My wife says it's time for an update on my blog. I know - it's been way too long. I'm a slacker. So, here's what's been going on:
My trip to Boston was uneventful. I had several meetings and met some more people, and definitely got a little better understanding of what's going on up there and who's doing what, but there wasn't anything earth-shattering. I keep looking for something that will get me excited about the opportunities available with this new company, but so far, I haven't found it.
Speaking of jobs, I turned down the job offer that I mentioned before, which required a lot of travel. I spoke to the president of the company and he said they would really love to have me so please contact them if my situation changes and I want to reconsider. It's nice to know I'm considered valuable.
On the 6th, I attended an EAA event promoting the new FAA Sport Pilot rating. I filled out some forms and got my student pilot certificate, so I'm now legally allowed to fly an airplane under the supervision of an instructor. Woo-hoo! I have no idea when I'll actually start training, but I went ahead and got the certificate (which is good for 2 years). I found out later the following week that one of my co-workers just started taking flight lessons.
This past weekend, we went down to Don & Brooke's house on Friday night to deliver and set up some new computers that I had ordered for them. I got them all set up with e-mail and internet access, and we had a great time visiting and hanging out on "the farm". Owen went down to the little river that runs along the lower part of the property and he had a blast throwing rocks and watching the fish. He didn't want to leave. We ate lunch by the water and the weather was just about perfect. We need to go down there more often.
We had taken both cars down there in order to transport the computer equipment, so for the return trip, we put Owen's booster seat in the Miata and he rode home with me with the top down. It was a beautiful drive, and he loved it.
Sunday was mother's day, and being the terrible son that I am I forgot to call my mother. We talked about it on Friday and on Saturday, and even on Sunday morning on the way to church, but somehow, when we got home on Sunday afternoon, it just slipped our minds. I felt terrible when we realized at about 10 PM that we had not called her. We called her last night, though, and she was very forgiving.
This week, I'm hoping to wrap up development on my first project as the supervisor of the java development team. It's gone pretty well considering we lost some good resources during the acquisition process.
For a couple of years now, I've been tinkering with Linux here and there. For those who don't know, Linux is an operating system that is an alternative to Windows or the Mac OS, and most versions of it are free (there are a number of variations). The server that hosts this web site (and several others) runs Linux, and I have a small server set up in the house for testing purposes, but I've never really gotten to the point of using it on a desktop computer.
I recently got a really good deal on a very compact laptop, so I thought I'd try running the latest release of Fedora Linux on it, and start getting more familiar with running Linux as a desktop system. I was able to install it last night, and I even got my wireless card working and got connected to my Windows server so that I can access all my files and remotely access my main desktop computer. I was pretty impressed with how much simpler it has become to set up and configure.
The biggest hinderance to running it as my main operating system is the software that is available. There are a couple of Windows programs that I depend on a lot, but new Linux applications are getting better every day, so now that I have a computer to test stuff on, maybe I can find some good replacements or alternatives.
So, anyway, that's what's been happening with me lately. I'm sure I forgot something, but if you need to know everything, then you should call more!
This afternoon, I'm off to the Boston area again to visit the corporate office and attend some meetings. I've been up there once already since the close of the acquisition, and I don't really have a strong feeling of like or dislike about going. I like traveling, but don't really like being away from the family. Fortunately, this time, Mary decided to go to Michigan for the week since I'm going to be gone for several days anyway, so that makes it easier to leave since it's just an empty house.
Speaking of traveling, I got a really got job offer the other day, but it involves a lot of travel so I don't think I'm going to take it. If I were still single, I would probably love it but I really don't want to be away from Mary and the boys for 4 to 5 days a week. I haven't actually told them "no" yet, but I am leaning against it. I'm not actively looking for another job, but I am definitely entertaining offers right now. Things are still pretty uncertain with the new company, and while I'm not afraid that I might lose my job or anything, I'm just not sure if they are going to find a place and position for me that I will enjoy. For now, though, I'm still hanging around to see what happens.
Last night, I went to the last playoff game for the Predators this season. They lost to the Sharks 2-1, and it was the fourth loss in the series so their season is finished. It was a good game, but the officiating was poor. I'm sure I'll be hearing about that on the radio shows for days (oh, wait - no I wont. I'll be in Boston). Nevertheless, it was fun.
In other sports news, the Titans took quarterback Vince Young in the NFL draft on Saturday. It's looking more and more like our beloved Steve McNair is not going to return - his jerseys are on clearance at the local sports stores. There's talk of him going to Baltimore, which would just strengthen the rivalry between them and the Titans.
The other day, out of the blue, Owen said "Dady, I want to watch a football game". I guess I'll have to see if we can get a NFL Europe game here...
I finally quit procrastinating (just on this one issue, not in general), and we now have a separate blog for Owen and one for Ivan. That way, Mary and I can better document the development of each of them and keep it all organized in one place for each kid.
I will probably go back through my blog history and move some of the kid-specific posts to the particular blog where they belong for historical purposes.
If you're worried about having to now read four blogs instead of two, then you'll be glad to know that we're working on an agregator blog that has all of the posts from all four blogs in one place. That way, you can chose to read about all of us together or any one of us individually. I'm not sure when that will be ready, though. As I said, I haven't given up procrastination completely...
Another alternative is to use the RSS links and add all four blogs to your newsreader or agregation portal. If you don't know what any of that is, then you'll have to look it up because I'm too tired to explain it right now.
After spending 3 days at Sun-N-Fun, we headed to North Florida for our annual Family Reunion. There wasn't really anything significantly different about this year, but it was fun as always and great to see many of the people that we only see at our annual family gathering.
The trip was much shorter since we were driving up from Lakeland and not down from Nashville. My parents and my brother Keith (and his fiance "Aunt Juda") were with us in a caravan of cars. My other brother, Kevin, could not go up there with us on Friday but he drove up early Saturday morning.
The pictures here are of some of my cousins, second cousins, and Owen's third cousin, all playing on the playground right behind the houses where we stayed. Owen had a blast with them all, and being a year older, he was much more able to participate in the fun and games.
Having just come from the airshow, I was of course showing some of the photos I had taken there, and I got to hear some stories from my great uncle, who flew in WWII. As I scrolled through the photos on my laptop, he would tell me about the different planes and which ones he flew in, which ones he rode in, which ones had certain strengths or weaknesses, etc. It was really interesting for both of us, I think. I bet he'd like to see the airshow sometime if he could stand being out in the sun that long.
We didn't end up going canoeing this year, mainly because the weather was threatening most of the weekend. It didn't really rain very much, but always looked like it could. We did take some walks down part of the nature trail and along the river, and that was pretty nice.
Come to find out, there were some severe tornados in the Nashville area that same weekend. Fortunately, there was no damage to our house or property, but we know several people in our church who lost homes and / or businesses. Please keep them in your prayers.
The reunion went by far too quickly this year. Before we knew it, we were eating lunch at the Dixie Grill and then saying goodbyes before heading north. The drive home was long and tiring, but we were glad to get back when we finally did. I was so tired when I had to go to work the next morning...
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