Friday, June 29, 2007

Last Friday in June Update....

Well, here it is, Friday again. This last week was interesting, to say the least, but not as busy as I thought it was going to be. I figured that with half our techs in training like I was last week, it would be insane. Happily it was fairly calm.

I did pretty well on the final test last week, and am now fully qualified on the new Bizhub 360/420/500 series multifunction machines. I’ve worked on a couple of them this week, and I think I’m going to do fine with them.

I think I’m going to have to take the Caravan in to have the brakes looked at. The left front brake is starting to make a rubbing/squealing noise, and as much driving as I do, I don’t want to put this off very long. More money out the window…. Always something.

I was kind of hoping Jo and I could go out and give our cameras a little exercise this weekend, but it looks like it’s going to keep on raining all weekend. I’m about sick of rain – that’s all it’s done for the past three months, it seems. It does make my garden happy, though.

Well, not much else to report on, so I’ll sign out for now. Maybe I’ll do a little drawing or work in my shop over the weekend.


Friday, June 22, 2007

After This Week, I'll Have No Class....

TRAINING CLASS. Get you minds out of the gutter - it's getting crowded down here.

I've been in training class all week for some new equipment, and I don't mind telling you it's been a long week. One of the guys suggested getting started at 7:30 AM, so I've had to get up at 5:30AM! Me getting up at 5:30. Try to picture that.

Anyway, we've just finished the final exam, and had a bit of pizza thanks to Stan. I feel pretty good about the exam (and the pizza), and will find out how well I did in a few minutes. after we're done here, we'll have another short class on another machine, then - hopefully - the weekend will get off to an early start. I think I'll sleep through most of it.

The instructor just announced that everyone passed the final. Good enough for me! Now, let's get the weekend rolling!

We're about to start again, so I'll sign off for now.


Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday Update


I encountered this gorgeous 1957 Chevy Bel-Air outside North Kansas City Hospital today, and just had to get a photo! What a sweet ride! I'd be scared to death to drive it much, though, with all the arrogant boneheads on the roads these days.

Next week, I'll be in class all week, so I don't know how many chances I'll have to post, but I'll try to update a couple of times at least. It's a pretty sure bet there will be homework most nights, so a good chunk of my very limited time will be devoted to that.
Then the next week should be even more interesting. The first training class will be for all the segment 1,2, and 3 techs, so the segment 5 and 6 techs will have to do all the 1,2,3 calls as well as their own calls. The second week, all the segment 5 and 6 guys will be in class, so all the 1,2,3 guys will have to do both segment 1,2,3 calls and the 5 and 6 calls. In case you're wondering, the "segment" numbers refer to the capacity/copy-per-minute rating of the copiers. Segment 1,2,3 machines are smaller and lower CPM machines, typically 45 copies per minute and below. These are the machines you'll find in most offices, doctor's offices, churches, warehouses, factories, home offices, and so on. The segment 5 and 6 machines are higher speed, larger capacity machines such as you'd see in the copy center of a large office. To put it in a few words, the next couple of weeks are going to be chaos.
But for now, a new weekend beckons. It's time to relax for a while. A very short while. Gah.
I posted a few (very few - not much time for photography lately) photos in the June 07 section. Click the link to the left, or just click on the title above.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Still Busy....

And it never ends....

I'll tell you - one of these days, I'll wake up without 10,000 things to do, and I won't know how to act. Really.

Last Saturday, we had a great family cook-out here at the Lair. I didn't know we could actually fit so many people in this house! We had a pretty massive amount of food - I had two, count 'em, two charcoal grills going with marinated chicken breasts, my special "cheese inside" burgers, hot dogs, and brats. I've never cooked so much food at one time in my life! But I guess it worked out OK - it was the talk of the family for 3 days afterwards. It was a lot of fun, but it'll be a while before the next one. I need time to rest up! We'll probably have another hullabaloo sometime in the fall.

Things at work have been a little busy the last week, as we've had guys in training off and on all week. I'll be in class all next week on some new equipment, so I'll get a little break from the field. Stan (my boss) said the class will be just like classes at our training center in Chicago; 8 to 4:30, and we are to turn off our Nextels, or leave them in our cars. Wow. A whole week without the !#%*$& thing pestering me all day? Sweet. The bummer is we'll have homework, and tests. Yeah, just like school! And I'll have to get up earlier, too. It takes a lot longer to make the 40 mile drive to the office than it does to get to my territory. Oh, well.

Not much else exciting going on at the moment. I still have way too many busy things happening, and way too little time to relax. I'm hoping for a break soon.


Friday, June 08, 2007

Another Week Goes By

Well, here it is Friday, again. It's been a short week since I took a couple vacation days Monday & Tuesday. Out of the 4-day weekend, I had one day to relax and just do nothing. This is pretty much normal lately - I have way too many demands on my time these days!

