Nov 05 2011

The Zen of Spam

It goes without saying but I obviously don’t update this site very often. Google probably has this site ranked somewhere in the back of the dusty old boxes at the bottom of their darkest basement but it certainly doesn’t prevent the post bots from dumping their little gems into my comments. I’m still getting about 20 or so per day which is probably nothing compared to sites that are actually active but it’s nice to see at least the spam bots are still interested!

99.9% of it is just advertising spam but every once in a while I notice one or two that stand out – obviously the English translations are what make them funny.

A few of my favorites:

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Aug 22 2011

2011 Gator Football

3-0 (1-0)

Notable Players
QB: J. Brantley

WR: C. Rainey, D. Thompson

RB: C. Rainey, J. Demps



Team Stats: Florida Gators

Regular Season

(W 41-3) 09/03 Florida Atlantic

(W 39-0) 09/10 UAB

(W 39-0) 09/17 Tennessee

09/24 7:00pm ESPN @ Kentucky

10/01 #3 Alabama

10/08 8:00pm @ #2 LSU

10/15 @ Auburn

10/29 3:30pm CBS @ Georgia (Jacksonville, FL)

11/05 Vanderbilt

11/12 @ #12 South Carolina

11/19 Furman

11/26 #11 FSU

SEC Championship:


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Aug 22 2011


Today is the day. The first day in the countdown to 40. I’m not sure how I’m going to handle this day next year but for now, I’m doing ok. As part of my birthday present, Melissa and I took Madeline down to Orlando to visit the in-laws this past weekend – at Disney World! We figured Madeline was old enough to enjoy the experience and we were right – she had a blast! She gutted it out with the heat, the crowds and the boredom of standing in long lines and never complained once. It had been at least 10 years since Melissa and I visited the Rat so it was a fun experience for the two of us as well.

We can’t wait to go back when she’s a little older and take her on all the really fun stuff like Thunder Mountain, etc.

Today’s best txt msg:

friend: Happy Birthday to you!
me: Thanks! I’m old
friend: Its ok, you’re still immature
me: rofl!

Feb 07 2011

And we’re ….

Finally done. Done with all the flying, driving, buying, visiting, gifting, celebrating, weddings, birthday parties and de-icing. It’s been a crazy couple of months here in Atlanta. Oh and on top of all everything else, I’ve been negotiating over the last few weeks with a consulting firm here in Atlanta for a new job. Starting Feb. 14th, I start my new career as an IT consultant. It’s going to be a huge change for me personally – good bye cushy office gig, hello billable hours – but I’ll be back in the tech saddle with a cutting edge group of IT professionals who specialize in small/medium business IT support. 100+ clients and growing.

So unfortunately, the first casualty of this seemingly never ending hustle has been the site. Once again, I find myself having to catch up with updates, etc. It’s not that I don’t have plenty of content to post about, I just say “I’ll update tomorrow when I have time” and then I realize 6 weeks later I still haven’t posted.

Oct 25 2010

Pony Ride

I‘m not sure what it is about little girls and ponies but there has to be some unknown cosmic force of attraction at work. As far as I know, Madeline had never seen a pony (or horse for that matter) prior to this ride but within about 20 seconds of pulling up to the carousel, she was hooked. I thought for sure she would be at least a little scared but she didn’t even blink an eye when we walked her in and put her in the saddle. She sat on that darn horse and did great the whole time.

We were in the same area this weekend and sure enough as soon as Madeline saw “Sugar” it was all smiles and excitement again. BTW, the guy who owns the horses only charges $5 and it’s probably a good 10-15 minutes of walking. I can’t recall the last time we spent so little and got so much back. I’m betting we’ll make the hour drive again just to get her on that pony.

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Oct 19 2010

Madeline’s First Gymnastics Recital

It seems like just yesterday Madeline was learning to walk and now she’s participated in her very first public gymnastics recital. Melissa has been keeping Madeline active over the last 8 months or so with swimming lessons, music and now – gymnastics. The local YMCA offers a 9 week class that introduces young children to the basics. Last Saturday, all the different age groups got together for a public recital so the parents could watch everybody show off their skills. We didn’t know if Madeline would like it or not but she seems pretty excited about all of it. Even more shocking, she’s normally pretty shy around strangers but being in front of the crowd didn’t seem to bother her at all.

We’re both very proud of her accomplishments and I think this might be something she’ll continue participating in as she grows up. A video of her performance is after the break.

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