, or She's All That, or the like, you won't like this at all. But, if you can enjoy that genre, check this movie out.


At 7/31/2006 10:25 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I rented this movie this weekend and I really liked it!!!

"10 things I hate about you" is one of my favs!! Great Heath movie!!! :)

At 8/01/2006 5:51 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I knew you would like this. 10 Things is one that I like alot to. In fact, the Guru household owns that movie!

At 8/02/2006 3:48 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I really need to get both of these!! :) I just love chick flicks!!!


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Friday, July 28, 2006

Football Time is Near

The Steelers headed into camp with their number one pick, Ohio State's own Santonio Holmes. Holmes finally agreed to a contract today.

I was concerned about his two law run-ins, but I hope that Hines Ward is right when he said that he doesn't believe that the Steelers drafted a troubled player. I don't want to be embarrassed like Bengals fans (ha ha) with players spending time in and out of jail!

The Buckeyes are going to be getting together soon, too. I will be sad for summer and nice weather to go, but fall is nice, too, and weekends of football RULE!!!


At 7/29/2006 7:55 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

I. Can't. Wait!!!

I will be TiVoing a lot of games to watch while I am breastfeeding The Deuce in the middle of the night.

Aveline and I watched the Michigan game (The last twenty minutes or so, of course!) today for the umpteenth time. I am so excited for the season to start. I just miss all of the media coverage...the only thing we get here in SW Ohio is Bengals. Blah.

At 7/30/2006 7:05 PM, Blogger Guru said...

OMG, I love that you call the kid, "The Deuce". Immediately makes me think of "The Ocho" from Dodgeball. Good times. Now that I have a DVR, I will probably be recording games, too, to watch back later. What a good Buckeye-lovin mom you are for raising your kids right!


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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Transporter 2

Transporter 2

I watched the Transporter 2 last night. I enjoyed the movie and I liked the story a little more than the original. In fact, in the beginning I was thinking that this could be a rare movie that I prefer the sequel to the original.

However, pretty soon I started seeing things that brought me back a bit. I like to imagine that the hero is just really talented and can do some cool stuff cuz they just have trained more and are gifted. But, when he is spinning his car and having a hook pull a bomb off of the bottom and jumping out of a window, grabbing two vials in midair and landing on the hood of a taxi before getting up and running away, that is a bit silly.

I wish they would have just kept it to some great driving and him kicking the people's butts the old fashioned way. That being said, there were some great fight scenes. Some of those scenes were awesome. The villain was pretty good and his executioner lady was pretty ruthless. I am curious as to why she always operated in lingerie, but who am I to judge that particular decision ? ;-) The movie also ended with an opening for a Transporter 3, which I wouldn't mind seeing.

Anyone else see it? Your thoughts?


At 7/27/2006 2:15 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I have yet to see this one mostly because I love the first movie so much...I don't want it spoiled. But, I am looking forward to the Italian Job sequel!

At 7/27/2006 6:24 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

They did go a bit over the top with the unbelievability factor in the second one.

I agree that they should have kept to the story of the simple Frank Martin, who is anything but ordinary man. He kicks A$$, and doesn't take names, cause he too busy kickin' A$$.

Oh that and because of rule # 2.

At 7/27/2006 7:47 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: I don't know about the Italian Job sequel if you aren't willing to take this one on.

G: When did the Transporter become an Oreo cookie???

At 7/29/2006 11:13 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

At least he's not HydroxByMistake!

At 7/30/2006 7:07 PM, Blogger Guru said...

At least they (Hydrox) are kosher! What a good business plan, attacking that demographic; a few hundred strong!

At 7/31/2006 11:43 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Wow! Your use of the semicolon is impeccable. It says so much, yet so little.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

In Defense of Chipotle


We have a new guy who started here last Monday. In talking last week, he claimed that Chipotle was over-rated and that he would take Taco Bell over Chipotle any day of the week, on taste alone! I was mad crazy astonished!

Well, last night I stayed late at work. I left here at about 7:40 pm, expecting to get home a little before 8:30 pm. Lo thought it would be a good idea for me to pick up Chipotle for us on my way. She had already fed the kids, so it was all about us :-)

I hadn't had any Chipotle since my time at OSU (almost 4 months have passed!) and I wanted to taste the goodness again to remind me what I was fighting for at work.

I got my typical steak burrito, got Lo a chicken burrito, and a bag of chips for us to share. Never fear, Chipotle fans, it was delicious. Taco Bell should feel ashamed for even selling a product with the same name!


At 7/26/2006 11:43 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I've only had Chipotle one time and I didn't care for it. It was just too hot for my taste, but I would like to try it again with some different sauce.

Have you had BD's before? I just had it for the first time last weekend and it was really good...and different. We made burritos out of our meal and it was quite delicious!

At 7/26/2006 11:53 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Chipotle's is AWESOME!!!!! :)

At 7/26/2006 1:35 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: I don't know what sauce you got, but they have 3 levels of salsas. I always get the hottest one, but you can even elect for no salsa. I've had BDs many times and I like it.

PJ: Heck yeah it is!

At 7/26/2006 6:05 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

Chipotle is a staple of the college student diet. Hungry? Chipotle near by? 'Nuff said.

I've blogged about Chipotle, so you know I love the place. I love the efficient design of the place, and you never feel like you're paying too much for their burritos, which is sweet. I'm also a proud member of the ODU chapter of Facebook students who feel Chipotle should be open 24/7, with exceptions for holidays, natch.

I like Taco Hell, but only if it's late at night and I'm hungry. Their new spicy chicken crunchwrap supreme is actually quite tasty.

At 7/26/2006 9:25 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Chipotle is soooo much the good stuff. We used to have Chipotle Fridays every payday Friday and hang out and have a two our lunch. Good times, we need to do that again.

At 7/27/2006 7:40 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Gooey: Yes, Taco Bell is good in two instances. 1) You have two dollars and need some tacos. 2) It is 1 am and you need some tacos. Other than that, if you have the means, and are sane, Chipotle is the spot.

Alex: You have been neglecting the Chipotle, too? First, I go 4 months without one, now I learn that you have put aside your ritual? It is an epidemic. You must have a Chipotle Friday on your next payday!

