Thursday, August 31, 2006

End of August

Well, it’s the last day of August – fall is almost here! I’m ready.

We had a meeting at work today, and I had a chance to check out our new building – nice. They passed out extra memory for our laptops, which definitely sped things up. We’ve also hired a couple new techs, so hopefully things will calm down a bit. It hasn’t been too bad the last few days, but things are still pretty busy.

We’ve had some storms lately, and the heat wave of late appears to be over. I know I’m ready for cooler weather!

I took this photo of a spider web on my patio this evening. Nice web, but it looks like no one’s home. I’m hoping to do some work on this patio this fall. My eventual plan is to screen it in to eliminate all the leaves and bugs. It will also make a nice place to relax on cool evenings like today.


Monday, August 28, 2006

The Price of Cheeseburgers...

Great googly-moogly! And I thought gas was expensive!!

Saw this sign next door while lunching at Perkins - just had to take a photo.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Drawing A Day

I've just created a new blog. It's called "A Drawing A Day," and you can check it out by clicking the link to your left, the link in the sidebar, or just click on the title above.

I'm not going to repeat everything I just wrote in the new blog, but basically, I'm going to attempt to upload a new drawing each day. Wish me luck!

Well, once again today, we had to rush out south to fix another little emergency - a setting on the VCR this time. I sure wish the other relatives could help out a little bit. This has become a very disruptive situation.

We're getting some fairly severe storms at the moment. No lightning like the other night (BTW, my pole is unharmed!), but I can hear thunder, and the tornado sirens are going off. Never a dull moment at Rod's Lair.....


Friday, August 25, 2006

TGIF.... And a Short Rant

Well, what a week! It’s finally Friday, and I’m really glad – it’s been hell this week. Today was typical – I started off with 9 calls plus 4 incompletes (calls that parts have been ordered for). I hit 6 calls today, including 2 incompletes, and canceled one call that I fixed with a phone call. By the end of today, I had 9 calls, and 4 incompletes. Seems like I’m beating my head against a wall. And it seems all the other techs are just as busy.

As busy as we are, I was surprised to get an e-mail message on my Nextel this morning announcing that 4 or 5 techs were off today! WTF? Ah, well, job security, I guess. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were all in one part of town, but in a typical day, I’ll go anywhere from Excelsior Springs (way up north), to Kansas City, Kansas, to Grandview or Peculiar (way down south – and yes, there really is a town called Peculiar, Mo.). And of course to get to any of these locations, one has to endure the unrelenting, unbelievable, cluster-#### that is driving in the Kansas City metro area.

For those reading this that do not live in or around the Kansas City area, let me explain the last sentence. I don’t think there is a highway, or major thoroughfare within 100 miles of Kansas City that isn’t under construction somewhere. It is literally impossible to get from one side of this metroplex to the other in under two hours. Every single road with an asphalt surface is blocked, reduced to one lane, closed or otherwise jacked up in at least two places somewhere along its length. The amount of road construction in this metro area is beyond ridiculous. Combine that with the hordes of Kansas City’s skilled and courteous drivers, and by the end of the day I’m ready to commit some serious mayhem. Fortunately, I’m usually too damn exhausted to do so.

Speaking of driving in Kansas City……

I would like to take a moment to publicly apologize to all those friendly, happy folks I inconvenienced this afternoon on southbound I-435. I am truly so very sorry I got in the way by poking along at 65mph. I know you all probably had important business to attend to (like picking up a couple cases of Bud for the weekend), and it was very inconsiderate of me to interfere by doing the speed limit. What the hell was I thinking? I know you are all very skillful and courteous drivers, and as such are exempt from paying any attention those stupid speed limit signs (or stop signs, or traffic lights). And thank you to all the nice, friendly folks that waved at me as you passed at 85mph. Although, next time I’d appreciate it if you’d use all your fingers.

At any rate, the weekend is finally here, and for once it looks like we may actually get to use it for a little relaxation. Woo-hoo! I’m working on some concept drawings for a new piece for the Sexy Faeries gallery. It’s going to be a rather involved piece, and I think it will be a lot of fun.

