Archive for June, 2007

Accidents Day and Night

June 22, 2007 Leave a comment

Thursday nights for the past few months I have spent at work, working on the Windows Installer XML, or WiX, project. I left late last night – about 1:40 AM. I didn’t get home till 2:40 AM. It’s usually a 15 minute drive.

Traffic on I-405 was backed up for miles because some possibly drunk idiot crossed into a construction zone, hit a track, and killed one construction worker and injuring another. The guy had to be speeding, too, because there was nothing left of the front end of his SUV. Frankly, I’m surprised he even survived.

That wasn’t the first accident I had to sit through on "Thursday". That morning a typical 5-minute drive down 100th Ave NE took 30 minutes because of another accident. In this case everyone was fine, and the police really should’ve took their statements off to the side of the road instead of blocking morning rush hour traffic.

People need to slow down, wake up, pay attention to traffic, and stop driving drunk. Just the other day a lady here tied the record for the highest blood alcohol level: .50! It doesn’t help there are already too many people here and the landscape doesn’t exactly yield the best road plans.

The other day I was reading something and someone actually said that rural people should just move into the city. Please no. For one, we need our farmers – the real backbone of society – and there’s already too many people in cities.

Categories: Rants

Front Fell Off

June 20, 2007 Leave a comment

A coworker pointed me to this hilarious, Pythonesque video.

Categories: Entertainment

An Abundance of Energy

June 19, 2007 Leave a comment

We’ve always said that our puggle Suzie has an abundance of energy. Now we have proof.

I’ve been pulling cable throughout our house in order to network it, since wireless bandwidth isn’t adequate for high quality video streaming from our Media Center. I bought a voltage detector to make sure that I know where current wiring is and that any wiring I’m working near is truly off.

Tracy and I were playing with Suzie and I ran the voltage detector I had sitting by me near Suzie and it went off! I dismay, I tried it again and again, comparing that with running it over our bodies or across the floor thinking it was static electricity. Nothing. It only went off when it was close to Suzie.

So there you have it: proof that our cute and lovable but sometimes obnoxious dog Suzie has an abundance of energy.

Suzie sleeping: a rare site
(Not Typical)

Categories: Family

There’s Grass in My Moss!

June 4, 2007 Leave a comment
"There’s grass in my moss!" I exclaimed to Tracy after she came out to see how I was doing after hours of back-breaking, heart-pounding thatching by hand. There’s a terrible amount of moss and dead grass choking the good grass in our yard, which was quite obviously neglected.
I do plan on renting a thatching machine next weekend, but I was trying to thatch the thick moss by hand so that the moss killer can act better on what’s left. The thatching rake will come in handy in the future to maintain the lawn and even to cultivate the garden, which Tracy has been working on this weekend.
Below you can see a couple photos (more in the "Home" photo album) showing just how much a thatching rake in just a few small areas (probably about 25% of the total yard) picked up: literally bushels.
Categories: Home

Farewell, Pastor Wuest

June 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Today was a sad day as Pastor Paul Wuest, our interim pastor at Faith Lutheran Church, left our family to make room for our new pastor, Pastor Peterson. Pastor Wuest – shown below with our president at his farewell presentation – was one of the factors that drew us to Faith Lutheran Church, and reminded both Tracy and I of another pastor we both loved and admired, Pastor Mark Heilman at Ames Memorial Lutheran Church who also married Tracy and I.

We wish Pastor Wuest well and pray he finds a new church home in the community, and hope to see him bless our Faith Lutheran Church family again some day.

Paul Wuest 001

Categories: Religion

House Update, June 03, 2007

June 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Tracy and I have been diligently working on our new house. While she has mainly been emptying boxes, I’ve been fixing these around the house and doing yard work.

Tracy has the kitchen well organized and there’s really only miscellaneous items left that we need to determine where to put them. We have plenty of room, but want some organization to where things can be found later. We had a lot more boxes than expected.

After buying a mower, I mowed our yard – the first time I’ve mowed since I was in high school. It was good. I’ve also been doing a lot of weeding and started thatching today with a thatching rake, but we’re going to need to rent a powered one because after covering only a few square feet I pulled up bushels of old, dead grass and – worse – moss. I’m also installing an air gap and networking a couple of rooms, but in both cases getting stuck from time to time.

We’ve got a few items for yard work and plumbing. We’ve been evaluating what type of power tools to get.

Suzy loves her yard, but she needs to better learn to potty on her own. She also does fairly well off-leash in the front yard which is not fenced in.

We’re looking to have a house-warming party soon so we’re trying to get a lot of things fixed to look nice. All in all, we love our new house and it’s a good find.

Categories: Home