ARCHIVE: May, 2006
Turns out I'm off to Vancouver tomorrow. Unfortunately Jen's great grandmother passed away so we're going to the Funeral. She was 98!!! I have met some of her family, but this will be a good opportunity to meet more of them. Not necessarily under the circumstances I would have preferred... but you take what you can get I guess.
So what have I been up to lately? Last Thursday Tim & I drove down to Waterloo for interviews. We interviewed for Jr. Support Technician in the Fall work term. We found a guy who we think will work out great. In the meantime, all's well at work with our current co-op (JC) and relatively new hire, Chris. The team's working well together and we're ready to handle new challenges as they come.
This weekend Jen went to Montreal for the weekend for her friend Sommer's Stagette. A bunch of them went and had a great rate on a train & hotel... I believe it was only $75! The train alone is usually $150! I spent the weekend alone with Trixie. I came down with a nasty cold/flu and am still fighting it now. Tomorrow morning we're up bright & early to catch our flight to the West coast. So, until then, hope you're all doing well. Take care...
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This weekend Jen & I drove up to Montreal. I had to install a server in our MTL office that we had already configured in Toronto. It's a backup server that the other branches feed into, and then replicates all the info BAcK to Toronto to keep a complete copy of data in 2 braches at the same time. What does that achieve? Tape-less backups :) Total automation and geographical colocation to offer us enough protection that we could lose an entire building and the data will remain safe & sound. And with the virtualization we've implemented using VMWare, recovering is a snap because all hosts were "hardware-independant" to begin with. OK, enough of that.... I didn't even warn you before getting geeky on you.
So, after finishing up my work, I went back to Jen's Mom's place where we stayed the weekend. Driving there and back was great.... my first road trip with the Monte Carlo. When choosing a car, "highway driving" was right near the top of my list. And this car LOVES the highway! I just have to be careful I don't love it too much.... thanks to cruise control, I kept myself out of trouble. I also had a chance to use my GPS outside of the small map detail I could fit into my old 64 MB card. I put a 1 GB card in there and now have pretty much all of Canada on there, in great detail! The only detail left out was elevation, and even then I added some more detailed areas with elevation for Algonquin, Temagami, and any other place I think I'll be camping & canouing. The GPS worked great! It's not an auto GPS for say, so it doesn't have the fancy navigation a system like that would have ("Turn righ here.... etc"). However, it is very accurate and if you know how to read a map, it works awesome! From Jen's Mom's place, I saved the waypoint and then looked up the MTL office and saved it to. That's how I got there. And getting home was even easier. I followed my "bread-crumb trail" back to the other waypoint. It's only of those gadgets that I just won't know how I did with out.... with an impact as powerful as that of a cell phone! If you do a lot of driving, especially to places unknown, a GPS is a must for you!!! Anyway, I better shower up & get to work. It's still early Monday morning, but I want to get an early start on the day. Cheers everyone!
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Alright, what's new? Well, I hope you all had a chance to check out my pics from Cuba that I posted last week. It was a great week and last week was my first week back at work. I must say... it went pretty well. Now, do you go on Vacation to rest & recharge so you can get back and do better @ work? Or do you work so you can rest up & recharge on vacation? Or is it both? I'm really starting to think it's both because both are equally rewarding, but neither are all the fun when you run out of steam. Of course, running out of steam on vacation isn't as bad.... but you get the point, right? Speaking of points, what's the point of this update? None really... it's one of those ones that go on and on and on.... you win some, you lose some. I just feel like writing, and if you've gone this far, you obviously just feel like reading. Mutual. Nutshell: Saturday morning was a Bazaar to help support the Yorkie rescue that Jen's a part of. And earlier, before that, around 6:30, I drove my cousin ADK & his girlfriend Heather to the airport... they're off to China! He's been working his ass off and deserves a break!!! And yesterday (sunday) was the "Walk of Life" for the cardiac rehabilitation group. It was a great excuse to take Trixie for a nice long walk... and it was a beautiful day for it!!! What else? Oh ya... rented an XBOX 360 over the weekend. SO far it's pretty good, but it came with the standard AV cable so the video is so-so and the sound is only stereo.... no 5.1 with an optical cable... only 3 shitty RCA's. Oh well :( Anyway, it's still fun. Speaking of which, I'm going to go play now. All's well @ work and @ home.... I hope you can all say the same. Cheers....
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