At 7/27/2006 3:30 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

You evil man.

You have now unleashed a Chipotle craving on a helpless pregnant woman.

How dare you!!!

I love the steak burritos, but they are pretty spicy for me. I have found that the pork is a bit milder. And fresh could you go wrong???

Taco Bell reminds me of college...poor, drunk and up too late.

La Bamba's is what I miss. Burritos as big as your head. Nothing better at 2am, while your stumbling home from south campus bars. (Moment of silence for what High Street used to be. :( )

At 7/27/2006 6:31 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Yeah, I was gonna go to Texas Roadhouse, but opted for White Castle. They're just as good!

At 7/27/2006 7:58 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Kristi: Sorry for that. I love La Bamba, too. When I used to work at Bank One near campus, we would get La Bamba about once per week. Good stuff. I wish they were a bit more widespread. They would be as big (if not bigger) than Chipotle.

G: Well put.

At 7/28/2006 7:55 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

After all those wonderful posts about my FAV fast food place...all I can say is......."God BLESS Chipotle!!!"

They are not perfect....too loud...really uncomfortable chairs....not open 24/7....

But they are as close as we will see on this side of heaven!!!

MAN...I LOVE this place!!!!!

At 7/30/2006 7:08 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Oz: Uncomfortable chairs? Loud? I don't think either of those things ever bothered me. I mean McDonalds is not exactly rocking the La-Z-Boys, are they?

At 7/30/2006 10:09 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

How can you even COMPARE Taco Bell to Chipotle? That's like comparing astronaut ice-cream to Haagen Daz.

I love me some Burrito Bol. With chicken, black beans, mild salsa, lettuce and sour cream?? Daggit, now I'm hungry again!


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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Morning Ritual

Child Shaving

Whenever he is awake, my two year old (27 months) son is always a fan of helping me get dressed. He has also run in to give someone a towel when they turn the shower off. None of that is new.

What is a new step is how he gets ready in the morning exactly as I do. When I brush my teeth, he stands on the toilet and brushes his teeth, too.

When I am putting on deodorant, he smells the cap. Then, when I am finished, he lifts his arms on at a time to get a dab, too.

When I put on cologne, he lifts his shirt to get a spray on his body. When I shave, he says, "Baby shave" until I touch my electric razor quickly to each side of his face.

The sad part is that he always gets ready because he thinks that he can go with me to work. He asks me if he can go just about every day. He doesn't get upset too much anymore, which is nice, he just ends up helping me finish getting dressed and then seeing me out the door.

I wish I could take him with me (and I'll bet Lo does, too!). However, I'm sure that my co-workers wouldn't appreciate it!


At 7/25/2006 12:48 PM, Blogger Witness Street said...

How cute! Why wouldn't anyone appreciate such a darling?

At 7/25/2006 4:43 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

He's so sweet! He just loves his daddy!

At 7/25/2006 7:56 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said... are KILLING me here!!!

Ya gotta are making me....sad.

I miss it when that used to be my boy...but now he is all 11 and too big for such "nonsense"

This was a great post!!!

At 7/25/2006 11:22 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

That is the CUTEST thing I've read all day!!!

I think I'd simply wig out if my daughter decided to emulate everything I did. I wouldn't know what to do with all that cuteness!

At 7/26/2006 8:00 AM, Blogger Jessy said...

Awwww thats so sweet =) He sounds like a little angel!

At 7/26/2006 1:39 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Witness: He isn't always such a darling!

Lo: Yes, he does. I hate when he gets upset that he can't go with me!

Oz: It won't be too long until I'm in the same boat as you are on this!

Nicole: Welcome to Guru's Place, The World Headquarters for Cute!

Jessy: He is, most of the time.


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Monday, July 24, 2006

British Open

Tiger Cries After Winning the British Open

I don't know how many of you that read this blog follow golf, but what happened yesterday is beyond the sport itself. Tiger Woods lost his father a short while ago and has been having a tough time. He and his father were very close.

Tiger repeated as British Open champ yesterday and when he hit his shot to win his first tournament since his father's death, he started crying because it hit him so hard that his father would never see him win again.

Tiger Woods may be the greatest golfer of our generation and prove to be the greatest golfer of all time, but Sunday reminded us that he is also a son. While I can't understand what it is like to hit a miracle eagle or sink a putt to win a tournament, I can understand Tiger's emotions after the tournament was over. I haven't lost my father yet, but unfortunately - life says that that is likely coming. So, that emotion I can share with him.


At 7/24/2006 8:41 AM, Blogger Alex said...

That's touching, Guru. I've often thought about how it will be when I lose my dad, and I can't imagine it. We are close and grow closer as time goes on. What's even harder, is that he isn't a believer, which really strikes a chord with me. Seeing him cry at the end of the cafe on April 1st made all of the work and frustrations worth it to me. Even if I never play in front of people again, seeing him under conviction like that was the greatest accomplishment for me that day.

Great blog post!

At 7/25/2006 12:46 PM, Blogger Witness Street said...

It was indeed an amazing performance by Tiger, but what's even worthier of noting is the emotional human significance of it all. :)

At 7/25/2006 11:25 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

You know, up until recently I was not much of a Tiger fan. I was glad that he'd managed to accomplish so much but he always seemed rather conceited to me. I just couldn't get behind him.

But nowadays I feel awful for him because I can just imagine how horrible it would feel to lose my OWN father. When I heard the speech he gave once he won the tournament it almost brought tears to my eyes. :(

At 7/26/2006 8:01 AM, Blogger Jessy said...

Poor Tiger :(

What a great victory for him.

At 7/26/2006 1:43 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: I've invited my dad to the shows both times and he always had something else going on. Maybe if we have one where I play, rather than just run sound, he'll come!

Witness: Yeah, I've gotten used to him winning golf tournaments. It was the extremely human element that made this moment so special.

Nicole: I've always been a Tiger guy. I just appreciate how he rolls. Anytime an athlete does something like this (think Brett Farve on MNF after his dad died), it gets to me.

Jessy: It certainly was. Thanks for visiting my blog.


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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Soundboard Sunday

So, it was my week to run sound for the church's worship services. I had to sit practice on Thursday and was ready to quit, it sounded so bad. After much tinkering, I finally got it sounding very good.

