N'awlins at heart

Thursday, August 28, 2008

"It's very interesting and exciting... To you."

I love W1 soooo much. She is very good at putting up with my crap and letting me run my mouth about things she doesn't really care about. So I've been playing around with Windows 7 at work. Because it has not been released a lot of the hardware doesn't have drivers written specifically for it. When I got home today I started spouting off about what I had to do to get the devices working. After about 20 minutes of confusing dialogue, I decided it would be better to give her a "quick" tutorial. (A picture is worth 1000 words, right?) After what turned into another 20 minute presentation, she nodded and said she understood. I have to give her mad props for pretending like she listened and even cared. I love you baby! I also filled her in about these Halo Rooms. If you are interested click the link. It's boring tech stuff, but a bad ass new teleconferencing technology.

I finally got to ride into work again. The weather has been terrible since the Hurricane Fay residuals. I almost rode in yesterday but took W1's advice and filled the truck that was on E at $3.33 a gallon. When I stopped to fill the bike today it was already up to $3.41. I'd much rather pay the extra 8 cents a gallon on the 3 gallon bike tank, than on the 12 gallon truck tank. I'm just sayin. Plus I got poured on most of the way home yesterday so I would have been pretty wet.

Tuesday afternoon I was taking a smoke break at work in the picnic area. Ok, it's the smoking area, but it's hidden in a little patch of woods, and there are 2 picnic tables in there. It reminds me a lot of a secluded campsite at a State Park. I've seen rabbits, snakes, spiders, and tons of birds in the area; but for the first time I saw a baby deer (okay, a fawn) in the wooded area. About 10 feet from where I was sitting. Just munchin on some leaves. I tried to get a picture with my cell phone, but I guess their colors and spots work. All it looked like was a bunch of trees. When I went to get closer he hauled ass. It was cool though. I really should leave nature alone anyway. I discovered copperheads don't like having their pictures taken, and zipper spiders don't appreciate having their webs walked through. I probably don't need a first hand lesson about how shitty Bambi's parents get when some idiot tries to pet her. But it'd probably be pretty funny to watch.

Work has been pretty easy this week. I am testing a wireless router. Yes, like the kind you use at home. This basically consists of surfing the web, playing flash games online, and transferring files between computers. Sometimes my job is pretty cool.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

We left the cave.

It's been rainy all weekend. Not much to do but sit around. Except for yesterday. We slept in a bit then got up and headed out of the house. To the theater. Believe it or not we went to the movies. And we saw "The Dark Night". So many people told us to go see this one on the big screen and they were right.

It was nice to get out and a real good movie. Today we are relaxing and having Lasagna for dinner. I hope everyone else had a relaxing weekend too. I can't believe tomorrow is Monday already.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Watch out, here comes the Spiderman!

Since I started my new job I have continued to park in the garage by my old building. The one by the new building is huge and confusing, and half of it is closed off. So rather than take an hour finding my vehicle at the end of the day i take a 15 minute walk to the old garage. (Plus the new garage is about a 15 minute walk even though it is closer.)

There are tons of trees in the area, and a lot of "jogging trails". When i park in the other garage, I walk out the exit and cross the street. Then I walk down a really nice trail to get to my building. The trail is heavily wooded, and it reminds me of a campsite at a State Park. I have seen many snakes, spiders, and other such things during my walk. I try to be loud to scare away any snakes and not startle them, since most of the ones I've seen are copperheads.

So yesterday I was walking along my trail and ran into a spider web. Now I've ran into many spider webs. It's gross and startling for a second, but no big deal. Not this time though. This was no spider web, it was a freakin SPIDER NET! I walked into it and literally bounced back. (I also screamed like a little girl and accidentally hung up on W1.) Apparently this was the web of a "Zipper Spider". These things are hard core. All I can think of is the net you had in the 70's to practice pitching baseballs. I mean I seriously felt a Deja-vu (voux?) of walking into a Volleyball net. This thing was tough. (He spins a good web. Literally.) Needless to say I have since taken the long way around the building and avoid that trail like the plague.

I can see it now, I get caught in that big web, which I'm pretty sure will stop a bullet, the evil spider bites and paralyzes me, then wraps me up like I'm the victim in some sick Law and Order episode.

I was informed, however, that they are not poisonous. (Like that matters to me, I still ain't going anywhere near them.) Their natural defense is their bright scary color. What a rip off. Gee, thanks, don't let me spit burning venom, or release some acid-y spit, no thanks. I'll take the bright color so I stand out. Maybe I'll try that some time. Next time it looks like I may get in a fight I'm gonna step back and just be like "Um, helloooo. Look at me. I am very menacing. I can tell by the punches to my face, you are obviously not looking at me. Dammit, take a look at me and be scared!" And then they will run away crying. I'm sure that's exactly what will happen. Be sure to check back for the update on that one.