Archive for March, 2007

Family and Friends

Hello campers.  This is an update just for family and friends.  Others are welcome to read on, but it probably won’t interest you too much.  So on to all the “where have you been” and “what have you been up to” answers.

The short answer is “not much.”  I’ve been a bit under the weather for the last four weeks or so.  Nothing particularly serious or alarming, but I’ve been tired.  Just as I was getting over some neck and shoulder pain, allergy season decided to kick into high gear.  The doctor has me on an antihistamine now that seems to be helping.  I’ve tried to slow my pace a bit.  While doing that, I have somehow managed to find more opportunities to get out and walk (usually in 3 mile segments).

So if I’ve missed an obligation or event – I’m sorry.  I certainly wasn’t ignoring anyone.  I just needed the time to get back to normal.  I had hoped to be in Portland this weekend for my friend Ian’s wedding ceremony, but I just wasn’t quite ready for the stress of travel.  It sounds strange even as I type the words … but every day I feel a little better and little bit more like myself.

Work has been busy as well.  I am working on several large infrastructure projects.  I’m planning the move to an offsite datacenter, redesigning WAN architecture, planning a building move, and trying to hire a VOIP integrator (to finish that project which started in 2005).  So nothing big really.  Just about all of these projects are heating up now that we have obtained funding approval for some key components.

Outside of work, I’m thinking about getting a new bicycle.  My old one never gets used, and it is in need of some repairs.  It is also a mountain bike, and what I’m interested in doing is pleasure riding on city streets and sidewalks.  There is a new class of bikes coming out this spring called “coasting” bikes.  The draw here is a simple bike that is comfortable, fun, and does all the shifting for you.  Remember when you rode bikes as a kid “just for the fun of it?”  The marketing folks at these various companies are hoping to bring that “fun” back to the currently non-riding adult population.  For more information, do a Google search for “coasting bike” or “trek lime” and you will see what I mean.  They aren’t available just yet, but that will give me time to mull the idea around further.

I am also in the midst of another DirecTV Tivo saga.  My recorder was running the older 3.x software (which did not support the recent DST change as a side note).  I purchased and installed the latest 6.3 software this evening, but I have run into a few snags.  I’m in the process of doing what Tivo calls a “clear and delete everything” process.  This will usually resolve some of the stranger errors.  Not holding my breath, and I certainly am not staying up to wait for it to finish.

Today was the local St. Patrick’s day parade on Greenville Avenue here in Dallas.  It’s an exciting event that comes only once a year (and happens about two minutes outside my front door!)  Lot’s of people, lots of traffic, and lots of beer.  Mix in some floats and you get a parade.  I stayed away this year and opted to do more exciting things like grocery shopping.  Yes – I guess I’m getting older.

Well friends – it is late.  I’m going to let my Tivo cook while I catch some zzz’s.  All my best to you.  Good night.

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Love Field – the new DFW?

I have been flying in and out of Dallas Love Field for almost a decade now.  I’ve openly supported the repeal of the Wright Amendment – believing that a free market (open to competition) was the best thing for the greater Dallas area.  Although the Wright Amendment is not fully gone yet, a compromise was reached that does allow for more flights to greater distances.  Southwest Airlines (and the other carriers at Love Field) were certainly ready for the change.  Flights and gates were added, but somebody forgot to tell the City of Dallas and the TSA.

This past Monday I arrived at Love right at 7:30 AM for an 8:10 AM flight.  Imagine my surprise when I entered the airport and saw about 1500 people in long snaking lines – all waiting to get through security.  I’m not talking about the regular snaking security lines.  These lines enveloped the entire terminal – all the way down to baggage claim.  Absolutely insane for Love Field – I have never seen anything like it there before.

After speaking with an airline employees and several regular passengers, it seems this has been a common sight for the last month now.  To make matters worse, construction is still underway to modernize the baggage claim area.  As part of those renovations, the sky bridge that connects the passenger terminal to the parking garage has been shut down.  That’s one less entrance / exit – forcing even more traffic through the front of the terminal.

So for now – show up early (very early) for any departure out of Love Field.  I’m hoping the airport officials and the TSA can get it together before Dallas Love Field becomes the next DFW.

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