This morning, during the first service, the guy running Powerpoint even turned to me and said, "The sound is really good this morning". The second service didn't go as good, however. It still sounded better than normal, but the team did two songs they didn't do in the first service and cancelled one they did do.

Unfortunately, they scrapped one that was really good, but whatever. The other bad thing was that the guy subbing for the worship leader called his own number for two solos. Unfortunately, he isn't the best singer in the world. It kind of killed what they had going.

I enjoying playing bass, but I really wish I could do both simultaneously. We don't have anyone else that knows how to mix sound, so when I'm not back there, the vocals are washed out and no one hears the bass. The only thing I like about running sound is the fact that I get the bass and drums going and I make sure that vocals can be heard and understood.

I get a kick out of making the mix more of a funky rock-type mix and playing more upbeat contemporary Christian artists before the service begins. Most of the guys just play really light praise music, while I usually prefer to play something with a beat!

I wonder if they are plotting to get me tossed?


At 7/25/2006 7:38 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love hearing Christian rock before and after the service starts...keep it up! One week our church will play Thirdy Day, the next I'll hear Plum. I love it!

At 7/26/2006 1:44 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: I will continue to do it until I get tossed. I'm fond of trying to make it all as enjoyable as possible!


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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Spending Money and Time

Well, I decided what to do with my $200.00 in birthday money. I put it toward my tuition. I owed $766.86 this term and I had paid $100.00 on it back in June. Since term is almost over and money will be due, I paid the remaining $666.86.

Of course, all but the most math-challenged among you will realize that we still had to hit up Guru Family funds, but the $200.00 certainly lessened the blow.

I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do for Fall Term. I am considering not taking any classes because of my soon-to-be temporarily increased workload at work. I might have to be putting in some serious hours here in the near future.

I'm already approaching some sort of breakdown because of my current schedule, so I don't want to push it. Then again, my classes that require 5 and 6 page papers are falling to the wayside, so I could just take programming courses and the like that will require homework, but nothing I can't handle easily.

I just don't know what to do about it now, but I need to decide quickly! I don't want to derail my push for the goal, though, just because I'm feeling like some kind of pansy.

Ah, machismo.


At 7/23/2006 7:35 AM, Blogger Alex said...

I don't know how you do it. I totally respect you for doing the very best that you can AND work a full time job AND have a family of small children AND be involved at church. You are a man of many abilities, and I commend you.

At 7/23/2006 12:42 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Well...Alex....don't be TOO impressed with see...I know the truth.

He has a clone!!!!!

That's right....HE does all the fun stuff...and the clone does all the grunt work!!!!!

I sure wish I had one too!!!

At 7/23/2006 1:51 PM, Blogger Alex said...

So THAT'S why he is called guru! Now it's all making sense.

At 7/23/2006 8:39 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: Come on. It isn't that big of a deal. I mean, it isn't like I do a third of what you do, Mr. Paint the House and Wallpaper the Kitchen-Dining Area and Finish the Basement!

Oz: No clone I promise. If I had a clone, I wouldn't be so frazzled!

Alex: I'm Guru for my programming abilities, not my mad-scientist-cloning abilities!


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Friday, July 21, 2006

A Day for Meetings

Wow! I got to do a little of the meeting thing today and then spend some more generally unproductive time in the afternoon. Work started off with a meeting from 9-9:30. Then, I met from 9:30 until 11:30. That was followed by a "State of the Company" meeting from 11:45 until 1pm. Fortunately, lunch was provided (what a nice company I work for - second lunch this week!).

After the lunch meeting, I checked up on some things and then spent the afternoon getting Sql Server 2005 installed on my laptop, as well as Visual Studio 2005. I'm excited to start to use the latest and greatest versions of these tools, but the installs were a bear. The good news is that because of my complaining, my boss is buying developers more RAM so that our computers will let us work more quickly. Since RAM is my favorite computer upgrade, I couldn't be happier.

After that, end of workday. Simple as that. I love it when a plan comes together.


At 7/22/2006 2:46 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

This post showed up in my feed reader on Saturday. I was just about to ask why you had to be at work on the weekend. Duh!

At 7/22/2006 11:36 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: No weekend work this week and no really late night. Just boring meetings. Well, the State of the Company meeting was interesting. I like hearing that stuff is cool and that we are on target for success!


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Thursday, July 20, 2006


Yes, it is Thursday, but no Thursday 13 from me today. I've drawn a blank on thirteenable items, at least of any interest! So, I'll save myself some time and go with uninteresting paragraphs.

I just knocked out a little utility for work that is pretty cool. It goes through the server, gets all of our connection files, updates them for our new server farm information, and then saves them to a special folder to await deployment. It was pretty easy, but it got me some more praise here at work - and I do love the praise!

Work is a little distracting now because we have people tearing out old carpet and reinstalling new carpet all around us. We keep having to set up desks in a different position each day as they do sections of the office. It will be over soon, however.

Right now, I'm crammed in a small office with 2 other guys, but I am near a window again, if only for today!

That's it for now. Peace and chicken grease, my peoples!


At 7/20/2006 10:49 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Wow, so how often are you guys forced to play musical seats? That's gotta suck!

At 7/22/2006 12:29 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: Just a lot recently. I am in my final resting spot (at least for the next 3 or 4 months) now, as the construction on our area has now concluded. Today was my first day at work with my own phone line! (3.5 months in!)


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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Judgment Day

My loyal readers will remember my tale of my late night on Friday. Well, we gave the customer the product on Monday and feedback is very positive.

They only want two changes. First, in paging my custom control, they want it to say Next and Previous instead of Forward and Back. The other change is to include a column of data on one particular screen. I don't mind that because I guessed at what they would need, anyway. Only one off isn't too bad.

That is it.

Anyone who has done projects for a customer before will recognize that that is a VERY short list. Since this is my first customer-facing deliverable for my new company, I am very happy that I was able to make such a strong showing.

Yay Moi!


At 7/19/2006 4:57 PM, Blogger Alex said...

That is a VERY short list. I had a longer list and a harder time trying to implement my intranet employee photo directory. That's what happens with you work with a bunch of bureaucrats!

