Rollerblading Trauma

Having just returned from rollerblading on this wonderfull night in Houston – these are so rare that one must take full advantage, I am nursing blisters on my feet. Now, these blisters did not come from blading … directly. So, I must tell you the full story.

All was well for the first hundred yards or so. Soon, however, I noticed Laura quickly outpacing me – effortlessly gliding on ahead while I trudged to keep up with her. I even had to ask her to slow down several times. I kept wondering why I could not easily coast to keep up. Eventually, we stoped about a mile or so into our trip. (We were going to blade all the way to Whole Foods – maybe 2 miles or so.) After I got a drink from our water bottle, I started to examine the wheels of my rollerblades. Sure enough, my right blade was almost non-functional. The wheels just didn’t keep on turnin’. My bearings had gone bad. The problem showed up on both blades, but the right one was worse.

At this point, we decided to turn around and head back to the house to get the car instead. I lasted only about half way there. Dragging yourself slowly along with one partly-functioning rollerblade is quite a chore. So, in my unabashed brilliance, I decided that it would be far easier for me to walk instead – barefoot. Now – those of you who know me know that you have rarely seen my feet. I just don’t go without shoes much. I also have very soft feet – no callouses. So, walking a half mile in the streets in the dark with no callouses on your feet – THAT will give you blisters.

Sure, I’m sore from the unexpected exertion against the drag of the wheels. But that’s nothing to this large blister on the bottom of my foot. I hope I can walk better tomorrow – especially since I have to go to work! I guess I should perform regular maintenance on my sports equipment from now on. I shall be taking the old blades in for service soon.

I’m Wireless

Don’t you love being able to connect anywhere you want? Right now, I’m at the John Wayne/Orange County Airport. It’s a small, but very nice airport. But, the best thing is that it has WIRELESS INTERNET! It rocks! Of course, some times it is a bit unreliable, but that just may be me. Wireless also means I can sit in the airport and submit status reports and hours and do other general administrivia.

Well, as for travel – this next week I actually get to work in my home city: Houston. It’s actually been a while since I worked where I live, but I’m sure it will be nice. I worked close to home last year and loved it – except that I lost my airline elite status and have had to re-earn it this year. There’s always a trade off.

This time, I’ll be working in Sugar Land, which is not too far of a drive away – especially considering that it will be against traffic. Business travel has become a bit tiresome now that I’m married. I kinda like bein’ around my wife, you know?


I will probably make more posts here now that I can edit this from anywhere. I’ve been taking random pictures since I’ve come to California and I just uploaded these. I like the sky. I think the sky is cool. Sunsets away from home also make me somewhat melancholy. This has been a short week, what with the Labor Day holiday, so it’s not as bad. Sometimes, though, when the week gets long, I spend a lot of time watching the sun set. These pictures are from one such long week.

“Travelling Companion”

Well, my distrust of the Project Management Team previously mentioned was probably too harsh of a statement. So I must issue apologies to any of that team who read the previous post! It seems that now I have a schedule far enough out to allow me to book a trip to California with my wife, Laura. She, of course is thrilled. So, she’ll be having fun sight-seeing while I’m working.

In other news, Microsoft has now released more certification exams that I must take to keep my MCSE/MCSA W2K current for the new product: Windows Server 2003. If you are new to this site, you may be thinking: Hey – this thing’s running on Irix with Open Source products… what’s this guy doing playing with Microsoft products??? Well, I like to think that I’m broad-minded… that I give all OSes a chance. And I do. I gave IIS a chance to run on my Windows server… It was much faster to run the site on an almost-obsolete SGI O2. Go figure. I do enjoy working with Windows, however. I also enjoy keeping my skills diverse. And, Microsoft work pays the bills.

So, that said, I’m studying a huge book (like 1700+ pages) on Server 2003 so I can update my certifications. It has to weigh at least 20 pounds. And I carry it to work with me to study in the slow times – like lunch time. It’s begining to hurt my back! Studying is hard work…


I have been working in California for the last couple of months. The weather, of course, is much nicer than in Houston. I’m south of Los Angeles, in Orange County, so I’m away from the worst of the smog. The travel schedule becomes more dificult now that I have a new family member to come home to!

I’m hoping that this project will bring about some international travel. I have been given a schedule that includes places like Camberly, UK and Calgary, ALB. However, I’ve been run around in circles so long that I don’t really trust the schedule anymore – nor do I trust the project management team. I am hoping that I will be able to make plans soon because I want to bring Laura with me. I’ve been wanting to do that for quite some time and have not yet been able to have sufficient notice.

Anyway – I am enjoying this new program: Movabletype. It’s quite cool. I can now use this program to edit and post news to my site no matter where I might be.


NOTHING is happening in my job. However, I have had a chance to play with Windows 2003 and Titanium (the new version of Exchange) and it is better than before. Only 5 days to the wedding. I hope I haven’t forgotten anything…