This weekend is going to be pretty well filled up as well. Saturday, we're having a bash at the Lair to celebrate our anniversary, my dad & step-mom's anniversary, and our youngest niece's birthday. Normally when there's a family get-together it's at someone else's house; rarely at ours. This will be a fun change. I'll be playing the part of Iron Chef (actually more like Tin-Horn Chef), so it will be interesting. I should be pretty much worn out by Saturday evening, so hopefully I'll have Sunday to relax.

I spent yesterday at the office for network training. One of our IT guys gave the class, and cleared up a whole lot of things for me about networking. Now, I can be even more dangerous.

I'm hoping to have a free weekend sometime soon so we can just load the cameras and laptop in the minivan, and just take a day trip to get away from all the chaos here for a few hours. I'm planning a week-long vacation trip in October, but if I have to wait that long, I'm afraid I'll go completely buggy - I mean more than I am already!

Well, I guess it's time to wrap up my lunch break, and go back to the salt mines.


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Update and A Few Photos

Well, here it is Sunday afternoon again, with another Monday coming up. Not to worry, I took a couple floating holidays this week. The 5th is our 36th Anniversary, and I can think of a lot better ways to spend it than mucking around the innards of somebody’s broken copier.

I went with my dad yesterday out to my Uncle Glen’s place to get his Family Tree software straightened out. He has a beautiful place out in the country near Oak Grove, MO. I’m always envious when I go out there – it’s so peaceful and relaxing. Yesterday was such a gorgeous day, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos. While my dad and uncle took the pickup truck on a little jaunt through the pasture, I walked out in the backyard with my Aunt Sophie – she’s the coolest lady! With all the rain we’ve had the last month, the ponds were pretty full. I took several photos. I’ve posted a few of them, which you can see by clicking the June 2007 link to the left, or just click the title if you aren’t on my website.

I’ve been experimenting with this Blogger application a bit. The new Blogger is a whole lot better than the old version – good job, Google folks! I’ve changed the color of the headers to more or less match the color scheme of Rod’s Lair. I’ll be adding a few more toys in the near future. Blogger also has a function where you can actually e-mail your posts to your blog, so I’ll be posting a lot more frequently – at least I’ll try harder to!

I had to discontinue the on-line order form on the Playboy back issues page. At least twice a week, I’d get the “orders” e-mailed to me where some unwashed bunghole had clicked anywhere from 1 to 25 of the radio buttons (just to prove he could, I suppose), and sent it along without an address or e-mail. Idiots. At any rate, I guess the PHP based form can’t be set up to require an entry (such as name or e-mail) like the CGI version could. It’s kind of a pain not having that functionality. I could upgrade to the next level hosting plan, which does support CGI for an additional 86 bucks for 3 years – and I may eventually do that. But for now, I’ll just stick with this plan and work around the very few shortcomings it has. If I can find a way to start making a little income with this site, I’ll definitely upgrade.

Anyway, if you are interested in any of the Playboy back issues, just drop me an e-mail, and I’ll get it taken care of.


Saturday, June 02, 2007

Killing Us With Toothpaste??

Poisoned Toothpaste?

I have the answer to this - look for the label that says: MADE IN THE USA!!!!!

FDA: Throw away toothpaste made in China - Yahoo! News

Well, it's been a while since I posted anything here - and what better way to start a new month than with a little political commentary. Never put me in charge of foreign policy. A significant chunk of this planet would be converted to smoldering radioactive wasteland pretty quickly. Next time there's an earthquake in one of these pissant third-world garbage dumps, I suggest we let the bungholes dig out without our aid.

Moving right along....

As usual, things have been busy as hell around the Lair. I'm hoping it will slow down a little so I can do some more work on this website, and get back into my shop and make some more neat gadgets.

I just got back from my uncle's place near Oak Grove, Mo. I always love going out there - he's got such a beautiful place out in the country; about 40 acres of peace and quiet. You can actually sit outside for more than 15 minutes without hearing some bozo drive by with his (c)rap noise blaring at 9000 decibels.

My uncle was having some computer issues - more software related than anything else - and I was able to get everything working with no problems. Like my dad, he enjoys doing genealogy research, and was having some difficulty opening a file. Now - before you ask..... If you don't have the same last name as I do..... No, I won't come fix your computer. Family only. Unless you are willing to write a pretty significant check.

I took a few photos, and will post a couple shortly. In the meantime, I'm working on some new artwork, and a few other projects. I've found that this new Canon printer/scanner is great for things like batch scanning multiple documents and saving them to PDF files. I'm currently scanning a bunch of old Artist's Magazines to PDFs. I can get a whole year's worth on one CD! Sure saves space.