You are the ideal programmer!

At 7/20/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Nice job!

At 7/20/2006 4:58 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: Come on, you are being way to kind. Everyone knows that you are the man, not me!

Trin: Thx.

At 7/20/2006 10:54 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

See, you're still not doing much to disprove my "You'll make manager before me" theory. Good job!

At 7/22/2006 12:32 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: See, I just don't know about that. There is currently no manager position above me that I am interested in filling. I can still make quite a bit of cash by just getting better at what I do. I really enjoy being a programmer. The closest I would want to come to management is some sort of Sr. Architect role. I mean, technically, I am a Sr. Programmer now, but we just haven't hired anyone that does what I do for me to mentor and guide. So, I'm a pseduo authority type, but in no way a manager.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2006


I had the strangest conversation with my boss today. He called me into his office and spoke in the strangest riddles for a few moments. When I was thoroughly confused, I told him that I felt like I had lost knowledge by being in the conversation. He told me that that was exactly how he liked to run his company. (I love my boss' sense of humor).

I don't want to go into too much detail or speculation here at all since I don't know what he told me, but don't worry - he assured me it was all good!

It is funny. Guys at the office make fun of this one guy (good natured ribbing - we all love the guy) because he always thinks he is going to get fired. The funny thing is that he is super productive and the clients think he is some kind of legend, like 3 guys actually do the work under the banner of one employee or something!

The thing is, I feel the same way that guy does. Every time my boss calls me into his office, I am sure that he is going to let me know that it isn't working out. Things are going way too well. Aren't they eventually going to figure out that I really don't know what I'm doing!?!? I mean that kind of in a kidding way. I'm good at what I do and my boss appreciates my work (having praised me several times in front of others), but I still feel like I am always one little step away from being shown the door.

Yes, it is irrational, but it is probably that feeling that keeps me striving to do better. Nonetheless, I wish I knew 100% why my boss had me in his office today. If I ever get an answer, I'll be sure to share it with you, but for now... you get none of my guesses!


At 7/19/2006 10:44 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

What a stange meeting all in all. Hopefully you will find out very soon what he was actually talking about!

At 7/19/2006 9:24 PM, Anonymous dawn said...

haha! That's weird. What the heck did he say?

At 7/20/2006 1:55 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Lo: I hope so.

Dawn: I'm a little hesitant to say, exactly. However, I'll share eventually if it ends up having been anything more than a praise session.


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Monday, July 17, 2006

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

I finally saw Million Dollar Baby this weekend. I was a little wary about seeing it for two reasons. One, I already knew the end and two, the movie was critically acclaimed and hyped up. I usually don't like to watch movies or listen to a band just because "everyone else is doing it".

However, enough time had passed that I could check this out and with Netflix, it was relatively low risk.

I really enjoyed the movie. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but they handled it differently than I thought they would, and it ended up not being so bad. My favorite part was her improvement as a boxer and watching her fights. I especially enjoyed the montage where she was knocking out opponents with like two punches. Stunner, powerful hook, kiss the canvas! I love seeing people get knocked the funk out!

This movie was more than just boxing, though. The storyline was very compelling and although detractors claim that parts of the storyline are cliched, I say those people are movie snobs. I enjoy the "cliche" where someone improves themselves and takes themselves to the upper levels of their area through hard work and discipline. I found the relationship between the two main characters interesting, too. Very touching. Almost made Guru shed a tear.

If you liked movies like Rudy, Rocky, or even Little Giants, you'll like this movie. It has action and blood for the men, and relationships and stuff for the ladies. Check it out.


At 7/17/2006 11:37 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

I absolutely loved this movie. I've seen it like five times already, but it is indeed emotionally exhausting. :)

At 7/17/2006 7:36 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I wasn't planning on seeing it...but if it's like Rudy, than I might just have to check it out.

At 7/18/2006 8:44 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

What if you're a rather gruff broad that LIKES seeing people's teeth get knocked out?

I just feel compelled to play devil's advocate today for some reason.

At 7/18/2006 9:49 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Witness: Wow, five times. That is awesome.

Trin: You really should. Especially if your parents have it and you can get it for free.

Nicole: Uhhh, then the movie is for you too?


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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Flying Solo

I took yesterday to rest a little bit after my hectic Friday. Lo took the girls swimming while I watched a movie with my son (well, I watched, he was around). Then, she came home, did some housework, and then headed out for an evening with her friend (and former blogger) Sweetiepie. The kids and I played around and did a lot of wrestling - from which I am now sporting a nice fingernail scratch to my jaw!

Today after church, we went to go see Lo's grandparents at their favorite getaway spot. They had already been there a day and they wanted us to come spend the night on day two. I have to work tomorrow, so I went out there for a little bit, but now I am at home working hard on my stupid homework while the rest of the family is relaxing at a very scenic lodge with an indoor pool (soon to come... waterpark!).

BTW... these are the stupidest assignments ever.


At 7/16/2006 9:00 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Dude, how was your jam time with Tod this morning?

At 7/16/2006 9:20 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Come on... you know how it went. You were there!

He is not even half the drummer that my normal drummer is.

I just wish the sound technicians knew how to get my instrument to be heard in the sanctuary!

At 7/17/2006 4:33 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

But come on now, your weekends always seem to be a blast! I miss all the wrestling I did when I was a child. :)

At 7/18/2006 8:43 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Aww, I read nice, domestic family stories like this and it's hard to believe that this is the same guy that talks about Beyonce's junk.

Or was I not supposed to mention that on your blog? ;)

At 7/18/2006 9:48 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Witness: I don't know what you mean by blast, unless you think cramming homework in last minute sounds like fun!

Nicole: I think it is no secret that I think Beyonce is a very beautiful woman. My wife has even remarked about how pretty she is. I was created to appreciate nice bottoms, what can I say?


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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Late Night

I was at work yesterday from 8:45am until 12:00 midnight. I took a half hour lunch, so that means that I worked for 14.75 hours. I'm more than a little drained.

I spent my day putting my thing down, but then at about 4pm, the database guy and I finally got time with one of the bosses to work through deploying and testing a project being turned over to the customer on Monday.