OK – I just about wet my pants……

I have the Military Channel on the TV next to me. We are also starting to have some storms outside. They’re talking about some new, futuristic weapons on the TV, and they just fired a smart missile at a tank. Just as the tank exploded on TV, lightning hit something real close out back. I damn near jumped out of my chair! Jeeze – I hope it wasn’t my pole out back…

Well, enough of this banter. I’m going to go change my underwear, and check my pole. Oops, that didn’t sound good, did it?


Thursday, August 24, 2006

Is Nothing Sacred??

OK - this is just too much to handle. Pluto isn't a planet anymore? Is everything I learned as a kid now invalid? Does 2 plus 2 still equal 4? And what about Jupiter? It's not a planet, it's a big ball of gas. Did Al Gore really invent the internet? So many questions, so little time....

Sunday, August 20, 2006


This is just an experiment to see if I can manage to upload another photo.

Looks like it worked. I guess if I want to upload several photos, I'll have to do it one post at a time. It's kind of a pain in the rear, but at least it works.

I'll just have to do it this way for now, until I find a way that works the way I want it to.


Sunday - Third Attempt

Today was a gorgeous day! The heat wave we’ve had lately has subsided at least for a while, and it was just a great day to be outdoors. I took Jolene in to spend some time with her mom, and I stopped by to spend the afternoon with my dad.

My dad has quite the green thumb, and has a pretty nice variety of plants at his place. We spent a little time taking some photos in his garden.

I’ve been trying for the last hour to post a total of four photos from today, but have managed only the one you see here of my dad and one of his fence-dwelling plants. I’ve tried about 10 times to upload, but no photos – this Blogger thing may not work out as well as I thought it would. For more photos from today, click on the August link to the left, then click today’s date (08-20-06).

My dad gave me some seeds for a Spider Plant (no, it doesn’t grow spiders!). I’m thinking about placing a quad of railroad ties around my telephone pole in the backyard, and planting a little garden in that space. I may well put these Spider Plants in that area.

Now that (hopefully) the hot weather is backing off for this year, I’m hoping to get my rock garden completed on the east side of the house. I’ve got some ideas that I think will look pretty neat.

Recently, I’ve been concentrating on reawakening my drawing skills. I used to draw all the time many years ago – before I had these computers to plot against me daily. I forgot how therapeutic it can be sitting down for a few hours with a pencil. It’s quite a relaxing escape to put on some music, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and just draw. I must do it more often – I’m finding I don’t have to reboot that pencil nearly as often as these spoiled brats I call my computers!

I’m working on a pretty involved piece right now that you will probably see in my Sexy Faeries section – eventually. I’m drawing the individual elements presently, and will eventually combine them together in Photoshop as a digital painting. I may well print out a draft copy and do a colored pencil painting. Stay tuned.

I’m hoping we can get out of town one weekend soon. We both need a break from all the stress of the past year or so. But for now…..


Saturday, August 19, 2006

The New Blog

As you can see, I’ve gone ahead and implemented this Blogger application for my Latest News section. What I’ve done is set this up so the blog appears in the main window of the Latest News page. It’s kind of the best of both worlds. I can still keep the same format, and have the blog as part of that format.

I will now be able to update the Latest News from wherever I happen to be at the moment – including uploading photos – plus, I can place additional information, images or whatever in the monthly sections, which are linked on the left.

I will leave the “comments” function active – however – I will moderate all comments before they are made public. So if you are planning on posting a spam comment, or just something stupid, don’t bother. It will never be seen. Plus I have comment verification turned on so that the spam robots will not be able to post their stupidity. If you just want to say hello, or post an intelligent comment (even if you disagree with something I’ve commented on), I will welcome your input.

I will archive each month, probably as a PDF file, and it will be available from the menu to your left.

I’m looking forward to this new feature – and hopefully, I’ll have some fun stuff to post here in the future.


Friday, August 18, 2006

Trying It Out

OK - I'm testing this Blogger gizhicky. I like the look, and I like the fact I can modify the look of it later on. For now, I'm just going to see how this looks. I get the impression that I can even host this on my server if I want. If this works out, I probably will once I've had a chance to check things out a little bit.