For the first part, we were deploying and troubleshooting my application. We found that when presented with some realistic quantities of data, some weird crap happened. I figured it out pretty quickly and we redeployed a bug-free version. We also optimized some queries that I had out of whack from not completely understanding one of that databases.

The boss-man bought us dinner from across the street and one of the project managers went and brought it to us before she left. It was very very good.

Anyhow, by this time my software was running like a champ (the boss was freaked out about the speed - he actually thought that it hadn't worked, but realized that he didn't notice how quickly the software had done the command!). Then my duty was to just stick around and see if they needed me for more troubleshooting or debugging while they worked on the data.

It all worked out great and we should be ready to hand it over on Monday. This is a major win for us in the first of some really big battles that are going to be coming up in the next two months.

The evening was good on a couple of fronts. While we were troubleshooting some pieces, I showed some detailed knowledge of my craft to my boss and most of my suggestions ended up being very fruitful. It was a very tough evening, but at least rewarding on that front.


At 7/15/2006 4:02 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said... is time for some "Pete" time.

Grab a cold one...and enjoy man!!!

At 7/16/2006 1:02 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

Great job, Mr. Guru. Keep this up and you'll make middle management in NO time! If you haven't already... ;)

At 7/16/2006 7:49 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Oz: I'm getting some alone time here on Sunday, but I have to use it to do homework. No rest for the weary.

Nicole: My company has no middle management. That is one of the things that I love about it!


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Friday, July 14, 2006


Has anyone heard the commercial where a couple is talking about what their kid is going to do when it grows up? He muses about these great professions and she is like, "I want him to be just like you, except not a smoker."

He is all, "Oh, baby, I've tried to quit, but it is so hard".

She is all, "Do you know that the smoke can raise the baby's risk of SIDS?"

And he is all, "SIDS?" And she explains it to him.

He says, "If I knew my smoking could kill our baby, I wouldn't do it. I have to quit."

What?!?!?!? So, it was okay when you were just going to kill him slowly with cancer?

I mean, I agree with the message, but I don't know that it is persuading anyone.


At 7/16/2006 1:00 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

How ironic that I'm reading this post now since the episode of South Park with Rob Reiner and the Anti-Smoking people is on. I'm sure it's way more effective than that SIDS commercial.

At 7/16/2006 7:50 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: I just don't get smoking. It bugs me to no end. Different from drinking or overeating, smoking is the one of the three that annoys people around you when you do it!


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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Guru's Thursday Thirteen
Thirteen Things in Guru's Netflix Queue on the Thirteenth

This is subject to change, and doesn't necessarily indicate the order that I will be receiving these. For instance, Doogie Howser has been on there since I started the service, but I keep bumping movies up above it. But here it is as of 7:32am on the thirteenth of July.

  1. The Transporter 2

  2. Bull Durham

  3. Luther

  4. Doogie Howser M.D.: Season 1: Disc 1

  5. Doogie Howser M.D.: Season 1: Disc 2

  6. Doogie Howser M.D.: Season 1: Disc 3

  7. Doogie Howser M.D.: Season 1: Disc 4

  8. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

  9. National Lampoon's Animal House

  10. Wedding Crashers

  11. Blade 2

  12. Blade: Trinity

  13. The Art of War

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At 7/13/2006 9:46 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Funny that T2 is on the top of your list...I had that in my hand for your birthday and then I saw the Chappelle Show.

At 7/13/2006 9:55 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Well, you made a reasonable call.

I had never seen Transporter 1 until Monday night when I got it from Netflix.

At 7/13/2006 9:57 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

They actually had both on I would have been able to get you the first and second movies, plus a third one for the same price as what we ended up getting you.

At 7/13/2006 10:06 AM, Blogger Carmen said...

i didn't know that Doogie howser was out on DVD. Interesting. :)

At 7/13/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I need to look into this netflix thing!! :)

At 7/13/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger Lyn said...

Doogie Howser! lol, I remember him. Thanks for visiting FBO and my T13 - Bible Misquotes Edition.

At 7/13/2006 12:15 PM, Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

will you have time for all these??? I would never ... well at least I don't think the kids would hand over the tv that long.

At 7/13/2006 12:38 PM, Blogger Great Day said...

Those are all good, I've see most of these! Great List.

At 7/13/2006 4:21 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: No you're making me feel bad... :-(

Carmen: Yeah. How exciting is that? The great NPH back in his greatest role!

PJ: They have all sorts of plans and it works really well.

Lyn: Thanks for stopping by.

Day By Day: They just come three at at time. When I finish one, I put it back in the mail and get another one in two days. There is only my subscription, no late fees, so I can keep them as long as I want. Now I always have movies on hand to watch.

Great Day: Thanks and thanks for stopping by.

At 7/13/2006 6:02 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Bull Durham was a great movie. I also enjoyed the Wedding Crashers and Mr and Mrs Smith. Kinda corny, but kept me laughing. Thanks for sharing.

At 7/13/2006 9:44 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Lisa: I've seen all three of those already, but I enjoyed them and wanted to see them again. However, it is those kinds of movies that I keep bumping down when something new strikes my fancy. Those are kind of just padding my queue so I always have something to watch!

At 7/13/2006 10:33 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

So much Doogie Howzer. I don't think I watched that much of it when it was on the air! ;)

At 7/14/2006 6:59 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole, The Doogie is an interesting proposition. If you want a multi-disk set, they queue them all up as separate disks.

So, I wanted Season One of Doogie, I have four disks to see. There is no way to queue up just one Doogie Disk.


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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

That Was EasyTM

G and I had a GAP job last night. The customer was reporting that she could not use her dialup from her computer. Her other computer could get online just fine.

So, G picked up a modem from the store just in case and we grabbed dinner and arrived on the client's site right on time. Sure enough, the computer could not get online, nor could it even make a normal phone call, though it did try.

I suspected it wasn't the modem, so G and I began troubleshooting the physical layer. It turns out that her surge protector's phone protection jacks were bad and preventing the signal from going through. We circumvented that and everything worked beautifully.

Since we charge an hour minimum (industry standard, btw, we don't cheat people), we stuck around and updated their virus protection and removed some spyware from the computer.


At 7/12/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I was surprised at how fast you two got back...ya never know what kind of problems you will find once ya start exploring.

At 7/12/2006 3:27 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Way to go...GAPit!!!

At 7/13/2006 4:18 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: No, you can't tell. When I prayed for our meal, I tacked on one that asked specifically for an easy to diagnose job. Prayer answered.

Oz: Indeed. Hope you are feeling better!

At 7/13/2006 10:42 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Terms like "the physical layer" take me right back to those computer courses I took and the MCSE certification I never completed. Thanks Guru. ;)

At 7/14/2006 7:01 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: You haven't struck me as the MCSE kind of gal, then again you didn't complete it - so maybe you aren't!


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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Home Run Derby

Home Run Derby Champ Ryan Howard

I watched the Home Run Derby last night. I had several people I was pulling for, but I really wanted Ryan Howard to win. I had him on my fantasy team last year after I saw him in his first game back from the minors last summer. I talked a little bit about getting him here. He did well for me and ended up winning NL Rookie of the Year, so I felt a little attached.

His opponent in the finals was David Wright of the NY Mets (on my fantasy team this year). I wouldn't have been sad if either had won, but I was pulling for Ryan Howard a bit more. Ryan had to do some clutch hitting to even get to the finals of the derby and it was awesome just to see him win.

I had fun watching the exhibition with my 2 year old son. Whenever someone would hit a particularly long bomb, we would both yell, "Boom!". Later, during the final round after my son had gone to bed, my 6 year old daughter and I watched the end and cheered Ryan on. It was a lot of fun.


At 7/11/2006 9:51 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I have to say that's one of the nicest sports trophies I've ever seen.

I'm not impressed with the Stanley Cup. I'm not impressed with the World Cup. You'd think with all the glamour and prestige that surround these sports they'd shell out the dough to actually forge an impressive souvenir!

At 7/13/2006 9:52 AM, Blogger Kristi said...

I can't wait until Aveline is old enough to understand and watch sports with me. Football season will rock. BTW...come check out my site, I posted something just for you and my fellow Buckeye diehards a few days ago.

At 7/13/2006 3:05 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: I've never really thought about what trophies look like, I'm the competitive sort that just wants to win them!

Kristi: Buckeye games are already great with my two older children. I can't wait until they can understand the game on a high level and they can react on their own, and not just echo what I say.


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Monday, July 10, 2006


Say No to Teamwork

I hate being on a team in a classroom environment. You know why? Because people don't pull their weight and my grade depends on it. Just let me do my own work and let my own grade depend on me, okay?

This past week, my one of my assignments for my MIS class was to create an intranet site for a fictional company that our team had created. This was the third collaboration for our team. For the first assignment, I was the project manager and we did well. On the second assignment, I did a good deal of the prep work in addition to my portion of the divided work.

This time, my role was to be rather small. I got the team started with a bunch of ideas and everyone was off and running. I was going to make the site, but someone else volunteered so I was happy to take a back seat.

Enter Sunday evening. The guy who was supposed to do it couldn't get his university web space to work so I volunteered to upload it for him. He send me what he had. He had made (in Frontpage) six pages. They had a plain grey background and one word headers atop the pages.

That's it! No content. No navigation from page to page. Nothing resembling an intranet. I had to take two hours of my evening and whip up an entire intranet in time for the PM on this particular assignment to write up a paper about it.

Why the heck would that idiot volunteer to do something he had no idea how to do? I'm getting worked up about it now, so I'm going to stop writing.

Enjoy your Monday!


At 7/10/2006 4:23 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

That sucketh!

At 7/11/2006 1:23 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

That does suck. I hate slackers myself....because even if you can't 'em, you can't join 'em. :)

At 7/11/2006 10:09 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

I loathe group work. If it comes down to it, I try to take charge and make sure everyone gets an equal share of work, and that they all stay on task; slack off too much and I will not hesitate to throw you out. Been burned too many times in the past with having to do all the grunt work myself while the others got to do all the fun/easy stuff.

At 7/11/2006 2:20 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Lo: Verily

Witness: Well said.

Gooey: I wish I could do more, but since this class is entirely virtual, I can't threaten the person. I have to do what it takes for my grade not to suffer. I did, however, *slam* this individual in our peer review. I didn't pick my group and have no power to remove anyone. Fortunately, his grade will suffer from the reviews that I know he got from my team and I.


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Sunday, July 09, 2006


This is my one thousandth post. Woo hoo for me. And, how fitting that I am going to talk about me and people giving me stuff!

Here is my birthday haul.

$100.00 - From my grandfather
$100.00 - From my dad
$20.00 - From my grandparents in law
Blue dress shirt - From Lo
Chapelle Show Season 1 on DVD - From G and Trin

Not a bad haul, if I do say so myself!


At 7/10/2006 9:23 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

So, have you decided how you are going to spend your b-day money?

At 7/11/2006 9:48 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I wish I'd thought to mark my 1,000 post. I didn't even think to mark my 1 year anniversary last month!

And nice job on that birthday haul. Money always makes a nifty gift. ;)

At 7/13/2006 4:23 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: No idea yet. Still a tossup between the ballgame and tuition or just tuition.

Nicole: I can't believe you've only been in the game a year? With your celebrity status? I am truly in the presence of greatness!


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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Best of the Box

For my birthday evening out last night, Lo and I went to the Shadowbox Cabaret. The show was pretty good and one of the neatest things is that all of the actors in the show and musicians in the band pull double and triple duty. They wait tables, work the ticket office, etc. Even the famous drummer for the house band (his face is on posters outside the theater) checks IDs on the way in. After looking at mine, he wished me happy birthday and then told me my license expired yesterday. D'oh!

The show was good and several parts were funny, but some of my favorite parts were when the band played. The bassist was pretty good (he worked it butt off when they played Baby Got Back). The drummer, dubbed The Beast, was very good. He was very theatrical when he played, too. I can't even explain it, but he was a lot of fun to watch.

We sat with some kind of Shadowbox celebrity. This guy apparently worked there for 15 years and EVERYONE knew him and stopped by the table to say hi. It was a little bit weird how well loved this guy was!

So, overall we had a good time and I would be willing to check it out again. After the show I had to rush and pick up our kids and get home to do some homework that was due by midnight. What a way to end the (birth)day, huh?


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Friday, July 07, 2006

Birthday Me!

Today is the day. I am a ripe old twenty-nine! I don't feel a day over twenty, and mentally - I'm still 16 or so.

I have no great plans for today. I was going to take the day off, but instead I am going to go in and work. I have a lot to do, anyway. However, I showed my boss a working, almost fully-functional version of my project yesterday and he was very excited. This particular boss is very understated and he told me he was very impressed, so I was pleased. The application worked well, looked nice, and was very very fast. The fast part was his favorite. He kept commenting on it.

Back to my birthday. Do you know that I share this day with some pretty famous people?

Some of them are:

Satchel Paige (baseball player) born on July 7, 1906
Yul Brynner (actor) born on July 7, 1915
Ringo Starr (Beatle) born on July 7, 1940
Vonda Shepard (singer) born on July 7, 1963
Chuck Knoblauch (baseball player - on Guru's dad's all-time name team) born on July 7, 1968
Jorja Fox (actress - CSI fame) born on July 7, 1968
Lisa Leslie (WNBA player) born on July 7, 1972
Michelle Kwan (ice skater) born on July 7, 1980

I only included the ones I know or thought were cool. There were one or two others that I knew, but just didn't care to include.

I'm off to get ready. Enjoy my birthday!


At 7/07/2006 9:16 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

Happy Birthday Guru!!! How wonderful it is that you feel younger than you actually are. Cheers to that!:)

At 7/07/2006 9:18 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Happy Birthday, honey!! I hope you will always feel younger than you are.

Have a great day!!

At 7/07/2006 6:12 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

A great big HB to the GURU!!!!

At 7/07/2006 7:03 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Great Big Ginormous Astounding HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

And you might wanna check your inbox. ;)

At 7/07/2006 7:48 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

Happy Birthday!!!! May all of your wishes come true this year! (Especially those involving the Buckeyes and a national championship!!!)

I considered 29 my last real birthday. I just celebrated my third 29th birthday this year!


At 7/07/2006 7:56 PM, Blogger minijonb said...

happy happy joy joy!!!

don't forget that you can celebrate for the whole month... it's your birthmonth!

At 7/08/2006 9:46 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Witness, Lo, and Oz: Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Nicole: Thank you very much for the card. I feel sorry for the piece of cake!

Kristi: Yes, a Buckeye National Championship would be a great birthday present!

minijonb: Thanks for stopping by. I'll have to see if I can start running that birthmonth con around here. I doubt that Lo would buy it!

At 7/08/2006 3:26 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Guru RULZ! Happy Birthday!!!

At 7/13/2006 4:23 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: Thanks dawg


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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Guru's Thursday Thirteen
Thirteen Things About Tomorrow (and me in general)

  1. Tomorrow is my birthday.

  2. I will turn 29.

  3. I have no idea what I want for my birthday.

  4. Okay, there are things that I want, but they aren't really things I would ask for.

  5. For instance, I'd like a new computer, probably a laptop. Problem is, my old computer is fine, and I'd never use the laptop. By the time that I could use the laptop, the one I had would be junk. See? Never mind about the laptop.

  6. I'd like nice speakers for my computer, with a subwoofer. However, I don't listen to them often enough to justify buying a truly nice set. Never mind about the speakers.

  7. See what kinds of problems I have? I am a geek, yet I hate to have any decent amount of money spent on geek things.

  8. Speaking of geek. Do you know what I do like? Stuff from I wish they had a store in Columbus, because I would just send people there. All geek gadgets would be cool, and about 75% of the t-shirts in Coder/Hacker would be great.

  9. I've already gotten one birthday gift - a 100.00 check from my grandfather. It came in the mail.

  10. Now, what do I buy? I don't want it to get nickel and dimed away.

  11. Maybe I'll use it to buy tickets to the Tigers v. Indians game later this month in Cleveland.

  12. I want to go see if I can meet Andy Van Slyke (former Pirates centerfielder and Guru's favorite position player). Andy is currently the first base coach for the Tigers. First base coaches on visiting teams CANNOT get that much attention. Hopefully, I could meet him.

  13. I will probably end up putting that 100.00 toward my tuition. How exciting am I?

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At 7/06/2006 11:03 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Well, happy early b-day to you!!!

Why don't you buy some box-movie set? Or a season or two of an old tv show you liked?

At 7/06/2006 12:12 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Have a great birthday!!!!

Go and's your birthday!! It is what you do!!! :)

At 7/06/2006 2:18 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Happy Birthday! 29 is a wonderful age, although I'm long passed that!

Come read my 13.

At 7/06/2006 9:08 PM, Anonymous nicole said...


2. You're a frickin year younger than me, darn it!

3. It's Thursday already??

4. I can't make it up to 13. I don't think I'm that original. ;)

At 7/08/2006 9:54 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: Thank you. I might do that, too, but the allure of the practical bill paying is very powerful.

PJ: Thank you, I will try.

Barbara: Thank you, and thanks for stopping by.

Nicole: 1. Thanks.
2. I'll catch up some day.
3. Isn't it crazy?
4. Sure you are. You just have to realize that people want to read about all things Nicole and just go with it.


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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Back to Work

Well, today is the day that I head back to work and see what the construction crews have done in knocking down walls and rearranging the place. I hope it is all good. I'm excited for the change, but a small part of me worries that it might suck. I'm sure it won't.

We went to the BBQ last night to see the fireworks. Except for the waaaay undercooked first few rounds of hamburgers, the food was good. The company was good. The problem was that it started to rain. The back yard started getting muddy and people started to leave.

We ended up leaving, too, only to find a good spot to watch the fireworks from our car. I was glad to still get to see them, not so much for me, but for the kids. Add that in with the inflatable bounce house and tons of other activities that they got to do at the BBQ, and it wasn't a bad night - even with the rain.


At 7/05/2006 11:14 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

We saw the fireworks from our car as well...I'll be blogging about it later.

Btw, Reynoldsburg's is tonight, so I would love for my little to see some outside of a vehicle.


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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

To My American Readers

Happy Independence Day!!!


Last night we watched Red, White, and Boom on TV. Tonight, we plan on attending some local municipal fireworks at a large gathering that we attend every year. There is always tons of grilled meat and pop, so I'm always happy to go!

Any plans?


At 7/04/2006 9:18 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Crazy insane plans (see my latest blog posting). Sorry we didn't make it to the festivities this evening, talk at ya tomorrow!

At 7/05/2006 12:59 AM, Blogger Killired said...

hi from one columbus blogger to another! i just happened to search 'red white and boom' in blogger and found your site. i drove down and managed to find a perfect spot to pull over and watch it without having to get out of the car! it was ok... i thought last years was better. i snagged some pix of nbc4i's website of some pix and posted on my blog. happy belated 4th! i see you are a t13 participant (so am I) so i'm sure i'll be back soon!

At 7/05/2006 7:46 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: Dude, I was worried about your schedule. I really didn't expect to see you there with all you had to do.

Killired: Thanks for stopping by. I've thought about stopping somewhere with the car, because a friend of mine did it once. We will have to see what goes down next year. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

At 7/06/2006 9:11 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Well you already saw what I ate! ;)

We hung out at my aunt's house like we do every year. She lives on the water front so it's only a five minute walk to see the big fireworks display.


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Monday, July 03, 2006

I'm Number One

I have finally reached a (pretty much meaningless) goal in my life. I am currently the top ranked MVP in the Tek-Tips C# forum located here.

Guru the Tek-Tips MVP

I will probably fall down a place or two in a little bit, but I've had a good run of being helpful and have received a lot of votes recently. It is cool to be on top, if only for a little bit!


At 7/03/2006 5:41 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

So how does that work -- do you get VOTED in?? Wow, that's really cool. :)

At 7/04/2006 10:47 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: It goes like this. People ask questions to the forum and people answer. If you give a great answer or are just very helpful, people reward you with a star. The list of MVPs isn't who has the most stars, but rather it seems to be some sort of rolling average of stars per day or week. I have just been fortunate enough to help out a lot of people recently who happened to ask questions that I knew about!

At 7/04/2006 11:19 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

That is so cool. Congratulations!!!:)


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Work From Home

Today is a work from home day. Since my office is being renovated, my boss said that we can all work from home today. So, I get to save gas by working from my dining room table.

It is very hard to concentrate, however, without a proper place to work that is free from distractions. This just may not end up being my most productive day ever, I guess.


At 7/03/2006 5:40 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I completely agree. It takes twice as much concentration to get anything done when I'm working from home. There's something about sitting in a cube, staring at a computer that gets the work flowing. Isn't that scary??

At 7/04/2006 10:44 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: As much as we gripe, there must be something about cubicle farms and maybe the higher-ups might have good reason to plant us in them. I agree, that is mad crazy scary!


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Sunday, July 02, 2006


Ultramarathon Man

When I was at my dinner Friday night, I found out an interesting piece of news. One of the newest hires (a project manager) at the company competes in ultramarathon (100 mile) running events. That in and of itself is crazy! Here is what is even more crazy... he is going to have a treadmill in his office.

Not just to use occasionally. He will be on it so often that his desk is going to be special and just fit right over the treadmill, so he can run/jog/walk (whatever) all day long while doing his work.

I can't even imagine participating in that kind of training for what actually amounts to a hobby. I am going to feel like such a fat slob around that guy. It is bad enough that one of the partners of the company is a world-class athlete, now we've got some kind of physical freakish specimen? I've got to get in shape so I can fit in!


At 7/03/2006 12:53 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

Almost unrelated to your post but do YOU have an office, Guru? I want to have another reason to be jealous of you. ;)

At 7/04/2006 10:48 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Nicole: No. As you already found out below, I had a shared office, but now I am going to some sort of cubicle world as we are pressed for space, even with taking over some other offices in our building.


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Saturday, July 01, 2006

It Went Well

We were lean, mean, movin' machines last night. We got the entire office cleaned out in less than two hours. That included taking a TON of boxes out to the dumpster. Since we are on the second floor, we decided to hold the elevators and pack them all in. Fortunately, one guy used to load trucks for Fed-Ex and he got it done quickly and efficiently.

After that, it was time to eat. I was expecting some pizza in or something like that. Instead, boss man took us to Walker Station Steak House, given 4 stars by the Dispatch when last reviewed. It was pricey.

My boss told us to get ANYTHING we wanted from the menu. Fed-Ex guy and I joked that we were going to get the 24 oz porterhouse, and he told us that if that was what we wanted, to get it. To prove that he was spending a little dough last night, he got at least one of every appetizer and two of a couple of them.

Then, those who cared to ordered all kinds of drinks (I got Diet Pepsi, of course) and then it came time to order. I got the 24oz porterhouse, the most expensive steak coming in at a whopping $35! Fed-Ex guy got one, too, and it was on and crackin'.

We had a very good time sitting around the table laughing and talking. The steak was delicious, as was all the food. The tab had to be probably around $500.00 with tip at a minimum. It was probably even closer to $600.00. That is some JACK to lay down for your peeps. That is also the most expensive steak that I have ever eaten. However, as a porterhouse is actually a NY Strip AND a Filet Mignon in one steak, it is almost like I got 2 steaks. The meat on either side of the bone tasted extremely different.

I'm thinking that it will be difficult to get me to ever want to leave this job, with all of the perks that my boss throws our way! I wonder if he'll be able to keep it up as the company continues to grow (5 new people are starting in a week).


At 7/01/2006 9:22 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I don't think I've ever tasted a $20 steak, let alone a $35 one! Nice!!!

At 7/02/2006 3:13 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

You have any internships opening up by any chance? ^_^ \/

At 7/03/2006 12:55 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

Again, nice job on finding such a nice job dude. Awesome!!!

I think the most expensive steak I've ever had cost about $40-50. It was at Peter Luger's in Brooklyn and worth every penny.

At 7/04/2006 10:50 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Trinity: Yeah, it was very nice. Totally worth it, too!

Gooey: Sorry, no internships, but positions by the ton. We need database folks and programmers.

Nicole: Wow. We do a lot of business in New York, I wonder if I can get my boss to buy me a steak there?? :-)


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